12/04/2015

Rainy Sunday in the City

Took this last weekend, while The Hubs and I were exploring downtown. Loved the perspective of the modern buildings with the peek of the gothic City Hall building in the background. And the rain.

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I went for a little moody on this process, with just a touch of HDR. Just a bit of the cinematic feel was what I was shooting for, especially since the sky was a blank sheet of gray. After three days of a sky like that, I was really happy to see the sun again!

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12/03/2015

Wall Mural

(Ugh! I did it again! Had this all set up but forgot to schedule it! I was in an all-day seminar and certification testing yesterday, ended up with a pounding headache, and The Hubs very sweetly decided to take me out to dinner when he got home. All my norms were disregarded. LOL Sorry about that!)

During our three days of rain over the weekend, The Hubs and I decided to run some errands and I took the camera along just to see what I could see. Well, I saw this cute little wall mural on the side of a bank in the Grove neighborhood! Looked like a good subject for black and white to me!

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It's a pretty vivid mural, but just really popped in black and white! I saw a ton of cool murals in The Grove neighborhood. I think I need to wait for a sunny day and go for a walk down there!

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12/02/2015

Wordless Wednesday with Silent Jay!

Got another cool Wordless Wednesday shot from Silent Jay for you today!

Wordless Wednesday


Wordless Wednesday

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12/01/2015

Our Christmas Tree 2015

Well, it's December 1st, so I'm joining in with the obligatory Sharing O' The Christmas Tree! LOL I'm seeing people's pictures of theirs popping up all over the place, so I thought I better get mine in there, as well!

Christmas, Xmas, Holidays, Yule, Festivus, Decor,

Actually, this year may turn out to be my favorite of all years for the Christmas tree! Why, you ask? Because I came home from work to find out that my middle son is apparently Buddy the Elf and was so excited for Christmas that his normally jaded, twenty-one year old self had put the entire tree up for me! So, this year, it's been all Christmas cheer and no Christmas headache!

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It has literally been raining to some degree non-stop for three days, so the outside lights aren't up yet and I still have some decorating to do in the house, but the biggest Christmas chore of all is finished and up to enjoy! Roll on Christmas!


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11/30/2015

My Tiny-Living Inspired, Vertical Photography Workstation

Hey, there!!! How was your Thanksgiving? We had an excellent time and some much needed time off. The Hubs was home, the kids were home, I was home - good times! Also, I finished up a project that was a long time coming - my own, tiny-living inspired, vertical Photography work space/office!
 

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Now, while everyone else in my house has their own space, I do not and never have. LOL Each of the offspring has their own room, complete with desks and entertainment systems. The Hubs...well, the entire back hallway is his studio for music or art or model-making or research or writing - whatever his thing-of-the-moment is, he's got plenty of space for it. Me? I'm wherever I can find an unoccupied spot in the house. Up to now, that has usually meant the kitchen table or on my bed. I constantly battle with dinner plates and homework and family stuff 
for valuable real estate. And I'm always having to move out of my spot for someone else who needs it.

One night, while sitting at the kitchen table and checking out Ikea Hackers, I realized if I bumped some stuff around in my kitchen, I could pull about three feet of single wall space together for me to use. I pulled this tutorial for a charging center off Ikea Hackers (which is what gave me the idea for a vertical workstation in the first place). Then, I planned my shopping trip to Ikea here in St. Louis. My list included the Bjursta wall-mounted, drop-leaf table and this Ekby shelf, plus the Samla container, Samla insert, and Blecka hooks needed for the charging station hack. I realized I had a few components of my workstation already, including my awesomely retro stepstool chair and some odds and sods I had stashed around the house containing things I always need but can never find.

And The Hubs and I went to work.
 
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I made and hung the charging station, which worked out perfectly. I hung it just off the floor, leaving a spot for my toolkit beneath it and a nice little spot next to it for my camera bags. And, it holds everyone's everythings to charge. Heh. 
 
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My computer found a nice, secure home in a office style file pocket bolted to the wall. My mail sorter/personal key rack I mounted on the side of my refinished hoosier cabinet. And the family key rack/chalkboard/bulletin board stayed right above my work space. 
 
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The Ekby shelf holds a light, my cameras, chargers, and other miscellaneous stuff and looks very awesome. And my Bjursta desk lifts up to hold my computer, my mouse, and my tablet - necessary for the watching of Netflix while I'm editing photos or doing other SSC work.
 

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When open, I have the space I need. When I'm done, I can close it up and all my stuff has a place to go. There are a couple of things I still want to add - I need a storage box for the shelf and maybe a different, smaller light - but I can totally live here! And it been a nice exercise in design for tiny living, which will come in handy when I finally get my studio-on-wheels. Someday...

Talk at me, peeps, and let me know what you think!


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11/22/2015

The Week in Review (and a Holiday break!)

Heh. Did you miss me? I took Friday and Saturday off, because I just had to many jobs to get the final touches on, from order fulfillment to editing a shoot and doing some headshots, that I just didn't have time to get anything prepared for the last two days of the week! And, guess what? I'm taking Thanksgiving week off, too! LOL Thanksgiving is "my" holiday in the extended family and prep for it is simply crazy. Between regular work, photography work, cooking a huge meal using ancient family from-scratch recipes, and the regular stuff of daily life, I need my week to prepare! But, I'll be back a week from tomorrow with new stuff, so just hang tight! In the meantime, let's see if you missed anything from what I did get in this week!

The Week in Review


So, let's see. Monday, we found A Fountain in Fall:
 

The Week in Review

Tuesday, we finished a 50th Anniversary Shoot Sneak Peek:
 
The Week in Review

Silent Jay had a beautiful Wordless Wednesday:
 
The Week in Review

And, Thursday, we went to the theatre for Eurydice!:
 
The Week in Review

So, short week this week, but I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you live in the United States and a fantastic week anyway if you don't! I'll be back a week from tomorrow with new stuff to share!

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11/19/2015

Eurydice!

So, The Girl Child is in another show! This time, she is playing a smaller, but oh-so-juicy roll and a real departure for her! She's playing The Nasty and Interesting Man in Sarah Ruhl's "Eurydice!" I was asked to shoot the final dress rehearsal and it was a fun and challenging shoot! Be sure to scroll this whole post for lots of pictures!
 

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This play is a Mehlville Theatre Arts Department Workshop production, which means students are in charge of it from beginning to end. They work with the lighting, compose the score, master the engineering to make it rain on stage, build the sets, design the costumes and makeup, market the play, sell the tickets - if you see it or hear it, it's the work of the students! 
 
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The colored lighting made for a challenging shoot, let me tell you. LOL
 
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Watching The Girl Child playing the earthly incarnation of Hades was a treat, I gotta say!
 
 

And the young woman playing The Child of the Underworld was a hoot, too.
 
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Of course, Eurydice is the modern retelling of the Orpheus myth, told from the standpoint of his young wife, Eurydice, who dies on her wedding day and reunites with her father in the Underworld.
 
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I even pulled a few shots out to play with. Made some funky cool portraits. Heh.

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(I swear, that second one looks like Death of a Salesman to me. LOL)

If you are in South St. Louis County Thursday, 11/19, Friday, 11/20, or Saturday, 11/21, do yourself a favor and come see Eurydice! Show starts at 7pm! Click here for tickets and showtimes!
 
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