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I'm continually amazed and grateful for the people that I get to meet and the unique experiences that I get to enjoy being a photographer.
All photos were shot with the Canon 5D Mark lll using the Tiltshift 45mm lens.
I took Andrew and Emily of Mandolin Orange to a parking garage in Durham, NC where the light is consistently lovely and the acoustics for sound are eerie as hell.
I knew that I wanted to have them both sing an a cappella version of one of their songs during the shoot so I stopped them about halfway through, had them face each other and they sang this version of "Lonesome Whistle".
I emailed him and I asked.
He said "ok".
Afterwards, we went down to Full Steam Brewery and I took some more portraits of Stelth. I bought him a beer, he bought me a grilled cheese from the a food truck. I talked about how I teach at a local art school.
Stelth and his band were intrigued.
The next day he came into my classroom to play for my art students along with Blake Stepan (double bass) and Mike Jesurun (drums). Click here to see the video of Stelth playing in my classroom.
Here are the portraits:
Here's the story of how I got to take portraits of Ben Sollee:
I emailed him and asked him.
He said "sure".
I met him at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC. We shot a few portraits.
We walked down to Coco Cinnamon Coffee Shop and he bought me an espresso. I said "thanks". We shot some more portraits.
I did a long portrait of Ben. (click here to see that)
Ben and Jordon did their sound check inside of Motorco.
Afterwards, Ben and I walked up the street and did one of his "City Single" videos for their next show in Charlottesville, VA.
He gave my wife a t-shirt. She said "thanks".
I've built my business on calculated risks. I cold message so many people weekly. Most of them ignore me but there's always one or two that respond and out of those I end up working with maybe 1 person a month.
I'm not scared to ask for collaborations, trading services or simply a conversation. I'm not scared of someone's accomplishments.
For this shoot, I direct messaged Lindsay Carver through Instagram after discovering her in the #nashvillephotographer feed. We shared our thoughts, concerns, portfolios and it turns out she's one of those people willing to put themselves out there and take risks to do what she loves similar to me. She's been a musician most of her life and recently discovered that she's a talented model.
This set with her is probably one of the most solid that I've ever shot. I'm really thankful.
Feel free to enjoy Lindsay's single "Beauty Queen" while you check out the photos!
I never blogged this from a year back so here you go!
I met Raheem (aka Defacto Thezpian) at a holiday party. We talked. I shared my stories (and tequila) of doing photography with musicians and how Stelth Ulvang played Outcast songs in my classroom..."cause the whole world loves it when you make that sound..bah bah..bah bah bah bah" was what would've heard if you were there.
Afterwards we exchanged contact info and set up a photo shoot in Durham, NC.
It's always an adventure and pleasure to work with positive, artistic humans. Here are the photos from the shoot.
I listened to Nappy Roots when I was in high school. My favorite beat was the collaboration of "Awnaw" with P.O.D's Marcus. It was nostalgic to be able to shoot portraits of them in Durham, NC at The Pinhook this week.
After they warmed up to me a bit we had a great shoot. I also got to connect with Drew Yager of CMK Productions. He's been with Nappy Roots for 4 years. You can see him in the photos below.
Someone else you might not know is Blake German. He is the tour DJ and producer for Nappy Roots new album "The 40 AKERZ PROJECT". I was able to grab him on his way out the door.
You can get Nappy Roots new album on iTunes here.
After a few schedule changes I got talk with and shoot portraits of Laura Ballance right outside of the Merge Records headquarters in Durham, NC. I found out that Merge Records has been around for a while. Since 1989 to be exact. It was founded by Laura and Mac McCaughan. They were in a band together called Superchunk. They've experienced a ton of change and growth. Check out this story that Google Play did on them to learn more.
My style is to "humanize" these indie musicians and it's always an adventure to slowly experience who someone is by simply shooting portraits of them and spending time with them. I got to do that with Laura Ballance.
She's a really cool person. She's a human who is an artist. She loves music and has made that her life's work. I hope these photos communicate that.
I shot these guys before their show at The Pinhook in Durham, NC. A pleasure.
I emailed his manager and asked. She emailed him. He said "ok".
I met him outside of the Local 506 on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and then we walked around, climbed on a roof, talked and took some photos.
The repetitive lesson learned: Just ask.
He's a great guy and I hope you can check out his art!
I got to spend some time with Jason Kutchma at his home in Durham, NC where he communicated his vision to me for his recently released album Blue Highways. He allowed me to capture a glimpse of the vision he has for his art and life. I hope that these portraits can be an authentic "looking glass" into who he is.
Mike was quiet. Confident. and reflective.
Blake plays for numerous bands but his favorite is Spirits of the Red City. You can see Blake playing here with them on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert entry that the band submitted.
I got to spend some time with Blake before and after shooting musician portraits of him at Full Steam Brewery in Durham, NC.
5 things I learned from spending time with Blake:
1. He was the valedictorian of his college.
2. He works with pre-k students
3. He is funny, passionate and extremely intelligent.
4. He started his music career by playing on the street
5. He won't stop smiling.
My goal for Blake was to portray him by seamlessly meshing my urban portrait photography style with his free, deep and fun-loving spirit.
This shoot took about 3 minutes and I did it in the front room of Full Steam Brewery in Durham, NC.