It’s here (photo novel release)

 

It’s here.

14 months of work.

51 actors.

7+ script revisions  (meaning hundreds of writing hours for my co-director Lance).

9,647 photos taken (narrowed to hundreds actually used in the final project).

elaborate prop lists, shooting schedules, casting calls, location scouts, budget breakdowns, conference calls, design experiments, and beta reader notes.

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The Joplin Undercurrent‘ is, hands down, the biggest project I’ve taken on in my career, more elaborate even than ‘Cold Brewed’, the last photonovel project that Lance Schubert and I collaborated on.

Many, many thanks to our producer, Carrie Puffinbarger, and to Patrick and the rest of the team at the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau for believing in Lance & I and trusting us to create an out-of-the-box art/promotional piece for the city of Joplin.

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There are no moving visuals in this piece, only stationary ones, but I know a lot better now what film production feels like. And Lance & I know better how to tell this particular genre of story- the photonovel- as we can now tuck 2 of these things under our belt.

2016 is off to a sweet start.

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You can read chapters 1-3 in the Joplin Undercurrent right now. More to come as the chapters are dropped digitally, for free, over the next few weeks. You can also catch our last project, Cold Brewed, for free on iTunes for a limited time.

The Joplin Undercurrent

 

 

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I talked a fair amount about this project earlier last year, but it got to that funny point that I’d worked on it so long I stopped talking about it. Now, almost exactly a year since we started shooting the thing, I’m excited to say it’s here.

The Joplin Undercurrent is a photonovel- a medium originated by Lance Schaubert and myself (beginning with ‘Cold Brewed’, now free on i-Tunes)- that combines words and pictures into a unique cinematic experience (minus the motion).

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[above photo is Lance & I ‘on set’, unable to abstain from trying on the legit costumes for a historical scene]

This photo novel was produced by the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, and tells a story for my city- Joplin, Missouri- fusing fiction and reality, history and mystery.

The first installment of the Joplin Undercurrent will be released online on January 19th. That’s NEXT WEEK, guys.

Subsequent chapters will be released for several weeks after this. It’s all free and super easy to follow…just click below to check out the  poster images and to subscribe so you’re the first to see the opening chapters.

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For the moment, I’m more than excited to release this set of posters for the project. Design work by the talented Lauren White. Posters feature our leads- Lauden Baker, Kolourz Voss, and Muchengetwa Bgoni.

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Back in the saddle…

Hey all!

If you follow this blog, you’ll have noticed that it remained rather quiet the last couple of months… some stuff about Santa, and that’s about it.

It was for that ironic reason of simply being too busy.

Being busy. It’s the American way, I suppose. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it feels like our default, small talk response to ‘how are you’ has moved from ‘good!’ to

‘OH THINGS HAVE BEEN CRAAAAZY!’

Like having so much to do that you literally feel insane is some kind of badge of honor that we’re all scrambling to wear…

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I wasn’t scrambling to wear it, but wear the badge I did. It’s like that old Joe Walsh song says, ‘I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do…’ Being that insanely busy was good for business sure, and I’m certainly blessed by that business, but it was more than a little exhausting and it admittedly kept me from some things I really value.

Things like, creating personal work, spending more time with family, being healthy, and, of course, updating this blog with what’s going on and what’s ahead.
I just finished out 2 full weeks off- time to recover, rest, come face-to-face with everything that gets pushed down after months of being in “survival mode”, and come out the other side feeling a lot more like myself again.

If you haven’t done that in awhile- take time- you might be straying from your own big picture.  The best part is, the more you feel like you don’t have time to take that break, the more you probably need it.

STOP-

stop social media
stop being in meetings

stop working
stop wrapping yourself up in the details to the extent you can’t see the big picture
stop running from the things you don’t want to look at it in your own heart

stop obsessing
stop being so busy that you can’t even sit down with a book

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if you can’t stop for a bit, your soul goes a little sour. We just aren’t meant to run that much without taking a rest. We lose sight of who we are and what we actually care about, until we reach a point where we don’t care about anything.

I care again. It’s nice.

But that’s enough about that… so…

W’sup, 2016? 

I’m excited about this year. Goal #1 was just to slow down. Listen to see what God is telling me. I’ve done some of that.

So as for what’s next… here’s a quick summary of a couple of things  I can tell you  about for 9art/Mark 9 in 2016.

