Tuesday @ 7 - #5: Colton Kingston

Here's the thing I love about doing Tuesday @ 7's: it's all experimental. I'm just taking friends out to shoot, which means I get to do whatever I want and push myself and try new things. 

So when I asked Colton to do a shoot and he said he wanted it to be dark and serious, I got super excited. Shooting in low light is really difficult, especially with the camera I'm shooting with. So the thought of getting to practice that and figure it out was really fun for me. Also, I like really moody, dramatic photos so I was pumped to take some of my own.

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I loved the darker feel of this shoot. The location was so cool and it was exactly what Colton and I were going for when we talked about it. I don't remember exactly when, but at some point I remember thinking that the more I make him look like a villain from Batman, the better.

A bit about Colton. Even if these photos may not show it, he might just be the funniest person I've ever met. Few people can have me crying laughing by just talking through the thoughts they had throughout the day. I've had a couple of classes with Colton and he always has the class rolling with his comments. It amazing.

And that's just the thing. You know those people who just make you happier because they're there? That's Colton. When he walks in the room, I feel like I can let out a sigh of relief because he just has the sort of de-stressing effect on the atmosphere. 

Generally, it seems like funny people are mostly funny and serious people are mostly serious. But the thing with Colton is that he is somehow both at the same time. Somehow he can seamlessly flow from the funniest tirade of comments you've ever heard into a profoundly deep, timely word of encouragement and wisdom.

Eventually we decided to go outside and we found some of the craziest graffiti ever. A red, robot fire dragon. An entire planet. Floating Dallas. Deep Ellum doesn't make sense, but it's still cool.

It was great hanging out with Colton today. I think we can all learn from his happiness, encouragement, motivation, and wisdom.


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