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Backlog: The Great Salt Lake (City)

4 years, 3 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography, travels, video 0

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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.

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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

4 years, 3 months ago blogging, IBEW, photography, travels 0

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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.

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

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

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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.

Backlog: Justin is really smart

4 years, 3 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, 3 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.

Backlog: The Amber Addition (Edition)

4 years, 4 months ago blogging, family 1

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This is Amber. Hi, cuteface.

This little lady came blasting into our lives right around when I last posted on this blog. I’m not blaming her for my lack of editing any photos for posts since then, but it’s highly coincidental. More likely, it’s a bit of her, a bit of the new job, a bit of buying a house, and a bit of just plain procrastination.

I’m the queen of that, you know.

Now that I’ve remembered how to log in here, I would really like to post some photos from the last [ehrm] months since I dropped off the face of the earth. I need to remember why I take photographs and why it means a lot to me to put them into context with words. And to show off some of the neat work I’m doing on my travels to strange and distant lands (most recently, Kentucky). There’s a lot of things I used to do religiously that have just fallen off my radar. It makes me sad.

So no more sad! There’s so many memories and images I want to share here. They may be out of order, they may be random and old, but they’re mine. And beautiful, every single one.

My birthday present from NASA

5 years, 1 month 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, 2 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 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.