Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
after reading about a tragic drowning in cairo, il, i starting browsing through the photos i took there this past winter. sadly, i don't have many photos of the ohio or mississippi river, but i did have this oddly "threatening" photo i took of the cairo baptist church van.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
i bought this amazing book the other week when i was in chapel hill. i was reading the introduction by anne tucker and was nearly brought to tears with one paragraph that really struck true to my life - as a mother, woman, photographer and artist.
"women must also deal with the powerful factor of guilt: guilt for spending time on one's art and not with the children, guilt for not doing something demonstrably useful, and guilt for spending money on "inessential" supplies when no extra money is coming into their household."
my daughter is playing fast pitch softball. she really loves it and enjoys playing it. i'm not much of a sports photographer, but i enjoy playing around with compositions and looking for ways to photograph the games and make the images interesting.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
i have finally finished editing the wedding i photographed the other week. i have to take wedding editing in stages. 900+ photos to sort through, delete, sort, delete, edit, delete, sort... well, you get the point.
i'm really happy with how this wedding turned out and have been taking notes of things i need to really pay better attention to when shooting weddings in the future. (uniformity with hand placement in formal photos, different ways of "lining up" group shots, etc) next wedding i'm going to have an assistant. i can't do these alone... well, i can, but it's too stressful.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
friday night was the high school jamboree. carley wanted to go with a friend, which meant that i had to go in order to "supervise". i invited candi and her children to join me. i love candi's kids.
i love observing the brother/sister dynamic. sometimes it's hard to tell if leah is emulating alex's actions out of admiration or if she's just trying to annoy him. but i think it's cute that she wants to act big like him and prove that anything he can do, she can do. my brothers and i are 6 years apart (i'm the middle child). i don't know if i really did things like that. i certainly wasn't close with my brothers like leah is to alex. they play together and make a pretty great team... even when they try to annoy the living crap out of one another.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
with the newest game of humans vs zombies, it makes sense to post photos from previous games.
i never actually play the game. i believe i'm athletic enough and competitive enough, but i don't feel like being paranoid about zombies wanting to feed on me, chasing me and lurking around my home waiting to tag me. it's a fun game though and i've enjoyed photographing it. there was an article on the game in greenwood's new thump magazine, which is a free weekly magazine that highlights the town's music and arts scene. it's a great little magazine... now if we could only get good performers to come to greenwood...
Friday, August 20, 2010
i'm at the hospital right now, passively spending time with my grandmother. it's amazing the how much her health has declined in the past 4 days. seeing her in the hospital bed struggling for life is so painful, but i'd rather spend time with her while she's sleeping than sit at my house doing the same work i can do here at the hospital.
posting a wedding photo then talking about my dying grandmother seems grim. but as i think about it, i reflect on the positive aspect of my grandmother's life. she and my grandfather were married 65 years before he passed away in 2006. according to my grandmother, papa humphries never raised his voice at her and they rarely argued. it's amazing to see such a strong relationship so full of love and respect. then i look at my aunt and her husband. the past 10 years of their marriage they've spent living in different states. my aunt moved back home to south carolina to take care of my sick grandparents and my uncle stayed in greensboro, nc to work and tend to their home. he comes to visit every other weekend and spends his vacation time in south carolina with my aunt. their relationship is just as strong, if not stronger, that it was when they first said their vows. their marriage is a true testament of enduring love. i don't think any family or couple has the strength to endure what my aunt and uncle have had to live through and i love and respect them for that.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
it was close to this time last year, probably more like october, that i did a weekend trip to richmond, va. ken's close friends nathan and allissa were getting married. i decided to take candid shots of the wedding with my film camera (nikon f4s). i love these photos because they sum up this group of friends so well. i feel blessed to have been a part of that day.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
i did a quick shoot for my friends' costume shop. it was pouring down rain. i was (to be honest) not stoked on having to lug my equipment to the office, so i had a brilliant idea to set up in my garage. this shoot has actually made me want to really clean my garage out. it's full of old mattresses and smelly carpets and god only knows what else.
the shoot went well. all i used was a high powered work lamp and a silver reflector. when the guys got here, we made a fake "science lab" out of all the random crap i have. with the paneled walls, the shoot turned out looking like a promo shot for a weird 70's porn.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
i shot a wedding yesterday. the above photo is actually from the wedding rehearsal. i like the repeating lines and symmetry of the pews... then the asymmetry of the people sitting in the pews.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
jasper was sleeping by the door yesterday, so i took advantage of his weird body positions and tried to concentrate of the shapes and forms with his strange posture. the photos ended up being more interesting as a diptych and i really like how they line up. i believe it may be a little more "successful" if the break between the two photographs were a little more seamless, to make it into a little more abstract of a photo, but i believe it still works like it is.
Friday, August 13, 2010
i'm still trying to decide if i even like this. the images i shot last night didn't turn out like i wanted them to. all i had on in my bedroom was my reading lamp and the light in there looked really cool. i especially loved how my blankets/sheets were placed on the bed. (a big ball of nonsense) but it created interesting forms and shadows. in retrospect, i should have used a different lens. sometimes my 18-50mm lens just doesn't get the shot i want.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
i'm sure people on facebook got really sick of all the photo updates i did yesterday, but i had a really great shoot with the dance teachers from one of the local dance studios. not to mention, my daughter performed last night in her band she's been in all summer. so, needless to say, i had a lot of new stuff to post.
carley played in a band this summer. i really wish the girls would keep it up and continue to play together through out the year. the band was formed by the place that she takes guitar lessons from and they do this "camp" every summer. i think it's so great and really builds morale in these young folks.
i remember my first time singing in front of a crowd. i was in 6th grade and had been taking voice lessons at my school. i was soooo nervous at the recital. my voice cracked, i was shaking, i think i almost started crying on stage. it was horrible. i still get the same feeling before speaking in front of crowds, but i've gotten more comfortable with singing (due to karaoke, haha) but carley did awesome. i could tell she was nervous, but she kept it together and was awesome.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
my flash didn't fire, but the modeling lamp created this great shot of these two dancers i photographed yesterday. i don't know how i feel about all the negative space in the photo yet, but i actually think i like it. it would make great post cards or exhibit announcements. i have so much stuff to work on. i feel overwhelmed.
the good news is that i think i may have 2-3 figure study models. hopefully the girls will be okay with getting naked for me as long as i don't photograph their face. i never thought i would get into figure studies/photography, but i'm actually really enjoying it.
yesterday i photographed dance instructors. it was pretty fun... somewhat frustrating on my part because i'm still figuring out studio lighting. not to mention, the studio was full of mirrors, so the flash was reflecting through the background, through the mirrors. in some cases, it works, in others, it's obnoxious to edit out.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
this was taken while i was visiting cairo, il this past december (2009). i can't really decide if it's a very striking image or not, but there's something about the photograph that i really love. i do love the lines, the light pole as a focal point, the bright lighting on the buildings in the back, etc. it reminds me of a cityscape from the 1920s or something.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
i guess i'm making up for the few days that i didn't post photos.
i spent 5 days in chapel hill, nc, working with a friend on a project idea/figure study. eric and i have many other shoots thought out and planned. shoots that range from band photos to a dreadlock calendar (hah).
on sunday we spent at least 4 hours shooting. that's pretty much 4 hours of yoga for him. we didn't really realize how much we shot until we started loading photos on to the computer. this shoot was awesome. i can't wait to do more.