Was this the youngest photographer Ever?

Baby Picture

Was the reason that I became involved in photography at an early age because of this picture taken of me?  I am not sure about that one, but I do know that photography was something that I enjoyed doing when I was very young.

Let’s face it,  even small kids love the fact of seeing an image that they have taken pop up on the back of our cell phones now.  The difference then was that it took days, weeks, or even sometimes months to get those pictures back and look at them.  So maybe, it’s the sound of the camera clicking off frame by frame that gets us excited.

I like to think that it’s that moment that we stop in time.  Our lives are so fast paced now, that it is really cool to stop that one frame in life.  This allows us to look at it over and over, so we can  remember the past and look forward to the next shot in the future.

Happy clicking with the camera and people in front of them!!!

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Angie Harmon Makes City Council Plea for Charlotte Film Studio

This is a big step for Charlotte to have some talented people stepping up for this cause. I remember when nobody believed in the N.C. Music Factory, but that has done more to shape this city than people will ever give it credit for accomplishing.

NC Film News

Actress Angie Harmon (Law & Order) spoke to the Charlotte City Council today, making a passionate plea urging the council to approve plans for the proposed “Studio Charlotte” and the former Eastland Mall site.

During an economic development meeting earlier today, Harmon told council members that she is raising her three daughters in Charlotte because she loves the city, but she does not like having to spend many months away from them in Los Angeles filming her TNT series Rizzoli & Isles.

She said her current plan is to retire when her daughters reach high school in order to spend more time with them, but that if a new studio was built in Charlotte, she could continue to work locally while also raising her girls.

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One adjustment makes all the difference!

It’s very often that as photographers, we forget to make adjustments since we move so fast and our time is limited when you have a professional star in front of you even if it’s a rock star, NFL star, or a movie star.  Most shoots with famous people can usually last between one minute up to on average 20 minutes since their time is so limited.  So with all the pressure of the world on your backs, you only get a few moments to make one look with usually a list of looks that your art director, boss, creative team, or magazine editor is looking at for the ad or story.

The same is the case when it comes to sports media days.  You have a full list of items to carry out, so it is really hard to come up with something creative in your short about of time.  In the case with this years, Charlotte Bobcats Media Day,  we had about 15 minutes with each player rolling through, plus a little time to make some group shots.  We had 18 different players rolling through with a shot list of images needed for all the different outlets including the head shots.  In some years, we have done extra set ups, but we had too many shots this year to try to pull it off without adding extra photographers.

To help with adding a more dramatic look and still take all the images on a white seamless, we decided to have a different setup on the same background to help with this look.  This is where the Pocket Wizards Multi Max Transceivers really came into effect.  I just programmed one side of the lights to work in one formula, and then I could make quick adjustments to the lights according to the location of the athlete, plus add some other stuff about lighting without having to move more than two feet away from the subject.  Time is your most important asset at these types of shoots, so adding this to the mix really gives you a great extra look.

Here is one of the images from the shoot.

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Jefferson Count Down

Al Jefferson adds some mystery to his big 6 foot 10 self.

Celebrating with friends is PRICELESS.

I have a seen a lot of different games over the years, but I will say that this weekends game against the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers was one of the most fun games to work.  It’s been a long time since I have seen fans and players have so much fun at one game unless you were a New York Giants fan or player.  Every time you would look up in the stands, there were people giving high fives to their friends or at least screaming with all their lungs.  The same was the case on the field, you could not prevent yourself from getting excited with them after each sack or interceptions.    It was a game to remember and hopefully the turning point for the Carolina Panthers this season.

Cam Newton Wins

Cam Newton celebrates with his teammates during the game agains the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers

Hitting your spot in Photography

With the invention of digital into photography, the photography world has become a new place of tricks and inventions.  As the technology changes, the one thing that I will say will stay the same is the eye of the taker.  Sure, we can get the latest and greatest cameras made by our favorite camera makers such as Canon, Nikon, or even Mamiya, but they will only be as good as the person taking the image.  The one thing that is going to change is all the software that makes them become something else.   Each week there is another software app for your phone that will make your boring picture look great.  So what is shall become great?  Is it going to be the next image that is totally created in the camera or will it be the next digital image that has some Photoshop adjustment added to it?  I say that both will be around for a long time, but the true image in the camera will have to fight hard with the computer generated image to be technically better in all areas to compete.

Sky Diver

Sky diver falls to the ground before the start of the Carolina Panthers game against the Buffalo Bills.

It’s time to cry and then look at the other side of the picture.

It’s always hard to think about the good side of things when they look so bad.  I know that a lot of readers of this are Carolina Panthers fans, so I thought I might share a few thought and some positive words.  First of all, It is a super long season.  The next best thing is that these first two games were against some really good teams.  The other great news is that they were not divisional games which we can take a big breath.  Don’t give up on your coach or team, because these guys are tough, hard-nosed, and the kind of team that can learn from these few mistakes.  So if nothing else, you will at least have one picture to remember the bad day and look forward to many more good one.

Cam gets sacked by Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills

Cam Newton gets sacked by Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills (Photo: Kent Smith Photography

Which Duck are You?

In a world that has become even more concerned with all the social media and all the non-personal touch communication,  I can only ask who will stand out from all the other Ducks?  I have prided myself in trying to make each experience something different for each client.  With each gig, we have to push the boundaries to make something that will sell the product, whether it be an editorial  job or an advertising piece.  Let’s face it:  One image is worth a thousand words.  What will you say today with your voice?

Duck World

How will you set yourself apart from all the other ducks in the pack?

New ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Promo Goes Behind The Scenes

This was a fun pilot to work on. Thanks FOX’s!!!

NC Film News

Currently in production in Wilmington, North Carolina, the pilot episode of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld), will premiere later this month  and we have a new promo spot for the action drama series featuring behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew, as well as some fresh footage.

You can watch the latest preview in the player below!

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On Golden Pond

Every once in a while, I will actually get the camera out to look for fun things.  It’s super exciting when you are lucky enough to find cool things that make you look at the object twice.  Making art out of the most normal things is a lot of fun, plus most people don’t even see them when you are standing next to it.  Go make an image today!

Are we looking up or are we looking down?

Are we looking up or are we looking down?

Looking at the world from a different side of the World

It can be really interesting to do the same thing over and over again, but it is always more rewarding when we take a different look on the same thing. I have tried to see each and every shot as something new.  It’s good to look at what all the others are doing and then to do something completely opposite.  Here is one example of such a shot from the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks game this weekend.

Looking at the world from the other side is sometimes fun.

Looking at the world from the other side is sometimes fun.

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