I went out into the dark unknown and photographed the night sky. Here's the photos!
This shoot was an Assassin theme.
Models: Hannah Nash and Aaron
Melinda Lefebre (Hannah's Mom) also did hair and make-up and took photos, she came up with ideas for posing and worked to make the costumes fit well and look good.
I used two high speed sync speedlites with no modifers because it was windy. I changed my camera settings during sunset hours to get the mood and looks I wanted in the pictures. I use lightroom and photoshop for all of the editing I do to enhance the images. Shooting had problems, it was about 100 degrees and my speedlites overheated constantly.
We were constantly assaulted by annoying little bugs that seemed to want to enter every hole in our bodies. Ears, nose, mouth, you name it... these freakish little things were suicidally annoying!
Below are some behind the scenes shots I took while we set everything up and took breaks.
Below are some images I didn't think fit but will share them anyway. :)
I invited some friends out to an Open Studio, here are the images... they might take awhile to load because Squarespace is slowwwww.
The bar is shaping up to be the best place to hang out in Rio Rancho! Here is a glimpse just days before opening. This place is packing 40"-60" TVs all around the walls in a place where everyone can view them. There will be dart boards out on the patio, which also has TVs and tables and chairs. There is now a restaurant inside that will have a full menu, we'll have that menu posted soon.
The owner plans to show sports like UFC and NFL on the TVs and most likely anything popular and upon request. Also, karaoke will be played on a day to be determined so there is plenty planned for entertainment.
Steve Pitt plans to have the popular local brews like Marble and Santa Fe Brewing, along with mixed drinks and if you're craving a shot of tequila or Fireballs you can do that too! There's a drink for everyone at the Local Brewhouse!
There is also a patio with large sliding doors that raise up to a beautiful view of the Sandias and overlooks Albuquerque as well. I can tell this will be very popular in the Spring and summer. With the doors open one could watch TV from these patio seats and enjoy the great view while having dinner.
There are plenty of seats on the outdoor patio, and some for the indoor patio. This is very cool, I personally can not wait to have lunch out there! The chef seems to be making the perfect menu.
They've really put a lot of work into this bar, the stage is now central to all seats so everyone can see the stage when there is live music or karaoke. Also the TVs have been angled down to the tables and high so that everyone can see those as well.
I have been really excited seeing the bar built within for months, and now it's almost time to open The Local Brewhouse! I've seen all of the extremely hard work and experienced how stressful it is to even attempt to open a small business. I'm so curious to see how people will react to the opening!
As you can see the bar is very well setup, it looks amazing and designed to serve as many people as possible. The main room has huge tables and also full of TV's. There is a direct view of the stage as well.
I always enjoy getting to be part of the launch of local business, it's really an honor. I am amazed at all the hard work Steve and his wife put into this place. It is a serious display of perfectionism. There's a warm and friendly vibe to the whole place, and this was intentional. This is an artistic form that came from Steve and I've seen it evolve over the years of working with him. He says this will be the final bar he opens, and it looks to be the best one!
Below are some random shots I took, hope to see you all there February 11th!