Wednesday Wrap-Up Vol. 2

It's Wednesday again! This past weekend was packed full of camera-carrying fun: shooting a swanky event for UrbanDaddy, artsy parties for the Living Walls Conference, a going away party for a lovely client and friend, testing with Livi of CW Model Management and IMG, and assisting on a look book shoot for Laurel Newport with Stephen Archer. 

Accidental matching seems to be a recurring thing for me.

Accidental matching seems to be a recurring thing for me.

Killer Mike performing at The Goat Farm for LW13

Killer Mike performing at The Goat Farm for LW13

Since I shot several events, my favorite thing this week is my new DIY Flash Diffuser. I was looking into the overpriced tupperware made by Gary Fong and loved by event photographers everywhere, but then I found this. It's actually made from a shelf liner found at Ikea for $4. It works like a charm, looks no more ridiculous than the real thing, and rolls up neatly to fit into my camera bag. I tested it out at the UrbanDaddy event at Briza where guests received a card that they swiped against a tablet held by my assistant to immediately download their photos. Woooo technology!

Super professional-looking photo of the set up

Super professional-looking photo of the set up

The adorable guys from Kick the Robot

The adorable guys from Kick the Robot

The traditional Italian method of drinking limoncello. 

The traditional Italian method of drinking limoncello. 

My second favorite thing this week is technically something I found a few weeks ago, but I've been thinking on it lately. Writer George Saunders delivered this speech to the class of 2013 at Syracuse University. He talks about all the forces preventing us from acting in kindness and why you should overcome them.

So here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what to do with it:

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.
— George Saunders

On a less serious note, does anyone else love TV commercial music as much as I do? I first heard "Problem" by Natalia Kills on one of those shoe website ads, and now it plays on repeat when I'm working out. Obvious runner up for favorite song of the week is Gaga's new single, Applause. (Explicit version of the song posted here, so you might want to put in headphones before rocking out at work)

Finally, one of my favorite people and clients: Kathleen, Yelp Atlanta's now-former Community Manager. She's introduced me to so many fabulous people and some great cocktails, and makes me wish I was a redhead. If you see her around the city, you can follow her trail of sequins to see the best restaurants, events, and bars that Atlanta has to offer. 

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#DealWithItATL

Throwback Tuesday, y'all! 

So basically forever ago I finished up school and had my senior group exhibition, Deal With It, aka the most awesome school-related evening ever. There was SO MUCH going on that I barely even remember what happened, which means it must have been great. We had tasty snacks, tons of people, gorgeous art, a billboard, a write up on Scoutmob, a beautiful space, a bit of booze, lots of laughter, and so much love. 

I can't send out enough thanks to all the people who helped make this show happen and who came out to celebrate with us. In case you didn't make it, or don't remember it too well (maybe that's just me), here's a photo recap with bonus graduation photos. 

Check out some of the work exhibited:   My Work     Amie Brink    Brittney Mullins    Dylan Fagan    Samantha Osiecki   Frederic Cisneros    Codi Glancy   Tess Yaney   Mae Elizabeth  Meghan Davis  and search #dealwithitATL on twitter/instagram/vine for more!

 

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Thanks to Judy Pishnery, my mom, and a bunch of other people for the photos! 

DEAL WITH IT: Exhibition this Thursday!

I am so, so excited to share my work and that of my classmates with our friends, family, and the rest of ATL this Thursday at Deal With It: A Photo-Based Exhibition. The show is one night only, May 30th from 7-10 pm at Big Studio in King Plow Arts Center. We'll have work ranging from video installations, to sculptures, to antique photo processes, and so much more. There will be work on sale as well as prints available, tasty snacks, a photo booth, and a kickass party to celebrate the end of our undergrad careers. We even have a billboard on 85-S coming into the city! Get more info and RSVP to the Facebook event page. You can also use #dealwithitatl to see posts from the other artists and tag your own photos and tweets about the show. 

Here's a sneak peak of my work that will be on display, a photo installation also titled Deal With It

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Out 2 Launch

I'm not sure what career fairs are like. Maybe I should have gone to one at some point during my college time, but big companies make my freelancer's heart nervous. Besides, I got to do something way cooler. SCAD has an annual reverse career fair/student showcase called Out 2 Launch, which brings in a ton of employers to see the best of the senior and grad students from 13 majors. I was honored to be chosen alongside some of my favorite classmates. I printed up some spiffy new business cards (thanks Moo!), ordered a shiny white acrylic portfolio with my name engraved, and grabbed some flowers from Trader Joe's. I also lost quite a bit of sleep and stressed hard for about a week, but it was so worth it to really get some of my marketing together. It was also lovely to hear such ecstatic responses from everyone about my work. SCAD students and anyone looking for talented creatives– do your best to be a part of this event next year. 

Printing up a 5 foot banner

Printing up a 5 foot banner

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Stephen's booth

Stephen's booth

Neil's (and some of Adeana's) display

Neil's (and some of Adeana's) display

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Early morning panel discussion the next day that included professionals from Sony Imageworks, HLN, and Marvel Comics.

Early morning panel discussion the next day that included professionals from Sony Imageworks, HLN, and Marvel Comics.