I posted one of these images a while back, vaguely mentioning what it was about. Well…. One of Reagan’s friends and long-time client has worked in fashion forever. She recently left her full time gig, in order to freelance. She had this idea where she would use her apartment to style up items, photograph them and sell them online. A few weeks ago she asked me if I would like to shoot it, and help with the web stuff. It sounded fun, so of course I said yes. Anyway, The site went live today. I think that it is pretty cool, given the fact that it was all done with two days of shooting, and only about a week and a half of coding (mostly done by my friend Joe, who I enlisted to help share the load). Anyway, check it out when you get a chance. The site is Hollysapartment.com. Also, check out the write-up in Racked, today. Here are the rest of the rooms we shot, below–
When Reagan got home on Monday night, she didn’t waste any time showing me all of the video and photos that she shot while she was in Chicago. I have been working with her for the past few months trying to get her comfortable shooting the 5D in Manual. She took it with her on her trip, and didn’t have to call me once to ask me how to adjust the settings. The images came out awesome. I’m super proud of her. As I write this, she is in my office sorting everything out, in lightroom. If that wasn’t enough, check out her video skills! She shot and cut this whole thing herself.
Anyway, enough bragging about the wife. Today was one of those days where I didn’t waste one minute. I woke up at 5:30, Moved the car. Came home and changed into running gear, went for a run. After showering, I packed a messenger bag (with work clothes, camera and bike lock), took the train to Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, I stopped by M. Cuomo’s old apartment and picked up a bike that Mike left for me with his former roomie. From there, I rode across the Williamsburg Bridge, cross town, and down to the FiDi for work. I tried out the new parking area inside of the gated parking garages at my building. It was amazing. No anxiety about the bike getting ripped off, all day long. I was super busy, at the office, which made the day fly by. I know this is getting boring, but I must continue. After work, I rode to a gallery to shoot an opening. Then rode home. I have spent the rest of the evening setting up my new laptop that Reagan and Piper got me for Father’s Day. I’m writing this post from that very computer. The end.
Wednesday night was kind of fun because Reagan and I were working at the ASH Footwear party in SoHo. I shoot these types of events fairly often. I have to admit that they aren’t my favorite thing to shoot. But the fact that Reagan and some of her salon friends were there, made it a lot of fun. I shot several images of Reagan working her magic.
Spraying it up
The party was hosted by Solange Knowles. Here is a shot of Reagan and her friends from the salon with Ms. Knowles.
Reagan wrote about the event on Hairdresser on Fire, if you want to check it out.
I’m pretty excited to get the weekend started. I haven’t seen Piper for too long. I hope that she remembers me, hehe. I wish that it could be a little bit more of a chill weekend. Alas, it is booked to the gills. Reagan is throwing a bridal shower on Sunday. So, I will be helping her set it up on Saturday/Sunday and doing the photography. Sunday morning (fathers day) I have a race in CP. Then Sunday eve, we will be taking down the shower venue. Despite the busyness that this weekend brings, I’m glad to be able to spend some time hanging out with Reagan and PJ, again.
Have a great weekend!
We have had a tough couple of days around the B-holt residence. I’m sure that I’ll eventually get to that in a later post. But we have definitely been staying busy. I shot some pretty interesting stuff (to me) on Friday and Saturday. I come from a family with a strong quilting heritage. I don’t know to what extent is has carried over to my generation. But, it seems like there was always some quilt that my mom (and usually at least one of her sisters) was working on, when I was growing up. My grandmother on my father’s side (who just turned 90 on Saturday), still makes a quilt for every new great-grandkid in the family (FYI, there are more than I can count on 50 fingers). If that’s not enough, we get it from Reagan’s side too. Both of our mom’s always run into each other at state quilt guild conventions. Yes, both of our mom’s are active members of the Utah State Quilt Guild. I personally think that is pure awesome. So, it is safe to say that I was raised to appreciate the art of quilting and the significance in American heritage and Culture. I’ll be honest though, I never thought I would be shooting or blogging about quilts. Buuuuuttttt, it just so happens that the American Folk Art Museum is currently holding an exhibition of American red and white quilts at the Park Avenue Armory. I ended up shooting it for Curated Mag. I was blown away. Not saying that these photos do it any justice, but scroll down for a couple of more looks.
