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Walkin on Wabash

 

Working with new people in new locations is creative fire for me.  The opportunity  to assemble a team of beauty and talent and simply walk down a street can be a wonderful thing, and one that I don’t take for granted.  There are many things to love about Chicago, but one of the things I love for photoshoots is the infinite number of lines and pockets of light that I can use for a photoshoot.  Glass buildings suddenly become huge reflectors casting beautiful light on a model.  Trees and objects cast interesting shadows that I use in the composition.  My mind literally goes into overdrive and sometimes I have to reign it back in, making sure that I don’t short circuit.

For this shoot, I had the chance to shoot with the beautiful Angelika Rol.  I had ran across her profile a couple of years ago, and knew that I would want to work with her at some point.  I was a fan of her unique beauty.  What I didn’t expect was the ease of fluidity and poise that she had in front of the camera.  It was pretty much effortless for me, and the shoot had a great flow from beginning to end.  This was also my 2nd time working with Joanna Boblak.  She is highly talented at hair and makeup.  And I appreciated her attention to detail and flexibility to help us create, but also leaving room for improvisation.  Last, but not least, I was lucky to have a styling powerhouse for this shoot with Kenya Sherron.  Once I saw her website, I knew that she was going to add the right kind of stylistic elements to this shoot.  We went for a minimalist vibe with a retro spin, complimented with pink and white tones.  It was perfect for the setting that we were using.  I highly suggest checking out all their pages and work.

Model – Angelika Rol

Hair and makeup – Joanna Boblak

Styling – Kenya Sherron

Photography – Josh Eskridge www.josheskridge.com

 

Chicago, I’ll be back soon!……

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Quiet Fury

 

James B. is one of the most powerful models that I’ve shot with.  When I say “power,” I mean in terms of ability to add dimension to an image.  This was a shoot where I wanted to get some solid male editorial looks.  I wanted to harness the power of natural light in an ethereal way on my rooftop.  We struggled with the elements for a bit.  The wind was fierce that day.  My 86-inch parabolic umbrella bit the dust in the wind.  As I was trying to clamp the canvas backdrop to the panel, the wind blew it loose and it started flying around everywhere.  I had a couple of seconds of frustration, then I realized that somebody wanted me to get different, better images than what I had intended.  Instead of battling the elements, I worked with them.  I asked Scooter to hold a light diffuser right over his head for each set.  This change of direction combined with the talent of James led to some of my favorite images that I’ve taken.  As I continually strive to “make images that matter” this set is part of that direction that I’m headed.

I wish James the best of luck with kicking off his modeling career.  These images are for his portfolio and submitting to agencies.

Model – James B.

Hair, makeup and assistance – Scooter Ray

Photography – Josh Eskridge www.josheskridge.com

 

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Afternoon with Abs

 

“Abs”… not as in washboard abs on a stomach, but as in Abs, an affectionate name given to Abigail Garrett.  Abby is a model from Berea, KY, who has only been modeling a few months now, but has since taken the local area by storm, appearing in editorials in many of the regional publications.  She has such a unique beauty to her, that it is often difficult for me as a photographer to not be satisfied with capturing just that aspect alone.  But this was a shoot where it was laid back, and we would focus more on interaction with the camera and going through several sets with the styling going from a light summer look, to a hard-light, swimsuit fashion look.  The hair and makeup was done by the talented Scooter Ray.

Model – Abby Garrett

Hair and makeup – Scooter Ray

Photography – Josh Eskridge www.josheskridge.com

 

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Fall abstraction

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always found it refreshing to step outside of my comfort zone and dabble in other areas of photography.  I think that this helps me keep the creative edge fine-tuned.  I decided to take a walk through my neighborhood of Old Louisville the other day when the leaves were in their full autumn color, with a nice, crisp breeze to rustle them about.  I took all of these images with a slower shutter speed between .5 to 1 second.  This is a break from the norm… which is trying to get the perfect focus and the perfect exposure… the technical paradigms that govern, yet also inhibit our creative vision.  It’s letting loose.  It’s painting, not with a paint brush, but with light and leaves.  It’s liberating.

I think it’s worthwhile for any photographer to do the following…..  1) grab your camera, 2) take a walk, 3) give yourself some parameters or limitations (e.g. slow shutter speed), 4) see what you create.

 

 

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Liz and Andrew

 

Liz Lane and I met on a creative project about 3 years ago, and we have since become good friends and creative partners.  I was honored and excited when she asked me to be the one to capture her and Andrew’s day.  Although the rain settled in and never left, Liz’s happiness greatly overshadowed that.  The laughter throughout the day was almost non-stop.  The joy of Liz, Andrew, family and friends at this wedding was unshakable.  Thank you to everybody that day that made it a memorable day of laughs and photographs!  Special thanks to Jim Tincher for 2nd shooting for me and assisting me throughout the day!

