One Day Location Photo Shoot, Thurmond, West Virginia

June 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A few months back my dear friend Becky Monk, asked me if I would photograph the CD cover to her Bluegrass band"s CD. I said of course, and waited for them to finish the CD. Before I go on let me introduce you to Becky Monk, her husband Chris and the Bluegrass Outlaws. If you would like to hear them sing the song that won them the prestigious SPBGMA Award click here. Not many people realize that they are the first to win this award, at their first try at it.

So lets just a head a little to a month ago. I get text from Becky that we need to do the shoot, the CD is almost finished and we are going to Thurmond, WV. Here's a little info about Thurmond. After our conversation I was so excited. Going to an abandoned old coal/train town, up in the mountains, with friends, it's a photographers dream.

The Saturday came. All my gear was ready, batteries charged, camera bag full and over flowing, all the plans and notes were in my bag and I was ready to hit the road. Since we were going together I went to Becky and Chris' and within a little bit we were packed and headed north. We had a great time getting there, laughing, going over business and catching up. A little over 4 hours and we were there.

 Now I can't really show you the band photos I took because they are still being looked at and decided on, but I can tell you that I could not have asked for a better session. Everyone in the band was amazing. It was hot, humid and that afternoon sun was brutal but no complaints. Everyone got their photos taken with and without their instruments and of course all the band shots at different locations on the property. Everyone was more than happy to be posed and do what they could to make my camera love them. And my Nikon did. I am so looking forward to sharing some of their photos with you. I can show you where several of my favorite photos were taken though. One of the moments I will take away from this experience was showing Chris a few of the photos on the back screen of my camera. His smile said it all.

 For me it seemed like we had just got there, but after 4 hours of shooting, it was sunset and time to head back to Tennessee. We piled into Becky's car, hot, stinky, tired and joyful.

Becky drove us home, and I swear I don't know how I stayed awake. There was a few times I started to nod off, but adrenalin was still kicked in and of course a couple stops for coffee and gas.  

I pulled back into my home about 1:30 AM the next morning, totally wore out, but still had enough in me to view all the photos I had taken.

As a photographer, I don't think I could have been happier. Life is so good when I'm behind the camera, taking photographs that will be loved, and cherished for many, many years.

Thank you, Becky and Chris Monk, and all of the Bluegrass Outlaws.

Nikon D750
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/1.3.5
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8
Round Reflector





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