Once and every blue moon you get to work with a model for the first time who sees your vision for exactly how you do, but then takes your idea and brings it to life in a way in which you didn’t think was possible. When the stars align and photographers are paired with those perfect subjects to photograph it allows for a great chemistry on set.
This was definitely the case for my latest test shoot with Atlanta fashion model Lindsay. After finding each other on social media we decided that we both liked each others work so much we wanted to collaborate on a photoshoot. Recently I have spent the last few weeks working on a new personal series involving satin sheets, gorgeous women, beautiful light and dangerous shadows. When I found Lindsay I knew exactly what direction I wanted our shoot to go in.
Deciding on a few different looks was easy because I wanted everything very natural. Once we agreed on the overall idea we got right to work. Lindsay had a few prior engagements the day of our shoot so she arrived early and mentioned that she had to be finished within a few hours. This kept us on a time constraint and also forced me to work at a much faster pace than one I am use to while working with film(which can be a very slow process). I accepted the challenge and overall it made for a great experience and some even more amazing images.
“We were so pleased with Cam’s passion for photography and the images he created of our engagement photos. From the beginning he aimed to capture our vision and recommended great sites for the shoot. We appreciated his efforts to capture us in a candid, yet artistic manner. Cam’s laid-back personality contributed to a relaxing atmosphere as well. We have received so many compliments on our Save the Date Magnets that featured his work. It was a pleasure working with Cam and we would definitely use him again in the future!” – Kym M.
It was late December 2013 when I received the news that a good friend was getting engaged. Shortly after I was contacted by her to arrange for a very special photo shoot like none other. After expressing to her my joy, we quickly got into the details of the photo shoot. The very first word she mentioned to me was “rooftop”. “I want to shoot on the roof somewhere downtown.” she said. She also mentioned she wanted the photos to remind you of a Ciroc ad which I thought was funny but very doable.
After spending a long week location scouting I had very little luck finding the rooftop of her dreams. Everything was either far too expensive, already booked, or unavailable for photo shoots. I didn’t let the search discourage me one bit, in fact I reached out to a few friends to gather more ideas when It suddenly came to me. I remembered a hot summer day going out for drinks with a friend where we visited a rooftop bar. During the sunset bar patrons pulled out their phones and cameras to capture the amazing skyline of downtown Atlanta. After scheduling the shoot I knew immediately that this was gonna be challenging for multiple reasons. The fact that I was not able to scout the location the day prior to the shoot because it was booked for a private event was my main concern. The location was partially outdoors which made me unaware of how the temperature would be at night since the weather was close to 40 degrees that weekend and the soon to be bride wanted to wear a dress with no coat!! Packing my camera bag lightly I headed downtown with nothing more than my camera, 2 lenses and 1 speed light. The right gear to get the job done and exactly what I needed for this impromptu shoot with no time to mess around.
Early December I was contacted by Carma Brand clothing to shoot a few pieces for their 2014 lookbook. I jumped at the offer and quickly contacted the perfect model for this shoot. After scheduling the first shoot day the weather in Atlanta, GA suddenly took a dive and went from 65 degrees and sunny to 2 straight weeks of rain and cloudy weather. After rescheduling with the model twice I finally decided to race against the rainy weather and do the shoot. Prior to scouting a condo rooftop in Buckhead, GA a week earlier I also had time to meet with the model and briefly discuss the shoot concept. We had the perfect location, limited access and a short window of time to pull this shoot off. Overall it was a huge success. To see more of this dope clothing line and check out there current line visit CarmaBrand.com
After months of research I decided to dive into Medium Format photography by challenging myself to shoot 90% film for the next 6-8 months(with the exception of client work).
Currently I am using RZ67 Medium Format and a Canon Elan 7E 35mm to capture life’s moments as I see them. I will update this blog regularly with great photos as well as technical bits that I see fit.
Took a drive around Charleston, SC with Katie after checking out from my hotel and saw the perfect dock location for us to do a quick impromptu shoot. After walking around the dock for a few minutes I stumbled across an older couple who were in town just for the weekend to clean and inspect their vessel. After a few minutes of small talk with the boat owner’s wife Peggy, I asked if I could take a few photos aboard. Peggy jumped at the idea and ran it by her husband who simply thought it was amazing.