Aug 22, 2019

Josh / NYC Boys Never Have A Bored Day

Josh lives in the city now, so I don't see him often, but we do try to squeeze in some shots every time he is back home. Unfortunately this last time I was really struggling with lighting. It was a dark evening with a really odd orange haze that made the street lamps outside my windows cast a pink light throughout the apartment. It sounds kind of cool, but it was not a very good for photos. I am still learning how to adapt to different lighting situations and get more comfortable with balancing the settings on my camera...I basically considered this shoot a fail. But through the passing months I have revisited the photos and they have grown on me a bit. I mean, Josh looks amazing (how could he not?) and I'm just going to accept that this isn't the best of my skills. I still wanted to share because I think they have a moody and almost vintage appeal to them, and if you don't like that...just focus on Josh's body :)
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Aug 21, 2019

Ben / At Home With

I received an insta message from someone a long time ago asking me how I liked living in Springfield. This person was being relocated here for work but wanted another gay man's perception of the area. Fast forward a few months and I run into my new neighbor in the hall of our building and he introduces himself as Ben, the guy who had messaged me! He had no idea he had moved into the same building! It's a small world, but even smaller here in the midwest. We've become friends in real life and I finally got to see inside his loft. I loved all of his plants so much, we did a photoshoot there. This actually started a series of shoots that I've been doing of people in their own spaces and I love how they are turning out. I will be sharing the other shoots too and hope to continue the series. For now, here's Ben in his cool urban forest that he's created here in downtown.

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Aug 17, 2019

D. / Don't Forget to Smile

It's always a pleasure getting to hang out with D., and now that he's moved back to town from Texas I'll get to see him a lot more! You probably recognize him from past shoots, but these are hands down my favorites that I've captured of him. I feel very lucky to have people as open and free as he is in my life. These pictures were taken using natural light from a window and adjusted in Lightroom. Prints now available here.

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Aug 2, 2019

Matt / The Cowboy Way

Since this was my third time shooting with Matt, we decided to do a little roleplaying, and who doesn't love a man in a cowboy hat? Really though? This time around Matt wanted to step up the sex appeal and I of course obliged. There was no set up or plan with this shoot beyond a cowboy hat but I really like how they turned out.

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Jul 25, 2019

Jordon / Life Is Company

Getting to meet new people is my favorite thing about doing photoshoots. Jordon hit me up while he was in town performing in a series of musicals. We hadn't met before but we quickly became friends and swapped stories about the theatre...it's literally been over decade since I've performed on stage, but I miss it. Fun fact: I originally went to school for performing arts. If I'm being honest, acting was my first passion. If I'm still being honest, I wasn't that great at it, haha. Anyways, it's rare that I get to geek out about theatre, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Jordon about all things Broadway. Here are my favorites from our shoot together...

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May 20, 2019

Micah / Backyard Shooting

Micah and I have shot together a few times in the past. I've also been in front of his lens, he has taken some of my favorite shots of myself. He's a fellow Springfield photographer that I am always inspired by. It's a funny feeling shooting another photographer, especially when you think they're far more talented than you. I wouldn't describe the feeling as nervousness, but I do find myself second guessing things in those situations. That being said, this shoot was really laidback and simple - the magic of the shots comes from Micah just playing around and me capturing it. I'm stoked we were able to get so many shots that I love considering we shot for just about an hour. We were joined by a swarm of mosquitos and decided to stop while we still had blood left in us. Also, major props to Micah for sacrificing his nutsack to the mosquitos. Sorry, bro.
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Apr 26, 2019

D. Gilson / New Blooms

I can't remember the first time we met, it's been a few years ago now. D. is a writer, poet, and professor. And I am sure he will be grading my writing and making corrections in his head. Hey, I've never claimed to be a literary genius. Punctuation aside, D. now lives in Texas (it's not as bad as it sounds) but we try to meet up every time he's in town. We hung out briefly and snapped a few photos on the spot - this is what we came up with.


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