Up in the air

I love being a photographer. There are so many perks to the job. Recently I had the chance to go up in a helicopter again (for the fourth time) to shoot for Intown Expert, now Nest Realty. I always go up with my buddy Evan (click that link and check out his awesome Youtube channel) and we invited Chris along for this ride. I just wanted to share a few of my favorites from this round. Hope you enjoy, and as always, if you're interested in any prints, just let me know!

Special thanks to  Prestige Helicopters  who always give us a great flight. 

Special thanks to Prestige Helicopters who always give us a great flight. 

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Thanks for checking my blog out! Hope you enjoyed it. 

Ginger Hardage of Unstoppable Cultures

I recently had the privilege of taking some portraits of Ginger Hardage, who recently retired as Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications at Southwest Airlines after an illustrious 25 years, where she served as a member of the CEO's executive leadership team.

In 2017, Ginger launched Unstoppable Cultures, a brand designed to help organizations create and sustain cultures of enduring greatness. Ginger’s expertise and worldwide recognition is highly sought-after as a consultant and speaker, and she has accepted engagements at organizations like Google and Princeton.

She is one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet. You know those people that just make you feel special when you're talking to them? Yeah, that's her. :) 

Below are a couple of my favorite photos from our shoot. Be sure to check out her website here to see the photos in context: http://unstoppablecultures.com/

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Here's a little behind the scenes with hair and makeup by Destiny Venice - https://www.destinyvenice.com/

A special thanks for Destiny Venice for taking care of hair and makeup. https://www.destinyvenice.com/

A special thanks for Destiny Venice for taking care of hair and makeup. https://www.destinyvenice.com/

Thanks for checking out the blog! Please let me know if you'd like to work together!

Special thanks Ginger Hardage's manager, Jayson Teagle, for helping make this shoot happen. 

Atlanta Brain & Spine Portraits

Had the opportunity to shoot some headshots for some incredibly smart people last month. A representative from Atlanta Brain & Spine reached out to me and we coordinated a 6am Wednesday morning shoot (the only time we could get them all together...and no, 5am is not my normal wake-up time). But we got there and took a group shot and 11 individual headshots of the team of spine and brain surgeons. They were a very nice group and easy to work with. Here are a few of my favorites. 

They wanted a consistent background, so we used this spine wall in the hallway. It was a super tight space so the set up was a little tricky, but I'm really happy with the results. Below is a the group shot we ended up with. 

If your company needs updated headshots or group shots, please contact me at your convenience. If you mention this blog post I will give you discount. Hope to work with you soon! 

Peter Happel Christian portraits

I've been working with Serenbe's Artist in Residence program this summer to make some portraits of the artists while they're in town. The first set of portraits I'm sharing is of photographer Peter Happel Christian. Please take some time to go check out his work. http://peterhappelchristian.com/

The first couple shots were taken in the shipping container, which the artists use as their studio when the weather permits. :) 

After we shot in the shipping container, I drug him out to a field because I wanted to pair his epic mustache and beard with beautiful flowers. 

Our last spot was this barn because tones on tones equal a big win. 

Laughing at a photoshoot with me is not optional. 

Camera - Fujifilm XT1  //  Lights - Dynalite Baja B4 with beauty dish

Davidson-Arabia Mountain

I love Arabia Mountain in Conyers, GA and I think its a super underrated spot in Georgia. It's a 20m drive from where I live, so Cleo and I visit often. Last week we packed up our bikes, because there are some great trails, and our cameras and headed out. After a quick ride, we went and scouted our spot to watch and capture the sunset. Here are a few of my favorite images. 

Revisiting Yellowstone

I've learned a lot about editing in the last few years. From watching tutorial videos to just experimenting. I decided to go check out some old Yellowstone photos again re-edit a few that maybe got overlooked originally. I'll be posting some of my favorites and hidden gems over the next couple weeks

Catching the Full Moon Rise

Earlier this week, Cleo and I went out to watch the sunset at one of my favorite spots in the city and I hoped to catch the full moonrise in a sequence. I'd seen it done so many times and had always been fascinated, so I wanted to give it a shot. Thankfully we had a super clear night and it was a great temperature, all that was left was to capture the moments. 

