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Billboard Magazine: Holly Williams

It is always exciting when I get a call for an assignment for Billboard Magazine, I've been a fan of the magazine for many years now. One of my favorite shoots I recently did for them was country singer Holly Williams.

Holly and her husband were both really great people and I definitely enjoyed my time at their home.

Holly just released a new album titled The Highway so make sure you go check it out!

(Photos shot in Nashville)

All Sons and Daughters

Right after I finished my photo shoot with Missy Franklin and had some quick espresso with my buddy Donald in Knoxville, I dashed back to Nashville for a meeting with All Sons and Daughters that evening.

I met with David and Leslie in Franklin at Journey Church where they are also the worship leaders. They had a great "office" space that was kind of like a pianists dream room, David has some fun toys hidden away back there. Meeting with an artists prior to a shoot can be so important and really effect how the shoot day will go. I enjoyed so much chatting with them and hearing about the tracks on the album, getting to hear some samples and also hearing their desires for the photos.

We decided to get an early start and beat the sun to the first location by about 20min, never hurts to wake up at 4am every now and then. Our goal was to catch the sunrise and the fog that we all thought was going to be covering the field that morning. Who knew there would be almost no fog that morning.... Oh well, life goes on.

It was still a beautifully dreary morning, really set a solid mood for the images. Leslie brought along a very cool old light that was our main focus at our first location that morning. The light was great, but a bit sketchy electrical wise.. That only got worse when the rain came, but with all that came this wonderful shot of Leslie getting electrocuted. She was fine and it made for a good laugh and funny photo.

David and Leslie are two of the most talented people that I know and it was an absolute pleasure working with them on this project. Be sure to check them out and buy The Longing, out now. Also be on the lookout for a live record/DVD in the works that I had the honor of working on along side All Sons and Daughters.

Check out their new album The Longing HERE

Anna Johnson: BTS

After meeting and sipping down some coffee at Nashville's Frothy Monkey, I had the pleasure of photographing music artist Anna Johnson. We knew what vibe we wanted for the images, but had not nailed down a location. After spending some time location scouting, I came across a magical little area deep in Percy Warner Park. About a week later with much excitement and many spiders we began shooting.

The final image now graces the homepage of my website. I absolutely fell in love with the image and feeling that you get from it.

I used 2 strobes for this image, one in front and one behind her, both using umbrellas. I think this might be the only shoot in years where I used 2 umbrellas, but I was looking for a widespread light source and it worked just as I wanted. 

In addition to the fairly simple strobe setup, the natural light played a big roll in bringing the image to life as well.

Here is an unrefined image from the shoot where you can catch a glimpse of the lights being used.

Anna and I have already begun to plan our next shoot coming up in September for a Christmas album she and the band are putting out.

You can find out more about Anna Johnson and the upcoming album here:

Christmas Album