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Yesterday the photo gods ... or just God himself ... really smiled on me. Somewhere among bridal shows, weddings, and engagement sessions I lucked up with an opportunity to do a photo shoot for a band. It started with one band ... then I made a great relationship with a record company ... and voila! One "right place at the right time" moment turned into a career digression that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
This most recent adventure began in Nashville. This would be my second time photographing The Carolina Chocolate Drops ... but my first time photographing them since they became Grammy Winners!!! If you've never listened to them please do yourself a favor. You can see my work featured in their recent album "Genuine Negro Jig" as well as their Songbook.
Their manager Holly of Ramseur Records was on hand for this shoot with some really awesome plans for our location. (Please check out their website http://ramseurrecords.net/ to learn about some other really awesome bands like Samantha Crain, Avett Brothers, Frontier Ruckus, and more.)
I was surprised & happy to see this guy behind the desk when we walked in. Who did you expect would be running such a place?
Actually the man running the place goes by the name of Jim Sherraden. He is the manager, curator, cheif designer, and really the hand behind the revival of letterpress. He was so gracious to allow us to do some photos in the back of the shop amidst scrambling interns and busy print artists. Jim does lectures all over the place and has a lot of knowledge about the history of music and the craft of letter press. Naturally, I loved him!
If you've never heard of or been to Hatch Show Print ... please look it up the next time you are in Nashville. Its really a living history museum and the eye candy is too much for me! I love all the old posters and memorabilia.
And I LOVE the machinery ... printing presses, the smell of ink, ooh laa!!!
Of course we were privileged to get to be this close to the equipment in the back.
:: deep breath :: and sigh ::
I'm particularly fond of all the stamps ... and we are talking millions of these things in that place. I am also particularly fond of the letter "s" because that letter is going to be added to my initials in exactly two months. (see all the happy little "s" stamps below!)
And I don't think I'm really supposed to show this to you yet but I couldn't help myself. One teeny little sneak peak of the band ...
Me and my sweetie ... the best assistant for a day! For photo geeks only :: Pay no attention to that camera strap he's wearing! I am Canon all the way! And I am not marrying a Nikon shooter!!! Nick was gracious enough to carry around one of the band member's camera to shoot some "behind the scenes" footage. He obliged despite the nikon label ... what a sweet guy!
Thanks so much to
Hatch Show Print
The Carolina Chocolate Drops
and Ramseur Records