Over the weekend I have the pleasure of being able to photograph my childhood friends wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony and a really fun reception. I really enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with my old friends. My brother also was there to play a few songs during the pre/recessional. (you can find his music page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brock/170585742972225) There are a few images from the wedding below.
This is one of my favorite moments in a wedding. The look on the grooms face when he sees his bride for the first time! Priceless!
Well it has been a long time since I have done any sort of blog, but my plan for this one is to post about photo shoots and new techniques I am playing around with. It should be fun!
A little about me:
I am a 24 year old Atlanta, Ga native, currently working on earning my BFA in Photographic Imaging from the Art Institute of Atlanta. I am very excited because in December of this year I will be graduating and jumping head first into the industry! I come from a family of very talented artists and creative spirits. Growing up they encouraged my love of art and always let me explore the world with an artistic outlook, so when I picked up a camera at a young age my family jumped on board! My father bought me my first SLR, a Pentax ZX30 35mm and asked me to start photographing his band when they played out. It was the beginning of what was to become my passion in life. Since then I have explored many aspects of the industry from darkroom processing to digital illustration. When it comes down to it, if I am creating, I am happy!
With all of that said… Let the fun begin!
As a student I am constantly being pushed to try new things, sometimes the results are exciting and inspiring other times they are disappointing. About three months ago I was asked to focus on sports photography as a specialization. I was pretty unsure about it at first but as I began to look into opportunities around town I became excited. Since then I have attempted to shoot a wide variety of sports from swimming (which I found to be quite difficult from the sidelines so I decided to invest in an underwater camera housing. I will update on this later) to track and field, but some of my favorite images so far have come from my first MMA fight. I am not normally a fight spectator, in fact I dont think I have ever seen a full fight in my life, but I found myself standing ringside for what was to be a crazy night at Wild Bills in Duluth, Ga for their monthly Fight Night. Throughout the night I found myself having to jump back out of the way of fighters falling into the ropes and a few times I wasnt quick enough. I was kicked in the arm about three times (dangers of looking through a lens!) and almost had a fighter come through the ropes and fall on top of me. The fights were brutal and intesnse but I had fun shooting them. I cant say I would ever be JUST a spectator at an event like this, but being behind the camera makes it a little more entertaining.
Below are some shots from the evening.
This was the 6th fight of the evening.. and this is how it ended. I couldn’t believe how long the ref let this go on!
The last fight was the most intense! Look at the guys face!
This was right after the ref called the fight. I think it is my favorite image from the night because of all the emotion in it.