Being a day late on these monthly Instagram projects is quickly becoming our M.O.

As 2014 winds down, it’s likely that many people will be doing some reflecting on the goings on of the year.  This month we invite you to remind people in your life of things you shared in the past.  Make sure you tag them so that they can plop on a life jacket and hop in your boat as you flow together down Nostalgia River.

These are the first three pieces of my face mug collection I didn’t know I was starting until people started giving them to me.  Check it out on Instagram to see whom the gift givers were.





This month, we thought we’d throw out a photo challenge to everyone who wants to play along! In November, it is all about the negative space. The subject of your picture doesn’t always have to be large, clear, and in focus; sometimes it can be small, off to the side, and blurry. Or…it can be large and centered with nothing around it. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as the negative space is an important part of your composition.  The negative space in an image can speak volumes! We challenge you this month to show us your subject from a distance, with room for thought, or a little more opened up. Let’s see what you got!


A Road Trip to New Mexico


Four years ago, my friend Sam invited me to take a drive to New Mexico just for the hell of it.  So we went.

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It was an 8 day journey exploring one of the most beautiful and dynamic parts of the country I’ve seen.  Our trip spanned the height of the state from Carson National Forest down to the Carlsbad Caverns.  We saw the Grand Canyon.  We missed our returning train from Albuquerque to Santa Fe and slept at the outside train station.  Sam was incredibly sick for the first day and a half.  I saw friends from high school in two different towns in two different states.  I relearned how to drive a stick.  Oh, and we did it in a 1980-something Chevy Nova.


One thing to keep in mind: not only were these taken 4 years ago, but they were edited 4 years ago.  I decided to keep them as is instead of re-editing them just as a reminder of how far along I’ve come as a photographer.  Also, it would take more time to re-edit them than I have (#HonestOctober).














































































































































#HonestOctober – Year 2


Last year, we decided to start a little Instagram project for the month of October called #HonestOctober.  We realized that much of what is posted on social media for everyone to see is framed in a way that the context is removed and what is left is meant to sensationalize the one doing the posting or the situation that she or he is in.  We see so many people doing so many fantastic things all of the time and we just want to seem equally fantastic.  It becomes a sort of competition.  With whom are we competing?  Ourselves?  Our friends?  A bunch of people we follow on Instagram that we’ve never met?  Maybe we’ve just lost sight of what exactly it is that makes life extraordinary.

We’ve all been there.  THEY get to be wild and carefree, living life on the open road.  THEY get to travel the country getting paid to photograph incredible things that you’ll never get to see.  THEY have the most amazing looking kitchen that’s always clean.  It could even be as simple as being inundated with your friends’ super cute baby photos.  I mean, your baby is cute, too, right?  YOU want everyone to see a video of YOUR baby tasting a lemon for the first time, right?

Rebecca Lammersen wrote a great article about envy and social media called Please Don’t Envy Me: The Facebook Status Everyone Should Read.  And you should read it.  I thought that it captured the essence of #HonestOctober pretty well.  In the article, she writes:

We have fallen prey to the delusion that every one else’s life is happier than ours, more productive and even more valuable.

We forget. We forget that there is something greater that dwells amidst the accolades, the trips and the fancy meals—the every day of life.

We have and we do.

Zack Arias recently posted a beautiful photo of his wife, Meghan, while they were in Paris with a caption that shared a similar sentiment:

 I know our social media feeds look like we live this amazing life. Oh look. I have a new camera. Oh look. Here we are in Paris. What’s not on this feed is our struggles. Our pain in missing the point with each other. Our bank balance. Our sight of seeing a path that we can’t take. The regrets for lives we didn’t live in our youth.

Keep on posting the photos that you’d normally post, but throw in some others that add a little context as well.  Share the things that make your life what it truly is.  It doesn’t have to be pretty.  It doesn’t have to be well-lit.  It doesn’t have to be cropped in so you don’t see the pile of dirty dishes in the sink.  Just be honest.




We hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend!  Summer is on its way out and before you know it the madness of the holiday season will be upon us (only 16 more weekends before Christmas!).  Take the time to delight in the quiet and peaceful times and share them with everyone.

This is always one of the first things I see in the morning.  As I journey from the bedroom to the coffee maker, I come across the morning light coming in through the kitchen window.  On the mornings when I’m the first one up, there is a wave of quiet calm that washes over me when I see this window.  It’s a wonderful way to welcome the day.




