Holy bleep, how do I even start this blog post?! Monica and I know each other from a few years ago when she interned with me. She’s such a sweet and genuine soul! Apparently she made it clear to Adam that when he proposed, he better have me there… LOL! So he contacted me a couple weeks ago with the NUTS idea to propose at this super exclusive, hard-to-get-into exhibit… to somehow sneak me in but I’d have to be close to them in order to go into the 20 second viewing room with them… and I couldn’t be recognized by her before this moment or else she would know something was up. Basically, Adam was sweating bullets and so was I. I’ve done crazy things to photograph proposals in my day, but this was probably the craziest. Because of how the Yayoi Kusama exhibition is set up with timed tickets, we would be in close proximity when we were all lining up to be let into the level with the art show. So I did what I had to do: sprayed my hair bright purple and wore a disguise of a baseball hat, ha!!! I felt like a spy… arriving early and waiting around in the queue area, watching for them to arrive. When they did, I was in full creeper mode. We got to the exhibit with no incident, and Monica’s best friend Nancy was also able to come last minute. I trailed them, waiting for the moment they’d go into room #1 where Adam was going to propose. At the LAST second, Nancy didn’t go in and I switched places with her. This is where the photos begin below. In the first picture, you can see Monica has seen me, and knows what’s happening when she turns around. Please join me in happy crying! Congrats Monica and Adam! ADAM, you’re man of the year for pulling this off! And PS, everyone needs a best friend like Nancy. Girlfriend is such a blast.
I make sure I shoot a few times a year in a way that pushes me artistically and gives me a chance to explore. My friend Omega Ruth (a talented photography wizard) came out and modeled for me after dark in West End ATL - using a mixture of available light off of buildings and some artificial light, we made some pretty rad stuff. I could get used to making stuff like this more often.
Earlier this year I attended the Sam Hurd EPIC Workshop. Not only is Sam an amazing photographer with a very unique perspective + groundbreaking methods, he's an even better person - real, kind, helpful, and full of infectious enthusiasm for his craft. It was a great experience (I've always been a little wary of workshops and if they'll actually benefit me much - this one was worth every penny!). Since walking away from the experience, I've incorporated some of the things Sam taught/made me think about and am really grateful for the learning opportunity. Here's some images from the live shoot we did - both of the couple and of behind the scenes! PSA: you're gonna see some photos of my super-talented bud Kevin because he's adorable and I like to show him off.
This wedding was unlike anything I've ever seen or been a part of before! First, it starred the incomparable Rick and Griff - you can find these two beautiful goofballs on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook - usually mostly naked, singing/dancing, or exercising (or some combination of the three). I knew their wedding would be unique and over-the-top amazing, but I had no idea how so! The setting was the gorgeous Fox Theatre which is so colorful and lavish to begin with - then you throw in some drag queens and a cabaret show with endless/amazing live performances - custom made Egyptian inspired gowns for the wedding party - and personal messages from the wonderful guest of honor Carol Channing - and voila, you have one of the coolest weddings I've ever been to.
Follow the day with the images below, starting at the boys' home and progressing to the main event. These images are just a glimpse of the magic. Congrats to the new Mr & Mr! So happy I got to be part of the fun.