Archive for September, 2009
GeekFest 2009 St. Pete, FLA September 17th, 2009
Last weekend I ventured down south of the Mason-Dixon Line for GeekFest 09, a gathering of rabble rousing visual journalists that need a place to commune. Corey Perrine called it Camera Camp. Officially it’s the annual gathering of members from the AphotoAday community. Melissa Lyttle always drops some inspirational speakers on us: Sam Abell, Bryan Moss, Damon Winter, , Allison V. Smith and her Superficial Snapshots, Pat Farrell, Dai Sugano, Bob Croslin, Nicole Fruge, and many other geeks I dearly love.
My friend John H. White always talks about the the need to recharge your batteries, to build your photographic armor, to bask in some PJ love. (video here) These are all people who have a common goal, to document, to tell stories with their cameras, to be awesome visual servants. Everyday in newsrooms it gets heavy, everyday my phone goes nuts with car crashes, shootings, fires, stabbings. You gotta find the small slice that lifts your soul and makes you want to be better. To tell better stories, to effect more change. I love my geeks. I miss them already. But it’s nice to be home and working.
Suzanne Tennant Photography September 15th, 2009
One of my good friends and favorite photographers, Suzanne Tennant, launched her new website recently. Back in the days of working in an office and not out of your car. Suzanne, Tamara Bell, our photo chief Jon Langham, and myself would usually end up toning photos, arguing, asking questions, being loud and all the comradery that comes with being in love with storytelling and wanting to share your love with the world.
Here are two of my favorite images of hers and a very good multimedia piece she put together recently. Check her site now.
Shunt and Lisa 08.15.2009 September 9th, 2009
I was honored to document the wedding of Shunt & Lisa for J. Brown Photography. Very cool people who were completely comfortable and natural with each other. You can view and order photos here. This is just a sample of my favorite images.
5th Floor Photography September 9th, 2009
Last year I sold my share of the Hart & Brown Photography business I built with my friend Jason Brown. Shooting weddings is a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Jason wanted to take the business full time and he’s killing it. So just when I thought I’d retire and spend some time this summer with my wife I was asked to join a new venture, 5th Floor Photography, led by Chase Agnello-Dean. (check out his snazzy headshot here)
My first Detroit Tiger game September 1st, 2009
I spend 5-6 days a week documenting the lives of strangers. Weddings, sporting events, parades, babies, old people. So it was nice to document the lives of someone in my family and get a day off.
We took my 2-year-old nephew, Lucas, and almost 11-month-old niece, Claire to their first game at the new Tiger Stadium. I have so many memories in the old Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumbull. My dad would take us there and I’d cheer on Kirk Gibson. My little brother was a Lou Whitaker fan. My Aunt Joni loved Matt Nokes. I remember those long creaky walkways in the upper deck. Standing along the outfield fence during batting practice. No one from Detroit can ever forget the image of Gibson after hitting the home run off Gossage to win the World Series in ’84.
Even though the Tigers lost it was nice to sit in those stands and make memories for the next generation of disappointed Tiger fans.
Then in typical Detroit fashion we go back to a car parked in an empty lot behind some abandoned building.
Training is Personal September 1st, 2009
I spent the morning working on a story about a personal trainer, Ralph Griffiths, owner ENRG Fitness. He was giving a personal training session to Jennifer Coghlan in her home. They were both super fun to hang out with even if it was before 9 a.m. Griffiths has a blog you can check out and find out more about him here.