Spring… one of my best and worst times of the year… the worst, because allergies attack me like no other…. Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head fever (okay thats from the old school Vicks 44 commercial… just showed my age =)… Anyway, its the best time of the year for me because it’s getting warm and weddings are being shot about every weekend… and in this case it is a good time of the year for engagement sessions as well!! Something about spring afternoons and the very warm toned color of light from the sun that I just love shooting and trying to capture. This session was my first real afternoon that had this kind of light… Nicole and Ryan did a great job and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in September! Check out these fun shots ::
Collaboration portfolio shoots are shoots that I tend to do from time to time in the down time of my crazy year… This was one of those types of sessions. I like idea of shooting fitness and weight lifting types of shots… except I like to put my own little SGP twist on it. My goal is to give a unique shot with dynamic lighting but yet at the same time try and steer clear of the “industry standard” shots that everybody see’s in glamor fitness types of magazines.
Meet the Whitney… she was the one that I did the collaborating with for the shoot, her and her husband have quite the success story of pretty much just eating clean and working out… for some true inspiration checkout her sites WhitneyCarlson.com and He & She Eat Clean…. very motivational and they seem to have a huge following as well… go check it out and get inspired. Whitney added two of her friends in with th eshoot as well and asked if i could take a few of their kind of shots and then I could get the ones that I needed… so all in all I think it worked out for the all parties.
Check out some of the shots… in the gym and in the junkyard… YEAP JUNKYARD… you know how i like put pretty things in ugly places… makes such a dynamic contrast…
Meet The Cast :: Whitney, Anna and Paige
and this was pretty much how the day went…. Anna was our ice breaker or was it the tequila? …lol
Cameron 2014 Commerce High School Senior shoot collaboration #2…. remember this amazing shoot from just a few weeks back… Austin from EJHS ( http://blog.greeneworks.net/2013/02/20/ejhs-senior-atlanta-and-north-ga-photographer/ )… well this would be Mr. Austin’s lovely girlfriend Cameron. Austin was pretty tough enduring some chilli weather while putting up with 3 goofy photographers…. well I gotta say Cameron may just be a bit tougher… she had the same 3 goofy photographers and much, much colder…. actually freezing weather. She was a great model by all means. I really got some great shots from this session as well….. I shot around with a lens I hardly ever shoot with just to get outside my comfort zone and I really think it worked well for me this session… for you photographers out there… I highly recommend getting an 85 f1.4 of sorts… its yummy and great bokeh too.
This is officially kicking off my 2014 Senior Season “It’s Your Year, OWN It”…. as most of you you know once April or may gets here seniors will be booking like crazy in order to reserve those summer slots for pictures… I try to shoot no more than 20 seniors every year…. So if you are thinking about it… go ahead and book and reserve your slot this summer today… email me for details ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Great for the price of Good! =)
Anyway… check out some of these shots below ::
Kicking off the 2014 Senior Season a little earlier this year…. Teaming up with 2 other photographers and one really cool senior makes for a great afternoon. Samantha Beauchamp Photography contacted me a few weeks ago to collaborate with her on a senior session that she had coming up… with our different styles of work she felt we could really give him a diverse set of images… I then asked if I could take it a bit further and I mentioned bringing on another talented shooter… Antonio Little Photography… with us 3 in place it was sure to be a cool session and I knew we were going to have a lot of fun… so a big thanks SBP and ALP for a great evening of shooting and a special big thanks to Austin for hanging in there with us for a little over 3 hours…. it was well worth it. Here are my share of images from the shoot check them out….
Amanda and Chris…. I can tell this is going to be a fun wedding come next year. I met these guys awhile back when we were booking their wedding and right off the bat I could tell that Amanda was going to make some great photos just being herself… loves to laugh, loves to smile and loves her man which always makes for a great photography recipe. We did their engagement session at Jim Walters Barn in Lula, GA… I have shot there two previous times… once a bridal session and then a wedding. Great little “country-esque” venue to shoot at. We got some pretty wonderful shots there… check them out ::
Probably one of my most favorite couples this year… meet Michelle and Jay again. You met these guys a few weeks ago with their hott engagement session. Well their day had finally arrived and what a great day it turned out to be… nice weather, great venue at the Carl House and a great time with DJ TOD. I shoot a lot of weddings so I get to see couples the happiest on their most important day… well the love between Michelle and Jay when they look at each other is evident and it definitely radiated in their pictures. These guys had a first look and we got a lot of great shots… this was wedding #3 for me in November and it’s weddings like this that remind me why I shoot… thanks guys for letting me be apart of your special day… now check out some kool shots! ::
Meet Shannon and Jordan… This is a very photogenic couple as you can tell. Jordan can deff work the camera as she is no stranger to the world of modeling and Shannon did a great job as well…. being the “boy prop” and the sweet fiance… Stay tuned this winter as Jordan are I plan to do a session or two for some cool creatives and portfolio builders… We got a lot of great shots but here are just a few from the session…. ::
I HAVE SOOOOO BEEN WAITING TO POST THIS…. Bridal sessions are bitter sweet…. sweet b/c they are great sessions with no stress and lots of creativity… bitter b/c I can’t post a great session till after the wedding… well guess what… IT’S AFTER THE WEDDING YALL! For those of you who haven’t met Ashley yet… we have worked together 3 times prior on my Trash the Dress portfolio (downtown urban look, junkyard and a mountain stream… all kick @$$ sessions =). I was pretty flattered when she asked me to be her wedding photographer, b/c this time it was for real…. and she knows the importance of lasting photography.
