Pondering a jump back in

July 6th, 2011

I’ve started thinking about getting more involved in photography again for a while – the past month or so. I’ve still got a free membership at ModelMayhem, I’m considering re-subscribing to OneModelPlace and trying to get some TFP shoots. Lots of things to think about…

Long time no see…

August 25th, 2010

Last time I updated – which was entirely too long ago – I promised some as-yet unreleased material in my next post.  This is sort of a compromise – many of these images have been released, but only in the raw format, not the color-corrected versions.  Trinity is a model I worked with in 2008; from a bit west of Greensboro, she came out to Burlington to shoot with me.  She had a smile that seemed to take up her entire face, and although she was just getting back into modeling from a surgery-induced break, still seemed an old hand at it.

She is also a huge Michigan fan, so any of you out there that are Ohio Buckeye fans might want to close your eyes.  🙂

She’s also a huge Dodgers fan, as I’m sure you’ll see from a few of the images in the gallery below.  So, without too much more of my blather, let’s get right to the images we created!

The last of the really old stuff

August 4th, 2010

So far, everything I’ve posted has been really old stuff that’s been available and indexed in my public gallery. Today is no exception, save for being the last of that batch. Yes, there are more shoots I’ve done in this category that may make an appearance later, but those shoots are, in my opinion, not as good. Since I’m trying to showcase my best work, I’m not cluttering it up with not-so-good stuff. Today’s update is from a shoot I did in March 2008 with Emilie.
Emilie was living in the Triad area of North Carolina at the time, but had a great desire to relocate to the left coast.

Emilie was yet another model that was very easy to work with, had all her stuff together, and knew a heck of a lot more about how shoots were supposed to work than I did.  Are you seeing a pattern here yet?  🙂  So since I don’t want to waste your time with blather, I’ll just insert a mini-gallery of her images below.

Catching up slowly

August 1st, 2010

Today I’m busily sorting through and post-processing the images from yesterday’s shoot, trying to find the ones that are especially good and make sure they lok the way I want them to look.  I’ve got a lot of images to go through!

The images here are from a shoot I did with Kristen Vanet in April 2008.  Kristen is a former Lady Cat cheerleader and a promotional model based in Charlotte – she was in the Triangle area for a modeling gig so managed to hold her nose long enough to stop by Burlington to shoot with me on her way back home.

She is very much a “country girl” at heart; she’s a huge fan of NASCAR and very large trucks, and just about talked my ear off about how much fun mudding is.

I’m still not entirely sure what mudding involves other than a large dirt field, moderate to heavy rains, large pickup trucks, and a hell of a lot of washing the trucks later, though.  Maybe it’s the Yankee in me just refusing to understand – Fate knows she tried explaining it to me enough different ways and long enough that I ought to!

Fortunately for me, she also appreciates small, fast cars like my SKY – it’s not quite a track car, but it’s pretty close!

Kristen is still active in photographic and promotional modeling, and from everything I hear is insanely busy, working 8 or 9 days a week in and around the Charlotte area.  Thank Fate I was able to catch her when I did!

Quick update

July 31st, 2010

No photos to post today, but I wanted to make a note that I’m getting back into model photography as of today.  It’s been quite a long hiatus, mostly due to work, workouts, and other conflicts, but with today’s shoot I feel like I’m getting back into the groove and starting to pick up where I left off.  The images aren’t what I want, but that’s because idiot me misplaced my shoot bag, so I don’t have all the lights I’m used to working with.  I need to find that bag…   anyway, off the continue the shoot.

New old material!

July 27th, 2010

Yep, it’s time for another update.  This time, I’m going to toss up some images I created with Crystal Mayze, a model based in Harrelsville, NC.  I haven’t caught up with her since this shoot in 2008, but at the time she was a modl, personal trainer, EMT, and Occupational Therapy expert – geez, that’s even busier than I am!

I first met Crystal back in 2005, actually, when I did my first shoot with her out in Harrelsville.  At the time, I went out to her farm in Harrelsville and got some decent shots out on the “back 40”.  Since then, I’ve gotten nothing but better, and in all honesty, I’m not at all impressed with what I was able to do then.  In fact, I’m downright unwilling to publish very many iamges from that era of my photography, because they look so bad compared to what I can do now.

Fortunately for me, Crystal was willing to give me a chance to redeem myself when she contacted me in 2008 for another shoot.  It was early March when we did this shoot, so it was still a bit cool but the worst of the cold had been taken over by the rapidly approaching spring weather.  Most of the images were taken at a canoe launch on the Haw River just outside of Burlington.  At the time, I was living in Burlington and working in Greensboro, so I didn’t have much of a studio area to work with, but the canoe launch was very convenient and far enough off the beaten path to be very low traffic.

We started the shoot somewhat late in the afternoon so we had to do the last few sets indoors.  Given the severe lack of decent backgrounds in my apartment, I was somewhat disappointed in the outcome of those images, but that was entirely the fault of the location.  Crystal is an excellent model, and if she hasn’t retired yet (she was debating whether to retire from modeling shortly after we did this shoot – something about being too busy and starting to burn out…  imagine that…), I would recommend her to any photographer looking for someone who’s easy to work with.  She’s friendly, personable, doesn’t waste time, and just generally has all her stuff together for the entire shoot.

Come to think of it, I’ve managed to always work with awesome models who don’t waste my time and really have their stuff together – I consider myself incredibly lucky in that regard!

And on that note, I’ll close this entry out – stay tuned for more updates soonish!

Some more old stuff

July 23rd, 2010

This update is much sooner than I’d expected to be making an update, but I managed to get my old images transferred a lot sooner than I thought possible so I’ve got a great deal of material to go through.

In January of 2009, the Chapel Hill and greater Triangle area of North Carolina experienced an unusually heavy snowfall.  I was living in Carrboro at the time, taking the bus in to work, so I brought along the camera to get some photos of campus.  Here are a few of the best ones.

Snow covers a handrail near the Dental School pedestrian bridge.

It’s a bit cold out to be riding a bicycle home from campus…

Look, I know we left it around here somewhere yesterday…  now where’s the blasted frisbee?

Getting started

July 22nd, 2010

Well, I’ve had this empty blog for a while, and I’ve just not been finding the time to make any posts.  Honestly, it’s mostly because I’ve not found time to do any photography lately, and even though I have a bunch of material available, I was wanting to get some new shoots done.

Well, enough is enough – time to start on this with two of my favorite recent shots of Stephanie.  I made contact with her through a modeling web site and did a total of three shoots with her – lots of personality, very energetic, easy to work with, and willing to step outside the normal “comfort zone”.

This shot and the next one were both taken at Hanging Rock State Park in March of 2009.  The water is still a bit chilly, so we waited until the end of the shoot before getting serious about the water.  The rocks were only moderately cool – not cold enough to avoid sitting on, but not the heated rocks that reptiles prefer, either.  The North Carolina mountains likes to keep it chill!

Well, towards noon we finally decided to get her under the waterfall, and this next image is, I think, the best of the shoot.

Yes, it was a very quick setup, and the shoot was done not very much longer after that – Stephanie wrapped about 3 thick towels around herself and only just barely avoided having her teeth chattering!