Oct 022013
The “New Years Rulin’s” Photo Project: Behind The Scenes, #27 Help Win War, Beat Fascism

[You can read the rest of this series here.] THE CONCEPT Guthrie’s guitars infamously had the words “This Machine Kills Fascists” painted on them so that was the jumping off point for this shot. This was also another case of me trying to recreate a classic Guthrie photo. In this instance, I decided to go [Continue Reading…]

Dec 282012
The “New Years Rulin’s” Photo Project: Behind The Scenes, #14 Listen To Radio A Lot

[You can read the rest of this series here.] THE CONCEPT I’m guessing you aren’t exactly scratching your head over this one. It’s pretty self-explanatory. In fact, I had the image for this one in mind almost immediately. The tricky part was setting the scene and lighting it the way I had imagined it. THE [Continue Reading…]

May 222012

Last weekend, the Folk School of St. Louis hosted the first annual St. Louis Folks and Roots Festival. It featured a great array of both local and national talent playing everything from traditional bluegrass to folked-up versions of Prince jams (yes, that really happened, and it was awesome). The Folk School hired me on as [Continue Reading…]

Nov 222011
Ryan Spearman Promo Portraits

I made a concerted effort on this shoot not to get caught up in overly complex lighting schemes. I have a bad habit of doing that at the expense of eliciting genuine responses from my subjects and going overboard with the lighting might have compromised the simple vibe we were after anyway.

Jun 202011
Ryan Spearman's Green Strum Project

Things got really interesting a couple weeks later when I got a call from Ryan asking if I was available the night of his CD release party. I checked my schedule and, assuming he wanted me to shoot the event, said I wasn’t booked.