Category Archives: Work

11 days and COUNTING…

Pretty sure this is the longest I’ve gone without posting. But fear not, I have kept up with all my photos. So here they are.

Creme BrulECH!
10.10.08 – “Creme BrulECH!” – 107/365

Maybe I’m uncultured. Maybe I’m supremely American. Maybe my abhorrence for all things pudding, jello, and cream restrict me. I had my first creme brulee last night and I really tried to enjoy it. I liked the taste and the texture of the burntness, but the creme part, not so much. I just can’t get past it.

Merchandising, Merchandising!
10.9.08 – “Merchandising, Merchandising!” – 106/365

This is just a shot of one the products I’m going to start offering on my website. Hopefully it sells. We’ll see. I think it’s too cute, but that’s just me. Here’s a another one and you can see this one and all it’s options here , too.

P.S. If you don’t know the reference I’ve included in the title you must watch this video.

Oh Happy Day
10.8.08 – “Oh Happy Day” – 105/365

Today was the day. I finally got my iPhone. No words can express how happy I feel and how I know my life will certainly never be the same. Below is a short slideshow documenting the monumental event.

Upper Body
10.7.08 – “Upper Body” – 104/365

I have zero upper body strength. Zip.

Maria and everyone ELSE I work with, however, are total champs. Maria shows off her gnarly biceps in this shot. And I know there’s only supposed to be one photo a day, but the photo below is also worthy of peek. Michael makes me laugh.
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Save the Ta-Tas
10.6.08 – “Save the Ta-Tas” – 103/365

Casey works at Best Buy who’s employee’s signature blue shirts have now been replaced with pink ones in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Something Different
10.5.08 – “Something Different” – 102/365

I shot some headshots for Casey at the studio where I work. Five hours and a million photos later I still love this one the most. Not sure why.

Something Borrowed
10.4.08 – “Something Borrowed” – 101/365

I had a wedding to shoot along the canal. It was a small casual wedding that went relatively flawlessly. This is one of my favorite shots of the whole day. Others can be seen here and a slideshow of my favorites can be seen here.

What Was He Thinking?
10.3.08 – “What Was He Thinking?” – 100/365

Nothing too eventful today other than a strange decision on Casey’s choice to throw the contents of a full cup of Pepsi on my van’s windshield. Having seen what Florida’s sun can do to such substances on vehicles I immediately had to go spend $8 at a car wash since none of the local gas stations have those window cleaner thingies anymore. Thanks, Case.

Boxes
10.2.08 – “Boxes” – 99/365

I wish I had the energy to take something better than this, but these boxes impose far too much inconvience in our small apartment to not at least be mentioned here. I hate them and can’t wait to fill them with stuff to eventually be unpacked in a fresh new space.

Sandalwood Day 2
10.1.08 – “Sandalwood Day 2” – 98/365

Unfortunately I did have to return to this school the next day. And even more unfortunate was the fact that I was not in ::ahem:: good company. The day went about as horribly as a work day at my job could. The only way to keep myself from standing up and driving away was to create a list of grievances I had about the company. To be nice I only photographed the title of the list, leaving out all the juicy details I’m the company wouldn’y appreciate being plastered on the web. My only hope is I have enough cajones to discuss these with my superiors before I vacate.

Sandalwood Day 1
9.30.08 – “Sandalwood Day 1” – 97/365

My work brought me to a school I care never to return to. The only joy the day brought was a steep incline between the rows of seats, which was promptly used by Maria and I as a mini ‘coaster. Fun times.

The Diner
9.29.08 – “The Diner” – 96/365

As the end of our life in FL draws closer I’m starting to really get around town and visit my favorite places to eat. This diner is as classic as it gets. Total 50s decor, family owned, I’ve seen the same waitresses and cooks there the past 3 years and all the foody is greasily delicious. My usual? The Cheese Melt. Mmmm…

Younger Days
9.28.08 – “Younger Days” – 96/365

Yep. Just another long day with no creativity left to take pictures. So here’s a framed photo that hangs in the hallway of our apartment. It’s me and a friend in Cozumel, 2004. Oh, the days…

