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.
I was honored to photograph the wedding of my friends Sam O’Keefe and Shelby O’Keefe in October, 2013, and today it is being featured on glamour.com! I had a great weekend with them in St. Louis and I’m glad the people,weather, and location all came together to create the beautiful conditions for this shoot.
I explored Saugerties, NY, with my girlfriend for Thanksgiving and it was beautiful. She and her cousin Eli ended up being my photo subjects on our snowy hike by the Hudson River.
Football player Keith Lewis stands on campus at Virginia University of Lynchburg. I liked the look of the sun as the rim light and used a strobe for fill.
Everyone was on edge yesterday as forecasts predicted up to 6″ of snow. In all, the total came to less than 1″ leaving many people (or at least me) feeling shortchanged. As Calvin once remarked, “Getting an inch of snow is like winnning 10 cents in the lottery.” Even so, I found a few kids outside making the most of it.
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.
Missed this one in May: Jefferson Forest High School put on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and they had some amazing custom wigs made to top off the costumes. I went to photograph their first try-ons.
I forgot to post this set from February. Playing the part of “Edna” for the upcoming production of “Hairspray,” Heritage High School athletic trainer Tony Tucker couldn’t keep a straight face while being fitted for his wig before a rehearsal.
I haven’t posted in the last week because I have been preparing the launch of my new site pmbphotography.com/creative – with many photos I don’t think I’ve ever shown. Please take a look and leave me a comment on this post with any feedback. Thank you!
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.