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I did a shoot back in October for the band Hellogoodbye. I found out about 4 days before they came through while I was on vacation. I was with my family in Hilton Head, South Carolina when Alternative Press contacted me about it. Due to the fact I had a shoot in Ohio in two days for Hit The Lights and now this shoot, I was nervous.

The day of the shoot came, I had to work that day until 5 and the shoot was at 6:15. I had to go to Cleveland, so that clearly wouldn’t work. I decided to take a few hours off of my pay and leave early. I gathered all necessary gear that I need, which included, but is not limited to:

  • Canon EOS 5D
  • Canon EF 50mm F/1.4
  • 6 Alienbee Flashes (only used three)
  • 6 Alienbee stands (some assorted ones as well
  • 10 Foot backdrop
  • Backdrop support system
  • One Octabox, two softboxes and two stripboxes
  • Beauty Dish
  • Sand Bags
  • MacBook Pro

I packed all of that gear as well as the props (scene in the photo) into my small little Mitsubishi Lancer. I got there, had no where to park and couldn’t get ahold of their tour manager. I finally got a hold of him and got a spot in the back lot behind their bus. I unloaded all of my gear and placed it in any random spot I could find. We had no where to shoot. The back of the House of Blues is very busy and it leaves small amounts of space to shoot. Since I was shooting on a 10 foot background with a 50mm lens, I needed as much room as I could get. Luckily, we destroyed the green room and made it happen.

We spent about an hour destroying the electronics I bought, along the way Forest, the singer, cut his playing finer on a circuit board, not once, but three times. I was to blame for him being injured of course – good job Aaron. We got ready to shoot and all went well! I shot for about 3 minutes and called it a day!

Below are the original photo and the final photo!

Have a wonderful day everyone!


On my mind

I have been doing so much thinking lately that it’s driving me crazy. I discuss it a lot with my family, friends and of course Emily. I just can’t help but wonder if I went wrong with my choice of schooling and the direction of my career. I am working on my associates degree in Graphic Design currently (I should’ve been done nearly two years ago, but only go part time), and to be honest I am not sure if that’s the degree I want.

I think my big concern is how will I provide for myself and my family someday. I obviously do my freelance photography right now and work full time as a designer. I don’t know if I’ll be able to support myself with my freelance someday and that’s just always been the plan. I worry that I should’ve gotten into college for something that will be more beneficial for me someday.

I guess I am just ranting, but do you of you guys ever feel this way?


2010 Goals

So I have been actually reading the Twitter and Facebook updates of some friends of mine and decided that I too should write a blog post about this year and the year to come. I certainly have no reason not to write one!

I guess I don’t really know where to start but I suppose I could start with a general overview of the year. The key points of what happened in my “Photography Career”

  • Began the year with the Five Giants Studio.
  • Purchased a Canon 5D
  • Decided I was having a heart attack after a photoshoot in Toledo, ended up in the Hospital.
  • Had my first photoshoot for AP Magazine with Hit The Lights, two days later shot Hellogoodbye and two months later shots The Rocket Summer

I guess looking back I didn’t complete nearly as much as I had hoped this year. I was hoping to be further along in my career then I am right now. I have been thinking a lot about the future of my photography career latley and I am driven more than ever to complete my goals for 2010. I am going to do what I need to do in order to get to where I need to be. I will even kill, okay, kidding of course.

Following are a list of my goals in 2010!

  • Form my LLC and take further steps to legitimize myself as a business, not just a kid with a camera
  • Network myself better with Social Networking and Actual human interaction
  • Continue with, I’ve been slacking hard for the last few months with that
  • Work on more creative concepts and lose the girls holding flowers in fields crap.
  • Work more with my Bronica ETRS Medium Format camera
  • Develop a consistent branding across everything. Networking, Business Cards, Mailers, etc
  • Work on my lighting and editing techniques
  • Work on getting more camera gear – Mainly lenses
  • Most importantly, refine my style as a photographer. Work on messing with my techniques a bit more than I have been in the past

As you can see, I have a lot I want to work on in the next 366 days before 2011. These goals of course aren’t a sure fire way to get me to the top of my game, but I am going to work my hardest to get to where I want to be.

Of course I have more goals than this, goals outside of photography, I guess just general life goals, which are as follows:

  • Continue the no red meat and no dark pop policy I have been doing for the past few months
  • I am 22 year old and living at home, I’d enjoy to move out on my own.
  • Continue the relationship I am in with Emily, spend everyday how we have been and just being happy to the max.
  • Save a little bit of cash up again

Well I hope that was an informative look into my goals and such. I hope you all have thought about yours and plan on working to achieve them as I will with mine.