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Archive for September, 2010

I’m in the market for a photographer’s assistant for the months of October and November.  Job would include assisting at photo shoots and possibly some light post-processing work on the computer.  Mac user required.  Please apply if you’re interested!

I can’t wait for better weather… I’m so sick of this blasted heat and humidity!  If football is on, it should be cool outside, not 88 degrees.  I guess that is the Iowan in me (wait- did I just say that?!?).  Come on Mother Nature, bring on FALL!

FYI: Fall sessions are FULL.  If you aren’t in the category of wanting holiday cards, I have a few sessions left in the last week of November or first week of December.  These would be perfect for newborn shoots or other types of shoots that aren’t dependent on the holiday deadline.

XOXO!

I did it!  I filled out my application for the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival for 2011!  I applied for the Emerging Artist program, which allows artists just beginning their careers to show for the first time at a (VERY) popular art festival.  They take THREE applicants only, and the artists can be of any type of medium: jewelry making, pottery, painter, etc.  The images I submitted will go before a jury of three highly educated artists and instructors.  I admit, I cried when I clicked the final button to submit my application. 😉  Needless to say, I’m NERVOUS and will continue to have knots in my neck and a pit in my stomach until November 1.  Ha.

I owe a HUGE thank you to my fans on Facebook, my friends and my family who took the time to give me feedback via voting on my Facebook page.  Without your input I don’t know how I would have picked my images to submit.  Thank you to Kimon Anemogiannis for translating the titles for my Greek images.

If I get into the show, I will be selling a lot more than just these four images, but here are the finalists!

Church at Sunset in Milos

Ηλιοβασίλεμα σε εκκλησία στη Μήλο
Heliovaseelema se heklesia stee Meelo

This image got the overwhelmingly most popular vote.  I shot this on the island of Milos in Greece in September of ’09.  I LOVE the light and the balance of colors.  Churches abound in Greece, you can hardly travel a mile and not find at least one or two. This one was PERFECT- beautifully lit and (of course) brilliant white.

Notice the bushes are all brown and dead- not a lush green that you expect to see in the summertime.  Greece has trouble with wild fires because of such dry land.

Blue Vase in Sifnos

Γαλάζιο βάζο στη Σίφνο
Galazio vaso stee Seefno

This was the second most popular vote.  I shot this on the island of Sifnos (town of Kastro) in Greece in September of ’09.  It’s truly amazing that nearly every building in Greece is white with blue doors, blue EVERYTHING.  Nathan and I would joke to each other, “Oh look, another white house with blue doors!”

I love the composition of this image, and of course the way the vase stands out as the subject.  I love the way the path brings your eye in and leads you around, inviting you into the image.  I find it hilarious that the path is painted making it look like it’s a stone walkway.  I wonder how much white paint the country of Greece goes through in year. 🙂

Walkway in St. Paul de Vence

This shot took fourth place in the amount of votes.  It is a walkway in the town of St. Paul de Vence in Southern France.  I shot this one in 1999 with my Canon AE-1 on film (gasp! ha).  I was studying abroad and living in Switzerland at the time.  I had been traveling with a group of students in a bus all over the southern part of France for nearly two weeks, and while being overwhelmingly lonely and homesick, my camera was my best friend.

I love the walkway and how it leads the eye.  I love the colors and the lighting, and the French feel of the image.  This has remained one of my favorites of all time, along with the next image.

Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

This shot has also remained one of my all time favorites since shooting it in 1999.  This photo was taken on the beach of Monterosso al Mare in the area known as the Cinque Terre ( Five Towns) of Northern Italy.  Although this one didn’t get an outstanding amount of votes, it was my final decision to submit this image.  It was also taken on film.  I love the composition, and I love the raw feel of this image.

You’ll notice that I didn’t choose the first four photos that got the most votes.  This is where I had to interject my personal opinions.  The image that took third place in votes is the image of the dog sleeping at the Acropolis in Athens.  I didn’t choose this image because I didn’t feel that it portrayed my BEST work or flowed with the other three images.  I love the image, and will sell it if I am accepted into the show.

Thanks again to all who participated in my fun voting game.  I appreciate you and value your support so much so that I can’t find the words to express how much it means to me.