Ok, if you made it this far down the post, then maybe you will be interested in what I shot on Saturday morning. HS teamed up with Nike for an editorial story featuring the new Kobe collection, at a little league soccer game in the Bronx. The game was at 11:30 and I was worried that everything would be washed out with the sun that high in the sky. I guess it is lucky (for me) that we are still in early spring, because I don’t feel like the images came out that bad. I just hope that the people whose opinion matters, feel the same. Here are a few–
This last one had nothing to do with the product, but I just like the wide shot with the green turf and blue sky.
And when it is cold like this, Reagan wears her huge hairy hat. She has been playing a fun little game where he tries to do outfit posts each day leading up to her b-day. It has been kind of fun shooting some of them for her, for the 3 days this month that she has been in town. Ok, I guess a few more than 3 (barely). We shot the image above* walking home, after parking the car Saturday. Best part about the image: Reagan is still rocking her “Visitor” badge from Piper’s house.
Alas, I will begin bachelor life again tomorrow. Reagan will be headed to the midwest to meet the new baby of one of her close friends. I feel like she just got back from her last trip. On the bright side, I am booked so deep this week that it should fly by. I’m actually starting to feel tired just from writing about it. I’ll be shooting a few projects that I’m pretty excited about though.
*As an uninteresting side note, I snapped the shot above with our new (old) 5D. I picked it up off of CL, intending to give it to Reagan for her B-day. I learned from her that same day that she actually wanted something completely different. Since I had scored the 5D for such a great price, I decided to keep it for a back-up body/walk around cam. I have only used it handful of times (as ZT perceptively noticed when I posted this shot), but I really like it.
Monday, I hit 3 men’s fashion trade shows. My favorite was Capsule. The photo above is of my new jacket that I picked up while I was there. Not really. It was just a sample that happened to be my size. Since it was basically the coolest thing that I had ever laid eyes on, I had to get a photo of me wearing it (thanks, Sam for snapping it).
Saturday night I spent running around town shooting nachos with one of my friends who is writing an article for Antenna Magazine. The ones below are from Pinche Taqueria on Mott St.
The shot below is looking out the window at the Project trade show in SoHo.
And finally– a shot from the bathroom at Project. Why someone had struck out 150 and scribed 138, is beyond me. But I don’t really need to know the significance, to appreciate the hands-on care that went into packaging these toilet seat covers.
Today, I woke up to freezing rain. This sucks for two reasons. A– It’s freezing rain; B– I had to postpone for the third time an editorial shoot that I have been trying to do (and looking forward to) for a month, now.
I hope Reagan comes home soon.
Have a great week.
Working from home, again today. I was just sitting here, banging away on the keyboard, when out of my peripheral vision, it looked like a low flying plane was about to buzz our building. When I turned to look, it was actually just a falcon coming in for landing on the aerial antenna of the building next door. So, awesome! I hurried and threw a long lens on to snap a couple of shots. Such a beautiful bird. Who says we don’t have nature in NYC?
I’m getting pretty amped for the weekend. I’m really hoping to feel better by tomorrow, so that I can fully enjoy my day off at the mini-family reunion at Piper’s house. I’m actually hoping to feel better tonight, because I’m supposed to be shooting something that has the potential to be pretty cool. For now, back to clicking.
Above: my new beard. When I returned to my (real) job after the TN trip, I discovered that several of the first-year associates in my group were sporting some pretty aggressive facial hair. I was promised a certificate and a tote bag if I joined in on the cause. Although I have since discovered the the tote and certificate bribe was a joke, I am still enjoying being barbudo. Reagan appears to be a pretty big fan, as well. I currently have 3 weeks worth of growth. We’ll see how long it lasts (grows).
