What We're Leaving Behind

So as the year comes to a close, my husband and I draw closer and closer to the move-in date for our new home.  As excited as I am for this chapter of our lives to begin, there are a *few* things I will miss about where we live now, and that's having this view out our back window:

We've seen many beautifully colored sunsets while living here, and I'll miss the ease of being able to grab my camera, run into the backyard and snap off a couple of shots in an attempt to capture the sky's beauty.  But even though this will no longer be in reach, who knows what pleasant surprises our new dwelling will hold for us!

Singing...no...LAUGHING In The Rain!

Yesterday after a long day of rehearsal a bunch of the cast went out for Margaritas. We hung out in the outdoor section of the restaurant and towards the end of our time then the wind started to pick up and the rain started to fall. On the drive home, one of the girls mentioned that she wanted to dance in the rain... Well that eventually just evolved into just being really really SILLY in the rain.

We splashed in puddles, ran around under quickly falling drops... And Slip 'n Slided under the hotel awning!

Here is some video of our antics!

DISCLAIMER: When I flipped the iPhone around during record mode, the image was always upright... But when I played it back on my phone, the image started turning sideways, upside-down and inside-out!

Whoops!

So, you know, when you see the picture doing that, just pretend that was my artistic genius at work and NOT just my ignorance to the fact that even though it *appears* to, the iPhone doesn't record video in any direction. XD

Welcome to Nashville!

Remember that tour I said I was going on to run audio for? Well, I'm here! ^_^

I'm trying something new... A few new things actually.

The first being mobile publishing. Right now I'm writing from my iPhone because I don't have a computer with me, so this will be an interesting adventure, haha. I can also almost guarantee that my posts will be much shorter as a result... I hate typing large amounts on my phone, haha. Although, who knows... Maybe I'll get used to it. :D

Second... I'm going to be snapping pics with my iPhone and posting them here as I go along just to share my experience with all of you! I figured there's no sense in letting my blog go stale... And while this *is* a photography blog, audio is another big part of my life, so why keep it tucked away? Plus... I'll STILL be posting images, as I mentioned... Just of the mobile, snapshot, variety, haha.

I also have my ever faithful Tewey here with me! (Did you REALLY think I'd go on tour *without* him?!)

It's probably very likely though that you won't see those images until I return, however.

So without further ado...

MY PLANE FLIGHT:

I am TERRIFIED of flying, haha.

I was sitting in the airport, heart racing, legs bouncing restlessly... Just thinking about being on that plane in the next hour had me all worked up.

The WORST part of the flight for me is always takeoff for some reason. I dunno why, but I'm always the most nervous during takeoff.

Once we were in the air and sailing smoothly for a small time, I was able to relax a bit. While I was sitting there, I did what many other people do and I took a couple of "cloud" shots.

Here they are:

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Today was the first day at the office for me. I got everything set up and ready to go. Once things are running more smoothly and more on "auto-pilot", I'll be able to stop once in a while to take a few "behind the scenes" shots here and there, so stay tuned for that! ^_^

Yes-ter-day was Thursday, Thursday...

...Ta-day it is Fri-day, Fri-day... ...And *every* Friday, that stupid song gets stuck in my head. XD If you don't know what I'm talking about... then be blessed that you have been untouched by the madness, haha.

So I haven't had an update in a little while, so I figured I'd, uh, just check in. :D

I've been diligently working on editing Jill Darr's shoot lately, and while I've made some good ground on it, I'm not quite finished yet. I've been tempted to show off a preview or two of the set, but I've held strong and kept to my preferred method of only showing the set once it's finished. Maybe that's silly... who knows.

What I *DO* know is that I'm looking forward to shooting Rev Theory and Saliva tomorrow night at the Crocodile Rock!

Joe Joyce had connections to Rev Theory, so we're getting put on "the list" tomorrow to get in and shoot! It should definitely be a good time!

On top of working on Jill's shoot, photographing Rev Theory and Saliva tomorrow, I'm also going to soon begin editing the 60th anniversary I recently shot and Joe and I are gearing up to shoot a communion next weekend.

Busy, busy, busy!

But hey... who's complaining? I'm certainly not! ^_^

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Stretch! REALLY stretch!

Today was another shoot with Joe Joyce! We were photographing the lovely Jaime (Joe, if you're reading this, please correct me on the spelling of her name if it's wrong XD ), in her fitness gear to accompany an article that she wrote for a fitness magazine. Joe and I started off at a diner to fuel up and discuss a few things before heading off to the location to re-scout out the location (I say "re-scout", because Joe had already been there prior to today to check it out. He was just familiarizing *me* with it this morning).

It was cold.

Very, very cold.

Let me give you an idea of how cold it was this morning: I showed up wearing a turtle neck, under a turtle neck (no that wasn't a repeat typo), under a hoodie, under a zip up hoodie (not a typo again), under a thicker zip up hoodie jacket, under my winter coat. I had all 4 hoods pulled up from the time we got there until the time we left. I was also wearing leggings under tall socks, under my jeans... and my butt was STILL cold. I had my puma sneakers on, which apparently aren't insulated enough because I couldn't feel my toes by the end of it... and my *hands*... I had gloves on, but forget about it. XD

BUT... despite all that, it was totally worth it and a fun shoot.

We definitely had some adventures though. During the very first part of the shoot, there was an older gentlemen that asked as he walked by, if we were shooting for Playboy. KEEP IN MIND that Jamie was wearing running pants and a wind-breaker. It's not like she was wearing just a sports bra up top... she was totally covered in every way... but he asked us if we were shooting for Playboy??? Yeah, I dunno. XD

Then during a later part of the shoot, a gust of wind came by and caught the soft box, tipping the light stand over. Joe and I saw it at the same time, and we both *went* for it... but alas, the Alienbee is no more. (But don't worry... ::looks at cue card:: There was... ::looks at cue card:: ... definitely a sandbox...bag... sandbag... ::squints at cue card:: on the light...s...stand, so it wasn't... ::squints and pauses:: ... ... oh... it wasn't our FAULT.) :D :D :D

Luckily, Joe came prepared and there was a spare in his SUV.

