Sunday, February 28, 2010

Plush Fairy Party Favors!!

I just finished an order of 25 little fairies for a wonderful lady!! Actually it was for her 2 year old daughter. I have to was so nice to be sewing little fairies for little sweet!!
I started by cutting all of the bodies out of a new felt I just is a soft blush pink color, which I love. I don't like too bright of a pink for my dolls! It has to be just the right color!!
Next, I sewed all of the embroidery on the faces. They each have their own personality!!

The dresses are from a variety of pink and white patterned fabrics...a lot of roses!! Some polka dots.

I hand sew each doll together, stuff them and then add the hair which is also hand sewn on so it is secure.

Next are the soft ribbon wings. If I had had more time I would have added flowers and ribbons to the wings...Next time!!
Thank you all for looking!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Whiskerino Polaroid

Polaroid of Michael "Mackle" Eades from the Whiskerino Throwdown

So while at the Throwdown I took a bunch of polaroids and film shots of a bunch of the beardos. Here's the curator of all of whiskerino, Michael "Mackle" Eades.

I can't wait to unlease these shots when they are all done.

Eleanor Grosch

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Whiskerino favorites (a few anyway)

Whiskerino favorites

Whiskerino draws to a final close (sadness abounds) and I thought I'd post a couple of favorites. These are all David and me for now but I'll have another post of shots of Alan and Kevin.

Top left is a shot of David for mug shot day. It's two exposures on one sheet of 4x5 film (for a classic look). To the right of that is a shot of me using said 4x5. David took it but the concept was mine so I'm including it.

Under that is a really wide one for zoom-sneak day (which is where there is extra goodness outside of the normal view such that you have you zoom to see the whole shot). The normal shot looked like him with light shooting out of his hand. The full shot Rob and I are shooting him, for some reason. Or trying, rather.

Next is me trying the flying Mackle. Next to that is David becoming the hunted. This one won king beard.

Last is a shot of David for "flash trash" day which made about as much sense to all of us as it may to you.

I cannot explain how great whiskerino was this time and I'm not even going to try right now.

By the way, these are all basically photoshop free. By that I mean I probably tweaked exposure for effect but we didn't like, add something in or fake anything.

Jason Wallis

Jason Wallis, all around amazing guy

Jason Wallis is a solid dude. This pretty much can't be argued with as his life's goal I think is to provide for his family and be awesome.

I dropped by today for a little advice for an upcoming shoot and I enjoyed the outcome. Here is a random shot of him.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Whiskerino preview

David's King Beard

Here is a quick preview of a post I'm going to do on whiskerino soon. It ends at the end of the month and I'll post my favorite shots I've taken / been in for these last four months.

For now I'm at dinner at The Dog and heading toward the whiskerino throwdown and will surface next week. Ha.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The making of Old Spice's commercial: The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

Thursday Bonus: Caleb á la 8x10

Caleb, 8x10

As a little bonus for this week here's a shot of Caleb from the ole 8x10. I'm heading to Nashville this weekend for the Whiskerino Throwdown. Very excited about that.

8x10 is embarrassingly detailed and it's a shame to see it weblog sized. To see it larger, click here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Yep. This says it all

I think this sums up the respective weeks of Rob and myself.

Processed the last of the most recent 8x10 stuff. Excited to scan my own. Scanned Jason's today...we'll see when he gets around to blogging them. I'd love to show them to you but thats hardly my place.


I am pretty sure I've GOT to get on the road soon. I miss exploration and absorption. Meant to do that today actually but a shoot got moved and i had some seriously tedious-ass post production to do.

This weekend: The Whiskerino Throwdown. Hell. Yes.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Caleb.....yep. Caleb

caleb, 8x10, pretty much unedited, and fully ridiculous

On the first day I shot 8x10 Caleb really came through with something absurd. He had borrowed my tophat (why on earth do I own one. I barely own dress pants) and apparently some makeup(?) and he produced this look. Chim chim, buddy.

