Rickelle. Niceville, FL. 2012
I’ve loved La Blogothèque ever since I was introduced to them a few years ago when they made a video for each track on Beirut’s album, The Flying Club Cup (there used to be a website dedicated to the videos, but now there are just a couple of them on La Blogothèque’s site). Their videos of performers out among often unsuspecting bystanders are always visually interesting and the bands they record are all phenomenal. I came across this video of Alt-J, a band that I’ve been listening to nonstop for the past couple of months. Their description of the video is spot on:
“Seeing the Alt-J Take Away Show is seeing a group make delicate and fragile thumbnails of abundant songs. Each sound is compacted, reduced, miniaturized, with the group putting everything in place as if they were carefully piling twigs.”
After watching the video, I hope you’ll investigate the band more - http://www.altjband.com/
Loving the morning light at our new house.
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One of the things I love about Instagram is getting comments from people who point out things that I don’t see in my pictures. Things that I feel like I should have noticed. Take this one for instance – a friend pointed out that it looks like the leaf came out to look at its shadow. It’s so obvious!
Bye bye rent. Hello debt.
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Fort Mountain State Park, GA.
Our pals over at The Collective Project have a new production out that is running through Oct 28 at The Goat Farm in Atlanta. These are some promo pieces we did for the show. We haven’t seen it yet (but we will tonight!), but based on their track record, I’m sure that it’s going to be phenomenal.
If you need a little more convincing, check out a radio spot from City Cafe on Atlanta’s NPR station, WABE.
Rickelle and I are in the process of looking for a house to buy. I think we should keep looking even after we find ours just because you get to peek behind the curtain of how so many people live. I should have shot way more than I did, but it’s just so easy to get caught up while looking that you forget.
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Labor Day Weekend 2012 is gone. As is our 6 1/2 hour drive back from Jacksonville, Florida, through torrential rain up I-75 (by far the worst stretch of interstate on the east coast). Tomorrow: reality.
Happy Labor Day. What does your weekend look like?
Grey and I decided to explore the hill that goes up behind our apartment. It turns out there is way more back there than we realized. We found our way to a secret area under the apartments and all the way to a huge clearing. We stopped at the clearing, though, so there’s plenty more to explore next time. Next time…when I’ll be sure to bring my camera and wear some pants (as opposed to shorts) – those mosquitoes are ferocious!
I was approached a couple of months ago to do some corporate head shots of Jeri Barr, the CEO of The Center for Family Resources. They have a mission to “[provide] temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis; housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment; and education and training to individuals and communities to increase economic capacity and personal growth.” Sounds pretty noble to me. Here are a couple of my favorites. The first one was shot against a teal wall in their office with a speedlite pointed at it to create sort of a vignette. I had never tried it on a job before, but I rather like the way it turned out.
Two years ago, some friends and I started going to a cabin in the mountains and it’s become a time that I really cherish. It’s that time again this weekend. Whiskey will be drank and pipes will be smoked.
Smokey Mountains, TN.
Our buddies at The Collective Project, Inc. put on 7 Months to Live, a post-apocalyptic party complete with a presentation of various ways in which the apocalypse could be caused, a zombie photo booth, a sexy stripper robot, a guy getting his face smashed in glass, and some fresh tunes by one of my favorite local Atlanta bands, Small Reactions. The next time they have something going on, I would make it a point to be there!
Rickelle, Grey, and I had a long (and very much needed) weekend trip down to watch my youngest brother graduate high school. We thought it was going to storm, but it held out and made for some nice pictures
I was best man/photographer at one of my dearest friend’s weddings. I’ll be out of town for a few days, so I thought I’d share this before I go.
