Saturday, December 19, 2009

Video of me times three...

Here are three videos of my recent shoots. One is shot by Cindy Chaffin, the next is by John Jones and the third was a combination of people up in the studio (it was a busy shoot).


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Ten years and counting...

I found the first photo I ever took for The Dallas Morning News. It was on December 14, 1999, so I've officially hit my ten year mark with them. I'm glad they have been one of my clients for so long. I've learned a lot since then, and I hope to keep learning until the day I die. I think the best part about shooting for the DMN is that I've met so many great people.

OK, so I never said it would be a great picture. It was a restaurant review for some little wing place. The food looked good, especially to a 25 year old kid, right out of college! I think I shot this with my old Canon A2E. Heck, I might've even been using my Canon AE1 Program during those first few assignments, just because I had a wide variety of lenses for it. I think I only had two EOS lenses when I first got out of school - and one was the ultra-cheap 50mm 1.8f. Isn't that crazy? It's a long way from all the digital bodies and L series lenses that I work with now.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Some days...

Some days just aren't fun. I can deal with it. I'm just not happy with all the hassle that comes with the job today.

I recently sold an image to a French magazine and I've had to deal with that mess. It sounds like everything is fixed now, so I should be getting paid soon. And then I have another client who wants to short change me on a shoot. I'll either get it worked out or wind up losing a few bucks on the disputed difference. It's not the end of the world, but it's still a hassle. Oh, and I have to resend a disc to a client, because some of the pics aren't pulling up. Did I send a bad disc? Is it their computer? Who knows... all I know is that I now have to re-burn and re-mail a job that should've been closed out already.

Maybe I'm just in a complaining mood today. Sorry. At least you get a chance to see that being a freelance photographer isn't all parties and pictures. It is also dealing with a LOT of messed up business issues that need to be resolved. Things very rarely run as smooth as you want them to. Even with shoots, they are often getting rescheduled and pushed to the very last minute, or subjects don't show up on time.

I'm still happy to be doing it, though. I'll take the bad days as a freelance photographer, because they are still better than many people's good days stuck in a cubicle!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I'm on the radio...

You don't have to be in Dallas to hear me on the radio tonight, since KNON has a live stream on their website:

So, listen in from 11pm until 12am tonight and hear me talk about some of my favorite Texas bands that I've photographed over the years. In Dallas, tune in at 89.3FM or just visit their website.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Speaking of ArtCon 5...

This video from the KERA website shows my donated artwork near the end, around 4 minutes and 40 seconds. It's the piece with 36 little pictures of Erykah Badu, all printed at different opacities...

Art Conspiracy 5 was a fun and very packed/busy event, as you can probably tell from watching the rest of the video. My piece sold for $100, which I think is a respectable amount for charity. I think I'll try to participate again next year.