Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase @ Pix/Capri (12.19.10)

Posted in 2010, black and white, Color, Digital, Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase, Photo Post, rock and roll by William Patrick Butler on December 22, 2010

sorry for the two month pause in activities (paid work has been keeping me pretty busy) 🙂 and welcome to what, odds are, will be the last Scenes Around Jackson post of 2010! (more on that later)

and just like last year, i’m closing it out with photos from the 2010 Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase!

once again, it was held in the heart of Fondren, at the Pix/Capri Theater and, as always everyone’s face got rocked off!

so, just like last year, this is a 100+ photo plus so don’t expect a lot of commentary from me 🙂

(and, once again, thanks to Stephen Barnett of Davaine Lighting, for providing excellent lighting.  and by excellent, i mean kick-ass!)

so, without further ado:

The Line-Up! (in order of appearance)

Winter Sport!

El Obo!

TB Ledford!

Wooden Finger!

The Weeks!


(with apologizes to Bear Colony and Colour Revolt.  they also performed but i just ran out of memory and battery life.  make sure to click those links and show ’em some love!)



Vintage Sara Mac [color film] (8.8.10)

Posted in 2010, Color, Film, model shoot, Photo Post, Vintage Shoots by William Patrick Butler on October 25, 2010

welcome back to the concluding photos of the Vintage Sara Mac series, this time in color medium-format film!

sorry for the long long looooong wait between posts, but, as you probably gathered from the previous [interlude], i’ve been pretty busy these days.  but after i got paid for one of those things i’ve been busy with and i picked up the last two color film rolls i’d dropped off to Deville Camera to get developed, i knew i couldn’t go any longer without posting them and finally having a real update. 🙂

once again, i shot these with the Mamiya RB67 that my friend Joey Miller let me borrow.

i haven’t shot color film in, well, a long long time.  in fact, before i got my DSLR, i only tended to shoot with black/white film.  so i’m actually still getting used to shooting with color film.

anyway, let’s do this!

(dresses were provided by SHESABETTIE! Fine Vintage Clothing and Accessories)

((these were all shot with 120 Fuji pro color film. 400 ISO))


[interlude 08]

Posted in 2010, black and white, Color, Digital, interlude, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on September 22, 2010

so, what’s been keeping me so busy that i can’t update weekly these days?  let’s do it in photo form:

assisting Tom Beck on a fashion shoot over at The Commons.  (this is Jamie Ainsworth modeling.)

photographing my Godfather for his new church program book.  (this is one of the more “artsy” shots i shot mainly for myself.)

took some headshots of young Isabelle up there.  (meredith norwood assisted me on this shoot.  my first time ever using an assistant) 🙂

assisted Tom again on an editorial style shoot up at the King Edward Hotel.  (model is Hannah Lyn Bryan)

to wrap it up, this is my friend Rion standing in as i test my light for a shoot i did for Portico Jackson.  (can’t tell you who the actual subject is yet, the photos won’t be featured in the magazine until November)

and that is why i’ve been to busy to do a proper post 🙂

(but expect a proper post soon!)

Vintage Sara Mac [black/white film] (8.8.10)

Posted in 2010, black and white, Film, model shoot, Photo Post, Vintage Shoots by William Patrick Butler on August 25, 2010

welcome back to the Vintage Sara Mac series, this time in black and white film! 🙂

i shot all of these using a Mamiya RB67 that my boy Joey Miller has been kind enough to let me use (so be sure to click that link to check out his work!) 🙂

i developed the two black and white rolls last weekend and just got done scanning them all in.  i’ll be dropping off the two color rolls later this week but, odds are, it’s gonna take Deville Camera about two weeks to get those negs back to me.

let’s get to it!

(the two dresses you saw in last week’s post from SHESABETTIE! will make a return in the color rolls)

((all of these were shot on 120 Ilford black/white film. first roll was 50 ISO and the second roll was 400 ISO))


Vintage Sara Mac [digital] (8.8.10)

Posted in 2010, Color, Digital, model shoot, Photo Post, Vintage Shoots by William Patrick Butler on August 18, 2010

well, the last two weeks have been really busy and hectic, which included a lot of traveling back and forth between Southaven/Olive Branch/Starkville to make sure my friends where all right.

but!  things seem to be working out and i’m back home in the Jacktown and that means it’s time for a Scenes Around Jackson post! 🙂

if you happened to read the previous [interlude] post, you’d know i was working on pulling together two shoots.  one with Sara Mac and the other with Storage 24.

well, time just ran out and i just couldn’t shoot Storage 24 in the short time i had before hopping back on the road to Southaven/Olive Branch.  (but i still plan on doing so at a later date)

which brings us back to sara mac.

it’s almost become a tradition now.  sara comes home for the summer from South Korea, and i grab her for a day and we have a shoot.  we’ve done it for the past 3 years and this year was no different 🙂

this year, i wanted to continue my vintage theme and i knew sara would be perfect for it.  but, just like with the first vintage shoot, a lot of things had to fall into place for it to happen.

so, many thanks to Meredith Norwood, for introducing me to Jennifer S. Graves.

Jennifer owns SHESABETTIE! Fine Vintage Clothing and Accessories and is the one that provided the first two outfits for the shoot.

many thanks ladies, couldn’t have done it without you.

