Welcome to my photography blog! I hope you will enjoy my posts which will focus on work projects and personal projects and the people with whom I get to experience them.
Last summer I had an idea to shoot portraits of baristas in the Birmingham area. Lesa and I had been visiting various coffee houses and chatting with baristas and getting to know them. We found that they all were very helpful and kind to answer our questions. I just had to present the idea to B-Metro Magazine, for which I had created a few other photo stories, and they gave me the go-ahead on it. Here are some images I made for it. Thanks to Seeds Coffee, Domestique Satellite, Woodlawn Cycle Cafe, Sweet Jon's Cafe, Revelator Coffee, O'Henry's, Red Cat Cafe, Innova Coffee and Caveat.
There's a place dear to mine and Lesa's hearts—Oak Alley Plantation—where we got married in 2014, and we try to go by there once a year when we are in Louisiana to see family. It is a popular tourist site. It is right off the Mississippi River, so river boats usually stop there to let passengers browse the plantation home and grounds. They also have cute cottages that visitors can stay in. On a few visits we have been there before sunrise. At that time, there is no one around except for a groundskeeper, perhaps. And there will often be a bit of a misty fog low over the grass. It's the best time to see it, in my opinion. You'll have to wait until the office opens before you can go inside the house, but for just walking the grounds it is so quiet and beautiful. Here are some of my favorite photos I have taken there.
My friend Don Keith co-wrote a novel called Firing Point, a thriller about an American submarine captain thrust into a potential war situation against Russia after a coup in that country. The book was picked up for a movie release and after several years in the works, it will be released in October under the name Hunter Killer. The blockbuster will star Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common. I did a story for B-Metro Magazine on Don and the upcoming movie. That was such a fun opportunity. Don is one of the coolest men I know and was my boss for a while and is a good friend. I can't wait to see the movie. The book is an excellent read, too!
My wife and I recently went to Nashville to enjoy some time away and of course, some music. We went to The Ryman Auditorium (a bucket list item for me) to see Amy Grant and Vince Gill do their Christmas show. And we saw Rory Feek perform at his farm. We stayed at the Opryland Hotel. And I got to shoot some new photos for my friend, singer Kaitlin Walker. I have shot with her a few times in the past decade and I always enjoy the fun times we have trying spots all around the city. Here are a few pics from the day:
This wonderful, beautiful couple got married. Again. Well...sort of. They were already married, but had not been able to celebrate it with family and friends like they wanted and they decided to do it later. Life is like that sometimes. And I think the results of our photo session here were great. We had a good time shooting some photos in a relaxed, care-free manner. My friends at The Barn at Shady Lane were so nice to let us shoot at their beautiful wedding and event venue. Here are a few favorite images.
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