#1: NEW PHOTONOVEL

Yep. For you guys who followed my best friend Lance & I when we made ‘Cold Brewed’… we made another one, produced by the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau. My biggest project to date. More about that tomorrow…

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#2: ‘COLD BREWED’ is now FREE

For those who didn’t get a chance to read ‘Cold Brewed’ the first time around, it’s now available for completely 100% FREE on i-tunes. The only catch is that you have to have an apple device (i-pad, macbook, i-phone) to look at it. If you don’t have one, see who can borrow from for an hour or two so you can read through it. :)

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#3:  MARK N photography COMING SOON

I’d touched briefly on this last year… I’ve spent some time working on an entirely new business presence that focuses on the commercial/fine art photography portion of my business. The blog you are reading now will, in fact, eventually move over to the new website being created for this. Can’t wait to show it all to you guys.

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(this photo, btw, is not me, it’s my fellow photography buddy Brian, and still one of my favorite portraits).

#4: New PERSONAL PROJECTS/COLLABORATIONS on the horizon…

One thing I did make time for late last year was to have a couple of conversations with fellow artists in other mediums, about the possibility of collaborating. So far, I have 2 new projects lined up for this year that I think are going to be incredibly fun and push my artistic limits. I didn’t plan on them happening at all- they just fell into place in that beautifully obvious kind of way.

I’ll keep you posted on these as they unfold.

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#5: BOOKING NEW SHOOTS

I won’t dwell on this one bc this post isn’t meant to be an ad. But just to let you all know, I am beginning to book sessions again, for 2016- I’ll get back to shooting as usual next week. If you’re interested in setting up a shoot for your family, business, or wedding- or if you’d even just like to sit down soon over coffee to brainstorm about working together in the future- I’d love to talk to you.

best of #santabooth (funniest santa ever)

 

The following is a selection of my very favorite shots from #santabooth… in which we took some elements of the the traditional ‘santa photos’ setup, then turned them on their head with  a goofy photobooth feel, to create a beautiful (and sometimes hilarious) new thing.

We couldn’t have done it without Larry, our santa… I think you’ll agree, after looking through these and seeing how well he plays along, he’s pretty much the best santa claus ever.
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I’m going to start with this shot. Because, it makes me laugh every time I look at it (and hope it does you, too).
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I’m going to follow that up with this mini-series of babies crying, and Santa joining in on the frustration with the the sometimes terrifying sit-on-santa’s-lap tradition.

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ok, ok, there were happy babies too.

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(‘whats in this cookie’?)

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whole families got in on the fun.

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things got a little dark and weird at times.

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whole families wore matching pajamas.

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Dad’s sweater gave him some ‘tude.

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A local restaurant payed tribute to Bill Murray.

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Super cute things happened (this shot is, believe it or not, unposed)

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we did our best to compete with the viral santa/sleeping baby picture with our own sleeping baby…

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someone brought a kitten and a puppy. YES, BOTH.

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#SANTAKITTEHZ!!!

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Griswolds.

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Santa is my BRO. (Coca Cola, care to buy this shot)?

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Dusty’s had a long holiday already and is rapidly heading for the naughty list.

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Awaiting approval.

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He’s the best santa. He lays his finger aside of his nose and everything (not inside it).

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your santa wouldn’t do this.

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CREDITS::

many, many thanks to:

– Traders’ church, for graciously providing our downtown location
-Larry Griffith, for being an all around fantastic Santa
-the Downtown Joplin Alliance, and, specifically Zach Bozeman for being my hearth-heaver & cashier
-Simply Vintage, for supplying part of our set
-Countryside florist, for providing our Christmas tree
-Drew Kimble, for helping with the planning phase

2015 seasonal deals

Hey guys! Keeping things simple this year. Here’s all the 9art deals we’ve got going on… good from today through (cyber)Monday.

Some of these are more to benefit existing clients; others will be great for those who want to give 9art a try (or, those who want to give the gift of 9art).

Just e-mail mark@9artphoto.com before December 1st to qualify!

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  • 25% off 2016 gift certificates ($15 buys $20)
  •  $500 for a 2016 session + high res disk
  •  All 2014/2015 photobooth prints 1/2 off ($20 minimum)
  •  2014/2015 session books 1/2 off (grandma wants one)
  •  high res disk from any pre-2015 session for $200
  •  2016 mini session (10mn session) + high res disk (2-3 images) for $100

 

SANTABOOTH

SANTA. PICTURES.

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….are usually a dreaded experience. Right, parents?

Well, not this time. These are NOT your mall santa photos. What makes them different?

#1: Our santa is awesome. This is the guy who’s played Santa for Cabela’s & Hallmark. He knows his santa. 

