Flashpoint Xplor 600

Senior Portraits

I ventured to my hometown for high school senior portraits this past weekend. My first location was a beautiful sprawling property. I have to say, it would be hard not to get amazing shots here. It had a pond, a pine tree orchard, some of the most beautiful oak trees and a tire swing. Special thanks to both property owners for allowing us to shoot and being so welcoming. And thank you Kimberly and Sharonda for assisting. 

I will be posting both shoots soon so check back! 


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My second location wasn't too far from the first and was just as impressive. The oaks on this property were covered with Spanish moss. My brain was spinning with shoot ideas for this place.


Gear Used


I shot everything with my D800...Its a 36mp picture grabbing BEAST! I'm still happy with it, I haven't even looked at replacing or upgrading to anything else.


I used a few lenses for both shoots. I forced myself to do this because I have a tendency to show love to my favorite...So, 70-200m 2.8vr1, 85m 1.8d and my 50m 1.8afs were deployed for this mission. They all performed well, no complaints.


My flashpoint Xplor 600 was my key light it was paired with the westcott XXL 48in softbox double diffused. I did use a 38in a glow parapop and the extension head for walking shots. It's a bit lighter and was more controllable for my assistant. I also used a flashpoint zoom for hair light. Everything was triggered with the R2 controller. The Xplor performed flawlessly!  




Historic Fourth Ward Beltline Meetup & Shoot

Last weekend I had the opportunity to shoot with one of the more than many photography facebook groups I'm in. This group has a mixture of photographers and models with various skill levels. The group meets up once a month at a predetermined location to enjoy the hobby we love and learn from each other. 

We decided to meet up at Historic  Fourth Ward SkatePark.  It's Atlanta's first public skatepark and offers an immense variety serving as our backdrop. 


The park has a lot of cool features and the one that stands out to me is its proximity to the Atlanta Beltline. The Beltline is a non-stop happy train of people and pets passing back and forth. Some are out exercising, some are casually walking, I noticed a few out exploring, I even saw a guy with his portable kitchen and sold quick bites to eat. The Beltline sets your senses on fire!

Our group decided to setup under the overpass. The concrete walls there were nicely painted with graffiti. While we were shooting curiosity got the better of some people. Seeing all that camera and lighting gear converged in one spot definitely had something to do with it. I love it when a stranger has questions. This gives me the opportunity to engage with a stranger and explain to them what we are doing and I get to see if I can get them to pose for me. This works quite well. I figure most people who are interested probably want their picture taken anyway. (See above & below)

Our group has no intent to invade the park and pester people for photos. We brought our own models. That's right WE were prepared! Meet Sarah Conklin,_(<- Click to see her Ig) she posed for our group and this is one of the shots I got. Sarah came with a few different looks to choose from and she does makeup. She also brought the prop in this pic!  We didn't chat it up much but, we will be working together again. (See Below)

I didnt mention this eariler but when we all first met up. I couldnt help but notice this woman ride her bike into the park. I noticed her hair and tattos, she had a pinup girl look. I mentioned to someone that I would love to shoot her. Fast forward back to our shoot. The same woman parked her bike near where we were shooting. I wasted no time in asking! Vanessa was more than happy to join us. (See Below)


I would like to thank everyone that participated in the shoot. A special thanks goes to those who allowed me to shoot them. I look forward to next months and working with all of you again.