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.


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  • GraemeThat looked like a blast! Great work. 4th one down vogue and red barrels are my favorites.

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  • MegYour 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.

  • jayeadstrue story, Meg 🙂 you smart wives and your patient understanding.

  • Marinathe 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.

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

  • Kat Bramanreally awesome stuff. your b&w’s are so money

  • Jeff Marshpretty rad!

  • benj haischthird from the bottom is my new fave of the set 🙂

  • paul soupisetbrilliant! wow.

  • Drew WI really liking the one of the girl sitting in front of the barrels. Nicely done Jay.

  • Nirav PatelThese 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.


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