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I am very excited to share this shoot with all of you. I have shot at this location a few other times, but this was the first time there with a male client. It always amazes me, how different a location can look simply because of the subject. But this location is almost unrecognizable. Although I do mostly candid shots I do provide direction at times. I love the challenge of knowing which direction to give my client. Male and female poses are very different, as are child poses. Just like when writing, one must think about the subject and the audience. Giving direction during a shoot requires the same thought.
As always I ask my clients if they would like to bring something important to them to the session. It can make a photo that much more meaningful. This client brought his saxophone. I really love the details of a photo, so the photos of him playing are some of my favorite.
When I grow up, I want to be a movie or television location scout. Why wasn’t that on the list of subjects in college? I wish I knew how to break into that field. I seem to accidentally run into movie and TV sets all of the time.
Once again while on a shoot, I learned that the following week that same spot would be used in the TV show Zombieland. I have never watched the show, but now look forward to seeing how they used the same spot that I scouted for my photos.
One thing is for sure. The images will be different. Really though, how could anyone pass up wanting to photograph the little downtown of Sharpsburg Georgia, a town where everyone knows everyone, bird feeders hang from electric wires over the town square, and buildings just scream “take my picture”.
My client for this session really was a blast to work with. The session included everything from rustic to industrial, violins in a field, violins in a intersection, old mills …everything.
The town used in this senior photo session is called Haralson, and I affectionately refer to it as my little ghost town. There are only about 50 households on the neighboring streets and the entire town is only .7 square miles. It is the main street that I fell for.
One of the buildings has a marking of 1909 upon its brick broken step. Most of the buildings are just store fronts with a door and merchant windows. If you walk to the side of the buildings, you will find that the walls are missing as are the roofs. Instead of floor tile, you find trees and flowers growing. Doors are hung without the glass centers, making it possible to just walk through. All the buildings are made of different textures. Several of the buildings are brick, several more are wood, and then there are the magnificent metal structures that were part of a plant back in another time. The town speaks of a time that has since passed. It is my photographer’s paradise.
The day I scouted the town, I noticed that something seemed off. While all of the structure seems old, there were a couple of buildings where some of the oldness seemed new. It took but a moment to figure out that the movie “The Wettest County in the World” with Shai LaBeouf, had built the set as an extension to the real town. I figured it out once I turned the corner of one structure and realized the buildings were just facades and the backs we new raw plywood. This was the second time that a place I scouted turned out to be part of this movie. The set no longer stands but the beauty of the real town still remains.
My client liked the idea of the town I described to her and was not shy to enter the rubble and bring the photos of my imagination to life. I hope you enjoy.