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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Trojan Man

Peach County High’s mascot is the Trojan. This county takes a great deal of pride in
Its football team. There are a lot of really dedicated fans. One of those fans in Daryl Hawkins. To me, he is Mr. Peach County Football. Actually, he is the Trojan Man.
Every Friday night but one since 1992 he has been on the sidelines wearing his Trojan outfit. He is one hard working dude. He is on the sidelines pre-game getting the fans fired up, having his photo made with young kids, being greeted by friends.

When the team runs through the big banner onto the field, Daryl is running flat out in front, carrying a huge flag. With each Peach County score, he is running the length of the sidelines with that big flag.

I have been wanting to do a story on him since the 2005 season. Every year I have gotten busy and put it off. This year I made it a priority. It ran in this week’s paper.
You can check it out at

Anyway, here are some of the images I did for the story. Not only is he a local celebrity, but the Trojan Man is even well known among Peach County’s opponents.
The bottom photo shows Daryl posing with the majorettes from Cairo High.
The girls came over and asked to have a picture made with them.

You go, Trojan Man.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Shooting into the sun

I really like these photographs. I was photographing model Kimberly Uso on a recent Saturday.
We were shooting with the sun coming in from one side. I was using the sun as a backlight with a flash set up on her right. It was making nice fill, the sun was doing its part.

Kimberly has really long hair. I asked her to try flipping her hair. I began with a longer lens, and came up with the first photo. It is a nice image. made a neat photo.
I swapped to a wider lens, and moved to a lower angle. The bottom image is the result. Wow.
Everything worked. Just enough fill flash, her neclance is hanging in the air, nice rim light and backlight in her hair. And the sun kicking inthrough the trees.

A definite keeper.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The First Haircut

Friends Ben and Christina Forbus have twins, Abbie and Acie. I have photographed them quite a few times, they always make for good photographs. Last week Abbie was getting her first haircut. Her mom was cutting it, and this was the first haircut in Christina’s new business.

I figured that mom and daughter would make for a nice photo. Brother Acie and dad were sitting nearby watching this historic event. There is a special bond between dads and their daughters. That first haircut is a biggie. I should have remembered.
I still have a lock of hair from my daughter Tracy’s first haircut.

Anyway, I shot a photo early in the haircut that showed a lot of environment with dad and brother in the photo. Then I concentrated on the haircutting. I just happened to catch dad with that misty look in his eye. Glad I had the 70-200 on a body hanging off my shoulder. That is why I carry two cameras.

Whenever you are photographing any event, always keep an eye on everyone involved. You never know when a great photo opportunity will pop up.

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