Photoshoot with Abby & Lorna

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These two were a fantastic team to work with, full of fun and enjoyed their positive vibes. We began at Linn run going for a hike to spot some amazing spots to shoot. It was a hike and even though they huffed and puffed the pulled threw. The first image you see you may notice a bit of brown on the bottom left corner. The reason for that was because I wanted to try out a technique of creating a natural gradient by applying a leaf on the lens. Funny story though on one of these shots I actually took the shot while falling and almost busting my hand again. Turned out great though which was totally luck people I bet you wouldn’t have known till I told you.

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 The beauty about this was about Lorna's great input on the posing for the shoot. As I've said before I like to guide, but I give minor input to help make more natural. I communicate, but also love working with the models. We collaborated with one another making these beautiful photos that you see. 

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At the end we had to go all the way to the top where you can see the whole forest. Which to me was pretty sketchy since the roads went from smooth to Rocky. Immediately in my mind I was thinking , " wow didn't think it would be this rough go up." At the end though it was a pretty because it helped messenger a new location. Thanks to Abby suggesting this spot I now know this spot exists. 

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The best part of it was the appreciation and the positivity these two had in the shoot. We're they professional of course, but they also had fun with it as you can see in many of the photos Abby kept laughing. Which was fine to me because the more comfortable you are the better you'll do in the photos. Can't wait to work with these two more and expect great things from them. 

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Photo Shoot with Samantha Luster

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This time was a bit more different then usual actually it was a last minute theme change to be honest with everyone! We decided to do a retro theme in a random town I never knew existed. As soon as I drove up I saw all these random old looking buildings making me feel like I went back time, like I said it was very retro. She then showed me her outfit and I was immediately knew what was going on, like I said it was a last minute change, but this time it was the model that chose the location and outfit I guess you could say. I don’t mind a challenge though , it was just a different approach if you noticed by looking at my past portraits.

We first started at a little cafe called Market Place Pastries where which is a cute little place in Blairsville with awesome cupcakes if you would like to go to a retro spot! This was also so cool about how the first two letters of the shirt matched with the can, plus how the warmth of the sun came in making her skin tone glow.

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The one thing I loved about this black and white photo was how the focus was on her face that was lit up and the shadows were a bit blurred making it look more like she was in motion. Plus I just loved the red so much I’m so happy she chose this color makes the imagery pop so much! Also I loved how the glasses and the wrist band match so well and the one white bead matches with the white on her shirt. If you all don’t notice matching colors yeah its a thing!

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Right after this location we then saw a laundromat that we thought was pretty cool to do a shoot at. Which the thing is about this place was that the walls where very dull and creamy. The beauty about that was that well the lighting that we had bounced off the walls and made her skin tone look more retro making the images come out more like how the color schemes of photos were back then in the 50’s.

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After we went down the street toward the green bridge where we did a couple of leaning on the bridge shots, until all of a sudden we saw a red camaro, she then joked about it and well if ya’ll don;t know I take chances a lot. So we immediately went over and asked him if we could do a photo shoot with his car, and the elder said yes. So yeah we got to do a photo in front of the car!

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We then went back into town where around the time we were there traffic is a bit slow so we got to do a shot in the middle of the street. I wanted her to have a care free type of feel to contrast with the danger being in being in the center of the road, which don’t try this unless your a professional.

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She then saw this window by the street we were at and she wanted to do a flirty type of personality waiting for the person at the window. Which some photographers have an issues with he model pitching ideas, which to me it’s pretty cool because it shows team work.

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I then saw this bell looking pavilion and came u with a crazy idea about her holding on to a bar to make it look like she floating, which she was a trooper to do!

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We then ended the shoot with this door we found which I wanted her to do a simple lean and joyful type of imagery to the camera. The whole shot was just about being playful, carefree, and old fashion just like how we use to be back then. We use to be this way till times changed you know? This was an awesome photo shoot and can’t wait for next weekends photo shoot.

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Photo Shoot with Hannah

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This was an awesome photo shoot with Hannah she is a very strong independent single mom who has a lot of confidence within herself. As soon as she arrived I was quite amazed by the amount of clothes she brought with her to change. She was set and ready to go and was willing to even go in the water in other words she was very versatile. Me and her then immediately went for the hikes and did some epic shots!!!

