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Return To The River

It’s been very active around here on the blog this week. The interns have been posting about their experiences last weekend, the normal weddings, pictures of babies, and a very sad/happy goodbye from Raven. Make sure you check them all out – because they are all awesome.



It’s been a little while since I wrote anything. In general. There are explanations, but in the end it all amounts to me not doing my job right. And that sucks. And I’m sorry for that. I have a lot of ideas and sometimes I get knee deep in all of them at the same time. But, lucky for you, that means I have a lot of stuff just waiting in the wings ready to be shown to you all. Thanks for sticking with me.















It is a little funny that I even took any of these photos. Initially I wasn’t going to go to this river shoot because I was fighting off a really bad bacterial infection that set up in my upper respiratory system. But Mark emailed me and told me to show up. So I did.

It was exactly what I needed. I’m a Scorpio, and if you know {believe} any of that stuff, that makes me a water sign. And I do love a good jaunt in H2O. The river was the kick in the pants I needed and a reason to really look back to examine exactly how far I have come in less than a year. I decided five minuets before I left my apartment that I would use the exacte same equipment I used on my very first intern shoot. My little Nikon D40x.  In season six, the river shoot was the first thing Mark threw at us. Crazy-sauce. The water was a lot higher then and I didn’t have the right shoes with me. I came out of that shoot simply happy I survived and my camera was still alive. I didn’t know what to think of my photos. I was nervous and scared. I didn’t have the guts to direct myself much less the models. I was lucky that the models then were kind and easy to photograph.



This time I came prepared with a beach mat, Vibram shoes, and the confidence to swim out farther if necessary. My models were two amazing girls I had the privilege to work with on The Tempest. This time I was lucky because I knew how far I could push them for the shots. They know how to take direction and they listened to everything I wanted to do. Even if they were nervous, I wound up talking them into the shots. I guess that means I’m better at directing. They brought there own ideas to the table and in the end we left with broad smiles saying “Oh man, we didn’t get to try such-n-such shot. Next time!”  I’ve grown in so many areas, that even with the limited capabilities of my D40x – I took much better photos this go-around than last time I came out to this little spot. I have so many more ideas bouncing around in my head. I can’t wait to be able to shoot them and show it all to you.

In the mean time, you will have to follow my mini-adventure on Twitter / Instamgram / Facebook for sneak peeks at things coming down the pipeline. Martial Arts, Firemen, Shakespeare, and my imagination. The sky’s the limit and I’ll photograph that too.










{Bloom} | +jo

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Photo Journalist | YourPhotoBy.Me | | Kai-Lin Art | Bloom | Duvel | Svedka (13)

{Photos and text | +jo }

The season has come upon us where everything breaths a sigh of relief. Everyone survived winter and new life blooms. Well, this winter wasn’t harsh but it’s stil a time to celebrate.

And celebrate people did at Kai-Lin Art’s gallery opening for the latest show Bloom.

Beverages poured from both Svdeka Vodka and Duvel. I must say Duvel was a big hit with everyone at the gallery because they could take home the beautiful glasses they drank from. Duvel’s owner is a huge art collector and has an annual art competition for designs to go on their promotional glasses.



What’s this? Intern Erik and his lovely lady were the bartenders for the evening mixing up wonderful concoctions with Svdeka’s original and raspberry flavors. {I gotta say the raspberry is pretty darn good.}


There were many little ones running around durning this show and they really helped keep the atmosphere in the spring spirt. There was a constant flow of people in and out… but never too many at one time. Just enough to make the gallery inviting and not overcrowded to where you could no longer see the art.



The artists featured in this show are old and new. The imagery ranged from complete abstraction, photographic, mix-media and fashion. The artists, as always, intermingled with the crowed and won the hearts of all.

If you have the chance, stop by the lovely gallery in Buckhead and take a stroll amongst the artwork of Bloom. It will be well worth it and less sneezing than the botanical gardens. But hurry, just like spring, Bloom will be gone before you know it. The show lasts from March 30th – May 18th.



Days go by {+jo}

{photos and text by +Jo}

I’m at a loss for words right now. I’ve been buried in Shakespearian texts for the past few weeks and as you may or may not have noticed I’ve been quoting the Bard lately. There are photos sitting and waiting to been shown to the world but I can’t seem to get my own words out.

If I write about something other than myself it is fine – thus the mural project and the Steampunk Tempest. I feel I am a little on the boring side. I have my photos that show the excitement I feel in life right now… My words are nothing compared to Shakespeare’s so I’d rather not try right now. Though I supposed even that seems depressing.

I feel other people’s words are more apt for describing my own emotions lately. I had an idea for what I wanted to talk about here… But now it is all a blank.

“The difference between starting up and stepping up.” I wanted to talk about how I feel I’ve grown as a photographer over the past few months. More importantly how the internship was a wake up call… A starting point. But now I really need to step up my game.

Not very poetic and extremely concise. There is no romance in it. Maybe I need to think about it a little more.
For now, enjoy the photos.





‘Till next time.

“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there”



Engagement Love | Susan & Brian {+jo}

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Photo Journalist | YourPhotoBy.Me | Shakespeare | Sonnette 109 | (1)

{photos by +jo | Shakespeare Sonnet: 109}


O never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seemed my flame to qualify;

As easy might I from myself depart
As from my soul, which in thy breast doth lie:

That is my home of love; if I have ranged,
Like him that travels I return again,
Just to the time, not with the time exchanged,
So that myself bring water for my stain;

Never believe, though in my nature reign’d
All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood,

That it could so preposterously be stained,
To leave for nothing all thy sum of good:

For nothing this wide universe I call,
Save thou, my rose; in it thou art my all.



An Honest Surprise {+jo}

Jo Arellanes | Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Photo Journalist | YourPhotoBy.Me | (1)

{Words and Photos | +jo}

A simple beautiful Sunday afternoon. Tea lovers gather for a tea tasting at the cozy and well loved ZenTea.  A couple sits at the end of the bar gently sipping the array of tea lattes created fresh in front of them by the owner of the small tea house. It was unusually crowded for a Sunday, but the live music must have drawn them in.



Everything went as usual until the deserts… hers was missing. He went to find it. He back back with his own cake.



Through happily tear-soaked eyes, she said “Yes.”