So back in the early months of this year I had a wonderful write up on Offbeat Bride by the bride in a fall wedding I shot last year. Julianne wrote a beautiful article and punctuated it with my photos.
And I thought that was that. A lovely piece documenting a great wedding. Then last week I got an email from Buzzfeed requesting the right to publish my images on their blog/facebook/instagram. Which is kind of awesome. Even just a single image in that sort of pop culture social click behemoth that is Buzzfeed is pretty damn cool.
So thank you Julianne for your kind words and sharing your special day with me last fall!
A little bit ago I had a chance to spend a wonderful morning with Amanda and Morris capturing the time before being a couple becomes a family.
The first part of the session was around Lake Ella where we made great use of the early morning sun while side stepping the increasing duck population.
Afterwards they graciously let me invade their living room with my semi-mobile studio gear; leaving me lamenting the decision to purchase super heavy high wattage strobes.
For my first maternity session, I think Amanda, Morris and myself did pretty alright… going to have to update a family portraits page under services!
This might just be me trying to keep up posts and be more productive on the digital front than I have been in the past. Whatever… a far too long shift has scrambled my brains today. So I got my new business cards at the end of last week, a temporary fix while I design a new, semi-permanent design.
I also received the first print I’ve ever had finished on a stretched canvas frame this past Friday. I was extremely satisfied with the print but not sure if I’ll completely change over from my traditional Kodak Metallic prints. The benefit of being exhibition ready is very tempting but I do like the 3d effect from the Metallic printing. And I need to check out metal prints as soon as I hit the damn lottery.
So in other news, I’m slowly finishing off this site. I need to finalize the moment’s services page, create general galleries index, write a bio that makes me sound like less of an ass, add one or two more services and such. I’ve signed up with Google checkout to eventually provide an e-cart for prints/services/sitting fees and the like. Hopefully will implement this feature in the coming week. I’m also collecting testimonials from previous clients to help fill out my services pages which is turning out to be a slow process. Oh, and I have a show in the fall that is beginning to be planned. All that is certain at the moment is that it will be at City Hall in Tallahassee from September to November, we will have an after party/showing at Fermentation Lounge (hopefully) and that Carrie Ann Baade and Mandem are part of this group exhibition in which I’m an admiring shadow participant. Er. This is just going to be a crazy talented, totally surreal, quite a bit strange exhibition where your life quality will improved upon by simply laying eyes on the fruits of our labor. As it should be.
After several months of having out-of-date business cards with an old phone number and domain name, I finally ordered a set of temporary business cards last night. Its a small amount to tide me over until I have a finished design that I can order in bulk. The other option I’m considering is a set of cards for my art related content and another for my photographic services.
A few days ago I went road tripping with friends for the first time in quite a few months and came back with a fair amount of material for new collages. I’m going to try to regularly start shooting with collage in mind so I can have a whole new selection of work for a show in the fall and to greatly amplify my output. A wishlist of sites I need to photograph is forthcoming but butcher shop/junk yard/power plant are all definitely going to be on the list. After many friends have praised them, I made the leap and ordered a 20×30 canvas from CGProprints to see how my collages look on that sort of finish. It will be a great time saver in terms of mounting/framing if they look good but I’m a little weary of moving away from the metallic finish of Kodak paper.
And finally I’ll be working on creating a service page for vehicular collages over the next couple of days. I also need to come up with a snappy name for the damn thing. Basically I’ll spend 10-20 minutes (perhaps longer but generally not needed) photographing you and your favorite motorcycle, car, truck or whatever you love and then I’ll used the images to create a collage in the vein of my Alexian Images work. The textures and backgrounds will be build of spokes, pistons and speedometers; you’ll be able to specify whether you want your name or simply the brand of vehicle. I’m still trying to decide whether to offer it on a stretched canvas to simplify mounting and presentation or to have it on my traditional Kodak Metallic paper. Anyway, more to come.
As I write this, I’m still trying to decide whether to continue my Alexian Images blog in order to differentiate the less public, the stranger side of my art or condense the two domains into this singular site. I leaning towards the latter but as there isn’t really a time constraint on the decision, I’ll probably procrastinate for a bit. I’m slowly sculpting this into what I want to represent my personal work and my more commercial, service based photography. Its a bit of a struggle to express that I’m not a traditional photographer without frightening off new potential clients. I’m the photographic equivalent of Lynch’s Straight Story, I’m unique but Disneyland-friendly. New business cards are coming as I have changed domain names as well as phone numbers… the goal is to be finished by the end of the month. Headed to breakfast with the brilliant photographer Ansley Simmons tomorrow morning, a damn good start to a productive day where I hope to finish the bulk of this site and still get out and get some project starting stock photos of this world. I’ve got a few collages on the back burner and a ton of projects bursting forth from my mind. I just need some time now… and this will be the first and last post without a new photo or piece of art, I promise.