It’s already the 4th of July. It’s time to seize the summer if you haven’t been doing so already. Make everyday count because the beautiful weather will be gone before you know it. This month we’re looking for photos that are all about the fleeting moments. The ones that are gone if you aren’t paying attention or if you aren’t taking advantage. For example: we have yet to eat a strawberry off of our plant.  We had one growing that I was going to eat yesterday, but decided to wait.  It was going to be delicious. Now it’s gone thanks to some varmint we have sneaking around our yard.

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It’s June. I don’t know where May went, but it’s gone. Warm weather is upon us and will be gone before we know it. It’s easy to get bogged down by work and chores and the monotony of life, but it’s important to take a break and recharge. Take a hike. Go fishing. Pick a flower. Sit by the pool and have a margarita. Throw some shrimp on the barbie. Whatever it is, just get outside an enjoy it while you can!

Don’t forget to share what you’re doing with everyone and tag #ItsJuneSoGetOutside (we frankly couldn’t think of anything even remotely clever for a June hashtag name, so we decided to just get to the point).


April Project: Stranger Danger


Sorry this image is a few days late. Things have been getting busy around here and, well…there’s really no excuse.  So, we had 6 words that we had to incorporate into this image somehow: lace, brown, flowers, balloons, flashlight, fruit.  Here’s where we ended up.

It’s our first time being in one of our images together, and I have to say that it’s a lot more challenging to play model and director.  It was a fun experience, but I think we’ll stay behind the camera for the foreseeable future.  :)

What do you suppose an unwelcome man in a bear suit would watch in a stranger’s house? My money’s on COPS.




This month we are celebrating the things in our lives that have been carefully and uniquely made by hand. Whether it is a scarf, a table, a painting, a meal, or a beer, share something that has been made (by you or not) by hand and with love.

This is a gate that my dad and I put together last weekend. We’ve had our house for a year and have been using a full size screen door as a makeshift gate. It had been on my list of things to do, but it just took my dad’s, “hey, let’s put a gate on your porch,” to actually get it done.


Camp McDowell, AL


A high school friend of mine lives/works at Camp McDowell just outside of Birmingham, AL, and a little over a year ago I spent a weekend with him, his wife, their dogs, and a couple of other high school friends.  Aside from hiking and hanging out with a hawk and and owl, we visited a nearby farm where my friend had to tend to the greenhouse, kids ran rampant, and some pigs got out. Another detour was to the Chicken and the Egg Festival in Moulton, AL, where we got to see Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit play a close to hometown show.

When all is said and done, these are the types of weekends that matter.

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#MyMeaningfulMarch Results


Here’s what #MyMeaningfulMarch resulted in.

We hit a bit of a lull this month in terms of number of participants, but we weren’t exactly on top of participating in our own project that month ourselves.  I guess everyone’s a little busy in March.  #AprilAtHome seems to be a more popular theme.  Check it out and join in!

If you have any feedback on these projects, please let us know.  What do you think of the themes?  Too conceptual? Too trite? Too easy?


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Here are our past projects:




#Frienbruary Results



We’re a wee bit behind on this, but here’s what our #Frienbruary results looked like.

In case you are out of the loop, here’s the quick scoop: we are doing a monthly project this year to try to get to know people better and to encourage others to share their lives in a more directed and specific way.

This month we have #AprilAtHome going on.  Join us!



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Also, in case you missed our previous montly projects, check them out:



March Project: Friendly Faces



So, it’s pretty simple:

We put out a call of Facebook for people who are interested in being a part of our March project without telling them what they were in for.  Basically, we just wanted to have a little fun taking pictures with our friends while drinking some beer (wine for Rickelle).  Each image is made up of the faces of all 6 of the people that attended.

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This month, we’re focusing on the home. Share what’s in and around what/wherever it is you call home.

This is #OliveTheDog and #BazookaTheCat.  Every afternoon the sun shines directly in the windows on the front of our house.  As long as the sun is shining, this is where you’ll find them everyday from 2 to about 4 or so.

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How Much Does Outsourcing Post Production Cost?


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You have a business to run and time is dimes, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

The first cost column is if  you were to order just Color Correction (adjusting white balance, exposure, and contrast).  The second column is the total cost if you were to add Cropping & Straightening to that Color Correction order.


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And just to be clear, you are by no means required to submit an order of any of these specific numbers of images. These are also not the only services we offer.  This is just a guide to help you get an idea of what you would spend if you were to outsource with us.