I'd done some research earlier in the day (though I should have scouted a couple days before) as to where I wanted to set up based on where the moon would be rising using the super helpful app The Photographer's Ephemeris

Fujifilm XT1  //  ISO 200  //  140mm @ f7.1  //  1/160sec handheld

I set up my Fujifilm XT1 and decided to use the incredibly sharp 50-140mm f2.8 for the sequence. My view was blocked a bit by some of the buildings, so I ran down the street to see if I could see the moon, and sure enough despite my research, it had already started rising 20min earlier than expected. I snapped the shot above then headed back to my location frame up my shot. When framing your shot, you need to think about where the moon will end up in the sky and frame accordingly. The moon rises in the East and sets West.

Fujifilm XT1  //  ISO 200  // 50mm @ f10  //  1/40sec on MeFoto tripod

The first image I took would serve as my foreground for the composite. It's super important to make sure you get your exposure for the moon right, but it's easy to overexpose. Make sure you zoom in (if your camera is capable) and look for the details in the moon. As a rule of thumb, it's always better to underexpose than to overexpose. 

Once I got the first shot, I kept my exposure the same for the next hour and a half. As ambient light from the sunset disappears, my scene get dramatically darker. But what's most important is that the moon is exposed correctly. 

Fujifilm XT1  //  ISO 200  // 50mm @ f10  //  1/40sec on MeFoto tripod

As you see above, all of the detail is lost in the photo, but the moon detail is perfect. Again, my exposure was the same for all of the 22 shots I took in this sequence. Here is the final composite image.

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For the editing process, I imported all of the photos into Lightroom and labeled them with a blue flag so I could separate them from the rest of the images taken that night. I used my first images for the foreground and performed my normal edits by straightening and cropping, then tweaking the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. I bumped the clarity and vibrance up a bit, then sharpened and added just a bit of luminance for a little noise reduction in the sky. Once I was happy with that image, I copied all of the settings from my foreground photo and applied those settings to the rest of the photos in the sequence. 

Now that all the photos were in sync, all that was left was to make the composite....and it's MUCH easier than you think thanks to the free program StarStax! I followed this easy tutorial and the composite was done in less than 5 minutes.

I hope you enjoy the final image and the walkthrough, please let me know if you'd like to see more of these and I will start posting more. Have a great day and go capture something beautiful!  

Fujifilm XT1  //  ISO 200  //  16mm @ f14  //  30 seconds on MeFoto tripod

Sarah + Frank Engagement

Meet Sarah and Frank.

They were so easy to capture, and their chemistry off camera radiated all the way onto the camera. We couldn’t stop talking about how much we love the way Frank looks at Sarah, and in return how Sarah’s countenance just emanated pure joy.

We’re advocates of capturing the natural habitat of the couples we’re photographing, and these images couldn’t tell that story more. These two are full of charisma and sarcasm, like we like it. Their playfulness made this shoot so fun, and neither of them even thought twice whenever we told them to kiss.

Good job with the ring, Frank!

Sarah and Frank moved to Washington DC a week after their engagement session, and they ultimately wanted their engagement images to speak about their love, not only for Atlanta, but how they found love in Atlanta.

We’re really looking forward to capturing your big day, and are absolutely honored that you've entrusted it to us. We had so much fun capturing your engagement that we can hardly wait to capture your Wedding day. Congratulations and all the best wishes!

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Custom custom custom

I met a super nice and extremely talented guy not too long ago named Alexander John. He's one of those guys who is just good at everything and he seems to be working on a million projects at once. We met and hit it off right away. I think it' because we're both dreamers and seriously serious about our passions. Passionate people gravitate to passionate people. 

One of the things he does (really well) is design custom sneakers. He recently moved to Atlanta and was looking for local photographer to capture some of his work. So we teamed up and created some beauty. Enjoy.  -  Modeled by Raj Patel

On a Whim

We had a pretty thick fog come through Atlanta this morning and it stuck around for quite a while. After sitting at the computer for a little bit trying to do some work, I just felt like I needed to go shoot for a little bit. So my wife and I got ready in about 10m and hopped in the car to an unknown destination.

Lesson #1: Always have your cameras ready, your batteries charged, and your memory cards formatted and clean. 

We made it about 50 yards and pulled into a park across the street from where we live that we haven't spent much time at. I knew there was a lake though and thought the fog might make for some prettiness. Here's a couple shots that are the result of going with my gut on a whim.  

Lesson #2: Listen to your gut sometimes.