Experiences and Inspirations
For discovery, exploration, education, inspiration, communication, and curiosity... some of the reasons I shoot. These thoughts and images are my souvenirs from traveling and living in the world. Thank you for taking a look!
When you go to New York, the one thing you can’t ignore is the buildings! They reach up into the sky and tower over the city… they are the main character in the New York story… So when I was there a few weeks back I carried the Fuji XT2 around with me the whole time and just shot for fun and wouldn’t you know it, I came back with a lot of images of buildings I really liked. I love […]
As every other photographer did, I pulled my camera out during the Solar Eclipse and shot a few photos. It was a great experience and I enjoyed viewing the rare phenomenon with friends and colleagues. I also thought it was fun to shoot everyone looking up at the sky too… Shot these on my Fuji XT-2 with a 16-55mm 2.8.
I gotta give a shout out to Jen for finally building a website for her consulting work. It’s live at 9thhousestudios.com go take a look and once there you’ll see a bunch of words and also some fun pictures of Jen. Well, I took those! You can see a few selects from the shoot below!
I worked with both Kevin and Pam, so I was honored they wanted me to photograph their wedding reception. They actually got married a few weeks prior in Saint Lucia but wanted to have a reception here in Atlanta for all the family and friends. I think it’s a great idea! It was a beautiful reception held at the Artmore Hotel and was several hours of fun and dancing! Below are a few of the highlights! I just love how happy […]
Little 5 Points in Atlanta is a photographer’s paradise. It’s filled with eclectic people and textures. I took my camera and my 50mm lens for a casual stroll on a Friday night and got captured some of that vibrancy.
A good friend lost her friend last week. His name was Barkley and he developed hemangiosarcoma in his heart and lungs. Fortunately I was able to get him into my studio (currently my living room) and we did a little photoshoot a few days before he passed. Here are a few favorites.
Photography highlights from the wedding of Diana and Adam at Chastian Horse Park on December 13, 2015 by Atlanta Wedding Photographer Kendrick Disch
I was honored to be tasked with making a video that really gets to the heart of what HouseProud is all about and showcases some of the real impact a small group of people can make in just a few hours. I was humbled by the generosity of those that volunteer and genuinely moved by the grateful attitude of those people we are helping.
Many of my video shoots don’t have budget for a lot of helpers, so I’m often the entire operation: Directing, Shooting, Producing, Audio, Writing, Editing, and Grading. Doing it this way doesn’t get boring. I thought I’d post a recent picture of my camera setup for when I’m operating alone.
The rain came down and down. We tried exploring some different areas including Sullivan’s Island and Shem Creek but as you can in the pictures it was dreary and cold. We found good places to duck into and warm up and eat, so it wasn’t all bad. Be sure to check out day 1 and day 2.
On our second day in Charleston guess what we did… if you guessed walked around and ate food, you’d be correct. @jenamiller is really into food especially the delicious kind and Charleston is filled with good restaurants. I carried my camera and just explored the city through my lens.
I don’t often share the work I do at my full time job because it’s for a totally different audience. However we just completed a new project I’m happy to share with you all in hopes that you’ll enjoy looking at it and find some of the information useful.
Last year I spent 16 days on the road shooting commissioned art work for a corporate client. They wanted bright colorful images from around the Southeast to adorn their cafeteria walls. They gave me a few examples of stuff they liked and then set me free to photograph 6 cities and capture work worthy of printing 6 feet wide and framing. A tall order to say the least…
A few months ago I noticed something strange on my bank statement and it was the final straw to lose me as a customer. It wasn’t the debit card fees, or the increased account fees, or the very poor reputation, or the whole too big to fail thing… although those were contributing factors. What was the final straw, you ask? Advertising within my bank statement. By nature of their service they have access to my personal information: where I shop, […]
I haven’t posted in awhile because having a full time job and still taking on freelance work, leaves little time for updates. However, those two things and some thriftiness on my part have enabled me to completely pay off all the credit card I accumulated during and after college. This is a big personal achievement for me and I’ve been feeling pretty good about it lately. In fact I’ve been feeling pretty awesome. And then today happened. Last night I […]
In September I took a trip with the lovely @jenamiller to check out an area of the country I hadn’t explored yet, the Pacific Northwest. We went to Both Vancouver and Seattle and took a train between the two. It was a great trip and I’ve posted lots of pictures from that trip on this blog. However, I also shot some video while I was there and I finally found the time to edit something together. Enjoy!
December was the busiest month I’ve had as a freelance multimedia professional. It was awesome! I had commitments almost every single day of the month (minus the holidays, but you could also make a reasonable argument that those too were commitments). Even though I was building momentum and developing a good client base, I wasn’t making enough money to pay down my debt and build up income. So… I decided to accept the offer of a full time job at […]
I had been wanting to check out Seattle for awhile, as I’ve heard amazing things about it and I’ve got a few friends there that I haven’t seen in years. I was also there to shoot some headshots for my friend Sarah. I’ll post those soon… Here are a few randoms from the first day hanging out in Downtown Seattle. me with the lovely @jenamiller Cops in Seattle do things a little differently! I thought this ATM was interesting/gross!
By the third day in Vancouver, we were a little worn out from exploring and we were being a bit lazy. We decided to walk to Stanley Park and see what that was all about. Here is the lovely @jenamiller. Here’s a guy waiting in line to get his hot dog from Japadog, a Japenese hot dog street cart. Here’s the view from our hotel room later that evening.
