I know this dude, Chip. Chip works over at the NEVERDONE shop in KC and has a super dope motorcycle. I ran into him not too long ago at a Blip Roasters motorcycle meet in the Westbottoms and after seeing his bike in person, I knew a shoot had to go down.
A while back my college photo instructor, Bryon Darby, was in Kansas City selling books and equipment at a photo gear swap and shop. I saw the list of items he had for sale probably months before this event and I had my eye on this point and shoot 35mm camera that he was selling. Well, I bought that camera and this is the story of my first color roll I’ve ever shot.
About a month ago I collaborated with Chop Tops Westport, the place I’ve been getting my haircut for the past year (shout out Morgan Lapin) and Ocean & Sea apparel. Dope hair. Dope clothes. Dope models. Everyone joining forces in their specialties to create something we couldn’t have otherwise done on our own.
Awhile back I was approached by a friend of mine, Crystal Garman, dope hair and makeup stylist. She told me if there was ever an opening or interest to photograph that I should hit her up. Right then and there I immediately expressed my interest and we set up a time bright and early at 7am to shoot before I went to work.
Awhile back, Barkley approached the studio I work at, Austin Walsh Studio, and pitched some ideas to the studio about helping with a social media campaign they were doing for Take5 candy bars’ rebranding. My boss, Austin, and our executive producer decided this would be a perfect project to put me in charge of and handle as the first full fledged shoot I would be spearheading under the studio’s name, officially adding the title of “Photographer” under the studio’s identity.
Yesterday, a girl I know from college, Bethany Hughes, and I were wrapping up a shoot for Austin Walsh Studio. As we were putting away our gear we couldn’t stop nerding out about the light that was coming through. The room cleared and we were the only two left in the room and we had one light left to pack up. So before we did, we decided to take advantage of the situation.
Awhile back a good friend of mine, Sara Kovacic, reached out and asked to get her portfolio photographed. She said that she had about two years worth of work that needed to get done and I agreed to help her out and make the trip back out to Lawrence, KS.
Snow was coming down pretty hard on Tuesday afternoon in Kansas City. I was released from work early since it was projected to snow two to four inches. As I was about to head home I knew I wanted to use this rare chance of having free time combined with also having daylight during these winter months to photograph anyone. So I scrambled through my contacts and chance would have it, Baylee Sowter had been released from work as well and was open to being photographed.
I was at work at Austin Walsh Studio doing my usual thing on a rainy Wednesday morning. My boss, Austin Walsh, came in and said he has a pretty dope loaner car and tossed me the keys. He asked if I had any rainy car photos in mind and asked me to go for it. Well, I had no ideas, no locations, but if someone hands you a set of keys, you take the shit and run before they decide to say no.
I ditched Kansas City for the New Years and decided to head south. I had no plans, no destination, the only thing I wanted to do was get the hell out. I tried to hit up anything that seemed remotely appealing, abandoned gas stations, strange sites, hiking trails, you name it, just exploring anything I could with my puppy, Chewy. While traveling I was contacted by a friend that I had known since the 1st grade. He asked if I wanted to come up for the New Years. With nowhere to be and nowhere to go and already halfway to Tulsa, Oklahoma, I decided it would be a good idea to shack up and quit sleeping in my car with my puppy for the trip.