Ashley got an engagement session and a bridal session in her wedding package…. the engagement turned out really good, but she sent me a pretty challenging request for her bridal… and if you know me… I like a good challenge =). Her bridal session idea was inspired by this Ralph Lauren commercial… “Romance”. So of course as soon as I watched this I was like… “HE%$ (double hockey sticks) yeah we can do it!”…. Thanks to my brother from a different mother Scott Hawks for letting us use his horse farm and a few of his fine horses. (Dancing Tree Farms…. by the way photogs check it out… his rates are great for horse usage). When we got done with the session I couldn’t wait to get them edited and proofed out to her… BUT I had to wait about a month before I could post…. well the wedding was last night… rocked it out too and those are coming later on, BUT check these out !! ::
Wow people… Not sure I’ll ever book 4 weddings in one month again, BUT luckily for my first 2 of the 4…. they are getting their disc in the mail no later than 4 days after their big day….LOL deff not the norm =). Anyway meet Wade and Breanna you may remember them from a great engagement session about this time last year… Well their day has finally came and what good day it was… good weather, everything ran smooth and a crazy good time at the reception. Check out some of their shots from the day ::
As my senior season is starting slow down a bit… this session with Sydney was really cool because she is my first real non-local senior… whoo hoo i’m going regional…lol… just kidding but she is from up in Cumming GA. We had a great shoot and hit several of my favorite locations which are all new to those seniors… We dodged the rain and ended up with a very pretty, somewhat windy afternoon. Oh yeah, shes drives a cool car too.. VDUB =)… lol. Anyway check out some of the shots below ::
Who would have thought that hurricane Sandy would have brought so much wind and cold weather on a Sunday afternoon… brrrrr. Well she did, Sandy tried to deter us from shooting… I know she did some of my other photog friends that day (yall big ol chickens…lol), but not us. Cason was a trooper and I mean trooper between the wind whipping, cold weather nipping and mom yelling about fixing hair…. she muscled thru the session and we got some great shots…. check out a few from this Dragon Senior ::
What a great weekend to shoot a great wedding… Perfect weather, perfect venue and the perfect couple…. This wedding was held up at Brasstown Valley Resort This is a really nice venue nestled in the mountains of North Ga. Kristina and Neel were as relaxed as they could be it seemed on what was a very busy day… I got some great shots and here are a few from the day… check them out
Its been a long while since I have posted one of these… so since my 2012 Senior Season is coming to an end (it has been an amazing season btw)… I figured I would post a few cheat sheets for some of you out there that may be interested…. and like Peter always wants to know… “whats my secrete you ask Peter… SAMS Club AA Batteries
Check these Cheat Sheets out::
Flash Units were all Nikon SB900, 800 speed lights
This was wedding #67 for me in my short career… and I must say this was probably one of my favorites I’ve ever shot. First off I’d like to thank Marla and Chad for sticking with me thru the tough and unfortunate times that took place over the months of planning leading up to your special day. Marla and Chad is a very nice couple and very sincere and friendly…. I met Chad twice (the second time on his wedding day) and he was generous enough to tell me about the green cooler and to help myself (thanks for that and I had a few….shhhhh). Everything at this wedding, which was held at the brides parents house, was put together and done by them…. I was very impressed when I rolled up the day of the wedding…. I knew it was going to be a good day… check out some shots ::
I think all my couples I shoot and work with are great, but I must admit there is that noticeable playful love among some that is apparent just right off the bat… Meet Ashley and Jarred, they are one of those couples that make taking pictures easy. Ashley sent me a few ideas that I could add my own little spin too and Jarred actually seemed really comfortable in front of the camera…. (a rarity for most guys). The pictures came on the day that ended a 3 day rain monsoon from a passing by hurricane. We actually didn’t think we would be able to shoot that afternoon and what do you know it cleared up and was bright sunny skies… and not only that but we had some outstanding clouds to move in also towards the end of the session… check out the shots ::
This past week has dumped quite the rain… This engagement session with Latosha and Tad looked a little touch and go for awhile there with the rain all around us. Once again my luck holds out… we get a nice little break and knockout the session. A little funny side note, this particular location is pretty neat except they need a sign that says beware of the cats…they weren’t ferocious or mean just annoying and i bet out of all my shots I had to clone and heal brush them out of most pictures…. BUT with even the cats trying to pester us, we got some great shots… check them out ::
