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Photographer: Shane Deruise


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There are a handful of people that I have shot once or twice a year for the past 10 years. Some have grown from children to adults, and some like Robert have simply aged like a slowly fermenting brew. I took some time out of my schedule last night to stop by and shoot some images of him, as well as document his ongoing full-body tattoo he has been building for almost 9 years. Some of you may know Robert from bar-tripping around Raleigh’s downtown scene. But true friends know him as a great artist, one of the three founding fathers of “Drunken Russian-Artist’s Night” (Among many other ill fated photographer gatherings), and guitarist for the best genre-defining math-metal bands to come out of North Carolina, The Abernathy Complex.

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The Abernathy Complex was one of the first bands to give me a shot at photographing them. Even back in the day with no lighting equipment, and an overbearing college professor filling my head with photo do’s and don’ts. Needless to say, I am very thankful for that day, as I made some of the nicest friends I have ever had.

To Robert, Mario, Johnny, David, and John… I hope the world finds you well, with beer in hand good sirs.

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Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

You can’t drive to Greensboro from Raleigh, and not stop by the Red Oak Brewery! Delicious brews to be had!

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Finished up a shoot documenting the oldest Denim Mill in the world (right here in North Carolina) for Monocle Magazine’s Dec/Jan Issue.

Can’t wait to post pics when the issue comes out! I do want to thank Delores & Stahle’ for showing me around and helping during the shoot!

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Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

Been busting the preverbal butt this week, wrapping up edits, and bringing several interesting jobs to a close. Before I can post those (waiting for the magazines to go to print) here is a still from the upcoming music video we filmed for Justice.

Love makin’ and Photo takein’!

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Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

So I have been kicking myself… I have been so busy shooting that PhotoBrew has suffered… I have a couple of episodes in the works, but each is still missing a bit of footage… where does one find the time!

Out on another shoot with a great musician, Wyatt… I am trying to find my style again after years of shooting what the client tells me to shoot… dirty money dictating the look.

More shoots from the week coming soon and perhaps some behind the scenes footage!

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Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

Brotherhood and friendship are taken very lightly this day and age, from your 1,576 “friends” on facebook, to your misspelled responses via textual transmission.

The world over there are few people I would stand back-to-back with and defend our drunken honor in a sailor-circle-brawl. It just so happened, in my limited travels, that I was able to photograph this man. A man so generous and jolly, you can’t help but shake his hand and thank god you met someone like him. Underneath his rough-and-tumble demeanor and his irish timbre, you will find a man so giving of the self, and quick to cheers a beer and call you brother. A man I am proud to call a friend.

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When you’re a Jet
You’re a Jet all the way
From your first cigarette
To your last dyin’ day

When you’re a Jet
If the spit hits the fan
You got brothers around
You’re a family man

Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

Back in from a busy weekend!

Last Werd Arts Group R&B artist Justice flew in from Atlanta this weekend so we could start filming the music video for his latest single “All I Got.”

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With a great crew and great weather we knocked it out! A little short of 12 hours, this is probably the fastest filmed music video in history. Did some great DIY on set, built a dolly/jib out of a wheelchair! I will try to get a tutorial up on PhotoBrew ASAP.

I would like to thank my assistant Guy, as well as Team Justice: Tank & Savage.

Here are some preliminary screens from the video:

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Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

A hot, hot weekend for music and beer! Took my saturday and headed out to Raleigh’s Scumfest, a rock-beer-vendor smorgasbord. Great music from all the bands… old friends, new friends… always a great thing!

Click through below to browse the set, and I may post some here later in the week, but it is late, and I am tired.

http://bit.ly/scumfest2011
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Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

Here we go! Episode 4 of PhotoBrew… better late than never!

Sorry about my raspy voice, it was early AM and I was so tired!

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Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

I have to say… this weekend I shot what might be the fastest shoot in my 14 years of shooting. Shoot during a hurricane? DAMN RIGHT!

Matt Papa has been continuously refining his music and instilling faith within thousands and thousands of people worldwide. Listen to his music and you can’t help but be touched on a spiritual level. So when the opportunity to photograph the gospel-rock phenom arose, you bet I jumped on it.

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Upon arriving to the location I was told that instead of 1 hour to work with I literally had 30 minutes to setup and shoot. Mind you, I had told my assistant to stay at home because I thought I was not crunched for time. Don’t think I’m complaining, cause I’m not… It was a great experience and I would do it everyday if I had the chance.

When you get the rare opportunity to shoot someone as amazing as Matt Papa you suck it up, get it done, and enjoy the experience. The lighting wasn’t an easy setup either, 5-6 strobes with a 10ft white backdrop and miscellaneous grip work.

After setup and one test pop, Matt stepped in. Eight shots and 4 minutes later he stepped out, thanked me, and the stage whisked him away.

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I like the second image, because it shows a very vulnerable side…

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Did I mention I had an AlienBees 800 drop 12 feet, hit the ground with a sickening thud, and still fire! THANK YOU PAUL C. BUFF!

Did I also mention I was packed up in 6 minutes? Not to brag…

Looking forward to doing some video work with him, so subscribe to my Youtube for all video updates so you don’t miss out.

If you get a chance check out his music, inspiring: Matt Papa.

Raleigh, NC Commercial Photography
Photographer: Shane Deruise

As of late I have been so concerned with lighting. Strobe this, reflector that. With my move to more commercial and editorial style I realized, photo buyers and art directors don’t want dark images. But then, within all the equipment, you can get lost and overwhelmed with the fact that, it’s just light!

It’s crazy to think that up to 4 years ago I was shooting everything with available light and fluorescents. Getting dirty in photoshop and trying not to crush the blacks (hey that’s not racist, google it!)

So on this particular shoot with folk/bluegrass singer J. Alan Casey, I decided to keep it simple and raw, in the shade with available light. What more can you ask? A nice fill light hitting his face from some sunlight breaking through the trees… does anyone wait for the decisive moment anymore?

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