Monday, May 18, 2009

Recent other stuff

yes, I know, my blog titles are riveting. This Spring has been pretty hopping around here with album designs, a regular flow of prints, weddings and some recent editorial work. The most recent editorial piece ran in today's Wall Street Journal. It was actually a fun fast assignment when the picture editor called me around 1pm and said I could work on this over the weekend if I wanted to. I, however, had 2 weddings this weekend so there was no having of that. I got the call about 1:30, hopped to it and was done by dinnertime. It was actually rather fun being thrown a random challenge that had to be figured out and executed with no time to plan, think, coordinate or lollygag. I met up with Philadelphia Councilman Clarke and Mayor Nutter and did some street shooting of some buildings around Center City for a story about the local real estate tax abatement issue. Here's a link to the pictures on the WSJ website.

Another editorial assignment was really cool. I spent some time photograping Jack Witherington whose business is building anything Timber Frame. My very limited understanding of this construction style is that it does not involve any nails. I won't pretend to understand how that works at all. Jack started the business in the late 1990s after losing some clients in another economic downturn and turned the loss of income into an opportunity to invest in himself and his own passion. Today he has a thriving business doing what he loves. I really admire guys like Jack who see change as not just the end of something or a disaster but rather an opportunity to try something new. That's how I got into moving from editorial photography into weddings and I can't imagine what it was like going to work.

Friday, May 15, 2009

One from the archives

I've been working on an album for clients from, ahem, 2006, :) and was happy to see that they included this little gem of a shot. I always liked this picture and now that it's reemerged into my photographic life it's made its way back onto the site edit. To me it has this fun, almost anachronistic, feel of the little modern gothish girl and the old school looking guys who could be extras for a movie. I love the contrast of her almost stoic expression in attention-getting clothes that shows off a more mature attitude yet she's being a pure kid playing with the bubbles and their matter of fact smoker's moment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

gettin' geared up

I feel like a bull about to charge. Stomping the ground, getting ready to get serious about business. The next four weeks will see five weddings, including a trip to Florida's Marco Island for one of the weddings. In the midst of all this me and the family are going to sneak in a little get away after Rachel and Dan's wedding in Florida.

I had to feel for these guys, a month ago I didn't know Rachel or Dan, but they knew my friend Kevin in Chicago. Thanks to the World Health Organization's ranking of the Swine Flu as a massive pandemic, Rachel and Dan felt that it wouldn't be right to ask their guests to travel to their well planned wedding along the Mexican Riviera when no one really knew what this apparently nasty virus was all about. I was happy that I was available and could squeeze them into a rather busy month and give my wife a few days on the beach as well. I can't wait to meet them in person next Friday at the rehearsal dinner, as soon as they find a place! Not that I can't wait for all my other weddings but I haven't met these guys yet and they're doing a great job of managing a rather stressful series of events with a lot of grace. I'm sure we'll hear all sorts of great stories Friday night.

Meantime, I'll be getting geared up for local weddings at the John J. Audubon Center, the Four Seasons, The Curtis Center and the Park Hyatt at The Bellevue!!!


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I'm a veteran photojournalist with 20 years of experience telling stories with pictures.