Marietta Education Garden Center, Marietta, GA
So things have gotten crazy (like they do), and I am ending up with less and less time to spend posting my Pic(k)s of the Day (or anything else for that matter). I had a really good streak of posts in March, and then just completely blew it in April and May. In an attempt to remedy this, I will begin posting images from my phone *GASP!*. Now, I know that “iphoneography” is all the rage right now and that rage is intensified with mobile apps like Instagram and you probably have feelings for them one way or the other. If you are a photographer, you may loath these industry wrecking technological spawns from hell. I don’t. I don’t see them as threats to the industry. I see them as completely different mediums. They are not a threat the way an uneducated potential client can be (a topic for another day)…
That smartphone you have there is a pretty powerful little bugger. It may not be capable of producing 30×40 gallery prints, but it’s great for shooting, sharing, and commenting on the fly. I still carry my 5D/50mm 1.4 with me almost everyday, everywhere I go, but sometimes it’s just more convenient (and fun) to pull out your phone, take a picture, throw a filter on there, upload it to Instagram and move on. It’s a form of real time photoblogging, in a sense, and you can get instant feedback. ”But it’s just so easy and makes more people think they are more creative than they are and they will think they can be professional photographers,” you may have heard someone say. Probably so. But these people are morons ignorant. Yes, it is easy to push a button, but it is not easy to be able to skillfully compose image after image or to be able to visualize an image before you pull out your camera (or phone). Alas, this, also, is a topic to discuss at a different time.
So, I say all of this to more or less justify why I will be posting with phone photos every now and then, and if you call it a rationalization, then so be it. I just think it’s better to post images than not, and you can make some pretty compelling images on these things if you ask me.
BTW, you can follow me on Instagram if you feel compelled to do so – JustinMakePhoto
Crazy, puffy clouds over the Marietta Square.
Foggy morning drive to work. Didn’t you know? I work in the rain forests of Marietta.
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Absentee April in the Pic(k) of the Day department.
How I wish the traffic looked on my drive home.
Jeffrey Bützer and the Bicycle Eaters
The E.A.R.L., East Atlanta Village, Atlanta, GA
Kind of reminds me of an abstract expressionist painting. A little bit of Rothko there in the back?
I’ve been running around like crazy lately, so this one is from my phone.
Saiah Fundraiser, Rodriguez Room, Goat Farm, Atlanta, GA.
YEAH! Burger, Atlanta, GA
Another view of Downtown Atlanta from the Goat Farm
Record setting pollen count in Atlanta yesterday. Record setting-er pollen count today.
Sandy Springs, GA.
Dance battles on the stage on the Square
Marietta Square, GA.
Beautiful light and a zebra girl.
Marietta Square, GA.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Have some green.
Marietta Square, GA.
View of Downtown Atlanta from the Goat Farm
Car Wash, Outside of Eufaula, AL.
Aajay. Lit with an LED flashlight.
Home, Marietta, GA.
Of course, not Guinness. Bridgeport IPA.
Keegan’s Irish Pub, Kennesaw, GA
Another from that “stormy” night. This one is a composite.
My House, Marietta, GA
When the rain comes down, the worms come in.
My House, Marietta, GA.
There were huge storms throughout the Atlanta area. We were luckily skipped over.
My House, Marietta, GA
West Egg Cafe, Atlanta, GA
From one of Liz Von Hoene‘s portfolios.
Big Studio, Atlanta, GA
I’ve never attempted a Project 365 or anything like it, and based on my track record for having a lack of commitment when it comes to blogging, I’m not giving this a hell of chance to last too long, but I’m going to try anyway. I hear it’s a great way to push yourself, so let’s just see if I can make it through March and we’ll go from there.
Rickelle has been keeping a book of stories about Grey since he was about 1 1/2.
Rev Coffee Roasters, Smyrna, GA
Last March I took took some head shots for a couple of friends of mine out at The Goat Farm in Atlanta. Kelly Greene is an amazing stage director doing great stuff with The Collective Project and Melissa Oulton is a super talented writer and performer, doing a lot of work with The Collective Project as well. If you see their names associated with anything, you know it’s worth checking out.