I just got new business cards and I’m pretty excited to start handing them out! My last batch was from 2008 and my work has changed a lot since then. My style is cleaner and more polished so I wanted to really reflect that with my marketing materials. I’m a versatile shooter and I wanted my cards to show that idea as well so there are 7 different cards to choose from. I had some help on the design from […]
Everyone suggested that Granville Island was a must visit so we did. It’s a pretty cool little touristy shopping area with a famous public market. We roamed around for a bit, tried a few things, and ate dinner there too.
Day 2 in Vancouver started with a great morning meeting with the Vancouver Photo Workshops to chat about workshoppers.org. They have some pretty awesome photography workshops, so check them out! After that we decided to check out Granville Island and the Public Market. We walked from our hotel to the island, which meant a long stroll across the Granville Bridge, and we got some great views.
This was my first visit to Canada. Been wanting to check out Vancouver for awhile now. I’ve always heard that it was one of the greatest cities in North America. The city was awesome and beautiful but perhaps a bit overhyped. It felt a little bit like a very relaxed New York City. Here are a few shots from the first day as we strolled around in the area known as Gastown. Here’s a guy who helped us decide where […]
This is the first in a series of posts covering my recent trip to Seattle and Vancouver with the lovely @jenamiller. We took an Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver. It was awesome! Definitely a good way to travel. I’m not the only one thinking that either. Evidently Amtrak is experiencing record ridership. It was spacious, non-crowded, had free wi-fi, had lounge cars with food and drink sales, plenty of room for luggage, and had huge windows for great views […]
So while I was getting everything set up and tested for those studio shots of Eli, I had my dog, Charlee, stand in for him. She didn’t like the camera and wasn’t a good model, but I did get these two fun shots of her.
Meet Eli- a 17 year old Dalmatian mix. He was my roommates companion. I took these pictures right before Eli went to the vet for his final nap. He was having some health issues and it was time. I consider it an honor to have such a handsome and distinguished gentleman pose for my camera.
I just found out that Peanut Butter Oreos are SO much better than regular Oreos! They just so happened to be the first subject of my new home photography studio. I’ll probably be posting more studio photography over the next few months as I work to expand my studio skills.
I met @drewhawkins on twitter while he was living in Chicago, right before he landed at a job at Engauge, here in Atlanta. So once he got settled in we grabbed some starbucks and had some good chats revolving around social media and it’s place in marketing. He has a great blog called Brain Wads full of original thinking and insightful commentary (he even did a blog post about our photoshoot!) Anyway, a few weeks ago I shot some headshots […]
Three years ago this month (summer of 2008), my little brother got married in Salt Lake City, UT and I flew out for the wedding from Maine. It was a rather epic journey to get there and I actually missed the wedding. The whole story can be found here (Epic Journey to Salt Lake City). Anyway, I was digging back through some old photos and came across the photos from that trip. I found a few I liked that I […]
I’m trying to carry my camera around more often and had it with me as I ate at both Yeah! Burger and Farm Burger here in Atlanta. Both places emphasize natural organic ingredients and both are excellent places to grab a delicious burger. I don’t view this as a competition because I think we are lucky to have them both! Yeah! Burger: “Our burgers and sandwiches are made in house with natural and organic ingredients and are free of antibiotics, […]
Got the chance to help Charleston photographer Brennan Wesley on a photoshoot at Turner Field today. Great photographer, great guy, and great gig. We knocked out 15 portraits each with a different location (all within the complex) and then shot tons of ambient stuff for Atlanta Beverage Company. They were having their second annual tradeshow, which means there was tons of free beer everywhere for the drinking… Here are a few behind the scenes cell phone shots.
I had the pleasure of attending the amazing Less Conference 2011, here in Atlanta. Thanks to Allan Branch and Steven Bristol I was able to document the event with photographs. I could write about the conference itself, but there’s an awesome write up already written by Rob Warner: “Why I’ll Never Miss Lessconf” Click here for a gallery I set up using dropbox if you want to see all of them! (Gallery will expire June 5th, 2011) Here are a […]
I like shooting people. So when Michael Cheek asked me if I could do a headshot for him, I said of course! He mostly wanted an updated shot for various social media avatars so we tried a few different things and these two are my favorites, a serious one and a fun one! You can check out my headshots gallery here: Headshots and if you’re interested in having me shoot a new headshot of you, just email me at email@example.com.
As mentioned in part 1 and part 2, I went to Saint Lucia with my girlfriend, but it rained on us basically the whole time. The rain kind of dampened our plans for an awesome beach vacation, so instead we had a short kayaking expedition in the rain.
As mentioned in part 1, I just got back from Saint Lucia with my girlfriend. We took a quick trip to celebrate her birthday and I also needed to work on my tan a little bit in preparation for the summer. Unfortunately it rained almost the entire time and we barely saw the sun, so I’m still ghostly white. I also didn’t shoot very much because I was on vacation. Mostly I ate and slept. Here are a few random […]
To celebrate my girlfriend‘s birthday we snuck off to St. Lucia for a few days. Most people don’t know much about Saint Lucia, including me. Almost everything I know about it can be learned from looking at this google map. We stayed in the northern tip of the island but the airport is in the south, so we had a lengthy commute and I shot pictures from the front seat of our shuttle. The roads were pretty sketchy in some […]
Many photography contests are just bad deals for photographers. This is an excerpt from an email I received as a member of a local photography group. My name is Alex Doubet, and I’m contacting you on behalf of US Road Sports & Entertainment Group (USRS). We own & operate the Publix Georgia Marathon (coming up on 3/20/11; ~18k participants) and the Atlanta 13.1 Half Marathon (10/2/11; ~4k participants). We are starting a photo contest for our Atlanta-area marathons. The theme […]
One of the things I teach people about photography is that sometimes they should be finding and shooting the light instead of chasing subjects. The light can be your subject. It makes ordinary things much more interesting. Here are some examples I shot at the office recently.