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This photo right here actually took without her even noticing, you may wonder why did I do this. The reason why is because I like to capture natural beauty without there having to create it if that makes sense. In other words I like to capture the beauty in people without it being staged because true beauty doesn’t always have to be created, it also can be automatic at least that’s how I see the world. This was just a shot of her undoing her braids which I thought was quite interesting especially how the arms framed her face. As you can see though this young woman is a natural even though she may not consider herself one, in my eyes she’s a natural.

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The point of this shoot was to capture the strength within her and to show she is a powerful young woman. As everyone else does she too had a struggle growing up which I will not speak of, but now she feels confidence with herself again and these photo’s prove those exact traits.

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We also had a rough day with the sun hiding so much, even though it wasn’t a problem we still wanted at least one shot with the sun! We then saw the sun come out at this exact second and then we took this shot. It was pretty funny actually, but as you can see we managed pretty well without the sun coming out.

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This last image I loved because of her shirt being centered saying, “ be your own beautiful.” It meant a lot and was basically the concept of this shoot. She was quite a trooper today and can’t wait to wok with her again and take our shoots to the next level.

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Music Video Shoot Day 2 with 3 of Infinity

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This was the 2nd day of the video shoot with 3 of infinity where we shot for their music video for their song called Keep Sin. This time it was a bit more easier then the last location where we didn’t have to carry the equipment up 4 floors. As a matter of fact it was even better shooting here, like they say everything happens for a reason. As soon as we got the place organized we immediately started with the video and continued from the very beginning.

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The beauty about this place was that the owner allowed us to fully customize it, so when it was time for us to shoot on the stage it became a gem, because it was fully customized to what we visioned the stage to look like. Especially with the red lights in the dark that made the imagery even better!

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Which I can wait for everyone to see how the video ends it will blow you away and possibly make you fall off your seat laughing. The parts that I love the most about these shoots is how the parents and their partners support their kids here. Theirs nothing better to help you feel more confident then your parents and partners support, at least that’s what I believe.

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Today will be the first day where I start editing their first official music video to show them how amazing it looks so far. Then we shall shoot one last time this weekend to shoot little pieces for the video.

Make sure to watch their unofficial video which is a studio version below of the song where the song was created!

Photo shoot with Adrienne at Linn Runn

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It was a nice day in Ligonier until…. the traffic piled up, but not to worry I arrived just in time with two energy drinks and set to go! Believe it or not though after the big hike the energy drink didn’t effect me much in the beginning. As soon as we came to this cliff you see right here Adrienne was set to go and dramatically started to pose which was awesome. I gave some guidance, but I believe in less guidance reason why is because it seems more natural to capture a person in their personal state rather then just creating an ideal type of image. I like this photo here because it reflected her personality which to me defines fearless.

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Adrienne was a special type of model, the reason why I say this is because she also understand photography as well and came across many locations and we pretty much collaborated together in our styles. She also didn’t m ind getting dirty on the ground or climbing which i thought was refreshing aka she was a trooper. I love this image the most because of the sun capturing her eye in the right moment and how the ground harmonized beautifully with her hair.

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Adrienne also loved this specific location because of their being a lot of trees, for all that don;t know Adrienne if theirs one thing you need to know she loves and I mean loves nature. This image I love in this set because of of the sun coming out the leaves and the drama upon her face signifying independence. I tried my best to create powerful images with all the photos I believe it is because the more she kept telling me about herself the more I started to reflect it in the photos. Which is why I like to give less guidance because I believe in capturing a model’s natural state.

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I love how the portraits turned out and can’t wait for the spring to come so that the cold won’t be in the way. Even though it wasn’t to cold in this shoot, but just saying I just love how the sun enhances the photos.

Photo shoot with Lucas Weltz at the Major Stokes

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Lucas Weltz is a very welcoming and talented young guy who will get you on the floor rolling once you see him perform. Actually I remember him talking about this location from the last photo shoot we did here about him performing here. For people who don’t know the a Major Stokes it’s a cute little chill cafe where you can hear some great music and have a delicious meal too. I smelt someone’s meal and just had to have a bite of my own, sorry I got side tracked this is about Lucas not the food. This was actually my first time seeing him perform and I was amazed from his style of music.

