It took a few days to detach from the typical hustle and bustle of daily life. I’ve been to the beach a good bit throughout my life, but the beaches were always the boardwalk tourist destinations with people everywhere, neon lights, and the constant smell of popcorn. Outer Banks was almost shocking to me. Everything closed by 8 or 9, and it was just very laid back and almost quiet. Especially toward Corolla. We had heard about the wild horses, and how they just walk along the beach, but it was still shockingly beautiful (majestic?) to see for real. A week went by like nothing, and it was back to the daily grind. I had my first real tan since I was 18, and I returned feeling very philosophical and relaxed. It was a great week.
You’ll see the horses, my wife, my brother-in-law, and the family dogs in the photos. Sorry for the lack of yours truly.
Our first attempt at an engagement shoot was a rainy Saturday in October. I came prepped with umbrellas, and we made the most of the fall day. The leaves were crazy bright, so that sort of saved the day. We scheduled another shoot a while later, and the weather was great. It was awesome and fun. I knew the wedding was in January, so I had this little bit of fear lurking in the back of my brain. I know that WV winters can be crazy or very temperate, and nobody really can bet on either. As the wedding grew close, the forecast looked good, and I was just keeping every digit crossed that I could. The day came, and the weather was actually warm. My lovely wife Michelle did Mary’s lovely makeup, and then assisted me in hustling the newlyweds out into the breezy winter night to grab some couple photos. Michelle’s brain takes over where mine stops. She is highly organized and a fantastic director. Does that make me the actor? The screenwriter? Anyway, we got some lovely photos of the happy couple, and wrangled them back into the car and across town to the venue again for the reception. I had my fingers crossed all day, and we all lucked out. Thanks Mary and Brandon!
I had the privilege of shooting Judy and Colleen’s engagement session and spending the afternoon at their awesome mountain home. After 23 years of love and laughs, they are finally legally allowed to marry, and could not be happier about it. I felt an instant connection with them both, as if I’d known them for a very long time. We talked about music, dogs, houses, and swore to me that I could actually have a green thumb one day. We took a lot of photos of the beautiful house and the cool dogs. I left feeling very good about life. I am a much better person for having met them. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding later this month. I can only imagine how cool and amazing it will all be. #loveislove #lovealwayswins
photographing more bands. My old pal Mark’s killer space metal band Black Hole Zion was playing at the Main St Cafe, which was just down a few streets from my house. I drank a few PBR’s and waited for them to start. I was highly impressed with the light show, and I hope I did it justice. I can’t wait to photograph them more and more.
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I like photographing bands. A LOT. I’d never done anything runway-oriented before, and I now realize that it is about as close to photographing bands as anything else could come. You get a limited time to shoot, you’re not 100% sure what the lighting situation will be, and the energy is really high. Dramatic cold lighting and pulsating music fill your eyes and ears. You strap yourself in and hope for the best. Thanks again to Tuscan Sun Spa and Salon for being very cool to me and asking me to shoot this. The Post-Apocalypse will hopefully look this cool.
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My wife, Michelle, did the makeup on quite a bit of the models for the hair show. Here she is flanked by two of the coolest models of the day. No, I’m not biased.