Some of the paid commercial work I get isn't usually all that glamorous, but shooting these one-off homes in Tampa, FL for Home Perfect Design and Thompson Brand Images is making it a feel a lot more interesting!
I went out to shoot some photos of graphic designer and good friend of mine, Ian Clark. He needed some images on black for a website but I was also interested in getting some different portraits. We found a random elevator that led to the 8th floor of a random parking garage and I hopped around on one foot(still handicapped) and bossed Ian around until we got some cool shots!
As I type this I am wearing a cast, bound to crutches, and have no set place to call my "home". A little over a week ago I managed to break my fibula. Nothing TOO serious but it has put me out of my normal photo work for the next few weeks. It's also gifted me a lot of time to sit, reflect and think about how crazy everything in the past year has been for me. On this day just over a year ago I decided pick back up the camera and give freelance photography a real shot. At that time I was living in Gainesville, FL and have since moved to the Tampa Bay area where I have met and worked with some really really awesome people. I've learned an unmeasurable amount from every single working photographer I've assisted, as well as learned from every mistake made along the way. I've also managed to make some great connections in my industry, get a personal project published in a magazine, made new friends and found old friends, worked random jobs, got scammed on an apartment and became homeless, and most importantly grew the "F" up.
Without getting too sentimental I just want to say that this past year and every single moment has been a huge part in shaping in who I am right now and wouldn't change anything. Life will hit you VERY hard and will sometimes hit multiple times at once. It's important you absorb life's blows and let them make you stronger. Although I am very much looking forward to this year to come to an end, I anticipate what the next year and years to come will have in store for me as far as my career and personal life is concerned.
Being that it's (roughly) my photo career anniversary, I want to share with you some of my favorite photos taken since I started shooting again. Cheers!
Last month I was fortunate enough to get linked up with Tampa's own Edible Magazine (huge thanks to Thompson Brand Images for the assignment), which is quarterly publication that covers the awesome food, drink and restaurant culture in the Tampa Bay area. The above images can be found in their latest issue. I covered two stories, one being on the all natural slushy company called Big Crush. I also went down the road to Mandarin Hyde, an upscale bar located in Downtown St. Pete. Here I shot the making of one of their popular cocktails, which features brew from a local distillery called Old St. Pete.
Being that it's Thursday... heres a few old throwback shots of my buddy minh on his cross bike.
Downtown St. Petersburg, FL
Downtown St.Petersburg, FL
Will be posting all my photos, shoots, anything else related to my photography on this blog instead of my Tumblr(www.coreyriehle.tumblr.com) from now on.