(these are all the digital images.  the black/white and color film images i shot with a Mamiya RB67 will be up in the coming weeks.  i can’t wait.)


[interlude 07]

Posted in 2010, black and white, Film, interlude, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on August 2, 2010

alrighty guys, i’m gonna go ahead and already call it for this week.

between traveling to memphis tomorrow, being up there for a few days, and then having to get ready for the Storage 24 shoot on Sunday, i just don’t have time to work on a full post this week.

so, an interlude!

my friend Sara Mac is back in town from South Korea and, you guessed it, i’m already working on getting a shoot pulled together for us.

till then, enjoy a few shots from our very first shoot 🙂

i shot all these with my Rolleiflex 2.8d.

this was the moment that sara took one of my all time favorite pictures of me

AJC and The Envelope Pushers Recording @ Sneaky B Studios (5.22.10)

Posted in 2010, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Digital, Photo Post, rock and roll by William Patrick Butler on July 29, 2010

for a weekly photo blog i sure have been forgetting that “weekly” part :p

sorry about that everyone.  the summer months are always my busiest months, but i’ll try to do better!

speaking of doing better.

two months ago, back in may, AJC invented me to a recording session him and the other Envelope Pushers were having with Byron over at “Sneaky B Studios”.

(that’s not the real name of it.  in fact Byron hasn’t chosen a name yet.  so, till then, i’m going with “Sneaky B.”  because Byron is the owner of Sneaky Beans coffee house.  you see what i did there?) 🙂

the guys were laying down some tracks for their upcoming record and AJC had liked the shots i’d done of The Bacherlorettes when they were recording and wondered if i’d do the same for them?

and since you’re reading this post, you’ve probably already figured out my answer.

also, The Envelope Pushers will be performing July 30th up at Sneaky Beans!  show starts at 7pm and only $5 at the door!  make sure you check it out.  the boys put on a great live show!

ok, let’s get to it!


[Model Shoot] Jenifer Day @ Fondren Corner (6.13.10)

Posted in 2010, black and white, Color, Digital, Fondren Corner, model shoot, Photo Post, strobist by William Patrick Butler on June 22, 2010

the second of the summer time model shoots is coming at ya!

last time i shot Jenifer it was for the Tiana Pearls photoshoot and ever since then we’ve been trying to find time to shoot again.

yes, ever since last October LoL

but it always seemed like we could never make it happen.  either i was busy or she was busy or i was out of town or she was sick etc.

well, finally, we nailed down a day and we made it happen on one bright and hot summer day in and around Fondren Corner.

decided to keep it as equipment light as i could this time.  i figured we would be shooting outside some and having to carry a crap load of lights around in the heat is not what i had in mind LoL

so, the only lighting i had with me was Lizzie’s strobist gear she’s been letting me borrow since forever and that’s it.

let’s do this!


The Bachelorettes Last Show Ever! @ Hal & Mal’s (6.10.10)

Posted in 2010, black and white, Color, Digital, Hal and Mal's, Photo Post, rock and roll, The Bachelorettes by William Patrick Butler on June 16, 2010

so, as night fell on the 10th of June, lovers of good music, good times, and wigs gathered at The Redroom in Hal & Mal’s to get our wig on and rock out for The Bachelorettes final show!

it was a bittersweet night because we all love The Girls in The Band, but the bittersweetness couldn’t stop the rocking and couldn’t take away the awesome reasons why The Girls are splitting up.

Dr. Annie Blazer (trust her, she’s a doctor!) is heading off to Princeton!

always adorable Amanda Rainey and Lizzie Wright (trust her, she has a super spaceship!) are heading off to missouri for grad school!

Rachel “charmin!” Jarman (she’s charming!) is moving back to Jackson to continue working at the ISJL, spreading knowledge of southern Jewish culture!

so, even though we’ll miss the Ladies of 60s Girl-Pop, they’re moving on to bigger and better and we couldn’t be prouder!

and with the night being kicked off by Lizzie Wright Super Spaceship, followed by the Girl’s HusBand; Senryu blowing the top off the place, and wrapping up with The Ladies themselves, Jackson sent them off in style!

so let’s get this celebration started!


Magnolia Roller Vixens vs. Pearl River Swamp Dolls! (5.29.10)

Posted in 2010, black and white, Color, Digital, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on June 2, 2010

so, a few weeks ago, the Magnolia Roller Vixens facebooked me and asked if i would come shoot one of their bouts.

i wasn’t sure at first.  i’d never shot a roller derby bout before so i wasn’t really sure what to expect or if i could even pull it off (i wasn’t even sure what the rules were!)

of course, all of those worries is what finally made me say yes.  i mean, how would i know if i could pull it off if i didn’t try and, thanks to the power of the internets, the rules were right at my finger tips.

so i wrote back and told the ladies i was down and they put me on the press pass list (fancy!)

after that, i once again harnessed the power of the internets and talked to my good friend and fellow photographer Joey Miller (who’s shot his fair share of roller derby bouts) for any tips and/or advice.

with those powers combined, the night of the bout i made my way downtown to the Jackson Convention Complex to watch the Magnolia Roller Vixens take on the Pearl River Swamp Dolls!