I love shooting weddings because it’s such a happy event for everyone there! People love getting photographed at a wedding because they are all spiffed up and looking good! It makes my job easy and pleasurable! You can check out the rest of my wedding work at www.kendrickdischweddings.com. Recently I had the honor of second shooting a same gender wedding alongside CJ of mossandisaac.com. It was small but super fun! Here are a few selects.
Trying to shoot more randoms this year and sometimes you just gotta go to the old standby of shooting your pets… Here’s my dog Charlee enjoying her Valentines day bone from her secret admirer. Below that is Widget, the mischievous cat from upstairs.
Here’s a cute picture of my nephew TJ that I shot during Christmas. He refused to smile for me and if I really started pushing him he would change the subject by pointing at the lights and saying “lights!”. You had to be there.
Recently I learned how to make a quiche. But this post is not a “how to make a quiche” post, although I’m sure several of you came here due to that phrase being your search parameter. Sorry for the misdirection. Here’s a link to a quiche recipe. Instead, this post is just a few photos I snapped while learning how to make a quiche. This quiche had ham, tomatoes, asparagus, and cheese. It was excellent.
I didn’t shoot much while I was visiting my family in Arkansas over the holidays, but I did get a few casual snaps while I was driving to and from. Yes, I shoot while I drive and I know I shouldn’t. But it’s not illegal and I’m a photographer.
Last year I was part of the crew on a short film called By Your Side, directed by Chris Stanford and Jake Herrle and DP’d by my friend Morgan Cooper. I was a camera operator for some of the scenes and also did some of the sound recording. It turned out really well, so I thought I would share the results: By Your Side from Chris Stanford on Vimeo. Produced by TwoThree Pictures. Shot with 5D Mark ll. Edited by […]
The above image was generated by some software called IOGraphica that tracks my mouse movements over the course of a given amount of time and represents that data with these cool looking graphics. This is 8 hours on a 27inch Imac. On this particular day I was editing video for most of it. The black dots are when my mouse was still. The largest black dot was when I went to lunch. The major horizontal lines are the scrub lines […]
I’ve had a crazy few years since 2007. Lots of craziness. This is my second Thanksgiving in Atlanta and I’ve got lots to be thankful for. I’ve got a couple of amazing friends here and I’ve got a good job that challenges me in ways I should be challenged. I’ve got a place to live that I really like and I’ve got some cool projects going that could lead to cool stuff down the road. I’ve got a great family […]
My friend Michael asked me to do a few portraits before his wedding next month. We went to the High Museum here in Atlanta and just played with some lines and spaces. Michael was a fantastic model, I rarely told him how to pose, he just has a knack for looking good in front of the camera. It was fun and I got several that I really liked.
I’m friends with Jay Maisel’s Studio Manager, not by coincidence. Jay Maisel is one of my favorite photographers and I’ve blogged about him before. Here’s a video produced by the Santa Fe Workshops that really shows off some of his best images and captures some of his nuggets of wisdom. It’s really inspiring to me and I think you’ll enjoy it too. Anyway, my buddy John is the studio manager for Jay and I was lucky enough to get the […]
Met up with a photographer friend for drinks and a photowalk in Decatur, GA. It was getting dark by the time we got around to shooting. Not my best work but here are a few I sort of liked.
I took a trip to New York to promote workshoppers.org at the 2010 PDN PhotoPlus Expo. Another blog post will cover some more details of the trip soon. I love coming to New York because it’s a great city for just carrying your camera and shooting whatever seems interesting in the moment. The streets are filled with vibrancy and character and it’s hard not to come back with at least a few interesting images.
As mentioned in part 1, I was able to hit the streets of East Atlanta for the Annual East Atlanta Strut Festival. It was fun! Here are the rest of the images! This last one is of a poodle riding around strapped to the chest of this biker guy. Took a few quick shots, and this was the best I could manage…
A few weeks ago we were shooting parts of a documentary about Jason Meninger during the FLW cup on Lake Lanier. I took a moment and shot this portrait of my coworker. This is Gino. A great designer and thinker.
When I left a cushy full time job in Arkansas in 2007 to move to Santa Fe and work for the Santa Fe Photography Workshops, I viewed it as the beginning of an amazing adventure. It was an awesome, (if sometimes bumpy) ride that led me to some great places and introduced me to tons of great people along the way. Ultimately I found myself in Atlanta, Georgia hustling for work as a freelance photo/video specialist and teaching the occasional […]
This oil spill is big news. But I was curious about how the media was handling the scope of the news. The truth of it is that the networks all have an agenda. I don’t claim to know or take sides, but I wanted to see for myself what the situation on the beaches looked like. So I went down with a few friends and documented what I found. I wasn’t trying to be a reporter and I wasn’t trying […]
I stumbled across the BP Staging Area for the oil spill containment efforts. Panama City Beach didn’t seem to have any oil washing up yet, but I think they were getting ready to disburse some of these booms/bumbers. I didn’t talk to anyone from BP because I glanced at the clock and was running a bit late for my conference. So I snapped these pictures and jumped back in the car. I also found the Community Outreach Center and it […]
While we were driving down to Florida to check out the oil spillage, we passed this old farmhouse basking in beautiful late afternoon light, so I whipped a U-turn and we took a few minutes to explore and shoot.
