Test…Test…One-Two – A day of testing


It’s a hard thing to kind of fathom when I look back on where I started over 8 years ago. When I started doing photography, honestly all I wanted to do was shoot cars. Come to find out, 8 years later after getting pushed in the direction of going to school and obtaining my degree, I would be at the point where I would do some testing for a modeling agency.

Back at the end of February I reach out to a local model agency to see if I could possibly do some test shooting with them. I had actually done some photographing of their models back at the end of 2014 when I attended a photographers meet up at a local studio. Thats where I originally got introduced.

It took a few days but I got a response back and they were more then happy to send me some models for some test shoots. Kristen, their booker and I set up a day in the middle of the month of Match. So, I contacted a local studio and set up a block of time that I could rent it out and do some shooting.

Shooting day came, and I won’t lie, I was a little scared. Ok, well not scared, nervous. It was the first one that I had done. I was prepared and knew how I wanted to shoot, but you know how that goes, most of the time even though you’re prepared, your scared to fail. But, I went through the motions, believed in myself and just did the do! I came out of that that day very confident and after two weeks of working on them (coupled with a very busy schedule and crappy internet service, I sent them off.

I got word back fro the agency letting me know that they loved the images, and a few in particular. That was a good reassurance to the fact that I have indeed come a long way. I can’t wait to do it again.  I would like to give a shout out to Gene Pennington and his studio Atlanta Photoworks as well as Ursela Weidmen and all of her models!

below are a few examples from the day.

Caroline_USM-33-Edit Caroline_USM-12-Edit Caroline_USM-103 Caroline_USM-10-Edit Caroline_USM-2-Edit Abby_UWM-85-Edit Abby_UWM-72-Edit

An evening around the city.

Tim Chard Atlanta-61-EditI have been posting a lot lately which is great. I guess you could say that I am picking up the slack that I left when I was really down and out for a couple of years. It also has helped that I have had a good motivator come back in my life, in the form of my best friend. I know a few of my most recent posts have involved him lately so please do forgive me if this isn’t really something that is new.

We wanted to get some new pictures of him for some of his promotions and publications that he has got going on right now. his Tokyo Nigh Owl Blog, LoveTravelBass Instagram, and his Tim C/Time Slut DJ names. Tim wanted to have some graffiti in the shots. I suggested a place that I have not been too yet at all but head that it had some graffiti on it. So with that, we went to the Old Fourth Ward Park in down town Atlanta.

I’ve known that this park was awesomely known for a bad ass concrete skate park that they built a few year ago when they were doing a revitalizing of the area. I’ll have to say, seeing that in person, I was hating myself for ever stopping skating  because it was such a nice place.

Ok, back to what this post was about. We didn’t really shoot THAT much but we got awesome images for the few that we took. We ended up going from the Old Fourth Ward park, over to Krog Street and the “Famous” tunnel, and then ended the photo taking at Piedmont Park.   I also tried out a new camera. Ok, well not so new but it was new to me. I borrowed it from a business partner of mine because I wanted to see what it shot like and holy crap did I fall in love with it.

After we did the shooting we did something that has become somewhat of a tradition for him and I when he comes back from his travels. We visited Brickstore Pub in downtown Decatur. That pub has some of the best beers, and burgers in Atlanta in my personal opinion. Take a look at some of the images that I took.

tim chard atlanta_-84-Edit Tim Chard Atlanta-27 Tim Chard Atlanta-33-Edit Tim Chard Atlanta-38 tim chard atlanta-48 Tim Chard Atlanta-50 tim chard atlanta-75 tim chard atlanta-90 tim chard atlanta

A weekend away with a good friend

tim chard-64

It has been a while since I have been able to go on a trip (albeit this one small) with a friend. A granted this was a weekend trip to pick up a free TV from an aunt of mine down in Jacksonville, FL. But it was a trip that was needed for not only myself but my best friend Tim that I asked to come along with me. A chance to talk, catch up, and just kinda reflect on things then, now, and hopefully to come in the future.

tim chard-154Recently, Tim came home-He’s been in Japan for the last three years where he’s basically stationed himself after a lot of travels around the pacific oceans abundant amount of countries. Back in 2010, he decided to start traveling again. Prior to this time around he had lived in Australia for 8 months exploring the outback, sleeping in fields, randomly hitchhiking with truckers going through the out back to make their deliveries ( there was even a driver named Texas!). But after a stent stateside, for a little under a year, he got bored and got the travel bug again. For over the past 4 years, he’s been traveling through out Asia. First stop was South Korea-where he taught english for a little over a year and a half. After that, he made his way through Laos, Vietnam, some places in Malaysia. His final resting stop? Japan.

Tasked originally as a vacation with a friend, he fell in love with the city. The music scene was strong. He is an aspiring DJ/Music Producer (you can check his stuff on the music community Sound Clound), the culture was something he loved being around so he set up camp in the city by getting a share house and becoming an english teacher on again like had done in South Korea over the 2 years he was there.

Over the two and half years Tim was in Japan, he taught english, had a corporate career at a financial consulting firm located in Tokyo and developed a music promotion group that although was small it had its loyal followers. He also became somewhat known over there in the music scene via his music promotion that he started with friend and his amazing ability to DJ. But, It was time to come home.

