Myrtle Beach // October, 2019

Our job with The Poster Tour this fall brought us around full circle. We left out of Greenville, SC on Aug 17 and finished up in Myrtle Beach, SC on Oct 7. To say it was a trying 8 weeks would be an understatement. However, that’s a story for another time.

After weeks of circling the Northern Midwest we were excited to see that sweet Atlantic Coast.

My memories of Myrtle Beach have always been fond. Although, I hadn’t been down to that area of the coast in almost 20 years. I’m more of low country kind of guy these days.

I spent many a hot summer days roaming up and down the boardwalk of MB. The sand of those banks used to coat my body for, at least, one week out of the year. Two, if I was lucky enough to tag along on a friend’s family vacation. It didn’t happen often, but when it did…damn, was it good.

I’d slide quarters into those arcade games like my short lived life depended on it. Hours spent laughing, cursing, winning, and losing. It didn’t matter, and we knew it. We were just there for the fun. $20 was as good as an endless bank account to us. Until we were down to the last dollar, anyway.

Going back as an adult took me back to a simpler time. Cheesy tourist shops, funnel cakes, amusement park rides, soft serve & waffle cones, and those sweet sweet arcades. The sounds alone were enough to make me feel like a kid again.

After 8 weeks of work on the road, it was a much needed mental break. Thanks for always making me feel like a kid again MB.

I hope you enjoy the images below as much as I did taking them. They were all taken on my trusty Olympus XA2 with Kodak Portra 400 & Ultramax 400.

Summer Evening Shoot with Drew Spencer

This past week I had the opportunity to shoot with my good pal and amazing musician, Drew Spencer. I’ve enjoyed watching and getting to know Drew over the past year or so. He leads the house band at my partner’s place of employment as well as fronting the Southern Rock / Americana group Outbound Train. He’s been known to play a solo gig here and there, as well.

I was super excited when he asked me to do the shoot with him. It can be a bit hard to convince someone to put their trust in you to get it right. Especially, when you’re shooting film. There is no instant feedback. It’s a shoot based, solely, on trust. Shooting with someone who’s art you respect so much is always fun. Especially when that respect is mutual.

We spent the evening roaming around his grandparent’s property. A place he spent a lot of time at as a child. I can see why. Being there instantly transported me back to my childhood summer days spent at my Meemaw & Pop’s house. It was hot and humid. Much like most summer evenings here in the South. And, just to help us out a little, an afternoon storm rolled over and cranked the humidity up to 11. You could barely speak without a gnat flying into your mouth. They flew into your eyes and ears either way. We were both wiping sweat away from our brow between every shot. It was uncomfortable as hell!

I’m telling you all of this because I enjoyed every minute of it. We both did. It was one of the best shoots I have had in quite a while. Just hanging out with my buddy. Enjoying a beautiful summer evening and making some photographs. Just like the good lords intended!

I’ll quit rambling now. Check out the gallery below for some images from the shoot.

I hope y’all enjoy them.