I had the opportunity to photograph executive chef Todd Ginsberg at Atlanta’s Bocado, one of the best lunch places in the city! The food is incredible and the atmosphere is a great combination of classy and relaxed. They have a small garden in the back where they grow some of their own vegetables. Todd is a great chef! I’ve eaten there several times and the menu always has new items. Big thanks to Josh Geyer for the awesome assist!
I had the privilege of shooting a portrait of James F. Geiger, the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of CBeyond Inc., for the 2010 Annual Report. Of course Mr. Geiger is a busy man, so we only had a scheduled 15 minutes to shoot. But after about 3 minutes, he was ready to get back to work, which was fine because I had the shot in the can. I only got 11 frames and the 11th one was the winner! […]
I’ve gotten to be friends with the family that my girlfriend lives with. Nadine and Jay. They are awesome people and have welcomed me into their home time and time again for delicious meals and captivating conversation. Last week I was over for dinner and Nadine started playing her piano so I grabbed my camera and made a few images!
I was so busy while I was in the Dominican Republic teaching my Adobe Lightroom Workshop, that I didn’t get to shoot very many pictures. But yesterday I discovered another compact flash card with images I had taken, but didn’t get a chance to offload them to my laptop right away and then forgot about them. So here they are! This last one is my breakfast, Salami and Mangu, one morning during the workshop!
Here are few more from Pinones in Puerto Rico! These next few are from a young mango grove. In the mud on the ground were thousands of small hermit crabs scurrying about. It looked the ground was moving!
I kind of like lizards. I had several when I was younger including 2 green iguanas. Alicia told me giant green iguanas were common throughout Puerto Rico so I made it a mission to find one and get a photo. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any, but I did get a few shots of other types of lizards! Please leave a comment if you know what kind they are!
Here are some more from Old San Juan, Puerto Rico (You can see part 1 here). It’s a very photogenic area and I had a great time shooting. The kids come here to fly their kites! The sky is literally filled with kites! Very cool! One of the only downsides of Old San Juan, seems to be the parking situation. It’s very hard to find a spot on the narrow streets.
Old San Juan was definitely a highlight of my Puerto Rico trip. It’s a beautiful area with a very European charm. I’d like to live there for a few months to really give it a good thorough exploration! This is a 465-year-old neighborhood originally conceived as a military stronghold. Its 7-square-block area has evolved into a charming residential and commercial district. The streets here are paved with cobbles of adoquine, a blue stone cast from furnace slag; they were brought […]
As we roamed around outside of town near the beach (it’s an island, so there are a lot of beaches), we stopped at a roadside restaurant for some dinner. They fry almost everything. Pictured below is some of the food we ate. I can’t remember what it’s officially called. This is fried plantain with crapmeat inside. They said this was chicken on a stick, but I’m not sure… it might have been iguana.
Alicia Kidd Photography Workshops is both the brains and the brawn behind my recent Lightroom Workshops in Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. I was just there to preach what I know, while they organized everything and dealt with all the promotions and did all the actual work… Huge thanks to Alicia and her producing partner, Su-jeng Sang who is also her real life partner! They got engaged earlier this year and they are both amazing people and they make a […]
Here’s a shot from the balcony of the apartment we stayed in while we were in Santo Domingo. We were three blocks from the Malecon (the waterfront) and we were able to walk to great little venues for dinner! I didn’t have a tripod for this, so there’s a bit of motion blur… I need to get a tripod that is small and light for travel… anyone have suggestions?
When I’m giving a Lightroom Workshop, I definitely want to get my students out of the classroom and into the world to make images. I do this for two reasons: A) I want them to have fresh/exciting new stuff to import and process and B) even if you enjoy working on the computer, three straight days of sitting in a darkened room listening to me explain things is enough to put anyone into a vegetative state! So in Santa Domingo, […]
I’ve got lots of pictures from Puerto Rico to upload on the blog, but I definitely want to start with the pictures I took on my birthday! Alicia Kidd, a fantastic producer and photographer, was my fixer and translator for these! Thanks Alicia! One of my thoughts was that I have plenty of things in my life that make me happy so even though the tradition is to receive gifts on one’s birthday, I wanted to give something! I decided […]
I’m not the biggest fan of Seafood and expected Dominican food to be very seafood oriented… I was pleasantly surprised to find it is more based on tropical fruits such as plantains. This is my lunch during one of the workshop days. We brought our lunch back to the classroom to save time! Rice, Chicken, and Pastelón de platano maduro (ripe plantain casserole). This is an appetizer, Dominica Quipe (arabian kibbeh, wheat and lamb, fried) This is Mofongo: fried plantain […]
I’ve been pretty busy preparing for my Lightroom Workshops and haven’t had time to post much lately. I made a short trip to Arkansas back in Feb. and found a little skate park and decided to do some night photography of the skater kids doing jumps and tricks. It was fun and the kids were working hard to show off for the camera. I shot these with 2 Canon Speedlights, a Canon wireless commander, and the assistance of my little […]
I just finished teaching a 3 day Adobe Lightroom workshop in the Dominican Republic. Now I’m in Puerto Rico to teach another 3 day workshop this weekend! It’s not too late to enroll! Anyway, my time in the Dominican was short and I wasn’t able to shoot much, but I snapped a few images from the passenger seat during one of my cab rides in the wild Dominican traffic. As is the case in many countries, stop signs are mostly […]
Lyla Morrison asked me to shoot a photo for a poster project designed with the goal of creating an impact and sparking discussion. I think we succeeded, what do you think? This photo was done completely in camera with the only photoshop work being basic sharpening, color balance, and the text at the very bottom which states, “belief in God is no excuse for hatred”.
