Saturday, March 28, 2009

this photo has already gotten me at least 2 band promo photo shoots




i wasn't expecting to do any kind of real shoot yesterday when i went to ian and sarah's for band practice, but it was pretty fun and i'm pretty happy with the outcome of some of the photos.

wedding on a rainy day.

i'm shooting a wedding in a few hours. it's raining heavily outside and it's an outside wedding. oh joy. i want to try to find a clear umbrella. i could make some cool shots with it and it would cover me up while i'm trying to shoot. chances are, though that i'm just going to have to wing it and hope my camera doesn't freak out from getting a little wet (or that i will drop it in a puddle. both are very likely, knowing my clumsiness track record)

i'm considering shooting most of the wedding in aperture priority. i want control over the depth of field, but a lot of times when i shoot manually, i forget to double check my exposure and i get a lot of under/over exposed prints. with aperture priority, at least i'll have a more guaranteed exposure (in theory).

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the next week coming up is going to be somewhat busy. play rehearsal starts tomorrow afternoon. i'm excited to be yet another part of the tech crew for this. in between rehearsal and work, i think i have a photoshoot or two and i'm meeting with another potential bride about her wedding in september.

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this past week has been nice. i'll just leave it at that. .... now if the rain would just stop.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

last night i dreamed i met michelle obama and she was buying a $7500 sweater from JCPenny. why JCPenny? weird.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

there was a time in my photography life when i seldom used a flash. now i own 3, two which actually work, and always shoot with my strobes. i think it's time to get back to natural lighting and see what happens. (with the occasional strobe)

Monday, March 16, 2009

i think the movie once is my new favorite movie. not only is the soundtrack amazing, but the cinematography is amazing. marketa irglova has such an amazing voice.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

i updated my storefront for my online proofing site. i still need to add stuff to the slideshow portfolio, but at least now it's not outdated. i also need to get out and take more pictures.

the weather this week has been amazing. after getting home yesterday, i spent the rest of the afternoon either cleaning the yard or reading a book. i want to buy a hammock to place in the back yard for lazy days.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

parenting is tough. i make the mistake of trying to do EVERYTHING by myself and when i can't handle it all, i feel like i'm failed because i do have to ask for help. i think the biggest reason why i try to not ask for help is because i don't want to show any kind of weakness. i have a constant fear that carley's dad will try to take her away from me if he thinks that i'm not capable to taking care of her.

this past weekend was rough. i don't feel like going into the details, but calling friday night "dramatic" would be an understatement. it was a true test of how i (we) are going to handle carley during these next few trying years of teenage rebellion/hate/all the above. it was good to see, for once, her dad and i come together and work together for carley's sake.

things will get better. they already kind of are getting better. the phone is temporarily taken away from her. the computer is more than temporarily taken from her and she and i are spending more time together. it should have been that way in the first place, but we all get wrapped up in whatever is going on and lose focus. my focus is carley's happiness and how she and i can relate to each other and work together.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

photo manipulation is kind of fun.

this is a banner i made for luke and drew's band site. it's a little rough around the edges in some places but i was pretty happy with the outcome for my first attempt.

Friday, March 6, 2009

why is it that i feel like a failure when i have to ask for help.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009