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the un-birthday birthday party

Sunday’s Un-Birthday Party was the Un-Official Launch of Paige and Jude Photo, a Partnership and Adventure in stock photography. Petaluma photographer, and my new friend, Jude Mooney, has been dreaming of stock for the past few years… and she decided in order to make her dream a reality, she needed a partner… and lucky for me…. she picked me. So we started our journey by having an un-birthday party in her brightly colored breakfast nook.

The un-birthday party went exactly as planned, well, except for lumpy icing, a grumpy young party go-er (not pictured here), and minor technical mishaps with camera settings… but all in all it was a successful first shoot

However, there was one other minor important point to mention. During the shoot, it took me a little while to get used to the artificial element that comes from staging everything, but I realize now that is because I am coming from a hands-off documentary photography approach, so it makes perfect sense.

But because of that feeling, and because the whole scene was Jude’s creation anyway, I let Jude do most of the photographing on Sunday. I did manage to capture some candid moments and I played with my beloved Rollei a little, but I look forward to jumping in more actively on the next shoot. I think learning how to produce and direct photo shoots is going to be a well-needed challenge for me. I also look forward to setting up some scenes that I have been imagining, but would probably never make into a reality my own. And most importantly, I look forward to just having fun with photography with another photographer…. so let the adventures begin! And maybe it was a real birthday afterall.

The Butter and Egg Parade 2008… Welcome to Petaluma.

This is where I live. Petaluma, California, home of the Butter and Egg Day Parade for 27 years. This year the theme of the celebration was Petaluma’s 150th Birthday. The town celebrated in its usual style with a Cow Chip Throwing Contest, a Cutest Chick Contest and, of course, the parade, which I was assigned to photograph by the local paper, The Argus Courier. Here are my top favorites.


On more than one occasion I have said this town reminds me of Pleasantville, and in doing research for this post, I read that Petaluma has often been a favorite for movies because it has an “Americana” visual appeal. And one of the movies filmed here? Any guesses?

the summer begins

Ok….so all the papers are finished and I have left London and am gearing up to start my photo-intensive summer.

My first stop was Philadelphia, well after NY it was Philly, then back to NY, then back to Philly and now I am in Greenville, SC, well Reidville, SC….but that is hard for me to remember as there is not a whole lot to remember, at first glance.

NY was insane…but it felt nice to be able to take photos without feeling like a paparazzi stalker. People are way more laid back about being photographed here and it is very refreshing. But I have to say I think NY is a litle too much for me; Philly is much more my speed.

It was nice to practice and to have fun with my camera again (well Matteo Borzone’s camera, thanks Matteo.) The only thing is that I am still longing for the 6×6 format and I almost bought a Mamiya 6 in the ridiculously busy and huge B&H store in NY (from now on I will stick with ordering from the website although Chris in the used department was very knowledgeable and helpful). The camera was in my hands and my credit card was out, but when Chris went to ring it up he realized it was already sold. I was disappointed but the good news is that I saved $1,300 and after more time using Matteo’s 6×4.5, I realized that I would prefer a camera with a waist level view finder option, so I am searching for a Rollei instead.

So back to the adventure….I found some great communities in Philly and I hope to spend more time there photographing at some point in my life. Maybe post-London…we’ll see. Here are some photos…..

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This is the penny man from Philadelphia. He custom makes outfits for people and enjoys rescuing injured wild animals, rehabilitating them and then releasing them back in the wild. He usually charges people to take his photo but on the fourth of July it’s free.

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Happy Fourth of July in the birth place of our Nation. To celebrate you can get your face painted…..

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or you can pay $5 to have your picture taken while holding a big yellow snake, that travels in a suitcase….

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or you can hold a wooden gun for free and pretend you are in the Revolutionary Army….

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or you can kick back, relax and wait for the parade to start like Albert.

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Whatever you do, just make sure you do it with style like Philadelphia’s local celebrity “The Boo.”

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