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Oh man what a busy past month it has been! On August 21st, I ran my first solo wedding shoot for Debbie & Rich. They were a great couple to work with, and had a really beautiful wedding at Avon Gardens. Although beautiful, the weather was very fickle, but we made out with the best we could! Fortunately, there were no hiccups for the ceremony and reception!
Two days later, I had the pleasure of doing Adrianna's senior pictures (which I'm sure most of you have seen by now). We started off in middle of nowhere, somewhere near Roachdale, IN. She wasn't interested in any traditional posed shots, but her father really wanted her with his Harley and Pontiac Firehawk. I'm glad we were asked to do them, 'cause they sure worked out well. Her dad made the suggestion to do a burnout with her on the roof! That sure wasn't my idea. Fortunately nobody died. Then we moved on to her cousin's house where they had soybean and corn fields. This is where we got all the really dramatic field/sky pictures. Then it was onward to downtown Indianapolis. The rest is history. Nothing makes me happier than when someone comes to me and says "I want pictures that are unique. I want something different, and modern, and I want you to experiment." It's pretty much the opposite of a Bridezilla or other type of control freak, and really sets me up for my best work.
I had a few weeks without any bookings, which allowed me to really focus heavily on getting those two gigs taken care of. In that time I took a series of self-portraits which were pretty cool if I do say so myself!
Now, this past weekend was another busy busy busy one! Friday evening, I went out to the annual St. Malachy Country Fair and shot for Phillip Steven & The Open Road. They are a country/rock style band and are really some serious players. I took advantage of the carnival rides and did some atmospheric shots, too. Then on Saturday, at the same location it was Big Daddy Caddy. There was a HUGE turnout, and some kids even got to get up and play, so lots of great shot opportunities. I knew I shouldn't have handed my friend my camera when I went up to play Tambourine... You may get to see those pictures later.
THEN, Sunday I drove up to Aurora, Illinois (3 hours) and did senior pictures for my cousin Alex. She's a spunky little hipster senior, and just like Adrianna the month before, wanted more urban, model-esque pictures with a nice dose of experimentation. I got some fantastic shots out of the day from the Aurora/Naperville area. The weather was horribly overcast the whole day, and just when magic hour approached, it became one of the most beautiful magic hours I've had the chance to shoot. It presented me with my personal favorites from the shoot, which are the ones in the field where I mostly shot into the sun, producing a very classic, mysterious haze with tasty lens flare. Don't tell anyone but being so close to Chicago, it was hard to find large open fields and we had to go on private property for some ultra-rich folk.
On Tuesday, I went to see the brilliant Porcupine Tree in concert. I've been in touch with the band's manager over the past several months, and I should have a photo pass to their next concert in Chicago early next year. That'll be crazy exciting. If you haven't heard of them, definitely check them out. They've got something for everyone. Imagine Pink Floyd had they grown up listening to Pink Floyd, Yes, Stone Temple Pilots, and Metallica.
Coming up in October thus far are another senior picture shoot and an engagement session. Can't wait!