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Getting Closer

It’s been a while since my last posting. A lot and not a lot has happened in the last week. Here’s the low down:

• Wrapping up the recording for Palms Presbyterian
• Revving up for a wedding shoot I have this coming weekend
• Sold my G4 tower and monitor (originally $2,000) for $175…all to support the iPhone fund, which is now complete
• Put feelers out on selling my furniture (gave promises for couch and have claimers for entertainment center and desk)
• Purchased 1TB external Hard Drive for super secret project
• Busted my left side rear view mirror driving through the alley behind my office
• Casey’s drum set is finally complete
• Updated my website
• Ran into my 8th Grade History teacher who remembered my first AND last name (absolutely made my day)
• 24 days and counting

On the Catwalk
9.27.08 – “On the Catwalk” – 94/365

Today I had a day off, finally, and went to visit the site of a wedding I’m shooting next weekend. My assistant, friend, and coworker, Michael, poses begrudgingly. I’m 49% nervous, 51% excited about shooting this wedding. Eeeee!

Lost in Lost
9.26.08 – “Lost in Lost” – 93/365

Not much to say here. It gets REALLY hard to continue this 365 when I get home after 13 hour work days and have to go to sleep immediately in order to get enough sleep for the next day. This is snapshot of a tasty treat to accompany our Lost viewings. Mmmm….Lost.

NOM, NOM, NOM, NOM!!!
9.24.08 – “NOM, NOM, NOM, NOM!!!” – 92/365

This is a healthy pile of chicken wing carcasses compiled by coworker, Justin, on a lunch break feast. Impressive yet slightly nauseating.

I've Got a Fever
9.24.08 – “I’ve Got a Fever” – 91/365

Sci-fi Channel started airing the show Lost from the beginning and I thought I’d jump on a new band wagon and give it a shot. Unfortunately, now I and Casey are completely addicted. SO addicted that we couldn’t possibly wait from one week to the next see what happens next. So we gave up and went to our friendly, neighborhood Best Buy and bought the complete first season. After watching the entire season in two days we decided we also needed to get the second season. A story for another time.

Chooooocolate
9.23.08 – “Chooooocolate” – 90/365

Today my work brought me to my old high school. Rules have changed, new buildings have been added, and teachers have moved on, but that feeling still remains. I had so many amazingly great and amazingly ungreat memories there. I’m glad I had a chance to go back before I move away forever. Courtney, here, is showing us how delicious melted Andes chocolates are.

Comes Again Another Day
9.22.08 – “Comes Again Another Day” – 89/365

Rainy, rainy days have descended upon Florida once again. No hurricane in sight, thank goodness, but stormy nevertheless. Casey and I started on making a fun animation today, hopefully we’ll get it finished soon so we can show off Casey’s secret acting skills. =)

Tick
9.21.08 – “Tick” – 88/365

With the move peeking right around the corner and our final days approaching time seems to crawl. I get frustrated easily because I just want to leave already and get my clean slate NOW. I’ve always been a really patient person, but this is testing my limits.

Hannah
9.20.08 – “Hannah” – 87/365

My last day working for the department I was originally hired went pretty well. I had a client with an adorable dog that ended up pooping EVERYwhere. "Thank goodness they were hard!", the owner exclaimed.

Now it’s mainly roadshoots and studio days for me. I like them, but having to be at work by 5am every morning is a major drag. Sigh.

34 Days and Counting

Swingline Lover
9.19.08 – “Swingline Lover” – 86/365

Work brought me to yet another middle school. It was overall a good day, with the exception of the nameless, apathetic coworker. I just don’t understand what people think they’ll ever accomplish in their lives with the attitudes they continue to keep. My stapler, however, is always there for me.

More photos from the day are posted here, over here, right here, and here. =)

New Voice
9.18.08 – “New Voice” – 85/365

I sing in a praise band for a church as my side job. Because we’re moving soon the congregation has requested we make a recording. Tonight we met up at a friend’s recording studio and laid down the skeleton of our favorite tunes, with plans of putting in the vocals later next week. Although my vocal tracks were unnecessary I recorded them anyways to get used to hearing myself in playback. For those of you who have never been a recording studio, it’s a very strange sensation to hear EVERY single nuance of your voice, a very personal thing, amplified and brought to the foreground in such detail.

