LESSONS LEARNED // IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT
HOLY SHIT, WHERE DID THE FIRST QUARTER GO?! I FEEL LIKE I JUST DID ONE OF THESE.
If you recall the last time I poured my heart out into one of these things 2018 was going to be the the year of the portfolio. It definitely still is...but on a higher level than I could have anticipated.
BEFORE I TELL YOU ABOUT THAT LET'S VERY VAGUELY
RECAP THE LAST FEW MONTHS.
JANUARY was filled to the brim with retouching while trying to find a place to live, stressing, stressing for stressing, being sick as hell for close to 2 weeks, and a failed portfolio shoot.
FEBRUARY was booked solid with retouching, retouching, and more retouching, early mornings, late nights, and the realization that everything will be just fine (THANKS SHELB)
MARCH is when things finally started kicking into gear. Loads of planning, and accidentally starting a podcast with one of my favorite humans of all time: Travis Young.
APRIL really got the ball rolling with portfolio work, more podcasting, and more and more planning.
OH YA MY BROTHER ALSO GOT MARRIED. CONGRATS DANNY AND KRISTEN I LOVE YOU GUYS SO DAMN MUCH <3
OKAY NOW THAT WE'VE COVERED ALL THAT JAZZ, LET'S GET TO THE NEW STUFF.
Sometime in February during a pretty dope conversation with the good dudes over at 8183 Studio we came to an agreement to officially put my name on the shooting roster. (Something I've wanted since I started my internship in 2012) Once I cleaned up the drink I spit out all over myself and sat down after jumping with excitement we began to plan and figure where I would be the best fit in terms of work and potential.
Once we found that glass slipper it was time to get to work on developing a body of work for showing. A few weeks ago we completed our first of several portfolio shoots, and needless to say I am HYPED. AS. SHIT. I can't wait to see how the rest of the year pans out. (WE DID IT MA!)
REAL QUICK. I'm trying to look cool and act like I'm not on cloud 12 right now with this, but thinking about how badly I wanted to be on the shooting end of this studio since 2012 has me over the fvcking moon. I also cried, duh.
*By no means whatsoever am I trying to say I've "made it" or any of that nonsense, but I think it's really important to note considering the amount of times I've asked myself if all of the bullshit would ever be worth it. The answer is/has been/will always be yes.
also, don't forget this. no matter what.
FOR THE FIRST SHOOT WE WENT THE AUTOMOTIVE ROUTE. BECAUSE WHY NOT, RIGHT? HERE'S HOW WE DID IT.
STEP 1: SECURE A VEHICLE.
Thankfully 8183 has a pre-existing relationship with Infiniti of Kansas City and Maggie was able to convince them to let us have a car for our shenanigans. CHECK!
STEP 2: SECURE A LOCATION/DATE/CREW/TALENT.
When it came time to scout for locations I spent a few days driving around the city somewhere around 2-3AM looking for anything/everything that caught my eye. I did this for 3-4 nights before I stumbled over to one of my favorite forgotten pieces of the crossroads arts district.
The metal overhang paired with the brick road made this a no brainer in my opinion. After showing the team and throwing a few scenerios around, we landed a concept, had a plan, shoot date, etc. IT WAS GO TIME.
HUGE shoutout to the 8183 Studio crew Ryan, Maggie, and Lydia for putting all of the work into making this happen, and a special heartfelt shoutout to my dude Seth for dealing with the aftermath in some of these files :)
Thankfully we were able to talk some really dope dudes into coming and helping us out on this one. Major shoutout to Cory Vetter for providing his grip truck and gaffing to make this happen, and another huge shoutout to my dude Tom Barnhart for coming through with assisting, and putting up with me on a regular basis <3
ANYWAYS- Since a goal of mine is to eventually shoot more manufacture advertisement, we skipped the high end race cars and grabbed a crossover SUV. With a little bit of research we were able to figure who the vehicle is marketed to, and grabbed talent to fit the bill. Shoutout to the lovely Amaris Kirby for being SO dope and coming through last minute for us!
Once we secured permits, location, car, talent, crew, etc. It was game time. Oh yeah we also started at like 6AM. I hate mornings so much. BUT IT WAS WELL WORTH IT :)
STEP 3: MAKE IT HAPPEN.
FANCY SHIT BREAKDOWN.
1X PHASE ONE 645DF+ / IQ160 | SCHNEIDER 85MM
1X CANON 5D MKIII | SIGMA 50MM ART
1X MACBOOK PRO
1X MAGLINER JUNIOR + 4' FLOPPY
6X PAUL C BUFF EINSTEIN + CTO
1X 12X12 OVERHEAD BOUNCE
VARIOUS WHITE/BLK BOUNCE CARDS
CAPTURE ONE PRO
Our first shot took longer than expected largely because we were battling a sunrise causing us to shoot 2 different looks. I don't think I need to explain why Seth's head almost exploded when opening a file with 34 images, but thankfully we were able to narrow it down and come out with pretty much the exact mood/style that I had in my head.
THAT NEVER HAPPENS.
By the time we were ready for our second shot we had full sunlight, and our wet pavement had totally dried which would call for a bit of a different look, but thankfully we were able to improvise and make it work!
Watching these images come to life was pretty damn cool for sure, and gets me even more hyped for some of the next shoots we've been lining up.
Here's a quick glimpse into what something like 2 days and 15GB looks like.
For the last hour or so I grabbed Amaris and messed around with a few different lifestyle looks. This is always my favorite part of any shoot, and will definitely be something I push to make time for in the future. I'm hyped.
BTS WAS DIFFICULT, BUT I TRIED TO GRAB A LITTLE SOMETHIN' SOMETHIN'
OF COURSE WE HAD TO GET THE GROUP <3
CHEERZ TO PATIENCE, DOPE PEOPLE, PODCASTS, MY BROTHER, AND BEING HYPED.