Alabama Model Casting

July issue of the magazine coming to stores next week!

I can’t wait for you all to see the July issue of DeKalb Living magazine. I did a cool cover shot of local models Lizzie Kate and Ava. Lizzie is the daughter of Paige, who I did senior portraits of when she was roughly Lizzie’s age. I’m so old!

This edition is very special because it will be our first with standalone issues available to purchase from different stores across the area. Presently, the magazine has been distributed to 3,000 of our print edition subscribers as a value-added feature. I can’t express enough how thrilling it still is to see my photos on all of those magazine covers! I love it.

For an entire afternoon, I had access to the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Building in historic Fort Payne, Alabama for a fashion photo shoot displaying apparel from local boutiques Cotton+Pine and Elizabeth’s Closet. We try to mix it up and feature different vendors from month-to-month.

Thanks to their moms for being around for the photo session. We typically prefer our models to be 18+ just because it’s less complicated, but we made an exception in this case because the two girls model clothing for Elizabeth’s Closet on a regular basis and were offered up by the owner, Susan Smith, a childhood friend. I encourage everyone to check out both of these shops for great new outfits for a variety of occasions this summer.

Shop Local!

Alabama Model Casting

I am Alabama Model Casting for more great faces like Ava, seen here modeling clothing from Fort Payne boutique Elizabeth’s Closet.

It’s so rewarding getting to do what I love, photo shoots, for a company I am passionate about, The Times-Journal, in an ongoing effort to promote economic development in my hometown, Fort Payne, Alabama.

The entire goal of these photoshoots is to drive home the fact that readers of our monthly magazine, DeKalb Living, can get stylish clothing and accessories without having to ever leave the city limits. I believe it’s important to shop local first before going out of town or out of state to spend money on consumer goods.

Sure, there are instances when you simply can’t find what you are looking for locally, so it’s nice to be able to hop on the ole interwebs and find products on Amazon. Making that the last resort rather than the first ensures that this money spent by DeKalb Countians is returned in the form of sales taxes that fund our police, fire, schools, and other essential services that enable us to enjoy a high quality of life.

As much as I love Chattanooga, I’d naturally prefer that someone do business with a local shop rather than rushing off to Hamilton Place Mall.

Now Casting Alabama models for editorial fashion photoshoots

Our August edition always has a sports theme since that monthly typically involves back-to-school activity. Indeed, we are hard at work compiling team photos and information for The Times-Journal’s annual football magazine.

In terms of the monthly fashion photoshoot, I am in the process of casting my Alabama fashion models for the next feature spread, which will publish August 4th. I’m looking for north Alabama venues that are related somehow to athletics and expect we’ll end up doing at least some of the photos at one of our local high school football stadiums. More than likely, Fort Payne’s Wildcat Stadium.

I’d love to use enthusiastic parents of student-athletes and their children posing in school-inspired apparel that can be acquired locally. If this sounds like you or someone you know, drop me a line and let’s connect.

I am always looking for faces to shoot with, for the magazine and otherwise. I just love photography so much. It is the way this shy boy connects with others and expresses my visual aesthetics. I’m always trying to shoot as much as I can during the summer so I have plenty of stuff to share daily on my Instagram and other places during the lean winter months when we’re all pale and don’t want to go outside.

Shop Local!

It’s so rewarding getting to do what I love, photo shoots, for a company I am passionate about, The Times-Journal, in an ongoing effort to promote economic development in my hometown, Fort Payne, Alabama.

The entire goal of these photoshoots is to drive home the fact that readers of our monthly magazine, DeKalb Living, can get stylish clothing and accessories without having to leave the city limits. I believe it’s important to shop local first before going out of town or out of state to spend money on consumer goods.

Sure there are instances when you simply can’t find what you are looking for locally, so it’s nice to be able to hop on the ole inter webs and find products on Amazon. Making that the last resort rather than the first ensures that this money spent by DeKalb Countians is returned in the form of sales taxes that fund our police, fire, schools, and other essential services that enable us to enjoy a high quality of life. As much as I love Chattanooga, I’d naturally prefer that someone do business with a local shop rather than rushing off to Hamilton Place Mall.

Introducing Mountain Town Mercantile

Fort Payne AL souvenir shop

Fort Payne souvenirs can be found at Mountain Town Mercantile.

Speaking of local businesses, my older sister, Anita, is launching a new retail store in downtown Fort Payne. This will provide an opportunity for my daughter, who is autistic, to more easily find summer employment. Their merchandise will include my photography of local scenes as the overarching theme of the Mountain Town Mercantile is a celebration of the natural beauty and charm of small town Alabama. Shoppers will be able to take home a souvenir of Fort Payne, which can claim country music superstars Alabama among hometown heroes and is the location of the Little River Canyon National Preserve.

This state is so often maligned in public perception, but DeKalb County is different than the version of Alabama that you often see portrayed in a negative light in the media. We welcome visitors, and I love meeting people who travel here to enjoy the sights and sounds that locals can tend to take for granted.

Alabama Press Association 150th summer conference

Last weekend, I got to enjoy a change of scenery by visiting Orange Beach, Alabama for the Alabama Press Association’s 150th summer conference. The workshops and round-table discussions were fascinating, addressing approaches for reaching a new generation of millennials who are consuming media in different ways than their parents traditionally have. I also learned a great deal about effective advertising strategies that I have brought home and applied at our newspaper.

While I was on the Gulf Coast (probably the only chance I will have time to actually visit the beach this year), I picked up the awards that The Times-Journal and DeKalb Living received in the 2021 Better Newspaper Contest. I wrote about the results in an earlier blog, but I personally won five awards for my contributions to last year’s newspapers and magazine issues.

The Times-Journal and DeKalb Living magazine

The 2021 staff of The Times-Journal and DeKalb Living magazine.

My article about fine-art photographer John Dersham for DeKalb Living magazine won 2nd Place in the category of “Best Personality Profile” while I also won:
2nd Place for “Best News Feature Story Coverage” for my article “Local WWII veteran turns 100 years old”, 2nd Place for “Best Spot News Story” for my story “Flood waters damage DeKalb bridges, homes and businesses”, 3rd Place for the “Best Spot News Photo” illustrating a “Peaceful protest held in downtown Fort Payne” during the Black Lives Matter movement, and 3rd Place for “Best Photo Essay” for that flooding story.

Overall, my five awards contributed to a total of 20, marking the highest number of awards presented to The Times-Journal since 2012, when the newspaper received 12 awards — seven related to coverage of the deadly 2011 tornadoes. I am very, very proud of our staff and organization.


 

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