Excavation Day

Today, we broke ground. Which, I guess, is the term for it, since the ground was broken up. However, we haven’t started building, yet. Also, technically there will be another day of excavation, since they didn’t get it all in one day. 


Last night, they left this loader in our front yard, and so far today, they’ve carved out our driveway and about half of our house, give it take. The loader was driven by a “younger man” (not my words, he’s probably about my age) which, according to his supervisor, likes doing this to let out his aggression. Which makes sense, there are some days where I’d like to destroy a bunch of stuff, too.


I stopped by on my way home, and it was very exciting to actually be able to see some evidence of progress. The frustrating thing for the longest time is that up till now, we’ve been dealing with paperwork, which there’s no way of knowing how much more there is. Being able to see exactly how much of our property has been cleared though, it makes it tangible. I can see that we’ll be building soon. 


I’m not sure if they’re going to be running again tomorrow, but I wouldn’t doubt it, seeing how quickly they were able to get to us, they must work every day to get jobs done, so they can move on to others. 


In other news, we finished the lift on that F-150 from yesterday, and I’m fairly tired from it all. Well, my muscles are, and they want to recover, so I’m feeling the need to sleep. 


Tomorrow evening, I’ll be doing an engagement shoot for a lovely couple who wants me to also photograph their wedding. So, first thing in the morning, I’ll be getting the gear all ready to go. I’m always excited before a shoot, so hopefully I’m rested enough to be all there, mentally. 


With that, goodnight, everyone. I’ll see you tomorrow. 

June 1 2017

Totally didn’t see June sneaking up on me, but here she is.


Today, I had the delight in assisting for the install video for a six inch suspension lift on a brand new F-150. When I say delight, just imagine me, a man who has (let’s face it) no upper body strength, making a serious attempt at holding an array of heavy things for an extended period of time. It went… well… I guess. So far, everything’s going according to plan, so that’s gotta count for something, right? We’re probably just past the half-way point, so we should be done fairly quickly tomorrow. 


After work, I photographed metal sculptures for a local artist that goes by Contrived Curiosities. He makes different animals out of seemingly ordinary and extraordinary items. As I’m shooting his various wares, I may also be shopping for a fitting lawn ornament for our house, whenever it’s done. 


Speaking of the house. I’ve been told that the excavators have already brought all their equipment to our lot, and are planning on starting tomorrow, clearing out all the trees and brush that we don’t want or need. Being that we’re practically surrounded by trees, we don’t really NEED any on our lot. However, were required to by the county to have somewhere between three and five trees. 


In the mean time; I’ve been keeping up with one of my daily tasks, meditating. Being that it’s after eleven and I still haven’t, today, is starting to bother me. Overall, though, it’s really been helping me clear my mind from the throubles of the day. I feel like I could probably make an entire post on where I’m at with meditating, but I’ll have to save that for another time. For now, I can just quickly suggest to any beginners to just try it out, and the Calm app is a really great way to start. Goodnight, everyone, and I hope I post again tomorrow. 

Workend – May 27th

I meant to write this up last night, buuuuuut after a long couple days and a few drinks, I was out like a light before I could touch a keyboard. It was a good evening giving me the chance to catch up with friends, make new ones, and surprisingly have a very interesting conversation about photography.

I enjoy when I meet a person who shares an artistic interest in photography, like I do. Mostly because the people I talk with primarily have experience with film. Having learned photography on digital formats, it’s awesome to me to see that there’s always similarities in the technique and process regardless of if you’re shooting film or digital. Overall, though, it’s looking more and more like I’ll be doing more photography work on the weekends. Which is nice, I like doing photography, so the more often I can do some AND get paid for it, the better. Right?

Today, despite being off the clock for the past 24 hours, I’ve been starting some planning for our trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas this year. I’m partially hoping to have a little more personnel on duty so that our media is produced as quickly as possible in the best possible quality. Which, in all reality, is the name of the game. Last year, we came close with a plan that I had in place, so basing things around that, we’ll be successful this year.

I know, being vague is not the nicest things, but this is stuff that probably should be under an NDA or something, since my process seems to out-perform news outlets and our competition. However, our department wasn’t as connected to the rest of the marketing department as it is right now, so I feel this year will be a nice show of effort and strategy on, well, my part. Not to toot my own horn.

Tomorrow, after finishing up with the video at church, I’m going to be helping out a local metal-working artist who sets up a booth at craft fairs where he sells his sculptures. To get into bigger and better events he needs to have professional photos of his booth, showing how he lays things out and what it all looks like as if you were walking by it at the show. I imagine that I’ll be getting a few shots of his sculptures themselves, too. It’s one of those things that I thoroughly enjoy doing: helping someone live their dream by using my talents. It’s also why I like photographing local bands. Yeah, the big bands are one thing, but there’s something even better about the guys who have scrapped up the last few dollars just to be able to get the right amp to make their performance at the local pub sound just good enough.

Monday will be a nice day, though. Both Sarah and I have the day off, which is nice. Note sure what the plan for the day is just yet, but that’ll be half the fun in it, right? Just going off on an adventure, anywhere.

For now, though, I’m going to try and relax just a little bit, get the camera all ready, and wait for Sarah to get home.

May 23rd 2017

I have no photos from today, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t take any. I actually took around 600 or so, but they were all for work, so I cannot share them at this time. Also considering I strictly shoot RAW for paid work, none of the photos have been edited since I got back from the shoot around 7pm, and I still needed to go home, so I could get back to work between 7 and 8 in the morning. 

Anyway, the shoot was for Father’s Day, so as one could imagine, we had a “father” and a couple kids helping their dad work some on his truck. Your standard heart-strings tugging stuff. Overall, the shots went great. From what I’ve seen, they came out really well. Fortunately, with the X-T2 I can review photos as I’m taking them from the viewfinder, which makes focus and exposure checking a dream come true especially when you’re trying your best to capture every micro expression, and don’t want to miss anything by looking away from your scene. 

In the end, the kids got ice cream, the dad got ice cream, everyone was happy! It was another great shoot in the bucket, and I’m very greatful for everyone that was involved. 

If I’m Honest…

When I started this, I intended on being as positive as possible, because I honestly believe in the cliche of “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” but this site is me, this is what’s up. 


After today, I don’t have the energy to be positive anymore, unfortunately. I’d like to be, but I just can’t right now. Today, I spent most of my time planning out a Father’s Day marketing shoot for our company. Originally, the shoot was going to be on Friday, which gives me a lot of time to mentally prepare, but it ended up being inconvenient for the crew, so we pushed it to tomorrow. 


The hardest part was picking wardrobe, but I also needed to scout the locations and schedule the time and such. Despite driving through crazy rain for about an hour, everything went off without a hitch. Which is great. The only thing left is to make sure that I’m going to feel confident and creative enough to put everything together. 


Confidence is one of those things that I need to work on with myself. It’s no secret, I have a lack of self-confidence. It’s even at the point where I’ve convinced myself that my team doesn’t even have confidence in me. So, here I am, the night before a shoot (I’d call it important) feeling fairly certain that everyone is expecting me to fail and would rather have someone else take photos, but at the same time, there is a tiny part of me that is trying to call out, and it is REALLY hard to hear him. 


That little part of me is saying that I can do it, and that I’m the best, and that if I just take charge tomorrow people will listen to me and it will all go off without a hitch. I’m more than willing to believe that one bit of confidence that I have, but as soon as one little thing goes wrong, I just know that the rest is all going to come crashing down. 

Here’s to hoping that most of me is wrong. I can do this. 

Right?