Get Home Bag – Hurricane Edition

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the east coast and wouldn’t you know it? work wants me to come in still. this isn’t the first time work has asked me to come in during inclement weather. the last time, I wore my snowboarding pants to work and had to hoof it to the subway station to get (mostly) home. Read More »

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T – 1 Month

Halloween is just around the corner, as you may have noticed with the awkwardly early store displays or the chilly evenings we’ve been having. Last year about this time, I was working on my Teddy Roosevelt head:

Stage 8 - AWESOME!

and as I considered options for this upcoming halloween, I can’t get over wanting to make another giant dome piece. I considered a few options but finally settled in on an old favorite.

domo blueprint

I’m going to be work on a Domo head. I’ll keep you posted on how things are turning out, but so far it’s looking great!

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On the Road Again

Black and Whites

So I missed my transfer at metro center today, and while waiting on the platform and backtracking, I thought of a little metro song. I don’t know why, but Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again popped into my head. for those of you who don’t know it, here it is for your listening pleasure:

but here are my lyrics: Read More »

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Sorry Frank

Found a couple weeks ago:

I will be getting married on october 19th , I need someone for four hours from 4pm to 8pm to take pictures, I can pay you 100 dollars plus dinner and transportation, please call me @ 1-302-xxx-xxxx ask for frank, thanks.

Hopefully this person gets some responses from photographers with a good reputation but I get the feeling there aren’t too many DC photographers who would take a 4 hour gig (with an additional 12 hours of processing time on the back end) for $100. I do wonder about the transportation cost the person would pay – $0.50 per mile? the area code is Delaware (about 2 hours away?), so you may actually get paid more for transportation than you would for the gig itself.

Tip: try to look at the photographer’s time as a whole unit, not just the part they will be in front of your face.

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Great Advice

it’s hard to come by good advice, but you you find it, share it.

tahoe vacation

This is one of the best summaries of good advice I’ve read in a long time.

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CL Post: The Next Day Wedding

Benabe Bernaola Wedding 2011-8792.jpg

When booking any vendor for an event, you will inevitably come to the point where you have to decide on how much time you need that vendor. this is very true for weddings and all the vendors you need: caterer, band, dj, the ceremony venue, the reception venue, limo service, and my favorite topic, the wedding photographer. recently I’ve been finding myself looking at Craigslist ads for posts people put up for “wedding photography”. I haven’t come to the point where I use craigslist as a medium for finding wedding gigs, but I can see how it could be useful to attract more work.

the thing I’m finding a lot of are really scary posts by people who are getting married (yay!) who are writing horrible CL posts for wedding photographers. Take this one, for example:

I need a last minute photographer to cover a 1 hour wedding ceremony in Maryland tomorrow from 10:15-11:15.

Partners have asked for a finalized CD of edited photos. Willing to pay $125 for services.

Please respond to this ad if you are available tomorrow at this time and the pricing will work for you. Read More »

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Spider Holster 2-Year Review

As you may already know, I’ve been using the Spider Holster for about 2 years now. it is a very well made product that gives you peace of mind when using it. You can read my first impressions here.

Spider Holster System - hanging

So there are people who do not like the spider holster. I think this one blog sums up the major complaints pretty well. in case you don’t want to read it, it was basically:

– volume added to the base of the camera due to the spider plate
– the positioning of the holster on the belt
– the weight of the holster on the belt dragging down his pants

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Teddy’s Last Outing

This is the first time I’ve been able to use my halloween costume again. After waiting for the DC to “thaw” from our super mild winter, baseball season is upon us and I was finally able to debut the Racing Teddy giant head at Nationals Stadium for a Nat’s game!

Stage 8 - AWESOME!

as you may remember, it took about 6 weeks for me to put the head together with chicken wire, elmers glue, newspapers, and a bunch of paint:

In the end, the giant head was a big hit. anyone who’s seen the 4th-inning presidents’ race at a National’s game knows that teddy never wins, despite the fan following of Let Teddy Win. Read More »

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Polyface Farms Visit

Polyface Farm 2012-0147.jpg

if you’ve read the Omnivore’s Dilemma or watched Food, Inc, you already know about Polyface Farm. their unique farming methods are only underscored by farmer Joel Salatin, who runs Polyface (the farm of many faces).

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Artomatic 2012

Artomatic wall - hung

in case you somehow missed the ads on the subway, radio, and local newspapers, Artomatic 2012 just concluded in Crystal City. I was remiss in writing about it – things just got so busy I barely mounted my display wall! but I was really happy about the planning this year. I made paper cutouts for all the photos in frames that I wanted to mount so I could see how I wanted it to look on the wall. this really sped up the mounting process, because I just brought my photos and threw them onto the wall and I was done!

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