Sunday, December 24, 2017

Kirk Pullen Photography in Volvo Magazine

I was contacted by Volvo back in August about photographing some drivers for a new prototype Mack Truck. I wasn't aware until the time of the photo session that Mack trucks were recently bought out by Volvo. I was told that they needed photos of the two drivers, so I met with Bob Slaughter and Robbie Padgett at the Smithfield headquarters in Warsaw, NC. I talked with the drivers during the photo session and I got the impression that they are very skilled at what they do, work long hours and get to know their equipment very well. They were both very easy to work with and were happy to assist me in moving the truck to various locations. The Volvo publishes an online magazine five times a year. You can read the article HERE in Volvo Group Magazine. Just click on the 2017 edition number 5 and it's on page 52.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Kirk Pullen Photography Experience

Here is a short video on what its like to work with Kirk Pullen Photography! Luke wanted something more than just a standard boring football school portrait. So, when I talked to Luke about taking pictures with lasers, fog and possibly water, it was needless to say he was pretty excited! We did his laser and fog images in the studio and then I saved his water images for the last part of his session for obvious reasons.  Luke was sitting on a chair in a kiddie pool to catch all the water we were spraying behind him, while his mom threw cups of water in his face. As you can see we had a blast capturing these images and I have submitted several of them to a national photo contest. If you have an athlete that would like dynamic portraits then give me a call at 910-590-7761 to set up your Kirk Pullen Photography studio photo session today. You can find my photo studio in Mount Olive, North Carolina.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

PDN Adrenaline Photo Contest

I spent most of my day editing this photo for the PDN Adrenaline photo contest. You can check out my entries here: I have three entries in the contest and they are both of a local high school football player playing a night game in the rain. I took the photo of the player running in my garage and completed the composite photo in Photoshop. I had to create mud effects, grass effects, lighting, and shadows to make the photo seem realistic.
#pdnadrenaline #football #rain #photocontest #mountolivephotographer #kirkpullenphotography

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

North Duplin High School Cheerleader

I photographed Savannah this weekend on the North Duplin High School campus. She was the winner of the North Duplin Fall Festival silent auction for a Kirk Pullen Photography prize pack. We started out on the football field and I didn't realize it until I knelt down that the sprinklers had been on just before we arrived for the photo session. I ended up getting quite damp from laying on the grass but Savannah had a blanket which kept her dry and we ended up creating some great images. The North Duplin High School football team is undefeated in the regular season this year and will have home field advantage for the playoffs. There will be several more weeks for her to cheer her team on to victory. Savannah is also a cheerleader during basketball season and wanted images in the gym.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wallace Elementary Volleyball Team Photos

I had a great time working with the Wallace Elementary volleyball team to capture their team and individual photos! This is the first year as a K-8 elementary school and they have brand new gymnasium to play volleyball in. Wallace Elementary took part in the Duplin County volleyball tournament this week. While they did not win the tournament, they did play with heart and had several big wins during the regular season.  #volleyball #team #kirkpullenphotography #wallacenc #wallacencphotographer

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Mount Olive Pickle Festival

Earlier this year I was asked to photograph the 2017 Pickle Festival in Mount Olive North Carolina.  I had a schedule to follow, as I walked nearly ten miles with my camera in 95 degree heat to capture each event.

The day started by photographing the participants of the 75 mile tour de pickle bicycle race. Men and women with really expensive bicycles showed up early to ride in an insane amount of heat! Runners also braved the heat wave and dressed up in their best pickle costumes while taking part in the Cuke Patch 5k run.

One of the events that really catches your eye at the pickle festival is the car show. Several blocks worth of classic cars compete in different categories to see who has the best looking ride around town!

There were many musical acts that I photographed, including Dakota Blue, Andrew Salgado as well as praise and worship performers. I was really impressed with the level of musical talent that these people possess.

I think competitive eater champion Joey Chestnut would have been proud of the pickle eating contest, where 10 contestants stuffed themselves with as many Mount Olive pickles as they could eat in 5 minutes. Right after the pickle eating contest, the mascots from local businesses had a race. Ollie the pickle raced the cow from Chick Fil A as well as other mascots for the championship!

There are a lot of family oriented things to do at the pickle festival. There are rides for adults and kids as well as some really good food! The Mount Olive Pickle Company is great because they hand out free pickles all day at their booth.

 I really enjoyed myself while photographing the event. If you are looking for a family friendly good time, then I highly recommend you attend this year! The 2018 NC Pickle Festival is April 28, 2018.