Amy Frena Model

Amy Frena - ModelI love it when a model I’ve worked with makes it big – sort of.

Here’s actress and model Amy Frena in a movie of some sort.

Here’s more of Amy if you’re interested

You can also follow Amy Frena on Twitter.

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2012 Mid Year Update

Where shall we start?

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What Is The Big White Box?

You may have seen the Big White Box portraits mentioned on Facebook in posts about the Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash or related to the Atlanta Roller Girls. And I am sure you have asked yourself, “What is the ‘Big White Box’?” I’ll tell you.

Richard Avedon has a beautiful series of portraits called “In The American West”. The portraits are not models, or celebrities, or politicians. They are regular people who Avedon met while traveling the American west. When I first saw those portraits I was struck by the honesty, the depth, and the simple emotion of the people – not to mention the wonderful cast of characters that Avedon managed to photograph. I saw those photos and was inspired to try something like that, too.

I later saw a behind the scenes photo of how he accomplished that great look. He did with a simple white backdrop tacked to the shade side of a building. I pondered and thought until my ponderer was all pondered out, and I came up with a way I could do something similar. And the Big White Box portrait project was born.

Working with concepts inspired by the brilliant Tinker Tubes PDF that has floated around the DIY photographer world for a long time, I devised a – well, a box that I covered on the sides, top, and back with inexpensive white nylon. That made a big white box with an even light all the way around.

Big White Box Frame

Big White Box Frame

Big White Box Cover

Big White Box Cover













With the Big White Box complete, I debuted it at the 2007 Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash,and it was an immediate hit. Since that time I have taken the Big White Box to a wedding, more Atlanta Roller Derby matches than I can recall, and the 2008 Monster Bash.

I was busy organizing model and car shoots at the 2009-2011 Monster Bashes, but I am thrilled to bring the Big White Box portrait project back for the 2012 Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash. If I don’t see you there, perhaps you’ll come to the June 2012 Atlanta Roller Girls bout, or, if you prefer, I can come to your wedding, car show, or event.


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Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash

Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash

The Girls of Monster Bash

I have been attending the Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash every year since it first started in 2006. While not a big fan of horror movies, I am a huge fan of the types of people who come out to the Monster Bash every years, and I have had some great photo ops there – not to mention having met and befriended many people in the “alternative” scene in Atlanta.

I will be back at the 2012 Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash again this year, and it will mark the return of my Big White Box portrait project. I am looking forward to getting back into the Atlanta, GA heat and humidity and hanging out at the Starlight Drive In with all the ghouls and girls – and coming home with some interesting Big White Box portraits!

Check out some of my photos from prior Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash events!

When: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
Gates are at 10am
Tickets: $20

2012 Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash

2012 Atlanta Rock and Roll Monster Bash

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Photography For A Good Cause

Paint Tybee Pink

Paint Tybee Pink

Many photographers – myself included – constantly complain about being asked to shoot an event or a person for free. The usual justification for that request is, “You’ll get exposure.” Most photographers don’t need exposure. We need cash. We need to pay the rent or the credit card bills. Exposure doesn’t do that.

But every now and then you do a shoot for free because it is for a Good Cause, because your talents as a photographer will help promote that cause. I have a few Good Causes I participate with for free or for a drastically reduced rate. Help Portrait is one of them. Another is breast cancer fund raising, particularly (and almost exclusively) the Paint Georgia Pink organization.

A few years ago my baby sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy to stop the spread of that disease. Her life was saved because of early detection and rapid response by her doctors. Shortly after that event, I was asked by Jessica Hill to contribute my photography talents to shooting a promo piece for her breast cancer fund raiser, Ink 4 Pink. That shoot combined my affection for girls with tattoos with breast cancer awareness. I got to work with custom fashion designer Erin Bohanon, one of my favorite models – Kris Melton, another model I’ve wanted to photograph for a long time – Rachel Rust, and Jessica. It was a win-win for me!

Exposure? Not really, but I did get a web design client from it, and now Rachel says hello to me when I see her at a tattoo studio.

My best friend from college, Susan Oates, heads up Paint Georgia Pink, and the first weekend of May 2012 she is holding a fund raiser walk on Tybee Island outside of Savannah called Paint Tybee Pink. She asked me to come photograph the event for her, and do it for no pay. I didn’t hesitate for a minute. I told her absolutely yes.

Will I get paid? I do get a hotel room for two nights, but there is no residual income, no honorariums, no tip jar. Just me showing up for a weekend to help my friend and a cause I believe in. I have my Good Causes, and I will shoot for them. I won’t get exposure (except maybe sunburn), and the trip to Tybee will cost me more than it will make me, but it is a Good Cause. And sometimes we have to do Good Causes.

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