Faces of Zambia

 Faces of Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

Faces of Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

A year ago I was blessed with an opportunity to check an item off my bucket list and visit Africa for the first time. Michelle Stumpe, founder of Children of Conservation, reached out and asked if I would be interested in going with them to document the opening of a new school in northern Zambia. Interested wasn't the word... thrilled is more accurate.

The challenge was being away from my three month old son for a couple weeks. After weighing my options I quickly accepted with no time to spare. I literally had 18 days to get all of the required vaccines and my yellow card added to my passport otherwise I would have been stopped at customs entering Zambia. Funny thing was that many of the vaccines were required to protect the animals, not myself. We would be interacting with orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya and rescued chimpanzees at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia. 

 School boy in Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

School boy in Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

 Friends in Zambia by Jeff Walton

Friends in Zambia by Jeff Walton

 Girl in Zambia by Jeff Walton

Girl in Zambia by Jeff Walton

 School teacher in Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

School teacher in Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

 School kids in Zambia by Jeff Walton

School kids in Zambia by Jeff Walton

 Classroom in Zambia by Jeff Walton

Classroom in Zambia by Jeff Walton

 Family home in Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

Family home in Zambia by Jeff Walton Photography

Elephants and chimps were both dreams come true for me, but the highlight of the trip was getting to know the children and families of the small Twompane community where we were staying in Zambia.

A year before our trip, Children of Conservation began construction on a new school building which would offer education beyond the sixth grade level. To put that into perspective, until June of 2017 this small community's education stopped at the sixth grade. At that point children either found education opportunities outside of the village with very little transportation, or they began working in the farms or at Chimfunshi. 

During this time I shot a couple thousand photos covering meetings with officials, safari expeditions, parties and celebrations honoring the work Children of Conservation is doing. I've pulled some selections featuring the Twompane community, some portraits and some landscapes, and published a book titled Faces of Zambia.

A portion of any licensing fees, book orders and print sales will be donated back to Children of Conservation to help them continue their efforts across Africa. 

Emma Dumont in Studio

 Emma Dumont in studio with Jeff Walton Photography

Emma Dumont in studio with Jeff Walton Photography

 Emma Dumont in studio with Jeff Walton Photography
 Emma Dumont in studio with Jeff Walton Photography
 Emma Dumont in studio with Jeff Walton Photography
 Emma Dumont in studio with Jeff Walton Photography

Actress Emma Dumont came by the studio for a few promotional shots. You might recognize her as Polaris from The Gifted on Fox. We basically photographed a catalog of shots for Emma to submit for her recent interviews by ZiNK Magazine, FanSided and Anthem Magazine. Thanks to a great crew that included stylist Vivian LC Style, hair and makeup by Grace Armas and on set assistant Deborah Fang.

The Experience with Bulgari

 "The Experience" for Bulgari by Jeff Walton Photography

"The Experience" for Bulgari by Jeff Walton Photography

Needless to say that I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with Bulgari, an international luxury jewelry brand based in Rome, Italy with roughly 300 stores located in only the most exclusive shopping areas around the world. My assignment was to capture "people" and the "Bulgari experience"...

 The Experience for Bulgari by Jeff Walton Photography

The Experience for Bulgari by Jeff Walton Photography

 The Experience for Bulgari by Jeff Walton Photography

The Experience for Bulgari by Jeff Walton Photography

ANTM's Dustin McNeer in Studio

 Model Dustin McNeer in studio by Jeff Walton Photography

Model Dustin McNeer in studio by Jeff Walton Photography

Male model Dustin McNeer, recently seen on America's Next Top Model (ANTM), stopped by the studio for some editorial testing and head shots. He's currently represented by Directions USA & NEXT Models Miami. Styled here by Jules Salinas with hair and makeup by Grace Armas.

 Dustin McNeer by Jeff Walton Photography

Dustin McNeer by Jeff Walton Photography

 Dustin McNeer by Jeff Walton Photography

Dustin McNeer by Jeff Walton Photography

 Dustin McNeer by Jeff Walton Photography

Dustin McNeer by Jeff Walton Photography

Recent Work: Sharon Leal

 Actress Sharon Leal photographed by Jeff Walton

Actress Sharon Leal photographed by Jeff Walton

We recently worked with actor and singer Sharon Leal to shoot editorial promotional portraits leading up to the release of her new single Giant and the feature film Addicted. The request was for a studio look but with Sharon's busy filming schedule we decided to mimic a studio setup on location.

Addicted, a film based on the novel by Zane, hit theaters on October 10th. Sharon Leal's EP featuring the single Giant is available for pre-order on iTunes.

 Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

  Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

  Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

  Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

Sharon Leal by Jeff Walton Photography

Recent Work: eHolster Product Line

 eHolster product photography by Jeff Walton

eHolster product photography by Jeff Walton

Scott Quarterman, owner of eHolster, called on me recently to organize a product photo shoot to update his marketing materials. Based on his description of what he needed I worked up a proposal for a half-day shoot. We started in the studio focussing on clean detail product shots, then finished up outdoors so he could have some out-and-about lifestyle images featuring his products.

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Team: models Natasha Loudermilk and Max DiNatale; hair and makeup by Grace Armas.

Recent Work: Triple E

Triple E editorial photography by Jeff Walton

Lately, I have been so happy with the variety of shoots we've been booking. I've always loved a challenge that involves photographing new concepts and ideas. Being a photographer who mainly focuses on people, the best weeks are those in which I get to take portraits of individuals with distinct personalities, backgrounds, and stories to tell.

I feel lucky to not only be encountering that kind of variety in my work but to also work with people in the music industry whose artistry and personas differ from each other. 

In comes Triple E: an amazing opportunity to work with such an inspiring and charismatic personality. It is truly an honor to work with fellow artists, getting to discover who the artist is and trying to represent their music through visual media. Nowadays, photography plays such a key role in representing the music industry, conveying the brand behind the music. I'm very proud to have hosted Triple E in the studio to shoot these editorial promos for his new single.

Triple E editorial portrait by Jeff Walton

Triple E editorial portrait by Jeff Walton

Triple E editorial portrait by Jeff Walton

Sanford & Barbara Orkin Support Ringling

Sanford & Barbara Orkin in Ringling's CONTXT publication, Fall 2013

I was extremely excited when my alma mater, Ringling College of Art & Design, reached out to me to schedule and photograph a portrait session. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to be included in their bi-annual publication, CONTXT Magazine, which I encourage you to check out on the Apple App Store HERE. For the Fall 2013 issue, Ringling was working on a section featuring a few of the school's generous supporters. I was hired to work with Sanford and Barbara Orkin, long time supporters of the University of Georgia (UGA) and Ringling College of Art & Design (RCAD) and, also, a business savvy couple and delightful people to meet. I had a great time meeting and chatting with Mr. and Mrs. Orkin about my experience at Ringling and their support of the art community.

I am very happy to have made a contribution to the Fall 2013 issue of CONTXT and extremely thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Orkins' support of Ringling College of Art & Design.

Sanford and Barbara Orkin by Jeff Walton

Sanford and Barbara Orkin by Jeff Walton

Sanford and Barbara Orkin by Jeff Walton

Barbara Orkin by Jeff Walton

Sanford Orkin by Jeff Walton