Chris Fairbanks


I am very happy to be able to share another cool bit of news from the headquarters of Andrew Kemmis Photography on the blog today. As you might remember from this post here, I got the cover shot of the December 2011 issue of Corridor Magazine. Well, it turns out i've done it again. The April 2012 issue hit the streets today and features my shot of my good, lifelong friend, and all around talented SOB, Chris Fairbanks. The feature article highlights celebrities from Montana, but focuses mainly on Chris, as he has two shows coming up on April 28 at the Crystal Theatre in Missoula. On the evening we shot this photo, Chris was feeling kind of sick, but not enough to be deterred by my request to cover him in popcorn and dress him up in a Christmas turtleneck I have (don't ask). After we worked this scene, Chris threw a few screwdrivers at a telephone pole, dressed up like a "questionable" boy scout and then put on a poncho and asked to have water squirted at his head. We got a few gems that night, but this one definitely takes the cake in my opinion. What do you think about it?


I've never really been one to enter photography contests (aside from this one i guess). Early on, it was drilled into my head that many contest organizers are simply trolling for images which they can then use for other purposes without too much regard for ownership, copyright, payment or final usage. So naturally, I've been weary. However, we all know what they say about rules.

I had this shot in mind for a while, and when I saw the ad for the PDN Faces contest, it clicked. Also, PDN's rules clearly state that " retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee..." Right now, I am not banking on the prize patrol showing up with balloons and a big check as there are many quality images in this contest. However, it doesn't matter. I am personally pretty damn proud of this image, and at the end of the day, it makes me happy to look at it. That's enough ... although I wouldn't slam the door on the prize patrol.

What are your thoughts? Comment below.