Mitch is a musician from Atlanta, but lives in Boston. He needed some new promo photos, so he got in touch with me and we went out and had a fun photoshoot and got a lot of great pictures. I had a tough time narrowing it down, but here are my two favorite shots from the day!
I was asked by my friend, Diana, to help with the photography and photoshop composite work on a mock-up CD cover for a band called Arcade Fire. She created a logo and wanted the logo to be in the blown out smoke from a candle on top of a cupcake. So, grab a cupcake (with sprinkles), a candle, a few studio strobes, and we are all set!
Lately I’ve been doing some freelance work for Andrea Fremiotti, who owns Burn Photo, and one of the things I did was help him prepare for a gallery show at Big Studio. I did the printing and coordinated the framing, designed and published a companion book, and then hung the show. The images are stunning aerial photos of housing development areas ‘on hiatus’ because the money ran out during the recession of 2008-2009. He calls this series “Arrested Development”. You […]
I was in New York a few months ago and my friend Rainbow needed a headshot for her new acting promo piece. I gave her lots to choose from but I pulled my favorite and converted it to black and white! We went to The Cloisters for the shoot, but I was on a time crunch so I couldn’t explore much, but it seems like a cool place so I’m sure I will go again!
On September 21st, 2009, after 4 days of constant rain, Atlanta experienced extreme flooding. Ten people died and 20,000 homes and businesses suffered major damage. Here’s a picture taken (not by me) in downtown Atlanta…(click picture for source) My apartment complex was severely flooded and everyone was evacuated. It all happened very quickly. I had been out of town for the weekend and came back at about 3:00pm. One side of the complex was already flooded and it was getting […]
I was in New York a few weeks ago, strolled across the Manhattan Bridge and got these shots from the bridge! One problem, this bridge has trains running on it, so the bridge is vibrating most of the time so a tripod is useless…
My good friend Jay needed a fun and interesting portrait and I was happy to help him out! He’s passionate about working out and is actually an MMA fighter in training. So we headed to a park and just played around with a few simple exercise related ideas. These are my favorite: Big thanks goes to my buddy Shibu for assisting on this one! And another big thanks to Maryam for coming out and shooting these behind the scenes photos!
I recently had the pleasure of driving up to Clemson University to shoot a portrait of Fred Faircloth and Rebecca Fulmer for Quest Magazine. I had never been to Clemson before but my assignment was to show the beauty of the campus in the portrait of Fred and Rebecca. Rebbecca is a student at Clemson and recently won a substantial scholarship given out by Fred, a Coca-Cola Bottler. I’m not going to write too much here, as the article in […]
I recently had the pleasure of shooting a portrait of portrait photographer Paul Mobley, who has a gorgeous book out called “American Farmer“. When photographer Paul Mobley set out to capture the soul of our country’s farm communities, he encountered an enduring rural culture that remains rooted in the principles of tradition, family, integrity and hard work. Traveling across the country from Tennessee to Montana, Mobley and his camera were welcomed time and again into the homes of over two […]
So, as mentioned in the previous post, I just finished up my 2nd quarter at Portfolio Center where I’m working on building up a commercial photography portfolio. Besides the lighting class I was in, I was also in a class called Environmental Portraiture in which the goal was to take various types of portraits on location. Each assignment had various educational goals and each one got progressively harder. My instructor, Joel Silverman, was great and taught us a lot of […]
So I just finished my second quarter at Portfolio Center, an intensive graduate level commercial photography and visual communications program. One of my classes this quarter was called Intermediate Lighting taught by Tom Abraham. We had four deliverables (deliverable = what we show to our critique panel at the end of the quarter). The assignments are based on a theme assigned by Tom, but we are pretty much free to interpret it and shoot whatever we want. Here are my […]
This first one is actually from the Intro to Photography one day seminar I taught back in March. The model’s name is K and I will be shooting her for a school assignment next week. Yes, there is a reflector in the shot and yes I shot that between the legs of one of my students, but the story behind this is that I was down on the ground while my students were on the stairs working with the model […]
My friend Lyla is working on some design projects involving World of Coke, the Coke Musuem here in Atlanta. So one day she coerced me into tagging along as she made a visit. Of course I brought my camera and snapped a few pics! It was moderately interesting, but my favorite part was definitely tasting all the variety of drinks that the Coke company manufactures. They have over 60 options available and you just walk around and try as many […]
Awhile back my mother decided to start raising a unique breed of cats called “Naked” sphynx, called that because they actually have little or no hair. Perfect for people who are allergic to cats! So anyway, I snapped a few pics when I was in town last month. You can look at the whole gallery by clicking here. Or you can find more pictures and a lot more information, including available kittens and prices by checking out her cattery site: […]
The above photo is Leigh Anna, my classmate in our Location Portraits class. The photo below is my class (taught by Joel Silverman- center, red shirt, big camera) in Wynn Park learning a little about natural light portraits. I like this class a lot and look forward to really getting some good portrait practice.