After a quick visit to visit some family over in London, and then Maine to do the same. He made his way back to Georgia. To get away and clear his head, I asked him if he would like to come with me to FL to pick up a TV my aunt wanted to give me for my new place (free? Um, YES PLEASE!) SO we got our stuff together and headed down there on the 13th of February to stay for the weekend. Once we go there around 1230 we passed out, then in the morning we went and visited St. Augustine. Tim’s only been to Jacksonville once when we were traveling through to pick up a friend on the way to Miami for a music Festival back in 2010.

tim chard-33

St. Augustine was a good moment to just kind of take in the sites. Supposedly it is the Oldest Settlement in the history of North America (that is LONG running debate between my parents, both being from FL). It has been a few years since I have been there myself so I didn’t really remember a lot of it. I always loved the Spanish Fort that was there, granted I love history in general, so I wanted to show him around the city.

We walked around the fort for a second, I took a few pictures, and then walked around the town. We definitely started to get hungry after walking around and going in a  few of the shops, and ended up stopping in a nice restaurant on the main street portion of the town. I don’t remember the name of the restaurant but, due to the pretty awesome customer service, I remember the guys name that served us (i think he was the owner too).

Captain Steve, got us some food and, even got us something I didn’t even think about before, a warm cider and fireball. OMG was it amazing.  Once we got some food, we head back to Jacksonville to do a quick take at the beach. Went back to my aunts house, broke down the TV and its stand, had some food with my aunt and uncle, then went and had a beer a cousins bar he bartends that I have not even seen in about 7 years. The only way I knew it was him was the way he walked!

Since we did all that in one day, and then headed home the next morning on Sunday, it was a quick trip. But with getting to go together, and just talk and help each other figure some stuff out. You can’t have a better time. I’ve known this guy for over 20 years, and its been a pleasure and a privilege growing up with him and seeing us attempt to obtain the dreams that we both have. He’s been my best friend for these 20 years, and I know for another 20 he will still be around.

Kampi, Tim!

tim chard-15

Early morning and overcast


There are people here and there that one wants to do repeated sessions with through the course of ones photography career. Maybe that person goes well with the look that you do as a photographer, maybe they are just a good subject shoot, or heck (while it’s not photo related)-maybe they are just a good person. A couple of weeks back I think all three were honestly the case instead of just one.

Back at the end of the month of December, I had a few hours to kill one Sunday and I wanted to do a shoot with a girl that I had shot a few times in the past. During my time in school, she was nice enough to let me do a couple of photo sessions with her for some assignments as well as my final portfolio building. We’ attempted to try and photography a few times after that over the past couple of years but it never really happened; either she was busy-or I was.

None-the-less, We had a couple hours that one morning before she had to go to work and I had a photography meet up to go to later that afternoon. We met up at a park that we had done a session together back in 2013 when I did an infrared shoot with her. I didn’t want to do anything to over the top. Just wanted to honestly focus more on her and utilize the tall grass. The image a top this post is the favorite of the day and you can view the others from the session as well, below.

A “Grungy” Golden Hour

Ok, so on my last post, I introduced you to the idea that I wanted to attempt use an external flash more and more when I am doing portrait sessions. This session while I intended to use the flash, I kinda forgot to put new batteries in them….and the car while it wasn’t a long walk, it was a walk(Don’t judge me!). Anyways, I met Lindsay (the girl I have been shooting recently) up at a public park here in Gwinnett County that I have not used or shot at in a while, probably about a year since I have. It was somewhat a last minute thing, I had been working on a paper for school that whole weekend, and for the love of god did I need a break. Lol when I say writers block, I don’t even think that word was a good way to describe how blank my mind was at that moment.

Ok, staying on topic,  I called up Lindsay and asked if she wanted to shoot, of course she said yes lol. Well we met up at the park, and shot for about an hour and a half. I had used one of the locations at the park before, and the other, I hadn’t but had thought of a pretty cool idea for one of the shots. For the shots near the train cars, i wanted to take advantage of the sun going down in the back ground and possibly use a flair form the sun that could come through on the lens, I think that went well.  I also used the railroad tracks themselves-used them as somewhat leading lines into and away from her as the subject. Again, I think they were executed well.

With the editing I wanted to warm it up a little bit but I didn’t want to over do it.  I realized a month ago, that I have been over doing the editing. For some reason I thought it looked good, but when I look at some of the images that I shot during school, versus the images that I have shot maybe over the past 2 years-my creative freedom got the best of me and the quality kind of went down cause of the post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. I’ve now made it a point to watch that.  Below is an example of the first location at the park that we did the shoot at:


The second location was where I could be a little bit more “grungy.”  As I had stated before I have used the location before, but its been about a year or so since I had. I had asked Lindsay to wear something that could possibly come across as “grungy.”  She wore a mostly all black outfit with tan combat boots that helped match the shirt that she was wearing with the color of the image on it. However, the color honestly didn’t matter too much anyways because I had decided to put all these images in black and white.

This was also the spot that I had planned on using my external flash. But, as I said earlier in this post, I hadn’t changed the batteries (insert a Homer Simpson “D’OH!”). But it didn’t matter. I went ahead and shot anyway. I had to compensate for the light that I had lost due to the sun being a little bit lower. Which wasn’t a big problem, just meant I needed to do a little bit more post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Either way, this set came out really good as well. Below is an example of the shoot at this spot at the location:


As most of you know, I have photographed her before ( hence the last post I did).  From the last session her and I did at the other park to this one,  you can see a very big change in how they came out. When it comes to her as the model, she has grown in comfort level and posing ability, she has grown substantially. Her and I have a lot more shoots in mind to do, those will be in a  studio session and more than likely focus on her tattoos that she has. I will say that I am very pleased with where this shoot ended up before and after they were put through post processing. I know they will only get better the more we shoot together and I can’t wait.

Till next time!