Unfortunately, I really enjoyed myself and am starting to reconsider music weighing less heavy on the priorities scale of my life. I can’t just ignore the people in my life that tell me to do something with my voice and I CAN’T ignore the pure joy I feel when performing. Ahh, the trials of life.

More photos from the recording can be seen here and here.

A Sad Day
9.17.08 – “A Sad Day” – 84/365

This is a true story:

I had a very strange and unlikely dream. I was coming to the end of a work day and decided to go to my favorite Fresh Mex restaurant, Kokopellis, for dinner. Upon arrival we were met with a sign that said CLOSED. I immediately realized this meant they were closed forever and screamed "Why???!! Where will I get my fresh mex???!!". I was very sad and woke up in dark horror.

That morning my boyfriend and I had a hankering for Kokopellis and headed on down the street. We pulled up and I got a strange feeling in my stomach as I saw a large white sign on the door that read "Sorry, We’re Closed. Thanks for your patronage." How. Incredible. Is. That?

Why would I have a dream about a restaurant, that I actually hadn’t gone to in a while, and then see its closure become actualized in real life that same day. :::x files theme plays in background:::

The truth is out there…

*one tear for Kokopellis and two for their queso.

Work, Work, Work

Relieving the Boredom
9.16.08 – “Relieving the Boredom” – 83/365

I’ve had two splendid days of work in a row. This is highly unusual and a much needed change (and is generally determined by the people I work with from one day to the next). Today I had a pleasant location change at 5am and went to a private Catholic school about an hour away from the studio.

For those of you who don’t talk to me on a daily basis and hear my horror/work stories, I work for a company that takes yearbook photos. Although I am a photographer, they are up to their eyeballs in them and put me on as cashier during the weekdays. This means I hand thousands of willful teeanagers an index card with an ID barcode and write them a receipt if their parents happen to care enough to buy the pictures.

While the photographers set up I’m usually used as a "model" for testing lighting. This usually results in one of three photos:
1. Big Cheesy Smile
2. Impersonation of Apathetic Teeny-Bopper
3. Obnoxious Facial Expression (which usually mirrors my disdain for how I spend my work days)

Today, however, was fun. Note: that IS a Starburst candy in my mouth, which means we had lovely nuns giving us candy and brownies to sweeten the deal.

Favorite Quotes of the day include:
“Northeast: Cah, cah…” – Christa
“I don’t really know what your meal thing is, but, uh you can just grab another box and fill it with sides.” – Me

Other interesting artifacts seen along the way can be found below:
Relieving the Boredom Part 2Sister SusieLandmark

Eager Beaver
9.15.08 – “Eager Beaver” – 82/365

Casey finally got his new drums in and is beyond excited. Aside from some sketchy snare drum issues (shell not exactly lining up with expensivo heads purchased specifically FOR the drum) the quality is outstanding. I’ll update with specifics on the set later. I also made a cheesy slideshow for your viewing pleasuring of his child-like enthusiasm upon opening the packages.

Belated Birthdayness
9.14.08 – “Belated Birthdayness” – 81/365

Some family were out of town on my birthday so we decided to wait until this weekend to celebrate at my mom’s house. Casey and I drove down and enjoyed home cooked food for once in a long while (chicken cordon bleu and broccoli salad). This pie was made instead of the traditional birthday cake as I am not a big fan of cake to begin with. The candles, so proudly placed by Casey, soon began to melt inside the cherry gooeyness and all that was left after a few minutes (and before the birthday song) were sad, dangly wick stumps. It was delicious, nevertheless, and we took half home to enjoy as a midnight snack. I had a great time and am sad/excited that it was my final Florida birthday. Next stop New Jersey!

More pie goodness can be had below:
Candles on the Pie?Delicious

Aging

Mmmmm
9.13.08 – “Mmmmm” – 80/365

I’ve been making a serires of delicious discovers lately. One of which is Planters Honey Roasted Dry Roasted Peanuts. The other being a REdiscovery, CRACKLIN’ OAT BRAN!!! I used to eat this frequently as a child and finally found a box at my local Publix. Delightful!!

