Lexington classic blues rockers King’s Ransom have not been together terribly long. But they have done a lot with the time they’ve had. We caught up with the guys at the their regular Wednesday night gig at Parlay Social for some in-performance shots.
I’ve said before that we are willing to split up a session if that’s what we need to do to get the pictures you want, and Trevor’s senior pictures prove it. A while back, we got together with him out at the track at Bryan Station High School, where he was a pole vaulter for the state championship track team.
But, as his mom said, “I don’t just want pole-vaulting pictures.” Of course, so we got together for the second half of the session, illustrating one of his other big activities, playing bass in the school orchestra, his college destination of Saint Joseph’s College and the school colors, and just the fact that he’s a good lookin’ guy.
I do have to say, between the pole vaulting and dragging the bass through tall grass to the top of a hill, I challenge you to show me a guy who has put more effort into his senior portrait shoot. We like to push for unique images here, and Trevor was happy to play along.
With several family milestones, including the big brother’s graduation from high school — as valedictorian, no less — the Parsons wanted to get some family photos at their home this summer. So, we miraculously picked an afternoon last week when there weren’t severe thunderstorms bearing down on Central Kentucky and had a little portrait session using everything from their immaculate backyard to the very cool bottle tree on their deck — note how some of their shirts coordinate with the bottles.
Kimberly and Landon are a quintessential Lexington couple. They love the Cats. They love Keeneland, and they, of course, love each other. So, for their engagement, we went out to Keeneland for a casual Saturday evening shoot, including an allusion to how they met: online.
June 15 was the 183rd day of my 366 project, in which I have assigned myself to take and post at least one photo a day for a year, starting on Dec. 16.
The picture of the day was a shot of my son and some of his fellow violinists onstage at Eastern Kentucky University for the final middle school orchestra performance at the Stephen Foster Music camp. It was taken with a Nikon D5100 I rented from Murphy’s Camera for a test drive – nice camera, particularly for High ISO shots like Friday’s at 6400, but probably not a body I’ll be getting.
There has been a lot of learning through this project, from playing with Speedlights and my sweet new Pocket Wizards to how to employ the camera on my HTC Inspire for interesting pics with the Vignette app to juggling the shooting and editing load when my little photo enterprise got a bit busy in the spring. There have been days that it has been a bit of a pain to shoot a photo, particularly when I needed to process photos for clients. But there has not been a day I regretted the charge to take a picture every day and post it.
It’s really not hard to make someone do their favorite thing.
My hope for the next 183 is a bit more stretching, trying to take advantage of this charge to try and refine techniques I want to explore. Hard to believe I started taking these pictures less than 10 days before Christmas. The holidays will be here before we know it – he says, when the highs are in the 90s.
This is my second consecutive “Part 1” post. In this case, it’s because we split Trevor’s senior session so we could get some action shots and track portraits of the pole valuter for the State Champion Bryan Station High School Track Team.
We’re getting back together with Trevor soon to photograph in some settings and situations that don’t involve throwing himself 12-feet in the air.
They stood in the sanctuary surrounded by their closest family. They said their vows, they exchanged rings, they kissed.
Kimberly and Landon got married.
But this is just the beginning. This wedding was to get their life together underway. Next year is the big celebration of their marriage.
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