We shot at the Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, MN. I live about 5 minutes from the place, bike by it everyday for work, but had no clue it existed. It's a beautiful area and a perfect place for a photoshoot or date (blind folded my GF and only took it off right in front of the falls for a surprise date).
Still getting used to the D7000. I feel like I have a few focus issues. Not sure if it's because of the backfocus stuff that some people had problems with or I'm not focusing with the camera properly. Not everything is out of focus, so I'm leaning towards it being my issues.
Anyways, shooting with Kouwai was a blast. She has a very unique look. She's a combo of African, Phillipino and Chinese. I hope we can shoot again.
Though it was raining, I did a photoshoot with Nadyia Jawahir and Tina Simons in Rosemount/Lakeville today. Thankfully, my friends at Gilmour Creative, let me shoot in their studio.
The studio was a very small room, but I got some good results with my strobes. I was nervous using a studio type setting because I've never done it before. I love shooting outdoors, but didn't get to because of all the rain. Every inch of that room was used thoroughly as we climbed over chairs, stands, and tables.
My strobes were placed carefully in corners of the room to prevent to much "spill" from the powerful lights. It took awhile to get the lighting to feel right to me.
And, of course, by the end of the shoot, the sun came out.
Here are some of the first edits.
My full-time job is the achievement coordinator at a public charter high school in St. Paul. A month ago, I decided to create a magazine with the students. This would create opportunities to know the students, mentor a few and create an excellent representation of the school.
Check out this video of them.
Yesterday at family time, I once again realized how humor is natural over the dinner table. Every once in awhile, my family asked me if I was practicing new stand up material. Upon hearing that question, I immediately wished I had my Moleskin and pen.
The comics life is always observant.
If anything, this BLOGRIMAGE is helping me to observe the world with witty eyes. Another thing I'm learning is how to rewrite stories so that they are funny. My ten minute stories often go down to 1 minute after revisions, which is kind of sad but the nature of stand up comedy.
Here are some more photos I edited!
Sorry I haven't blogged about comedy the last few days. I've been busy with fashion photography and some other side pilgrimages (a blogrimage without the blog) I've been doing!
I'm doing an open mike tomorrow (hopefully)!
Saturday was a big photography day. I worked with the Former Miss Teen USA MN (pictures posted below) and then did runway photography for a magazine later that night (video above).
All in all, it was a bunch of new experiences for me. I've never been to a runway show, and like with comedy, got introduced to a whole new subculture. I love new experiences like that.
There are whole worlds of society I have no idea about.
Seeing fresh experiences like this gives me a lot of material for comedy, so I also welcome these new events for tangible reasons as well. Plus, I got to meet a ton of new photographers. They were very nice, inviting and had way better equipment than me. Oh well. I'll just keep growing with what I have.
We had a lot of fun on this shoot. She had never done anything like this and started off really shy, but within 5 minutes she was posing all over the place. Check them out below. Let me know what you think.
Shot a Korean-Canadian Baby. It was fun. They parents brought me to an ultra-cute baby studio. The place included clothing, props, sets and staff to make the baby smile. Typically shooting babies isn't by deal, but I had fun. This baby was a blast.
“Are you able to take pictures of a famous American Musician?” said the text I got last night from my magazine editor. Beyonce, Guar, Sandy Patty and Justin Timberlake are a few of the artists I prepared to shoot. What a great opportunity--maybe Beyonce would consider critiquing my dance version of “Single Ladies,” I thought.