My friend Diana was driving on a major road in here in Atlanta two days after that big wind storm we had that knocked down so many trees, when she went through an intersection that had a non-functional stoplight and her Volkswagen Rabbit was struck by a big pickup that wasn’t paying attention. Luckily she only had minor injuries to one knee, but the car couldn’t be driven. I was close by so I went to give moral support while […]
There’s been some rough weather hitting Atlanta lately. On Monday, the 13th, I slept through some mighty fierce winds that wrecked havoc all over the city. There were tons of trees down all over the place. Many of my friends were without power for awhile (also my school was out of power for the day) and about half the traffic lights in town were out. I did venture out into the wild for a bit and found this example of […]
I was driving around in Springdale, Arkansas with my friend Maryam and she spotted this peacock perched on the roof of a house. She convinced me to stop and try to get a picture of it. So, as soon it saw us approaching it ran away and we chased it through the neighborhood, finally catching up to it in this scary yard. The couple who lived there gave me permission to roam around in their yard to try to get […]
I went to the famous Georgia Aquarium the day before Valentines day to take some pictures for a homework assignment. I’m finally getting the time to sort through the pictures from that visit and post a few selects here on the blog. Hope you enjoy! The one above is actually one that I submitted for the assignment. The assignment was to explore motion using natural light. The one above is another one shot for an assignment called “Shaft of Light”. […]
So last weekend I went to a livestock show with fellow Portfolio Center photographer CJ Isaac. It was fun and interesting and obviously a good place to get some fun pictures. What amazed me about the pigs was how muscular they were. I guess it makes perfect sense, but I always thought of pigs as fat. These pigs were ripped! I liked their ears! My favorite shot from the day! This pig got a bath before his judging! And this […]
Today I found myself assisting one of my classmates on a photoshoot in this old building we found in Southeast Atlanta. Inside the building were all these old canisters labeled Civil Defense Carbohydrate Supplement. Some were rusted out and empty. Some were still sealed up and not rusted. So I was pretty curious about what a Carbohydrate Supplement was, so I busted one open to take a look. Turns out, it’s hard candy. I ate one to see what it […]
I’m not going to lie. Eating hamburgers for breakfast doesn’t really sound particularly appetizing. But then I heard about Steak ‘n Shake offering hamburgers to Atlanta residents for a mere 15 cents if you went during 8:00am-11:00am on Friday Feb. 13th. Suddenly burgers for breakfast sounded pretty good. The Steak & Shake franchise is celebrating 75 years in business and in a clever marketing ploy (or desperate?), they got nostalgic and decided the best way to draw attention to the […]
I was doing some research for possible locations for photoshoots in Atlanta and I read about this old abandoned prison in Southeast Atlanta. So I grabbed a couple of classmates and we had a great time poking our cameras around in these old buildings! I encourage you to click here to watch a full screen slideshow of the images on my flickr page. They look better big! Or just click here to look at the whole set which is 28 […]
I have a class called Natural Light with Jerry Burns (www.studioburns.com). Here he is teaching us something. I have to shoot everyday as the sun comes and as the sun goes down. Subject isn’t that important but the lighting is very important. Here is me walking around in Atlanta looking for good light. Here’s another one of me taken by me classmate Lauren.
This is my good friend Jeremy. He is a very interesting guy with an incredible personal story. I don’t have time to go into it all now, but he is writing a religious book called ‘Rockstar Devotionals: Lifestyles of the Sinners and Saints’. He shaved the cross into his chest as an every day reminder to stick to the plan God has laid out for him.
My parents bought a little fixer upper house in the Historic District of Fort Smith last year and have been fixing it up. The plan is for my mom to have her office in the house and my dad will have a little photo studio in the house as well. The picture above shows the fresh paint job, while the picture below shows how much work is left on the inside!
Wondered around in NYC for a bit taking a few pics here and there, several of them turned out to be pictures of the streets. This was taken from the window of my friend’s apartment. She’s on the 9th floor. This is pretty much what it feels like to drive in Manhattan. Kinda stressful and fast. But I got the hang of it pretty quick. This is where the World Trade Center used to be. (kinda motion blurry because I […]
This is Allen. He worked at the Maine Media Workshops as the Digital Service Bureau Manager and we shared an office space. We also were roommates at the cabin. He’s a cool cat and possibly the best photo printing ninja I’ve met. He now assists for John Paul Caponigro. He is one of my best friends from my time in Maine and I look forward to following his blossoming career.
I was playing with a tilt-shift lens awhile back and shot these two pics of my coworker from The Maine Media Workshops, Dave. It was really tough because I had to use a shutter speed of 1.6 seconds (which is a long time!), camera balanced on my knee, adjusting focus and composition by trial and error.
I took this picture in January of 2007 as I traveled around the country with Jeremy Brown as he promoted his just released book “Branding the Brand: Life Inside the Electric Rodeo“. This is part of bigger project I’m working on, but I came across this one and decided to post it!
