I had the pleasure of shooting senior portraits with Max, one of my long time students, in Durham, NC a few weeks ago. He's pretty interesting and has tons of potential as an artist. Check him out here.
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 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.
Travis Family Portraits.
Visiting Johnson City, TN.
From Jacksonville, FL.
3 weeks ago I decided that I would make the 5 hours trip to Johnson City, Tennessee to spend two nights with my grandfather and take portraits of him. I hate driving this far.
He died 3 weeks later on December 26th at 1030 in the evening.
Lesson Learned: Driving really far just might be worth it.
Enjoy these portraits of him.
This was the most amazing and best urban portrait photography session of all time for me.
Beth Ann is actually my cousin and an incredible artist. She is an aspiring conductor, educator and an all around creative person.
Her style, tenacity and noiseless expressions captivated me during this portrait session.
She is actually the first person that I've shot that can pull off an "eyes-closed" portrait.
Check here out below.
Darin and Brooke Aldridge contacted me a while back and explained that they're coming out with a new album (Snapshots) in February of 2015 and that they would like me to shoot the photos of the album cover.
The next weekend they came down to my darling town. Durham, NC.
You can download the album "Snapshots" here on iTunes. Snap shots has an incredible array of songs and lyrics. I highly recommend you get this album when it's released. Expected Release: Feb 17, 2015
You can also check out Darin and Brooke Aldridge's tour schedule here.
Hair and make-up artist: Kathryn Trivett-Maya
I shot this at 2 in the afternoon on the day after I got off my crutches from a 2 1/2 month foot break. Not bad.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.
This was a great urban maternity portrait shoot. I was hopping around downtown Durham, NC on one foot because my other is broken. What kept me going was knowing how amazingly beautiful Melissa looked and how proud Wayne was to have two beautiful twin girls coming soon. Cheers!