Widelux Wednesday 2

Widelux Wednesday 2

Earlier this summer, Cassie and I managed to take a trip out to Fall Creek Falls State Park. We spent an entire Saturday exploring the multiple waterfalls, trails, overlooks, and creeks they have there and I don’t think we ever wanted to leave. You can definitely spend a full weekend here just exploring and seeing all that there is to do. As always, I took my trusty Widelux because I love the way it captures landscapes and waterfalls, it’s unique and I can’t ever get enough. 

Here’s our view from the base of Fall Creek Falls, it’s beautiful from above, but absolutely majestic from below. You need to take the hike down, if you get the opportunity.

Along the trail down to Fall Creek Falls, were these beautiful rocks and view. It was gorgeous going down, and still beautiful but exhausting on the hike back up.

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In the distance you can see Piney Creek Falls, this beautiful overlook was very remote and not too far from the parking area, definitely worth seeing.

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Before you get to Piney Creek Falls there’s this amazing suspension bridge that looks like it disappears into the foliage. This is the view from the bridge looking towards Piney Creek. If I had more time at this park, I would have been down in this creek and it’s on the list of things I have to do next time we go back to Fall Creek Falls.

As always, my Widelux photos are available for print, if you’re interested in one, send me a message and I’ll provide you with information.

Widelux Wednesday 1

Widelux Wednesday 1

I met Shane when I was almost 4 years old, I moved in next door to him. We quickly became best friends and did everything together. When I had my first girlfriend, she had a friend Becky, who Shane dated briefly in High School. After not seeing each other for 10 years, they reconnected a couple of years ago and have been together ever since. Shane invited me along to capture his proposal to his High School sweetheart, even after all of these years.

I can’t wait to see these two get married.

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The Red Ball Project came to Memphis back in May and I was fortunate enough to get a few photos while it was here. It’s a really unique and fun project, that I loved taking photographs of.

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The band Avon Dale hired me to shoot a few photos for their new music coming out soon, and I knew I had to shoot some great shots for these guys to live up to their musical talent. It’s such an authentic sound, I can’t wait for the final EP to get released. Check them out and don’t miss out.

Widelux Wednesday 3

Widelux Wednesday 3

A couple months ago, I was able to go visit the amazing Stephens Gap for the second time. On an early Sunday morning, I took off with Claire, Allison, and Joey. In the early spring, when I visited last time there was much more water coming. In late July, it was very dry and barely any water was flowing. It doesn’t stop the amazing beauty of the cave, and being in it is breathtaking (and refreshing since it’s naturally in the 60’s down there).

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After Stephens Gap, I got to show Joey, Allison and Claire my favorite hidden tea house, and this time I was shot color to showcase the beautiful green forest that surrounds it. When I went back in February it was covered in fog and wasn’t nearly as vibrant as it was on this past trip.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Stephen’s Gap, make sure to get a permit and go because it’s such a beautiful place to visit and to photograph.

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As always, my Widelux photos are available for print, if you’re interested in one, send me a message and I’ll provide you with information.

 

Sunrise Shoot in Orange Beach

Sunrise Shoot in Orange Beach

Last week I managed to convince Cassie to get up at 5:30 AM so we could go shoot some of the early morning light. After copious amounts of coffee and promises of cooking breakfast for her when we got back we made it to the beach without another soul around.

There had been a lot of storms rolling thru that week, so we had some amazing cloud cover. I kept referring to this as Twylight because I think ocean front cloudy photos are a sure secret to Twyla Jones success. It was definitely beautiful and I’m ready to go back to shoot some more.

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This was taken on a Contax 645 w/ Kodak Portra 400. It’s also from my inaugural attempt at developing C41 color film, which I had only done black and white film previously.

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Hi, I'm Michael! 

I'm a photographer with a marketing problem... or a marketer with a photography problem. In the last 10ish years I've been on a dual journey. Professionally working in marketing, focusing on growing brands, building engagement, and working with analytics. 

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