“It’s not an adventure without a u-turn.”
-My wife, Starr
I’d like to say I’ve had a decent amount of adventures in my thirty-something years here on terra firma. My latest “adventure” was a male country/western singer photo shoot with former LeahAndMark.com intern and Alumni Intern Raven.
It all started with me heading north from Buckhead to a campground in Alpharetta. So to go the 34 miles between point A and Btook me over an hour. Oh the joys of Atlanta traffic. Once I turned off 400 and started heading towards the campground via my Google maps directions, the area became rural rather quickly. It really reminded me of where I grew up. Houses became more separated, there were cows and horses in fields just enjoying the early evening sun, and the occasional 4×4 was sitting with a FOR SALE sign in its window.
I arrived slightly late but that was fine as pretty much everyone else was running late too. Did I mention the Atlanta traffic?!? Thanks to my directions being slightly off I actually passed the campground and had to turn around… oops.
Now when Raven said this was going to be a “male country/western singer” shoot, silly me had thought more classic country and western styling like those of Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, and that lot. So I guess more western than country. Jared Wagner – as you can see from the shots here – didn’t really come from that legacy of country/western singers. He’s a modern country singer – heck he’s from Seattle … I didn’t even know they had country music up there, but I blame that on growing up during the 90s grunge era of music.
Now if you don’t know much about Raven she’s a very talkative shooter. You’ll hear things like “Chin down and forward”, “Oh I love it!”, “Perfect”, and other bits as she shoots. I played second shooter to her primary and even managed to snap a few behind the scenes photos while I was at it. Since one of the things I struggle with is giving the model proper direction, watching Raven in action was nice.
Jared was a nice about taking directions and standing around while Raven and I adjusted camera and flashes settings. We had him wander around the site; we (aka Raven) even going into one of the little cottages which I think might have been used for some summer camp slasher film.
As we wrapped I went to text Starr to tell her I was heading out to pick her up, but my phone died just as I was entering the text… how’d it go? Well that’s an adventure story for another day.