Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

[Model Shoot] Thuy Tran – Downtown Jackson (5.22.11)

Posted in 2011, Color, Digital, Fashion, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 26, 2011

i can’t believe it’s already been a year since the last time Thuy and i have shot together.  way past time to make it happen again.

the last time we got together we did a vintage style shoot over at The Commons.  i knew i wanted to do something completely different this time around and i knew i wanted it to be fashion.

i’ve been getting really into fashion lately, but haven’t had much of a chance to shoot it. (not since that PORTICO Jackson shoot last December) so figured this was the moment 🙂

so, a week before the shoot, i emailed Thuy some photo touchstones of the feel i was going for and then we met up a few days later to continue talking over ideas (what kind of make-up, hair style, clothes, etc.) and to nail down a time.

after that, i went to go scout out some locations i had in mind.  i knew i wanted it to have an “urban/summertime in the city” type of feel so that’s what i kept an eye out for as i drove around.  i found three spots that i liked (well, four actually, but even after i found the 4th spot, i knew i wouldn’t be shooting there, but it would go on my list of “future places to shoot”) so i made a note of them in my ipod touch and then went home to start making a list of the equipment i would need.

i wanted to play around with different light modifiers, so i decided to take 3 different ones.  a 20″ gridspot, a beauty dish, and my Westcott Apollo 28″ softbox.  and i needed a battery pack to provide power for my light source; an Alien Bee 1600.  (many thanks to my friend Tom for letting me borrow his gridspot, beauty dish, and battery pack)

Thuy, in addition to being a great model, can also do make-up and hair.  so, since she knew the feel we were going for, she took care of both wonderfully.  she also has a large collection of clothes, so she took care of that part too.  trust me, i could go on and on about how much she rocks, so just trust me, Thuy rocks.

the day of the shoot, one of the three locations was blocked off for some reason, so we just shot in two.  which actually worked out better i think.  it meant less running around.  and it also let me focus on making each one unique.  so the first location became the “urban” theme and the second “summertime in the city”.

heh, i think this is the longest opening i’ve done so let’s get to the photos.  i’ll fill in the rest of the details as we go!



[Behind The Scenes] Jamie Ainsworth Shoot (11.9.10)

Posted in 2011, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Color, Digital, Fashion, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 5, 2011

yeah, i know, it’s been awhile.  i’ve actually been pretty busy shooting for BOOM Jackson and assisting Tom Beck on some of his photos shoots.  both things are very good things, but the trade off is that this isn’t really a weekly photoblog anymore.  but you gotta take the good with the bad!  those are just the facts of life! 😉

speaking of assisting tom, whenever i assist him on a shoot, i tend to take lots of behind the scenes photos.  i’ve always loved looking at photos like that and since i also love documentary style photography i really enjoy doing it.

so, figured i would finally start to post some of them.

these are all from the Jamie Ainsworth shoot.

the team!

photographer: Tom Beck

model: Jamie Ainsworth

mua/hair: Leah Vincent

photo assists: Meredith Norwood & William Patrick Butler

location: The Commons