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Lucas Welts went from Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers to Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. I just about lost it when he sand those songs. Lucas Weltz as you can see in the photos he gives a in deep thought type of play. When I say that it’s like he becomes one with the music and it’s almost like he’s dreaming. I thought it was beautiful to see because it shows he loves what he does and through that love makes me want to hear more. Course he adds a bit of jokes to grab your attention because he’s also a comedian. I also love how he interacts with the audience one on one even when he’s performing because it shows he has interest to his listeners. I also appreciate him shouting me out for taking his photos he didn’t have to do that and that meant a lot to me! This was an awesome time taking photos of hi performing and can’t for the next time to shoot and listen to his soulful voice.

Photo shoot with Aubrey Burchell at the Friendship Perk and Brew

For starters find a parking space was like trying to find a needle in the hay stack. Pretty lame and funny way way to start a blog right, well hopefully it made you chuckle a bit. As I walked up I ran into Russel funny thing is he replied that their was a bunch of open parking, but then a he turned the spots were filled. Okay enough with the parking this time let’s get to the nitty gritty. As I walked in The Friendship Perk and Grill the place was packed I mean almost back to back. It was an open mic night hosted by Elias Khouri. Which I have to say I loved how he helped the kids out who didn’t have a guitar or know how to play. He would play for them and even sing with them if they felt scared. That’s not really common for an artist to do that and for someone so young to be that close to the audience its quite heart warming to see.

As I turned their the Burchell’s were in there little corner with he little space they could have., like I said it was back to back. The set list was by call and I just about lost it when one of the girls did some Bruno Mars songs. Then the time came where they wanted to save Aubrey for last. As you can see with this picture you may see a funny face, but one thing I noticed about her is that believe it or not she a bit shy God Bless her, but she easy to talk to as well not the point though. The reason for this funny face is what I love the most about her performance which is she likes to interact with the audience to make not only just her singing, but entertainment as well. She quite humorous when she’s on stage with her father who is Russel Burchell.

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She sang two country songs and one cover song which is available to buy now actually which is called Little White Room which you all should download by the way available everywhere. Which I kind of had a bit of trouble not moving to her voice because the way she sang the songs almost made it sound like gospel. Even though country tones are’t that far away from gospel tones vocally since both tones share the twang type of vocal style.

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After she was done the whole crowd just lost it, sadly she was sick that day, but as always she always finds a way to keep going which I admire about her effort. This young woman does what a lot of the youth forget about which is to build and never give up on a passion. Often times when your young you give up on things, but then theirs the special people who never give up on their passion. She s a very passionate about what she does as you can see her joy in the photos of her performing, and also very humble which makes me respect her.

After the performance we then drove down to Pro mantis and had a sit down to discuss big plans that me and Aubrey Burchell are teaming up on which I will not say just yet :).

As we sat down the family then open up to me about their past, how the mother and father got together, and then Aubrey telling me about her past. As I said before shes actually a very quiet person, till you get her to talk then she goes into deeper things. Which then as I was listening to her speak It made me understand her writing even more because of a lot that she’s been through, which she’s actually a great story writer may I add. She very giving and loves to give a lot even if she receives nothing in return which is the real her the Singer is just the title, but the real her is actually a very down to earth person. The Father Russell Burchell is I just have to say he’s a very hilarious guy I just couldn’t stop laughing over the things he said and hows he loves Stephen King which I myself do too and still have to see the Sixth sense. The mother Heather Burchell is quite the same as well as Russell which kind of explains why they click so well.

The Burchell’s is a loving ad hilarious and when I mean i mean have you onthe floor rolling hilarious. The family is awesome especially the talented two daughters who are Brenna and Cayla Burchell. I also love how the parents work with everything they have to make their daughters dreams come true. It was a success on what we pitched together and can’t wait to start on our project were building!! This is going to be a fun event were making, but stay tune to find out what it is.

Concert photography with Fatal Heaven

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Thanks for a friend of mine name Craig Ferry I was given the opportunity to go with him to shoot for a band called Fatal Heaven. Me and Craig arrived early to talk with the band where I met the guitarist named Logan where he told me his story. Logan grew up learning the guitar and I will say everyone this guy is only 15, but he plays like he's a legend no joke. Logan then introduced me to the rest of the band where actually his mother is the lead singer. 