Back to the grind… after having some of July and all of August off from weddings… I am back at full swing now. I ended my first half on a bang with DJ & Bubba and starting this second half off on the right foot at The Georgia Club. Not sure if you remember Kim and Allen’s amazing engagement session at Piedmont Park, but their wedding was not to disappoint either. Without delaying anymore check out these shots! ::
Meet Hayden… a pretty tall senior (taller than me) that loves to play basketball and baseball. His mom contacted me sometime back and scheduled his session, she referenced a few cool shots that I had done in the past so I knew this was going to be a fun shoot. We started inside the gym (where I drained a 3 pointer, nothing but net, that’s right I still got it =)… then we shot a few places in the school and then the cool baseball pictures. We ran into a little bit of a snaff-fu… the baseball field lights were supposed to be available to us but for some reason they were not, BUT no fear… I put on my thinking hat… grabbed a few external flashes…. used what ambient we could pull…. and yeah we still got the shots we wanted… here are a few from the session enjoy ::
Ms. Summer is a senior… Last time I saw Summer was actually about 4 years ago, I shot her older sisters wedding and Summer was in it of course. I really enjoyed this session for several reasons… one Summer is great in front of the camera and two we shot away from her hometown to get some cool and different looks. I mean parking decks and graffiti walls… how much more cooler could you get in the Summer time…(okay cheesey joke but I laughed). Check out some great shots below ::
…. and yet another Tiger Town Senior back to back days…. I have indirectly known this family for many years as my parents buy all of their furniture from them and I bought my living room suite from them as well almost 9 years ago, if ya need a great place to buy furniture try Sanders Furniture in downtown Commerce……. Now as Snoop Dogg would say, “back to lecture at hand” (G-Thang 1992)…. Meet Katherine! This was a fun shoot in that I got to shoot at a location that has yet to be “published” on my blog until now. Katherine doesn’t realize it, but she can without a doubt work the camera. We got several good quality locations within just a few miles of each other which added to the dynamics of the shoot. I don’t have much else to say, so I am going to let the images do my talking… Great Job Katherine!! checkem out… ::
Meet Josh… a 2013 Senior at Commerce High School…. I must say that I’m showing my age a little bit when I am starting to shoot the senior kids of some of the parents that I went to school with… =). Josh’s mom and I went to the same high school, she was a few years ahead of me but nonetheless a fellow alumni. I was contacted a few months ago to shoot this session and we started planning a little early… we had big plans of doing a wrestling themed shoot in the new gym… but as we didn’t know nor the coach that got us in…. the lights don’t work on the weekends inside the new gym….??? , but we improvised and rocked out a few cool gym shots anyway… It was great to see Jennifer again, meet Josh and if uncle Jeff is reading this (my class mate in school)… hows it going? Check out some of the shots we got below ::
And….. the senior crunch is on to get in all their pictures before the football programs come out… I am just slammed to the gills in August with seniors, but I don’t mind… i actually love it since seniors are becoming a favorite of mine quickly. This was a senior package that I had entered into a silent auction and was bid on and won in the Jefferson Booster Clubs Lucky Night Out. You guys should come it’s a blast… I think next year along with a senior package I am also entering photography lessons as well… =) Anyway McKay is a flanker (#12) for the Dragons this year and he promises to have a good season…. we got a good mix of of shots on this evening and as always they were fun to do. Stay tuned and you’ll see McKay later on this year as his mom is going to purchase my Spotlight Package in that I go to the game or the event and shoot nothing but the spotlight player the whole time… great way to get some cool action shots and some intense emotional candids of them out of the action as well…. anyway check out these shots ::
This was, I have to admit, a pretty cool session. Angela (the mom) contacted me some while back about doing Tyler’s senior pictures and right off the bat she wanted unique and different…Yes Please! My normal senior session is a mixed bag of formals, creative and unique shots that all flow in one session…. Well this session with Tyler was cool to me b/c it was all creative and unique shooting… mom said that his pictures by the school turned out pretty good (the formals) so she pretty much waved the green flag for an all awesome session. We hit a junkyard, a weight room and of course the football field… check these out ::
Ninety-eight degrees, humid and a slight overcast this July afternoon…. that was what we endured during this engagement shoot at the Botanical Gardens in Athens this past Monday. Kristina and Neel were a couple of troopers to say the least thru these conditions and for that we got some really great pictures… I can’t wait till their wedding this fall. Below are just a few from the session ::