Visit HADLEYsPhotoEdits.com for a full list of services and pricing.

Also, a quick reminder: 10% OFF YOUR FIRST POST PRODUCTION ORDER!

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Post Production


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Let’s get a few things straight:


1. You have a business to run (shooting/marketing/album designing/customer service).

There is much to be done every day to keep your photography business profitable and growing. As your business grows, you have more clients to keep happy and less time to do it in. You have more images being shot and less time to edit them. Don’t run yourself into the ground. Don’t let it get to the point where you feel like you are about to run yourself into the ground. Grow your business with the idea in mind that you don’t have to do everything. That you shouldn’t do everything. One of the things that you shouldn’t be doing is editing hundreds of images after a portrait shoot or thousands of images after a wedding.

You simply aren’t making any money sitting at your computer editing. Those hours you are spending editing can actually be seen as a cost because you could instead be doing something that directly results in income for your business.


2. You have a personal life to maintain (family/friends/birthday parties/watching cat videos).

Spring is here, and while everyone else is out picking flowers, having picnics, and just enjoying the weather in general, you have been stuck behind the computer editing your work. This isn’t exactly what you had in mind when you decided to start your own business. Your friends miss you. Your sweetie misses you. Your kids forgot what your look like.


3. You are human (require sleep/food/peace of mind).

Aside from losing money and friends, you are losing sleep and sanity. You can only stretch yourself so thin before you start to break down. You need to have a workflow in place that avoids the breakdown altogether. After all, what is the point of having a workflow in the first place if not to make sure things go smoothly? Check out the third item on Psychology Today’s “Spread Too Thin: 4 Secrets of Reducing Your Workload.”


4. You are bound by the rules and limitations of time (unless you are some sort of Time Lord).

Following #3, one of our weaknesses as a part of the human race is that we are bound to the linear, forward-moving, never ending laws of time. Time waits for no one. This may sound silly at first, but like the old new adage states: “You have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyoncé.” Think about it. It isn’t simply that she outsources because she can afford it, she actually cannot afford to do them herself. She spends her limited hours doing that which makes her the most money or adds value to her life in some other way.


Delegating work (particularly post production) will help you free up hours of your time. The important thing is that you know and trust who you are delegating to. Whether you hire an employee to work in your studio with you, or you outsource the work to an experienced and trustworthy company that spends the time to get to know your styles and will make it feel like they are working in your studio with you *cough* HADLEY(s) *cough* is up to you.



Sometimes you look at a material item and it brings you somewhere else: a different time, a different place, a different memory. You hold on to these items for those reasons. Sometimes it’s something you can’t keep, but come across it occasionally. Let’s share those things with each other this month. I’ll start with this styrofoam plate that sits on my mantel. Grey drew his first portrait of me on it when he was in preschool. This is one of my most favorite items I own. What items are meaningful to you? We want to see them and we want to hear all about them! #MyMeaningfulMarch


February Project: Elizabeth’s Home



This month’s project was inspired simply by a visit to our friend Elizabeth’s home for her birthday.  She has an amazing apartment at The Goat Farm in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District and has done a phenomenal job decorating it.  The space really reflects her spirit as an artist and we are so grateful that she let us take over her area for a few hours.

Rickelle took the lead on this shoot and I played the role of assistant/voice activated light stand.  The shots were inspired by the space and the ideas just seemed to manifest themselves in Rickelle’s mind as she looked around.  Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.

Click the images to view them individually and at an appropriate size for your screen.



Set Design by Elizabeth Jarrett

Sugar Skull Make up by Manda Costoulas

#January Adjustment Results


Last October, we started a little project called #HonestOctober and it was so fun and the response was so great,  that we decided to try a different hashtag project every month this year.  We’re a little late in posting this, but here’s what the #JanuaryAdjustment list on Instagram looks like.  I hope everyone has stuck with whatever it was/is they are trying to adjust in their lives.  I know I’m having a hard time…

Thanks to everyone who contributed!  
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HADLEY(s) Photography is Now Offering Post Production!


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Attention wedding and portrait photographers:

You’re busy.  Your time is too valuable to spend it editing your images.  You just have too much other stuff to do.  There are clients to meet, there’s marketing to do, and/or you have family members that may be forgetting what you look like.  And, frankly, you just aren’t making any money sitting at your computer.

