Category Archives: Photo Booth

Shots taken using the “photo booth” program on our iMac.

My daughter, the cosmetologist.

Today the kid did my hair and make-up, for the first time.  I have to admit, I’m surprised it took her this long to ask to do so.  And even though we had things to do (out and about) afterwards, I offered myself as canvas.

What did I learn from this little foray into pre-k beauty?  Not much has changed in the last 20 years.  When I was fourteen I rocked the whole blue eyeshadow thing, and today (at 34) I can still rock it.  😉

And rather than a mere photograph of her work, the girl wanted a video.  So here it is:

Andy Warhol Made Me Cry!

On the Saturday, we all bundled onto a city bus in Edmonton and headed to the AGA (the art gallery).  For a few of us, there were loads of goose bumps and chills.  The idea of seeing Andy Warhol’s work in person was… well… thrilling.

We walked into the gallery in a coagulated pool.  People jostling against people, trying to fit our large numbers into a small space.  Like blood through arteries and veins, we were rushed through doors, stairs, and corridors.  We were split into two groups, and I – quite on purpose – waited to see which direction Zac and Robyn were ushered.  Zac was as excited as I was, and I knew I wanted to be near someone who understood, and got just how amazing an opportunity this was.

Sitting at long wooden tables, now split apart into two rooms.  We were each passed a sticker.  A red word bubble with the letters AGA in white.  I was wearing a button featuring a photograph of myself that Zac had taken earlier with the words “in flux” boldly displayed.  So I figured how better to wear a speech bubble than to have myself proclaiming the text located within it.  I stuck it to my portrait.

me and my button

 

From there, we were further split into another two groups.  Our table and one other went off with a tour guide who’s name I had written down with a bunch of other things I’d hoped to share – including artists names, quotes, and other tidbits…  I, however, seem to have lost this paper – much to my disappointment.

We went up several flights of stairs, and were stopped at the top of a particularly dreadful set.  We were instructed to look up, which almost sent me spilling backwards.  Zac and I both chose, instead, to look at Robyn’s shoes – as we were both feeling rather nauseous at the effect.  Staring at her shoes for several minutes we waited until instructed to move forward.  We listened to what was being said, but chose not to look back up again until we were off the steps – and then encountered no problems looking around and enjoying the interesting architecture.

Our first stop took us directly into the Warhol exhibit.  At first I found it interesting.  Moving around that first room, seeing such famous and highly popularized images.  It was very cool seeing his work in person.

Then I moved on, into the second room – slightly ahead of the group which was still (for the most part) enjoying the work in the first room.  It was there that I saw her.  Marilyn Monroe.  In black and white, her face blown up to what had to have been three or four feet.  And I was overwhelmed.  The tears came on instantly.  No warning.

The woman working in the room, an expert on the exhibit, came over…  She understood.  She said the same thing happened to her – but it was when she saw Jackie Kennedy, who’s portrait hung on the next wall over.

This instantaneous flood of emotion was completely unexpected.  This was an iconic image I had seen over and over again.  I grew up with this piece of pop art, this bit of culture.  In books, on posters, in magazines.  This was an image I thought I knew, but discovered very quickly I knew little.

It was beautiful.  So much more so then I ever could have imagined.  Larger than life in every possible way.  It really was overwhelming.

I found myself having to look away.  I thought the feelings would pass, that I would be able to see her, see how he saw her…  Just appreciate being able to have this glimpse of this iconic beauty through his eyes…  but no.  The longer I looked, the more emotional I became.  In the end I had to walk away.

I had no trouble seeing all of Warhol’s smaller works: his wigs, photographs of himself dressed in drag, screen tests, photographs, all fine.  But witness anything large?  Famous works like The Last Supper screen printed in duplicate on pink as tall as I am and four times as long?  Yes, that too sent me into the same overwhelmed state.

In one way I was relieved when it was time to move on…  in another, I wished I could have laid on that gallery floor and just let the release continue.  I can’t quantify exactly what it was that caused such an overwhelming rush.  I can’t identify one emotion even.  It was just a sense of being totally and completely overwhelmed by something I thought I knew, but so clearly did not.  I wish I could go back to the gallery today.  On my own.  And just BE in that space.  No tour.  Just me, Andy, and Marilyn.  I’d like the opportunity to get to know them both a whole lot better.

My iPad 2 is Here!

I am as giddy as a schoolkid!  My iPad 2 arrived today.  I’d ordered it from the online Apple store a few weeks ago so am super excited that it finally got here.  And yes, it’s engraved (with OUR song, my name, and my email address).