As for 8x10, I'm still figuring out how I feel about it. I clearly haven't shot much so far but I do now at least appreciate the small, managable size of 4x5 (irony recognized). Developing has been the hardest part...talking to a friend the other day I think my development issues may be air bubbles in the fix. I'll be trying to get cleaner negs on the next round for sure. Still haven't run the shots from shooting with Jason the other day.

I shot some interiors this weekend which, much to my surprise, was really fun. Steph hung out with us while we shot this really cool space in the Highland area for the cool local home interior store atmosphere. The great Winslow Taft was around to AD which is always nice. Perhaps I'll feature a shot from that on Wednesday.

Trying to think of ways to collector work into groups and make people see them. Harder than it sounds soemtimes.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Rob, looking Completely ridiculous.

Rob, looking ridiculous

Another 8x10 sheet of Rob. I really need to work on my developing process for 8x10, for sure. This one had strange stuff going on so I made it weirder. Took more frames yesterday, as did Jason (his first!). I took some of jason and caleb. He shot me, caleb, and paul. I'll develop those soon no doubt. Wanting to shoot more 4x5. Got out and shot some cheesy crap in the snow today with Rob. Why not right?

Geronimo Jackson

A drink by Chef Adam.

In celebration of the second episode of the last season of LOST!!!!!

2 parts - Tarantula Azul Tequila
1/2 part - Triple Sec
3 1/2 parts - Orange Pineapple Juice
Splash of Cherry Juice
Splash of Tarantula Azul Margarita mix
Umbrella with 2 cherries on stem
2 cherries in glass
Sugar on the rim of the glass

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New office!

Rob, David, Bob, Kevin, Rob again

I took an office in the Highland Park area with Rob (top left) in an old school (actual school) building owned by David (top center). In the basement there is a darkroom where Rob and Bob (top right) throw down ye olde chemicals for developing and printing. I'll join them down there at some point I'm sure.

Now and then, Kevin drops in to read Walker Percy* books and write some words himself.

Not that it matters too terribly much, but I shot these with the ole Leica on bulk rolled film, rolled by Rob, developed by Rob, scanned by me. Totally dirty scans...some scratches too. Oh well. Tomorrow, another 8x10 shot....maybe two?

*our building was in some way used by Walker Percy WAY back in the day.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Chez Fon Fon

Chez Fon Fon

I recent shot a bunch of images for Birmingham Magazine's story called Trivial Pursuit that covered a wide swath of cool things in our town. Some of the shots I was more happy with came from local dining institution Chez Fon Fon. In a rare change, I've posted several images in a spread thingy.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Whiskerino 4x5 style

david 4x5 for whiskerino

So we are in the final month of Whiskerino and the theme schedule has really ramped up. One from a few days ago was Mug Shots, and this is the photo I shot of David for his.

My description of the process as posted on Whiskerino

This is about as old school as I could ever hope to pull of in one night. Shot 4x5 on a Speed Graphic. I can't sync to strobes so we went even more old school by blacking the room and opening the shutter and popping a light, then covering the film again, adjusting, and doing another exposure.

Snow at the Beach

Wow, I have lived in Virginia Beach for over 15 years and I have never seen so much snow!! We had several snow days from school last week...and here it is Saturday and another storm. It reminds me of my days in Buffalo...but not as cold and only 4" instead of 20"...
So today I stayed in and finished my new little plush bear!
I am off to put a log on the fire and sew up my next design.
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

yes! i love this 8x10

bob, 8x10

I would call this my first successful 8x10 photograph. Bob, pictured, perhaps deserves a lot of the credit for doing something weird and letting me photograph it.

it looks fine here, but you really should view it large. If you don't care, feel no pressure to CLICK HERE.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Rob, first "proper" 8x10 scan

rob, 8x10

This is the first semi okay scan of the 8x10 I shot. It's still a couple of stops under exposed (there will likely only be one (of bob) possibly properly exposed) but the detail is still amazing. I can't wait to run a perfect negative through. Anyway, I'm tired.

If you're curious what the [dirty] scan looks like a little bigger, click here. It's pretty big.