Hello, Destroyers…

     Well what now, you ask? Maternity, then band, then wedding, then… t-shirt company? Yeah, work has been a little all-over-the-place lately. Hopefully this isn’t confusing as all get out, fans. Yes, my specialty is wedding + lifestyle, but hey, I’m allowed a commercial shoot every now and then, right? And this one was such a good time, I couldn’t NOT share it. 

    The company is Hello Destroyers, and if you like sweet t-shirts, the arts & good causes, you should know these guys. They’ve been based in Taiwan and are moving operations over to the good ol’ US of A. They make a point of teaming up with all different sorts of awesome artists (including, maybe, me…) and also of giving 10% of all profits to charities such as rapha house.

     Co-founder Biaka Z rounded up a ragtag team of local models and we hit the streets of downtown Joplin, grabbing shots in front of every random wall and alley we could find within a 2 block radius of the 9art studio. The ‘look’ of the urban alleys was perfectly matched to the crazy and creative t-shirts that the company has recently released, and the models couldn’t have done a better job infusing these shots with personality. 

     opening the sample set with a token behind the scenes shot. Those are usually my favorite. 🙂

someone is having too much fun to jump.

Mrs. Jessie + Mr. Rudy !!

   Jessie & Rudy had the most gorgeous wedding on the most gorgeous day. (I’ll halt my  further use of the word ‘gorgeous’ lest my  masculinity be questioned). A breeze was a’blowin’, the sun was a’shining,  and the ceremony took place in a nice little gazebo. This beautiful little chapel/scenic area is unexpectedly found on the campus of Pitt State in pittbsurg, ks: tucked away behind the football stadium.

I, of course, had to get some shots near the stadium too even in spite of all the beautiful nature oriented scenery on the chapel grounds… always being a little weird. I just loved the pops of red and had a little bit of a vision in mind with how all the wedding party pics would look when put together later with these backgrounds. (imagine a layout like this in a wedding book)!

I also had a new camera, just in time for the wedding. Pretty sure I’m in love with it. All the images came out so crisp, even in super low light, and the focus of this camera is something to be reckoned with.

     The reception was just as beautiful as the ceremony and everything went smooth as can be. Congrats to this gorgeous (!) couple.

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Albrecht Family

World, meet the Albrechts. Mom Lorraine, Dad Brett, and little Adelie & Beckett. Such a fun shoot…. thanks very much to this sweet family for allowing me to capture their family in the setting of their home. So much cute it can hardly be stood.

Jordan Howerton Band

      So this is my first band shoot. Ironic, since I pretty much shoot everyone as if they were a band anyway. You’re a two year old girl? No, you’re a band. Beautiful bride? Well your wedding party looks like a band. Ok, it’s not that bad, but seriously it’s really strange that I haven’t shot a band til’ now… this stuff is right up my alley.

     Jordan Howerton Band came to me this year about doing pictures for their new dirt road EP, as well as a few shots for their site & promotional materials… and I was pretty flattered by it. These guys are a very talented christian rock group, and I was humbled to see that my respect for their work is matched by their respect for mine.

    I do have to say that I have to save the best for last… that is, I can’t show you the whole shoot, since the shots used for the EP itself will need to be tucked away until the album is actually released. I’ll do a re-post at that time to let you take a look at those photographs as well as the rad album design by graphic designer austin eidson.

     So here’s part 1 with the one and only Jordan Howerton band… now spread the word. I take band pictures. 🙂

did some individual pics in studio…

More fun in the studio…. good thing I have a stool handy up there.

I can’t tell you how much I wish these couches were in my studio.

Side note. Sessions at 9art studio (sometimes) come with a complimentary reflexology lesson/sample from my downstairs neighbor Lavonna. 

These guys’ dedication to the shoot was really put to the test for this location. There was poop. There was vomit. There were taco bell wrappers. And still, they stayed so I could get this shot, and even smiled as if it didn’t smell like hell itself in there. Fellas… you are somethin’ else.

ending things with another behind-the-scenes from the first part of the day. Can’t wait to show you all the rest of these in another month or so!