august, joplin photobooth: sci fi theme!

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As per usual, 9art hosted a Photo Booth at Joplin, MO’s one and only third thursday art walk. This month’s theme was ‘sci fi’… which gave us a nice range of possibilities, from star trek to dr who to star wars (don’t you confuse with star trek. DON’T YOU DO IT)!

Of course, it really just ended up being about the lightsabers… there are few things more fun to pose with than lightsabers, when it comes down to it.

here ya go…

 

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I’m gonna close out with a side-by-side: Chris & Sam from ‘Images in Tile’ (their co-worker John is pictured above with the wonderful green hair). Chris is re-creating an image I took a few years back of Chris’ star wars loving, superposin’ boys. Every so often they re-do the pose at a Photo Booth, but since they weren’t able to be there this time, Chris and Sam decided to give it a go. Not bad fellas, not bad at all. 😉
 

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Alyssa + Garen :: Kansas city wedding

 

 

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Alyssa & Garen have been planning their wedding for over a year… I shot their engagement pictures in Columbia, MO in spring of 2013 and I have been stoked about shooting this wedding ever since.
#1:: they’re fun. A lot of fun.
#2:: they reach a supreme, magnificent level of self-professed nerdery that lends itself very well to outrageous photo opportunities. see examples below from last year…

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#3:: Building on fact #2, they had a TARDIS built JUST for their wedding. Take it in, Dr Who fans!
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#4:: They’re just the sweetest. After Alyssa saw the photo below, she commented that it was the most beautiful photo she’d ever seen. That’s one of the best compliments I’ll get this year, hands down. 🙂

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and #5… the wedding was in Kansas City, which was awesome. I love Joplin, but it’s wonderful to get to leave town and shoot in new surroundings every now and then.

Ok. that’s it for talking and stuff. Enjoy the pictures!
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Taking a moment to talk with their neighbor.
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GREEN!

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LIGHTSABER PHOTOBOMB!

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Found this perfect little nook hidden in the middle of the urban scenery that made it feel like we were someplace altogether different. Love the bent up fence. Feels kind of magical somehow.

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then it was time to get ready for the show…. and admire the carefully planned decor!

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the event was held at the Berg Event Space near downtown Kansas City. You can hardly tell its there from the outside, but once you get there it’s BEAUTIFUL.d

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Weddin’ time!

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Ok. So you know how we mentioned a tardis? Yes, that’s right, from Dr. Who? Yep. Alyssa & Garen had one constructed by none other than (plot twist) KEVIN… star of last year’s blog post, ‘kevin dances‘.

Kevin is not only a dancing champion, but he works at CIY here in Joplin doing set construction, so it makes sense that he’s so damn good at building stuff. The tardis he constructed was not only beautiful and painstakingly detailed, it was also fully collapsible so that it could be easily transported between cities. The man is a master… (that’s not him to below, just to clarify… it’s a dr who cutout…)

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sometimes, family pictures are fun… sometimes, they’re hard…

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MMMM.
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gelato for dessert!

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then, crazydancetime. My favorite are the shots at the very bottom… ‘let’s do the time warp again’ brought out everyone’s inner actor/dancer to the max.
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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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