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.
One of my favorite weekends of the year exceeded my expectations. Again. I have never been to another film festival so I can’t say for sure, but I have heard from many people that True/False is the best film festival experience in the world. I like to think it is not too big but not too small. There are always more things to do than I have time for but I still end up running into the same people around throughout the three-day whirlwind.
See you at #tf2013!
indiewire.com picked up some photos by me and fellow T/F-er Mo Scarpelli!
I have never done a portrait series, per se, but going through my photos from last weekend in Columbia, Mo., I came up with an interesting set of portraits I had shot in all different styles. A traditional “portrait series” sets out with the goal of uniting the subjects within some kind of set, whether it be through a stylistic device employed by the photographer or the inclusion of a common thread throughout the series. But maybe a set of people who really have nothing in common can still be a series? I think, perhaps, we are all connected in our uniqueness.
The sum of any collection of parts from this past weekend do not come close to adding up to the experience of True/False. I don’t want to sound pretentious or braggy but, like several of my friends, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for the True/False film festival has become a not-to-be-missed annual tradition. We had rain the first day, but despite colder than normal temps and overcast skies the thousands of pedestrians enjoyed walking downtown from theater to theater all weekend. This, I feel, plays a big part in my enjoyment of the event; I ran into several people I didn’t expect to see, and the friends I hoped to see and I crossed paths many times. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the festival’s photo team for the last two years, allowing me access to all the events and workshops, plus a pass to see some docs (space permitting). Here a few of the shots that I hope capture some of the joy and excitement I witnessed and experienced. And if you have the means and interest, seriously consider attending or volunteering for T/F 2012. And say “Hi” to me when you’re there.
On my way to Columbia I stopped in Kansas City to take photos of Derek and Ashley Jenkins, a wonderful couple I met a few months ago while they were photographing Mo Scarpelli and Chris Schomaker’s wedding. Photographing photographers adds another dimension to a shoot, if only subconsciously. We had a great time, nice light and I am very happy with the shots. Top one is from a nearby park, bottom is from a bit later in the afternoon, back at their loft.
JULY 4 – Remnants of rather tame pre-firewrorks celebration downtown St. Louis. In Minnesota, where fireworks have been illegal pretty much forever, I remember these little guys well back into my childhood. And I don’t think that box will ever change.