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Backlog: Justin is really smart

4 years, 6 months ago family, grad school, photography, travels 0

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My brother Justin is awesome. And really, really smart. First he graduated from RIT in software engineering, then he worked at the Fed for a while (which I selfishly loved, since he lived just the next town over from me), and then he went back to RIT for a master’s in game design. Now he’s graduated with a job, moved to San Francisco, and still doesn’t email me enough. (Just kidding. Kinda.)

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Waiting.

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More waiting.

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My parents are even more proud of his accomplishments. I don’t blame them.

Backlog: Amber’s first bath

4 years, 6 months ago family, photography 1

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Amber’s being a pain in the ass today, so I thought I’d embarrass her (if that were really possible) with first bath photos. I mean, other people’s babies have their first bath photos, so why not ours?

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Wet fur.

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She needed a firm hold to keep her in the tub.

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She sure loves Scott. And being clean.

**Bathtime is a lot easier now in the house. We have a hose-connected shower head (to make it tall enough for Scott), so no more Shakespeare’s cup. She’s still not a fan, but at least she stopped trying to escape soaking wet.

My birthday present from NASA

5 years, 4 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography 0

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No party or celebration will ever top this year’s birthday. The retired space shuttle Discovery took its last flight atop a 747 from Florida to Dulles Airport, taking about half an hour to make four passes over the DC area for a photo-op. After landing at Dulles Airport (and getting rained on for some more beautiful pictures), it traveled to its new home at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

I’ll never forget that moment my co-worker* shouted, “There it is!” and it appeared out of nowhere from behind the Washington Monument. Thank goodness I had pre-set my camera’s exposure, so I was ready to catch about five frames on the first pass. This frame was one of my favorites, but ended up as an outtake. It now lives (in this aspect ratio) as the desktop picture on my work laptop.

*Haven’t you heard? I started a few weeks ago as a photographer/videographer/editor for the IBEW, where I’ll be traveling around the country – and Canada! – telling stories of neat things happening in the local chapters. Yeah, kinda awesome. I’ll be sure to post fun things from my travels here.

The Queens of Mardi Gras

5 years, 5 months ago blogging, freelance, photography 0

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Miss Gay Arlington 2011, Diamond D. Bottoms

I love parades. I’ve never been to one before as a spectator, though. Really. I’ve always participated in them or covered them for a news outlet. (Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV does not count.) I’ve also never been to a Mardi Gras parade before, either. So I was really rather excited to go cover one for Arlnow.com a few weeks ago.

This was my favorite frame from the evening, but I needed to give it some love – the “I hate sodium vapor lights more than anything in the world” treatment. I really hate them so much. No gray card and custom white balance can fix what they create. Damn the designers who didn’t think about white balances when they made these lights.

Anyway, the picture. The queens. The fun. Yes.

Backlog: 46 States To Go

5 years, 5 months ago blogging, freelance, photography, politics, travels 0

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Not hearing Newt Gingrich’s name at all last night during the Michigan primary coverage reminded me about these photos. Thanks to a new/Twitter/mutual friend, Melissa Lyttle, I was able to attend Newt’s watch party in Orlando during the Americans Elect bus tour. It was great fun to play double-duty – getting some photos for myself at a political event, and interviewing attendees and supporters for the Crash the Party blog.

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New York, New York. (aka, end of tour.)

5 years, 6 months ago freelance, photography, projects, travels 0

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We arrived in New York City the day the Giants were honored for winning the Super Bowl. Jenevieve managed to park the bus near the parade route. It was insane, to say the least.

It’s been almost two weeks since we ended our tour in New York. I think I’m just starting to process everything we did and saw while on the road. Every day felt like four, and it’s really hard to wrap my head around the fact that it really was only three weeks. I met some incredible people and made some wonderful friends [whom I miss a lot already] along the way.

More photos from the adventure to come. Be excited.

Two words: Bus. Tour.

5 years, 6 months ago blogging, photography, politics, travels 0

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I’ve been working on the Americans Elect “Crash the Party” bus tour since mid-January, so the ignoring of my blog is unintentional. It was a last minute assignment, and so far, worth every moment. We only have a few days left. I’m sad. I mean – I’m happy to be heading home soon and getting back to real life, but tour life is pretty darn sweet, too. The people I’ve been living and traveling with for the last (almost) three weeks are fantastic, and I am very happy to have met them in this way. If nothing else, these new friends are wonderful.

This frame was one of my favorites from the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa, Florida. Think Mardi Gras on a smaller scale and full of pirates. We were so out of place there, and yet, so perfectly placed. While this is a typical scene for the tour of people signing up to learn more about AE, these kids were likely wasted. Almost all of the people we met that day were wasted.

Long live the pirate. Or whatever they’re dressed as.

Backlog: Longing for beauty; longing for sound

5 years, 7 months ago blogging, internship, photography, travels 0

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Scott and I went to the Olympic Peninsula for vacation this past August, just after I finished up my internship at The Seattle Times. I explored the stillness and silence of the single image. Ten weeks of video; I just wanted my photographs to stop talking for a moment.

Today, I worked for a freelance client in a government agency building. There are still four more days to go on this project. It’s good work, but for the silence of the office and isolation of the hallways. I just want to be back here in the world, listening to nature.

(1. The ferry between Edmonds/Kingston. 2. Hiking up Hurricane Ridge. 3. The end of the world, Cape Flattery.)

Long post: The White House Holiday Tweetup

5 years, 8 months ago blogging, photography, politics 11

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A few weeks ago, I heard about a White House Tweetup (a gathering of White House Twitter account followers for a specially planned program) from a friend of mine that included talks from some administration officials and then a tour of the White House to see the holiday decorations. I may not celebrate Christmas, but I certainly would not turn down an opportunity to take Scott to see the White House. So I applied. And lucky us – we got selected to go! (So did my friend, Elliot.)

We spent the morning at the presentation, listening to a wide range (very wide) of officials talk – from the First Lady’s chief of staff, to an economic policy guru, to the heads of the technology and public engagement offices, and ending with the White House pastry chef and florist. But I have to say, the highlight of the day was most definitely touring the White House. There are signs everywhere in security that say NO CAMERAS, but for the holidays they waive that rule for visitors.

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Thank you, to whomever made that decision.

Protesting for their families’ and countrymen’s lives

5 years, 9 months ago news, photography 0

Protests are nothing new in Washington, DC. Neither are protests at the White House, held in the blocked off section of Pennsylvania Avenue. But this was the first one I’ve seen grow from maybe 50 people to hundreds in a matter of minutes, and the first one where I wished that the President really could hear them (he was out of town) and DO something about it.

Their grievance? The Coptic Christians in Egypt are reportedly being killed by the Egyptian Police and Military in a semi-covert effort to create a Muslim state. Whether this report is true or not, people are dying, and those who gathered on October 19th to shout are hurting.

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