An image I made of traveling Art model Shena Tarie from the Atlanta area. photographed on location at Nashville's historic Marathon Village.
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I recently photographed the annual awards dinner for Nashville's home based Cumberland Pharmaceuticals.
Its my 5th time covering this event for Cumberland and local and national media. Its a top notch company that I have had the great fortune of following since its inception over a decade ago when I photographed them for Nashville Business Journal. Their CEO and founder A.J. Kazimi is a great guy and a super smart business man who has watched his company grow tremendously over the years. Below are some images from their 2014 awards dinner from The Bridge building in East Nashville along the Cumberland River.
When you hear people talk about Alternative Portraits…it can mean many things. Everyone has their own idea of what one is. Here is my take on it. I make it simple. Non-traditional processing, posing and wardrobe.
This is a portrait of one of my best friends in the world. Her name is Amy Stiner. She and I were in art school together, in Pittsburgh. She was a photographer, organic farmer, barista, traveler and all around wonderful person. This is an image I made of her at the Natchez Trace Bridge in Nashville in 2005. It was her third visit to Nashville to visit me. It turned out to be the last time I would photograph her and the last time I would ever see Amy again. She and her unborn child and a friend lost their lives in June of 2013 in a freak car accident off the coast of Maine. I think about her often. I think about what a great friend she was to me and what a tremendously talented person she was…but most of all I think about and remember all the people she touched in her life and travels and especially what a great mother she would have been. I miss you Amy!
Erica has become one of my favorite people. She is a very talented and genuine person. I have had the privilege of photographing her a few times over the last year and a half. The image above is an example of our work together. enjoy, let me know what you think...
I've ressurected a decade old project recently. I started a portrait project in art school, shooting classmates in an old blue shirt of mine. After school ended, I moved to Nashville, got a job, got married and I forgot about the blue shirt series until a few months ago. Now it's back :-)
I have added another facet to my business shooting subjects that have become a little more exciting than dudes in suits. And I think, as they say it will help keep me young. The high school senior portrait has evolved quite a bit since I was forced to do it when I was young impressionable photographer. Schools still require the tuxedo jacket for boys and the drape for girls, but the kids themselves have created a much hipper spin-off. It feeds their social media fix and amplifies their personalities. In short, the 'kids" have taken control of their own image and how they want their friends to see them and share experiences. Under the parents supervision of course :) Below is one of my first senior portrait sessions (that isn't quite finished yet). It's Evie Viol. She is a ball of fire that never stops smiling. Her mother is a dear friend of mine, local business owner and great role model. If you are interested in learning more about my senior portrait sessions click here.
We have all been to a local coffee house and seen local art hanging on the walls. My question is...When did the bathroom wall become gallery space?! And...why do you put a price on the piece(s) that hang on said walls? Because you know, nobody is gonna buy art that has spent weeks hanging above the can. It might as well be called a permanent piece in that establishment's collection. Furthermore, if that's my work, I am certainly not taking that it back home...just saying.
I have been going through my archives lately, finding many images that didn't make the cut. I enjoy back tracking, re-discovering great photos and poses that I otherwise wasn't in the mood to edit the first time around. Here is Jaclyn, a family friend and first time model. She was great! I'm trying to convince her to do many more shoots with me.
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