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When I first moved to the area, I spent weeks just driving around looking for special places to take photos. Basically location scouting for my clients. One day, I drove a pretty good distance from Peachtree City and I stumbled across this old Purina pet food factory. The weeds were high and the metal from the old factory had rust stains. These are two of my favorite things when looking for a spot. (Not that I like the snakes that are sometimes in those long weeds!)
I used this space for just a few clients. I new it would be perfect for a male senior session. It has been a long time since I have photographed there. Last I was there the crew of the Walking Dead had found this spot and were using it.
Often times, parents call to schedule sessions for the senior high school students. They often ask what they should bring if anything. I like to suggest they bring something that identifies who they are as a senior. Whether they play a sport or and instrument, anything. This is a good example of someone who brought great items that represented part of who he is his senior year. His sport, his car, and his jacket.
I walk away from each of my photo sessions happy with the moments that I shared with my clients. I get to see them anticipating births, new parents nuzzling newborns, couples in love, families laughing together, and high school students excited about the adventure they are about to start. I love documenting all types of moments. That being said, this one stole my heart.
What a happy baby! This little guy was full of expressions for me. Every time I look at the first photo published here, I can‘t help smiling. This little guy came to be photographed for his nine month milestone.
I was super happy to use my new macro lens on this little guy. In some of the last photos pictured here, I focused on details of his face and of his mother and him interacting. The intimacy that the macro lens captures is amazing.
I had this idea to photograph a bride underwater. I found an adventuresome bride, a vintage wedding gown and a pool. It was too much fun to only do once. So, we altered the dress a bit, and another adventure lover on in.
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.
This shoot took me back to one of my favorite spots, the town of Haralson. My client for this session really blew me away with her look. Not everyone can pull off serious looks but she can. She nailed over a hundred photos, many filled with smiles. However, I decided to post mostly the serious photos here because her look is really special. When photographing people I like to always have the photos tell a story, in her case all I had to do was to focus on her eyes. That was enough said.
I would like to share this very special photo session with you. The reason it is so special, is because it features the newest member of my extended family. I grew up in an incredibly close family. Aunts, uncles and cousins, are thought of less like extended family, but more like brothers and sisters. My earliest memory of my cousin Adam is at Easter. Up until that particular Easter I was one of the two youngest in the family. That gave me the special position of being told where Easter eggs were by my uncles. I loved being lifted into the air to get an egg while the older children had to search on their own. Then came Adam. I can still see him get lifted into the air to find an egg, while I remained on the ground without any assistance. From that day on, I had to find my own eggs. Ah, well. It was a small price to pay for a cousin whom I love very much. I was thrilled when I heard he became the father of a baby girl. So please let me introduce you to my newest little cousin Isabella, who I hope to one day help find Easter eggs.
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.
Today’s post is full of firsts! It’s my first blog, my first session in Georgia (my new home) and it’s my first senior picture session.
TKDphotography is please to now offer senior pictures. For my first senior session I had the pleasure of photographing Kate whose smile is stunning and personality is as well. Kate was able to bring to life every image I had in my imagination. I had spent the days prior to the shoot going from one vintage store to the next looking for a vintage bicycle. After six shops and three towns I by chance met a sweet older gentleman who had me follow him to an old mill. There in the debris was the bike of my dreams covered in rust. A quick rinse and a red dirt road later and Kate delivered the shot.
For all my movie lovers here as a little insider scoop. During one of my scouting trips I found this charming little town south of here named Gay. The town is the host of the Cotton Pickin Fair and I instantly fell in love with the genteel neighbors, the charming townspeople and the fairgrounds, but so had film scouts. The filming of Wettest County in the World starring Shia LaBeouf is underway and has rights to the land. After some promising they gave me permission to use the location. Please enjoy these photos of Kate and have fun having a glimpse of the backdrop for the movie. I for one can’t wait to see the movie now.