So, long time no blog.
But this recent project was too amusing not to share. And it reminded me that this whole thing is supposed to be fun. While it's important to take your work seriously, it's also important to remember that there was a time when I didn't get paid for this, and just shot what made me happy.
A group of friends and I decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange. I'll be honest, I wasn't thrilled about the prospect. Holidays have always rubbed me the wrong way. There's way too many prescribed emotions and traditions attached for me to be comfortable with. But when I wound up drawing my friend Julie, a self-diagnosed crazy cat lady, I knew what had to be done.
A calendar of cat portraits.
So we coordinated to get her out of the house one night after book club (we're nerdy old people, screw you), and I had the camera in the car.
Now, there's an old cliche that you should never work with animals or children. Good lord is that right. Herding cats is like...trying to herd cats. They won't stay where you want, or look the direction you want, or really cooperate in any way. Add that to an incredibly dimly lit house at night, and things got weird. We're talking an ISO of 4,000, and laying on the floor with a cheap nifty fifty lens opened all the way up.
The results aren't perfect, but they definitely made me, and her, and everyone else laugh. And isn't that what we're all aiming for? Just a positive reaction?
Anyways, here's some cats. Also, there's some of mine in there during daylight hours, to fill out the calendar.