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Why I marched on January 21st, 2017 along with 2.9 million other people…

Here is some of what happened the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated president of the United States, after winning the electoral vote, but losing the popular vote by close to three million votes, because of his campaign promises to make America sexist, racist, homophobic, and full of hate again:_54a1817paigegreenmarchoak01242017City officials estimate that 500,000 people participated in the main march in Washington, DC._54a2227paigegreenmarchoak01242017250,000 in Chicago._54a2165paigegreenmarchoak01242017250,000 people in Boston._54a1950paigegreenmarchoak01242017200,000 more in Denver.

_54a1930paigegreenmarchoak01242017In New York, the estimate ranges from 200,000-500,000.

_54a2038paigegreenmarchoak01242017An estimated 60,000 people marched in Atlanta._54a2257paigegreenmarchoak01242017In Los Angeles, the estimate is anywhere from 200,000-750,000._54a2129paigegreenmarchoak0124201760,000 in St. Paul, MN._54a2048paigegreenmarchoak0124201750,000 in Philadelphia._54a2106paigegreenmarchoak01242017100,000 in Madison, WI._54a2077paigegreenmarchoak0124201720,000 in Pittsburgh._54a2043paigegreenmarchoak0124201720,000 in Nashville, TN._54a2108paigegreenmarchoak01242017And these are few of the 60,000 who I marched with in Oakland, CA._54a2196paigegreenmarchoak01242017In the history of the United States, there has never been a one-day protest that was this large._54a2021paigegreenmarchoak01242017These numbers prove that we are not going accept the agenda of the Trump administration without a serious fight._54a1924paigegreenmarchoak01242017But now that the marches are over… it is time for us to get to work._54a1894paigegreenmarchoak01242017-3

This is not about democrats vs republicans. Or conservatives vs liberals. This is about human rights and decency. This is about love vs hate. To find out what you can do to make your voice heard after the march click here: www.womensmarch.com/100

 

Happy Inauguration (of your favorite FIERCE Female) Day

It has never been more important to celebrate the strong females of our lives.

Last year I started a personal project to document the FIERCE females I know. This year I want to extend it beyond females I know.

Please nominate FIERCE females who you think should be documented and celebrated.

Happy FIERCE female Friday and I look forward to marching with FIERCE Bay Area Females at the Women’s Marches on Saturday.

Farm Family Photos: April 1st & 2nd

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The grass is green and the baby animals are bouncing… Come celebrate spring with Family Photos at Windrush Farm:

$250 for 30 mins (includes 5 high resolution digital files of your choice)
$450 for an hour (includes 10 high resolution digital files of your choice)
Additional images will be available for purchase.

Please wear clothes/shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a colorful blanket we can spread out in the grass.

To schedule your session, please follow the link below and select your preferred time slot:

http://my.setmore.com/bookingpage/c2369b83-d535-4dfc-bd12-b96aa13ecb9e/bookappointment

*We will do our best to take photos with baby animals, but because they are baby animals, we can not guarantee they will always cooperate. But no matter what, we will get get cute photos of your family on a farm…

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Freda Banks – film vs digital…

A couple of months ago I received an email from photographer Freda Banks saying she needed causal, natural portraits for her website that show she is artistic in a friendly and approachable manner.

I had never met Freda, I had only seen her beautiful work online, so when she answered the door looking like this…020paigegreenFreda5214-002239-R1-012I was immediately very excited and extremely intimidated.

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Very excited… because she wanted me to photograph with film, which is my most favorite way to photograph.

Extremely intimidated… because I always assume every photographer is more talented and knowledgeable than I am. So photographing other photographers means having to wrestle my brain into silent submission, at least enough so I can do the job I was hired to do.

001paigegreenFreda5214-002240-R1-002Also extremely intimidated… because Freda is stunningly beautiful with an incredible sense of style, which meant I felt this overwhelming pressure to take the most amazing photos of my life, in order to live up to this fun opportunity to play with film and with beauty.

031paigegreenFreda5214-002238-R1-008But because Freda really is artistic in a friendly and approachable manner, it didn’t take us long to feel comfortable with each other, allowing me to silence my overactive brain and focus instead on finding good light. We talked and played and talked and played, and before I knew it, three hours had passed, which is a long time to make one person model, so I reluctantly put away my cameras and we said good-bye.023paigegreenFreda5214-002239-R1-015

(All of the above photos were taken with medium format film.)

While I do love film, it was a long painful wait for the film scans to return… luckily I had a few digital files to tide me over until the film scans finally returned.

Digital photography is a wonderful tool and I am so grateful to have it, but when given the opportunity to shoot with film… it is really hard for me to put down the film cameras and pick up the digital ones again.

