Today was a rough one. Sunday I'm installing new pieces in the windows at Frame Central for the third June in a row, assuming the pieces are ready, because I've definitely procrastinated. I'd totally be freaking out if I hadn't done this all before, but I sure didn't handle the stress well this afternoon and wasn't very good company for Jennifer. I'm pretty sure combing through old archives is what triggered it. Whereas coming across great old oldies should be a positive thing, it always reminds me how behind I am at giving so many images the attention they deserve.
Fortunately the day ended well. Aaron Smith, a new friend who's been interning at the studio since last week, drove us out to Southgate Roller Rink where we met up with friends Lonness, Abby, LeAnne and Pat. Great time, but it took awhile to get comfortable in skates - my legs were trembling I was so scared at first! Aaron killed it, but for a skateboarder that's no surprise. Got some fun photos, but will have to hold off peaking at them until after the exhibition install.
Since writing last, it's also been a relief to have picked up a number of new gigs, mostly on behalf of and kudos to Seattle Out & Proud, but also including Pride ASIA, a picnic inquiry from the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Board, and my first ever gig second-shooting a wedding (for Jenny Jimenez!). Meaning that -- along with all the events, the Frame Central show, shoots for the SGN's Trans* photo section in the Pride edition, photographing buildings and businesses that fly the rainbow flag, and some classwork for school -- this next month is going to be nuts. I guess it just wouldn't be right, during Pride month, not to be running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Had a formal headshot shoot this past Saturday morning. My first time in the studio in almost a year, it went smoothly and the client was really pleased with the finished images (which I'll have an update on in a couple days), but Aaron's assistance made all the difference. We''re each going to get a lot out of working with the other. He's such a people person and has the eye and potential to do really solid work at events - he just needs the right guidance. And then there's my lack of studio lighting expertise and Photoshop retouching skills. I'm stoked to play catch up but also to see where we can take my monochrome portraits of President Obama. I'm proud of the point Jennifer and I reached with the first four, but still consider them very rough. There's the potential to make it into next year's Communication Arts' Photo Annual. There is! Maybe Aaron can be for me what Gigantic Squid is for John Keatley! My Ryan Lewis.
Aaron also tagged along yesterday to photograph a Seattle Progressives Ready for Hillary fundraiser at Neumos. Seems a bit early to start focusing on Hillary, but I'm sure the organizers know more than I do, and I'm glad to help out and be in the loop early. At one point, tasked with getting photos of the crowd from up on stage, I found myself standing in a line beside Mayor Murray, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, and Rep. Jim McDermott - the VIPs! It was the third time I've photographed the mayor this week - kinda like old times, when during the marriage equality campaign in 2012 he'd refer to me as his "personal photographer" we saw each other so often. Oh, and also got to say hey to Janie Hendrix, whom I'd met last fall at the Obama event. She remembered me!
Anyway, back to work! All-nighter fun! The upcoming work day ends early because there's a NW Photojournalism beach bonfire at Golden Gardens and I wouldn't miss that for anything.