This is the commercial photography portfolio for Utah based traveling photographer, Kyle Sheppard encompassing small business and social media content creation
The Handsome Wade
Coffee is a truly amazing plant with its history of legend, intrigue, romance, and global trade. It's grown in more than 50 countries and as a whole possesses more unique volatile aromatics than wine. It sobered up Europe and sparked the Renaissance as the great thinkers gathered in cafes to share ideas over a cup of the mind-sharpening brew. Today, coffee fuels the modern American machine to the tune of 400 millions cups of coffee or 146 billion cups a year. On average, the coffee bean travels nearly 5000 miles from the farm to the cup in your hand.
After leaving the world of coffee as a barista to go full time with photography, I wanted an outlet for my obsession with the beverage. So I launched the coffee blog the Handsome Wade , a love letter of sorts to coffee and the culture that surrounds it.
Hailey and Evan are some of the best people to work with. They both are killer at what they do and they are just awesome people to be around. So when they asked me if I would shoot some promotional material for their upcoming hair and makeup workshop they are offering in Southern Utah, of course, I said yes. They did the initial look at the studio and then we piled into the cars and drove out to the Joshua trees near St. George. Part way through, Hailey did a make up change to demonstrate how drastically make up can affect the aesthetic of the shoot.
Southern Utah is pretty much known for being sunny almost all year round, which just makes me want to shoot every time it gets all cloudy and moody down here! So I usually put out a model call in hopes of putting something together within just a few short hours, it doesn't usually work, but it did this time! Danielle responded to the call, I loaded some film and headed out to find our location. I happened upon this tattered American flag in the desert outside of time and I knew I had to use it!
I first connected with Lisa through a collaboration shoot in Minneapolis last year. Lisa owns Talks with Animals Shop, a handmade jewelry boutique based out of Pennsylvania. She got in touch with me and asked if she could send some of her pieces to be photographed in the stunning Southern Utah landscape. So I snagged some clothing from Scout and Cloth, a local boutique and headed to Snow Canyon State Park with the beautiful Tyree Shaw for a little adventure jewelry session.
Milo's a cool kid and he really loves his Iron Man costume, when he asked his mom if he could wear it for his school pictures, she had to tell him no. To help mend his broken heart, she reached out to me and asked if we could do a photoshoot in his costume. I told her I could do one better, I just so happen to be friends with the Spiderman of St. George, a local vigilante who shows up to parties and hospitals to inspire kids. Milo was pretty timid at first, but slowly warmed up to racing, fighting, and posing with Spiderman.
Tori and I met up with Esther with yet another photographer friend who was shooting a senior session in Downtown Salt Lake City. Instead of bombard the poor girl with four different photographers, we let him get to work and we took a stroll around the block to see what we could see.
Two visits to Antelope Canyon in under a month? Pretty sure that makes me a super lucky guy! Ethan and I met almost 6 years ago at a summer youth conference in Oregon, I was his group leader. He ended up down in Arizona visiting family, so we decided to meet up and go on a little adventure around Page, AZ. I'm always thankful for friendships that can go years without face to face interaction and still pick up right where we left off!
I did an insane amount of research to find our wedding photographers, I really wanted to hire a husband/wife team which we don't have amongst our local photographers (atleast at the time I was looking). I found Isaiah and Taylor's work on Instagram and loved their style, so I thought I'd shoot em an email and see what happened. Over the following months of talking over text, email, and social media, Tori and I felt like we were going to be the best of friends with these two and couldn't wait to meet them in person. That opportunity presented itself when they were passing through Arizona, we met up with them in Page and had a day of adventure in Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Our feelings were right, we basically became best friends. This is how you know you picked the right wedding photographers, my friends.
Sarah // Zach
Anytime Zach is in town you can pretty much guarantee there will be many shenanigans and adventures and you really can't go wrong with Zion. So with a free afternoon ahead of us, we picked up Sarah and set off for the majestic canyon. It was cold, and due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, Sarah did not have access to the proper gear for the climate. But she was a real trooper and even sat barefoot on the cold sandstone without a jacket to help me get the shot, now that's dedication and friendship!
I drive past this spot on my way to a lot places here in St. George, the billiards sign always grabs my attention out of the corner of my eye, I've wanted to shoot here for a while. A couple weeks back I had a partially shot roll of 120 and a full roll of 35mm black and white film I wanted to shoot and it seemed like a fitting opportunity to play around with this little spot. I put a call out for a model and Cobair responded, and proceeded to crush it!
Zach and I developed a close relationship throughout his time in college thanks to a combination of Jesus, climbing, biking, and general shenanigans. After spending a year teaching English in Taiwan, he came back to St. George to spend a week with us, so it only seemed natural to take a little bike ride around an abnormally rainy St. George.