Before I make Michele's introduction, I want to say that this is why I really enjoy doing this project. I have passed by Michele and Nolen's house many times since living in Midtown but I had no idea who lived there or the talent within. It just goes to show that until you get out of your comfort zone/busy life/everyday normal pattern and start meeting your neighbors, you have no idea the things you are missing.
Michele contacted me off my FB page about a shoot for her husband and I gladly accepted but not without wrangling her to participate as well. She mentioned that they were both artists but I had no idea beyond that. I was also interested in this shoot because their house was directly affect by last year's tornado.
When I arrived, I was given the tour of their residence, gallery and studio. Every single structure was hit by the Christmas Twister and construction was going on all over the place. We managed to wait until they had all left and created some great images around the property. I love the distinction between the clean portrait and the front of the house in the first two images. These ended up exactly like I had imagined, which is always a nice thing.
Midtown Questions for Michele:
How long have you lived in the Midtown area? I have lived in Midtown off and on most of my life.
Do you like it? I love it, but it's complicated.
If yes or no, why? To me, it truly is the heart of Mobile. It represents a cross section of all ages and backgrounds. It has some of the most beautiful architecture I've seen anywhere. And it has a true sense of community, which has helped me make it through a lot of tough times.
When the tornado hit, what was going through your mind? When the tornado hit, all I could think was my husband was in another building and I didn't know if he would be ok, and that I wanted to protect my children who were with me and I realized there wasn't anything I could do. It was the most helpless feeling I have ever had. I am so grateful to my son, Walter, who was level headed and saved his sister and me, and that no one was seriously hurt or killed.
Curve ball question:
If 2013 was your last year alive, what would you do right now? If I knew 2013 was my last year alive, I would want to be with my husband and son and daughter, and go on our biggest adventure. And I would want nothing but sunny weather!
Above shots include visits from one of their pet cats, Scooter and Nolen snuck out from assisting me with my light stand. I normally don't include group shots, but their's looked so natural, it really needed to be included. And then a great laughing outtake shot below.