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Jason & Sadie Redman by Derek Coffman

Jason & Sadie Redman, I have known these two since high school.  Jason has been one of my best friends since then.  Jason and I have gone through a lot of things together, from less than legal street racing that ended up in a wrecked Mitsubishi Eclipse, Blue Thunder with as many subwoofers that I could stuff into the trunk, a Dodge Neon with a body kit a huge spoiler and the ever popular chrome Arelli Assassyns (go ahead and google those…. Not my proudest moment.) to his marriage to Sadie in September of 2016.

 

Sadie reached out to me for this specific shoot, a vintage inspired spring shoot.  Prior to the shoot, I wanted to make sure that we were all on the same page as to the direction the shoot was going to go.  Spoke a few times regarding wardrobe and things like that, then I had a solid idea of the look I wanted for the photos.  We had also talked about incorporating their two dogs, Jimmy Chew, and Frank.  This, in my mind was                                                                                             going to look really cool.

The photoshoot took place at Bee Tree County Park, specifically at the Eugene Nims House, which, if you haven’t been is a really neat place in a nice park that overlooks the Mississippi River.  I had brought with me an older wingback chair that has seen other shoots of mine.  I thought that this piece would give an overall warmer feel to the otherwise colder (because of the actual temperature) images.  Also, the velvet like upholstery of the chair photographs extremely well, and the vintage look of the wingback design has a timeless aesthetic presence.

 

Jason and Sadie arrived ahead of schedule and we started discussing the physical location and the different looks they were after.  “I want a dark and moody feel, something like Kingly and Queenly.”  Jason said to me.  I knew that they were going to be printing some of these photos for a large accent wall in their house.  From what Jason had described, I knew what direction to go artistically.  From there, we had a few different poses including the chair that turned out really cool, stately, regal, and somewhat Vogue-esque.  Now, getting these shots wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, that’s for sure.  The location was nothing more than a walkway behind this mansion that had a pretty steep grade that I almost fell down on more than one occasion.  As well as the terrain, the fact that I am 5’9” and Jason is about 6’3” proved to be difficult to boot.

After Sadie and Jason, I photographed Jimmy and Frank.  With the location, other people at the park, and just the fact that they are dogs, I knew I had to capture them in the poses that Jason and Sadie wanted as fast as possible.  Sometimes animals don’t cooperate as well as you would like, but these two were awesome!

When we were finished with that specific location, we walked around the Eugene Nims House to get some other shots that were requested.  Overall, the shoot went according to plan and very smooth.  Although it was a little cooler than we would have hoped for it to be outside, everyone, including my beautiful wife Kim (aka, my assistant, aka, my voice activated light stand, lol.) braved the slightly less than favorable temperature and were happy to wrap up yet another successful photoshoot.

Thank you Jason and Sadie for allowing me to photograph you guys and your pups!  And gosh darn it, next time you are south of 44 you guys better come to our house and hang out for a bit!!!!

Below are some of the incredible shots from Jason and Sadie’s shoot.

thiS Old HAt's Skye Keene and her Lafayette Park shoot by Derek Coffman

As I'm driving down highway 44 west, towards Hampton, I start to see some flurries.  Now, being from St. Louis, I know that at any given moment the temperature could be 80 degrees and sunny, then BOOM!  out of nowhere, golf ball size hail and temperatures plummeting down towards single digits.  This typically wouldn't bother me at all, however, the very next day I knew I had a shoot scheduled, outside....  Then, after about a quarter of a mile, as I am about to take the exit ramp to get onto Hampton north, I see a wall of snow completely engulf a billboard just off the highway!  The wind was extremely strong, pushing my Subaru around without any effort.  It was hard to see anything further than maybe a car length or two ahead of me.  At this point I am freaking out, wondering what the weather was going to be like the next day for the shoot.  At the next red light I quickly checked my phone to confirm the forecast.  Luckily, the forthcoming day was going to be much milder than the weather I was currently experiencing.  

Fast forward to roughly 9:30 AM, the next day.  I sent a couple emails to Skye ( the Owner of ThiS Old HAt; name sake is an homage to the lovely neighborhood of South Hampton, St, Louis often known as simply SOHA for short. ) detailing the location of the shoot, where to park and stuff like that.  Now, it's about 10:00 AM and I am arriving to the location of the shoot, beautiful Lafayette Park in St. Louis, Mo.  As I am setting up, preparing for the arrival of Skye I am starting to get a bit chilly.  The high temperature was forecast to be in the low to mid 40's.  The temperature was not about to get in our way for having a successful shoot!

Skye pulled up to the park, and she started to unload a few of her most recent pieces that she had been working on.  Wow, some seriously cool stuff!  If you guys haven't already seen the type of restoration she can do make sure you head on over to her facebook page here

“I want to live in a world where we can stop and appreciate the ugly things for the beautiful life they have ahead of them.” so eloquently put by the owner herself. 

 

As we carried the furniture over to the small bridge situated at the southeast corner of the park.  We began to talk about the history of thiS Old HAt.  Here is a brief history of Skye and how ThiS Old HAt Furnishings came to be:   "I have not always been refinishing Old, tired and ugly furniture.  I graduated High school from Doniphan High school in 2002.  I quickly enrolled in Three Rivers Community College and  received my Associates degree as well as a Paralegal degree while working full time as assistant to the superintendent at Southeast Missouri Residential Services (DMH).  During this time I was helping care for my papa.  He was really sick, but we became closer than ever.  As cliche’ as it sounds he was my very best friend.  He made me promise to do what I could in this world to be happy doing what I loved.  When he passed away I  moved to the St. Louis area to be closer to my family.  My life changed.  I loved STL, but wasn’t passionate about where I worked.   Skip to 5 years later I was working in a Tax Preparers office working 60 hours plus at times.  I needed a way to channel my stress.....wouldn’t anybody?!?"  Clearly my memory isn't thaaaaat good, that is straight from Skye.

And....that’s how “Distressing to Destress” was born!  I started refinishing anything I could get my hands on.  Once I sold my first piece I was hooked!  My family and friends encouraged me to start a business so I took that advice then ran with it.  I love the feeling of being able to take a piece of furniture that’s been neglected, abused and left alone and making it lively again.

We began the shoot and everything had a great flow.  Skye was a natural!  I had some ideas, she had some ideas, and together, I think we captured exactly what Skye was looking for in regards to her new marketing material.  

Again, if anyone is looking for some really great furnishings for your home or office, make sure you check out This Old HAt Furnishings.  

I was very happy to help a local entrepreneur that has a great eye for detail.  Thank you Skye for allowing me to capture these images for you and your furniture restoration business.  I wish you all the best and look forward to future business!!

Here are some images from this awesome shoot with Skye Keene: