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. 

Recent Cinemagraph Work

I've been putting together some pretty fun cinemagraphs lately and wanted to share a few of my favorites. 

This first one was taken on assignment from a realtor looking to sell a $1.5m condo in Buckhead. This view is from the amazing back deck of the penthouse. Usually I'm not a fan of overcast, but I think the multidirectional clouds really add a beautiful element to this cinemagraph. 

The second one was taken at Foster Falls in Tennessee, one of my favorites places to get away. I wanted to create a surreal feel to this, so I chose to freeze the foreground water while keeping the water flowing from the falls. I could stare at this for a long time, it's so mesmerizing.

 

I have a few of my cinemagraphs for sale if anyone it in purchasing some for their website. Check them out here: https://www.gallereplay.com/profile?author=aaroncoury

Or if you'd prefer, I can make some custom ones suitable to your needs. Just let me know, I'd love to work together! Thanks for stopping by. 

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! 

The Town of Spectre (part 2)

As promised, I wanted to post a series of photos I shot while at the Town of Spectre, located on Jackson Lake Island in Millbrook, Alabama. These are the remaining buildings of the set from the movie Big Fish which was released in 2003. 

My wife, our dog Dexter, a couple other friends and I went and camped there the weekend of the 4th of July. I had heard lots of great things about this little island and was excited to see it in person. I had heard that the land owners were incredibly nice and accommodating and all of that was absolutely true. We were greeted at the gate by and a gentleman who we ended up chatting with for a few minutes. He asked us where we came from and showed legitimate interest is us, something that you rarely find in meeting people these days. We payed for camping ($10/person per night) and headed in to find a spot. 

This place is perfect for us because there aren't any defined camping sites (yet), so you just set up camp wherever you can fit. I believe this will soon become a popular destination, and when you go there you'll feel all the feelings...there is something special about this little island. 

These buildings were constructed for the outside alone, and they are literally just shells. The inside is a combination of dirt floors and the occasional gift from the permanent herd of goats that live on the island. 

I wanted to create a very moody and dark scene for these photos because that is what you see and feel about this town at the end of the movie. I used a 10 stop ND filter made by Vu Filters combined with the Fujifilm XT1 and the 16mm f1.4 lens. I was fortunate to have a nice cloudy and windy day so I slowed my shutter speed down a 20 second exposure to capture the movement of the clouds and trees. Obviously at an exposure that long you'll need a tripod and I was set up on my Roadtrip by MeFOTO, which is perfect for packing light but giving you the support you need.  

The images were shot in RAW and brought into Lightroom for minor straightening/cropping then I opened the images in Silver EFEX Pro (a free program with lots of B&W control) to convert it to black and white. There were a few stray cars/campers in some of the photos, so I had to go into Photoshop and remove those before making my final tweaks in Lightroom. 

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Thanks for checking out my photos and trip to Jackson Lake Island, and if you're ever close, make time to stop by this magical place. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about this series. Have a great day! 

 

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.