I've gotten behind on posting everything that's been going on lately, but will gradually be catching up this blog (as well as the "4 years ago today" blog). So many images I can't wait to share, but have to, because: three shoots later today (and a meeting with my CPA, too!), one Friday and another Saturday, and then two more next week to round out the month. This season's been so much busier than I'd counted on, and much much much steadier than one year ago. I'm in a good place; just really busy, which - I shouldn't have to remind myself but I do when I'm needing a break - is a good thing.
So many more runway images to share, but I've got to put the edits on hold so I can finish a couple other batches of edits. In the meantime, all 150 step-and-repeat photos can be viewed at nategowdy.instaproofs.com !
Nola was my third and final trip in a month, and my favorite city I've ever visited by a long shot. It's a place where just so much culture intersects and overlaps, and I can definitely see myself getting back there before too long. And my big camera will be with me the next time; I love my little Fugi X100S, but it's a snapshot camera and I'm just not nearly as quick with it - missed out on a lot of good moments and felt really limited at times. Anyway, I'd go on and on about the city, but I've been away from home for so long that edits are calling my name. But yeah, if you haven't been to The Big Easy yet - make it happen. JUST GO (during the spring or fall, that is). And hit me up for recommendations!
Fantastic news! My work's been selected to appear in the American Photography annual for the third time in four years. There are so many contests and awards out there these days, but the American Photography books are the ones I get most excited about being included in each year. I definitely let out a "Raise the roof!" when I got the email this morning. Guess I'm headed to NYC for the launch party in November again!
Here's more from AP:
"This year’s distinguished jury included Jacqueline Bates, Photography Director, The California Sunday Magazine; Clinton Cargill, Director of Photography, Bloomberg Businessweek; Marvin Orellana, Photo Editor, New York Magazine; Jennifer Pastore, Photography Director, WSJ. Magazine; and Amy Pereira, Director of Photography, MSNBC.
"From 9,376 pictures entered by 904 photographers, magazines, agencies, publishers and schools, the jury selected, by a majority vote or better, only 328 images to appear in the book and represent the best pictures from 2014.
"American Photography 31 with winning work, captions and creative credits will be printed in full color, one image per page and distributed worldwide in November 2015."
Tonight I'm tying up loose ends at the studio before flying out tomorrow morning to Vegas for a week for the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Expo. Excited to be traveling with my good friend Dru Dinero - he says he's going to show me the underbelly of the city. I've never been and am really excited; though, I'm not quite sure what to expect. Guess we'll see! Then I'm back in Seattle for a long weekend and, after that, off to New Orleans for a spell, where I'll be shown around by one of my favorite people in the world, Alfonso Lerma, and will be attending the Society of Photographic Education's 2015 National Conference.
Anyway, here's an epic portrait of my favorite queen from Vegas - Bootsie, whom I met and photographed at Seattle and San Francisco's Court events the last couple weeks. With all this traveling coming up, have had to put the edits (so, so many) from those events on hold. Also, this blog's gotten behind by more than two dozen posts. Oh well, busy is definitely good. Guess I'll get to play some serious catch up later this month!
Gay City Health Project and Three Dollar Bill Cinema were proud to host their 10th Annual Academy Awards Party. Thanks to the generosity of friends, guests and supporters, the organizations raised more than $16,000. I was happy to contribute to the night's paparazzi atmosphere.
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) were given a tour of Flex-a-Lite Automotive by CEO Lisa Chissus, and then answered questions during an International trade roundtable at William Factory Small Business Incubator.
The lease is signed! Jonathan Vanderweit, Leanna Carr, Bob Snell and I are moving into Studio 412 at the Inscape Arts building, formerly home to Michael Cepress Studio | Showroom. At 964 square feet and made up of open studio space, two offices and a vault for storage, it's near the heart of Chinatown. So pumped.
There's a plaque outside, detailing the studio's interesting history. It reads: "The Assay Office moved into this space in February 1932, but by that time the gold trade had declined. When the office closed for good in 1955, it was the last of its kind in the U.S. Treasury Department. During 57 years in operation, nearly 2 million pounds of gold were processed here. ¶ After the Assay Office closed, the space on this floor was taken over by INS. Different parts of INS operations gradually moved here as the need for detention space on the floors below grew. ¶ In 1995, a TV show starring James Earl Jones as a Seattle police sergeant was filmed here. Jones played a widowed Seattle police officer, and the former Assay Office made an appearance as police headquarters."
These are some of the shots I've found myself coming back to since I started this blog in May. With captions about each one!