I thought I was out, but they pulled me back in...

And when I say, "they," I mean my Studio Murder partners in photo crime and a couple of very persuasive models. 

Added a couple of new photos to kick it off, a few changes ahead and some new content soon.


a gif worth giving

some fun showing the post-production transformation.


Delmarva Biker World

This is where I spend April-ish to about October-ish. When I first moved to the area, my first big client was a custom motorcycle shop called Iron Angel Customs. One day, I'll write all about our first shoot. It's worth writing about because anyone (of the 60+ people) who was there will have their own piece of the story to share. It was really great in one way but just cringeworthy in others. We can laugh about it now. It took a while to get to this point, though.

Anyway, so here we are... about four years later and I can't see myself not being a part of the Delmarva biker community. These events are filled with characters and people I could photograph all day long. This was the first event I attended this season and I borrowed a 1.4 50mm ikkor lens from John over at J Nugn Photography and these were some of the lifestyle images I got. Incidentally, this event is the grand re-opening of the Iron Angel Cycle Shop after moving to a new building.

I wouldn't call these portfolio images, but I thought they were share-worthy. I plan on shooting more stuff like this. I've taken for granted how many great faces there are all around me whenever I do these events. t really is good times when I'm with these folks. They're a good bunch who I call very close friends and that's important when everyone I know lives so far away.


Please enjoy and I'll have more soon. 


New Business Cards!

These were probably 7 total hours of design work over the course of a few days. I knew I wanted them to look like vintage playing cards and it just snowballed from there.

There are someEaster eggs on the front of the card and I'm excited that I was able to do that with this design. I thought to point them all out and explain them in this post but that would take all the fun out of it (for those who like a good puzzle).

I got them printed at 4colorprint.com. I'm pleased with their quality and price. Howard over at sales or customer service or whatever could use a chill pill or maybe marijuana or something because it was not good times dealing with him. I do plan on using them again for when I need more, but I hope I don't have to deal with Howard. And if I do, I hope that by the time I deal with him again, he will have chilled the fuck out. 

Here are the cards IRL: (just took these with my phone camera)
I tried to angle the capture to show the raised UV over the ambigram. Izzz naaaice!

Here's the design. I had a lot of fun doing it.

Deets on the cards:
- 16pt stock
- Silk finish
- Raised spot UV over the ambigram

Deets on the design:
- The ambigram was created in one of those free online ambigram creators and I modified it in PS
- There are a total of... nine Easter eggs on the front
- Your basic "Loriesque" composite on the back. You know how I roll.
- I waffled between vintage playing card and tarot card. Came somewhere between.

Listened to Seasick Steve: The Dead Song a lot while designing.


Sunday confessional - What I want from you.

I've gone back and forth and consulted with photographer friends, non-photographer friends, marketing friends, random people in line at Starbucks... and have yet to really know what direction I should go with this here site.

The questions asked are usually the following:
1: Do you want to be casual or professional?
2: Do you want to seem approachable? 
3: Do you think people would be ready to get your whole personality?
4: Do you think you could tone down the cussing?
5: Do these jeggings make me look fat?

I have an answer for all those questions... kind of.

I want you to want me... like the song.
I want you to look at my work and walk away feeling like shit is prettier in the world. I want to be some little girl's idol the way David LaChapelle is mine. I want you to understand that his eye's mind is who I fell in love with early on and that's just that.
I want you to know that I picked up a camera for the first time as a child and took photos of my dogs and blades of grass. I made tiny backgrounds in my bedroom and shot smoke from incense; posed my troll dolls and held big-fucking-deal fashion photo shoots in my bedroom. I asked for film every time I went out with my parents. They stopped developing my photos right around the time I took four rolls of Kodak 800 to get the perfect shot of my dog, Dusty. I want you to know that I gave it up for a spell when I went to college for web design and in my final semester, I was introduced to this cool thing called Photoshop 7.0. And I threw rocks at photography's window late that night, begged it to come down and see me in the street as the rain poured, cold and stinging. I told photography that I was wrong. I needed to see the world. I needed to know what was out there... and I realized that the world was nothing if I wasn't walking through it with my beloved. I stood there, vulnerable and shivering in the unforgiving rain. Photography was hurt and didn't want to look me in the eye. I understood.  

But we eventually found our way back to each other.

I want you to know that I won't know what you're talking about if you talk about photography with me. I won't know. I won't know this photographer or that one. I won't know what settings do what. I won't know the blog you're talking about or the seminar you're recommending. I won't fucking know.  

I want you to have questions about what I do. I love answering questions about this. I want you to come up with some shit that blows my mind and makes me work hard to help create the image you just punched me in the face with. Or I want you to ask that of me. I want you have a fucking blast doing it.

I want you to get inspired... but not by me. Why should I be the one to inspire you? I should be the one you hit up after you're inspired. Go get inspired somewhere else. That's way too much pressure for a girl and anyway.
I want you to know that I'm pretty sure it would be fun with me. I can't guarantee it because there's the slight chance that you've taken a vow of no fun or you're offended by cussing or recently developed a phobia of cameras. But for the most part, I want you to know that it will likely be fun... as it should be. 

I want you to see my work and take whatever you want from it. maybe you'll love it. Maybe you'll hate it. Maybe you will give no fucks because you stumbled across this website on your way to another site. But I want you to take something from it... anything. Just take it with you. I honestly do not care what it is you choose to take with you. I just want you take whatever you can and whatever you want from the work.

I want you to know that I take the important things very seriously... and pretty much suck at taking anything else seriously.

I want you to stop reading this right now and go notice all the pretty shit in the world.

Here is a photo of my nephew trying to steal my camera.
There is a funny series of photos from the camera where he's grabbing for it.

I took this photo with my phone while holding the camera for him to look at.



Trying new things

Everyone who knows me as a photographer knows that my actual photography simply serves as a starting point for the final image. It doesn't happen that much anymore but maybe 3-5 years ago, I would often be accused of being a "fake photographer" because I used photoshop so much. It used to bother me until I realized that those imbeciles could literally suck eggs until they puked baby chickens.

Anyway, usually it's folks easing into photoshop and developing their skills that way. I'm actually working backwards now. I'm easing into shooting more naturally. Of course I will NEVER give up using photos as a sketch to my final painting. I just want to get stronger at shooting live and unedited... save for the basic color-correcting and the sort.

So watch the "Capture" gallery grow as I learn new things! I imagine that the only reason I'm not crushing it is just because I haven't really tried it so I'm pretty excited to really stretch my photography legs and add some new skills. 

Welcome to the new website!

It feels good to finally update my site and give it a whole new look. I spent some time in the past couple of days digging through the archives and revisiting old shoots. I'm looking forward to trying new things, stretching my art legs and practicing some new techniques. 

There are a couple of new sections on my site that weren't on my old one. "Content" has a collection of magazine layouts I designed. The magazine was square and I liked having the unusual shape to work with. I'd like to do more work like that, but we'll see.

Another new section is "The Selfies." I vowed to do a self-portrait every day of 2013. Call it a 365 project. Whether it's with my phone or an elaborate set, I will shoot every day. I won't post every image because some of them are just plain boring. I find that I'm learning a lot about myself and what's important for a shoot. When you have only 24 hours to shoot a theme, things get into perspective pretty quickly... especially at 11:45pm.
I'd like to say that I will be updating regularly, but we'll see how it goes. Keeping a blog has always been interesting to me, but also impossible. 

Either way, there will be more images.

Now I'm bored. Go finish checking out my stuff! Have fun doing it and comment or write or whatever. I'm a fan of people reaching out... even though i'm not that great at it. 


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