I get asked these questions so much now that it drives me crazy!!! So once again I will address this subject hopefully for the last time?!
“Do you still shoot with people?” Yes!!!
“Are you retired?” No!!!
I really don’t like unnecessarily placing labels on things, especially myself, but if I had to label myself I’d say that I am foremost a portrait photographer. Portraits are what I love to create. Over the past 3 years I’ve taken time away from shooting people as much to concentrate on the other styles of photography that interests me. Because of this decision the local public seems to think that I no longer shoot with people, even though I still post people pictures! Shooting with people, models and children is still what I love to do, but the truth is, I’ve had so many issues with the models AND people where I live that I’ve basically been forced to stop working with them. It’s not that I want to stop, it’s more about being tired of all of the drama in order to do what I love. I know that nothing is perfect and as long as you deal with people there will always be problems, but it should never get to a point where the drama outweighs the fun and starts to steal your joy away. Well that’s exactly what started happening to me. So I made the conscious decision to become extremely selective in who I work with as well as what I post. I know that this has definitely confused many, so to clarify my position, I LOVE SHOOTING WITH PEOPLE!!!
I also love shooting on the street, and I love shooting nature. These are the different styles of photography that interest me the most. But, as long as I have a camera I will shoot ANYTHING that I think is cool, fun, or sparks my interest. I never limit myself as far as what I capture even though I might concentrate on one style more than others at a particular time. What I want people to understand is that my current work reflects my environment. There isn’t an abundance of street photography or nature photography opportunities here, but those opportunities are more readily available to me than capable models are. The bottom line is this, I’d love to shoot with more people, but, until they can act right I will continue to focus on the other areas. As long as I’m busy working on something I’m happy so it’s all good to me!
Now, here is a photo from my most recent test shoot with a beautiful young lady named Marquetta. This was a very loose and fun shoot despite the number of difficulties we encountered. I’ll admit, working with her made me miss all the model shoots, and made me want to jump back into it full steam, but…we’ll see…only time will tell? Honestly I’m not very optimistic about it. I’m just going to keep moving forward, and if I happen to meet people along the way that want to move with me then we’ll do to together. If not, I’ll be fine. I’ve always been a loaner so I’ll always have myself to fall back on.
Various shots taken from our last session over the summer.
Hello all! Today I’d like to share a few pics I shot at the grand opening of our local whitewater rafting event here in downtown Columbus, GA. I’ve watched as the process of opening this water park quickly develop from an announcement, to construction, to the grand opening. I still can’t believe just how fast it all happened! My family and I really enjoy going to the water-park and watching the rafters, surfers, kayakers and swimming students learn and splash around. I take my camera every time I go because I know there’s always something exciting going on. Don’t worry, I have thousands of shots to share with you over time, and I’ll be sure to add more from my ever going water-park adventures later. Until then, please enjoy.
It’s almost that time again! The weather is getting hotter and I’m reminded of one of my favorite shots from my one and only shoot with the gorgeous Destiny Mone a few years ago. This shot is interesting to me because, a group of guys were walking by admiring our shoot with some very cool surfboards so I had the bright idea to ask them if we could borrow it for a few frames? The guys were more than happy to agree, and long story short, this ended up being one of my most favorite shots of Destiny. Maybe one day we’ll have a chance to do it again? Summer fun…