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Dark City – Venture into fine art

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I blogged about this series earlier in the original Dark City post. I have recently been going back to Kansas City quite a bit. When I get back I try to get out and make some mre photographs. I have an idea of where I would like to see this series go but it is a journey.

One of the reasons for this is I really wold love to get some photos in a gallery. I have never really displayed my images in a setting like that. Honestly I have never really liked my photos enough to show. I admidt that I really love how the My Dark City series is going. I actually really like these photographs. It is strange because when I look at them as a viewer I don’t believe that I actually took them. I can enjoy them and anylize them as a viewer and not as a maker. That is kind of cool.

Here is another batch of images. I think the first shots were more ethereal, sort of in a Jack Spencer feel. These new images I think take on a Paul Strand look as being a bit abstract but not the blured effect of shooting into reflections.

I hope you enjoy these. Please let me know what you think.

Chuck

Dan RoweJuly 6, 2009 - 4:02 pm

Told you when you showed me some…really cool stuff. Glad to see your are getting some more opportunities to do stuff for yourself.

TerryJuly 8, 2009 - 9:10 am

I think a lot of them have appeal to the people that live in that city and can relate to the feel of the photos. As someone from another part of the country with no knowledge of KC, I like the photo titled roses (even though they are tulips) as a fine art piece. I also like blurcity, dc1 & kc detail for the same reason. Good luck with your project, it’s important to have a project in mind.

chrisJuly 17, 2009 - 7:08 am

Beautiful Chuck. Simply beautiful.

Shooting for another studio – Some images from that wedding

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Earlier today I posted about shooting a wedding for my friend that is in the hospital. I want to take a minute to show some images from that wedding and talk about what it is like shooting for another studio.

The bride did not hire me she hired the studio that I was helping out. So does that mean I get to shoot the wedding as I normally would or should I at least try to emulate the other studio? I have to tell you, thank God Shawn was there directing. My friends studio does things much differently than I do. I’m not saying one is better that the other, we just have different approaches to how we shoot a wedding. It was a lot of fun to see how the flow of the wedding was different. I learned a few things as I always do when I go into a different situation. I hope that I was able to give my friend and their client, images that they will both like. Inevitably the images will be different but I think I was able to mix some of what they do while doing some of what I do. Shawn is a really good director and with him doing a lot of set up stuff I think I was able to get some of the images that they usually shoot. There are some things I would have never done but might start now after seeing how another studio goes about a wedding day. My lesson in all of this is: Always keep an open mind and ego in check no matter what! You might learn something.:)

Anyway, here are a few of the images. I have to say, what a great couple. I miss Kansas City Catholic weddings and then add Italian on top of that. Love the cookies.  All of the equals a really fun couple and a really good time.

Michele HollandJune 14, 2009 - 6:10 pm

You are THE BEST!!!!! Jamie and I just viewed your wedding photos! You are amazing!! We love it and you!! I know Toni is loving it! Chuckie, you are such a wonderful artist!! :) We treasure your art and all your love you put into everyones weddings! Love you and congrats on your beautiful family! Oh, and the bride was one lucky girl!!

ChuckieJune 14, 2009 - 6:39 pm

Thanks. Tell the family hello.

Maeghan Nelson MillerJune 15, 2009 - 6:23 am

Wow, you are amazing Chuckie. Such talent! We are all the better for your art and keen eye! Take care and tell the family “hi” for us. Toni keeps me posted with regular updates.

David JosephJune 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

All of your images look great! I would like to see a page 3 with a couple of the formals from the church & if you did any on a backdrop! Thanks so much for posting a blog and …your right! You can learn alot if your open to it! Keep up the excellent work!

Linda HugheyJune 29, 2009 - 9:42 am

Chuck, hi! We met at Neely and Brandon’s wedding and I’m so glad we did. I could tell that you are a very special person. I fell in love with your work. Your photographs are so original, artistic and fun! They are just fabulous! I enjoy viewing them. Please keep the posts coming. :)

Jen BeuscherSeptember 15, 2009 - 4:54 pm

Chuckie- I just came across this post. I wanted to make sure I had told you that Ashley & Nick absolutely loved their images! I told them, they couldn’t have lucked out anymore under the circumstances. Quite frankly, I think they got an incredible deal :) Thank you again for helping us out. I really appreciate it. Let me know when you will and the family will be headed this way. One of these days SOON, Shawn and I are really going to have a family pic and of course you must be the one to take it! Thanks again. -Jen

Shooting a wedding for a sick friend

Here is a story. As you may know I was pretty ill a couple of weeks ago and I thought I might not be able to shoot a wedding. I had an outpouring of support and a bunch of photographers voluntered there time. Thankfully I was able to shoot the wedding and everything was ok.

I had a chance to return the Karma yesterday for my great friends at Imagine studio in Kansas City. Jenny, who when I first started shooting weddings was my assistant, had to go to the hospital for a kidney stone.

Here is the stoy. Shawn, her husband and my old drummer form Downtown Clown see very first post. Shawn is the one in the Gold’s Gym shirt.

