I’ve taken a ton of portraits this last year and I try to keep experimenting with different styles. Sometimes the location inspires the feel of the shot, other times I use my own light and try to create a mood. I enjoy the challenges with each shoot and I am always left wishing I had more time or equipment at my disposal. This is a very broad set and there might be a re-post or two here.
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.
I recently realized that I haven’t yet posted any photos from my new job at Randolph College. Like the students I photograph every day, I have learned a lot in this semester back at school. I’ve felt drawn to this school since I moved here in 2010. The spired, stately, brick buildings overlook one of the main roads through Lynchburg and they always seem to glow in the sunlight; out the back there are incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of my first friends in Lynchburg were students or alums of Randolph. Which may not sound surprising until you consider that the school’s entire enrollment is under 700. Although I miss many things about the college life I see around me, I am very happy to be climbing my way out of the student debt hole rather than digging further in. I’ve kept busy on this 100-acre campus and enjoyed some different kinds of assignments for the school’s magazines and web sites. The title of this post is the school’s motto, which translates to “A Life More Abundant.” It is simple but really speaks to the heart of what, I think, secondary education can provide at its best (plus it makes you sound smart to use Latin words). This is a very random sample of photos from Randolph from the last year.
These cardinals were as surprised by the snow as I was today. I am ready for Spring.
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.
After several letdowns, Lynchburg finally got a decent winter storm. About 10″ in 24 hours, and I saw the range of reactions as I slid around town in my Honda Civic.
The temperature spiked for a couple of days between cold snaps and Mid-Town Motors stayed busy rinsing the road salt and snow mud off of cars. I liked the way the water spray looked in the sunset and hung out for an hour or so.
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.