Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

The Bachelorettes Recording @ Olympic Records (4.1.09)

Posted in 2009, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Digital, Photo Post, The Bachelorettes by William Patrick Butler on October 27, 2009

first of all, sorry for no new updates (or interludes)

let’s get back to it!

so, back in the cold months of early 2009 (april to be exact) The Bachelorettes gathered at Misha Hercules’ Olympic Records Studios to begin initial recording of a track for The Special Passenger Project compilation album that they were putting together  (the track later ended up on their first full studio album “Missin’ You in Mississippi”)

being a big fan of theirs and a huge fan of Jim Marshall‘s black and white rock and roll photography, i asked if i could come too and photograph them behind the scenes.

they said sure, so off we went.

The Bachelorettes (recording) (24 of 103)

The Bachelorettes: Behind the Music

[interlude 03]

Posted in 2009, Color, Digital, interlude, Photo Post, strobist by William Patrick Butler on October 8, 2009

yep, another busy working week so don’t have time for a full blog post

so, figured i’d show you what i’m starting to experiment with (and will be using this week for what i’ve been hired to do)

i’ve been wanting to get into using off camera strobist style lighting for a while but, y’know, that stuff ain’t cheap (and i like using available light)

but luckily, i have a very cool friend by the name of Lizzie Wright (she of the super spaceship & the bachelorettes) and she let me borrow her gear (because she’s quite a good photographer too)

after that, it was a crash course in seeing if i could figure everything out.

and when it’s crash course time, who else can you turn to but your family (as they, once again, show extreme patience from having me stick a camera in their faces) 🙂

first up, my sister Jen!

Strobist Test

strobist info: speedlite and umbrella are to upper camera right, speedlite set to 1/4 @ 24mm.  camera: 1/125, f/4, ISO 200.

next, my Ma!

Strobist Test-2

strobist info: speedlite and umbrella are to upper camera right, speedlite set to 1/4 @ 24mm.  camera: 1/125, f/4, ISO 200.

yeah, same camera set up and everything, but the sun had set further.

both of these are straight out the camera.  just exported from RAW to JPG.

i took many more than just these two of them but i’m not allowed to post those :p

anyway, many thanks to Lizzie for letting me borrow her gear!  she’s like a cool breeze on a hot summer day 😉

ok, off to bed, have an early start tomorrow

to shoot! 🙂

Front Porch Dancers @ Belhaven College (9.13.09)

Posted in 2009, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Film, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on October 2, 2009

dancers fascinate me.

the way that they turn their bodies into a form of art that’s always moving and each movement has a purpose.

i just think it’s wonderful

so, when i was invited by Jamie Weems to be part of the Mobiles art show i jumped at the chance.

the theme that they asked of the photographers they invited was to show work that showed music and/or dance.

after the art opening there would be a dance performance by the Front Porch Dancers, dancing to live music by Jamie Weems and the Strange Pilgrams.

as i’ve mentioned before, i’m a big fan of Annie Leibovitz‘s work, esp the work she did when she documented three weeks with Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov, photographing them and their dancers as they worked to constuct a new show.

i wanted to do photos like that.  so i contacted Krista and Erin of FPD and asked if it would be possible if i photographed them rehearsing for the performance.

they said sure and after facebooking back and forth for a bit, we finally settled on a day.

and so, on a sunday afternoon in september i made my way up to the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center on the campus of Belhaven College to get to shooting

Front Porch Dancers (9.13.09) (29 of 66)

“Dancers are the athletes of God.”