Personal message from Liz –

“Thank you to all of our family and friends for making our day so special.  It was absolutely perfect, and we will cherish the memories for a lifetime.  We hope you had just as much fun as we did!!!”

 

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Water and Rocks

 

This shoot was a low-key, relaxed evening shooting with Christen McAllister (Heyman Talent Agency) at one of my favorite locations in Louisville, KY, which is Falls of the Ohio.  It’s a popular location for many photographers, but the diversity of the location always plays to the unique style of who is creating and when.  I was going for results that were natural and elemental, and showed a harmonious beauty with the surroundings.  We shot against the jagged rocks with a perfect sun direction, which provided a crisp, colorful light, and then contrasted that with a softer look in the calm water after sunset.

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On the way up

 

My love for photography was borne out of my passion for travel and seeing the world.  Every once in a while, I run into somebody that has that same passion.  I was in Denver for a business trip a few weeks ago, and I was able to talk Cecilia out of her plans to go shopping for necessary items that day.  We hit the road from Denver and booked it down to Colorado Springs, where we drove through the Garden of the Gods.  We then began your climb 14k ft up to Pikes Peak, interrupted along with way with many photo opps.

“As we crossed the Colorado-Utah border I saw God in the sky in the form of huge gold sunburning clouds above the desert that seemed to point a finger at me and say, “Pass here and go on, you’re on the road to heaven.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

 

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Jen and Bill

 

“It’s because this day was a long time coming… but so worth the wait…  because you’ve taken your time and built something real…. because you’re so good together…. because you’re both loved very much.”  Message from parents to couple.

About  a year ago, I was asked by Shannon Pelissero to shoot a wedding for her sister, Jen.  The original plan was for it to take place in Las Vegas with a shoot in the desert.  Fast forward a year and plans changed to a backyard in Pennsylvania…. and I couldn’t have asked for a better setting for the day!  I was honored to capture it alongside Clay Cook of Clay Cook Photography.

 

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A Morning with Miranda

 

 

I make it a point to go to Chicago at least a couple of times a year to do portfolio development shoots.  I’m fortunate enough to have made friends with creative talent there, as well as in other cities.  I think that it is important in one’s creative growth to step outside of your area and network with people from other regions.  I’ve worked several times with Andrea Pascalau of Corsei Photography.  She played many roles that day, from assistance to styling to location scouting.  She let me use her incredible space in Lacuna Lofts on the west side of downtown Chicago.  Our model was Miranda Berggren, who was amazing to work with.  Being a photographer herself, she was very intuitive to what I was looking for with certain looks and settings.  She has this ability to come up with unique poses, but still look fierce, yet graceful… bold, yet beautiful.  I highly recommend checking out her photography fanpage, Miranda Ann Berggren Photography.  She has an artistic eye, and I’ll look forward to seeing her creative vision grow in the future.

I was also lucky to work with Chelsea Blair of Chelsea Blair Beauty Artistry.  She did a phenomenal job with the looks, and was a blast to work with.  She is in the process of moving to Nashville, so I would recommend reaching out to her if you’re in that area and looking for quality fashion hair and makeup work.

 

 

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Kimberly and Christopher – After All This Time?…. Always

 

On June 7th, 2014, I was fortunate enough to be the photographer for a fellow friend and photographer of mine, Kimberly McClellan Woods.  It was a magical day, inspired by the story of Harry Potter.  It started with a bridal session in my loft, then a walk around historic Old Louisville.  The ceremony and reception were in the Glassworks Building in downtown Louisville.  I want to thank Gary Barragan for stepping in to assist and 2nd shoot for me this day.  Some of the images below were taken by him.  I also want to thank Kat McKyle for rocking the bridal makeup and hair.

Harry Potter love theme and inspiration:

When I asked Kimberly about the Harry Potter theme, she related her wedding and love for Chris to the following…..

“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears. ‘After all this time?’ ‘Always,’ said Snape.'”

“When Snape confesses his continued love for Lily, he shows that his love is still strong, and no amount of time or distance can break it.  That is a true love story.  Chris and I, (Ok mainly me) wanted to share the same love that Snape had for Lily. We didn’t do the traditional wedding because our love isn’t traditional.  We made a vow, the unbreakable vow in fact, to promise that our love isn’t temporary.  Our love is like magic.  It never really leaves us.  It is strong, and we will love each other… always.”

Kimberly

 

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