Thursday, September 21, 2017

Some of My Artist's Favorites #2

When you photograph people for a living eventually you will create an image during the session that becomes your favorite.  It's that moment when everything clicks between you and your subject and you've captured what you envisioned prior to the session.  I have taken thousands of images of people over the years and in this posting I felt like sharing a few of what I've classified as my "Artist's Favorites".  I hope that you like them too.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Logan & Gage Prom Portraits

Several months ago I had the privilege of photographing Gage's senior portraits along with his pickup truck named "Dixie".  So, it wasn't too much of a surprise when his mom asked me to create his senior prom portraits with his date by the name of Logan (what a beautiful young lady).  Upon getting the booking for the session I knew that I wanted to give the couple something that was most unique from all of their friends anticipated portrait themes.  In addition, I also wanted to avoid all of the previous local destinations for prom pictures.  

I wanted something classy.  Without hesitation the idea came to me to have a gorgeous woman (Logan), a handsome gent (Gage), and an expensive airplane in the background to top off the perfect idea of elegance.  Of course, we'd squeeze "Dixie" into a few shots just to ground the experience in favor of Gage and his love for his truck.  I'm willing to bet though that during prom night Logan stole Gage's heart because she looked absolutely stunning in her prom dress.  Overall it was a pleasure to photograph the two of them and they helped me to create some awesome prom portraits.



I want to give a special thanks to Becky Shealy (Airport Manager) of Daniel Field in Augusta for allowing me to use several of her planes as background.
1775 Highland Ave., Augusta, GA 30904
(706) 733-8970

Stills:  Canon 5D w/24-105mm IS Lens
Lighting:  Doug Box Softbox w/Canon 550EX Flash
Still Post:  Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS3
Plugin:  Portraiture Professional

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Gage Powers - Class of 2017

Photographing seniors is a curious proposition.  Many of them have personalities that are well-established as to how they perceive themselves and how they want the world to see them.  Therefore, whenever I have a session with a high school student I like to meet them in a chat session before the shoot so that we can mesh both our personalities ahead of time.  It just makes the shoot a whole lot easier and quicker.

However, after my conference with Gage and his mom I went away thinking he was neither impressed with me, my talents, or the idea of being photographed.  It was the typical "guy thing" and I concluded that I was going to have my work cut out for me the day of the session.  Yet, I'll have to admit that I had totally misjudged him.  The day of the shoot Gage was on point and it was a pleasure watching him become more comfortable before the camera with each shot.

What I like about this session with Gage is that it shows a mature young man who didn't put on airs but stayed true to himself.  Maybe that's why he drives a big ole honking truck named "Dixie" and is already successfully employed.  Congratulations, Gage, you're my top "Senior of the Year" candidate.  I wish you lots of success upon graduating.

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My favorite shot of Gage.

Stills:  Canon 30D w/17-55mm IS
          Canon 10D w/70-200mm IS
Still Post:  Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS3
Plugin:  Portraiture Professional