With my favorite (mostly) unpublished photos from 2012

So we made it (for now). That whole Mayan thing is behind us and the Apocalypse is still somewhere looming off in the future. Christmas has come and gone, two thousand and twelve is dead and buried, and the fiscal cliff has been pushed down the road a few more months. Yay 2013. With all of this in mind, I wanted to share some photos that I took in 2012 but never had the time or the excuse or the permission or whatever to show until now. So prepare yourselves for a veritable casserole of photography.

But before all of that, a short word:

Two-thousand-and-twelve has been my most busy year by far. I did a lot of work for my friends at Kinfolk (as you may remember from here, here, here, here and here), but I’ve also been hither and tither shooting for myself and others. When I look back upon the last 365 days, I can’t believe all of the places I’ve visited and awesome people I’ve been blessed to come to know and work with. It truly humbles and gladdens the heart. The pity is that the vast majority of shots must still remain locked up in the photo vault for one publication or another. But were that not the case, I still wouldn’t have space here to include all of my unpublished favorites from 2012. So I suppose the following will just have to do.

The dear people pictured below include: My most favorite Riley Messina, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Williams, my sister Joy Kim, Ryan Muirhead and Jarrod Renaud (photographer-brothers extraordinaire), Angel Taylor, Joe Lieske, Lana Nyman, Meredith Adelaide, Luke and Rachel Price, Tunde Baiyewu, the ever-talented Amanda Jasnowski, Alela Diane, Andrew Stonestreet, Tift Merrit, Jennifer Sullins, Kimbra, and of course, my dearest brother and friend James Fitzgerald III. There are many, many more who have graced my camera in the last year that must be kept tucked away — but only for the time being!

So. There we are. And without further ado, here’s to 2013 — may she bless you all heartily!

With Kinfolk – Herb Drying

Summer has gone by so fast (what a shame)! Mercifully, cooler weather is slowly creeping back into the schedule, and it’s nice enough outside that I can comfortably wear my Pendleton shirts without looking silly. In any event, it has become a regular privilege this year to shoot for Kinfolk Magazine. Yesterday marked the release of their fifth volume which you can order here. There’s probably not much more of a fallish thing to do than throw on a big wool sweater, pour yourself a flippin hot cup of coffee, and give the new issue a good read.

If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you can pretend.

This time around, I was able to partner up again with my friend Amy Merrick (we worked together on this too) to do a story about drying herbs for fall cooking. Skye Velten lent us her substantial modeling skills, and after much debate we decided to shoot in my garage. This is interesting only in so much that it attests to Amy’s styling skills — my garage was an absolute ugly mess at the time we picked it as our location. A little elbow grease, paint-scraping and cat-litter-sweeping, though, and we had ourselves a bonafide herb cellar.

The best thing about this shoot is that my house still has a faint lavender-and-rosemary aroma. The worst thing about this shoot is the amount of photos that had to be nixed. Truly, I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun with a shoot and got so many good photos that ended up on the cutting room floor. I suppose that there is only so much page space that one story can lay claim to. But that’s why we all have blogs. Just for the record though, I really can be bad at playing the photo editor. I want to include everything. I cut fairly liberally, and there are still twenty-eight images in this post. Sheesh. With all that said, the resulting story for Kinfolk is something I am very proud of, and Amy’s writing more than makes up for the photos we had to leave behind.

In addition to the herb drying article, I was also able to shoot the product photography for the new issue. A few of my favorites are included below. My special thanks to Ms. Julie Pointer and (the incredibly lovely) Ms. Riley Messina, who were kind enough to do a little impromptu modeling.

And lastly, once again for those interested, all of these shots were taken with Kodak Portra 160 using either a Contax 645 or a Zeiss Ikon.

And with that I’ll leave you to the photos. Please do enjoy the new issue! If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and order a copy or two.

Happy October!

With Greylag

These are far, far overdue. As some of you may know, my friends in Greylag recently (read: a few months ago) finished their first country-wide tour, playing with Augustana. My proverbial hat goes off to the boys for an excellent job well-done. They’re now very, very hard at work on some new music. I can say from personal experience that you’ll want to keep tabs on these guys. Really (really).

Anyway, we happened to take these photos as promotional awhile back. I still like them, as I don’t usually find myself involved with enough projects that require copious amounts of cut up construction paper to be tossed around my living room. Four months later, and I’m still finding confetti in my clothes.

Also, right now, listen to Greylag’s debut record The Only Way to Kill You. It’s the business.

With Vanessa Porter

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful lady named Vanessa Porter. Besides being the owner of her own vintage shop, she and her husband are also neighbors of mine. I had approached Mrs. Porter for a portrait session and she was kind enough to acquiesce. It was a short, but great session which consisted of one outfit, a bolt of old cloth, some tape, and my living room. Needless to say, I hope the two of us get the chance to work together again soon. I’m also sorry for sitting on these for so long (and thus cheating you out of precious days and weeks of being able to view them).

With Kinfolk and Terrain — Dinner in Philadelphia

Recently, I was able to follow Kinfolk out to Philadelphia in order to document their 5th dinner this year (out of twelve) hosted by the good folks at Terrain. Like most things that Kinfolk gets involved with, the dinner was something to remember (Julie Pointer is the resident master in charge of putting all of these things together). The food was amazing, the people were warm and engaging, and the space was such that it was hard to keep from forgetting that we weren’t somewhere in the English countryside.

Some bits of notable information: menus were illustrated by the ever-talented Anja Mulder. Also, a complete list of sponsors and partners can be found in the dinner section of Kinfolk’s website. Below are some of the photos from the afternoon. For more, you can go here. It should also be noted that the photos of yours truly from the event were shot by the lovely Amy Merrick. You should know, too, that the Gallos were there working magic as usual. Their video from the dinner can be seen here. Go watch!