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Georgia O’Keefe Inspired - an in studio editorial experiment with direct lighting
I planned, led, and captured a two day series of editorial fashion portraits, a series called “Beauty in the Ruins” as these images were captured with dilapidated department stores and factories as the backdrop.
This large scale operation involved models, stylists, and hair/make-up experts from three different states. Organizing this operation was exciting and rewarding. Images were captured using a range of on location studio lighting, ambient light with and without reflectors, etc.
Studio Portrait Examples
First: Harold Baldwin, Founder of MTSU Photography
Second: Sharyn Bachleda, fashion styling
Last: Jonathan Trundle, MTSU Photography Department Coordinator
First: Them Dirty Roses, a country rock band from Alabama
Second: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, photographed for Pilgrimage Music Festival
Below: Tennessee State Fair Mule Pull
Farm One is a Farms to Families partner with the Nashville, TN Second Harvest Food Bank. Based as a Nashville area non-profit organization, their mission is in teaching sustainable agriculture to volunteers in order to grow and dispense fresh food to needy citizens of Tennessee.
Kevin Dirkits, farm owner and operator, volunteered his farm land for the operation. “It’s all about helping out,” said Dirkits when asked about the cause. He went on to explain the wide array of vegetables harvested. Farm One grows turnip greens, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, carrots, red mustard greens, and so-on.
Second Harvest started the Farms to Families initiative with fresh food in mind. In the short time the program has been running, the non-profit has increased it’s output of fresh food versus canned food to 30% from the previous 1%. Long term vision for the program is to continue increasing the ratio of fresh versus canned foodstuffs.
Volunteers can expect to spend up to two hours per day helping with harvesting, planting, farm management, or distribution of items. Those interested in volunteering should contact the Nashville headquarters of the Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers are in constant and rising need as hunger levels rise in the mid state.
Wanda June Seagraves gave me my first camera in 2005. My family was in the process of sorting through old belongings preparing for a garage sale, when June brought me something really unique. A Polaroid Land Camera J66 was given to me one day in July, and I became instantly engaged with what a camera might be able to do, and the stories a person could document through the creative use of this tool.
I’ve been photographing my grandmother since 2006, and have since tried to make a monthly goal of making images with her. What started off as something she didn’t enjoy all too much quickly shifted to something we both loved. I’ll never forget the laughs, the tears, and the countless varying expressions experienced when taking, printing, and viewing these images of my grandmother. I don’t know if either of us will ever truly realize just how important that day in July, 2005 truly was.
This is an ongoing body of work, and has been exhibited (partially) in three group shows to date. New work forthcoming.
Since May, 2015, I shave traveled to 42 different states making photographs for clients and for personal projects. Some of these images will be shared below in a “scenic” portfolio, but could fit in landscape or nature groupings as well.
Concept - Constructed Realities
Event Coverage - Weddings
As a commercial and editorial photographer, I’ve completed over 200 commissions for clients across the United States, with an emphasis on Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia clients. Below is a snapshot selection of candid moments, detail images, and portraits from a handful of these many weddings.