Tedashii's "Nothing I Can't Do" Music Video BTS Preview

Last month I got a text from Kyle Dettman asking, if I wasn't already doing anything, would I like to come to the filming of part of Tedashii's next music video, Nothing I Can't Do, featuring Trip Lee and Lecrae. I said, eh, yes. During set changes, I pulled the artists aside and grabbed a few shots until the film crew was ready again. Kyle and Chris Fenner did an amazing job shaping this superb lighting, making my job nearly foolproof. Tedashii and Lecrae were very patient and kind as always. They're super talented and a pleasure to work with. Trip Lee was filmed at a separate location and wasn't present for this shoot. The video will be out soon, and I'll update this post with a link when it is released. I've had a chance to see it, and Kyle and the whole team blew it out of the water. It's stunning--a perfect paring with the song and the incredible album as a whole. The feeling and heart that Tedashii put into every track comes though. The album, Below Paradise, came out today, and it's definitely worth checking out. 

Update: I've added the video below!

Shot with the Fuji X100S & Canon 5D Mark III. Processed with VSCOfilm.

Conceptual photography

Happy April everyone! In my opinion, April is the best month of the year because not only was I was born in April, I also and got married April...a few years after I was born. So, I think it's pretty cool. I thought I'd take a step back and talk about some things that I've been working on.

Lately I've been trying to draw the viewer's eye to the subject of a photograph through the use of light rather than simply using depth of field. To a certain extent, I do this instinctively, but really trying to work on it and perfect it has been a great exercise. It's so easy to simply dial to aperture to 2.8 or lower and let everything get all smudged in the background so that there's nothing with detail left other than my chosen subject. Granted, most of these shots were taken at f4 and below due to the lack of light in the scene, so I am breaking my own rule a little. But I hope that it is still evident that my main focus is the quality of light and using it to draw the eye. Where my focus point has been placed isn't as relevant. For example, there's a shot of one of our cats taken through a glass bottle while she was at the top of her cat tree. Nothing is in focus, but it's still apparent that the cat (once located) is the subject due to the light and the detail and contrast that it brings. 

I've also been working on some conceptual photography. Basically I've been looking for higher levels of human presence within inanimate objects. It's a more subtle concept. It's like this: if you walked into a room without anyone in it, what is the object that best portrays the character of the people who live there or that gives away that fact that people frequent that space? Sometimes it is very obvious like these pictures of glasses in this wood-working shop. They tell a more colorful story about the man that works in that shop then say this picture of rope hanging from the ceiling, though the presence of the knot give in it lends slightly more significance.

It’s forcing me to shoot both wider and deeper into the scene. Context is everything.

I know it's not the most thrilling or complicated concept I could have chosen, but when I combined the first project--dealing with light--and the conceptual theme, I found something that I enjoy and that yelds subtle images. It's forcing me to shoot both wider and deeper into the scene. Context is everything.

Reach Records at the Tabernacle

In October of last year Kyle Dettman, video producer for Reach Records, asked me to come to the Tabernacle where all of Reach's current artists would be in concert. At the time I wasn't running this blog, but now that I am, I thought I would post some images from that night. Concert included Lecrae, KB, Tedashii, Trip Lee, Pro, Andy Mineo, with special guests Thi'sl and Propaganda.

Susanna's Senior Shoot

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to shoot Susanna at a beautiful horse farm with some wooded trails. Here are some of my favorites.

This image is actually Susanna’s reflection in a small pond of water. Workflow was capture > rotate image 180 degrees > Susanna’s “real” self was photoshopped out > finally, color toning and other effects were added.