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Just for fun – just for me – just for the heck.  My wife decided I needed to shoot something for fun.  6 college roommates and 6 $10 Value Village dresses, and 6 hours later…

Lisette and my wife are very good friends, and they cooked up this idea all on their own.  You might recognize Lisette from her sister’s recent senior session.  We started at a fantastic industrial location, which just so happens to have thoughtful neighbors who enjoy calling the police when a band of strangers wander by.  Thankfully the officer was disarmed by the pretty girls and fancy dresses.  He was powerless to do anything but let us finish our shoot:) We decided to move to a more rural location, with less chance of police interference, I mean, well… whatever.  Balancing the urban and the natural was always my plan with the shoot, but to be honest, it was planned in a very short amount of time, and I wasn’t sure where we were going until we were half way there.  The shoot was all about fun, after all.  Spontaneity.

The girls came over later that night to hang out with my wife and look through all of the images.  I have to say, the laptop + HDMI + 55″  tv is a much easier way to show 6 people images than the tiny LCD on my 5D.

As amazing as the  six hours were, and as happy as I am with the images, what I am most thankful for is the the fact that my wife paid enough attention to my stress and workload to k now I needed to do something for the pure enjoyment of it.  That’s what is going to make this photography thing work for me.  Support.

  • June 1, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Graeme - That looked like a blast! Great work. 4th one down vogue and red barrels are my favorites.

  • June 1, 2010 - 7:51 am

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  • June 1, 2010 - 8:26 am

    Meg - Your wife is a very smart lady.

    I love #3, the one with the girl holding the fan and the one with the red barrels.

    Well done.

  • June 1, 2010 - 8:41 am

    jayeads - true story, Meg :) you smart wives and your patient understanding.

  • June 1, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Marina - the blonde with the fan: FAVE! let her know if she’s ever in HAWAII to look me up.
    glad to see you stretching your fun muscle. You know what I mean.

  • June 1, 2010 - 8:26 pm

    Lauren Hurt - Jay these are FANTASTIC! FAN-TAS-TIC. I’m so glad you FINALLY did a personal shoot, good job Jen!

  • June 1, 2010 - 10:09 pm

    Kat Braman - really awesome stuff. your b&w’s are so money

  • June 1, 2010 - 10:10 pm

    Jeff Marsh - pretty rad!

  • June 1, 2010 - 10:23 pm

    benj haisch - third from the bottom is my new fave of the set :)

  • June 1, 2010 - 10:47 pm

    paul soupiset - brilliant! wow.

  • June 1, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    Drew W - I really liking the one of the girl sitting in front of the barrels. Nicely done Jay.

  • June 2, 2010 - 5:54 am

    Nirav Patel - These turned out amazing Jay. So are you going into photography full time soon? I can’t see why not. There would be no stopping you :). Keep up the great work sir.

I am perpetually behind… my blog posts are chronically few and far between.  I’m sorry about that, it’s the curse of having a full-time job, a family, and photography.  I thought to try to make up for that, I would do another round-robin of images I’ve been working on the past months.  I’ll do a short intro to each shoot when I get the chance – but for now, here’s a list of some of these folks:

Anna Gilbert

Benj Haisch

Julie Turner

Jeff Marsh

  • April 14, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    Ulmer Studios - Love it man! The images of the bride/groom at the table = top notch!


  • April 14, 2010 - 8:07 pm

    Matt - Yay for Jamie!

  • April 14, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    Graeme - Really like the blend of natural/modified light in the engagement session. Great connection between the couple and camera operator as well.

  • April 14, 2010 - 8:39 pm

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  • April 15, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    Brielle - Those wedding images are INCREDIBLE, as are all of these. Can’t wait to see more when life finally gives you a breather!

  • April 16, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Stephen - I completely agree with Josh. The bride/groom pictures at the table are AMAZING.

    Also really diggin’ that triptych in that engagement session. Bravo!

  • April 18, 2010 - 6:29 am

    BethanyAnne - The triptych of the couple is darling! Really love the last picture too, and the wedding ones too. And the mother/daughter photo is beautiful. :)

  • May 28, 2010 - 4:57 am

    Heather Elizabeth - That first shot is seriously one of my favorites of yours. You are truly a master of light, Jay. Amazing work.

  • June 19, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    Liz - You are such a fabulous photographer

Anna Gilbert loves music — that was obvious during the shoot.  Committed musicians, whether professional or not, have music genetically interwoven throughout everything they do, I’m convinced. You sit Anna in front of a piano, even for a picture, and she plays and sings.  I love that.  I respect that.  Honestly, I get that… I feel the same way around a camera these days.

I’m an enormous music fan, and I think that’s the reason I love shooting musicians… I get to be around people who love music even more than I do.  This is just a preview of the images, so I’ll stop typing now.  More later in the full post.

If you haven’t already, check out Anna’s Myspace HERE and leave her some love.

  • March 16, 2010 - 12:43 am

    benj haisch - NICE! that bottom one screams album art to me. classy.

  • March 16, 2010 - 12:44 am

    jess - LOVE that second shot. beautiful!

  • March 16, 2010 - 12:58 am

    Vida Carson - Wow, that second image is just.. wow.

  • March 16, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    jobeth / bootsmc - jay – these rock! that light in the second image – bea-u-ti-ful!

  • March 16, 2010 - 5:39 pm

    Rayleigh Shores - Those are great! I’m way impressed by the photography and by Anna’s beauty!

  • March 16, 2010 - 7:32 pm

    BethanyAnne - Holy crap. Gorgeous porgeous. Beautiful.

    And the second pic – reminded me of Jeremy C’s style. Love it!

  • March 16, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    geneoh - awesome work, Jay. Love it.

  • March 25, 2010 - 1:28 am

    Jaq - These are great, i love her expression & the lighting in the second one. The piano is gorgeous.

  • April 6, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    Graeme - New posts please. =)

  • April 12, 2010 - 6:49 am

    jayeads - I know. I’m behind :)