Ashley

The further I get into my photography career the more I want to experiment. Despite the temptation to rest on what is most comfortable, I know that I need continue to press myself in order to do new things. The “same-old” gets boring quickly and I often find myself frustrated when I am repeating previous images. It feels like I’m wasting creative energy. As an artist, I think it’s important to continually explore visually and ask questions of myself and others. The incredible and often difficult process of discovery always results in something amazing.

With that in mind, I have begun exploring more fashion inspired shoots. The abstraction of portraiture has been fascinating to me for a while now but the application to fashion is new and something I want explore more. Many thanks to Ashley for modeling for me awhile back. I had a very difficult picking out shots to post in this post because there were so many good ones. Ashley is very talented and a pleasure to work with. In fact I will probably be sharing another post of the second half of our shoot, so stay tuned. 

 
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Grown

I had the incredible experience of collaborating with a few different artists to create this series, Grown. The idea of exploring a relationship between human and plant-life had been rolling around my head for a while, but I knew it wouldn’t happen unless I pushed for it. As a freelancer, it’s usually difficult to find time for personal work. It’s a lot of extra hours and late evenings to put together a styled shoot on your own. Luckily, I was able to collaborate with some extremely talented people to make this project happen. Floral designer, Suphoj Chancheaw, and hair & makeup stylist, Molly Leahy, were key in bringing this idea to life.

The first step to putting together a styled shoot is having a vision. It’s really hard to get people on board if you don’t have a plan. This plan started as many do, with a brainstorm and inspiration board. Once I had a goal in mind for the project, I started the recruiting process. Some of this involved reaching out to friends, other artists in my network and even cold calls. I sought artists I knew I wanted to work with and whose styles I admired. With so many specificities, I cast my net wide in hopes of creating a strong team who could be completely committed to the work, the necessary time and effort and most importantly, the vision.

I was excited about my idea but was also willing to share that vision. I learned that collaboration means allowing your idea to grow with the creative investment of others. Throughout the planning process, our group of artists brought ideas and expertise to the table that stepped the project up to a whole new level. I wasn’t expecting to give up control during this project, but I’m glad I did. Assembling the right team meant I could step back and watch the magic happen. Grown grew to places I could have never gone on my own.

The day of the shoot was a blast. It was time for all the artists and models to be creative and help make some incredible images. The day was hardly without unexpected challenges, but everyone was flexible. I want to give an especially big thanks to my producer, Raquel Ross, for her help. There were a lot of moving parts and she helped make sure they kept moving without smashing into each other.  

I’m so grateful for this talented team that helped turn my vision into reality. Sometimes our ideas are too big for us to realize on our own. But that doesn’t mean that with a little help they can’t be accomplished and grow beyond our wildest expectations.  

Check out the complete series here.

 

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Grown

Many organic forms compose this ground you and I occupy. The two most prominent of these are human beings and plants. Inseparably symbiotic, plant life has sustained us from the dawn of time. As we have cultivated its growth, nature has nourished ours. We have worn it, eaten it, built with it. We have planted and transplanted it. We crave it. Some of civilization’s most heart-stirring sonnets and breathtaking compositions have been inspired by nature’s rapturous beauty. Yet, our modern context has separated a union we once shared. What was an entangled unity has now been unraveled and interrupted. Grown seeks to restore the nature of what once was, to remind man of his impact on vine, and to revive an understanding of our dependence on one another.

Models: Romá Gia, Garth Miriyoga, Charlene Dee / Hair/Makeup: Molly Leahy / Stylist: Suphoj Chancheaw / Producer: Raquel Ross / Photographer/Director: Joshua Duttweiler

https://www.joshuaduttweiler.com/grown

Brittany + Jeremiah

I’m always in awe of the occasions I get to be a part of as a wedding photographer. It actually blows my mind that I often find myself in the quiet moments that are just between the bride and the groom. To be present during such intimate times is an incredible opportunity and don’t take this opportunity lightly. It’s one of the reasons that inspires me to work harder, because these moments only happen once year are remembered for a lifetime.

Set on a lake in rural New Hampshire, the early autumn colors provided the best backdrop for Brittany and Jeremiah’s outdoor wedding. No one expected a 90 degree day in late September but that’s what we got and honesty I wouldn’t change a thing. This blissfully sunny day was the best backdrop for this beautiful day.

Congratulations to you both!

 
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Will

Photography is all about problem solving. Solving the light: from adjusting the different elements of light capture within the camera to working with the various light sources or lack there of. And then portraiture opens up the need for posing the model and synchronizing them with the environment. It requires quick thinking, a sure eye, and trying things out, whether or not they will be successful in the end. It’s the challenge that I love the most every time I pick up the camera.

Under the dwindling sunlight on Roosevelt Island I had to opportunity to shoot with Will, a New York performer and model. Our schedules finally aligned and we had the chance meet up and shoot for a bit. Unfortunately, the sun setting so early made our encounter brief but successful as we sought creative light sources in order to take a few more photos before the evening was over. The little island in the East River is one of my favorite City hideaways and made for a great shoot location. As always it was an amazing visit to New York, even if it was brief.

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Stacia

The massive live oak trees feel old here, like they have witnessed much, like they have stories to tell. You can almost hear them whisper as the soft wind passes through the hanging Spanish moss, little glimmers of light passing through the dense forest ceiling and touching our skin below.

Savannah and the surrounding area are full of these trees and they create such a unique environment. This was my first time experiencing this dense old forest and it was beautiful. It was such a pleasure to explore Savannah and Atlanta with a good friend. Thank you Stacia for showing me your home and allowing me to take your portrait. It was the perfect end-of- summer adventure!

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