It may feel like the end of the 2018-19 school year will never arrive, but in spite of the still-chilly weather, Spring Break is nearly upon us with summer following closely behind. Senior Year… I know you are excited and nervous thinking about it. You’ll have a lot of things on your mind in the weeks and months ahead, including where to get your Senior Pictures done.
I participated in a fantastic Writers Workshop with Neal Wooten and Martha Templeton. Some of the information covered was a refresher, but I did enjoy getting their insight into what gets published. They really drove home the importance of hooking the interest of readers in the first sentence and how agents and publishers are like anyone sorting through a pile of potential employees, rarely giving documents more than a passing glance before moving on to the next person.
Neal shared a photo of Snookie from “Jersey Shore” to illustrate the importance of having a platform of potential readers than an author can attract. In other words, the inferior author with the book proposal who can demonstrate the capacity to generate the most exposure online or by word-of-mouth will likely get a book deal faster than someone with vastly superior talent who nevertheless lacks the ability to self-promote.
My work appears on another new website, https://resilienceptchatt.com/.
It is the website for Meagan Moyers, a longtime physical therapist who has started her own practice as a postpartum physical therapist. You can find her at 400 East Main Street #140B in Chattanooga, on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Very nice person!
In addition to photography, I performed SEO work on this website, developing the keywords that would form the backbone of the website and determine what content followed. This meant taking a deep dive into exploring pelvic floor dysfunction for pregnant and postpartum women. Not exactly something I was knowledgeable about, but that’s what I love about my work: I am constantly learning new things and translating industry jargon into everyday language so I can help others to discover them as well.
I woke up yesterday to a brilliant ball of fire in the sky…
As we approach my birthday month, February 2019 is now the wettest February on record for North Alabama, with 12.60″ of rain (as of Saturday, February 24th). February 23rd broke the record for the most rainfall recorded on that date.
It’s all been a bit much. Day after day of gray skies and torrential rain can do a number on the human psyche. Symptoms of winter Seasonal Affective Disorder often include oversleeping or difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, and a tendency to over eat, often with a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain (yeah, we’ll blame it on that).
So when I woke up on Sunday the 24th and noticed thin slivers of orange light intruding upon my bedroom, I rushed outside and sat on my porch simply allowing the rays of sunlight to absorb into my skin. It felt wonderful…
The next thing I did was to grab my DSLR and iPhone and drive up to Little River Canyon National Preserve to get some shots of the rainwater making its way from the mountaintops, roaring with an awesome power. I recorded some video of this extraordinary sight.
The following is a reprint of my November 2006 interview with Comedian/Actor Jim Gaffigan, who spoke with me for Savvy.com regarding his new television show at the time, “My Boys” on the TBS Network He would go on to appear in projects including “Flight of the Conchords,” “17 Again”, “The Daily Show,” “Portlandia,” “Chuck,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Chappaquiddick,” “Super Troopers 2,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and star in 23 episodes of his own 2015 TV series, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” a comedy about a husband and wife trying to raise their five kids in a NYC two-bedroom apartment.
Jim Gaffigan – Just One of the Boys
Comedian/Actor Tells Savvy About His New Series on TBS, ‘My Boys’
You may recognize Jim Gaffigan from his roles in shows like “Ed,” “That ‘70s Show,” “The Ellen Show”, “Sex in the City,” and “Law & Order: SVU” among others, or maybe from his acting in such films as Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers and 13 Going on 30. As a stand-up comic, he’s had his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. And you never know when you’ll see one of his commercials for Sierra Mist on TV.
When I caught up with him, Gaffigan was preparing for the world to see him in the role of Andy Franklin, the brother of female sportswriter P.J. Franklin, lead character on the TBS show “My Boys“, which premiered Nov. 28, 2006.
One of my main accounts at Riverworks has been Flexabed, manufacturer of adjustable beds for 50 years. During our years of professional collaboration, I’ve worked with these fine folks to create promotional images, videos, product copy, social media posts, and trade show materials.
I’m proud that my images of a popular upscale Smoky Mountain eatery, the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, have been seen this week in regional and national media, such as MSN, Yahoo! Finance, The Grubwire, ABC15-TV, Food News Feed, and Food and Wine.
It’s time to put 2018 to bed and look ahead to the goals we can set in the new year. The chronological line is completely arbitrary, of course, but it’s fascinating to look at blocks of time to reflect on who we were and what mattered to us. Yesterday, I watched a marathon on CNN about “the 2000s” and the events of that decade. We are now in the final year of the following decade. How will historians look back on the events of the final year before our world entered “the twenties.” That sounds weird.
Transitioning to a new year is a healthy “reset button” for the mind, a chance to remind ourselves that time is slipping by, and we have a limited number of days remaining to get stuff done before they lower us into the ground. It’s also fun to guess what lies in store for us and review in 12 months to see how wrong we were.
Two-thousand and eighteen is nearly behind us. It was an extraordinary year in terms of our nation experiencing unprecedented things, primarily related to our president.
It was a period of painful adjustment for me personally, yet also a time of new triumphs. I adjusted to moving away from downtown Chattanooga while also taking on new roles in my career and acquiring new skills. I struggled to produce as much photography as I would have preferred and could have done under more favorable conditions; finding available collaborators among my previous models proved difficult and forced me to scout some fresh new faces.
I lost good friends to illness and tragedy. I found myself working to reconcile my own circumstances. It was a year of monster storms and wildfires as climate change reared its ugly head, even as Trump and his cronies acted in defiance of the inevitable catastrophes our planet faces. Justice reared its head as evidence and indictment accumulated as the voters called for accountability. We head into 2019 with breathless anticipation of gavels falling.
A brand new year is on the horizon. With that in mind, I’m planning my availability to do photo shoots during the new year. Contact me if you are interested in reserving one of these dates. Note: I am available after 5:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays in Chattanooga TN with some notice. Photography assignments between 6:30 am-5:30 pm Eastern must be booked through Riverworks Marketing.
March 2-3 (Fort Payne or Scottsboro only)
March 16 (Fort Payne only)