Lens Flares and Faerie Wings

Each time Sara talked about the shoot she wanted to do, it got more elaborate, eventually including makeup and costumes somewhere in the woods. Then one Saturday afternoon in November, when we were both stressed out about other things and in need of a break, we decided to scrap the plans and just go shoot. We didn’t even know where we were going when we started driving.

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Fields of Tie-dye

I spent two days and two nights at the inaugural Lockn’ Music Festival. There was no shortage of interesting things to photograph with 25,000 people camping, listening to music and opening their minds in the rolling hills of Central Virginia. Artists included Further, Black Crowes, Punch Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Zac Brown Band, Trey Anastasio Band and others. And all was groovy.

Girl Fights

On stands now!

In November I had the opportunity to photograph a story on roller derby for the Charlottesville-based women’s magazine Breathe. I met up with the Derby Dames in Christiansburg, VA, for their bout against the New River Valley Rollergirls. They were all super friendly and welcoming and we got some great shots both on and off the rink. Breathe wanted me to look for the more “feminine” side of the sport, which is notorious for its goth garb and hard hits. To a first-timer, it looks intense. But I know from time spent photographing several teams in Missouri that in between jams these war-painted vixens are all about camaraderie and sharing their sport.

We shot the cover a couple weeks later, in Charlottesville, with their jammer B-1 Bomber.

If you are in Virginia, look for the it around the state in January/February.