Street Portraiture: Faces of Kissimmee, #1

I am taking on a new personal street portraiture project, which I am calling “Faces of Kissimmee.” A once-small town in Central Florida, Kissimmee has tons of historic charm and character. In 1950, the population of Kissimmee was a mere 4,310 people. These residents primarily made their living either cattle ranching or growing citrus. When Walt Disney World opened its gates in 1971, Kissimmee was thrust into an unprecedented age of growth and forever changed. Its primary industries are now travel and tourism. In the wake of that change, the population has grown to more than 60,000 people.

Mark [Click image to view larger size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/2.4 at 1/750 sec., 85 mm

Mark [Click image to view larger size.] Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/2.4 at 1/750 sec., 85 mm

I am going to be concentrating on random, unstaged street portraits for this series, and posting the photos here on “I Shutter at the Thought!”. It is my hope you will enjoy viewing some of the faces I encounter on the streets of Kissimmee, Florida.

Want to be featured in this project? If you’re in Kissimmee, send me an email and let’s set something up! There is no cost or obligation other than consent for me to use your photo.




One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
– Freiedrich Nietzsche, “Thus Spake Zarathustra”

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/30 sec. at f/4, 50 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/15 sec. at f/4, 50 mm


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The Threat of a Woman

Before getting to today’s photo, let me just say “Thank you!” to Echwalu – author and artist of a tremendous photo-blog in Uganda, for nominating I Shutter At The Thought! for a 2012 Versatile Bloggers Award. I am humbled by and grateful for the recognition by this wonderfully talented photographer. 

It is rare that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man,
but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.

– Alexandre Dumas Père

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, 50 mm, SB-900 and SB-700 Speedlights


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A Little Bit Country

Photographing Amber put me once again at Salt Lake City’s Wheeler Farm, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite locales purely from the standpoint of versatility and accessibility. I’ve been to Wheeler Farm at least once every week for the last four weeks! If you’re a local and you’ve not been, it’s a great destination for spending an afternoon relaxing outdoors in the sunshine.

Nikon D300, 1/40 sec at f/4.5, fill-flash using Nikon SB-700 Speedlight with (modified) Gary Fong LightSphere


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Autumn and Bailey

I had the opportunity to photograph twins Autumn and Bailey yesterday. A really fun photo from the session came when the two kissed just as I was moving to change my position. I barely had time to react and catch the shot.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/50 sec. at f/13


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