As I was checking into my hotel in Atlanta, I see a band pull into the driveway. You can tell when it’s a band because they all have the same white van with the same style of trailer. So the first guy walks in to book the rooms and I asked him what band he was in, he said Jimmies Chicken Shack. No kidding! I’ve never seen them perform, but I do have some of their music on my ipod. […]
Thanksgiving 2008 is the second thanksgiving in a row that I haven’t spent with my family and the second in a row that I haven’t had turkey. I spent Thanksgiving 2007 in Mexico. I had Fettuccine Alfredo because we couldn’t find any place serving turkey. It wasn’t that good. Would have preferred some delicious turkey and mashed taters and gravy, some corn, green beans, stuffing, and hot dinner rolls. Oh well. Below is a random picture I took on Thanksgiving […]
Here’s another one of my friends named Dave. (trust me I have a lot of friends named Dave or David). This Dave worked in the Darkroom all summer here at the Maine Media Workshops! I needed to post a picture to test something I’ve been working on and this is a picture I already had sitting on flickr, so it got published!
Time has flown by, but back in August, I got my hands on a Canon 24mm tilt shift lens ($1149 from Amazon and more info here) and played with it at a picnic/barbecue at my house with some friends and coworkers. The tilt shift lens is very tricky to use. For the non-photographers out there: basically it gives you the ability to manipulate your plane of focus on an x, y, and z axis instead of just the normal x […]
So I’ve been working back through old pictures as I build my new image galleries for my website and I came across these random shots from Cancun. These were taken with my little point and shoot Panasonic Lumix and have no real artistic value, but they do offer a little glimpse into Cancun.
Every Friday night at the Maine Media Workshops is a viewing of the students work that was created during that week. It’s a festive celebration and makes a great ending to a week of hard work. A couple of Friday’s ago, I had my camera handy, so I snapped a few pictures of the setup so you can see what it’s like. The Executive Director, Charles Altschul welcomes the crowd to the show!
So I got my hands on the 70-200mm 2.8 IS USM lens from Canon and went out to play with it. ($1,600 from Amazon) I don’t claim to excel at outdoor/nature photography, I’ll leave that to my father and brother. But this lens begs to shoot birds, so here ya go. I approached very slowly and the duck didn’t seem to mind me getting close. I got about 6 or 7 feet away and got this shot without having to […]
Last summer while I was working for the Santa Fe Photography Workshops, I had the privilege of working with Dave. We worked closely together for the whole summer and he was a fantastic source of knowledge and humor. Anyway, he stopped into Maine for a quick visit before doing some photo printing and then heading overseas for some documentary photography work. We hung out, tried to get into some trouble (very nearly succeeding), and shot some pictures in various places […]
The Maine Media Workshops has a 7 week work study program which involves instruction in either photography or filmmaking. The photos below were the idea of Lou, one of the filmmakers. She also happens to be a photographer and wanted to take some portraits of her classmates. She asked me to help her with the lighting setup. Carlos, another filmmaker/photographer wanted to help so it ended up being a very collaborative effort with all three of us contributing ideas and […]
So the other night I hung out at the bowling alley with some friends and shot a few pics! Matt and Kevin Deb This is a little semi-private area of the bowling lanes and we took over the whole area! Carlos Carlos showing off his hours old tattoo Bruce Carlos bowled a spare Lou Michael Matt Good times with good friends!
So Russell Carpenter was here in Maine teaching a few weeks ago. He was the cinematographer on “Titanic” which won an Oscar award for Cinematography. This night he was showing one of his recent films called “21” starring Kevin Spacey about some Blackjack Card Counters that are also MIT students. It was a cool little film, but not as good as I expected. This particular photo took me a few minutes to get because the theater is so dark I […]
ok, he didn’t actually come to visit me… he is here at the Maine Media Workshops this week teaching his class called “Light, Gesture, Color”… He has an amazing eye for photography and is one of my favorite photographers so I’m always happy to listen to his lectures and sit in on his classes. (I love this shot, but its slightly out of focus… damn!) Here he watches a short video about him that he shows during his lecture.
I did a photoshoot in April for the Outrage Knockout girls. They work for a clothing company promoting the line of clothing at various kinds of fights throughout the country. Check out their myspace. Most of these all could use a little more careful post processing, but this was right before I came to Maine and since then, I haven’t really had time to work on my photography much.
I haven’t been shooting much lately so here are a few shots of my friends Maryam and Kevin that I shot in April before I left Arkansas. They got married this summer and are living happily ever after!
My sister is pregnant. She’s about 32 weeks along in this photo and at the time of posting she is about 37 weeks. Also today is her birthday. So Happy Birthday Sis! These were taken strolling around on the beach of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
In the New England area they have a variation on standard bowling. They call it Candlepin Bowling. The pins are cylinders about the size of a stick of dynamite or a road flare and the balls are about the size of a grapefruit. It’s much harder than regular bowling. I went with some friends from the Maine Media Workshops and we had a great time. My camera got passed around a bit so some of these shots weren’t taken by […]
Caught this sunrise as I drove to the airport when I was leaving Salt Lake City. I was running late, so I couldn’t stop, I rolled down the drivers window and held the camera up and took the shot… I do that a lot.
This is the Morman Temple in Salt Lake City. These are two HDR shots that aren’t very good. I’m kind of struggling with the HDR workflow, can’t seem to get good results and I’m not sure if it is my technique or if I’m doing something wrong or not doing something I’m supposed to be doing. Oh well, I will keep working on it!
On Sunday the Maine Media Workshops had their second annual Open House. This is the event where people can come from anywhere in the world to check out the facilities and learn about what happens here. I was pretty busy most of the day, but I did manage to snap a few pictures of the Dog Portrait studio. This was setup using Canon’s wifi system to send pictures straight to the computer as they were taken and then they would […]
I got to test out a 10-22 wide angle lens while I was in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago. I loved it. These two shots are of a random dog that I met while I was roaming around taking pictures on Antelope Island.
