I traveled to Pensacola Florida for this engagement session with Eunice and Filip, who have been enormously patient while I have been off running around photographing MMA championships instead of posting their full engagement set.
I dunno what it is about folks with Romanian heritage, but they tend to be very attractive. Go figure.
This is my first session shooting all rangefinder, using both a Leica M6 and a Mamiya 7. I am very pleased with the results.
All images from a single roll of Tri-X shot on my Leica during a drive with my wife this Sunday.
Giant 10lb Meat Sale
“Its Great Sausage”
Roc’s Bar-B-Que, Bordeaux, TN
Drive Through Menu
This is the first time in this series where I felt the only way to make my point effectively was in a diptych. I am trying to remember that one of the benefits of a series is that you can use sequence and juxtaposition of images to create something more than the sum of its parts. (You can click the image for a larger view)
Leica M6, Tri-X, Rodinol
This is Ashley.
Ashley is an amazing young lady from here in Tennessee, who is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma Stage 4 Cancer. I was contacted not long ago by Carla Lynn, a photographer here in town who was seeking to put on a benefit to raise money and help with Ashley’s treatment. Carla came up with the idea for Hope, Faith, and Photos for a Cure, an event where photographers would donate their time to make family portraits in exchange for donations to help fund Ashley’s treatment. She already had lots of volunteers to man the booths, but she needed someone to document the event. I was thrilled to be there to help out in that role.
The event was held at Marathon Village
Anna Rebecca helps Whitney Carlson get her lighting set
Carla Lynn, the amazing lady who organized the event
Refreshments were on hand for guests and volunteers
The extraordinary Ron Dawson was on hand to provide motion documentation of the event. You can see a sample of his work (and learn more about Ashley) by watching the embedded video below.
My good friend Gregory Byerline helped Ron out with some additional footage
Itira Pillow volunteered her services as a makeup artist.
Ashley & family being photographed by Phil Thornton of Phindy Studios
Phil, his wife Mindy, and Mandy Whitley review their images
Many people took advantage of this opportunity to get great portraits of their children!
Tom Uchida volunteered his extensive family portrait experience to help make the event a success.
Erin Smagala helps Anna Rebecca to find a good expression from this little boy
This little fellow was very photogenic, even when he wasn’t having his portrait made
This one needed some help smiling
Phil rocks some glamour shots a-la Krispy Kreme
Even if you missed this wonderful event, you can still help Ashley by donating at any First Tennessee Branch or by mailing to:
First Tennessee Bank
Attn: Nathan Harding / Ashley Scott Benefit Account
471 Sam Ridley Parkway West
Smyrna, TN 37167
Thank you to all of my friends who volunteered, to Carla who organized the event, and most of all to Ashley for inspiring us all to live our lives to the fullest.