Revolutionary What?
9.12.08 – “Revolutionary What?” – 79/365

My work brought me back to my old middle school today. Walking around my old stomping grounds, remembering specific conversations and memories around every corner, I noticed that nothing had changed except one thing. They were actually allowed to have lockers now.

When I told this my little group of student helpers (who are goofing off in this photo), they immediately were in shock that we weren’t allowed lockers, back packs, had to wear our IDs around our necks at all times, etc. I explained, nonchalantly, that it was only because of Columbine High School. All I got from this was a series of blank stares and ripple of "huh?" down the line of girls. They had NO idea what I was talking about, had never heard of it, and even when I said "school shooting" were kind of confused about the notion of a school shooting in general.

SHOCKED.

Not sure if that’s a good thing (testament to how well we’ve change security measures in our school system), or a bad thing (these kids need to know the possibilites and history of America. This isn’t pop culture history, it’s HISTORY).

I was telling my mother about this when she told me a similarly shocking story. She’s an elementary school librarian who travels frequently. She recently returned from Scotland and was trying to get her fifth graders to get a grasp on its location and size as compared to the U.S. She explained, again nonchalantly, that it belongs to the U.K. which is ruled by the Queen of England who used to run OUR country, the United States. But then we fought for our independence and became our own country.

Again, she was met with a class full of confused kids who had never heard such a story and were in shock, themselves, that such a tale could be possible! They were intrigued and eager to hear more.

I went through the same school system she teaches in, where one Thanksgiving Day play in the fifth grade gave me a firm grasp as to how our country became to be. WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT DO THESE KIDS THINK THEY’RE DOING ON THE 4TH OF JULY????

However, I have now come to realize that my own education of American History, aside from the Revolutionary War, had nothing to do with the public school system. Instead, it was Gone With the Wind, Little Women, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ran etc that gave me any idea of what went on before I was born. I took one U.S. History course in high school that spent an entire semester explaining how settlers went west for gold (of which produced a strange project I managed to flip completely upside down…video can be viewed here).

I vow to teach my children American history from the earliest age and continue to encourage interest in it for them as long as possible. *sigh*

Whitey the Frenchie
9.11.08 – “Whitey the Frenchie” – 78/365

Once again, off to the puppy store. Unfortunately, I’ve held this pup before and have since been unable to STOP THINKING ABOUT HIM. This is not only the exact breed I want, colorings and all, but this is THE dog I want. He also happens to run $2,300. Not so much in my price range (not that anything is). He decided it was an opportune time to fight me for my Spoon Bag.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER!

Catching up on my blogging has become a big goal of mine, but organizing my finances, cross country move, and multiple jobs somehow manages to weigh heavy on the priority scale. I will get better someday I promise.

Desperation

9.5.08 – 72/365 – “Desparation”

Since I’m in the midst of a huge cross country move (FL to NYC) I’m doing some major purging to reduce the amount of junk we haul up there. Most of it goes to Goodwill or trash, but some is sellable so I’m on a mission to make some cash off it. You can see my desparation, here, selling poly-fil. Sigh.

Back to School!

9.4.08 – 71/365 – “Back to School!”

So it’s fall again and you know what that means. Underclass photos! My days generally start at 5am and end at 5-6pm. It’s definitely tiring and I’m excited to only be working in the studio this weekend.

Trashy

9.3.08 – 70/365 – “Trashy”

Life is hectic as usual and as this coffee table displays, lots of stuff gets neglected including cleaning up around the apartment. I’m hoping to alleviate this whole situation by the end of the week.

Word Machine

9.2.08 – 69/365 – “Word Machine”

I love my computer so much I take photos of it. Sad.

Living Room Unplugged

9.1.08 – 68/365 – “Living Room Unplugged”

Many nights Casey will pick up one of our guitars and start picking away, eventually leading to a late night acoustic jam. Lots of fun for us, probably not so much fun for our neighbors.

They Call it Stormy Monday

It’s been a few days since my last post and a whole mess of stuff has gone down. Between Tropical Storm Fay and a few other events I’ve been busy and stressed. Here’s the breakdown.

