alaska: travel, photography, and other things i think about

Trav bought a camera before our trip to Alaska. Nevermind that my husband, the love of my life, my partner in all things, bought a Canon, of all cameras he could buy – I have a Nikon tattooed on myself, I don’t have his name tattooed anywhere, that is how serious I am about Nikons,…

i had a minor triumph over white balance

White balance — the process of correcting for color in your light, basically — is something I’ve struggled with the whole time I’ve been shooting. I understand the concept of it, but it was rare that I could actually make it work. Sometimes I could sort of maybe get some red out of my shots…

review: epiphanie bags “sydney”

I have been engaged in a long battle to find the perfect camera bag / purse — and over the winter, I finally resigned myself to the fact that I really needed a camera bag, and I needed a purse, and those were separate things. A purse I could still shove my camera into if…

photos: then and now (blitzen trapper and langhorne slim)

I was emailing with Adam last week — as I often am — and I realized, after pulling that 2009 photo of Hayes Carll for comparison to this year’s photo of Hayes Carll, that all of last week’s shows were bands that I shot very early on in my concert photography career. And, for the…

a guide to concert photography: the ugly bits

There are lots of tutorials out there about how to take great concert photographs, thorough posts that cover pit etiquette and all the technical specs and hints you’ll ever need to know, but none of them ever seem to cover what I could have used most when I was starting out: how to get into…

that was then, this is now

I shot Frightened Rabbit in 2010. The above is one of the shots from that show; I was very proud of it at the time. I still am, in its own way, in my own way. It marks a time. I wrote about that show here. What I didn’t write about was that show was…

book review: the polaroid book (taschen 25th anniversary edition)

I have a Polaroid. It was my maternal grandmother’s, and it came with two packs of expired, unusable film. I haven’t bought any film from the Impossible Project yet, because I never have any money, but I love Polaroid cameras, and photos. I love the instance of it; the whole point of it, really. I…

in search of: an art director / art intern

I am a pretty good photographer; I’m not a terrible designer, either, because I did spend four years getting a degree in scenic design, a long time and a lot of student loans ago. What I am bad at, however, is starting a design; I was in college, too. I have big ideas, but then…

list: my ten favorite photos of 2012

Of all the photos I took this year, these are my ten favorites, unranked and presented without comment. I will say, though, that I was surprised that three of these were basically portraits (the Cowboy and Biggs; Montgomery, thoughtful; and Erin Rae on Matt’s porch); I don’t think of myself as a portrait photographer, but…

every everything: a wrap-up

First, I am still so tired, you guys. I am so, so tired. I have a huge bruise-slash-scrapes-slash-lump-of-pain on my right shin from where the sound case fell out of the SUV trunk on Tuesday, I have a new scrape on my right knee from where I fell off the curb into 4th Street, I have an…