Posts in Portrait
Woolard Family \\ Raleigh, NC

I don't get to go to downtown Raleigh, NC much anymore so I was stoked to get the opportunity to hang out with Kim, Sam and Dennis for family portraits while we wandered the downtown area.  

Nappy Roots \\ Durham, NC

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.   

 

Laura Ballance \\ Durham, NC

I was surprised when I was contacted by She Shreds Magazine to shoot portraits of the CEO of Merge Records, Laura Ballance.  You can read about Laura here in Rolling Stone Magazine.  

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.

Griffin House \\ Chapel Hill, NC

This is the story of how I got to shoot some musician portraits of Griffin House at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC:

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!

-Mark

Jason kutchma \\ Durham, NC

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.  

you can listen to and purchase Jason's new album Blue Highways here.

click here to read an article that INDY WEEK wrote about him.

Severed Fingers \\ Durham, NC

I had the pleasure of shooting these gentlemen outside of Motorco one Sunday evening.

I wish that I got to experience authenticity like this more often. 

Check out their art at severedfingers.bandcamp.com

 
 
Becca Stevens \\ Durham, NC

I shot some urban musician portrait photos of jazz vocalist Becca Stevens at Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC recently.  Motorco Music Hall was her first stop along a tour with Ben Sollee.

If you've not heard her art then check it out at www.beccastevens.com

Mike Jesurun \\ Durham, NC

Mike Jesurun: Drummer for Cold Country, Teenage Rage and Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers

Mike came to town with Stelth Ulvang and I got to shoot some urban portrait photography of him at Full Steam Brewery in downtown Durham, NC before their show at The Pinhook.

Mike was quiet. Confident. and reflective.

Blake Stepan \\ Durham, NC

While Stelth Ulvang of The Lumineers was in town for his show at The Pinhook, he brought with him a double bass player.  Blake Stepan.

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.

Best Urban Portrait Photography, Durham NC - Beth Ann Noble

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 \\ Durham, NC

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



 

Urban Maternity Portraits in Durham, NC - Melissa + Wayne + 2

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!