Live Music Sessions - Sneezy

Over the past couple months i've been working on quite a few live sessions with musicians in Asheville. Most of them are still in the process of being edited, so check back at the blog for more to come.  In the meantime, here is a quick one-shot I did yesterday with the band Sneezy.

Brett O'Connor aka "Boc Sneezy" (Vocals,)
Jack Holland aka "Jucy" (Vocals, Guitar)
Ben Paulson aka "Dr. Baby Beats" (Drums and Keys)

Video by Jack Sorokin & Sam Shumate
Swannanoa, NC
4/15/17

Inkwell Press / Productivity Paradox

Inkwell Press / Productivity Paradox

Inkwell Press is an Asheville, NC based company that creates beautiful organizational products to help its customers feel empowered, prepared, and successful. I worked with Inkwell Press back in the summer of 2016 to produce a commercial video for their product release at the time (video below). Reccently they hired me again to shoot portraiture for their latest project a podcast called "Productivity Paradox".

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Couple's Portrait Shoot

Couple's Portrait Shoot

Leslie and Mondo came down to Asheville from Baltimore for a weekend vacation and while here hired me for a little portrait session downtown.

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Photography Award - Shoot the Frame

Photography Award - Shoot the Frame

I am honored to have been selected as a finalist in the January 2017 Shoot The Frame contest.

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Photography Award - Shoot The Frame

Photography Award - Shoot The Frame

I am honored to have been selected as a finalist in the October 2016 Shoot The Frame contest. Shoot The Frame is an international monthly photography contest created in 2011 focusing on the three categories of people, landscapes, and wildlife.

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BFS Ale Project / Beer Advocate Magazine

BFS Ale Project /  Beer Advocate Magazine

Beer Advocate Magazine hired me to photograph Birds Fly South Ale Project in Greenville, SC for their annual round up of the best new breweries across the nation. I spent a day of brewing, drinking, and shooting with (husband and wife / co-owners) Shawn & Lindsay at their brewery. 

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Mountain Xpress Newspaper Article

I was super excited to see my image in the Mountain Xpress, an Asheville, NC based newspaper yesterday!  The photograph is of world class aerial and pole artist Waverley Jones in her new aerial arts studio Empyrean Arts in Asheville. My good friend and talented writer, Eliza Stokes wrote the article. Can't wait to collaborate with Eliza on more projects in the future. 

Interview with Kam Franklin of The Suffers

Interview with Kam Franklin, lead singer of the Houston, Texas based band The Suffers on 7/23/16 at The Newport Folk Festival.

Q: How did you get started in music?

A: “I started playing when I was 5 years old in the Baptist churches back in Houston, and I started performing in bands in high school. I’ve been performing ever since.”

Q: Has there been an evolution of the genre of music you’re attracted to?

A: “ I think its constantly evolving. I started doing gospel music, but I got into soul and hip-hop and then, in high school, ska and punk and reggae. As I’ve gotten older it’s everything from traditional country to traditional pop, classical jazz, everything.“

Q: Have you always known you’d be a professional musician? Ever since you were 5 years old singing in those churches?

A: “ Yeah I think I’ve always known it would be what I did. I just didn’t know in what capacity. When you grow up seeing people on TV thinking, ok yeah I’ll be Janet Jackson too, I’ll be Madonna too, and now I don’t think that’s the direction I want to go. But if I could have a career like Mavis or like Gladys Knight I’d be eternally happy. “

Q: So, what’s next for you?

A: “Well… I want to travel the world with my band; I want to release our next record, and just to do this fulltime forever. This is our second year touring fulltime. While it gets discouraging sometimes because of the way we have to do it (Everything we do is pretty much independent), it is extremely rewarding and I just really look forward to all the adventures we have coming up together.”

Q: So, you really like the traveling aspect of it?

A: “I love the travelling aspect of it! I get to see things that I never-ever thought I’d get to see, and I learn to appreciate the United States in a way that I never used to. I used to almost fantasize about so many other countries because the way that they advertise the beauty. But some the most beautiful things I’ve seen have been right here in the US.

Q: What are some of your musical influences?

A:  Well I already mentioned Gladys Knight, to Betty Wright, to Dolly Parton, George Jones, Prince, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross. Its pretty all over the place, but at the same time all those artists I mentioned are artists that have stepped out of their boxes a lot. Like Dolly has done full on gospel records, and a few weird blues records, but most people only know her for the country stuff. Same with Prince, all over the place. But it’s because as an artist I don’t think you should be labeled by that first genre you come out with. You should be allowed to evolve. It gets boring if you don’t, and I’m not here to be boring.”

Q: Have you performed at Newport before?

A: “Yes. Last year we performed on the fort stage and this year my band went home to Houston yesterday and I’m sitting in where I fit in.”

Q: As an artist, how does Newport differ from other festivals and venues?

A: “As an artist, especially from playing last year, Newport was the first festival that ever treated us with an extreme amount of respect. There were no class systems. Like, nobody had private anything. When you go to the artist’s area everybody is out there. There’s no, oh you’re at the top of the poster so you’re going to be over here, and you’re at the bottom so you have to stay over here. No, there’s none of that.

If you’re there it’s because you deserve to be here. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing it or how good or bad you are. It’s because somebody believed in you enough to say that you should play here. And for us, last year being our first year touring, that meant everything to us, so I’ll always respect and appreciate that.”

Featured on The Phoblographer - Street Photography

I am incredibly honored to be featured on the phoblographer today along with 29 other photographers in an article titled " 30 Inspiring Street Photographers To Motivate You to Shoot In 2016". 

Check it out a the link below. I am the 5th one down in the list.

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2016/07/25/30-inspiring-street-photographers-to-motivate-you-to-shoot-in-2016/

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Chargaux on Refinery29's Website

This past winter I had the opportunity to photograph the music duo Chargaux in Brooklyn, New York for Refinery29. Today I was so excited to see my images used on Refinery's website as they released the first part of their Sound Off video series. A big thank you to Refinery29, Chargaux and especially Julia Pitch for making this shoot happen. 

Mobile Site

Mobile Site

My Desk For The Next Week

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Yesterday I drove the 1150 miles from Austin, TX to Asheville, NC. Today I am sitting on my friend Ben's porch in Asheville, journaling and working on my laptop as a midday rainstorm coming rolling through the Blue Ridge Mountains. I'll be here for the next week, and already I don't want to leave. 

Food In The Studio

I've been hard at work doing some food photography in the studio this past week. Just wanted to share a little recap of what I've been up to. 

Spaghetti with spicy heirloom tomato sauce.

Spaghetti with spicy heirloom tomato sauce.

Fingerling potatoes baked in oil and seasoned with smoked paprika and wood smoked salt.  

Fingerling potatoes baked in oil and seasoned with smoked paprika and wood smoked salt.  

Fresh blackberries

Fresh blackberries

Playing with spices.

Playing with spices.

Lobo Hefe - Brewed by Pedernales Brewing in Fredricksburg, Texas.  

Lobo Hefe - Brewed by Pedernales Brewing in Fredricksburg, Texas.