Shanon & Kyle

    Shanon & Kyle’s recent engagement shoot was more fun than I can shake a… camera… at. (‘Cept that would’ve made for blurry pictures).

    One of my favorite parts of working with a client is the part that happens before I ever pick up a camera, or before the day of the shoot even rolls around. It’s when we sit down to

                                                        BRAINSTORM

     which is a thing that is easy to forget to do. But brainstorming can mean everything. When we get to take that time to collaborate and I have the opportunity to challenge my subjects to think about what makes them who they really are, great things happen. 

 This shoot basically functioned as an ongoing series in which each idea led into another, all taking place at the home that Shanon & Kyle built together.

  Hope you have fun looking through these!


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it’s all lovey-dovey until the 2nd level. 

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some people kind of get into it. 

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we switched from Kyle’s favorite hobby to Shanon’s- painting. 

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loved the silhouettes here. 

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MY kids

    Sometimes, I forget to pull the camera back out on my ‘off’ time to capture some images of my own kiddos. I had a recent weekend where that thought hit me, and this time, I pulled out a light, snatched my camera, and started shooting my kids where they played in our own backyard. 

     Maggie (now 2) is not so much a fan of the camera. I’ve chosen to leave out the shot where I told Harry to put his arm around her. Silly me, thinking I could make that happen…but I love her mean-muggin’ expressions all the same. 

   Harry (now 4) is pretty much the complete opposite. This little man was BORN for the camera, giving me pretty much a brand new expression every second I’m shooting. Honestly, it’s scarier than the one that won’t pose at all.

    Love watching their personalities develop….the both certainly have a LOT of personality. Impromptu photo shoots are the best!

 

NEWS NEWS NEWS

   Ok, so there’s nothing THAT exciting. But I do want to keep you faithful few posted on latest happenings, so here goes….

#1: I currently have a photograph up at the annual photo exhibit photospiva. The exhibit features entries from all over the place, and it is a huge honor to have made it in. 

here’s the image that made it:

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Of course, it just doesn’t look as good here as it will in person. Plus, here, you only get to see my one image… not the 70+ other pieces from amazing photographers young and old.  My mind is always blown by the amount of talent and the diversity of style in this show. So if you live in (or near) Joplin, Missouri… please come check it out.

#2: My friend lance schaubert and I are 75% done shooting for our new project, cold brewed. This is the biggest, most challenging, and most fun personal project I’ve ever worked on. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Cold Brewed is:

      -a film noir inspired story, told through words and pictures.  

To keep up on progress made in our little story, you can follow via facebook. In the meanwhile… here’s our first official poster, as well as as some fun outtakes…

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We’ll start with my partner in crime… Lance himself. He’s one of the few that can match my general enthusiasm.

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another cast member (miss Abby DeWelt) snapped this pic of me… 

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Lance applying makeup to Caleb while Jake… acts like Jake.
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sometimes, there are more people making a shot happen than you think there are…

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Caleb lookin’ tough on set… T-U-F-F! (kinda looks like a rap album cover).

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Campbell isn’t being as creepy as he looks… he was afraid I’d fall off the desk while I was standing on it for the shot… yep, I stand on things a lot.

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That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more… to be in on it immediately when we begin posting actual story content to the site, follow here

Talk to you all soon!

-Mark 

 

Oliver (#2)

    Oliver is back. Who is Oliver? A really super cute kid that also happens to be the son of some good friends of mine. They have real cool taste (Oliver’s dad Matt is an amazing graphic designer), so shooting in their house is always a blast. Their clean, bright, modern interior-design style is fun to shoot… but really, that’s just backgrounds. The important part is the little man, and the lens just can’t get enough of him. 

And we’ve discovered a new ‘theme’ to end our shoots on. If you’ll remember this shot from the last session…

Now the last shot, from THIS shoot. (and if you look carefully, you can see the last session in the background!)

If there’s one thing we can learn from the spiels, it’s to go with the flow, meltdowns and all.

SNOW DAY

    I was sitting in the coffeeshop looking at the snow earlier this week, when it hit me: I’d be kind of lame, after complaining about not having snow all winter, if I didn’t go shoot something in this. 

     So I threw up an impromptu invite on the 9art facebook page and set up a couple of snow-romping-mini-shoots to celebrate the white stuff. We’ll open with the Fishers… Campbell, Kimberly, & little Truman.

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this one cracks me up… if you know Campbell at all, you know he can be a little ridiculous… and when I asked if they would sit in the snow (which Kimberly promptly did) Campbell asked if THIS pose would work so he didn’t have to get his pants wet…

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Next up is Jordan… she’d already done some of her senior pictures, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few more in the snow after her aunt (the lovely Sarah) let her know about the special I was running.

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 Hope YOU enjoyed the snow too, this week… talk to you all soon! 

-Mark