Famous for Fifteen

For the second year I have had the privilege of being the photographer for the Spring Sing program. I had a blast last year so obviously I was thrilled when I was asked to do it again. 

Unlike last year where I was given a very specific photo concept to achieve, this year the content of the photographs was pretty much given up to my own interpretation of the overall theme. 

I knew the visual theme for the show was going to be steam-punk: lots of gears, cogs, pipes, steam and clocks. After Googling steam-punk for several hours (do at your own risk, I might add) I finally had a grasp of what sort of photos I wanted to shoot for. 

I was inspired by Victorian era portraits where the subjects were straight face. But I didn't want my photos to completely boring and sad so I decided to tell my participants to add a little sass and attitude. I think it just adds a little bit something extra, another dynamic.

This is definitely the most involved and time consuming photoshoot I have ever been a part of but it has been the most fulfilling because I got to see the idea from concept in my head to a reality in print. 

Enjoy some of my favorites from Famous for Fifteen

Ciao for now, 

 
 

I set up the set in the makeup room of the Ulrey Performing Arts Center.

Here are a few of the props and other visual elements.

I had thirty minutes to photograph each club show. Here are a few of my favorites.

 
 

After all of the club shows were done I had two hours to photograph the four host and hostesses. 

They eventually got bored with they serious faces and things digressed a little. But we had a good time anyway.


It truly was an honor to work on such a fun project. It quite literally would not have happened without the help of a few key people. Thank you to Cindee Stockstill and Steve Frye for the carte blanche to allow me to be as creative as possible. Thank you to Julie Hixson-Wallace for loaning me the beautiful purple chair. Thank you to Jeff Montgomery for loaning me photography lights. Thank you to Ben Jones for helping me with props and McKay Murray for helping with fabrics. And thank you to everyone who was photographed!

Below is the final version of the program with the photographs in their context (please ignore how faded the pages are, technology is hard and I couldn't get them to appear correctly on screen but you get the idea) and used in the Spring Sing edition of The Bison Newspaper.

Randi

I love photographing specific things for specific reasons.

I love photographing sports because, frankly, I can't play them but I'm still fascinated by those who can and the dramatic scenes they create.

I love photographing nature because it's a challenge to capture even a glimpse of how magnificent it really is. 

And I love photographing my friends because I love to show them just how beautiful they really are.

So when my friend Randi asked me to photograph her I couldn't say no, obviously. 

Here are some of my favorites from our shoot together. 

Also, her website and work is incredible. She's going places and chances are, we will all be working or living in a space she created some day. 

 

Ciao for now,

 
 

 
 
 

Austin and Olivia

A few weeks ago I was given the chance to photograph two of my very best friends. From freshman year until now, I cannot imagine my college experience without them in it. As constant sources of encouragement, they have made an immense impression on my life and everyone else they have come into contact with. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the chance to document this huge life event in both of their lives and I'm excited to see where this journey takes them.

Here are a few shots from their special day.

 
 

The moment when Austin said, "Oh yeah, there's Grant."

After the proposal, Austin and Olivia's friends and family gathered for a surprise party to celebrate their relationship and their future. 

 

Ciao for now,

 

The Farm

I don't know what it is about this place but it always makes me feel at peace and relaxed. It's not even my farm or a place I grew up going to. Maybe I like it so much because there isn't any cell phone service so I'm forced to be disconnected or maybe it's because of all the memories I have here are with close friends. Over the past year I have been beyond privileged to call it one of my favorite places. Last weekend I got to experience it once again and though I didn't catch any fish in the pond or shoot a clay pigeon, I still treasured each second because I was with people I love.

In college, and this senior year specifically, I have discovered a lot about myself and what I value in relationships. One realization I have had is that it doesn't always matter what you are doing or what you bring to the table. Sometimes the best thing is to simply be a presence in someone's life. And while I'm not trying to justify my lack of fishing or shooting abilities (though increasing my skill in those areas would be nice), I have simply learned that it doesn't always matter what you can do or say or even offer a person. Sometimes just being there for a friend is what is needed most. 

But enough of the deep stuff or I'll start crying. Let's save that for May. 

Here are some shots from The Farm. 

Ciao for now, 


 
 

 

January 20

This is the view I see every day when I walk out of my apartment. Today, it caught my eye. 

The grass was covered in frost and the sun had just poked out above the tree line, bathing the ground in the dawn's golden light. I stood for a moment, mesmerized. 

Then I thought to myself, "I wonder if it is this beautiful every day and I just don't notice it."

Most of the time I'm in too much of a hurry to stop and look at grass. But maybe I should study it more often. 

Beauty is everywhere. Even in the frozen ground.

Ciao for now,