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So, a couple of weeks ago Serrell and I had a chance to shoot what we were intending with the original photo shoot.

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Armed with numerous outfit changes, we headed to an abandoned plant on the west side of Tallahassee.

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We hit the three main sites at the location, unfortunately my flash was acting up so we couldn’t overpower the sun out in the direct light. We had to rely instead on sheltered setups, trying to get good even lighting.

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We came out of the experience with quite a few great images, abused skin and dehydrated bodies.

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So I’m up way too bloody early on a day off heading out to fix Thunder Mchaffie’s computer and attempt an exorcism on the damn thing. Probably half an hour into trying to strangle Premiere it starts raining. Text Serrell; evil buggers are pissing on us, might have to postpone. We both work retail; one up one down style shifts. Supposedly we’ll be shooting at some of the grittier sides of Tallahassee if normal weather lets up and decides to let light shine on down. Fixed premiere… kinda, fixed printer, fixed twixtor. Still raining; maybe we’ll wait until the scheduled one o’clock to see what happens.

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Great Built T-shirts acquired from above mentioned Thunder and an attempt to convince him to do a weekly podcast of his thoughts and views. Still damn raining. Move furniture at the girlfriends. Rain. Throw rocks at cloud, damage passing by car, run. Rain. We abandon all hope at the receiving end of Tallahassee’s rain gods. Simple two point lighting and quickly switching between a 50 1.8 and 105 2.8; we bang out over two hundred shots in maybe 45 minutes.

IMG_0239You’ll have to ask Serrell to see the video we shot where the widescreen crop was just a bit too high and looked like he wasn’t wearing a damn thing. And the multiple takes where he thought my last name was car brand and I ran Jumpin’ Jimbo’s Mazda Deals.

IMG_0325More shots of Serrell doing the Playgirl pose at my flickr… didn’t want to seem like I’m exploiting the poor man here.

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Mike Felton helped me create some great promotional portraits this past Sunday. Looking to do a few more shoots to flesh out my folio before creating some localized ads promoting environmental as well as studio style portraits.

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Probably at least one more on the basic two point lighting, studio backdrop style and then will take to the streets for some good environmental portraits.

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This past Monday I had a great short shoot with Clem, we’d been trying to put it together for the past couple of weeks and everything finally fell into place.

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He was having these taken for his girlfriend, three different outfits on a neutral background, and he was an absolute natural in front of the camera.

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Very little instruction was needed, he posed and moved wonderfully and let me concentrate on the composition and the light.

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A few minor updates; applied to two juried shows last week and have several more on the horizon. I’ve got a few collages on the burners and a photo shoot sometime this weekend or early next week. I need to spend time at a junkyard, an antique store and some sort of clock maker. I want a myriad of rust, cogs and age in my stock collection to draw from. Need to start making cold calls around trying to find places to do such things.

Yesterday I met up with Charles Rollins on FAMU’s campus to shoot his college graduation formals. We braved the cold and poor drivers and managed to get some brilliant photos. So, basically, if you need a photographer in your budget who can deliver, consistently, with professional results in a timely manner; look no further. Formals, grads, etc… hit me up at odingallows@gmail.com and we can discuss time, payment, options. I’m flexible and looking to stay busy as hell.

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