So, earlier this month I took a trip with my dad to Alaska. Now, this isnt going to to be the full post, just a teaser. I am working on a video of the sights we were given. I say given, because we were very lucky. From seeing Denali base to peak as clear as anyone remembered ever seeing it to a calm and somewhat clear day into Glacier Bay to very little rain over all the whole trip all the way down into Vancouver. So, here is a teaser from the video.
This weekend I went up to a small lake in north eastern Indiana called Adams Lake just outside of Wolcottville, IN. It is a place my family knows well, as my mom basically grew up there in the summers as a child. For my sister and I, it is our 4th of July destination for as long as I can remember. I haven’t been since 2007, so this is a big one for me, and I know a lot has changed. My sister, her husband and 2 daughters and my dad and I are all going in the same van. Yay for an iPad stacked with movies and good headphones.
As mom is getting older and he health is not what it once was, standing in a kitchen all week isn’t as fun as it used to be, so we are finding creative ways to celebrate the holiday. This year, the whole family (mom, dad, sis, bro-in-law, nieces) spend Thanksgiving in Chicago. Last year, we all went to Churchill Downs for the races. Chicago was more fun.
Yep. I did. And not the kinds of rules one generally thinks of when it comes to photography. I still follow the Rule of Thirds for composition, Framing, Background and so forth. No, I broke my personal rules.
- Do not shoot weddings or portraits – price yourself out of the ballpark so they would be insane to hire you and you would be insane to turn it down.
- Do not shoot weddings or portraits for family members.
I did both. I shot my sister’s wedding this past weekend. If it were anyone else, it would have been an emphatic hell no, or $15,000. She’s family, and my mom and she both applied the guilt trip and all, and got me in a moment of weakness. I will say, however, never again. It was a frustrating day/evening that left me working on a day I should have been able to enjoy with my family, rather than being an outsider looking in through glass…