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Stay Off The Train Tracks....

There seems to be an issue lately surrounding shooting on train tracks.  From a professional photographer's point of view, it's come up in several forums. The conversations seemed to have started when a photographer was struck and killed by a train very recently.

Photo Credit to Arne Hückelheim.  Feel free to check out some of his other amazing images!

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2014 Columbia Fashion Week

Normally, I shoot weddings, high school senior portraits, engagement sessions and the like, but when I first came to the Columbia, SC area I "stumbled" on the Columbia Fashion Week site and applied to volunteer my services.  About a little over a week before the 5 day event that ran from the 17th to the 21st of June was I notified of my acceptance.

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For me, I met got a chance to network with some other photographers, videographers, hair and makeup artists as well as designers and models.  Also I was pleasantly surprised to run into a few people I've met prior to this event, which helped make the "new kid on the block" a little more at ease.

A few pictures are included here.  The rest of the images will be posted on my gallery site, as well as with the Columbia Fashion Week site for their limited use.

Enjoy everyone!!

COLUMBIA FASHION WEEK 2014
PHOTO GALLERY:

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Model Meredith Fishborn

Model Meredith Fishborn

Now, I want to keep this light and not get too over the top with this, but a lot of work went into this event.  Alicia Ziegler put a whole lot of time and effort into this event, from coordinating corporate sponsorship's, attracting young up-and-coming designers as well as corporate retail box stores to display their clothes.  Alicia also had a ton of help from other volunteers who helped the models get primped and prepped with hair, makeup, and fitted.

 

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Summer's Here!

Graduations are almost finished, tests are over, and now it's time for some sun and fun.

I've already given my Senior Reps a little something to think about for our next waves of shoots.
In addition to their studio session, and their build their own session they have been tasked to come up with a fantasy type of idea for composite work.  

What's composite work you ask?  Well, it's the compilation of two or more images merged into one that could be a bit on the surreal side or something fantasy based.  Think juxtapose if you will.  

This could be urban based. In all it will be fun and very low key.  We're going to mix in each of their unique personalities and some of their hobbies and create something that is just a little Fun, Stylish and Unique - Just for them!!  

Here's one of Lydia and a pose she did during our session that I ended up taking and putting in a cobblestone alley somewhere.

As those shots are taken and completed they'll become part of their portfolio and their Senior Experience!

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Studio 3P

It's now official and I can make the announcement official.

I'm now an Associated Photographer with Studio 3P at 6030 St. Andrews Road, Suite K, in Columbia, SC, 29212.

What this really means is that I will have access to the studio for styled shoots of all types - your senior cap and gown portraits, stylized studio themed shoots as well as the prototypical head shots and portraits.  There are a variety of different backdrops for various looks and effects and many different shooting bays.  This will also allow me to now be able to offer dance studios, gymnastic centers, and dance schools a "brick and mortar" location to offer them their individual portrait packages.

Even more important for me is the reception area where I can meet with future and current clients, with the area also being utilized for first looks at their images for selections.  

The studio, in addition to the above, also has a station for hair and makeup set aside for either self applied or via a professional stylist to set themselves up.

On Thursday, May 29th at 5p will be the Official Opening of the Studio, including ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce as well as being open till at least 9p.  

Come on down and visit us (me) and say hello.   If you were thinking of taking advantage of my 50% off salethis would be a great time to come and discuss your wants and needs and take a look around.  As a thank you for showing up and coming, I'm offering a FREE 11x14 Print with the booking of ANY session ($60 Value) or $100 off any wedding album!!

Senior Experience

Really, there won't be many times that I write a blog post without having any kind of pictures attached, but this will be one of them.

After attending graduation ceremonies for Lecanto HS in Citrus County, FL, and finally coordinating schedules to shoot a long over due Senior Session it's time to catch up with some of the really good friends I've made in my time spent here.  Everyone I've seen (or will see) before I go will eventually read this and I while there are some things I do miss, it's those friendships that will be the things I miss the most.

But right after Memorial Day, things will really start humming along, and it'll be time to get all these sessions I've shot completed, and finalized.   This part will be super easy at that point, and I'll make that announcement on Wednesday (yeah...another teaser of sorts).

By the middle of June I'm anticipating that all my senior reps will have viewed all of their images as well as a couple of my other clients as well. 

Next week, in addition to what I already have on the calendar I will start planning out my first Senior Rep Group Shoot, including the "Ensemble Ball Gown Shoot" with all of them.  Based on THEIR busy schedules and My schedule this should be quite entertaining when we can get all of us together in one place at one time.

The planning of their individual stylized shoot will start taking place as well.   Then their studio shoots and group shoots over the summer and fall.  Then, what I haven't told them is that I plan on doing another specialized, completely customized composite shoot with them as well.  This will be a collaborative effort based on what specific interests they have.

Now, all of this is available to other HS Seniors in the Class of 2015 who are not one of my Ambassadors.  It's all part of my Senior Experience.  This is a truly a one-of-a-kind offering and unique to our area, and as far as I know, I'm the only one offering this many shoots with your senior session.  

If you think you'd like to participate have your parents reach out to me and I can explain all the different perks you could be receiving.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you!!

 

Upcoming Week...Miss Amazing Pageant

This afternoon will start one very busy week...and probably put me a little further behind in everything.

However it's all good as I'll have a MAJOR announcement next week right here in this very blog.  Details are still being worked out and such that should be finalized by then!