If you are like most photographers (myself included), then you are probably a bit of a control freak.  You have worked hard for years to establish a style for your brand and can’t imagine putting that in the hands of someone else.  I get it.  I know that feeling and how hard it can be to let go of that control, which is why we take the time to get to know you and your style and make sure we are editing as close to the way you do as we possibly can.  I have been working as an editor full time for the past 3 years and have developed really great relationships with my clients.  Trust has been established.  That client/editor relationship is crucial.  You should be able to talk directly with the person you have entrusted with your (and more importantly, your clients’) images.  You should know their name, at least (my name is Justin).

Some are more ready than others to make the leap and that’s okay.  Just know that we are committed to quality, image security, and client satisfaction.

Don’t wait until you are in the weeds to seek out help.  Plan for it.  Don’t let this wedding/senior/baby season be a repeat of last year’s.  You know you will need help and I’d love the opportunity to talk with you about it.

Check out HADLEYsPhotoEdits.com for more info.

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Let’s celebrate the people that make us who we are. Take a picture of people who are significant in some way to you and tell us what’s special, interesting, funny, etc. about them. You can even share a favorite story. Be sure to tag them, then hashtag the picture #Frienbruary. Hopefully, at the end of this month, we will have a beautiful collection of faces that make people whole.

These two have had such a huge impact on my life in obvious and less than obvious ways.  They turned me from a 20 something schmo into a husband and father.  I have reasons to work hard for things and people to look forward to seeing every single day.  I was in a pretty low place in my life for a long time before I met them and I can’t express how much happier I am with my life now.


January Project: Saplings


So, this year we decided to try to create a project a month.  Just something to keep our creative juices flowing and challenge ourselves a bit.  This is our first go at it.  Just a quick tale of how the idea sprouted (get it?  SPROUTED?  …ugh…):  Rickelle and I were out in the yard  pulling weeds and trimming branches when she walked over and showed me an oak sapling that still had the acorn attached to the roots.  It was was really beautiful and all I could think about for the next two weeks was photographing it.  So, about a month later, I went into the yard and pulled as many saplings as I could and brought them inside and made those photos.  I don’t know that they turned out exactly like what I had in mind, but it’s just such a mental relief just to have done them.

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So, the earth has made her way around the sun and will start her trip anew.  It’s celebrated around the world and is a symbol of second, third, forth, or fifth chances at things.  It’s a fresh start for us all.

Making a New Year’s resolution is like going on a diet.  It sounds temporary.  Like something you’ll do for the year and call it an accomplishment and then go back to the way things were.  How much weight does saying you have a resolution really have?  Who believes you when you say, “My resolution this year is to lose that spare tire I’ve been carrying around,” or, “This is the year I’m going t0 quit smoking.”  Of course we want to cheer those people on and really want them to succeed, but let’s be honest: we’re all a bit skeptical when someone says they have a resolution.  

We all have changes we want to make.  This year, however, we propose that we do away with resolutions.  It’s too onerous and has a bum rap.  Instead, let’s make some adjustments.  It could be the way you think about things, the way you interact with people, or the way you treat your body.   Break a habit or start a new one.  Whatever it is, just think of it as an adjustment.  Only a small change to the way you normally do something.

If you think of your life as a straight line, and you make a one degree adjustment, over time the distance between where your life was heading and where it will be becomes greater and greater.

Our idea to help keep this momentum going is to document your first month of your adjustments and tag them #JanuaryAdjustment.  It may help kickstart you just enough to make your adjustment stick.  Being public about it also makes you more accountable, but without any judgement because we’ll all know your goal and we’ll all have goals ourselves.

So let’s all make some adjustments and help realize those changes we want accomplish.

Rickelle is cutting back on her processed sugar.  This, of course, is nothing but sugar with little bit of sweet potato.  It’s delicious.  Things like it won’t be going away all at once, though, but will be phased out over time and replaced with fruits and healthier sugars when those cravings come on.




Justin is a Finalist in ARTvision Atlanta’s #AVSquared Competition, Benefiting Positive Impact


There are times when you put off doing something because you either don’t think anything will come of it or you are just too busy or because of whatever lame excuse you may have.  ARTvision Atlanta‘s Instagram competition #AVSquared was one of those times. It took two extended deadlines and two reminders from a friend of mine to get me to enter.  Sheesh!  We really need to be more on top of these sorts of things because you really never know what can come of them.

