Young Blood

Check out the Photos. Here.

Young Blood Gallery and Boutique is the foremost independent showcase in Atlanta for emerging artists and Do-It-Yourself crafters. Young Blood was born in 1997 in the home of Maggie White and Kelly Teasley when the two grew tired of the Atlanta art gallery establishment’s refusal to exhibit incredibly talented – though unknown – local artists. The response was enormous, and for two years White and Teasley’s home exhibitions would be overrun with art-hungry patrons.

If you haven’t been to Young Blood Gallery & Boutique – you probably should. Because it’s awesome there. The other reason you should probably go sometime is because if you haven’t been there, then you haven’t eaten next door at Cafe di Sol (also awesome) AND you probably haven’t partied down in the Highland Ballroom – beneath the historic Highland Inn (where we photographed Haley’s Wedding!) See? All of that Right.Next.To.Each.Other.

I was at Young Blood on the opening night of their ‘Cycle Through’ group show of 60 artists with work relating to the theme of bicycles. I know. This post is late. The exhibit ends… on March 28th. So go. See it.

Even if you don’t see this exhibit – go to Young Blood sometime because the boutique has all the cool art/handmade stuff that other stores wish they had – and may have in small pieces – but nothing like what they have at Young Blood. And you might run into the 3 legged cat, Jolene. Serious. See.

I had a lot of fun at this event, and I ran into a few friends that I hadn’t seen in a while + the Atlanta Sedition Orchestra was playing in the 3 car parking lot! Always. Awesome.


See the Preview Set Here.

We’ve been photographing many more babies lately – and I’ll admit – that’s great! Because Leah’s got baby fever! and like an addict it helps her um. cravings? No, that’s not the right term. But you know what I mean 🙂

Still – one of the best things about this whole photography gig is that we get to share moments in people’s lives – personal moments – and that’s what I really find interesting. Sure I like to photograph models and play with crazy light schemes – but when you strip away all of the fun gear, and you’re left with just your camera – your most important job is to just find some moments to capture.

The thing about being invited into people’s homes is that it’s tricky. We’re there to photograph them and their children – but at the same time that we’re doing everything we can to make them comfortable, we’re also trying to make them act like we’re not there. Because even when the kids are going wild and falls down, or the baby’s crying hysterically – there’s a moment where the parent is comforting the child and a kind of stillness takes over, where there really isn’t anyone else around except them. Even if it’s just for a second or two while the mother is looking into the eyes of the crying child and the child looks back, waiting for the mom to say what she says that makes it all better.

Or when a baby won’t stop crying except for when his father holds him, walking in circles around the house, over and over again.


Jamie & Max

This is Jamie and Max! They were one of the first couples to hire us after our write-up on OffBeat Bride and we were really happy that they wanted us to photograph an engagement session with them also. They both said they weren’t always comfortable in front of a camera but I think the photos definitely don’t show that, and hopefully Leah and I captured more than just nicely posed shots. With any couples session, what you’re really aiming to capture and convey is the connection, and more importantly, the love that two people have for each other. On top of that, we also aim to infuse the shots with some mood.

(all of that yarn was actually there already – left by someone… so we threw it into the shots.)

I think you can tell from the behind-the-scenes video that we had a great time! We photographed this session about a week and a half ago – and the creek water was REALLY cold – sadly, one of Leah’s boots wasn’t as waterproof as she had hoped, but Jamie and Max had no problem standing in the cold water for however long it took to get some fun shots.

We’ve got shoots lined up all weekend and our first Email goes out on Monday – sign up if you haven’t already – because we’re not posting them to the archives until we’re at least a month in, and I’ll always keep that month of lag time between when the Email went out, and when it gets posted to the archives for everyone else to read – and we’ll probably throw in a discount or five just for our friends who’ve signed up.

Hey. It’s Thursday. Let’s. Go.