Alyssa & Garen

  Garen attended Mizzou university in Columbia, MO and is now an engineer. There is a strong superstition at the school. According to legend, anyone who crosses over the clover (shown below) will fall in love with an engineer.

The first time Alyssa hung out w/ Garen after high school (as friends only), he told her about this.

Her response?

To step over the clover defiantly and respond that she would never fall in love with an engineer.

They get married next April. 

Now THAT’S funny.

Hopefully this outrageous photo does this little story some justice… 

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Alyssa Stuart is one of those names I’ve seen pop up a million times under the ‘likes’ under photos on the 9art facebook page for the last couple of years. 

    And now, it’s HER turn to be in photos getting liked… 🙂

   I had so much fun traveling to Columbia, where Alyssa & her fiance Garen live. Self admitted nerds, these two are huge fans of everything that is beautifully geeky… so of course, I loved them. Garen was wearing his ‘thunder cats’ shoes and talked about the Delorean he’s thinking of purchasing. Alyssa talked about Harry Potter characters showing up in her dreams.

The engagement ring was even custom designed by Garen with influences from ‘Dr. Who’ & ‘Lord of the Rings’…. if you’re one of the few getting excited by knowing this, you’ll also be a little ecstatic to know that a tardis is involved in the ceremony next April.

    Had a thoroughly good time on this trip and especially on this shoot. Can’t wait for the wedding in Kansas City next year. 

   Enjoy!

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ending w/ my favorite portion of the shoot…

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the Spierings

    Zach, Megan, and their kids Levi, Ellie, & Annie are very good friends of mine. After sharing many a cup of coffee & meal together, it was an honor to be able to capture their family!

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Sometimes I joke about how I shoot everyone as if they were a band. It shows on some shoots more than others…

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The zombie portion of the session.

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PHOTOBOOTH:: best of 2012

   As many of you know, I run a photo booth each month at downtown Joplin’s ‘third thursday’ events. Last year, after running the booth for 2 years previously, we got to see the event grown in a huge way. Attendance increased exponentially, to the point that our modest little upstairs studio could no longer handle the traffic.

   We moved the photo booth to a borrowed space on the main strip and watched lines reach out the doors. Tomorrow evening, we begin a new season of photoboothing with our ‘rock stars’ theme. To celebrate, here’s some of our favorite images from last year…

and I’ve including the reasons we love doing this.

because our regulars are never lacking enthusiasm.

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because it’s a full family affair for many of you.

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BC you were inventive in your ideas.

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Because I came away with images I never could have expected. 

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Because I got to interact with my clients from my “other” areas of my work in a new context. (pictured are Beth & Nick, whose wedding I shot this January, & Caleb, who is the star of the new series ‘Cold Brewed’).

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Because some people really got into it.

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Because folks didn’t even have to be born yet to get the picture.

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Because you all learned to be caricatures of yourselves.

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Because you people are just so damn classy.

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Because this picture is real weird.

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Because I got to see this family have the honor of officially adopting Mr. Truman. Before last year, we could not legally show Truman’s face. It was a huge victory to be able to include him in the galleries… a reminder of this family becoming complete.

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Because things got epic.

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Because some folks just really looked the part.

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And some people happily participated, even when they really didn’t look the part.

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Because of the great zombie war.

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Because ms. Ashley Carter always led the pack when it came to fantastic expressions.


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Because good friends of mine made a point to come.

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Because the running of the bulls came to the studio.

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Because an entire high school show choir led the crowd standing in line, in a rousing chorus of ‘We Are Young’.

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Because sometimes, the only prop needed was just a table.

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Because sometimes, my clients referenced themselves….
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Because we took photos that looked like weird album covers.

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Because I got to get my old boss from starbucks wear this ridiculous outfit.

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Because the cool kids came.

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Because so many of you were such faithful attenders. Weird, faithful attenders.

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Because w/out the help of the DJA (downtown Joplin Alliance), this thing wouldn’t exist.

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Because there was so much flippin’ cuteness.

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Because great acting was had.

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Because, the photo booth became something epic. Thank you all. Here’s to another round in 2013!

 

Caegan: SESSION 3

    Another baby turned toddler; I’ve seen mr. Caegan go from newborn to very expressive, bouncy little man. take in the CUTENESS!

   This is actually the note we started on. Caegan had just woken up and I was a little too close a little too fast…

he warmed up fast.

this is the expression of an unimpressed toddler. take that, perfect family picture. (he had many such expressions).

 

sometimes I have to turn around to snap a picture of what the parent is doing to get the kiddo to smile… 

It’s a good thing nobody is there to turn the camera on ME, bc I’m generally doing some pretty ridiculous things when I’m taking pictures of toddlers.

COLD BREWED :: episode 1 :: TODAY.

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(poster design credit goes to Oscar Gonzalez).

Questions I’ve had asked lately:

‘What IS Cold Brewed?’ 

              It’s a story. inspired by film. Told in words and pictures. (no video, to those that                 

              have wondered). It is my pet project with my very good friend, Lance Schaubert.

‘how will you be releasing it?’

              in a series of weekly online ‘episodes’ over the next 3 months. 

‘when do we get to see it?’

              Starting right NOW.

I’d love to present to you, the first episode of Cold Brewed. Please spread the word, tell your friends, hit ‘like’, copy the link, tweet it, facebook it, send a telegram or two…because we are EXCITED about this story we’ve poured our heart into making and want to see it spread across the web.

www.COLD-BREWED.com

Jessica + Caleb

    I took pictures for Jessica’s family a few years ago, and can’t believe that I’m now working out plans to shoot her wedding. It was great to meet her fiancee Caleb, especially when I discovered he is a fellow ‘Batman’ fan and brought the shirt to prove it. 

    So I ran with that….

So yeah, the rest of the session is more romantic than superhero themed… but you know…batman can be romantic too. 

Can’t wait to work with Jessica and Caleb again for their wedding and July!  

COLD BREWED :: 7 DAYS

    In 7 days, lance schaubert and I will release the months-in-the-making production, 

thanks to our talented friend Oscar Gonzalez for making this poster up for us. 

-for more background on the project, you can see my initial post about it here.

-to visit and subscribe to the actual site on which the series will be released, click here.

-and for updates, outtakes, and more, you can keep up with us on facebook.