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I saw them all practice before the show started I was able to hear them play Don't Stop Believing by journey. I was blown away by how mother could hit those certain ranges. They all were so good then Logan was showing off his wireless guitar because he was telling me about how he was excited to use the new wireless amps. When I saw that though I will admit I almost jumped in the air with excitement because it was pretty cool.

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As the show started they then welcomed Everytime and thanking everyone for gathering for them coming to the benefit concert for a young woman who had a condition which I will not say, but she's in full recovery though which was a miracle. She even got a chance to sing with the band to which warmed my heart.

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Honestly though that was the day where I first got tendinitis in my wrist, so had to take photos with one hand. It became and advantage because I used my sprain to stabilize my camera which is why you see a lot of tilt in my photos. 

 

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They also had dancers to dance for them whole they did their rock songs which I totally didn't see that coming! It's was unique though because never seen a band do that before. Then at the end the drummer did a huge drum solo which I was so amazed I even put my camera down that's how good he was!

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This was a great experience to shoot the band with Craig Ferry and I hope to hear them and see Fatal Heaven again sometime. 

Photo shoot with Lucas Weltz

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The location we choose to do the photo shoot was at the major stokes, which is a nice little place where people go to have a calm fine and listen to music. As I walked in I was thought it was quite small until they took me into the lounge. Which then open my eyes to a gold mine to do photos. It had a an old piano, a juice box, leather chairs, records, it was just a classic vintage looking place.

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I had to move some furniture around for me to get the right angles of course but other then that this place was an amazing place to do a photoshoot. 

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Before we did our photoshoot me and Lucas has a little chat to discuss what's been going on lately. He has a lot going on people he's a trainer at Seton Hill, but he's also a comedian and a musician. A lot has happened in the year and now it's too the point where he can be stable doing this. Even if he didn't make a descent income with music and comedy, to Lucas he wouldn't trade doing what he does for the world. It took a lot of town and error, but he's living his dream. Also he has a lovely woman and family to back him up on his journey which is a huge plus. 

 

 

In life we all need a someone to push us to mage us believe ourselves. Course we may say we did it on our own, but 9 times out of 10 their always at least one person that has helped us.

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As you can see through the photo shoot though, me and Lucas had an amazing time doing this.  

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Anyone who wants to listen to stone great artist like Lucas Weltz or want to go to a calm place to have a chill time Cinematography give the Major Stokes a try! 

 

 

Things may happen, but you get back up.

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It all started with me waking up in the morning getting excited for smithery video opportunity. The situation was my wrist was damaged from being over used. I was kind of disappointed because of all the days it had to happen today. Thankfully I was able to find a wrist sprain since this want my first rodeo breaking it messing up my hands. I then packed my car up for the music video shoot and grabbed some food for my musicians because food and hydration is important.

 

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Once we all arrived at the location we had to set up for the day walking up three floors with instruments and props for the video. Everyone was exhausted of course, thankfully we had a couple of hands to help us set up. I then dropped the healthy donuts on the desk and yelled," their it is!!!!" It was quite funny how quick everyone went for the food. It was nice of them to offer money for me getting the snacks, but I declined because hey everyone needs to eat right???  

 

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After we were done setting up it was time to get down to business and start directing the music video. We only had a limited time to shoot to compete with the sun through the windows. I was quite impressed by their determination and their desire to want to be on point with the music playing behind camera. I have to say though it was a bit difficult shooting with once hand and barely able to use the other hand. The footage came out phenomenal though. 

 

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Things were going really good and we were about to be finished until unfortunately their was a hiccup which made us have to choose a different location. It was no one's fault it's just things happen. As we packed up I could tell the lead singer Andrew Swauger was deeply disappointed. He kept apologising and thought he was water my time. I was trying to tell him that things just happen were all young and learning. I never let the age range away the quality that's the first thing. Maybe this was meant to happen and the next location will be way better. I still plan on using the footage I caught though because it was too good to just let go.

 

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We then meet up at Tracy Miller's studio to discuss a plan B and decided on a new location. I'm proud to see how much they really want this though. This group shows that they want this and not let this hiccup bring them down to hard. As they say though everything happens for a reason, can't edit to shoot more footage with the band!