Merry Christmas from 9art!

 

Merry Christmas everyone… from mine to yours. 🙂

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Christmas in the studio

 

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I don’t shoot in the studio very often… if I do, it’s gotta be a special occasion… something like… like, Christmas maybe. 🙂

I did 9art’s annual ‘christmas in the studio’ again this year, striking that fine line between sweet and oh-my-GOODNESS-ridiculous when it came to the feel and proppery of the set.

(I’m going to make a new habit of ‘bolding’ words that I make up in blog posts. henceforth).

Here’s a grouping of pictures that I believe walks just that line… some are cute, some are intentionally, horribly, cheesy, and some are both. But they ALL capture some essence of the Christmas spirit.

Glad to finally be able to share these… bring on the christmas sweaters!!

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The Stahl family

 

Had the delight of working with the Stahl family… the last family shoot of 2013 for 9art. Whitney set up the session after winning a certificate from a silent auction at a Joplin event earlier this year, and she was very excited to get her family in for some fun pictures.

3 boys (Devon, Aiden, & Kian) at varying points of teenagedom: and these parents are handling it beautifully. Guess it helps that these seem to be pretty awesome boys.  After our planned location fell through due to unforeseen circumstances, we decided to stick around the studio for the shoot, and it turned out really well. I’ve wanted to shoot some pictures in the random empty room across from my studio for the last 3 years… it’s a slightly grungy, but also kind of cool spot in its’ own way, and these guys are a very modern family and fell beautifully into the rock star look. As always, I’m shooting family pictures as if everyone is a band… 🙂

I had so much fun working with these guys. Got to talk chess (dad Martin is heavily involved with the Joplin chess club, which I didn’t know existed til now), ‘the Hobbit’ ,and indie music with them, and we enjoyed my hipster playlist while we worked together. I don’t play it for folks often OR get to nerd out about movies with clients as much as I did that morning, so I really appreciated our time.

Enjoy!

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went outside for a bit… a very short bit, considering it was freezing out…

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Ended on a goofy note… the Stahls’ favorite activity (aside from watching movies together, of course) is playing games, and these ‘tug of war’ shots symbolize that spirit of competition. And, probably, teenagers vs adults in any household…

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Sam & Ashley

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Sam was referred to me by a good friend who also happens to be one of my most loyal client clients, mr Chris Auckerman (of the ‘Auckerman boys‘ shoot a few weeks back). Sam said he wanted to something different for updated photos of he and his wife Ashley; Chris & his family have been great collaborators in shoots that are very unique and built around fun concepts, so he knew Sam & I would work great together.

So thankful for referrals like that… knowing someone is so happy with the work they’ve received, they’re sending others my way. 🙂

I asked Sam & his lovely lady Ashley for some insights into their life that we could build a shoot around. They are both golf fans (or maybe it should be said that Sam is and Ashley is kind enough to accompany him) and live in a beautiful home in a beautiful area, so we took advantage of those simple facts and did the shoot in the area they live in and on a nearby golf course.

It was cold. COLD! Windy, dreary, gray… the kind of day that just isn’t so photographically appealing and the sort of weather that makes subjects really really wish they were just inside. But these two matched and probably even exceeded my own efforts, freezing like crazy and going along with my insane ideas, doing 30 takes to get that one epic shot.

The shoot moved from outrageously goofy to simple and sweet… I love it when a single session can possess this much diversity. Each couple has many moods as well… so why stick to only one in a photo shoot?

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