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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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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.