my sister

So my sister Veronica is now a senior… and you know what that means. She needed some pictures. veronica is a unique soul and didn’t want senior pictures that would possibly resemble anyone elses’… so I shot these at her home and approached the shoot as if it were for a magazine rather than for a yearbook or local mall-kiosk senior photography display. We were both very happy with the results, flamingos and all, and had a lot of fun too. I was so happy, I might add, that I don’t think I’m going to ever approach a senior shoot as if it were just for a yearbook again!

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New family pictures!

This was a family that might not typically go into your local Sears for a family portrait. But they were definitely up for some laid back pictures that showed off their goofiness, energy, and strong sense of humor. Thanks Brittany, for setting up the session as a birthday gift for your mom!

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Momentum 8 Grand opening

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Last Thursday, Joplin proved just how much energy it is willing to pour into its’ quickly developing art and downtown scene. The ‘third thursday’ art walk event was a huge success, as many art galleries and other business were visited with an eager outpouring of people. There were bands in the park, at least 3 new galleries (all opened within the last month) ballroom and tango dancing, and much more to make for a very fun and exciting evening.

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I spent most of the evening at the opening of ‘Momentum 8′ art gallery and boutique, which featured a 4 photographer show for its’ opening evening. I was one of those photographers and was honored to be a part of the opening of this shnazzy little studio, which I think came together beautifully after all the hard work that was put into it. Here are Jeff and Jesselynn, proud new owners of the studio:

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The other 3 photographers included Nick Mack, who put together a colorful little series of artfully composed Diana shots, Glenn Landberg, photojournalist extraordinaire, who is, sadly, now living back in his home state of Idaho, and Beth Chambers, whose whimsical images were the perfect balance for the rest of the show.

Nick celebrating with his fiancee Ashley:

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Glenn next to a couple of his favorite shots:

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And, of course, yours truly, next to my photographs and lovely little family… (photo taken by Glenn Landberg)

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Here’s Andy Nash, who played for the studio most of the evening:

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To those of you who made it down for the show, thank you so much for coming. For those that didn’t, you can still see my work at momentum 8 at 809 main through the next 3 weeks or so; (regular hours are still being decided, but the gallery will most likely be open the last 2/3ds of the week from late morning to early evening), and also I encourage you to plan on making it out to the next third Thursday. Hope to see you then!!!

Art show: Tomorrow!

I had mentioned a few posts back that I would be in an art show. Well that show is tomorrow (Thursday, May 21st), and I’m pretty excited about it. Here’s the flyer:

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As you can see, it has my name on it and everything…. so, again, I’m pretty excited. The only thing I might update you on is the content of my part of the show; I had originally planned on using my ‘whiskerino’ series (www.9artphoto.com/whiskerino07), but, unfortunately, realized I didn’t still have the file size necessary to print them at a decent size. So I’ve opted for my doll series instead… I have a few of those shots up at http://www.9artphoto.com/personal_work5, but have since added some new shots and switched some out for the final 5 picks.

The three other photographers in the show are all very talented, and the show would be very well worth attending even if I wasn’t in it, haha. So if you feel like showing your appreciation for the arts, supporting art in Joplin, checking out a new studio and saying hello to yours truly, stop by anytime tomorrow between 5 and 9pm. The address for the gallery (‘Momentum 8’) is 809 main; but take time, also, to check out many other galleries and businesses that will be opening up and having displays and events open for Joplin’s “3d Thursday” happening.

Doug and Sarah engagement

Some of you might have noticed I went awhile without posting much… well I’m trying to make up for it now. Here’s another new batch, of soon-to-be-marrieds Doug and Sarah.

Doug’s roommate is a former co-worker and good friend of mine, so through him, Doug and I have known each-other for awhile. It’s not hard to see that very mischevious look in Doug’s eye… it’s there about 90% of the time, and in fact brings out the same nature in myself. So when Doug and I see each-other, we often spend our time ‘checking each-other out’ to annoy Sarah. Very juvenile I realize, but I’m a firm believer in never growing up ALL the way. And Sarah, you’ve managed to remain a great sport.

So Doug and Sarah are a very playful couple… I can’t wait to shoot their wedding later this year!

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Amber and Jimmy

I wanted to share a few shots from the wedding I had this weekend in Fort Scott, KS. Amber and Jimmy were referred to me by one of my oldest friends, Cody Martin, who works at Belle Rose in Nevada, MO. Cody shares my artistic passion, but with flowers instead of photography… and the couple had an artistic bent as well, giving Cody and I both free creative reign and designing their own rings for the wedding.

Jimmy and Amber were very obviously in love and there was plenty of joy in the air as they combined their two little families into one. Congratulations to the new family!!!

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rythm n’ brews, 2009

My apologies for this post, which contains probably way too many pictures for one post. I couldn’t help myself.

Every year, Community Support Services hosts a fundraiser known as “Rythm N’ Brews”- $20 gets you beer, food, and a show at the classy Gateway Creamery building. I volunteered the first couple of hours and then sat back (or more like ran around like crazy with a camera) to enjoy the bands; the talented John Brown and the Cougars and the (locally) famous Ben Miller Band. It was the Cougars’ last show and they went out on a great note (no pun intended). Here’s my ‘rock god’ shot of guitarist Antonio:

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and then my favorite shot of frontman Zach Allen:

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between performances, my friends and I goofed around with my off camera flash. Hence, the magical chip bowl.

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Then came the Ben Miller Band. I’d heard only a bit from them before this, so this was my first time to see a whole show. They are simply fantastic… the kind of group you are amazed are not somewhere else and signed to a label.

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The band generates an astounding amount of energy for a 3 piece group; regularly switching out instruments and building up an intense beat that slowly drove everyone in the venue to a dancing, kicking, hopping frenzy as the dance floor filled up with a very diverse crowd. I really tried to capture that energy in my quest to document the night, and I specifically focused on a couple of unlikely fans for some of my crowd shots, as you can see…

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I ended the night with what is now one of my favorite recent photographs. I passed one of the suspender-wearing gentlemen who had been joyously dancing through the show on my way back home; and, after overcoming my own nervousness, I asked if he’d mind me snapping a picture of him exactly as he stood. He was simply waiting for a friend (whom he planned to direct back to the venue for the last leg of the concert) and said he wouldn’t mind… so here you have it.

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Harry, month 3

I haven’t done the best job keeping the blog updated just lately… so I’ll start making up for it with some new pictures of my 3 and 1/2 month old son Harry Louis. This boy is growing like crazy and is beginning to generate an incredible (and sometimes frightening) amount of energy. He loves people and is often grinning and laughing now, and is definitely restless to get to toddler-dom already, when he can eat solid food and start running around.

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