I woke up a little late this morning thanks to my buddy Brandon who was in town for a couple of days. He thought it would be a great idea to catch a 3AM bus back to Kansas City, so of course we drank too many beers and I'm not really sure how he got to the bus station...

Anyway I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and saw that there was an STL Instagram Meetup. Usually I wouldn't even think about going to something like this, but since I've been cooped up in my apartment for the past few months I thought it would be good to go meet some people and maybe make a couple of friends. My buddy Steve came and picked me up and we swung through the coffee shop where there was a meetup before the meetup. I saw a dude Dustin who I went to KCAI with, Dustin is murdering it right now photographing a rapper by the name of G-EAZY. I never really heard of G until I started seeing him in Dustin's photos. The other day I was on spotify and on the main advertisement was a huge picture of G-EAZY. I was hyped. go over to and peep some of Dustin's work, it's pretty dope.  

Also at the coffee shop we met a few awesome people, had some pretty good conversations, and some dope coffee before we headed over to midtown to meet the rest of the gang. Once everyone arrived we started walking. I wasn't really sure how it was going to go since I've never done anything like this before. We basically just walked around and shot photos of people and things for something like 2-3 hours. I originally brought out the wide angle, the speed light, and the 50 but I only ended up using the 50 because of its super shallow depth. Usually I'd be shooting wide with a speed light to get very vibrant backgrounds and properly lit subjects, but i opened the 50 up all the way, sped up the shutter speed and took on the whole shallow style for the day and I'm pretty glad I did. I usually can't stand shooting on sunny days because of the high contrast, but I was hyped once I figured out how to shoot a sunny day at f/2 and get decent looking images. 

After shooting everyone for a couple hours and a dead phone, we back and I called my mom. All in all not a bad saturday afternoon! 

Here's some images, I'm definitely going to need to keep shooting people, when it all works out it's actually pretty fun. 


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