A couple of months ago I did a portrait giveaway via my Facebook page and Erica was the winner! I was originally giving away a normal portrait session, but after talking with her about it, she had an idea that was way better than that. Here is the first one from that shoot. Rickelle was there (as always) to help out. There should be a couple more coming in the next couple of weeks. Now, I’m off to lunch for a friend’s birthday and then hopping a plane to Las Vegas for WPPI 2012! It’s my first one, so I’m really excited. It’s just a bummer that Rickelle can’t come along too. :(
I consider myself, first and foremost, an artist and spend a lot of time (perhaps WAY too much time) looking at other artists’ work. One of my favorite sites for inspiration lately is Feature Shoot. Here is a recent post that really spoke to me, especially because I am a soon to be step father and am really facinated by the emotions and thoughts of children and how they change as they grow and experience things for the first time. I tell Grey all the time that we are teaching him how to be a person. It’s so great watching him develop a personality all his own with a sense of humor, a taste in music, and sense of humanity.
Image by Sharon Boothroyd
Rickelle was helping Grey make valentines for his class and some of his friends the other day. I thought I’d throw up a couple of Speedlites and shoot a bit.
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Our friend Cassi Costoulas wrote up and article about two artists dating for the online section of the Marietta Daily Journal. Click the picture to read the whole article and look at some of our pictures!
Yesterday was Tommy’s birthday! Here are a couple of my favorite head shots that I took last October at a co-working space that he started in Marietta called the BOX. What’s a co-working space you ask? Visit Tommy at http://thinkinsidehere.com to find out.
So, this is what it was like here in Atlanta this time last year. Tomorrow it’s a high in the mid 60′s. Maybe the Mayans were right about 2012…
Also, along with this fresh new blog here, is my fresh new family. Some introductions are in order: my fiance, Rickelle, and her son/my stepson-to-be, Grey. Rickelle is a fantastic photographer who is finishing up her degree at the Art Institute of Atlanta and Grey is an aspiring comedian/president. You’ll be seeing them a lot so I thought you should know who you’re seeing. I know I said that I wouldn’t be writing too much on here, but those closest to me are the ones who influence my work the most, so I’ll usually have a bit more to say about them.
Here are a few pictures from my friend’s birthday party back in September of oh-ten. We hung up a huge map and threw up a couple of lights and SHAZAM! Instant photo booth. Photo booths are super fun to make and even more fun to shoot. Although, you could argue that we didn’t “make” this one as it is just a poster on the wall, there are a couple that I’ve spent a little more time on that I will post in the future.
Meet Katie and Tyler. They are friends of mine and we had tons o’ fun shooting around their lofts in Canton, GA. Thanks to Rickelle for helping me out. We can’t wait for your wedding in October!
Let’s get something straight. I’m a photographer. Not a writer. I’m not going to pretend that I can write in order to fluff a post. I’ll tell you a thing or two about what you are looking at. Or maybe I won’t. It doesn’t really matter. After all, you’re here too look at pictures, not read some air that I’m blowing up the skirt of my latest client, right? Looky there. I used the wrong “to” in the last sentence. I told you I’m not a writer.
Okey dokey. Now that that has been established, I also want to explain that I am not new at having a blog. Just really bad at it. You can see my old blog at http://justinhadleyphoblography.blogspot.com/. If you look at it, you will see that I have not posted since August 2010. AUGUST 2010!! That’s a year and a half of me taking pictures of who knows what. Well, you could know what if you followed me on the FACEBOOKS. Over the course of this blog, I will attempt to both catch up on the things that I didn’t post over the last year and a half, as well as share the things that I am doing now.
Let’s get started, shall we? I’m going to take us back to September 2010 and to a place called The Goat Farm in Atlanta.
*A side note about me – I have been involved with a fantastic company in Atlanta called The Collective Project, Inc since 2009. I was at one time their Creative Director, but stepped down a couple of months ago to spend more time on my photography business. I still spend time with them when I can and do a lot of their photography and will reference them frequently.*
These are some shots from a show that The Collective Project did called the Medicine Show Show.
P.S. This will hopefully be the most that you ever have to read on my blog.