Here are a few clues as to where I’ll be in the very near future. Slaying dragons isn’t technically involved, but it could totally happen.
Monthly Archives: March 2012
Man, I am a sucker for a couple that’s in love. Not only do Mike and Shannon obviously adore each other, they laugh together……..a lot. The comfort and playfulness they share is certainly part of why they are practically experts on how to “pose” for photos. Once we picked the “where”, all they had to do was be themselves, and it simply translated into photo magic. Tah-dah! I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful afternoon with these two sweet and lovely people. I’m so happy I got to take their engagement portraits, and I have a feeling they have a pretty wonderful married life ahead of them.
I’m so glad I had a chance to work with Fouche’ recently on his headshots. It may be hard to believe, but his personality is even cooler than his name. This was one of those shoots that seemed almost too easy. The weather was fantastic. Fouche’ was a breeze to shoot, and is really photogenic. I think I only fell off my step stool once or twice. My glasses even got to make another cameo appearance. Yay for awesome headshot shoots! Thanks a bunch, Fouche’.
Yay, Easton family! There should be a unit of measurement called “Easton Time”. It will measure fun, giggles, and anything-can-happen-ness. I adore this family, and always look forward to our photo play time. Holli’s sweet little ones have more personality each time I see them, and by the time we’re done shooting, it’s a given that my face will hurt from smiling. A big thanks for yet another wonderful day of Easton Time!
The wonderful Bensch family has welcomed a lovely little gal into the world. Yay! She is pretty darn perfect, you guys. Also, she took her new modeling gig in stride. She was extremely patient, content, and happy while we moved her this way and that. What a trooper. She’s totally living up to her rock star status. I also have to say that I think the last two photos of this post say a lot about newborn babies. It’s all “oooooh!” and sleep. Congratulations to this great family and their sweet little one.
It’s been way too long since I’ve posted an “Ode to Etsy“, and also too long since I’ve posted something for the brides-to-be. Two posts in one! So, this one’s for the girls. Etsy has some lovely, non-traditional (whatever that means anymore) wedding dresses. I’ve decided to post a bit of a theme here, so these are all shorter-type gowns. Also, they are all very reasonably priced. People still get married when the economy sucks. Save yo money, honey! I hope you enjoy them, and pass it on if you know a cool gal planning a wedding on a budget.
*Click the info noted above each image to be directed to the Etsy page for the item.
*Note: I did not take any of these photos, so I’ve included links to the items/sellers on Etsy.
Hey everybody! I’ve decided to post another installment from my “Scars of Ours” project. Still working towards a separate blog, but I want to keep moving forward in the meantime. This is a particularly special post because this story comes from my Dad. He’s a hard-working Jack of all trades, so he has a few scars. However, this is the one I’ll always remember most. It was pretty traumatic when it happened. It also seemed unfair that he had used his table saw for years without a safety, and then the first time he used the safety, this happened. I have to add two of my favorite parts of the story that he doesn’t mention in the audio. One is that his plastic surgeon’s name was Dr. Hand. The other is that for a while, he had 2 metal pins sticking out of his fingertip to stabilize everything while it healed. He used to freak people out by using it as a fork. My dad is cool. Here he is recounting how he fought for his right to play the guitar. Rock on, Dad.
I’m a big fan of the art work and stories of Edward Gorey. Like many folks, my favorite is his collection called “The Gashlycrumb Tinies”. Each drawing shows a child who’s name corresponds to one of the letters of the alphabet. Sounds cute, right? Well, the images also depict how each child dies. What I enjoy, is that most of the pictures imply the death rather than show the actual event. I decided to start a series of photographs inspired by Gorey’s unfortunate little characters. However, I’m using adults instead of children as the subjects. Also, I’m taking liberties with the names, genders, and how the deaths are interpreted. As I mentioned, these will be influenced by the originals. I think that’s more fun than simply trying to meticulously re-create something that’s already been done and is already wonderful in its initial form.
My first of these portraits is of my uber-cool friend, Linnea. I’m letting people pick which death they want to portray. She picked my favorite from the Gorey series…..ennui. So, we chatted about what that would look like to us, and snapped this pic. I may be a bit biased, but I think she totally nailed it. As in, this photo makes me so darn happy! Thanks Linnea, and I hope boredom never gets the best of you.
I’ll be continuing this series until I’ve covered the whole alphabet, so please stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy them!
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
― Kahlil Gibran
It’s a big week here at the old photo camp! I’m finally launching two projects that have been on deck for ages. The first will be a continuing series called Scars of Ours, where I take photos of scars, and record the stories of how they came into existence. Is this a wildly new concept? Nope. Does it have nearly endless possibilities? Probably. Is it a labor of love where I get to combine three of my favorite things: people, photographs, and stories? Absolutely.
Soon, I will have a separate blog specifically for this project. In the meantime, here is my first installment. It seems only right that my friend Amber starts this project off. Taking her headshots in 2005 was one of the very first official jobs I had as a photographer. Over the years, she has played nice with my camera many times. We like her. Also, she’s a cool, lovely person, and a great storyteller. Here, she recounts how she got some beautiful little markings. Thanks so much, Amber.