logo

the [__________] adventures of erin*carly

Besties. Love. Chicago.

4 months, 1 week ago family, photography, travels 0

140615_DianePhil_02_web

I haven’t seen Diane and Phil for way to long. We spent quite some time this past weekend trying to figure out when we’ve seen each other since our wedding… and we could not come up with a time. There was the failed attempt to get to Rehoboth last summer, and the summer before, and a few gatherings that we remembered from even longer ago. But no gatherings since September 25, 2011.

WAY TOO LONG.

I love you two. I’m so thankful for our short visit on this work trip. Let’s make it happen again, soon.

A conversation, a message.

5 months, 2 weeks ago blogging, IBEW, photography 0

131125_CWCE_Hill_03_sm

This assignment reminded me of doing environmental portraits in grad school. I like shooting them so much more than the standard background-lights-stare-into-the-lens portrait. There’s definitely a time and place for those, but I think conveying personality through surroundings adds a lot to an image. The plan – show our president in conversation, as the accompanying story was a Q&A style story.

131125_CWCE_Hill_06_sm

Serious and stern, but not angry or belittling. That was the goal. I did get some nice shots of him laughing or smiling in the course of the conversational shoot, but I’ll save those for another day. This and the top image ran with our story.

131125_CWCE_Hill_01_sm

This was one of my favorite images from the shoot. It didn’t fit with our serious theme, so it’s just an outtake now. But I still like it.

Original story: On growing the IBEW

Attempting to go viral, one post at a time.

6 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography, projects 0

Did you know I now make memes? I mean, we make graphics to share on Facebook and then hope they go viral. Some are better than others, in both look and performance. I happen to be a fan of these two.

Union Wages

 

Have You Thanked A Lineman Today?

This one’s been posted a number of times, and each time it gets more than 2,500 shares. I believe that qualifies as ‘viral’ for us. Yeah!

 

Back on the Hill.

6 months ago IBEW, photography, politics 0

140410_JimHunterTestimony_04_sm

IBEW Utility Department Director Jim Hunter testifies on Capitol Hill at a Senate hearing on April 10, 2014. The hearing, convened at the request of the IBEW, United Mineworkers, and the Utility Workers, discussed the reliability and safety of the nation’s power grid.
© Erin C. Sutherland / IBEW

I really love the days when I get an email that says, “Hey, can you go shoot this thing on the Hill tomorrow?” This time, it was a Senate hearing on the reliability and safety of the American power grid.

 

140410_JimHunterTestimony_03_smThe room was beautiful, and packed. Thankfully we got there early and got a standing room spot. Non-press were being turned away all morning. It seemed like no one expected the hearing to be so full, and yet there we were, stuffed into corners like sardines.

 

140410_JimHunterTestimony_05_sm

On a side note about the room: we were watching Cosmos this week and I noticed that the hearing room illustrated in the lead-in-gasoline fight was likely the same room. Funny.

Edit: Looking at these photos on my home laptop, I think I may need to calibrate my work monitor. Hm. 

Original story: IBEW Director to Senators: Ensure Reliability of Grid

My first Congressional hearing.

9 months, 3 weeks ago blogging, IBEW, photography, politics 0

House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi greets Baltimore Local 24 member Stan Osnowitz before his testimony to Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

So exciting, right? In actuality, it was – and enlightening, too. The dais in the room was huge. I didn’t think I would actually see more than half the chairs full for this particular hearing. But lo! Congresspeople came from all entrances to fill just about every seat and listen to these everyday people give their testimony.

Some may see unemployment benefits as extending the poor and out-of-work’s dependency on the government in a negative way. Not so on that day. For those precious moments in front of the microphone, stories of severe hardship were aired in the public, in front of lawmakers who could possibly (and hopefully) help. Without an extension of benefits, these people will be left in the cold with no way to pay their bills or put food on the table. Homes would be lost. Lives shortened by the lack of appropriate medications. And without assistance, these people won’t even be able to afford to look for work. And while only three workers sat at that table (the other two were from support organizations), they represent hundreds and thousands more who are just trying to make ends meet.

So let’s get on this, Congress.

Original story: Local 24 Member Tells House Leaders: Extend Unemployment Benefits

A note about the photos above: It seems as though Flickr has changed the way they embed photos into a page. I bet it’s for security, for which I am grateful. However; it now turns every image into a slideshow of ALL my public photos. That is not cool, and creates a poor user interface. I will be researching a better image hosting option for posts in the future.

Backlog: Why I haven’t blogged.

1 year ago blogging, IBEW, projects, video 0

I’ve been insanely busy.

I know, that’s a lame excuse. But it’s true! I’ve been gallivanting across the country for work, making videos and having some interesting adventures. Where have I been since starting this job? My list says 24 cities in 20 states and Canada. That doesn’t count the multiples – I’ve been to Los Angeles, Des Moines, Las Vegas and Baltimore at least twice each.

