MINI PENNY: Weekstagram // May 4

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekstagram // May 4

When Phil and I first met each other, it was through friends-of-friends on Facebook. I remember being wary of the first email exchange (this was 2007 or 2008, mind you. I still had on my making-friends-via-the-internet training wheels) and being curious as to why this man was asking me about photo equipment. See, he was abroad in Afghanistan. Quickly, I let my guard down after seeing his kind nature shine through his messages — and we've been great friends ever since.

He picked up equipment and started shooting. And he had a great eye. Upon his return to the US, his work increased tenfold. Sometime in 2009, we started shooting together for fun. We would play with lighting, take small trips to my hometown, or shoot film around the city. I snapped this photo of Phil in his living room in Columbus, Ohio. We always had this ongoing joke that Phil heavily resembled Michael C. Hall and joked about his 'dark passenger.'

Since those days, Phil has moved to Portland,  Oregon, where he is a full time photographer. His work is outstanding and continues to impress me every day. I was happily surprised to see him featured on VSCO journal recently with some of his street style work. Phil's drive, ambition, and the fact that he's always smiling makes me proud to call him a friend and certainly pushes me to be better.

Be sure to check out Phil's Wedding and Portraiture work, as well as his personal photography. He's on Instagram, too!

This is my entry for Instagram's Weekend Hashtag Project #whpsilhouetted. You can follow Mini Penny on Instagram @minipennyblog.

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