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The night that Naptown became Helltown

October 28, 2017  •  1 Comment

A thought...simple and horrific. What if...What if Indianapolis was overrun by vampires and other terrifying creatures on Halloween. That was the basis for this series of images. A set of nightmare proportions, when vampires and skeletons take to the streets, and a pair of heroes comes to the rescue of our cherished city. 

So without further ado - enjoy:



The vampire king, Vlad, and sorceress find an inviting place for their evil plans - Indianapolis, a vibrant city full of people to terrorize...

The taking of IndianapolisThe beginning of HelltownThe vampire king, Vlad and sorceress find an inviting place for their evil plans - Indianapolis

Vlad calls on haunting members of his vampire guild to swarm the city. Calling all vampiresVlad summons his hordeVlad calls on the ghastly members of his guild to take the city

The sorceress summons her army of undead skeletons.

All the bonesCalling up an army of undeadThe sorceress brings undead skeletons to life

The heroes arrive on the scene and promptly get to work smashing the skeletons to bits. Those are easy, but the vampires...

Smashing bonesThe heroes arriveSmashing and slashing their way through the skeleton army, the heroes make quick work of the evil doers

After breaking her bat on all those skeletons, the pointy end makes a fine stake for dispatching Vlad...

Vlad fallsThe banishment of VladFinally the heroes are able to bring down the terrible Vlad...but word is he isn't completely destroyed...

The only way to banish a sorceress is using a blade of light. After clearing the way through the last of the skeletons, a slash with the glowing dagger makes it's mark.

Release the magic Sorceress be goneThe only way to bring down an evil sorceress is with a blade of light...

Finally, the city is quiet...for the time being anyway. the vampire guild knows many dark places to hide, and even darker beings to call on to hunt these powerful heroes...sleep well, if you can...

VistoryVictoriousThe battle is won...but the vampire horde won't stay at bay for ever...

This project was a huge undertaking. I simply couldn't have done it without the support and incredible acting skills of this group of models. THey truly brought my wild imagination to life...and I can not thank them enough:

Vlad - Jerry Beasley

Sorceress - Stacy Van Deman

Heroes - Emmanuel Carter & Brittany Smith

Make up - Kali Bartlett


Images were created with a mix of studio and location photos and purchased stock photos.

Until next time - rest well, if you can. Muahahahahah!!!!




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The beginnings of style

March 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, today started off interesting. Define interesting…

Dora the Destroyer Blocking Any of you that know Stacy and me probably know that we are deeply involved in the local roller derby scene. We are a derby marriage. When I met Stacy, she was a skater with the Naptown Roller Girls, and I was just starting to get hooked on the sport by way of photographing the bouts along with a close friend of mine. Long story short – shooting this sport helped me develop my personal photographic style more than anything else I’ve done. Learning to light the skaters on the track taught me TONS about how to control lighting to get the results I wanted. I quickly found myself drawing towards dramatic, dark images with very focused lighting. This same style carried over to my portrait and fashion work.

Fast forward to today…probably most of you are familiar with the sometimes annoying feature on Facebook of pushing you things you posted a number of years before on the same day. I had a rather interesting one of those pop up this morning. It turns out that it just so happened to be an image I created 3 years ago as a part of a modeling development shoot with a young woman that participated in the local jr. roller derby league. This image is one of those moments that happen in shoots…we had gotten a number of great images on regular studio backdrops with different outfits, all the standard edgy model looks. But we both wanted something more personal to her and who she was. She put her skates on with the casual outfit we had finished the model session with and just flopped down on her couch. One light overhead gave me all the punch I needed to create a classic portrait with just enough of a story to make it intriguing. Lounging

This really exemplifies the type of portrait that I love to create. A deceptively simple, visual story. This really was an image that I can look back and say, "that's when I really started to get unique style."

I'd be remiss if I didn't give a very special thank you to all the roller derby friends we have made over the years. The Naptown Roller Girls, Indianapolis Junior Roller Derby, Hoosier Bruisers, Race City Rebels, and so many other leagues throughout Indiana, The U.S. and internationally have all been a part of a wonderful extended family. Skate fast!

Have a great day! -David

Small-Town Engagement

January 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

New Harmony, INNew Harmony, IN

Dan and Emily are not only photography clients of ours, they're also very good close friends. When they first asked if we would be willing to travel to Southern Indiana for their wedding and engagement photos, it was an easy decision...absolutely!!!

New Harmony Indiana is a fantastically quaint little town in the far Southwestern corner of Indiana, with a defunct bridge that crosses into Illinois, and one lone stoplight in the center of town. It's the quintessential cozy, "Let's go get married here," town. Flower gardens line the sidewalks through town, rustic barns and historic landmarks can be found on nearly every street, and most of the locals drive golf carts rather than automobiles. The only downside to it is that in Mid-June, there are gnats. billions of obnoxious, in your face and up your nose gnats. Turns out, there is a local shop that has a wonderful natural repellent, but we didn't find that out until the second day we were there... LilyLily

There are so many beautiful spots for portraits in New Harmony that it's tough to pick a favorite. The Labyrinth State Memorial is a super-fun spot with a hedge maze that is a blast to wander through. Murphy park is a great place for kids and adults to unwind and run around, the Wabash river creates the Western border of Indiana just outside of town, and there are countless little landscaped spots littered around that are perfect for photos.

The image that sticks in my mind the most though, was the last shot of the day. It was starting to sprinkle and as we were walking back down Main St. to the Inn, there was another park area I remembered seeing earlier and we made a quick run to get some shots before the rain got heavier. After a few portraits on the walls around the park, we found a bench inside that was surrounded by trees and shrubs at the end of a small gravel path. It was absolutely perfect! I gave Dan and Emily a quick suggestion on how I'd like them to sit and made a few quick shots, and that was it.


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Park BenchPark Bench

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