Unexpected
8.22.08 – 58/365 – “Unexpected”

Yesterday was quite a day. Aside from work being cancelled, all my rehearsals being moved to the end of the day (which never happened anyways, due to the storm), tearing everything out of our bedroom apartment so we could avoid the multiple tornado touch downs in our area, water damage in the living room, cracked windows, and unstable power, one huge event stood out among the crowd.

Around noon I was sitting on my computer in the living room and heard someone screaming "FIRE!" outside. I quickly jumped up and looked outside and indeed my neighbor’s apartment was in flames. I grabbed my phone and bolted outside dialing 9-1-1, while running towards the building. I was giving directions to the fire station when my neighbor ran out of the apartment screaming "I NEED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS!!". No one else was around. I ran up to him, telling him I called the police, and ran up to the building. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but adrenaline told me to do something. So I started pounding on the door of the apartment next to his, the heat of the flames and the smoke stinging my eyes and pretty much preventing any breathing. Nobody answered the door no matter how desperately I yelled and banged on the door.

Meanwhile, two other neighbors ran over and gave him fire extinguishers. I ran up the stairs in the front of his door to get people out of the apartment above him and as I approach the flaming door of the 2nd floor the flames and smoke were so overwhelming I didn’t know what to do. Suddenly, there was LOUD banging/popping and I screamed. My neighbor starts screaming "GET DOWN!!! THERE’S A GUN IN THERE!!!". So I’m trapped on the stairs. If I go up I get burned from the 2nd story flames, if I go down I’m right in front of the open apartment door with the gun going off. I don’t know what else to do but make a run for it and sprint down the stairs, rounds continously popping off. I make it past the door and tear away from the building and see my boyfriend blocking his body with a tree. I run up to my inconsolable neighbor who is screaming about his dog that’s still in the apartment. Finally the fire trucks arrive and my boyfriend pulls me away to stay away from the gun which is still going off.

All the while it’s raining harder than I’ve ever seen it rain and tornado warnings are in effect for our street. We go back to our porch and watch the firemen pull people from the building, pets in their arms, black from the smoke. An elderly neighbor hands me a dry towel and offers me tea. I was gone at this point, crying harder than I’ve cried in a long time. After a half hour or so, my boyfriend takes me inside and gets me some dry clothes and tells me to breathe.

I still don’t know what caused the fire or what the outcome was. I was barely able to snap this photo and am 100% positive now that I could never be a photojournalist. I felt guilty and sick to my stomach after taking it. I hope no one was seriously hurt or died, although I’m sure my neighbor lost his dog, which makes me incredibly sad.

Note: I post this story not to invoke sympathy, but as a therapeutic tool to understanding the turn of events and coming to terms with what I experienced.

Fay-tigued
8.21.08 – 57/365 – “Fay-tigued”

So, Fay strikes again, this time at the work place. All our sessions were cancelled and the break called for immediate cleaning duty for all!! Yay! Alex, here, started with a clean sweep of the loft and then mopped. I did many things, one of which (painting the entire window sill and adjacent wall) proved entirely fruitless as Fay caused such incredible water damage two days later, we had to cancel all our appointments AGAIN and the paint was ruined anyways).

Boo, Fay!
8.20.08 – 56/365 – “Boo, Fay!”

So, for those of you who don’t know I live in Florida and needless to say was very tired of hearing about this wimpy Tropical Storm Fay from every local TV station was trying to get everyone to put hurricane shutters on their doors and stock up on food. However, I did get a day off from work because of it and took the unexpected holiday, with my beau, to the mall (I am an American, am I not?)!

This photo depicts how frighteningly early Halloween crap has appeared in stores this year. Note: I saw this stuff in the stores two weeks before I actually took this photo…too early!!!

I Heart Bento
8.19.08 – 55/365 – “I Heart Bento”

So for a while I’ve been using Bento’s free trial on my MPB and simply couldn’t get enough of it. So I went and bought the real deal at my local Apple Store. Personally, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to live without it from now on and I don’t know how I did anything before I discovered it. Check it out, share the love.