#ASSEMBLEDETROIT

#ASSEMBLEDETROIT

These are some shots from the #ASSEMBLEDETROIT meetup hosted by @portsofdetroit. There were 40+ photographers that showed up, and it was fun to see the faces and personalities behind some of the Instagram accounts I follow. 

Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85

Bridgeport with Sara

Bridgeport with Sara

I intended on doing a shoot at the State Street Bridge in Bridgeport, MI, but it was actually the railroad bridge on the other side of the State Street Bridge that proved to be a better location. Spring hasn’t sprung here, so the dark tones of the bridge and grass worked well with the mustard-colored dress.

Model: @saraashleyx
Camera: Sony a7RII
Lens: Sony SEL85F14GM

Belle Isle with Hannah

Belle Isle with Hannah

Hannah and I went to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle to get some earthy portraits and avoid freezing by shooting inside. This was my first time working with Hannah. She contacted me because she's looking to do some promo modeling, and needed some "professional" portraits. I think we got some great shots.

Model: @hannahelizybeth
Camera: Sony a7RII
Lens: Sony SEL85F14GM

The Z Lot with Natasha

The Z Lot with Natasha

The Z lot is a 10-story parking garage in Detroit that showcases the work of 27 mural artists from across the globe. While the artwork is amazing, we headed strait to the roof for this shoot so we could get some shots using the city as our backdrop.

Model: @natashahampton
Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85

Eastern Market with Savana

Eastern Market with Savana

I had an amazing shoot with Savana at Eastern Marketing in Detroit. This was her first time at Eastern Market, and she came prepared with an old Polaroid camera. We got some great portrait shots, and a fun little video. We attempted a cinemagraph, but the wind was working against us.

Model: @savana_czarnecki
Camera: Sony a7RII
Lens: Sony SEL85F14GM

The Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory, also known as Shawshank, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio. It's hard to believe a building with such beautiful architecture is a prison, but it's clear why Hollywood chose this location to film The Shawshank Redemption.

Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Touit 2.8/12

The BELT with Rieli

The BELT with Rieli

This was my first shoot at The BELT in downtown Detroit. The alley is filled with murals and installations by local, national and international artists. It was the perfect backdrop for my shoot with Rieli, and I can't wait to go back.

Model: @rielijean
Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85

January Heatwave with Molly

January Heatwave with Molly

We had an unusually warm day in January, so Molly and I decided to do an outdoor shoot. The majority of the shots were taken with my ZEISS Batis 1.8/85, with the exception of the puddle reflection which was taken with my Sony SEL1670Z. I used natural light for all the shots, and that giant softbox in the sky that blankets Michigan for several months out of the year.

Model: @allthatweseeorseem
Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 & Sony SEL1670Z

URBEX Glam with Danielle

URBEX Glam with Danielle

When you wake up early for a shoot, and the temperate matches the time, that isn't a good thing. We left for Detroit at 7 AM, and the temperature outside was 7 degrees. Since we would be shooting in abandoned buildings, and most of which have no longer have windows, that meant the temperate inside would match the temperature outside. Dani was extremely professional, and fought the cold as long as she could. The results speak for themselves.

Special thanks to @karacrandallphotography for assisting with the shoot.

Model: @daniyoungartistry
Camera: Sony a7RII
Lens: Sony ZEISS Distagon T* FE 35 mm F1.4 ZA

Red Riding Hood Shoot with Savanna

Red Riding Hood Shoot with Savanna

These are some shots from my Red Riding Hood shoot with Savanna. This tree line is right by my home, and I've wanted to do this shoot for a long time. I'm really happy with how the shots turned out, and Savanna was great to work with.

Special thanks to @karacrandallphotography and @madylaber15 for helping with the shoot.

Model: @savannaalfanos
Camera: Sony a6300 + Sony a7RII
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 & Sony SEL85F14GM

Photo Shoot with Natasha on Belle Isle in Detroit

Photo Shoot with Natasha on Belle Isle in Detroit

These are some of my favorite shots from my photo shoot with Natasha on Belle Isle. It was 40 degrees, mostly cloudy, and very windy. We were both freezing, but you can't get these kind of shots in a studio. She braved the elements, and the shots turned out great.

Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 & Sony SEL1670Z

Photo Shoot with Emily in Chicago

Photo Shoot with Emily in Chicago

Last week I took a day trip to Chicago to do a little exploring, and I managed to sneak in a last-minute shoot with Emily at Union Station. Shoot at 4 PM. Train leaves at 6 PM. Go!

Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85

Shirley at Michigan Central Station in Detroit

Shirley at Michigan Central Station in Detroit

I call this one my Assassin's Creed shoot. I had the amazing architecture of Michigan Central Station to serve as the backdrop, a beautiful model, and a very cool asymmetrical hoodie sweater dress that I got from L'OVANT on Etsy. Everything came together for this shoot, and I loved it.

Model: @shirleypease
Camera: Sony a7RII
Lens: Sony SEL85F14GM
Lighting: Rotolight NEO

Detroit URBEX

Detroit URBEX

I spent the day exploring some of Detroit's abandoned schools, churches, and factories. I was amazed by the architecture and materials used in these buildings. You would never see modern schools using marble slabs to separate bathroom stalls, or putting up slate chalkboards. Why build arch ceilings and doorways when it's so much cheaper to build a box? There's beauty in urban decay, but hopefully these buildings can be preserved, and one day restored.

Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: Sony SEL1670Z

Ellis in Greektown

Ellis in Greektown

This is the shoot that started my obsession with Detroit. Growing up in Brighton (45 minutes west of the city), the idea of going to Detroit wasn't a thought in my mind. People didn't go to Detroit to shoot, people went to Detroit to get shot. Fortunately, that isn't the case anymore, and now I spend as much time downtown as possible.

For this shoot, I did a little walking tour of Greektown with Ellis. The highlight of the evening was a fire truck parked right on Monroe Avenue. We seized the moment, and Ellis posed for some shots in front of the truck. As we were shooting, onlookers were taking pictures of us and traffic stopped to watch the show. It was a pretty cool, and I now have the fire truck shot below hanging in my office as a reminder of the evening.

Model: @ellisfordlife
Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85
Lighting: Rotolight NEO