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 - 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!

Urban Trail In Asheville with Vagabond Urban Walks - WNC

I love just about all types of photography, but there is nothing like walking around a city with your camera to focus on whatever catches your eye. Many times, I have walked the streets of downtown Asheville to do just that. When I read that photographer David Simchock created a Meetup group called Vagabond Photo Walks - WNC, I was really interested. Last week, I planned to attend the next scheduled meetup for Wednesday, April 9th. I knew that this would be a great opportunity to talk with other photographers and walk the streets while photographing the city along the Urban Trail. 

Working with shadows along the trail.

The other reason that I was interested in the walk, was the chance to meetup with event host David Simchock again. I first met David last year when my wife and I walked in to his studio during an Arts Stroll in the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina. David is an award winning concert photographer, a successful fine art photographer, and leads photographic tours all over the world with Vagabond Vistas Photo Tours.  The first time we met, it was apparent that he is a very down to earth guy who not only loves photography, but truly enjoys sharing his knowledge with any photographer at any level.

professional photographer David Simchock on the Urban Trail in Asheville, North Carolina

After the meeting, I told my wife that it would be great to take one of his trips to Italy or even Manhattan. I would periodically check his calendar on his website to see if he was planning a tour closer to home. When I saw that David started a Meetup group locally and had a walk scheduled for April, I jumped on it. 

person finding a sunny spot on College Street

I parked at the Ranking parking garage and hustled over to the meetup location. As I approached the Vance Monument, I could easily spot the group of fifteen to twenty people with cameras of all shapes, sizes, and colors. I joined them on a narrow sidewalk sandwiched between the street, and the iron fence protecting the Vance Memorial. Without delay, David (host) gave us important information about the Meetup group and filled us in on what we can expect over the next few hours on the Urban Trail.

Grove Arcade

window shopping 

Wall Street in Asheville





Up until that day I didn't even know that there was an official Urban Trail. After looking at our printed maps that were issued to use we headed west on Patton Avenue. The mission was to stop at the landmarks along the trail. At each stop, our group was encouraged to photograph the landmarks and the surroundings in an interesting manner. Along the trail, Dave would share some philosophy on creative composition techniques as well as some universal street photography etiquette. 

Our group was also encouraged to take notice of things that are not so obvious, by looking at shapes and patterns; to take the extra time to look around and think "outside of the box" for some interesting scenes. This made perfect sense. During the many walks that I have taken alone, I certainly have taken the standard downtown Asheville photographs of buildings and landmarks. This meetup was especially fun for me, because I did set out with this mindset. 

Saint Lawrence Basilica

Saint Lawrence Basilica

Saint Lawrence Basilica






Towards the end of the tour, David shared some tips on photographing people and things. One of the suggestions was to pick a color to look for, then find a way to capture it in an interesting way. For the next several minutes our color to look for was yellow. 


Thomas Wolfe House

This Meetup with Vagabond Photo Walks - WNC was very enjoyable to me. What made it so fun was the fact that I was walking with a group of photographers who were there for the enjoyment of downtown, taking pictures, and meeting others with an interest in photography. Being with a group of people made me less inhibited to point my lens at certain subjects. I felt free to venture into nooks and crannies that I would normally shy away from. Being hired to take pictures for portraits and events is different, because you are expected to take pictures of people and things. On the street, it is a whole different story. 

The tour ended back at the Vance Memorial Monument and we had to say goodbye. Dave informed us that new Meetups will be posted on the site and that our input is welcome for future outings. If I have free time and know that there is another event with this group, I will certainly tag along. For me, photographing in this type of environment is very worthwhile and gets me inspired and excited about shooting. It is simply shooting for the pure fun of it. For more information about future events and how to join visit

Oh yeah. I did take a couple more photographs on the way back to the parking garage...