What do you know? I’m a finalist!  They’ll be announcing the winners at [ARTvision-8] “The Promise of Peace: Art Innovating Life”. The event benefits Positive Impact, whose mission is “to eliminate the risk of HIV transmission and to empower those affected by HIV through culturally competent and inclusive prevention, education, mental health and substance abuse treatment services.” So, if not for me, you should attend to help do some good.  And if you are still on the fence about whether to go or not…there’s an open bar. $10 suggested donation.

These are the two shots that made it to the finals.

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Cashiers, NC – February 2013


Rickelle and I took a trip up to Cashiers (pronounced cash-ers), NC, with some awesome photo friends last February.  We went to the Sapphire Valley Outhouse Races (which is every bit as fun as it sounds), hacked through a forest in the most Indiana Jones (i.e. badass) way possible in search of a waterfall that we never found, and saw the only snow we saw last winter.

FYI – you can click on one picture and scroll through them with the arrow keys like a gallery  :)

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No More #HonestOctober


October is over.  Done.  Finished.

Where did the time go?  It’s the same question at the end of each month (which definitely went by faster than the last).  We don’t have the answer for you, but we’re pretty astonished at how many people took the time out of the quickly evaporating tenth month of 2013 to be a little honest with everyone.  Some people shared the banal parts of their day while others bared their souls.  There were also lots of food, faces, and feet.  But, no matter how they participated, it’s been fun and interesting.

We’ve had people ask, “What’s next?  Noble Novemeber?”  Who knows?  This was too fun to let nothing else come of it.  We’ll do some thinking and get back to you.  For now, here is what the Honest October feed looked like on Instagram at 9:17 AM on November 01:




If you want to see ALL of the tags of #HonestOctober from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, check out Tagboard.  It’s a pretty cool site.


Pic(k) of the Day – American Dagger Moth Caterpillar


Again, another amateur, quick-Google-based identification.  This one seems to be an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar.  And again, corrections welcome.  If my Googling serves me right, this thing turns out to be better looking pre-metamorphosis.

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Honest October – 10/01/13


Because let’s be honest: a lot of what people post on Instagram and Facebook sensationalizes their lives (not everyone always, but, at times, Rickelle and myself included). It has become almost natural that everyone makes it seem like they are having a great time doing awesome things always. We want everyone to see all of the awesome things we (or our kids) do. It makes us look good. It makes us look interesting. It’s an unspoken, maybe even subconscious, competition of who can seem like they are doing the most dramatic things. Who went to a that concert. Who is eating the best food. Who went the farthest on a road trip. But there is a lot that we don’t see.

There are the day jobs. There are the arguments with your significant other. There are the times when your kid is not singing “Yankee Doodle” with his class and is instead whining about doing math facts. This is how your life really is. So, I declare October to be #HonestOctober. Drop your guard. Go out of your way to show the less interesting, more everyday things you do and hashtag those pics #HonestOctober. Besides, at the end of October everyone gets to pretend to be whoever they want. Until then, let’s be honest. Let’s see the boring stuff that makes us normal. For instance, I got coffee at work this morning…because I always get coffee at work in the morning.

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Pic(k) of the Day – Sapling


It was the first weekend of beautiful fall weather, so we did a bit of yard work and had tons of little saplings that popped up around our backyard that needed to be yanked out.  Here’s one that I believe is a Red Maple sapling.  I’m no expert, though, so if you know, feel free to correct me.

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Pic(k) of the Day – Fall Ball



Grey has is first practice of his second season playing baseball today.  Here are a few iPhone images from last season.

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Pic(k) of the Day – Busted Hydrant


Going through some old photos while doing some backing up makes me realize just how much we shoot but then we never do anything with the randomness.  So, here you go.  It’s a busted hydrant that was in front of our apartment last September.  IMG_9780-Edit

Fourth of July (FINALLY)



I’m going to stop trying to make excuses as to why it takes so long to edit personal pictures.  We’re busy, alright?  Just kidding.  But seriously.  Busy.


We spent the weekend with Rickelle’s sisters and their collective brood of 6 boys (so, that makes 7 boys under the age of 11) in Palm Coast, FL.  The night of the 4th was enjoyed on Flagler Beach and I have to say – there’s something pretty incredible about fireworks over water that makes it better than fireworks not over water.