There’s a herd of about 500 Bison that live on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Here are a few. The signs said don’t get off the road, so I didn’t. I really wanted to get a lot closer and I wasn’t afraid of the bison, I just didn’t want to get fined by the Park Rangers. Click the image for a larger version
I was on Antelope Island, a 45 square mile island in the Great Salt Lake in Utah, eating lunch with my family when a lone pelican came over to see what we were up to. Somebody threw him a chip and pretty soon about 30 more showed up and we threw out more bread and chips for them to eat. I took a bunch of pics.
So I took my camera with me the other night when I went out to one of the local bars. A poker tourney in action! A girl named Jackie showed me her films on her iphone. Pretty cool! My buddy Trevor throwing some darts!
Photography is a special privilege. I feel lucky to be able to take photos, stash them for awhile, then look through them and be reminded of the events surrounding the moment when the picture was made. This sunset picture is not really very good. But it was taken when I was with a group of really special people on a really special day in my life. This was taken a few hours before my life changed dramatically. Here’s another example […]
This guy was great. We were hanging out, waiting on the subway, and he had the whole platform singing along to My Girl. One of the girls I was with went to toss a dollar into his guitar case and realized, just a second too late, that she actually tossed in a $20. The guy was very thankful!
One of my stops in New York was the Hudson Hotel. Very interesting, but took very few pics. The Hudson is clearly intended to be young, fun, and cheap (the rooms start at $95 a night) but also gorgeous-a reflection of Schrager’s current philosophy that contemporary life is not about how much money you have but how much you know. “It’s like an Ivy League college that’s been invaded by E-kids,” he says. Starck, reached at the Bordeaux oyster farm […]
So I visited the ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum the last time I was down in Mexico, but unfortunately I had barely any time to shoot before getting ushered out by the guards. It was almost closing time when I got there. The Tulum ruins are the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico, after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza. It is popular for the picturesque view of the Caribbean and a location just 128 km (80 miles) south of the popular […]
My friend Madelyn took me to a bar in the East Village called “The Telephone” and they had these cool old red phone booths, so I had to take a few pictures. The pic above was taken by her friend Scott after I set the camera up. Of course since we were in a bar called “The Telephone” I had to get a pic of a cell phone.
New York City is a crazy place with a whole lot of character. It’s packed with things to see, smell, hear, and feel. There is so much going on that sometimes it’s hard to find anything to focus on. I had that trouble a little bit as I was roaming around the city shooting things that I found interesting. These are photos of the few signs that caught my attention. Can anyone tell me what that means? Is there anyone […]
I have a love for street vendor food. I have a pretty strong stomach and can eat almost anything so generally I’m unconcerned about eating ‘street meat’. At this vendor I just got some chicken wrapped in Pita bread. It was tasty!
I missed my exit while on the Jersey Turnpike so when I tried to get myself turned around it took a little time and effort. It was raining and there was a lot of traffic which added to my stress level. I probably shouldn’t have been fiddling with my camera, as that was the reason I missed my exit in the first place!
This is actually part of a bridge called the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. A very cool half bridge/half tunnel, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel connects Virginia’s Eastern Shore with the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk. I’m planning to do a post on deepdisch.net about this with some more pics.
A few weeks ago I got a chance to shoot some portraits of my friend Nichelle in a studio with some borrowed lights. Here are a few from that shoot! Isn’t she gorgeous? Special thanks to Angie for sharing her studio time and Lena for sharing her lights! You guys rock!
I had a chance to volunteer at an amazing event a few weeks ago. It’s called the Growing Kids Sale and it’s put on by some family friends. Basically it’s a giant indoor yard sale with about 1200 families contributing items. It’s a huge event and is growing every year. I just helped out a little but I was amazed at the organization of the event. It’s a well oiled machine with incredible attention paid to the details. I walked […]
I saw this family several times when I was in San Miguel de Allende, last fall. I snapped this one in haste and i’m not super fond of it, but a friend of mine loves it, so I went ahead and posted it here.
I got to see one of my favorite bands a few nights ago and as I often do, I took my camera! Shooting bands is really a lot of fun but it’s pretty hard work both physically and mentally. When I shoot a band, my goal is to try to capture the passion of the band in a photo. Jarris always plays with a ton of energy and passion, so I really enjoy shooting them. It helps that they are […]
I went to a MMA fight last weekend and took shots from a perch above the octagon. I didn’t get very good shots, most of the fights were very short and the fighters weren’t in a convenient position to my angle, but below are the results from that exciting shoot! For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, it’s basically a mix up of various fighting styles. People are cross trained in multiple styles including, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling/grappling, jujitsu, and […]
So on Wednesday night, I was at my sisters house in Muldrow, Oklahoma working on editing some photos from last weekend, when I got word that we were in for some rough weather. Muldrow is about halfway between Sallisaw and Fort Smith. So I get my camera ready for action and I go out and take some pictures, but nothing is really happening yet, although the tornado sirens were going off. I shot this picture of the clouds. You can’t […]
I was inspired by a photographer from Seattle named Erin Vey to try taking some nice portraits of Charlie. I was trying to capture some personality and for those of you who know my pooch, I think I did. I used autofocus and a few of these aren’t quite perfect. oh well… She was a terrible model. She was camera shy and wouldn’t hold still. It was fun though. These are my sister’s poodles. I had treats to try and […]