The rabbit hole keeps getting deeper! I am just loving shooting video and telling stories with sound and moving images.The latest video is a little story about rabbit hunting.
It’s rabbit season! No, it’s duck season! No! It’s rabbit season! Duck season! Rabbit season!
A couple of years ago, as I was starting my sporting portfolio, I reached out to some friends who are hunters and thru my friend Ben Bishop, I was introduced to his brother and his friends and rabbit hunting. I thought that this would make a great photo story as it is not something you hear much about and the locations are just amazing. I met Lee Efird on the first hunt, he is the constant. He is there on every hunt. We shot some photos on a couple of outings that first year and I went back last year for some updated pictures. Then I took the workshop and started down my own rabbit hole of video. I knew right away that I wanted to get back out there and do a video story with Lee and his buddies. It almost didn’t happen this year due to a busy schedule, but I got out there during the last week of rabbit season. These guys are very skilled at what they do, the way they just always know where the other hunters are, the way they can listen to and judge the directions of the dogs and the rabbit, how they just seem to know where that rabbit is going to go. Well, mostly for the last one, it was always worth a chuckle when the dogs came back thru the line, meaning the rabbit had slipped by all 4-5 hunters! While this is a great sport to these guys, none of the rabbits get wasted, they eat them all! On the first hunt I did with them, I was offered a rabbit salad sandwich!
It has been great hanging out with these guys and I hope to get back there for the turkey season.
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As part of my Souther Purveyors project, I met Craig Rogers a couple of years ago. Craig was actually my first purveyor, I found/met him thru twitter! Once I stepped onto the farm it felt like I was visiting an old friend. Craig and I have stayed in touch since that first meeting and I went to his Lambstock event last year (will be going again this year!). As I began to learn and produce more videos, I knew I wanted to get back up to Border Spring Farms and make a video project with Craig. As we started to talk about when a good time to shoot would be, Craig mentioned that all he sees in farmer videos is green grass and sunsets! No rain, no snow, no bare trees, the reality of farming. We decided to shoot it last week, before everything greens up. Here is the final video and Craig’s story.
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When it is Dad’s night to make dinner, what does he make? Does he pull out a cookbook and thumb through the pages? No. He goes to the ‘go to’, ‘the hit’, ‘the winner’, the one dish he can nail with his eyes closed. The kids love it, he looks like a rock star, and Mom doesn’t have to worry about anything. For my Dad, it was, and still is, waffles. We loved it when he cooked waffles. It was always a fun night.
It is with this thought that I started a project of making a video of Dads talking about and cooking their dishes. This is the first one. If you are a Dad and have a go-to dish or know of one, and would like to be involved in this project, send me a note!
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There has been a lot of chatter this month about CP&B. This article from Ad Age “A Tale of Two Crispins” talks a lot about the agency and how they became the agency of the decade! I had my own experiences with them back in the late 90′s while I lived in Miami. I shot the 3 head guys Jeff Hicks, Chuck Porter and Alex Bogusky at their offices. I also shot one of their AD/CW teams for an all star teamwork story but can’t find those images. They are buried deep in the archives, still on slide film! I also shot Alex at his home once. Being in Miami then, they were the big name, the only agency really that mattered. I shot a spec gig for them once, for And1. I would have loved to have kept working with them as they were on the cusp of blowing up. It was a very exciting time.
We shot this photo in their offices. I’m guessing it was 1998 or 1999. It was a fun shot and we did a few other crazy things, but I always loved this shot best.
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I have wanted to include some breweries as part of my Southern Purveyor series and took a look around Charlotte. Charlotte has an amazing craft beer scene with at least 7 breweries and more coming all the time! I decided to do an off shoot project about the Charlotte breweries. This is the first one, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. This arguably, if not factually, the largest brewery in Charlotte and getting bigger. The brewery is getting ready to open up a new facility this year that will enable them to greatly increase their capacity. Their beer is awesome! It is “brewed using premium quality ingredients and comply strictly with the world famous German Beer Purity Law of 1516 (the “Reinheitsgebot”), which prohibits the use of inferior ingredients. Barley, hops, water and yeast. Nothing else.” They have a great brauhaus and host many events and have a party every time they release a new beer. If you have not been over for a fresh, local, awesome beer, I’d say get on it and grab one!