Interview Reel

This is a short montage of interviews I’ve DP’d for various clients. they include CMT (90 minute special: Charlie Pride, Behind The Music), 2 interviews for CBS Local with Jason Aldean and Joe Nichols, an EPK for Raul Malo, and other examples of my shooting and lighting style.

Interviews are always opportunities to try something new, to look for ways to make something dry more exciting. Part of my job is to keep people watching, and I’m always looking for techniques and styles that will help do that.

Caneras include: Sony 700, Canon 5D, Canon 100, Canon 6D.

Portrait shoot for the Tennessee Justice Center

_MG_8578_TJC_Mike Adcox

The Tennessee Justice Center is working to extend health care to hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans who are without. I volunteered to be one the photogs on call to help with raising awareness of the issue.

Last week I was asked to shoot a portrait of Mike Adcox, a man who has worked all his life but lost his coverage shortly before a disabling accident. Mike had testified before a state committee about his situation and a plan that could have helped. They voted it down.

This is to my eye the best picture I made of Mike. I shot others of him smiling, but this intensity was what came through loud and clear to me. I chose what seemed to be his personal room and as I set up a speedlight into the ceiling he leaned on the table to rest his back as he talked.

I loved the dynamism of the pose and asked him to hold it while we talked and I shot. The single bounce light was doing it’s job: lighting the room, but giving him a higher exposure and popping him from the scene.

I wanted to make a portrait that placed him in his life for us, but also make sure that he was primary in the scene. And I wanted to reflect that intensity I saw right from the start.

Thank you , Mike, and best of luck.

What makes a great headshot?

2015 headshot montage

When you see someone’s headshot or business portrait on the web, do they look comfortable to you? Do they look like someone who you’d like to spend a little time with? If your answer is “Yes”, then I’d say that their headshot has done its job. It’s broken the ice for them, made you feel comfortable with the idea of meeting them, and gotten them past your first barriers. It has spoken to you in ways that their text and list of accomplishments cannot.

These are some of the business portraits and headshots I’ve produced over the past two years. As a Nashville photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and shooting a vast array of my fellow Nashvillians, and we’ve always enjoyed the sessions together.

That is what I work toward when I shoot business portraits. I understand the job they must do for my clients. I make sure you are comfortable and that we find the best way to present you as a pleasant person comfortable with him/herself.

My thanks go to the people pictures here and to all the others who put their trust in me to create their “face to the world” with them.

New testimonial video for Nashville Film Institute

NFI Screenshot

NFI called me to produce an alumni testimonial video to increase enrollment. I’ve done a lot of testimonials, and for me the ones that work are the ones that show something about the person talking. I don’t want to just put him in a chair to talk to the camera or to a point just off screen. The setting of an interview and the pacing can be just as informative as the questions. And they can be a lot more interesting than a sit-down.

So I suggested we shoot this one while our subject was in the middle of his own shoot. How better to show the success of an NFI alum and tie it into his NFI experience?

Kappel Cloninger is a camera-ready and highly successful alumnus who graciously agreed to have me interview him while he was producing a  “post-apocalyptic motor cycle gang video short”. I found him and his crew on a desolate dirt road surrounded by a real ( and very nice!) motorcycle gang setting up for a monster drive-by scene. Wardrobe ran to animal bones and leather. Post-apocalypse, the “found object” style finally had its day.

Moving among about thirty crew and cast, I followed Kappel, hand holding a Canon 100 with a 17-35 wide angle zoom as he adjusted wardrobe bones, added mud to bikes, and kept things moving. With the zoom mostly at the widest setting, it allowed me to keep this wild scene moving around Kappel, keeping the excitement level that potential students would love. We quickly set up shots where I could throw him a question that he could answer while he was working, or during a brief talk to the camera, then back to the work.

This kept the action moving, the scene changing, and just as importantly, told the potential students and their parents that this grad was so busy he could barely stop to talk — thanks to NFI. Exactly the subtext we wanted to project. And with key word titles underlining key concepts along the way, we had a fun, strong video with a clear message.

NFI student Gerry Scott handled the edit via email with me. He  showed a great grasp of the tools and the job of editor. I would work with him again any time.