Friday, October 28, 2016

American Heart Association Stroke Connection Magazine Assignment

A recent assignment from Goetz Creative to photograph cover and lifestyle shots for the American Heart Association Stroke Connection Magazine gave us the opportunity to meet an extraordinary couple, Reed and Mary Harris. Reed suffered a stroke in 2007 resulting in his aphasia.  He has made a remarkable comeback and is very active in community support for stroke survivors.

The cover portrait was shot on a high key background to leave room for copy.

Some informal shots were captured outdoors.  Reed and Mary are a very special couple and their dedication and love for each other was evident in their interaction during the session.

Reed and Mary were an absolute delight and great fun to work with.  Click on the link to the online magazine where you can read their story:

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.

A short drive from Atlanta, in Birmingham, AL, sits the historical Sloss Furnaces.  In 1881 construction began on the Sloss Furnaces which produced iron for 89 years from 1882 until 1971. It was officially designated a National Historic Landmark in 1981.  The sight is rich in history and now serves as a monument to Birmingham's steel production.  Currently, Sloss offers educational tours and serves as a venue for events.

Sloss is an exciting environment for photography as seen in the images below, offering extraordinary views that incorporate rich hues, and a multitude of compositional elements.

The site is fascinating and well worth the trip.  Follow this link for more information about Sloss Furnaces:, and while you are clicking on links, I invite you to visit my web site to view more of my work:

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Importance of Capturing the Moment: Four Generations Family Portrait

Recently we had the honor and pleasure of creating a four generation portrait for a family spanning almost ninety years.  What a great study in observing similarities over generations and the love and connection among the family members.

It impressed upon me how important it is to have family portraits to preserve those moments in time and capture those sentiments to share with future generations.  Having portraits displayed in a prominent location provides the constant comfort of a visual reminder of our cherished family members whether they are near or far.  How much more enjoyable than occasionally viewing them in mini-sized images on electronic devices. Where is your family portrait displayed?

Enjoy the day,

Sunday, February 7, 2016

They Say It's Your Birthday: Event Photography

Event photography usually centers around happy occasions, and a birthday is certainly that.  Kelly's birthday party had a Country Western Theme at the Lynnhaven Barn.  It started in the late late afternoon of a beautiful day and offered many photographic opportunities to tell the story of Kelly's day.

It was a great time to get some family portraits.  Make sure you take advantage of getting family together, some of whom may have traveled a great distance to attend.

Telling the story includes setting the scene:

As the night took over, we went inside and balanced speedlights with the available light to get some candid and posed shots.

The birthday cake complimented the theme perfectly.

When working with a photographer for your event it is important to communicate what you want photographed, including special people who will be attending. Kelly provided that so we were able to capture the moments, and people who are special to her.  Events have a story and emotion, and as a photographer, it is fun and rewarding to capture the emotion and flavor of the event.

Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Alzheimer's Music Fest

Recently I attended the Alzheimer's Music Fest hosted by Eddie Owens at the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA.  The festival raises funds for family caregivers of those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

My colleague, Lou Raimondi, organized a photo shoot of the event for a group of photographers.  I was excited for the opportunity to shoot in such a dynamic environment.  Lou shared his experience with concerts and provided some helpful tips.  The light changes in relation to your angle to the stage, making it a bit of a challenge to get the right shot.  It helps to crank up the ISO so that the shutter speed is high enough to freeze the action.  Here are some of the performers in action:

Lianne Hutcheson

Pure Ed

The Listening Wall

The Lost Boys

Peyton Parker

Bumpin the Mango

Andrew Black

Ann-Marie Petty Band

The Mike Watson Band

The added bonus was listening to some great music for a very worthy cause.  I definitely plan on attending next year.

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Soccer in The Studio?

Senior Portrait Session

Skylar came to our studio for his senior portrait session outfitted in his soccer uniform and wanted to capture some images with "attitude."  A dark background with strong directional lighting and a couple of strip soft boxes for edge light provided the drama to match Skylar's passion for soccer.

As his session progressed, attitude reached new dimensions and we had to up our game to compete with Skylar. That's when we introduced the fog effect and a longer lens to lend an atmospheric quality to the drama.

To showcase Skylar's fondness for the outdoors, we took advantage of fabulous late afternoon light to capture some images in a natural setting. 
Skylar thoroughly enjoyed his session and his charming personality shines through.  He was totally engaged in each scenario and worked off our poses creating a few "looks" of his own.

The combination of excellent collaboration and fun resulted in amazing images that forever portray Skylar as he graduates high school and looks forward to new and exciting times in his life.

Wishing Skylar all the best as he begin his college career.

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Caitlin's Senior Session

Senior year is milestone in our lives, and is a perfect occasion for a portrait session capturing that moment in time, and expressing who we are.  One of our goals is to always have fun during our portrait sessions.  That means placing the subject at ease, playing some good music, using lighting and posing to make them look their best, and shooting tethered to a computer so they can view the images as we go along..


Caitlin's session started in the studio with Caitlin modeling her prom dress, with unique cut outs and design.  The style called for a striking background to compliment the dress  We chose one that was bold with angled lines mimicking  the designs in the dress, using directional lighting from the right with a reflector for fill.  

The timing of the session was planned to coincide with late afternoon light, that is much softer and flattering than mid-day direct light. This provided us an opportunity to use the sun as backlight with fill in flash to even out the exposure.  

Congratulations, Caitlin.  We wish you all the best as you head off to college and embark on the next exciting time in your life.  Thanks for letting us create your portraits.

Enjoy the day,