I’m an experienced photographer located in Morristown, TN. I primarily work and attempt to capture the grace and beauty of the female form either clothed or nude. My goal is to make artistic work we can both be proud of, but what I enjoy is taking photos whether of people, landscapes, or anything else that catches my attention.
Right now I’m primarily working with fine art nude and outdoor nude projects and looking for models experienced in those styles. If you’re not interested in posting nude, that’s fine as I’m always interested in working with models not interested in nude work, but wanting to make great images. Let me know what you’re comfortable with and I’ll bet that I have an idea in mind that will fit you.
Overall I’m an open book. During a shoot I’ll talk your ear off and make sure that you know exactly what I’m looking for so we can work together to achieve a shared vision. I approach photography with a passion and am looking for serious models who enjoy their work and want to capture something great every time.
At some point I think I promised these photos, but never posted them. Some work with Theresa Manchester in the woods last summer. The plan had been to move a bit further into the woods, but the poison ivy and stinging nettle were strong on that trail, so we worked around this stream instead.
My Charlotte trip in the fall of 2015 had once near constant. Rain. Lots of rain. While driving into the mountains out of Tennessee I stopped a took a nice picture of a puffy, fair weather cloud against the otherwise blue sky.
I think it started raining about the time I hit the edge of Charlotte and rained most of the time until well after I was back home. The few outdoor shoots I worked in all, including this earlier one with Mikki Marvel, included with at least some rain and in two we were pretty well drenched along the way.
So when what had been planned to be an early morning shoot showed a cool and wet forecast for a shoot with Bree and Floofie, we made other plans and ended up working in a studio in the area. Thanks to some lighting work we did at least managed to get close to sunrise lighting.
I ended up not shooting the entire month of January this year. The break for the early part was a mix of intentional time off and a persistent cold, but my planned shoots the later part of the month all fell victim to various types of wintry weather.
That trend continued into February. The first shoot of my year with Nathalia Rhodes came on a cold, February day, but one where enough melting had occurred I was able to get through the mountains into North Carolina. The next day several inches of snow came down so we did barely squeeze into the one decent weather day out of a week.
It’s been harder to get back into editing than I’d expected. Mostly I think that comes from the number of photos to work through. It’s easy to sit down in front of my computer planning to edit, but feel overwhelmed by the amount of work waiting. I’ve finally started “faking” myself out by working through only smaller sets at a time. Focus on smaller tasks, and it’s helping. It will still probably be months before I get through everything, but I do finally feel like I’m making progress.
Winter is normally a slower time for work. Fewer people travel in the winter whether models traveling through the area for work or vacation. It’s also easier to talk yourself out of a quick trip when it’s barely above freezing and dark before 6 PM. This January was unusually quiet thanks to two rounds of snow interrupting the shoots that I had planned. Not adding things to the queue right now does help make it easier to catch up.
An example of my recent progress, a photo of Kylie Kohl from back in June.
I’m starting to tackle the huge backlog of unedited shoots dating really back to late spring. Going back to about mid May, basically if it wasn’t photographed for a paying client or a trade shoot of some form where edited photos were part of the trade, I’ve not edited the shoot. In other words I’ve shoots that were done in late spring that I’ve not edited as we move into winter.
So if you’re a model that I’ve worked with since then, expect you may see some photos from that sometime soon as I work through them. Of course I’ll also be posting some here as I finish the editing.
For today a single image of the current group I’m working on of Theresa Manchester from early June.
This post is not photography related even though there’s a photo below. It’s also probably the most personal thing I’ve posted here. If you’re here for photos and happy subjects, skip this one.
This blog has been quiet of late, and I shared the reason the reason this summer. That post ended on a somewhat optimistic tone, and that came to pass. My father became quite ill unexpectedly early in July. He recovered from the initial illness and was able to return home in August.
It didn’t last.
He went back into the hospital in September, from complications of that original illness. He never came back home. On Saturday my father passed away at the age of 68.
He had entered a cycle where every time he was able to get over one problem, another set in. He kept getting weaker. Twice in the last month I really didn’t know if he’d make it through the night. He’d recovered, but each decline began to get lower than the recovery. Much of the last months has been spent trying to maintain work and what life I could while also dealing with his health problems. He’d improved over the last couple weeks so even though he was still quite sick, his passing came as a shock.
I’m fortunate enough to have a close and supportive family. My father’s illness was hard. Losing him is the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with. I did get to spend a good amount of time with him the last months, which I’m thankful for. I saw him two days before he passed away when I had my last conversation with him. I loved him, and I’ll miss him.
I’ll be taking the next few weeks off from photography to help with settling his affairs, helping my mother begin to move on after more than forty years with my father, and to get myself back into the mental state to create again. I plan to start shooting again roughly in mid-December. There is a long backlog of shoots from summer and fall that I’ve not edited due to lack of time and often energy. Look for more content again as I move into the New Year.
And if you have a family member or friend that you’ve not spoken with in a while, give them a call and chat a bit.
Last summer in California I’d planned a shoot on a coastal location. The model mentioned a grove of trees between the parking area and beach and we planned to work there a bit on the way.
We never actually got to the beach after I saw the trees.
Generally if you put me in a grove of trees, around rocks, or near water, I’m good for a while. Such is the case with this photo of Mikki Marvel from October near Charlotte. We came to a location she’d and this grove of bamboo. It ended up being the only place we worked that day while dodging the rain that marked my whole trip to Charlotte.
Still shooting as I can, but life still busy and editing is still not getting high enough in the priority list at the moment. Though it’s a bit late for national cat day, here’s my kitty Morticia working herself into my shoot with Xlcr Moon last night. @xlcrmoon
Had the thought come to me as I was driving home through the pouring rain from North Carolina late this afternoon. I don’t know the exact date, but sometime right around the end of September/first of October 2005 was my first “real” shoot. By that I mean model that somewhat knew what she was doing while I had no clue what I was doing. And the photos from it largely show I had no idea what I was doing.
Still it’s been about ten years, many models, and a lot of images since then, and I’m still enjoying it. Just had a wonderful few days working around Charlotte, NC and hopefully will be back editing this summer’s backlog of work soon.
Still really swamped by life right now, and editing photos really just isn’t happening very often. I’ve barely been able to shoot the last three months, little alone edit photos from those shoots. Still did have to get this one done as I’ve had the idea for literally several years for this shot, but water flow and weather never worked out quite right until a shoot last week with Rebecca Lawrence.