I was going through my 2017 archive today and came across this frame from Ghana. Winter is finally upon us in Atlanta, but the day I snapped this photo was so, so, hot. We were on our way to the bamboo farm, a trek of a couple of hours on the dirt roads and several adventures along the way. We *finally* arrive at this tiny village. The sun disappeared and sure enough, as it does in the Asante region, the downpour came. We all ran for cover. Lacey and the workers ran under a thatched outpost by the goats and I ducked under a small spot by these kids. They had been cautiously curious about the Obruni (white people) who had just arrived. They let me take their photo and, like all the kids I met, loved seeing themselves on the back of my camera. Soon, the rain cleared and the roaring heat of the sun returned. We’d go on to hike for miles without any shade, and then back again. It was a long day, but provided some of the best memories and stories of the trip.
Was so happy to deliver this gallery to #TheJessicas today. My fave hurts my smiling all the way through editing them. They’re both just so lovely, inside and out and it was such an honor to be part of their vow renewal.
I have seen dozens and dozens of shows at Dad’s Garage in the nearly five years I’ve lived in Atlanta. And yet, tonight was my first time seeing their take on a holiday classic, Invasion Christmas Carol. Always a pleasure to see so many friends on stage, including @andydiamonds as Scrooge. He was perfection. #standingovation
📷 by @theamandasummerlin We both work behind the lens and are rarely in front of the lens, together, just us, for us. Thank you so much, Amanda, for making these beautiful images of us.
Maybe four or five years back I read an article featuring an interview with @petesouza, pictured with me here. I’m paraphrasing, but he talked about a shot he took with President Obama waving from the cockpit of Air Force One. The press photographers were scrambling to get up on the plane and he stayed back, exercising some patience. The result is that he got an incredible snap of Obama waving out the cockpit, and it’s a shot no one else grabbed. That interview has stayed with me ever since. Whenever I’m on assignment, I’m always multitasking - hunting light, looking for connections, anticipating reactions - but I’m also strategizing with patience. When the space allows it, I’m almost always going to remove myself from the pack of cameras to shoot from a different point of view. It doesn’t always pay off, but it usually does. I don’t want the shot that twenty other photographers also got - I want the one only I got. That’s the influence of that one frame by this one photographer; he transformed the way I approach every shoot, every assignment from that moment on. It was an honor to hear his stories and meet him last night. #atlpj
This our dog, Frank. He’s an 11 year-old Chug. He loves taking walks so much that we can’t even say that word, or even spell it, because he gets so excited. Instead, we say “improv class,” as in “Should we take Frank to improv class?” That way he stays settled down enough for us to leash him up. He also loves the breeze from an open car window, as shown here. Damn, I love this dog.
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” - John Muir
Tonight’s office. #thejessicas
Mazel tov to the Romanoffs! We had a great time celebrating Oliver and documenting such a wonderful night! #barmitzvah
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” Alfred Tennyson