It has been a busy week with commercial shoots, entertaining out of town guests and attending a few social fundraisers. One fundraiser I do so look forward to each year is the AAC Dining with Friends. I was on the board of directors for six years and the annual reception is tops (in my humble opinion) on the social calendar. With the dinners and desert reception held to raise money for the operation of the David Clinic, it is for a good cause and it continues to be one of the premier events of each spring. This years’ event was no exception.

Last week I had the delightful pleasure to collaborate with a local musician on putting  “a face to her music”. Ms. Amy McCarley is an up and coming star in the area and starting to attract regional and national attention for her music and voice, both of which are very unique. Amy and I met a couple of times prior to the shoot to allow me to get to know her, to get a better understanding of who she is as an entertainer and to have an opportunity to get to know her music style. I have found that the key to a great shoot for me, is having a great understanding of all of these aspects. It allows me to start getting visual with the type and look of the imagery the fits the artist. Like most prelim discussions I threw out a few ideas for Amy to consider and once we had a visual game plan in place, we scheduled a day to shoot one of the concepts we agreed upon.

Amy’s music is a cross between rock, country and folk and I wanted to put her in a scene that helped solidify that visually. Given all the clichés that go along with these genres, I knew it would hard to avoid but I also knew that we could put our own spin on it. I was aware of an old country road that would be perfect for this first concept and all that was needed, in my mind, was a Cadillac convertible. Luckily for me a dear friend, Vance George, knew of the perfect car and introduced me to Joe Webster with his 68 Burgundy Cadillac convertible. The car and Joe were the perfect fit. The only thing left was for Amy to shine and me to capture the moment.

One of the images from the country shoot … Ms Amy McCarley (to find out more about Amy and her music – (

Amy McCarley

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