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#2: it’s downtown. That’s fun. Columbia Traders’ church is our gracious host… right within the heart of main street, 420 s main. While we do have a $20 order minimum, there’s no “sitting fee” and 10% of our proceeds go directly back into downtown, through the lovely Downtown Joplin Alliance.

#3: I love taking photos. These are professional. We take our time, we get it right, we take a photo that’s worth remembering.

#4: Joplin folks love the photobooth. This time, I want to incorporate that off-the-cuff, spontaneous, goofy feel into the photos, for those that love that. (and for those photobooth regulars that don’t have kids, yes, you can come too… and bring your ugly sweaters with you)!
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So this year, the photos really take the tone that you want. If you want them to be calm santa photos, that’s what they are. If you’d like them to take a crazier, sillier tone (like the photobooth), then we’ll have the props on hand… and our santa can be pretty goofy, believe you me. Think of him as the greatest prop 0f all…

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Thanks to the wonderful Traders Church for hosting us this year, and to 12eighty-one photography for partnering with us- they’re covering a third date on December 12th.

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Our dates: December 1st, 6-8pm (night of the Joplin Christmas parade)
December 4th, 5-7pm (Friday evening)

All other info can be found here (feel free to copy these sheets and fill them out beforehand if you plan to come!)

All questions can be directed to markn@9artphoto.com (I’ll be out of the office this week but checking through e-mails first thing on Monday).

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Leslie & Ethan:: 2015

 

Once upon a time, Leslie & I worked together at that grand cathedral of coffee, the one and only Starbucks.

Now [a few] years later, and this lady is getting married… at the BEAUTIFUL Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO. Of course, I was delighted to be able to capture the day for these two.

The weather made us nervous but stayed clear for the day. Hope you enjoy the scenery and candid moments from this gorgeous day!

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Chelsea & Dusty:: married

 

I’ve been looking forward to this wedding since last year.

Chelsea & Dusty crossed paths with me randomly at first… we were all regulars at the local coffeeshop, then they started coming to my monthly photobooth downtown. Since then, they’ve become the most regular of my regulars… every month, coming up with an idea for every theme. (below shot was actually captured 5 days after the wedding).

 

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So, I was asked to be their wedding photographer, and, of course, we had to do a photobooth AT the wedding.

 

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The day was AMAZING… fantastic weather, a live band at the reception (Deadeye), lots of laughs, and a beautiful location… Keltoi Winery, near Carthage, MO. The couple worked hard on the details and it shows. Hope you enjoy this batch- it’s a fun mix of goofy and pretty. :)

 

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Tory:: senior, 2016

Really enjoyed this unconventional senior session with miss Tory. We hung out downtown and got several different looks, tapping into Tory’s love for books, coffee, dancing (ballet) and the rock n’ roll vibe.

I have to put a shout out right at the beginning to little Sophia & her mom Justine… as a coincidence, they are both neighbors and friends to Tory AND are regular clients of mine. Justine recommended me to Tory as her photographer, AND these two hung out for the whole shoot to help with wardrobe and transportation (and moral support, of course). :)

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on to Tory…

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quick pause; the background used below is actually a gigantic, awesome mural painted singlehandedly by my good friend, Taylor Kubicek. The guy brought a lot of color to the downtown scene… and he does do (smaller than a building) commissioned pieces. You should check out his work here.

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and lastly, before it got completely dark, a shot of Tory & Sophia jumping… :)

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Alex + Wendy = married

It’s that wedding time of year. But this one, I didn’t expect…

My best friend called me up one week to let me know he’d be in St Louis (he currently lives in Brooklyn, NY) for a wedding. It just so happened, the friend getting married had a photographer drop out on them the week before the big day. Not very nice, photographer. So we worked out logistics, I got a chance to hang out with my buddy, and they got a wedding photographer… namely, me.

The attendees of this particular day were some of the most diverse I’ve encountered within a single event.

You see, Alex is a theology professor. So, as you can imagine, his groomsmen were a bunch of nerdy (meant as a supreme compliment, fellas) genius Ph.D professors/writers. Let me tell you, I’m 99% certain I was the lowest IQ in the room…

Wendy, is from Ghana. And a good chunk of family & friends from her home country made it to a little town outside of St Louis, Missouri to celebrate.

1/2 of the room… spunky Africans. 1/2 of the room… white professors.

All of them were absolutely wonderful, kind people; the kindest of all being Wendy and Alex, of course. I’ve rarely seen a more thankful, humble, and truly in-love couple than these.

And Lance… thanks for making this happen. And also, for running around downtown with me, taking random pictures that I’m sure to post at some bored point in the dead of winter.

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Back to the couple…

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