Saturday, May 19, 2018

Not Your Ordinary Senior Portrait Session

Congratulations to Anna Huffman who will be graduating with the class of 2018! When Anna contacted me about doing her senior portraits, she told me she wanted the standard cap and gown photos but she also wanted to use flour in a dance action photo sequence. I have worked with dancers for years now, but I have never worked with flour during a photo session. I was happy to accept the challenge and intrigued by the  possibilities of making some unique images! When you work with flour, it goes everywhere and you had better prepare beforehand, covering up anything that you don't want messy. During the two hour session, we had such a good time trying different movements with the flour! Anna's mother also participated in throwing some flour on the background and Anna during the session. Anna had some nice things to say about her experience with Kirk Pullen Photography. On her social media page she said, "18 years of dance pictures and i have never had this much fun during a shoot & this guy is AWESOME! #kirkpullenphotography

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018 Mount Olive Pickle Festival

One of the highlights of the Mount Olive Pickle Festival this past weekend was Circus Stella. They performed death defying tricks and included the audience in the fun! I was hired by the Mount Olive Pickle Company to photograph all the events at the festival. There were so many family friendly events to attend and participate in. Some of my favorites to photograph were the pickle eating contest, mascot races, bicycle racing and the various musical performances.trucks#circusstella #kirkpullenphotography #mountolivepickles #mountolivepicklefestival #mountolivephotographer

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Kirk Pullen Photography interview in the May/June issue of Wildlife in NC Magazine

Check out my interview in the 2018 May/June issue of Wildlife in NC Magazine. I shared tips on how to photograph wildlife. They also included some of my non-wildlife images. This is my second time this year being in the magazine. I won several categories of the Wildlife in NC photo contest back in January.  #wildlife #wildlifeinnc #kirkpullenphotography #capehatteraslighthouse #mountolivephotographer

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Waterloo Diorama

I have a client who creates incredible dioramas of historical events. For this scene of Waterloo he spent countless hours painting each figurine by hand. I photographed several images and this one was selected for the Fine Scale Modeler website. LINK

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dance photography sessions with no sitting fees!

No sitting fee dance studio photo sessions on Saturday, March 24th! I am waiving the studio fee that I normally charge and you can buy prints or digital files. Limited spaces available, so contact me to schedule a time. Stay tuned for dates announced in April and May. #dancer #dancephotography #dance #mountolivephotographer #kirkpullenphotography

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Photography Equipment for Sale

I recently changed lighting systems for my Kirk Pullen Photography business. I have a large selection of lighting equipment at great prices. If you are interested in any of this equipment give me a call or text at 9105907761. The prices are listed and I am open to negotiation on some of it. 

Two Alien Bee 800 strobe lights, one Alien Bee 1600 strobe light and one Einstein strobe from, (power cords for each unit included) set of 4 grids and nose cones ranging from 10-40 degrees, 2 unopened strobe light replacement bulbs for the Einstein unit and 2 unopened replacement bulbs for the Alien Bee units. Everything is in good working order with some slight cosmetic wear from studio use. $1025

5 pocket wizard plus 3 flash triggers. All 5 triggers are in excellent condition. These can trigger flashes or cameras from great distances and their reliability is the top in the industry. Each one comes in original box with sync cords. $500

Have all the power you could ever need on a photo session. This can be used to fire multiple flashes/strobes at once. The casing shows signs of use but I just replaced the internal battery in it. Works with a power strip as well. Could have use beyond photography for anything that you need to plug in. Comes with a charging cable. $75

 Vagabond Mini Lithium Battery for Photographers. Have all the power you could ever need on a photo session. This can be used to fire multiple flashes/strobes at once. The battery has been replaced by Paul C Buff with a new battery. Works with a power strip as well. Could have use beyond photography for anything that you need to plug in. Comes with a charging cable. $200

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Kirk Pullen Photography in the January/February issue of Wildlife in NC magazine

I was notified a few weeks ago that I came in first place in the bird category of the Wildlife in NC photo contest. I also placed third in the invertebrates category. I received a package in the mail today from them, so I wanted to give the viewers of my blog a sense of what you receive when win the contest. The winning photos from the magazine will be in the science museum in Raleigh, NC for the remainder of the year. I also received four copies of the magazine, a check and a printed copy of each of the winning photographs. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Photo Editing Style

I like to edit older photos from time to time. Here is a photo of my daughter from several years ago that I really like. Her expression and sense of peacefulness caught my eye as I was sifting through my hard drive of older photos. Over the years, I've noticed that the way I edit photos has changed a bit. When I first got into photography, I made the mistake of cranking up the colors to an unrealistic level. The problem with that is skin tones start to turn a nasty orange color. I think that it is most important to get skin tones that are as realistic as possible. I still like bold colors, but as you get more advanced in your photo editing, you learn how to keep skin tones where you want while making the rest of the photo bold and vibrant.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine Photo Contest Winner

Every year the Wildlife in NC magazine holds a photo contest. This year I came in first place In the bird category and third place in the invertebrates category. HERE is the link for my picture on the NC Wildlife Resource Commission Facebook page. Ten years ago I also came in first place for the bird category, with a black crowned night heron coming in for a landing on a branch.

Here is the description I gave in the magazine. "I was near a pond that had several birds perched on sunken tree branches. I made sure to walk slowly and take a few steps at a time so as to not startle them. My technique wasn’t quite good enough because all the birds except one flew away. Lucky for me, this egret hung around for portraits. I took a few shots and noticed that if I changed my angle the lighthouse would be in the background. I got some good shots of the bird with the lighthouse before moving again, a few more steps around. I noticed that the calm water and unique branches would frame the bird even better. The lesson I learned is always search for different angles because it can take a good photo and turn it into an extraordinary one." 

(Nikon D750, Sigma 150–600mm lens at 280mm, f/8, 1/800 of a second, ISO 1,600)

Friday, January 5, 2018

A Happy New Year at the Mount Olive Pickle Drop 2018

 I was bundled up to my eyeballs as I photographed the Mount Olive new years eve pickle drop at the Mount Olive Pickle company. This is the second time I have photographed the event but this was definitely the coldest event I have ever photographed. It isn't all that easy to work a camera with gloves on. The pickle drop is very festive event, with live music, dancing, shopping, a food drive and best of all free pickles! The cold weather did not keep the participants away from the event. There were several hundred people attending who watched the 3 foot glowing green pickle slowly descend into a giant pickle barrel. To the surprise of the crowd, the barrel sprayed water into the air at the stroke of midnight. If you donated canned food at the food drive, they give a raffle ticket away for prizes. The most coveted prize being the 3 foot plastic pickle that was dropped into the barrel.