I get a lot of questions from friends and family back home about what exactly I have been doing with my life post-grad. It probably seems like I don't work as I seem to bounce around from place to place, but I promise I'm working. Since graduating from college, I have been able to support myself with freelance graphic design and photography gigs. While quite honestly the opposite of where I saw myself at 23, it has turned into one of my favorite things about life here in Nashville.
A large portion of my time is spent on projects for Nashville's own Marathon Music Works, a locally owned and operated music venue. The parent company of this venue owns both Marathon and Exit / In, two prominent and well-known venues in the Nashville concert & live entertainment scene. I don't know if I could have landed a better client as many of my experiences working for Marathon include opportunities like this: photographing Louis the Child backstage.
I would never have had this opportunity if it hadn't been for my boss, the wonderful Tom Melchior, who nudged me in the right direction. Tom reminded me that requesting a portrait session with any artist coming through was but a mere email away and thus the opportunity to photograph Louis the Child was born. We set up in one of Marathon's artist green rooms and were ready to go by the time the guys had finished their Meet & Greet with fans. The shoot in total took about 10 minutes; the guys were pros, I hardly had to direct at all. Laid-back and down to Earth and if I daresay much more reserved than I expected, we chatted back and forth about their experiences touring abroad and plans for the future. All in all a great experience and something I hope to do with other artists that come through Marathon. Hope you enjoy the photos.