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)
Redundancy in Marketing
re·dun·dan·cy(/rəˈdəndənsē/) noun – The inclusion of extra components which are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components: “a high degree of redundancy is built into the machinery installation”
The idiom “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket” is critical to the marketing of your brand when it comes to deciding which platforms to use to distribute your messaging.Read More
Bad dates. We’ve all had them. They make great stories, but in the moment, boy, do they suck!
Being on a date is a lot like being center stage of an improv scene. No matter how much you plan, you have to work with everything around you. Show enthusiasm, be energetic and confident. I love good dates, but I can enjoy bad ones too. The moments when disaster appears imminent and you can almost hear the clackety-clack of the rollercoaster climbing the hill before gaining speed and sliding off the rails. Friends have always found my stories interesting and told me that I need to chronicle my dating and relationship misadventures. Read More
Images from various hotel and bed & breakfast photography shoots.
As I sit here on this Sunday morning, the rain is pouring outside. When I was a child, I used to hate the rain because it meant not getting to play outside. I’m still not particularly fond of it when I have my commute to work ahead, but when I have no particular place I have to go, it’s a lot like snow: Let ‘er rip.
Full disclosure: I love storms. I never wish for harm or damage, but it is an adrenaline rush when a storm does roll in. Perhaps I was conditioned during my years as a newspaper reporter, hopping in a car to rush out to get photos of damage.Read More
Today I’m sharing some of my secret weapons for productivity.
This cloud-based news aggregator is the biggest, most important tool in my arsenal. Basically, it compiles news feeds from a variety of websites that I can easily put into topic silos, or “feeds”. It recommends major websites to pull from or you can paste in the URL from the ones you want (most websites have RSS feeds you can grab, but some do not) Feedly to pull from. I discovered Feedly in 2013 after Google ended its Reader application for some dumb reason.Read More
I’ve been doing a great deal of blogging lately, covering a wide range of topics and industries. I thought I would take this opportunity share some of my recent commercial writing…
Hospitality Industry Blogging
Client: Acropolis Mediterranean Grill
Now that warmer weather time is upon us, you definitely want to take advantage of our patio space at Acropolis. The Scenic City comes to life as a summer travel destination, offering many opportunities to dine outdoors. Here are 5 reasons why you definitely want to join us for dinner on the patio…
Client: Amigos Mexican Restaurants
It’s May, so that diet you vowed to follow in January may be long forgotten by now. If not, good for you! For others, keeping things like sugar in moderation is a must if eating out with diabetes or similar conditions. For those of you wanting to eat out lighter fare so you can look good on the beach this summer or feel healthier, we offer this guide to how to eat healthy at Chattanooga Mexican Restaurants.
If your attitude about Mexican food is “the hotter the better!”, this article is for you! We’re going to suggest some of the boldest dishes you can find at Chattanooga Mexican Restaurants. Technically, “spicy” is not a taste. Yes, you heard me right! Spiciness is actually a form of pain, and spicy foods contain chemicals that stimulate the pain receptors in your mouth. Some of those nerves also monitor temperature, which is why spicy foods give off a burning (hot) sensation when we eat them. The same type of reaction causes us to cry when cutting onions. If you’re like us, you know it hurts so good!…