What, you don’t believe me? Here’s the evidence.

IBEW Fall 2013 National TV Commercial from IBEW on Vimeo.

We shot this national commercial – currently during CBS and FOX NFL games – in St. Louis with the help of IBEW Local 1. Super fun! It’s my first all-shot-by-me national commercial. No, I did not think I’d ever make a national commercial when I graduated from Mizzou.

Memphis – Made in the USA from IBEW on Vimeo.

This is a lot closer to the storytelling I thought I’d do as a journalist. We went to the Sharp Manufacturing plant in Memphis as part of our Manufacturing Code of Excellent project – a 10ish minute video that took us six months to shoot and edit. It was a huge project and came out quite well. While we were at Sharp, our first location, we thought it might be good to do some interviews for a story just in case. Glad we did! Sharp is using this piece to help promote their American-made solar panel business. I know I’d buy one.

MDC 2013- Neutex Advanced Lighting from IBEW on Vimeo.

And this one was my favorite out of the six videos we did for the 2013 Membership Development Conference in Las Vegas. I can’t even begin to tell you how much my eyes hurt after multiple takes of all those lightbulbs turning on. I had my camera stopped down SO FAR to make sure the bulbs could be seen. Could have used an ND filter for my eyes. But as always, totally worth the shot in the end. Love the LED lights.

So yeah. I’ve been busy.

(Vaguely) Backlog: Snowy (Vaguely) Iowa

1 year, 7 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography, travels 0

120220_DesMoines_03_web

Why so many ‘vaguely’ notes? This trip wasn’t very long ago compared to past backlog posts, and while the forecast called for almost 9″ of snow, we got barely 2″. C’est la vie, no?

120220_DesMoines_02_web

The morning of the snowstorm, we decided to head out with a local assistant business manager to find a wind farm. We don’t have any video of them, and thought that it would be good to have for the future. (We also were trying to include some wind turbine footage in our manufacturing project, but not sure if that’ll work.)

120220_DesMoines_01_web

In any case, the video looks pretty neat, and I made sure to take some stills while freezing my fingers off in 19 degree weather with a wind chill of about 4. Oh, and the nice leather gloves I bought for this trip? They served their purpose here, and then Amber decided to eviscerate them the day I got home. Sérieusement, c’est la vie.

Backlog: Timelapse; or a little story about love.

1 year, 7 months ago blogging, family, multimedia, video 1

A Test Time-Lapse; or A Little Story About Love. from Erin Sutherland on Vimeo.

I found this on a compact flash card today, while we were setting up a timelapse for the coming snowstorm. Forgetting that I had already uploaded it to Vimeo when it was taken, I tried to upload it again. Silly me. I must have shared it on Facebook, because it shows up in the referrals, but I never posted it to my blog.

So here you go. Five seconds of adorable-ness from me and Scott. This was taken on March 31, 2012 in our old apartment. This is also the kinds of things we used to do before we got Amber. Now all the photos are of her.

Backlog: The Great Salt Lake (City)

1 year, 8 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography, travels, video 0

120730_SaltLakeCity_03_blog

We spent a few days in Salt Lake City (and vicinity) this summer while on a two-week multiple story trip through California and Nevada. The sky never ends here. Everywhere I looked, there was an incredible vista framed by mountains. These frames attempt to illustrate, but just barely do the sky justice.

120730_SaltLakeCity_01_blog

120730_SaltLakeCity_04_blog

120730_SaltLakeCity_06_blog

120730_SaltLakeCity_07_blog

We put together a few videos from this portion of the trip. I shot the footage, Len did the editing and graphics.

IBEW Builds Top Secret Data Center from IBEW on Vimeo.

IBEW Expands its Role in Utah Electrical Industry from IBEW on Vimeo.

Backlog: My first work travel – Nashville

1 year, 8 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography, travels 0

120613_Nashville_01_blog

I travel for work. A lot. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a videographer for the IBEW. We shoot stories, videos for conferences, commercials for national TV, and anything else that we might need. My first travel story was to Nashville for an organizing blitz. After spending a full day riding around in a car on said blitz with a local organizer and one from Atlanta, my coworker (he’s our amazing producer) and I went to dinner downtown.

120613_Nashville_03_blog

I love how there’s music everywhere, even on the street corner.

120613_Nashville_02_blog

This old train bridge is now a pedestrian walkway over the river. The light was amazing.

120613_Nashville_04_blog

And of course, no trip to Nashville would be complete without a bit of country in a touristy, kitchy bar. These guys were SO GOOD. But then again, I feel like everyone in Nashville is SO GOOD.

Overall, the trip was a great success. I learned a LOT about shooting video on my DSLR, and remembered that I make myself seasick when I try to shoot without support. Here’s the video I produced.

Reintroducing the IBEW from IBEW on Vimeo.