So, onto this week  :-)

A standing ovation for the contestants and entire support staff with the inaugural 2014 South Carolina Miss Amazing Pageant

A standing ovation for the contestants and entire support staff with the inaugural 2014 South Carolina Miss Amazing Pageant

The Miss Amazing Pageant CD's are due in TODAY!  Exactly 3 weeks at the printer to create the CD's!!  Sorry everyone  :-(  Everything will be reevaluated next year, including deadlines, but lets stay positive, as 939 images will be delivered and some of which will be showcased here.

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Miss Amazing Pageant Director, South Carolina Martie Newmyer and emcee and host of the evening, WIS-TV News Personality Mary King

Miss Amazing Pageant Director, South Carolina Martie Newmyer and emcee and host of the evening, WIS-TV News Personality Mary King

The Miss Amazing Pageant is a pageant system that highlights the abilities of women with disabilities.  The South Carolina Pageant director is Mrs. Martie Newmyer and it was both her first pageant she's directed as well as the first Miss Amazing Pageant in South Carolina!  I, me, personally have zero experience in being a contestant in a pageant - no really, I have none - this one looked like it went off flawlessly!  Not a detail was overlooked or a scenario not accounted for.  What a PHENOMENAL job Martie did with her entire team!  You can find them here on Facebook and I am absolutely sure that planning on the 2015 Pageant is WELL underway...right Martie?

Later today we'll be heading down to Sunny F-L-A for Graduation, Graduation Parties and a teeny-weeny bit of R&R....not really the R&R part as our itinerary's are 100% locked and loaded.  However Sunday finds us in Hilton Head, SC for a couple of days.  

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Some of our Pageant dignitaries (L-R, Amanda Bluestein, Lauren Johnson, and Arielle Riposta)

Some of our Pageant dignitaries (L-R, Amanda Bluestein, Lauren Johnson, and Arielle Riposta)

With Monday being Memorial Day, please have a thought or two about why we're able to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country and who made the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms.  God Bless The United States of America!

ShutterFest 2014

I had the opportunity to travel up to St. Louis, MO for the inaugural event called ShutterFest.

ShutterFest is a brainchild developed and brought to fruition by one Salvatore Cincotta, and Taylor Cincotta.  The genesis behind it was to give other photographers a chance to Shoot, Learn and Party - as the theme stated.  But in reality what it was meant for was to have smaller class sizes, access to industry experts - in all fields - as well as to have your questions heard, answered and then expanded on.  Anyone who has ever been to a specific industry convention knows that all of the above is just a pipe dream.  The Cincotta's own and operate a 12,000 square foot photography studio in a historical building in O'Fallon, IL.  

It was a very enlightening experience, with industry leaders going out after midnight and assisting in shoots, as well as after hours continuing class room instruction - as well as standing on tables!!

New product offerings are also in the works after seeing a lot of what vendors have to offer.  All high end, high quality products that I know my clientele will absolutely adore and treasure for many years.

A very exciting time, in deed, and I'm very much looking forward to ShutterFest'15 and to see what is instore

Myself with Sal Cincotta

Myself with Sal Cincotta

Me, again, with Taylor Cincotta

Me, again, with Taylor Cincotta

Tina & Pierre's Wedding!

Just got back from photographing Tina & Pierre's wedding a little while ago.  And this one was special.  I've personally been to many weddings, including my own, and I can't say I remember seeing as much love and respect shown in one time before - and I'm not even just talking about the Bride and Groom either.  From a speech by the best man, to a Family Feud styled "Top 5 Reasons To Get Married", the camaraderie of the entire wedding party with one another. I'm not surprised, mind you, based on the backgrounds, but God Bless the United States Military.

This wedding had many different story lines that could have been told, but I'm going to choose this one to talk about because I think it's the one that resonates with me the most right now.

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The lead picture here is 4 generations of Powell Women.  Tina's mom to her left, her daughter Yashtina standing behind her, and Tina's Grand Daughter to her right.  It's really not every day that you come across this kind of longevity, and to be able to photograph it meant something to me.

There'll be more pictures coming in the following days, but I'll include two more for tonight.  :-) IMG_1184 FB IMG_1288 FB

Proverbs

The second week of February, I had the opportunity to shoot some head shots for aspiring actors and actress during a casting call for an Indie film called Proverbs, that's in pre-production.

"Proverbs is inspired by the true story of Christopher Pittman, a 12 year old boy on trial for murder. He made national headlines when it was discovered he was high on Zoloft during the time of the murder. This film is currently in production."

The Producer's, Director's and Associate Director's all have a great determination and this venture has the potential to be a big spring board for them and their visions!

Here are just a few of the head shots I took

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Head Shot #12
Head Shot #13
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Head Shot #24
Head Shot #24
Head Shot #01
Head Shot #01
Head Shot #11
Head Shot #11
Head Shot #16
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Head Shot #18
Head Shot #18
Head Shot #22
Head Shot #22
Head Shot #23
Head Shot #23

And away we go...

After being in Columbia, South Carolina now for exactly one month, I've been able to start shooting and developing a photography business here.  #BabySteps! If I'm going to be a senior and portrait photographer here, I'm also going to have to do weddings, so, I've offered up a promotion to start shooting them.  The concept was really quite simple; took out a few local ads online with the headline, "FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY".

Wedding Promotional Advertisement, Feb 2014

I figured that would get some attention, and boy did it!  The ad has been active for less than a week and I've already booked two weddings (March 1 & March 22), with 3 other inquiries (one in May, July and March 2015).

If you have any photographic needs, check out my website and facebook page for current imagery!

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