When I’m left to my own devices, and the weather isn’t quite nice enough for a motorcycle ride, but isn’t too nasty for a walk… this is the kind of thing that happens.
Have you guys met my little sister Jamie?
By day she’s a badass RN, and by night an up and coming model.
She’s pretty alright I guess. Ha.
We live about a thousand miles apart and don’t get to hang out all that often unfortunately, but when I was up in Michigan visiting for the holidays I convinced her to let me whip up some new headshots for her and we had a pretty good time.
I’m pretty confident that the second photo is going to be the one that gets her the most work, but I don’t think she’s on board with my suggested marketing plan.
Chris Condon is a seriously talented musician. He’s back in Germany by the time you’ll see this, but while he was home in Atlanta for the holidays we made time to whip up some images for his (as yet unreleased) website and promo materials for an upcoming concert series.
Clearly I’ve been in a jewel tone kind of mood lately. No apologies.
It’s been literally decades since I’ve watched professional wrestling on television. Back then, The Undertaker was king, Yokozuna was alive and we still called it the WWF.
My good friend Kyle however, has invested quite a bit of time in recent years following not only the top level pro’s that you can see televised or on PPV (I am, by the way, amazed that Pay Per View still even a thing) but also the indy guys that bust their asses in bingo parlors and mostly disused Eagle’s clubs around the country on a weekly basis. They definitely do it for love, not riches.
During my last visit home over the holidays, Kyle was pretty excited about a show happening in Chicago (well, we’ll call it Chicago) and really wanted to make the trip. I consented under the condition that I be able to build a studio and make portraits of the talent. I’m not much of a sports shooter anyway.
I have to say it was a blast. The ladies and gents of AAW Pro Wrestling were exceedingly professional and courteous to the random photographer that they’ve never heard of (and probably won’t again considering I live on the other side of the country) despite being asked to bring their A-Game to a photo session they didn’t know was on the schedule until they arrived at the venue.
Everyone was great, and I had a fun time. The only disappointing thing about the entire evening was that I was backstage during the entire show so I didn’t get to see any of the matches - including the “fans bring weapons” match which I understand was just as insane as it sounds.
You can see the final selection of portraits here: www.brianmerwin.com/chi-aaw
Over Labor Day weekend I managed to spend some time making portraits at DragonCon here in Atlanta. Here’s a sampling of my favorites so far.
I definitely had a blast, but unfortunately I got shut down by security on Saturday. I’m told I wasn’t in a “designated area for photography” so I didn’t put up much of a fight. I suspect it was more to do with the security guard asserting his authority. It’s was frustrating because I certainly wasn’t impeding traffic or harassing anyone (in fact I intentionally picked a spot that was out of the way) and I was getting some great stuff. I suppose I just looked a little too professional, because I clearly wasn’t the only one making photos. Since this is what I do for a living, I can’t much help that. ha.
It’s just as well because after breaking down the mini-studio I managed to go and actually… enjoy the convention.
The good news is that after a few crazy weeks i’ve got a little bit of down time to catch up on editing personal projects & random pocket-cam adventure shots. The bad news is, its going to take a while to get through it all.
In the mean time, here’s evidence of a rainy day coffee outing.
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