Why am I so excited?  Well, besides being a gadget nut (I really do love a new tech toy), this is going to make my life sooo much easier.  I’ll be able to use it for a lot of things, but the reason I bought it was this:

PAPERLESS PHOTOGRAPHY!

That’s right!  I’m taking my photography business paperless.  All my forms will now be electronic only.

Over the next few days I hope to find the time to redesign all my photography releases so that they will now be strictly e-documents.  Book me for a shoot, and you’ll be able to fill out your information, and sign your name directly on the iPad.  How cool is that???

I also have plans to streamline the booking process as well – but that’s going to take a little more time, a little more investimagating, and a little more work.

I’m excited.  This is going to totally change the way I handle all my documents and forms.  Sooo looking forward to this.

LMAO  Why yes, I’m a nerd.  Thanks for asking.  LOL

me and my new iPad 2

Happy New Year!

For those of you who celebrate based on the Celtic calendar, have a wonderful new year!  Together we enter the dark, but within it is the promise of light and new life.  Share your table, your harvest, and your cheer with those around you, and may you be blessed throughout this new year.

The wee girlie and I, being silly.

Photography Website Burnout

Yep.

The title about says it all.  LOL

I LOVE photography.  The process of capturing life.  Small perfect moments that we might have otherwise missed.  Gifts.  Vital and full.  Real, transparent, true.  Honest.  Beautiful.  It makes my soul sing.  I truly, truly love capturing life.

What I don’t love, is building a photography website.  I don’t like that I need to market myself and my skills.  I don’t like discussions of price points, and packages.  I don’t like the BUSINESS of photography.  LOL  But apparently it’s one of those necessary things that you just deal with so that you can have as much of the JOY part as possible.

So today I’m a little burned out.  Not on photography.  But on the website I’m building to share the business end of photography.

One thing I did do today that I am kinda excited about (and that IS part of the business end of things) was to come up with a really cool photography package.  I’ve called it the “Make it Right” package.  And it’s all about giving people what they hoped for to begin with, when they ended up with generic, boring, cookie-cutter family portraits from an in-studio photography sitting.  Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/tdfoto.  And make sure to give me a “like” while you’re there.  I’ve already given away one portrait sitting, and plan on making many more draws in the days to come.  All you have to do is “like” my page to enter…  and there are prizes for local AND long-distance folks.  So I do hope you’ll drop by and give me a “like”.  🙂

Night all.  Gonna go watch my baby sleep for a while.

me... face burned and pixelated from staring at my computer.

Oh hey!  I still haven’t told you about all the awesome stuff coming up this summer with the Green Party of Saskatchewan.  We’ve got some great things in the works that I hope you’ll all be a part of.  It’s going to be a great year, and this summer is going to get it kicked off right.  But I guess you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out all the details.  😉  hehehe…

Night all.  😀

Choose Your Weapon!

I chose my Nikon D70.  Sure it’s outdated, and not as cool as the newer Nikon DSLRs…  but it’s mine.  And unlike some other “weapon”, mine is all about the truth.  😀

So, it’s almost nine, and I haven’t taken a photo for today.  LOL  My solution was to use photobooth, and I grabbed the closest thing to me to capture.  That just happened to be my camera.  This is after I played with it a bit using iPhoto.

Night all!

Choose Your Weapon!

up close and personal

At twenty to ten and I sit down at the computer only to realize that I haven’t shot any stills today.  Took some video of the wee girlie… but haven’t done any still photography.  So what’s a girl to do?  Well, this particular girl fires up Photo Booth, turns on the comic book setting, and leans in nice and close.  🙂

extreme close up of my eye

up close and personal

Happy V Day!

I’m too tired to think…  here’s me.  Just got home from a night out.  TIRED.  Happy too though.

me, sitting at my iMac, moments ago.

Tired but Happy Me

Playing Around

Lily-Ann and I were playing around in photobooth today.  There’s a setting that takes four photos in quick succession.  We did it…  three times.  I pasted all three together in photoshop to create one long strip of photos.  So it’s not REALLY one photo, but it’s one file.  🙂

playing around in photobooth on our iMac

Playing Around

To see the image in more detail, just click on it.  It will open to it’s full size so you can see each frame more clearly, if you’re interested.

Ghost Girl

ghost girl, photo booth capture

Ghost Girl

Playing with “photo booth” on our iMac resulted in this ghostly image of the wee girlie.  Transforming it into black and white using iPhoto only creates more of a spectre.  🙂  But even ghostly, she’s still the pretties wee girl ever.

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