So um. Uh. It sure has been a while since I last updated. Quite a bit has happened since then, so let's get reacquainted! First thing's first. I just completed major site updates, as you may have noticed. I hope you guys like the black theme with my modernized logo. The old logo shall remain for my more classic branding jobs (like weddings and such)... so I have named them (very unoriginally) the MODERN and the CLASSIC. I removed the gallery access from the menu and added a direct code input to the top right of every page. I also added a page with general pricing information titled "Investment." I also added a direct contact form on the contact page, updated the homepage slideshow, and fixed some bugs in the shopping cart.
Alright, well without further adieu, a brief rundown of the summer... with one example from each major shoot!
May: I did Kala and Kevin's engagement set. Really sweet couple, and they should be getting married next year. I also went to the Indy 500 again, but didn't really come away with any images I liked. I really need some different lenses for that.
June: This month got a little busier! Shot a live show at the Slippery Noodle for Travis Feaster of the W.T. Feaster Band. Seriously, amazing. You should seriously check them out. They just got off a European tour last month. Also photographed a birthday party for the cutest one-year-old ever to have been born. Towards the end of the month I attended the craziest country wedding ever witnessed, down in Seymour, Indiana. While I wasn't the hired photographer, I did get some pretty interesting shots! Closing out the month was the Fisher's Freedom Festival, and of course our favorite Big Daddy Caddy was the featured band. I really love concerts like this because there's so much great energy to capture!
July: July started off with a very nasty Independence Day, but I did get some rainy rooftop pictures. For the longest time I had wanted to try smoke photography, so I did. We went to the Cairo Cafe and celebrated a birthday. To round things out for July, I was hired to shoot some photos of Stacy at the Noodle. She's a great blues singer, and I hope to hear here again when she's in town next! I also took some new pictures at Life Church in Avon. Mandy was on the worship team this particular week, and she looked and sounded great!
August: Looking back, August was a month where I feel I really began to hone and overall begin to master certain skills. I have been to the Cairo Cafe so many times before, I feel that I have finally nailed shooting there. I believe this set rounds out my finest work there. And just as with the Cairo, I have also shot Big Daddy Caddy countless times before, and I cut my live music photography with them. I've really found my groove with them, and my August set was a shining example of where I have arrived. To top it off, to mark their new lineup change, I even did a staged promo shot (their first, even) around a pool table which turned out wickedly cool. One of the coolest things to happen this year was when I was running sound for Big Daddy Caddy at a wedding. Unbeknownst to me until I arrived, but the bride was an old friend from school many years ago. To top that off, the hired photographer was a customer from the music store. With such friendly associations, I was able to shoot some pictures to build my portfolio, and they turned out stunningly. I had a lot of great feedback from the downtown Indianapolis pictures I took back in May, so I went back with new knowledge and new techniques, and I think the results were fantastic.
Well, this is about as brief as I could be bring you guys up to speed over the summer. Most of you follow me on Facebook and/or Flickr so you've seen most if not all of this. I like to update about what I'm doing, not just for you guys who actually care, but I really like going back and reading details on what I've done, where I planned on going, and if I got there and how well I did. This update was very large, and I did have two large shoots in the end of August, but I'll include details on those in an update later in the week!