The Prodigal Photographer Has Returned?

Ha!  Yeah... even I thought the title was pretty stupid.  Even for me.  It's not even really that accurate...BUT.. point is... I was gone...

Now I'm back.  XD

For those of you wondering "Where did you go TO?"  I was out on tour... doing that audio engineer thing that I do from time to time... but now that tour is over so I'm home and staying put for a while ^_^

I really just wanted to stop in and say hello!  I'm getting back up to speed with everything back home, with life, with my apartment, with my family... and with photography :)

I've ALREADY been busy since I got back... but I'll get to that later.

I spent a week in Nashville upon the closing of the tour, and I had the privilege of  staying with my good friend (who also happens to be a photographer I look up to), Krystal Mann :)  She does fabulous work and is a great person to find yourself around!  If you live in the Nashville area, you should definitely check her out!  She's been doing these wonderful Birth Stories for women who are... well... giving birth!  It is such a profoundly emotional thing to have caught on film (Or on CF card... since... you know... she shoots digital, haha).  Imagine being able to look back at the exact moment that you felt this intense, indescribable, feeling of joy as you get to meet the newest member of your family for the first time... that's what she does.  It's pretty freakin' amazing.

She's also doing something called Beloved Sessions.  She could probably explain it WAY better than I ever could, but it's once again, a very emotional experience for a couple looking to capture their love and relationship in a series of beautifully crafted imagery.  Don't get them confused with engagement sessions... although I'm sure she would do just the very same for an engagement session, but Beloved sessions are for those couples that have no real specific reason to have the shoot done other than to express love for each other and be able to look back upon that.  The experience is almost spiritual from what I've observed.  I'd love to have a beloved session done with my husband, for sure!

And before you think to yourself, "What is this?  An advertisement?"  No.  I just love her work THAT. MUCH.  Seriously.

::nods vigorously::

During the week I got to shoot with Krystal twice.

The first time I shot with her was for a style shoot... that I'm not entirely sure I'm allowed to talk about because it's not finished yet... so I'm not going to because I don't want to give away any surprises... but it involved a fun day of "shopping" for wardrobe, shooting at a great location, working with a fantastic makeup and hair team, and getting a photographer turned hot, sassy model, to find her inner... model.  XD  MODEL NECK! (That was the quote of the day when directing her posing!  Haha!)

The second time I shot with her was for a sweet 1 year old little boy's birthday party/cake smash.  Those are always fun, because you never know what's going to happen with a bunch of toddlers running around with sugar highs, haha!

Also that week, I got the pleasure of meeting Chris and Adrienne Scott.  They are pretty fantastic photographers from Nashville area, as well!  Krystal invited them over for dinner one night and we all got to converse while sharing a great meal.  This husband and wife team have great skills AND great personalities!  You should definitely check out their work as well!  I love looking through it!  It's like eye-candy!

They're moving to Denver in July... so if you live out there get ready (and get booking)!  (I know... THAT sounded a lot like an advertisement... I SWEAR they didn't ask me to do this.  They don't even know I'm sitting here writing this right now... This is just what happens when I really enjoy and believe in someone's work!  XD )  They do weddings, boudoir, and senior sessions!  I'm sure they may do a bit more than that, but that's the brunt of most of what we discussed while I was there, so that's what's currently coming to mind.

Not only did I get to talk shop and exchange quick, pleasantly sarcastic quips in reference to previous conversation, with Chris and Adrienne, but that evening Chris also asked me if I'd be willing to stand on the other side of the camera for him.

I couldn't NOT say yes (intentional use of a double negative there... you know... for emphasis.  I don't care if it's grammatically incorrect.  XD )... I mean... LOOK AT HIS WORK!  Who could say no to that?!  Not me...

So I got to experience what it was like to be a subject for Chris Scott, and I have to say it was definitely a fun experience.  You should definitely try it out.

This is the image he posted the day after our shoot.

Cool stuff, huh? :D

THEN... by the END of the week, Krystal had me set up to third shoot a wedding with Myrick Cowart.

Betchya can't guess what I have to say about HIS work... ;)

But seriously... his images are cool and moody and very editorial.  What bride doesn't want to feel like she's a model in a magazine?  Getting to shoot with him (and the lovely Brandi Maclaren) was a seriously fantastic experience.  I want to talk more about this experience, but I'm planning on doing a separate blog entry about that and if I tell it all to you NOW... what will I have left to write about?!  BUT... I will say, Myrick is seriously great at what he does and is a great person to boot!

Seriously.  (<----------I just realized that I may have just written that about 20 times in this post so far.  S'what happens when I get excited.  Fo' real.)

So all in all, from getting to shoot and hang out with Krystal, to meeting the Scotts and third shooting with Myrick, I was pretty much on cloud 9 for my entire Nashville experience.

And now that I'm back?  I'm just working on getting back on track!

I'm finishing up a boudoir shoot I shot before I left, had two sessions this week, and am gearing up for more soon!  I'm revamping a few things and also getting some other things in life straightened out... you always have to do some spring cleaning after you've been gone for a while, haha.

But it's good to be back!

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