Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

[Behind The Scenes] VIP Jackson Magazine Fall Fashion Shoot (8/2013)

Posted in 2013, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Digital, Fashion, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on October 14, 2013

this was one of the biggest shoots i’ve been involved in.

when tom beck called me up to see if i was free, and willing, to, not only be his assist on this shoot, but to also shoot some behind the scenes photos, he laid it all out for me:

i’ve been wanting to get into the fashion scene more, plus, it sounded like it’d be some adventure.

let’s do this.

BTS VIP Jackson Fall Fashion Shoot (68 of 68)



[Behind The Scenes] Martin Barre Shoot (3.27.13)

Posted in 2013, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Digital, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on April 1, 2013

first post of 2013 with all new work and first time me and Tom have worked together in the new year.

tom called me up a few days back and asked if i’d be free on the 27th and i said sure, what was up and, lo and behold, he had managed to arrange and set up a shoot with Martin Barre.

y’know, just the legendary guitarist of Jethro Tull and wanted to know if i’d help him out as a photo assist. and since i love taking documentary style/behind the scenes photos, Tom asked Martin if that would be cool for me to do while they shot and he said it was no problem.

hell to the yeah.

the location was inside the dance studio of Ballet Mississippi.

let’s get to it

BTS with Martin Barre (3.27.13) (8 of 18)


Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase @ Pix/Capri (12.22.12)

Posted in 2012, black and white, Color, Digital, Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase, Photo Post, rock and roll by William Patrick Butler on December 31, 2012

it’s the last post of the year for Scenes Around Jackson so you know what that means!

it means it’s time to check out the photos from the annual Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase!

this year was the 10th(!) anniversary! and for the 10th, just like for all previous years, they held it in the heart of Fondren, at the Pix/Capri theater!

like i’ve said for the last few years, this is clocking in at about a 100+ photo post so don’t expect a lot of commentary from me.

so sit back and enjoy photos of a rocking show!

and, as always, let’s give props to Stephen Barnett of Davaine Lighting for lighting so awesome, we need to come up with a better word than “awesome” to describe it! 🙂

so, without further ado:

The Line-Up! (in order of appearance)








[Model Shoot] Peach – NOLA (Oct. 2012)

Posted in 2012, black and white, Color, Digital, model shoot, nsfw, Photo Post, polaroid by William Patrick Butler on November 28, 2012

well, this was a shoot that was a long time coming.

Peach and i have been friends for a couple of years now, and we kept meaning to find the time to shoot together but, y’know, life kept happening.

around a few months back, we decided to get serious about meeting up so we made plans to do it and then her car broke down so we had to push it back and then, after she got her car fixed,  my car breaks down so I had to push it back.

finally, after a month or two (and both cars being fixed), we settled on me coming to crash with her, at her place in New Orleans, for 5 days in the second week of October so we could just hang and shoot like crazy a week before she left for San Francisco to hang and shoot with our mutual friend Finch.

and shoot like crazy we did!  we shot many different styles in many different locations, both inside and outside.

i won’t be posting everything we shot (just my personal favs) since a lot of these are destined for other sites such as GodsGirlsZivity, and Peach’s own personal site so they get first dibs.

but i also shot some polaroids of her so i’ll post all of those since those aren’t destined for any other site.

i also shot a lot of Instagram shots of some behind the scenes stuff that i’ll post up too, for the same reason.

alrighty, some stats before we get to it!

Model/MUA/Hair: Peach

Camera(s): Pentax K100D, Polaroid 420 Land Camera, iPhone 4S

Lights: AlienBee 1600 w/a Westcott Apollo 28″ softbox and a silver field reflector as modifiers.  also used a Nikon Speedlight SB-600 when we were “running and gunning” outside.

let’s do this!