Anyway, Shawn and Jenny own Imagine studios here in Kansas City. Check them out. Shawn is one of the best video guys I know and Jenny is a great photographer. Shawn called me Friday on his was of rushing Jenny to the hospital. He asked me if I knew anyone who could shoot their wedding that Saturday, yesterday. I told him I would check and thought to myself, I’m not doing anything and I need to get the kids back to see the grandparents. I booked a flight for Saturday morning and started shooting at noon. I was a little scarred at first when we first told the bride that her photographer was in the hospital and I would be the photographer for the day. She was very cool about it and we had a wonderful day.

I guess the moral to this story is if you are a wedding photographer make sure you have friends that are also in the biz. I love the fact that I was able to help out and I hope Jenny has a speedy recovery. I might be shooting their wedding for next weekend also. LOL

Shawn, thanks for calling brother. Anytime I can help anyone out, please don’t be afraid to call.

chrisJune 14, 2009 - 6:58 am

Ohh…. LOVE the blog!!! it’s pinkerific!!

Chris

Back in Time Volume 1 – A look at some old work

I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of my old stuff. At least 5 years old. We might go back 20 years when I can get  to a film scanner. I have some fun stuff I think.

I like taking a look back and seeing what I have done and how my style is changing and evolving.

Here are some images that date back to 2002-03. Before I had heard of the digital wedding forum or WPPI or PPA.
It was just me and my handful of fashion photo books that I still drool over.

Here is a fashion shoot I did for a model named Deanna. I think this is your basic Calvin Klein style lighting. I used a Profoto pack with one large 6′ softbox. Shot on a cyc wall. What is a cyc wall? It is a large white wall that curves up and creates a seamless background. If I remember correctly this was shot also for my wife’s makeup portfolio. Here is a closeup.

fas05I used two lights for this. One Softbox and then a barebulb off to the right and a bit behind .

Here are some shots from the same day although these were shot for a dress designer in Nashville.

Ann Francis

Ann Francis

These ere some of the first wedding photos I used to get business. I was asked to shoot a fashion show for the designer and we just hit it off. Without these early contacts in the wedding industry it would have been much harder to break into I believe.

These were shot with the large box also. The box was placed farther from the model. The background is a gray seamless.  She is a good distance from the background letting the wrinkles become a bit out of focus.

Here is a shot we used for a MAC AIDS Awareness benefit.  Again with the Cyc wall. Large box for main light and two bare flash heads to light background. All Profoto.

The model was a co-worker of my wife’s. There is a photo with a red background and splattered red make-up that is pretty cool. I’ll have to find it.

For MAC Aids Awarness benifit

For MAC Aids Awareness benefit

Here is one more from a fashion shoot for the hip hop group Grits. I had the opportunity to work for a bunch of Christian Hip hop groups. Always look for opportunity. I saw a flier at MTSU – The college I attended. The big GMA week in Nashville was going on and this group needed a photographer to shoot some live shots and a fashion show. I got to hang out with Stephen Baldwin and meet some great people in a industry and a type of music I knew nothing about.  Again, always look for opportunity. The more places you are and be able to network the better chance you have of “being in the right place at the right time” Get it? Luck does not happen, you create luck by creating opportunity.

From Grits Fashion shoot

From Grits Fashion shoot

Here is one of the CD covers I was hired to photograph because of answering a ad of a flyer.

Petti is a really great guy, check him out.

Since I have kind of switched this topic to music here are a couple of live shots. This is something I tried to get into but I really hated going to see live music for the longest time. This life was the majority of my life and I dearly miss playing music. It was really hard for me to go see a band play. I am over it now. Hopefully I’ll be back on stage soon. Keep the wife from selling half of my guitars. LOL

Miracle Drug

Miracle Drug

One Vivitar 283 on camera dragging the shutter.

Miracle Drug

Miracle Drug

What happens if the photographer gets sick?

It is in all of us pro photographers contracts. It says something like, If we get sick then we warrant your event will be photographed by a professional replacement. Ok so where do we get this professional? Well, as some of you know a couple of weeks ago I became very sick. Not in a flu type of way but all of my muscles sort of shut down. The doctors said it was a virus. My whole body hurt and I could hardly walk. My hands were useless. I had a wedding the week after I got this Virus.

Thankfully because of social networking and pro photography forums I had a couple of very qualified professionals ready to come to my aid. I just want to say thank you to the photographers that were going to step in for me. Neil was eventually the guy I picked. Thankfully I was well enough to shoot the wedding with a little help from Dan Rowe who had recently completed a mentoring session with me.

So, thank you Digital Wedding Forum, Facebook and everyone who offered help.

If you are a photographer and are not on a pro forum of some sort I would suggest you join one.

Dan RoweJune 20, 2009 - 7:51 pm

Chuck, glad I could help and learn a thing or two in the process. Here anytime you need me. Thanks again.

ProjectRunwayJuly 11, 2009 - 4:33 am

Female fashion models who work with the designers throughout the season are also in the competition. Each week, as the number of designers dwindle, the number of models are also reduced, with one model remaining at the end. Models are randomly pre-assigned to a designer during the first challenge, and from the second challenge onwards, the designers will have an opportunity to pick the model they wish to work with. This usually happens during the start of every episode save for the first, with the winner of the previous challenge receiving first pick, and the other designers picking models in order through host Klum’s random draw of large red shirt buttons with their names stored in a black velvet bag. Though, there are times when only the winning designer will be given the choice to pick with the following choices: either keep his or her previous model, take the losing designer’s model Project Runway from the last challenge, or switch models with another competing designer