A few weeks ago, I went down to Chattanooga with the family to visit my wife's best friend. While we were there I decided to take a day and explore the city to see what photographic gems it had to offer. After a couple hours of research I set my sights on three locations, Rocky City Gardens, Ruby Falls and Coolidge Park. Rocky City sits on top of Lookout Mountain, just outside of Chattanooga and features enchanted trails through through narrow crevasses, breathtaking woodlands and a lookout where you can oversee 7 different states at once, there's even a small fairy tale walk through with black light displays. Ruby Falls is located 1120 feet down below the surface of Lookout Mountain a few miles from Rocky City. You take a half mile trek down below the earth to get the underground waterfall, and I will admit, no amount of beautifully scripted words or the finest of photographers can capture what the human eye witnesses down there at the falls. Justice literally can not be served unless you experience it yourself. Then we have Coolidge Park, an eye pleasing part of town nestled away on the North Shore of the Tennessee river. However, I was more specifically interested in the small trendy sub culture strip along River Street. There I felt almost at home as I was welcomed into small mom & pop records shops, unique books stores, and lured by the aromas of a restaurants cooking up their culinary delights. Through these three areas, I had literally spent a day taking in what the city had to offer... and now I'm happy to share with you these very experiences. Enjoy! :-)
Rocky City Gardens & Ruby Falls
Lunch Break · Delish Noms
After about 5 hours of hiking around the mountain, I did a quick search for micro-breweries and settled on Terminal Brewhouse for refueling. There I had a beautiful amber colored Maiback to quench my thirst and then the best damn Bison Burger I've ever feasted on. It was also topped with bacon, Gouda cheese and sauteed mushrooms along with a side of bacon budded grits... A craft beer and man's burger, just what I needed before I ventured back into the city.
As I gear up to start working on my Combat Veterans series "Valor", I've made some risky investments and moves into unfamiliar territory... purchasing an Oliphant Studios backdrop and the exploration of Fine Art Portraiture. A couple weeks ago, my friend and humble actor John Wells along with Matt Goodlett, a talented Make Up Artist in his own right, came through for an impromptu test shoot to give these elements a whirl. We executed my vision with class and to our delight the results were quite refined. Then, to add another element of accomplishment, one of the images from the set even was picked up to be featured on Dark Beauty Magazine's website as well as their Facebook and Instagram pages... not too bad for a spur of the moment test shoot eh? We didn't think so either and we'll take that, cheers!
·As featured in Dark Beauty Magazine ·
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