Scenes Around Jackson Photoblog

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!


Dirt Track Date (7.6.11)

Posted in 2012, Color, Digital, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on May 7, 2012

i figured i’d post some photos i’ve been wanting to post since july of last year, but between wanting to hold up and show them in an art show first and then my old Dell dying i never got a chance to actually post them here.

so, i’d been wanting to shoot my friend Cody for awhile but could just never seem to arrange a time. between us living in different cities/states and her going to school and working full time, well it wasn’t easy.

plus, both cody and i are artists,  so we both wanted a theme and/or backstory for whatever we were gonna shoot.

well, last july everything came together.  i was in town, it was the summer so she was on break from school and didn’t have to work till late, and we had worked out 2 backstories for what we wanted to shoot.

instead of combining two separate themes in one post (even though we shot them on the same day) i figured i would give each one its own entry.

so, let’s get started on the first one!



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!


[From The Archives] Josh Hailey’s I Love Jackson Retrospective (12.2.10)

Posted in 2012, Color, Digital, From The Archives, Photo Post, rock and roll by William Patrick Butler on February 7, 2012

have you ever shot so many photos that you’ve overlooked a crap ton of them?

no?  well, i have LoL

in an effort to correct that, it’s time to, once again, take a look through the archives!

so, back in the last month of 2010, Josh Hailey, a well known Jackson Creative, was getting ready to pack up his ole kit bag and move to the always sunny west coast

and what do you do when you’re getting ready to move?  that’s right, you throw a going away party!  which is just what josh did.

except, this going away party included the entire city of jackson, live music, food, drinks, and kick ass art!

so let’s warm up the flux-capacitor and hop in the TARDIS and re-live a really great night!

and remember, this isn’t Sparta…





Best of Jackson 2012 @ The King Edward Hotel (1.29.12)

Posted in 2012, Best of Jackson, Color, Digital, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on February 2, 2012

welcome, everyone, to the first Scenes Around Jackson post of 2012!  hope everyone had a safe and happy new years eve!

we’re starting off this year just like we started off 2010, with photos from the Best of Jackson party!

this was the 10th annual(!) Best Of and, as always, it was hosted by the Jackson Free Press with the venue being the historic King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson.

and now, a little backstory about what the Best of Jackson is all about:

The results of the annual “Best of Jackson” competition–also known as “Best of”–publishes the last week of January in the Jackson Free Press. Since 2001, the JFP has run the ballot online and in the print edition in November each year for six weeks. The contest is completely reader’s choice: Readers choose and vote for their favorites in more than 100 categories. The winners are announced in the Best of Jackson issue, our biggest of the year, and the first-place winners get awards at our invitation-only Best of Jackson party, held the Sunday evening after the Best of Jackson issue hits the street and the Web.

in addition, each Best Of party has a theme and this year’s theme was “jazz club/1920s” era.

as always, Best of Jackson parties are the parties you just don’t miss and this year was no different so let’s get to it!


Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase @ Pix/Capri (12.17.11)

Posted in 2011, Color, Digital, Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase, Photo Post, rock and roll by William Patrick Butler on December 31, 2011

welcome to the last post of Scenes Around Jackson for 2011!

and for the last post of the year, we shall continue our tradition!

so, once again, it’s time to check out photos from the Esperanza Plantation Holiday Showcase!

this was the 9th(!) annual show and, like they’ve been doing for the last few years, it was held in the heart of Fondren at the old Pix/Capri Theater.

like i’ve said for the last few years, this is a 100+ photo post so don’t expect a lot of commentary from me. just 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, i have trouble describing it 🙂

so, without further ado:

The Line-Up! (in order of appearance)

T.B. Ledford

Bear Colony

El Obo

Wooden Finger

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles


Zac Harmon @ Farish Street Heritage Festival (8.4.10)

Posted in 2011, Color, Digital, Photo Post, rock and roll by William Patrick Butler on December 16, 2011

i mentioned, way back in september of last year, that my friend rion had assisted me on a shoot for PORTICO Jackson but i was gonna wait to post the photos from that shoot until after that issue came out in november.  of last year.

so, as you can see, it took me awhile to get back to that but, figured i’d finally go ahead and post those photos LoL.

it was my first shoot for PORTICO and i was assigned to shoot Zac Harmon.  he was back in mississippi and would be performing at the Farish Street Heritage Festival.

PORTICO wanted some photos of him and then some photos of him when he was actually performing on stage.

so, after borrowing some lighting gear from my friend Tom Beck and asking rion if he would be down to assist me, i made my way downtown to farish street to get started.


[Model Shoot] Girls of Rock 2011 Calendar (2010)

Posted in 2011, Color, Digital, model shoot, Photo Post by William Patrick Butler on December 5, 2011

Back in November of 2010, i was put in contact with the Rock 93.9 radio station down here in Jackson, MS.

they were working on putting together a “Girls of Rock” 2011 calendar and they wanted to go with a more professional photographer this time.

the models, the “Girls of Rock”, would be chosen in a series of contest sponsored by Rock 93 and held at different bars/clubs around the city.  after 12 girls were picked, that’s when i would take over and start shooting.

so, for the last week of november and first week of december i, along with my friend Rion who was also my assistant, shot my first calendar at different locations around Jackson.

and since 2011 will be ending in a few weeks (wow, this year went by fast) i figure i’d go ahead and post a few of the photos.


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