Senior Portraits Downtown

On Saturday, I shot a couple of senior portraits.  And where do you think I took these two lovely seniors?  Downtown to the  Fairlie-Poplar district, of course.  I wanted to use the genre of street photography for for our photo shoot.  So, I set them up in areas where I would normally take candid pictures of strangers.  

It was a beautiful winter day of 70 degrees (that's why we live in Atlanta), so it was bright and sunny.  Bright sunshine creates great shadows, so we took advantage of the trees and shadows (above).  And we boldly shot into the sun -

We used my favorite wall as a backdrop - 

I like old rusty things and mysterious lighting, so we had to shoot a few photos inside a parking garage - 

We moved on to other streets in the area that feature some beautiful architecture - 

We ended our shoot at a Cafe Lucia.  I was going to treat these girls to a nice coffee, but the shop had just closed.  So, I decided we could use their mural of Bryant Park anyway - 

The owners saw us taking pictures and welcomed us inside.  We didn't get any coffee, but we got some lovely pictures -   

 I stood outside the window looking in.

It was fun to take these seniors to some of my favorite areas.  It created a very diverse shoot.  If you are craving a downtown vibe for your senior pictures, let me know.  I would love to explore more of downtown with you.

More Fairlie-Poplar

Yesterday, in Fairlie-Poplar - 

This was taken right after the Georgia State music school was evacuated for what I guess what something like a bomb scare (but don't quote me on that).  This guy looks very calm...and bored...but cool.

Love the beautiful head scarf.

Love the beautiful head scarf.

She was hiding from me a little bit.  I can still see you.  And I really like your outfit.

I love the colors in the background of this photograph - how the yellow dumpster matches the yellow autumn leaves.

I love the colors in the background of this photograph - how the yellow dumpster matches the yellow autumn leaves.

Can you get 5 "no's" in 1 day?

I was walking down one of my favorite streets and spotted a man smoking a pipe next to a tree in front of a historic building (which I wrote about last week).  It was a perfect picture.  I approached him with encouraging enthusiasm, but before I could even finish my sentence -  "No.  No,no,no."  

I understood, but it still knocked me a down a bit.  He didn't know how cool he could have looked in that photo.

"Maybe I'll just photograph architecture for a while," I thought.  So, I walked a few feet and noticed an old door on the historic building and took a couple of photos.

"You're not taking a picture of MY door, are you?"  I looked up and saw a security guard.  Now, I have to say that I have been taking pictures of this building for months and until today, the security guards assigned to this particular building have been very friendly.  "You can't take pictures of this building.  Not with all the bombs and stuff that have been going off recently."  


Then, I walked a little further and noticed the "Fairlie" part of the "Fairlie/Poplar" street sign was gone.

It seemed like everything in the Fairlie-Poplar district had changed over Thanksgiving break - the people, the buildings, the signs, the energy.  It seemed like everything and everyone was saying, "No."

...it seems like ‘the reality’ that prevents innovation from happening is, in reality, not even real. They are false beliefs.
— Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think by Mona Patel

I realized that I was just going to have to push through this.  Borrowing an idea from Eric Kim, I asked myself - "Can I get 5 no's in 1 day?"  That immediately made me smile.  I set off to get more "no's".  

...and I got a "Yes".  

It was worth the wait.

Then, I snapped this candid - 

...and decided to ask.  And got another "Yes" - 

I'll take this one as a "Yes" as well - 

In fact, I didn't hear another "no" all day.  

We can’t always change the things that happen to us in life, but we can change the way we view them.
— "How Reframing Events Leads to Success" from Lifehack.org


The Tuttle Building

One of the reasons I love the Fairlie-Poplar district in downtown Atlanta is the plethora of unique and historical buildings.  And one of my favorite buildings is the Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Elbert Parr Tuttle was a circuit court judge known for handling many civil rights cases in the 1950's and 1960's, but prior to that he served in both World War I and II.  What impresses me is that during WWII he refused the safety of a desk job and chose to serve with the men of his army reserve unit.  He went on to see so much active combat that it is amazing he made it out alive.  (You can read more details of Tuttle's life here.)   

After the war, he worked politically with with Republicans, because he opposed segregation and felt that the segregationist view was held mainly by Southern Democrats.   In 1954, he was appointed as judge for the US Court of Appeals on the heels of Brown v. Board of Education.  Tuttle served in the hotbed of civil rights issues.     

The U.S. Court of Appeals Building was named in Tuttle's honor in 1989.  This building was designed by James Knox Taylor in the Second Renaissance Revival style of architecture and was completed in 1910.  I love to look at the beauty of its construction and hope to one day tour the building inside.

Shifting scenes

One of the most interesting things about photography is looking at how a scene develops or how the same person looks from different angles.  Here are a few street scenes with multiple shots -