Huge news everyone! My PPA Loan Collection image “The Skeptic” appears as the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine‘s March 2016 Issue along side a featured article on my glamour and headshot photography! I am seriously on top of the world. If you had told me 5 years ago that I would one day have a cover image and featured story in one of the most respected national photography publications out there, I wouldn’t have believed you. To say this is surreal doesn’t begin to describe it. I can’t say enough what an honor this is and how thankful I am for Professional Photographers of America, who, alongside my local (TPPG) and state (FPP) organizations, have pushed me to grow as a photographer and to always be more.
If you are a PPA member you should expect to see this in your mailbox this week!
Read the full article here [PDF]
Jayme was excited when Henry announced that he his front top tooth was wiggly, but now the pressure was on to get family studio portraits made before that tooth came out! She called me and we set up a session at the studio for later that week so that we could capture him while he’s still little with his mom and his grandma, Mama K. It was a race to beat the tooth fairy and we won! Here are a few from their family portrait session at the studio.
Sweet Lilly turned one! I can’t believe it’s been a year since we did her newborn session. She’s still such a tiny delight to work with. Here’s a few from her 1st birthday session that we shot in the Chain of Parks in downtown Tallahassee. It was so hard to choose favorites!
When I was a teenager, I wanted to be Mark Seliger. The first photography coffee table book I ever bought was his book, “Physiognomy.” I actually had to save up to buy it. Before I owned it, I would just hang out in Books-a-Million and look at it. I had no idea where to begin even making images like that, but I knew I wanted to try. I just needed to practice and eventually I could get to a point where I could do that too. 20 years later, here I am, a professional photographer. I shoot all kinds of portraits, from babies, to headshots, to commercial work, I’m doing just about everything nowadays except weddings and events. It’s more work than I ever imagined it could be, but it’s awesome. And now, I’m finally rounding a corner and diving into what I always wanted to do, editorial portraiture. I look back in that book often, but with a new understanding of it to go with my appreciation. I use it and so many other works as inspiration to find my own voice. So here’s a little of me finding that voice. I’ve started a series in the studio, so far just called “The Blue Wall.” I’m hoping to shoot as many people as I can over the next few months on it and just see where it goes. Being a full time photographer is work. I feel strongly that personal projects without the agenda of work behind them help you grow as an artist. Here’s to growing something.
My brother Eian just visited me! Apparently we can’t get through a visit anymore without doing a photoshoot. He’s just so dang photogenic!
Recently I did a self assignment with my past senior client, Natalie. We did her senior session last year and when I thought of these images, she was the first person I thought of to call. I’m hoping to turn around a few more, but for now, here’s a couple from our shoot in the studio. For you photographers out there reading this, I shot this using just one light and a Paul C Buff 86″ PLM umbrella. If you want to see how I did it, you can check out my Facebook Live video on my page!