Thursday, November 20, 2008

Less words, more photo... next time!

I feel like I've been a bit too neglectful of my poor little blog lately. Even though the process of shooting images hasn't been as active as I would like it, I have been busy working backstage at getting everything ready for Austin.

I have a name thought up. I'm creating business card holders tomorrow. I need to work on the new logo. My listing is launching tomorrow as well. So look forward to maybe a few shots of card building factory, maybe the 5k run this weekend and some family Thanksgiving shots. :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Why am I moving to Austin in January?

Well its more a combination of many reasons that makes me think that it is the perfect city for me.

It's a career move for sure, but even without mentioning my career the town itself fits more of my personality. I firmly believe in sustainability and Austin is a city that makes it easy to be green. And when I am surrounded by a productively green city, it makes me happier.

When I get to Austin I will be living in a housing cooperative which is basically where a group of people co-own the house and live together and function together (cook, clean and everything else) in order to share the profits and benefits. I would put in a few hours of work a week and the rent, utilities and even meals are covered under my monthly rent for a lower cost than it might be to live in a house.

I had a conversation with someone the other night and to him a co-op sounded liked a prison, but for me, I'm a minimalist. I'd rather not own any more that what I can shove in a backpack and pedal away with. When I was in college I lived in a one room studio where my bathroom sink was also my kitchen sink. I didn't mind it because I only came home to sleep and shower. I spent my days doing photo, working or going to school. I'm more content with a back to back schedule of events than I am hanging out at home.

Something that I've always wanted in a city was the ability to be able to ride my bike as a mode of transportation. Arlington really doesn't have the layout, bike lanes, or even knowledgeable drivers for a bicyclist to safely ride on the road.

In Austin and especially around campus and downtown, there are bike lanes as well as trails that make it easy to run errands and daily activities without having to own a car.

In the case of rain or farther trips, the city does have a bus system and I will also be sharing a car with my sister, who attends UT.

Thats another reason to be down there. My sister and I both seem to be at a place in our life, that having each other at a close distance will come to benefit both of us mentally and socially.

Now career wise, I think that Austin is a better fit for me and my shooting style/creativity. The way I see people, the details I want to bring out, the photographs I want to portray all seem to be the exact opposite of what I find in DFW. Three of my favorite photos that I would absolutely love to have printed on my business cards, I had to hold them back because I knew that the clientele here would be turned away from them.

Basically I believe that if I moved to a more liberal city then I would have the capabilities to express myself more freely than I would get to here.

Besides a homemade business card holder consisting of some boards and screws would only look right in a place like Austin! :)

p.s. and no this move is not for a boy, no boy in my life at the moment. Simply a selfish move all about me! :) (maybe sis is thrown in there too)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Spooky Spa!

I shot interiors of a spa for my client and I really liked this one... its got a strange dungeon eerily look to it! I'm sure he's not trying to portray that for a spa! :) But nonetheless I like the oddness of the pic! :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

An impromptu Marissa photo session

Quick sunset photo session at the park in Grand Prairie. 

Mud Run 2008

"Mud Run is a combination of regular citizens, Civil Servants, companies, teams, colleges and some military personnel competing together through a series of boot camp styled obstacles that have been surrounded by (or consist entirely of) mud. The race is 10K and it is unique to the state of Texas."

Don signing into his male individual race.

Lacing up with the chip that'll track his time.

A quick military pull-up session for ole times sakes :)

The low crawl.  **note** I lost Don after a few obstacles... so his friends benefitted in ways of photos instead :)

Over and under.

The Stairway to Heaven.

Tim going through The Tubes.

Albert in the low crawl.

The mud run is meant to be fun! :)

Final obstacle, the last wall and then a hop, skip and jump to the finish line!

Next year... I'm doing it with my siblings and friends. It's right around my bday so I'm gonna hire a photog to document it :) So if you are reading this and want to either join or shoot, send me a message! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Updated self-portrait

A self portrait I shot the other day with my new lighting set-up!

Firing range fun!

For my birthday, I wanted to go to the firing range, and my friend Don took me.

Don being taught how to use the rifle by his friend Joe. 

The boys shooting.

I'm a great marksman! I think it has to do with the aiming and holding still that I'm used to with the camera! Was a fun time! :)  Next up is photos from Mud run for this coming weekend!

Some work samples from a few weeks ago.

I was asked to shoot lawyer shots, but to make them seem less like the typical shot of a lawyer in front of books. 

I went with a simple approach at the park, this is my favorite one of the set. 

This is a good example of a headshot!

And of course I had to add a photo in that represented what I thought was the most fun photo! :)
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