I just love the sensory experience of photographing with film cameras. I love the sound of the shutter and the crisp, yet ethereal way the world looks through film lenses.

But film is slow, it is expensive and it can be unpredictable. You don’t always know what the results will be like and you have to wait a long time to find out… which for me translates to: exciting and risky (like the hard-to-get, tall cute guy, with big glasses and mismatched socks, who I married.)

Digital is fast, it is inexpensive (if you don’t factor in your editing time and you don’t upgrade your equipment every 9 months) and you know immediately if you got the photo or not… which for me translates to: boring and predictable.

But the advantage of shooting both digital and film is that I get to show a direct comparison between the two and you can decide for yourself which you prefer.

Below are examples of similar photos taken in both digital and film, with no retouching and very minimal color alterations on the digital files…

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I admit, it’s a really close call… but film still wins my heart. What do you think?

Day 12 – Thistle Meats…

A neighborhood butcher shop, serving ethically raised and locally sourced meats… Thistle-68090013Brought to our little town by these two rad Petaluman women…Thistle-68090010Is coming soon. Thistle-68100012(ps: They are going to have homemade biscuits too, which means I can hardly wait.)

My own blog doesn’t recognize me…

It has been so long since I have logged on to my blog that I had to generate a new password.

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I used to think in blog posts…. Now I think in facebook captions, although Instagram is slowly creeping up behind.

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But I miss my blog, just like… I miss reading books (that are more than 20 pages long and consist of a topic other than cars and trucks,)

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I miss seeing friends…

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I miss walking my dog…

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And I miss going on dates with my husband (damn, I should have put that first.)

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Somewhere along the way life got busy and I just don’t have enough time in the day for it anymore, hence I am starting this post at 1:40am.

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But, as it turns out, I also need the blog. I get so lost in the forest of making new work that I forget to look back and see which trail I took and how far I have come… And then the insecurity vines creep up and block my path forward.

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That is where I was today, lost in an editing forest, until the mail arrived (meaning: Arann walked in my office and flung a Priority Mail envelope at me.) When I opened the envelope, I got to see some of my portrait work in print, in Bike magazine. A magazine that hired me to take one portrait…

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And then because they liked that portrait they hired me to take another portrait…

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And then they hired me to take another portrait…

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It made me so happy to see photos of PEOPLE published for once that I remembered I had a blog and that I could actually record my excitement in a blog post. While I was digging for photos for that post, I found other portraits that I am proud of…

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(Chef and Restaurant Owner, Charlie Hallowell)

and then more portraits that I am proud of…

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…and suddenly the forest was a little bit brighter.

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And the path forward was a little more clear.

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While I really enjoy all the other side projects I have been so lucky to work on… I really love photographing people the most.

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Taking really good portraits of people is very, very hard. And I still have a long way to go.

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There are so many things to think about… not only the light, the exposure, the composition, but also making people feel comfortable, especially after they have just finished telling me how much they hate being photographed. (Food never tells me it hates to be photographed. And flowers just beg me not to stop taking photos.)

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Photographing people makes me nervous and sweaty… not in a bad lighting-fireworks-illegally-kind-of-way, but in a good exercise-my-brain-kind-of-way.

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It means I am being challenged. It means I am doing something I really care about. And that is the goal: Do more projects that challenge me and that I really care about.

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My other goal is to hire an office assistant, so that the editing and book-keeping forest do not get over-grown and swallow me whole anymore. And so my blog can once again have a place in my life.

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So if you know anyone looking for part-time work…

I need a very organized, hardworking, self-motivated, left-brained person (sorry no photographers please) who can help me for 10 hrs per week (hours are flexible) with: data entry, organizing files, returning emails, updating social media etc.

If you are interested, please send me an email detailing your approach to organizing and attach your resume to paige(@)paigegreen.com

What Happens Next…

One…

Photo…

Isn’t…

Enough…

Because I always want to know what happens next.

The same is true in life. I always want to know what is going to happen next. And what happens after photographing a ballerina on a roof top overlooking San Francisco? Hopefully more photo shoots with ballerinas on roof tops overlooking San Francisco. It was a photo shoot that I needed. A photo shoot to recharge my creative batteries. A photo shoot that was fun. Thank you, Terez, for sharing your incredible talent, and thank you, JC, for making it all come together.

And I really hope more of this…

…happens next.

Photo of the Day…

I have just started a new “Photo of the Day” gallery on my Paige Green Photography facebook page. It is a quick and easy way for me to share my favorite new photos, without having to make a full blog post. So if you want to see the latest and the greatest… click here.

These are the The Mauritius Island twins, who I met while second shooting a wedding, with my friend Jessamyn Harris, at Kunde Winery in Sonoma. More photos coming soon.

I love these twins.

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