Lights, Camera, Action

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy Monday! Well, I thought I would spend my weekend cleaning to sort out my case of mystery stress I ended last week with but I decided to play with one of my christmas presents instead (studio lighting) and take some photos of a few of my new designs. One of the benefits of living where I live is that when a place empties out and opens up for a new tenant to move in I can use the in between time for a little studio space. The only problem with that being people do not leave here often, I like to refer to where I live as the hotel california because once you move in here you can never leave; it's just too affordable for all the charm it has. So when I get word there is an open unit I have to move quickly. So that I did, and tested out my new lights. I almost always try to use natural light in every photo I take - flash scares me as does lighting, but in Portland there isn't always natural light every time you need it, with that I am attempting to face my lighting fears. As you can see my lights are turned around backwards, I could't adjust them well enough to have them face the correct way, they were a bit heavy on the florescent and the images still look more artificial than I'd like. I guess there is going to be a learning curve to figure these here lights out - maybe try different bulbs? But it worked backwards at least better than the natural light, or lack thereof, that this very stormy weekend provided. After that, the dooming stress feeling was over, so I didn't get that deep cleaning done I am so good at avoiding all the rest of the time. I suppose I'll have to hunt down those dust bunnies next time.

The rest of the weekend was spent lazily editing photos, watching movies and then the Golden Globes of course. Did you watch? I think my best dressed picks would have to be Amy Adams in Valentino and Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren. My worst dressed, well, that might be a tie between Drew B and Julia R (though this list could be longer) - I just didn't get either of those looks, at all. But I was lucky enough that all the big winning movies were ones I have actually seen. I guess I picked the right ones in my effort to cram in movies before the awards season. How about you? How was your weekend?

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  1. Oh, I have a lead on some bulbs for you that you can get from Amazon. Let me dig through my notes and I'll shoot you an email. I think these photos look quite nice actually, but I totally understand your struggles. I'm especially glad your feeling of doom has lifted.

    I agree especially about Drew's dress, WTH? And I think I'm the only person in the world who wasn't impressed with Emma Thompson's little shoes-off skit. But I'm ready for you all to revile me! ;)

  2. I am sure you will put your Christmas gift to good use. :) I got to see a few more of the nominated films at the cinema over the weekend and watched the Golden Globes too of course. My favourite looks: Naomi Watts in Tom Ford, Amy Adams in Valentino and Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive. I'll probably do a post on my highlights, but for now I'm just going to say that, with a couple of exceptions, the speeches, so boring ad uninspired, were I think the worst element (I'm not a big fan of the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler duo either).

  3. that's awesome that you get to use the blank spaces in between tenants! i always thought that you had a wall in your house that you kept blank for your shop inventory :)
    i didn't watch the golden globes, but i always love some terrible fashion choices! like drew - what was she thinking? she is a gorgeous woman and that is not a flattering dress :(

  4. I surprisingly didn't watch ANY of the Golden Globes! I opted for Downton Abbey, and it oh man it was a doozy last night. I also was in bed at like, 10:01pm, but that was a given ;) I love your new pillows! And I love hearing the story behind your little studio space. I admit I was curious when I saw this sneak peek on IG this weekend (I think? did I dream that?) how you had a whole empty room in your place, haha. Your new lights are so impressive and official! I would have no idea how to even start setting them up; believe it or not, lighting wasn't a required course in the Photojournalism track. It was an elective, which I guess makes sense since given the nature of the job we wouldn't really be "in studio" but rather "on site" wherever news was happening (in theory). But still. It would have been nice to learn! Keep playing with them, twinsy! So far so good.

    (Also, there is a New Kids on the Block song called "Lights Camera Action" from their comeback in 2008 that is now stuck in my head. Don't listen to it. It's terrible. I'm sorry.) xo

  5. Yes turning the lights was probably a good idea sort of bouncing the light. Photography is no joke and not as easy as it looks. Have you thought of getting a tripod and opening the shutter all the way? I think I may invest in a tripod and an external flash. I took photos this weekend (check out my most recent post) but had to open the shutter for the light but then the images are not as sharp as I would liker them to be. Oh boy I have a lot to learn and looking in to taking a class. But what a great Christmas gift.These photos turned out very well and your pillows/work is so cool!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  6. OO Love those pillows- I have all black and white pillows on my couch right now and am thinking that I need black and white curtains. Portland natural light especially in the winter is on the rough side- it was dark over the weekend. Oh the weekend my husband was glued to the tv watching football and we made grilled cheese and wore fuzzy socks.

  7. Christine, oh my goodness. These are gorgeous designs! I love every single one. And what a great space to be able to take photographs as well! Hope your week is off to a good start!

  8. Those pillows are so fancy! I adore them

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  9. oh, it's all so beautiful. the pictures and your pillows. how I wish I had a sofa so I could get one. or a wall to at least hang one of your photos :)

  10. Artificial lighting is so hard, I was one asked to help shoot portraits for a Brownie club and it was the worst. I bumbled around trying to help out but it was so hard. I felt like I learned a million things that day but I would need to learn 2 million more to even get the hang of it. I'm sure you'll catch on in no time though, I bet it just takes practice. I think the shots are beautiful (so are those pillows!)

  11. Oh my goodness, these new pillow designs are beautiful. Your designs are really getting better every iteration


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