For my first paid gig, I had the privilege of shooting some editorial work for a group of artists in the Savannah area collectively known as the No Name Gang.
My roommate at the time knew someone who was looking for a photographer to shoot editorial photos. She also knew that I was itching to practice creative portraits. Before I knew it, I was put in contact and immediately started scoping out cool locations to shoot.
We used the mustard colored wall of a convenience store on Montgomery as a backdrop for Dot’s portraits. Their PR person suggested that the texture would create an interesting backdrop. I do agree that it photographed really well, and Dot was such a natural in front of the camera that many of her poses didn’t have to be coached. She seemed to do what came naturally.
Then we ventured over to an old milk factory turned graffiti and art complex in the Starland District. Belon took her best photos here amongst the color, art, and words of several artists who have used this space as their canvas. She embraced the location, using the environment to her benefit somehow knowing (without ever asking to peek at my LCD screen) that the photos were turning out just great!
The following week, I took photos of the guys in the group in the same location.
If you know Savannah well then you recognize this colorful hexagonal wall. I’ve seen many photographers stop here to use the background in their photos or videos. Despite the pictures below (which I desaturated in post-production), the wall is actually very vibrant.
This photoshoot taught me the importance of having a shot list (which I thought I didn’t need at the time 😐), how to manage a big group for a photo shoot (a little bit overwhelming 😅), how to shoot in little to no light situations (flash photography is your friend!), as well as some pretty valuable editing lessons in post-production (content-aware, thanks Adobe! 🙏).
It also helped me push past my boundaries as an introvert, which is essential as a portrait photographer. All the best photographs are outside of your comfort zone anyway!
You can check out No Name Gang’s facebook page here.