Here are the results of a very fun mini-shoot I did at my firstborn’s kindergarten class. I edited together collages and made prints to go inside their Valentine-themed picture frames they’ll be crafting for their parents.
Amanda in her natural habitat.
For fun, here are a few iPhone selections from the trip. The exciting news is that I started two long-term projects: 1. photos of NYC garbage cans and 2. photos of tourists taking photos of tourists. Stay tuned over the course of the next 10 years for a more thorough collection.
While in the city, I had dinner with an old friend who will be moving away from NYC soon and she lamented not having much photographic documentation of her and her daughter out and about, so I did a little mini-session via iPhone, which lasted however long it took to walk from the restaurant to their subway stop. I’m not saying it was necessarily spectacular work, but it was a fun assignment.
I was honored to be asked to do some photos of the work going on at the Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center and Y.E.S. for their respective websites and fundraising materials. I have volunteered with the WRCCC for for a number of years and had some experiences with YES as well – both are worthy organizations, so please keep them in mind when you consider causes to financially support.
Allow me the opportunity to brag on the missus for a moment…
As some of you may know, my wife and her friend Bethany Halford started an Instagram account with the mission of sharing interesting finds (mostly stuff girls like) from Walmart, of all places. Nearly 93,000 followers later, they have turned Instagram success into an opportunity to create and sell their own clothing line exclusive to Walmart.com, and said collection just launched this week! I’ve watched enough Shark Tank to know this is no small feat.
I know exactly nothing about women’s fashion, so I will default to Amanda and Bethany’s description of their creation: “…a cute, affordable, fashion-forward clothing line for women with Anthropologie tastes and, well, Walmart budgets”
And so I present the Whoa, Wait. spring collection (just repeating words and phrases I hear around the house). I am indeed proud of all of Amanda’s hard work.
(attire designed and furnished by hers truly)
*hair bow, compliments of my sister-in-law Jamie Graul Jerkins / The Dainty Bird. Sister-in-law, compliments of Michael Jerkins. Child, compliments of wife Amanda Davis Jerkins. Amanda Jerkins’ attire, compliments of brother Whoa, Wait apparel, hers and Bethany Halford‘s clothing line, which launches this Wednesday on Walmart.com. More information about this coming very soon!
Although I rarely mention it here on the blog, I also do portrait sessions for high school seniors. Here is a smattering of sessions from the past school year or two (be sure to click on “continue reading” for the full effect):
Thank you for humoring me as I scrapbook The Nobility’s 2016 in review. We released an album, played some shows and did a few other cool things, but you will see a noticeable absence of live shots, because we’re not very good at taking photos of ourselves while we play. Most photos taken with an iPhone.
Grimey’s Records in-store album release show / February 2016
A time-honored Nobility Album Release Day tradition:
Fayetteville, AR / April 2016:
We had a commercial spot with Meijer Stores featuring The Nobility and a lonely wiener:
White Water Tavern / Little Rock, AR / April 2016:
We were beyond honored to be featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast, where Robin Hilton had some nice things to say about our song “Wonderful Night” as well as the rest of the record.
Also, Ponch himself emoji-reviewed our music:
Jackson, TN / April 2016
Hi-Tone Cafe / Memphis, TN / June 2016
Test-pressing for The Nobility vinyl 7″ (official release comings soon)
Syndicate Lounge / Birmingham, AL / July 2016:
This was happening in the back room while we played our show:
Foobar / Nashville, TN / August 2016
Star Bar / Atlanta, GA / August 2016:
Personally, I never trust a rock club whose bathroom doesn’t look like this:
Daytrotter Session / Davenport, IA / August 2016: