Editorial Photography: Cricket in Greenville

When I first got the assignment to photograph an article on Cricket for Town Magazine's March issue I was pretty nervous about it. It was supposed to rain the entire day, so until the night before the shoot I thought we were shooting in an indoor gym where the team practices. This was not an ideal location for cool editorial portraits and action shots, but after a phone call with Hari (the team captain) and Kamal (the team president), they were able to round up a couple more players willing to take part in the shoot. We all drove an hour out to a field in Woodruff South Carolina that had a cricket pitch (I soon learned that's what cricket players call the part of the field they play on). After the long drive I was worried that it would start pouring rain or worse, clear up completely, and mid-day is not the ideal time to shoot in an open sunny field. Luckily I was wrong on both counts.

 Rohit pitching, Hari with the bat

Rohit pitching, Hari with the bat

 Hari, team captain

Hari, team captain

 Kamal hanging out

Kamal hanging out

After I got there and met everyone we started out shooting with my 6x6 foot scrim behind them. This had been my plan for disguising a boring background before I knew it would be foggy, but I wanted to still try it anyway. Everybody took turns posing and doing some different cricket moves - swinging the bat, pitching, etc.  As I shot I learned about Kamal, Hari, Rohit, and Ashwin, who have all been playing cricket since they were little kids. Next we moved to the pitch and did some shots of them playing. One shot involved multiple cricket balls flying past me pretty close - closer than it looked in camera, but they assured me I was safe. Town Magazine also asked for a shot of the equipment and as I was shooting that I had the idea of someone laying in the shot. Luckily Kamal was kind enough to take one for the team. We didn't realize until he got into position that the pitch was soaking wet, but he endured.

 Kamal with the cricket equipment on the pitch

Kamal with the cricket equipment on the pitch

Before I left I asked to get a photo with the team and then we said our goodbyes. They invited me to come watch a game sometime, and I definitely plan to do so. 

 Me and the team: Rohit, Kamal, Me, Hari, and Ashwin

Me and the team: Rohit, Kamal, Me, Hari, and Ashwin

The issue of Town came out a couple weeks later (here's a link if you want to read the article) and It's been one of the shoots I've gotten the most positive feedback on since freelancing with Town.

Series: Nostalgia: Objects of Sentiment

For the past year I've been working on this portrait project, an ongoing series featuring visual artists and authors with a single object they find sentimental. My goal was to depict an abstract idea, nostalgia, in a visual and tangible way. My hope was that asking creatives to be the subjects, I could leverage their introspection, and there would be interesting connections made between the subject and their object. My plan is to leave these connections unexplained so that the viewer can consider and debate what they might be for each image.

I did each of these shots with around 30 minutes with the subject. I didn't want them to seem posed, so I just had a conversation with each person and shot as we talked. I went with a simple set up to keep the focus on the person and their object. 

What one item would you choose if you were a part of the series? Let me know in the comments!

Commercial Photography: Kate Furman Jewelry Catalog

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I'm excited to share my recent photoshoot with jewelry designer, Kate Furman, and announce that I'm now adding a blog to my website, and publishing this as my first post!

Kate Furman's jewelry studio is located in Greenville, South Carolina, and the goal of this photo session was to to provide images for her new catalog and also for her website.

 

 Model, Jessica Fuller, wearing Kate Furman Jewelry 

Model, Jessica Fuller, wearing Kate Furman Jewelry 

I shot these photos in her studio with model, Jessica Fuller, and hair and makeup designer, Isabelle Schreier. Wardrobe was provided by Augusta Twenty. Everyone involved in creating this catalog works here in Greenville, so it was exciting to collaborate with other local artists and retailers.

 

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Kate's pieces are inspired by things she has collected in nature during her travels. The look is natural, yet ornate, and my focus was to highlight the detail of each piece while capturing the way each piece compliments different styles.

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Check out the different styles of jewelry, wardrobe, and hair. The stylists did a fantastic job.

 

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I thought I'd also share a few photos from behind the scenes, while everyone was preparing for the shoot. It was a really fun shoot with pizza and lots of laughter.

 Hair and Makeup artist, Isabelle Schreier with Model, Jessica Fuller

Hair and Makeup artist, Isabelle Schreier with Model, Jessica Fuller

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 Some guy, hiding behind the camera.

Some guy, hiding behind the camera.

Thanks to Kate for including me in the creation of your new catalog and to Jessica Fuller and Isabelle Schreier for sharing your talents to make this photo shoot a success!

Check out the gallery of the latest Kate Furman Catalog-