Chihuly at Biltmore Estate

For months, I heard that Chihuly at Biltmore was a thing to experience. I really didn’t know what it was, until we went during the day and saw some of the glass artwork. After that visit, my wife and I made it a point to return to see the display at night. We kept it in the back of our minds, but time was running out and the Chihuly exhibit was ending soon. Finally, we found the perfect time to visit. With just two days left until the end of the exhibit, we decided to go. Here are some images that I was able to capture that night.

Asheville Headshot Photography

 musician and hair stylist Holiday Childress

musician and hair stylist Holiday Childress

Over the years, I have tried my hand at a lot of different genres of photography. Most recently, I find that most enjoyment can be found in portrait and headshot photography. Asheville is a wonderful city to "get lost" in your craft and it is also a great place to find yourself. 

Whether a client is needing corporate headshots for business or theatrical headshots for acting, I spend the first part of the session just talking. I really, really don't like to get my picture taken, so I can assume that most other people don't either. One of the keys to great headshots is to put the client at ease from the very onset of the meeting. Sure there are technical aspects that are needed for a great shot, but getting the person to connect with you (and the camera) is very important. 

 professional headshot will Noora

professional headshot will Noora

Most portrait sessions are taken at my studio, since there is so much equipment available and weather is never an issue. Sometimes shooting on location is needed. While shooting in the studio is very familiar, I really love shooting on location. Weather it be on a downtown street or in a law office, I love the challenge and the variety of options on each location. 

Royal Peasantry :: Dance of the Fools

Royal Peasantry :: Dance of the Fools

Here is a quick recap of last Friday night's fashion even at New Mountain Asheville. Royal Peasantry :: Dance of the Fools was a tribute to local designer Michelle Ford. 

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FASHMOB VI - Review

 FASHMOB VI - GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex

FASHMOB VI - GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex

 

Well the doors have closed on the last installment of Asheville's seventh FASHMOB. Since I started holding these events in 2014, it sure has come a long way. In the past, each event has been held at a different location. This is to give a different setting for people to create and to accommodate the growing number of attendees.  

Sarah Johns wearing Angela Kim Designs - hair by Jenna Wilson of Love, Daisy - makeup by Daneille Southcott

 

This was certainly the first FASHMOB where I have been able to focus on taking pictures (at least for a little while). The shear volume of people in all facets of fashion (designers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists, photographers, clothing retailers, and jewelry designers) make me pause to think, as I contemplate the next Spring event. 

 

I love the carnival-like / laissez faire atmosphere that the event boasts, but it is evident that some systems need to be in place to assist teams of people who prepare beforehand and designers who need help getting their clothing in and out of the event smoothly. 

 

Whitney Dianne

Katie Patton

Stephen DeBuyser

Licia Whiteside wearing Brain Candy Ink

Terra Kohl Sisk wearing Maria Jose Jeria Llabres designs

Clothing and accessories by Royal Peasantry and Pearla Swank

 

There were so many designers and hair salons involved in this FASHMOB. I should wait to give them a shout out, because I am still learning of new business that were involved in the fun. But I will give a big shout out to GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex for providing the space to promote local fashion, DJ Deven Balsam for the beats at this event, and Mamacita's Grill for the food. 

 

 

 

If my intention hits the bulls-eye,  the next event will not only have bigger turnout, but it will attract more attention from regional talent willing to make the trip to Asheville for a FASHMOB event. For the people new to their craft, I hope that these events inspire them to push harder and harder to achieve new heights and take on bigger challenges. If you are a model working on new posing skills, a designer trying to find new inspiration, or a photographer who's next goal is to tackle lighting techniques, just know that there is a community here with great people to help you find your way. 

Deanna Tipton wearing Hip-Remix

Jennifer Elliott at FASHMOB VI - January 15, 2015

See you all for FASHMOB VII in April 2015!

Back to Blogging

It has certainly been a while since I posted a blog and I hope to be doing it more often. A lot has happened in the last week, that will change the dynamic of Studio 250. I have met a great hair stylist and makeup artist that is in the same building as the studio. Clients can now have a full beauty service option with their portrait sessions. 

Monday was a busy day at the studio where I rented it out to Gustina Photography for a head shot session. Then we did a quick shoot with KatDog Couture / InTerGalaCtic Kitty.

Magic, metal, and fashion

Last weekend was all hands on deck with all of the assignments to cover. At first, a portrait session on Friday and a band shoot on Saturday seemed like a nice calm weekend of shooting. Late last week, Kelsey Anne Carter asked If I was available to shoot photos and video at the Weekend of Wonder Magic Show at Asheville Community Theater. I said there was no way, unless someone else could work with me take over when I have to go do the other shoots. All in all, it worked out nicely, because Rudy Aguilar of Paper Street Fotography was willing to tag team the three day magic show with me. Last weekend I think I took the most images that I have taken at one time. Here are some of my favorite images from last weekend...

Magician Maxwell Blade

L.A. Magician Eric Stephens

Asheville Metal Band - Amnesis