Next item: I was flipping through some crap that I wrote a year ago and noticed that I picked up Negrita (my 7d) one year ago yesterday. I also realized that some of my favorite stuff that I have ever shot (to date) was shot with my old 40-D. It kinda makes me miss her. Yet another realization that I had, was that some of my most heartfelt posts didn’t even include an image from my camera. *Sigh* Last November was a pretty freaking good month.
Moving on: I’m not really sure how this weekend is going to go. I’m lined up to shoot a ton of cool stuff, but only if I can some how squeeze it in with the work from my real job. I didn’t even find out that my real job was going to require my services for the weekend until Thurs. So, yeah. It’s tough to get amped about the weekend. I still hope that everyone else has a stress-free pile of awesome this weekend. Do it, do it.
Yesterday was very productive. I attended the J. Crew Mens Spring 2011 preview (above), as well as the Levi’s Spring 2001 preview (Below). A nickel if you can correctly name the venue for the Levi’s event.
I capped things off at the Rubenstein Gallery, where there was an opening party for the Brooklyn based art collective Faile (below).
Tonight is going to be equally busy. But the best part about tonight, is that I’m also picking up my sister from the airport! Woo hoo. I love having family in town. My cousins are actually already in NY, and went with Reagan to visit Piper today. I’m imagining that there will be more of the same tomorrow, this time with Sarah coming along. Let’s not forget that my #5 ranked Utes go up against #3 Ranked TCU tomorrow. It should be a bruiser.
Now let’s talk brass tacks. I picked up my NYC Marathon race packet at the Javits center this morning. So I now have my bib in hand. My lungbutter situation has not really improved over the last two weeks. Because of this, I have ruled out getting a good time on Sunday. Reagan is in a similar place, health-wise. She was even talking about skipping the race, at one point. I’m glad that she changed her mind. Although, I have to admit that the thought has also crossed my mind.
Part of me is absolutely devastated that I am going to be running the premier running event of my life at half mast. Especially since this is the hardest that I have ever trained. Another part of me, is almost kind of glad that I have something forcing me to just go enjoy the experience. Not that it wouldn’t be a better experience in some respects, if I PR-ed. But I think that when I get into competition mode, I tend to miss out on aspects of the race that can only be enjoyed, when I’m not pushing myself and stressing about pace the entire time. One of my most favorite races that I have ever done was the Queens half-marathon, last year. It was a logistical disaster before it even started. We had to walk 3 miles to the starting line. We crossed the starting mats, as the winner was crossing the finish mats. Reagan so pissed about everything that had happened, that she said she wasn’t going to do it, unless I stayed with her. I ran the whole thing at a conversational pace with Reagan and Mike, and enjoyed every mile, even though I scored my worst h/m time that race.
So, my goal for this race on Sunday is to love every minute of it. I’ll let you know how it goes.
It has been slow going, trying to get back into the swing of things since returning from vacay. Part of it probably has to do with the fact that I’m battling bronchitis. It is pretty pathetic the way that Reagan and I have been passing germs and viruses back and forth, for the past few months. I’m supposed to be running the NYC Marathon next weekend and I haven’t run since the Hartford Marathon. Yeah, almost a month. We are also supposed to be doing the Halloween thing this weekend. I have spent zero time on a costume. I have also been working from home for the past few days, to avoid freaking everyone out with the coughing. So, I’m rocking 2 day old 5 o’clock shadow. I did make it outside last night, though. I shot an event celebrating the launch of a new collaboration between Rag & Bone and Timberland boots.
It was pretty cool, stylistically. But from a literal temperature point of view, it was hot as hades inside. The weather yesterday was mid 70′s with rain on and off. It felt like a swamp. Two favorite things about the party (both pictured above): 1. The DJs were spinning real 45′s, instead of the usual macbook pro hooked up to the digital turntables; 2. Terry Kennedy made it out.
My third favorite thing, was the boot maker. There was a dude at the party actually building a pair of boots (Below).
Final thoughts for this post–
It’s finally official. Woot.