Brian + Chanae

I was hanging out with a good friend recently in Lincoln at his mom’s house. She asked me how my photography business was going and I told her that my business slowed down as fast as everyone else in the world did when winter strikes. But I told her about how I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding in Estes Park. She told me, “they say that you will never ‘work’ another day if you are doing what you are passionate about”. That has been resonating in my ears and head for a few weeks now.  A few friends of mine came with me to Colorado so I will be posting some pictures from our adventures as well the wedding pictures.

 

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End of college blues…

If I won the lottery, I would quit working and become a full-time art student permanently. I recently finished my last quarter at Metro and even though I felt like I was constantly stressed out, it was a bittersweet ending to one of the best decisions I have ever made.  My professors and fellow photo students are like family to me and I feel blessed to have met such wonderful people. For two years(ish) my hands consistently smelled like fixer or I had silver nitrate stains on my shoes. I practically lived at school or in the darkroom and now it is gone.  I finished my final ( which I posted below this post) right before Thanksgiving.  For whatever reason I have felt uninspired since November and I have struggled to pick up my camera.  A few weeks ago I started a job at the airport working for Delta Airlines. I have been waking up at 3:30 A.M. for the past couple of weeks for my training on the tarmac at the airport. I literally get to see the sun rise and planes take off every morning, but the worst part is that I can’t have my camera on the ramp for “security reasons”. I get to see beautiful light and all I can do is sneak my iPhone out to “capture” it. Boo. I think that this stupid rule about “security” made me anxious to start shooting again. I got off work yesterday and it was 54 degrees outside so I took off in my car towards Brownville,NE. For the first time in months I felt inspired. Here are some shots from the last couple of days.

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Empty Scenes | Familiar Faces

I made this work to express a feeling I’ve had since I was 19 years old. The feeling I’ve had since I’ve started developing my first authentic friendships. The feeling I’ve had since I read the first couple of pages of Jack Kerouac’s book, On The Road.  The feeling I get when I meet someone new for the very first time and something about them strikes a chord in my heartstrings. These people help me see the world differently and every single one of them is amazing.  How do you write about feelings?  How do you choose to photograph someone in an attempt to tell a story about them?

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Abbie | Baker’s Wine & Spirits – Omaha,NE

2011

 

A good friend, who often writes in metaphors, wrote me a letter once while she was out of town.  She stated “ If life is a river, all of the people you meet along the way but for whatever reason are no longer a part of your life, those people, are landscapes along your river.  Some landscapes you might not ever forget but the majority of them blur together and look just like the next horizon.  But those people you meet that never leave, they are boats along your river. Those boats are the people who anchor down if need be and they travel through life with you.”  This series, Empty Scenes and Familiar Faces, addresses the changing tides of the daily life of a 20-something year old.  We meet each other in places of common interest, places of solace, and places of laughter. These places that change over time often echo back in direct correlation to how people grow up and friendships change. Visions of the empty scenes in which I first met these people collide with their familiar faces and a whole story unfolds.

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Hannah | Nebraska Christian College – Papillion, NE

2007

 

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Ted | F.O.O.T. - Beatrice, NE

2005

 

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Ruby | Room 114 – Elkhorn,NE

2010

 

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Ross | The Burkitt’s Kitchen – Fairbury,NE

2006

 

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Ransom | Sacred Skin Tattoo – Beatrice,NE

2010

 

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Kaitlyn | The Heights – Omaha,NE

2011

 

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Emily | Nebraska Christian College – Papillion,NE

2009

 

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Jordan | Sacred Skin Tattoo – Lincoln,NE

2010

 

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Michelle | Nebraska Christian College – Norfolk, NE

2006

 

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Drew | The Prancing Pony House – Lincoln,NE

2010

 

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Kyle | Jake’s Cigars & Spirits – Lincoln,NE

2010

 

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Jesy | The Navigator’s House – Lincoln, NE

2010

 

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Nicholas | Benson Alleyway – Omaha,NE

2011

 

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Laura | UNK Football Field – Kearney,NE

2007

 

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Clay | Nomad Lounge – Omaha,NE

2011

 

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Collin | The Mill Coffeehouse – Lincoln,NE

2010

 

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Cassidy | Navigator’s House Redeux  – Omaha,NE

2012

 

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Ryan | Mersa House – Sioux City, IA

2011

 

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Erich | The Navigators House – Lincoln,NE

2010

The left side of each diptych is a portrait of a close friend of mine, the right side depicts an empty scene of the very first place I met them.  I also listed the year in which I met all of these people. This project addresses growing up, changing, evolving, and maintaining friendships. Everyone in this project means so much to me and I want to thank them all for the support and love I have received.

Meet the Hall Family

I absolutely love this family. They are full of joy, sarcasm, and love. Amanda and I became friends in 2010 and then after being inseparable for about 2 months we found out that we are distant cousins. Something like my Grandma and her Great-Grandma were sisters. They, quite literally, are like family to me. It was 14 degrees outside and extremely windy but they were all troopers. Enjoy.

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Colorado Trip 2k12

My good friend and I drove out to Fort Collins this weekend to see an old friend. I am currently working on my final project for school before I graduate. For those that don’t know, I am shooting diptychs which include a portrait of a close friend on the left, and an image of an empty scene on the right. The ‘empty scene’ images depict the very first place I met the person pictured on the left. I will have a blog post of all 20 diptychs in a few weeks.  The trip was somewhat spontaneous and it was full of surprises. Huge thanks to my great friend Ross White for finding us a place to sleep and for introducing us to all of his friends.  Every Sunday, everyone goes out to this cabin by “The Devil’s Backbone” in Loveland,Co. They call the cabin “the jam” and they just hang out, drink beer, and climb rocks and then at night they all sit down and write music. It was a really cool culture to be a part of and I cannot wait to go back and kick it again.  Life has been really weird, hectic, and sad lately. This trip was much needed!

At one point, I got so excited about the lighting that was happening in the mountain that I somehow locked my keys in my trunk. Luckily, Ryan had AAA and they sent a locksmith for free.

This last photo was taken by Ryan at 6am on Monday morning. Best photo ever taken at 6am ever!

Sneak Peak: Fall/Winter LookBook for Cat’s Meow Vintage Clothing.

Here is a preview from a shoot I did for Cat’s Meow Vintage Clothing! Huge thanks to my friends (who all look ridiculously good) for modeling and a huge thanks to Aunna from Cat’s Meow for all her hard work and patience. We wanted to shoot on location with some horses but the weather decided to rain everytime we scheduled a shoot. Thanks to Vivian Green, from Jordan Green Productions for hooking us up with a spot in a 18th century building in Council Bluffs. Enjoy the photos and look for the upcoming launch of Cat’s Meow Vintage Clothing’s website! The clothes and accessories are so great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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