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The Parking Lot Rooster Gang



On our way back from a family vacation last year, we stopped off at a fast food joint so that Rickelle could take Grey in to go to the bathroom.  This series of events spanned exactly the amount of time they were gone.  A gang of hooligan fowl made their way out of an adjacent parking lot, pecked around our car, fought amongst themselves, and went on their way.  No one but me saw this happen.  It was like the old Looney Toons cartoon about the guy with the singing frog.  Rickelle and Grey looked at me like I was crazy when I told them about it after they got back in the car.  This is proof that I’m not.  IMG_6988-Edit IMG_6996-Edit IMG_6990-Edit IMG_7001-Edit IMG_6995-Edit IMG_7007-Edit IMG_7004-Edit IMG_6993-Edit IMG_7011-Edit IMG_7014-Edit IMG_7015-Edit

Haley and Garett



My friends Haley and Garett got married at The Depot Off Main in Dothan, AL. This was an intimate and beautiful venue. It was nice being able to take pictures at a wedding just for fun.

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Things Have Changed For the Better – Introducing HADLEY(s) Photography


So, as I have mentioned, I got married last year.  To this beauty.  Not only is she a beauty, she is an amazingly great photographer.  So, it only made sense for us to officially join forces and consolidate our power.  Thus, HADLEY(s) Photography is born.  Our combined portfolios can be found at HADLEYsPhoto.com.
Justin and Rickelle Hadley of HADLEY(s) Photography

On the Run: Smoky Mountains, June 2012


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La Blogothèque’s Take Away Show with Alt-J


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/

The Collective Project Inc.’s “The Devil Tree” at the Goat Farm – Atlanta Theatre Promotional Photography


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.

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Pic(k) of the Day – OUR MONTHIVERSARY!


Justin and RIckelle HadleySo one month ago today, Rickelle and I (and several members of our families) moseyed on down to the courthouse in the Marietta Square and got hitched.  :)

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Because this marriage was more than just Rickelle and me getting married, I got Grey a pocket watch.

I love that boy.

Rickelle’s sister caught the bouquet!

Pretty, pretty bride!

Thanks to my fantastic mother for pitching in and taking pictures during the ceremony!

We will be doing a larger, more formal ceremony and reception next fall with more friends and family, it was just important to us to get the official deed done earlier so that we could start doing official grown-up things together.  Liiike buying a house (one of the most stressful things in of our lives).

Pic(k) of the Day – (Legally)Peeking in and Around Peoples’ Homes


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.


Follow me on Instagram if you feel so inclined – @JustinMakePhoto

The Collective Project, Inc.’s “The Red Herring”


Our pals over at The Collective Project, Inc.  recently had a brilliant show run in the Goat Farm’s Rodriguez Room, located in Atlanta’s Westside Arts District.  It was called The Red Herring and it was a pun-riddled mystery creatively done in the old noir style – written by Greg Garrison and directed by Andrew Crigler.  Check out this great review from the online arts magazine BurnAway.

Anywhoo, here are some production shots from the show.  If you didn’t make it to this one (for which I would be very sorry for you), The Collective Project, Inc. will has another production coming up in October.  Follow TCPI’s Facebook page to stay up to date on their goings on.

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Adventure with Grey


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!








Jeri Barr of The Center for Family Resources – Corporate Head Shot – Atlanta Portrait Photographer


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.

Jeri Barr

Jeri Barr

The Collective Project’s 7 Months to Live Party at the Goat Farm – Atlanta Event Photographer


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!

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Small Reactions

Small Reactions

Sean Haley of the Collective Project Inc.

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Greg Garrison, 7 Months to Live Party

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7 Months to Live Party, zombie photo booth

7 Months to Live Party, zombie photo booth

Why I Don’t Hate Instagram or iphoneography


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


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Pic(k) of the Day-Reading at Rev


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.

Rev Coffee Roasters

Rickelle has been keeping a book of stories about Grey since he was about 1 1/2.

Rev Coffee Roasters, Smyrna, GA

Kelly and Melissa – Atlanta Head Shots


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.


Kelly Greene, Justin Hadley Photography

Kelly Greene, Justin Hadley Photography

Kelly Greene, Justin Hadley Photography

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Melissa Oulton, Justin Hadley Photography

Melissa Oulton, Justin Hadley Photography

Portrait Giveaway Winner – Erica


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.  :(

Portraits of a Child Portray Feminine Grace, Pain and Suffering – Some Found Inspiration


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


A Year and a Week Ago…Snow!


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.

Aajay’s Birthday – Photo Booth


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.

Blah Blah Blog and a Medicine Show Show – Event


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.