I also taught Joe how to correctly pronounce "Umbrella" (Um-BRELL-a... not "UM-brella"). XD

All in all it was a great experience, once again, shooting with Joe Joyce, and I look forward to many more! (And I mean that... there's at least 3 more that I'm lined up for right now to work with him on... not to mention the shoots he'll be working with *me* on...)

Speaking of which... I have, in the course of 24 hours lined up 2.5 gigs, that you should be hearing about in the near future.

I say 2.5 because the 3rd hasn't really been discussed in detail... just mentioned... so I'm not *quite* counting that one yet until it's actually *set*, because human beings are finicky creatures. :D

Saturday, April 2nd, I will be shooting the Lovely Jill D. It's going to be a fun location shoot... probably somewhere in Harrisburg, Pa. Then I'm speaking with another lovely lady about setting up a shoot for up here in the Allentown area in the near future. That date hasn't been *set* yet, but it's being figured out at the moment. And the THIRD... I'm not even going to bother mentioning right now because it's farther from being set than it is... to... being set. XD It just doesn't make sense to count your cute, adorable, lovable, baby chicks before they hatch, you know? ;)

UGH... and then... the BAIN of my existence at the moment... (not really, haha)... Week 2 of the 52 (or so) week project is due tomorrow.

Abstract.

I've taken a few abstracts, but lets be honest... I SUCK. at abstracts. I've gotten lucky on a few... but it seems like when I'm *intentionally* looking for abstract shots... they hide from me. So I may go out again tomorrow to search for an interesting abstract form of some kind and we'll see what I come up with before my husband's and mine evening plans tomorrow.

Alright. Enough babble for now...

For your enjoyment... (and I can't believe I'm doing this)...and as a reward for reading through this whole post... I present to you...

ME! Freezing my ass off for the love of photography... holding a grey card for Joe!

If Joe gives me permission to show a couple of the finished images we got from the shoot with Jaimie today, I'll post them up when they're finished. ^_^ But of course... that's totally up to him. CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily Rose Photography on Facebook!

My cat is too damned smart!

As I was tidying up the room a bit, I noticed that my cat, Robin (yes I realize it's a somewhat ironic name), was curled up tight into a little ball with his "arms" covering his face. I, of course, thought it was adorable and wanted to get a quick shot of it. I had intended to caption it with: "Turn off the light, Mom!" But my cat is too damned smart.

Robin and Tewey don't get along so well. Every time I point my camera at him, Robin stops whatever amusing thing he's doing, or he simply runs the other direction. And this behavior started *before* I acquired my flash. He doesn't like my camera. I don't know why.

So of course the SECOND I point it at him, to capture this adorable, captionable pose he was in, he snaps his head out of position and gives me a look as if to say "Really? We're doing *this* again?"

Little brat. XD

So instead of my image captioned "Turn off the light, Mom!", I ended up with this:

Oh my god, it's photography!

I just got done with the first image of about 40 (which could change as I cut even more photos out as I always do at this stage in the game... a little, backwards, I know...) and I had a strange moment... I was actually *proud* of myself!  XD

I looked at the finished image and declared to my sleeping cat, who could've cared less, "Oh my god, it's photography!"

I'm aware of what a strange thing that is to say, but it's what came out.  Don't judge me.

As some of you may be well aware of, I started taking on the task of learning what I'd like to call "People-off-stage" photography.  Some of you call it portraiture... however, I'm still not entirely convinced that's what I'm producing.  But either way... they're photographs of people *not* performing on a stage, and that is, while no longer a new phenomena as far as I'm concerned, it's still viewed by some as "different for me".

I have done several shoots involving "People-off-stage", but I haven't, until today been overtly proud of myself for my work.  I'm sure this feeling will wear off the more I edit this set and grow weary and once again shout at my indifferent feline, "Where's the end?! I need it to be the end!" - or maybe it'll happen in a few weeks (more like days), when I look back at this shot and think to myself "I thought *that* was *good*?" - BUT, for right now, I just can't contain myself any longer and I must share with you the product of hours of my toiling over a keyboard, and mouse in front of a computer monitor that I'm surprised hasn't sent me it's notice of retirement yet...

While it may be pre-mature, as I don't usually like showing off individual photos until the entire set is done (which is why so much time always passes between posts here), I couldn't get a hold of the model in the photo so I could gush over my accomplishments... so that pleasure gets passed onto all of you!

And with *that*... here is Image 1 of Christine N. amongst the ruins of what used to be a big furnace...uh... place.  Yeah.

Some of you are looking at that thinking, "So what?  I don't get it?  What's so special about that?"

Probably absolutely nothing.  But compared to what it is to where I came from, it's a lot to me.

I've been trying to come up with a PP (Post Processing for you non-photogs following) style that I like for a while, and while it's probably going to evolve a few more (hundred) times, I actually really like what I've done.  It took several different shoots and HOURS upon hours to get here... which is one of the reasons I'm so proud of myself currently.

The other reason, again, is just comparing the shoot in general to what the first ones I did were like... I feel like I've made vast improvements (and I am NOT full of myself at all... I'm quite modest and my hardest critic when it comes to my work, but I can also acknowledge my own achievements).

That being said... feel free to knock me down a peg or two.  XD  Critique only makes one better in the end... ^_^