As photographers, we all have venues that we hope to see our work in. The dream magazine, the dream client. I’ve had the good fortune of having one of my stories appearing in one of my favorite dream magazines this month. My rabbit hunting story is in Garden and Gun! See, that’s my name right there in the middle of the big ‘M’! For those of you that don’t know what Garden and Gun is, it is a bi-monthly magazine published out of Charleston, SC. It covers the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas, it is a metaphor for the South—its land, the people, their lifestyle, and their heritage. You know, a few things that I enjoy and enjoy photographing. The magazine is beautifully written, photographed, designed and printed. It constantly wins awards for writing, photography, design, photo editing and overall excellence.
It was about 3 years ago when I first met G&G Director of Photography Maggie Kennedy. The rabbit hunt story was part of my portfolio then and she fell in love with the story and the photos. She has spent the last 3 years trying to get this story published! It was slated to run a couple of times but something always seemed to bump it back. But she didn’t let it get her down, she always pitched it and pushed for it. This fall when I sent out a set of promo cards, one of the cards had an image from the rabbit hunt on it. Maggie received the card and promptly took it to her editors office and taped it to the door! It was set to run in the next issue. Oddly enough, this is the second time in my career that a photo editor has done something like this to get a story run and it worked both times!
This story is one that I have been working on each season for the least 3 years. The hunters are awesome people and I really enjoy their company. Each rabbit they kill is eaten, nothing is wasted. They even give some of the meat to some old timers they know who can’t get out to the fields anymore. Here is a video I created last year. Rabbit hunting, Anson Co.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this story run in G&G unless of course it was more pages!
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Last November I was asked to shoot the Charlotte Magazine Restaurant issue. I have done this before, and it is one of my favorite things to do! It is a whirlwind of scheduling and shooting, a crazy few weeks. I got to check in with some chef friends and meet a few new ones. I spent some time with John Fortes and his wife Amy. They are doing awesome things at their Flipside Cafe, and we’ve been there a bunch of times since I shot the photos for their story! I also got to hang out with Clark Barlowe and do some foraging with him. This was kind of a weird shooting situation. I am not allowed to tell the chefs what the shoot is for or if they will be on the cover. We had narrowed it down to four cover restaurants and chefs and I had to shoot cover options at each one. I’m sure the chefs thought I was crazy when I told them I needed to shoot portraits along with all of their food. When I shot the portrait of Clark, I had a feeling that it would be chosen for the cover. It had all of the elements, a great story, a great face, a great location. It just all came together. So here it is!
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Another years slides by and it’s time to take a look back. What a great year for us! The business is growing and the gigs are getting better. I am getting pretty good at this video stuff. In fact, we are going to really push it in 2015. We did some traveling. Went on 2 vacations! What? I not only got to nick a few things off the bucket list, I was able to see and visit one of the my top things, the Eiffel Tower. My parents hit a couple of big milestones, my Pop’s turned 70 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! I caught a new species of fish on the fly, a snook. We are all healthy, the dogs are all great and life is good. More of the same please for 2015!I wish everyone a great and happy 2015!
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I got a call from a new client,The Hollywood Reporter about photographing someone for their Next Gen feature. It’s a look at the up and coming who’s who in Hollywood. They had shot all but one person in a large shoot in LA. My guy, Isaacc Klausner was here in NC shooting a movie and couldn’t get back to the shoot. So our shoot was on, then it was off, then it was back on! Such is your schedule when dealing with Hollywood producers! I met Isaac on the set of Paper Towns, I was set up and ready to go. On a side note, I have been working on movies sets this year since we joined the Cinematographers Union, Local 600, as a Unit Stills Photographer and it was awesome to so many people I knew working! We hit it off and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy. So nice in fact, that I received an email from him after the issue came out thanking me for such a nice portrait and that his mother particularly loved it! I wish Isaac the best of luck in what I am sure will be a stellar career! – pt
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Last night Peyton Manning broke the all time passing touchdown record with 510 TD passes! I watched it as did millions of other people.
I thought back to May of 1998, Orlando Florida. The NFL had brought the rookie class down to show them off to the media. I was working with Allsport ( now Getty Images ) and we had set up about 4 or 5 photo stations for the rookies to come thru. There was a lot of other media there too, the AP, all the card companies ( it was 1998 ) etc. We had a shot set up on the field with large cushions that the rookies would be diving onto, a locker room shot, etc. Just trying to get as many different looks as we could. I set up in large room and my style was to be a more dramatically lit shot. My station was the last shot of the day for the guys. The started rolling thru, a pretty good crowd of rookies including Andre Wadsworth, Jacquez Green, Takeo Spikes, Tim Dwight, Tony Simmons, Jason Peter, Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning. The guys were all really cool and fun until Ryan Leaf came in. He couldn’t have been more difficult to work with and still stands as one of my worst shoots ever. Peyton came last and couldn’t have been a better dude. We took a lot of photos and chatted and had a blast. I wished him a great season and that was that. As he was leaving he remembered that he had brought along an autographed photo of his dad, in case anyone wanted to photograph him with it. Um, yes, yes Peyton I do. We took a couple of more shots and he then said, ‘Hey, would you like this photo?” Again, um, yes, yes Peyton I would!
Congratulations to Peyton Manning!