The 600 Block Party

When I first got to the 600 Block Party around 6:30’ish there was a good amount of people mulling around, the police had the block shut down and still I was hesitant to walk in the middle of the street out of habit. Wandering around a bit as the sun went down and DJ Mega started livening everyone up with some music I got my self into the “block party” groove. The evening’s party culminated with an amazing fashion show produced by several of the designers on the 600 block (MISRED Outfitters , All Sewn Up Boutique, 1 of 1 Customs with Rasta, House of Merch, and more).

Thoroughly, an amazing evening with, ridiculous turn out, packed venues, hot models, exceptional fashions? you get the idea. This was what First Friday (the monthly downtown block party here in St Petersburg, FL) really should be!

Read about the 600 Block Party on Creative Loafing’s website or  click here to view my full set of my photos from the evening.

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Jimmy Buffett @ The Ford Amphitheater

20,000’ish Parrot Heads, 12 minutes, 3 songs… When I showed up at the Amphitheater all I kept thinking was, “damn, that’s a lot of people”. When I walked into the venue to photo the allotted 3 songs, all I kept thinking was, “no? THAT is a lot of people!”

I’d never been to the Amphitheater before so my surprise at the size of the venue and crowd was kinda understandable. However, what I should have been better prepared for was the amount of costuming that Buffett fans bring out. The sheer number of shirts with floral patterns and “Florida’ish” paraphernalia was staggering. I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite so many people drinking Corona© in one place. Some of the people had been there “tailgating” for the show most of the day!

Anyway? on to the photos. You can read a review of the show at Creative Loafing’s blog.

More photos after the jump, and the full set is available here.

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Garment District 813 Fashion Show

This past Saturday I shot the Garment District 813 fashion show at the Tampa Armature for Creative Loafing. The show consisted of Ben Chmura?s first Resort Collection: Lamia?s Wrath; and Raven Reda’s new collection: Coup D?etat. It was a great show, albeit amazingly hot in the Armature building. Overall some really inspiring fashion designs and many beautiful models in a very unique setting but also one hell of a day to have some of my gear malfunction on me!

I’m not exactly sure what went wrong with the focus mechanism but 8/10 of my shots were garbage. They were just slightly out of focus and the exposure was all over the board, plenty enough to make them unusable… I’m not in the habbit of chimping while I’m shooting if the lighting conditions aren’t changing. So needless to say it was of the most disappointing things that I can imagine discovering after an evening of shooting. Thankfully I was shooting with two cameras so I still got some good shots!

Read the coverage of the event over at the Creative Loafing Blog or look for it in this week’s print.

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