Good bye 2010. Hello 2011!
2010 was not a bad year for us. In fact it was a pretty good year. We had quite a lot of things happen. Both professionally and personally. We travelled quite a bit, saw some parts of the world I had never seen before, visited parts of the country that were new to me. I caught my first bonefish! I shot some great assignments. We are settling in to our house, starting to hang up some artwork and doing some landscaping. I learned some new things, switched to a complete RAW workflow, no more jpgs for me! Bought my first RAID system, 8tb’s of goodness. I am still terrified of losing data so I think, even though I have files in at least 3 places, I might set up one more RAID system. It pays to be redundant and to be redundant.
There are lots of things already planned for 2011, a few assignments already in place, a new website and marketing plan in the works, hopefully much sooner than later. I have been working on a new portfolio of outdoors/sports related work, concentrating on hunting and fishing right now. I hope to be able to add video to my list of skills soon also.
So, here is a bit of a round up of 2010!
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In Feb. I went down to Haiti after the devastating earthquake and worked with my old unit, the 82d Airborne Division.
This is from James Beard winner Chef Andrea Reusing’s restaurant in Chapel HIll, The Lantern.
I started working with NC’s only certified organic beef producer, Proffitt Farms for some personal work. Busy schedules have kept me from getting back there, but I will this year. They use horses to move thier cattle, no vehicles.
Belinda owns her own cigar company.
Of course, in July, Lesley made an honest man out of me! ( photos by Amanda Prince, she rocks! )
We went the the Minnesota State Fair, FUN!
I made a 600 mile road trip to photograph 6 of NC’s best steak houses for Our State Magazine.
I spent quite a bit of time this fall working on my first catalog shoot. It was for Slappa, a cd/dvd case, backpack, gaming bags, etc company. They make really great products. I didn’t shoot the products, but shot 6 lifestyle images that are running double truck in the catalog. It was a lot of work, but here are 2 of the shots! These shots are both composite shots with all of the components being shot by me and the retouching done by an awesome retoucher, http://heavytheory.com/#mce_temp_url#!
I visited the Belmont Abby for a story about the town of Belmont, NC. This is my favorite image from the trip. This is Brother Edward.
In Oct. I went to NYC to work with a new restaurant being opened, The National. It is in the Benjamin Hotel in Midtown and the chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. The marketing team wanted a more organic, natural feel, less slick. It was a great time and the food is really AWESOME!
In Dec. I also started working on a new portfolio aimed at the outdoor/sports retail market. I called up some friends and tagged along on a few hunts. I have a few others planned and in the spring will work on some other aspects of this portfolio with the goal of having a complete body of work by the end of the year!
And we ended the year with a record cold snap resulting in about 4-5 inches of snow here in Charlotte! The dogs love it! Of course 3 days ago it was 67, so things should balance out! I hope everyone had a great 2010 and here’s to an awesome 2011!