(oh, all the titles for the different shoots came from me. i’m sure Peach will think up better ones whenever we send these off)

A Southern Peach, Wrapped In Scarlet 

A Peach In Afternoon Light

A Peach In Sin City

A Peach At The Levee

A Peach Among The Graffitied Pool

A Peach At The Beach

A Peach In Bed


[Model Shoot] Thuy Tran – 6 Different Styles (8.16.12)

Posted in 2012, black and white, Color, Digital, Fashion, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on August 23, 2012

geez, i can’t believe it’s been 3 months(!) since the last time i updated!  see, this is what happens when i fall into my vicious cycle of not shooting (if i don’t shoot often i start feeling down which leads to getting lazy which leads to not shooting which leads to, etc)

but then it occurred to me “wait, it’s been a year since the last time me and thuy have worked together! it’s time!” (since we seem to only get together to shoot once a year LoL)

so i hit her up on facebook and, since you’re reading this post it should come as no surprise, she was more than down for another shoot.  so we met up at the CUPS in Lakeland to plan out what we wanted to do this time.

since the last shoot was outside, we both wanted to shoot in an inside location this time (plus, y’know, it gets really hot during a mississippi summer and we both wanted to avoid melting)

we also wanted to try and shoot more than just one style this time.  we kinda played around with that during our first shoot but we really wanted to go for it this time.  so, after hashing some ideas out (and leaving some stuff vague so we could see where we wanted to go during the shoot) we just had to figure out a day and location.

enter my friend J.Diddy!

i’d had a photoshoot at a friend of her’s apartment a few months back, right in the heart of downtown Jackson, and just fell in love with it.  so i was really hoping i could use it again and, after a few back and forth emails with J.Diddy, discovered that he was cool with letting us shoot there!  with that locked down me and thuy set a date and got to it!

so, before we get started, some quick stats!

Model/MUA/Hair: Thuy Tran

Camera: Pentax K100D

Lights: AlienBee 1600 w/a Westcott Apollo 28″ softbox as a modifier (along with just a silver field reflector sometimes).

ok, let’s get to it!  we settled on six styles for the shoot!


Faces (inspired shoots like this kate moss one)

Red Hair

Classy Black and White

Classy Color

Business Woman 


[From The Archives] 1998

Posted in black and white, Film, From The Archives, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 30, 2012

it’s time to, once again, warm up the ole flux-capacitor and hop in the TARDIS and take a journey back to my past.

in 1998 i was still living in memphis, finishing up my first semester at the Memphis College of Art and getting ready to start my second year there.

like my 1997 post, the majority of these photos have never been seen before, by anyone but me.

so let’s check out what 21 year old Pat and his friends were up to in 1998!


Room 901 (7.6.11)

Posted in 2012, black and white, Color, Digital, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 14, 2012

like i mentioned last post, Room 901 is the second theme that Cody and I did on the same day we shot the first theme, Dirt Track Date.

cody ended up naming the first theme. in fact, the first theme was really her baby all the way.  she knew what she wanted, the feel she wanted, and everything.

for this them, i took the lead.  i named it, knew the feel i wanted, etc.

in my head, she’s still the same character.  but this theme takes place when she first gets to the room and then shows what happens afterwards.

you’ll notice, as i get towards the end, that i shift from black and white to color.  i think it fit the scene and feel better.  it’s rare that i do that but i think it fit in this case

ok, let’s get to it

ROOM 901!


Posted in 2012, black and white, Film, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 3, 2012


80 pages of portraiture photographs and writings about my roadtrip across America.

every photo was taken with my Rolleiflex 2.8D and black and white film.

the always wonderful Katie West was even kind enough to write me a two page introduction for it! many thanks katie 🙂

you can buy it and check out a free 15 page preview at this link:

many thanks to everyone who goes to take a look!

[Behind The Scenes] The Renee Agency Model Bootcamp (4.7.12)

Posted in 2012, Behind The Scenes, black and white, Digital, Fashion, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on April 18, 2012

wow, you get busy and you look up and you’ve completely forgotten to update your blog for an entire month!

so, many apologies everyone, but with real life getting in the way and planning out 30 Days and 30 Nights, a photo project with the amazing Nettie Harris (which i’ll be talking more about soon) i’ve just been busier than usual.

but enough of that, let’s get to the photos! 🙂

so, Chanelle Renee, of the new Renee Agency, and I have known each other for a bit.  we were talking on facebook a couple of weeks ago and i mentioned that when she put on another show i’d love to shoot the behind the scenes of it.  i’ve always loved that type/style of photography.  anyway, she said she’d keep me in mind and a few days later she asked if i’d be free to shoot some documentary/behind the scenes type photos of a model bootcamp she was doing.  i said yes and away we went!


OccupyJackson @ Smith Park (10.15.11)

Posted in 2011, black and white, Digital, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on November 28, 2011

and so it came to pass that on the 15th of October in the  year 2011, the Occupy Mississippi movement, standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. and the global Occupy Movement, organized in Jackson at Smith Park.

these are the photos of a beginning