A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot UF's first official Holi celebration, an Indian tradition that marks the beginning of spring and involves throwing lots of colored powder-paint at each other. Lots and lots. I was a little afraid for my camera and thus spent most of my time running around the periphery, getting as close as I dared while dodging handfuls of paint dust sailing through the air.
I was pretty proud of how white my t-shirt had remained when towards the end two girls ran toward me exclaiming, "You are too clean!!" and proceeded to wipe their paint-dipped hands all over my face, then sprinkling the remains of their powder on my clothes. It was so funny, I didn't even mind that a bit got on my camera body. There was such a collective joy that afternoon in just getting messy with people--some were friends, lots were strangers, and everyone was smiling.
A little while back, I had the privilege to do my first band photo shoot with local group Leela and the Rams in Loblolly Park in Gainesville. The shoot was for a profile we did on the young musicians for the spring issue of The Fine Print.
While I've had plenty experience snapping photos of things as they happen for photojournalism, I don't have as much experience posing people. But Leela, Jaimie, Alejandro and Justin were luckily a fun group of people who genuinely like each other (probably good in a band, right?) which made the shoot really enjoyable. We had fun mixing it up with "serious" portraits and just being goofy.
Good lookin' people in a pretty nature park on a gorgeous day is pretty much all you can ask for as a photographer. Check out Leela and the Rams on Bandcamp, they're a pretty talented group of musicians.
I can't believe I'm just getting around to posting these, but more than a month ago I went on an excursion to Cellon Oak Park just outside Gainesville, FL to capture some idyllic evening light with my friend Tyler (check out his work here). It was a perfectly peaceful setting, and taking just a few extra minutes to travel outside our college-town bubble opened up a new world to me that day. I love that even toward the end of my last year here, I'm realizing there is still so much to discover.