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Tag Archives: Great Smoky Mountains
As I started writing this entry, I was thinking that 2009 was a “meh” year for me photographically. But as I wrote it, I realized that 2009 was a pretty good year for me. I did not accomplish the goals I set for myself this time last year, but it was a good year all the same.
The bulk of the year was spent finishing the basement which included my beautiful wife’s art studio, our still in disarray tiki/beach bar, and my photography studio. All of the destruction, construction, and cleaning meant not much of a chance to do as much photography as I would have liked. I did get some good shoots in, however, and I really shouldn’t complain to much. After all, I now have my own mostly finished studio space (I say “mostly finished” because no studio is ever truly finished) with plenty of room for shooting everything from family portraits to artistic figure work to product photography.
I did some travel (which I love), and went to San Diego, Albuquerque, vacation in Florida where I worked with two swimsuit models on the beach (you can’t do much of that in North Georgia), a paid trip to Myrtle Beach to photograph a hotel for the day job, and a weekend nature photography trip to the Smoky Mountains with good friends.
On very short notice, I organized the very successful model shoot out for the annual Rock and Roll Monster Bash at the Starlight Drive In in Atlanta – a feat that also put me in touch with a number of people I only knew from the internet as well as helped to get my name out to the alt model world (I loves me some tattooed models!). I also continued and strengthened my relationship with the Atlanta Roller Girls and became their official official photographer for the latter part of the 2009 season and the upcoming 2010 season. My relationship with the Atlanta Roller Girls directly led to me doing a piece on the Austin, TX band And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead for Prick Magazine – on line and in print – in 2009, too.
I ended 2009 working with the first Help Portrait project, a few shoots for my personal projects, a big group and individual portrait shoot for an international company, and some great shots of my family at Christmas. All in all, 2009 was a pretty good year for my camera and me.
As I look into 2010, I already have five shoots booked for January, including a repeat shoot with the beautiful Amy Frena before she heads off to sunny southern California to pursue her modeling career, two personal project shoots, a client product shoot, and the first shoot as the official official photographer for the Atlanta Roller Girls.
2009 did not suck, and 2010 will only get better!
***The pretty girl at the top is Amy Frena. She was one of my last pretty girl shoots of 2009, and will be my first pretty girl shoot of 2010.
Why haven’t I posted anything?? Photographically the last 2 months have been fulfilling, but I haven’t said anything about any of my shoots here. I should have been, because there is much to post about!
I spent 3 days photographing roller derby action at the Southern Fried Smackdown in Atlanta. I shot over 2000 frames of action, met some really nice folks, and made some great connections for future events.
I did another shoot with my beautiful friend Heather, then a weekend road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains with two other photographers, Brian Garret and Stu Haluski. None of us are usually nature/landscape photographers, so the trip was very helpful to break us out of our comfort zones and try something different. We met nature photographer Richard Mack who gave us tips for shooting sunsets
on Clingman’s Dome. Richard even gave us a mention on his blog. (pssst…check out the video of me and the boys driving the Tail Of the Dragon)
I wrapped up October with my last unpaid “portfolio shoot” for the year with the oh-so-lovely Amy Frena who contacted me to do a shoot. I was recommended by a friend of hers who I shot more than five years ago. Keep an eye on my YouTube page for a video from the shoot.
The rest of the year will be used for personal projects and family time. I am also FINALLY putting the final touches on my new website design and getting involved in “social media” – including Facebook and Twitter.
That pretty much covers it for now.