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As I started writing this entry, I was thinking that 2009 was a “meh” year for me photographically. But as I wrote it, I realized that 2009 was a pretty good year for me. I did not accomplish the goals I set for myself this time last year, but it was a good year all the same.
The bulk of the year was spent finishing the basement which included my beautiful wife’s art studio, our still in disarray tiki/beach bar, and my photography studio. All of the destruction, construction, and cleaning meant not much of a chance to do as much photography as I would have liked. I did get some good shoots in, however, and I really shouldn’t complain to much. After all, I now have my own mostly finished studio space (I say “mostly finished” because no studio is ever truly finished) with plenty of room for shooting everything from family portraits to artistic figure work to product photography.
I did some travel (which I love), and went to San Diego, Albuquerque, vacation in Florida where I worked with two swimsuit models on the beach (you can’t do much of that in North Georgia), a paid trip to Myrtle Beach to photograph a hotel for the day job, and a weekend nature photography trip to the Smoky Mountains with good friends.
On very short notice, I organized the very successful model shoot out for the annual Rock and Roll Monster Bash at the Starlight Drive In in Atlanta – a feat that also put me in touch with a number of people I only knew from the internet as well as helped to get my name out to the alt model world (I loves me some tattooed models!). I also continued and strengthened my relationship with the Atlanta Roller Girls and became their official official photographer for the latter part of the 2009 season and the upcoming 2010 season. My relationship with the Atlanta Roller Girls directly led to me doing a piece on the Austin, TX band And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead for Prick Magazine – on line and in print – in 2009, too.
I ended 2009 working with the first Help Portrait project, a few shoots for my personal projects, a big group and individual portrait shoot for an international company, and some great shots of my family at Christmas. All in all, 2009 was a pretty good year for my camera and me.
As I look into 2010, I already have five shoots booked for January, including a repeat shoot with the beautiful Amy Frena before she heads off to sunny southern California to pursue her modeling career, two personal project shoots, a client product shoot, and the first shoot as the official official photographer for the Atlanta Roller Girls.
2009 did not suck, and 2010 will only get better!
***The pretty girl at the top is Amy Frena. She was one of my last pretty girl shoots of 2009, and will be my first pretty girl shoot of 2010.
Time for the annual and traditional summer vacation! Unlike last year’s incredible vacation to St. John in the US Virgin Islands, my beautiful wife and I are headed to Panama City Beach with her side of the family (her mother, father, brother, and our 2 nephews).
Last vacation I worked on travel and landscape photography, two genres of photography at which I am not adept. I really tried to capture a sense of place and show off the beauty of the St. John, and I think I was moderately successful, though not as successful as I hope to be.
This vacation I will be working on my documentary and portrait skills. I want to tell a story about the vacation, show the family playing, lounging, swimming, and “vacationing”, as well as get some really good portraits of my family (especially the maw and paw in law). My wife has even given me permission to do a beachside bikini photo shoot! I used Model Mayhem and have lined up a few interested young ladies for that shoot.
This morning, the folks over at Photojojo.com updated their blog with an article about road trip photography with a link to a trip planner on roadsideamerica.com. I am going to make an effort to get in a few photos of the suggested road side attractions they have listed.
Watch for vacation shots posted on my Flickr page next week!