July 23, 2012
I hadn’t heard of these guys before I headed out for their show sometime in May (yeah, I’m behind on my blogging, folks). But after I’d sent out some shots I’d gotten of Title Fight to one of their reps, she’d asked if I could go take a few of these guys when they came through Pittsburgh a few months later. And I’m glad that I did, these guys put on a great, high energy show. Just for fun, here’s a black and white set:
If you get a chance, check ‘em out.
May 18, 2012
We’re getting close to go-time on WMC Fest, and we’re still looking for volunteers. While there’s work to be done in all aspects of the festival, I’m personally responsible for making sure that we have quality photos and video of the whole weekend.
So why would you want to volunteer your time for WMC Fest? Well…
If you’re worried that volunteering means you’ll miss all the good stuff, don’t be. Shifts are short, so you’re not “stuck” in any one space for the whole day. Last year I opted to cover the speakers all weekend, and got to hear some AMAZING presentations while I worked.
Meet Cool People.
This isn’t exactly exclusive to volunteering, since you’ll meet great people anyway. But I got to hang out behind the scenes a lot as a volunteer, and spend some time with the folks that make the festival happen.
It’s Good for Your Portfolio.
Believe me, I’m the LAST person on the planet to pull a “it’s good exposure” on you. What I will say is that you’re guaranteed to have opportunities to shoot some really cool stuff. Last year I got to shoot things like Aaron Draplin planting the Puerto Rican flag onstage, a rainbow parade, live bands, and a breakdance battle.
Support WMC Fest.
WMC Fest is a unique festival and community event, and it’s something that I’m proud to be a part of. I saw first hand last year how much volunteers are needed to keep everything running smoothly. This year, I’m seeing first hand how all of the money going to the festival is getting put back into it, and making it better.
Get in Free.
While this is probably the most reasonably priced festival I know of, free stuff is still pretty great. Put in four hours taking photos or shooting video for the event, and you can hang out the rest of that day for free (plus, you get a t-shirt. And since it’s a design festival, you know it’ll be an awesome t-shirt.)
Where Do I Sign Up?
If you’re looking to volunteer for our photo or video crew, email me at email@example.com. If you want to volunteer for other positions, you can sign up here. Also, if you’re local-ish to Cleveland, we’re having a volunteer orientation at Go Media on May 23rd at 6:00. You can find out more or RSVP on the Facebook event page.
April 23, 2012
This is the first time that I’ve gotten involved with something like this, so I’m hoping you guys will help me make it successful. I’m teaming up with a few other local photographers to make some money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Sessions are $99
They will take place on May 13th, in Mellon Park in Shadyside
100% of the proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
How to Sign up
Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 724-880-0519 to schedule a time.
The Fine PrintSessions are 30 minutes, and you’ll receive 20 high-res edited images, which you can use wherever you like. It’s sort of like the mini sessions we’d offered earlier in the year, except that $99 of your $99 goes straight to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
So get signed up, tell your friends, and let’s see how much cash we can raise!
April 17, 2012
Awhile back, I posted an article to my Facebook page about Brownsville. Now I don’t have anything against this guy, or what he wrote. Calling it a ghost town is pretty accurate, to be honest. There are a handful of places still operating on the main drag through town, but it’s mostly boarded up buildings. What’s strange for me is to read about the place I live, especially in the context of being some mecca for photographers looking for some rust belt nostalgia. I’ve heard similar sentiments from some residents of Braddock (a lot of which was stirred up by the recent Levi’s ads that featured the area, or selective parts of it).
I never saw Brownsville in anything that could have been described as a “heyday,” but I do remember it being busier than it is now, and have seen a number of businesses close. As a kid, we got all of our prescriptions at the Thrift Drug in town, and my husband said all of his doctor appointments were in the Union Station building (for whatever reason, we went to Centerville Clinic). My mother used to get her sewing machine repaired there, by a guy that fixed sewing machines and refrigerators (I’m not sure where the overlap in skill is on that one). He passed away, and the shop closed. I used to waitress at the diner they reference in the article, and that’s one of the few places that is still open. I understand where some of the sentiment comes from, but hearing people romanticize the town is just a little weird to me.
I made a comment that if the Huffington Post wanted photos of Brownsville, that I could certainly hook them up. I thought instead, I’d share them here. It’s a random assortment of shots that I’ve taken in or of Brownsville since we moved back here in ’08, and I guess it’s my perspective on the place. I’m certainly better at photographing places than I am at writing about them.
So, any other locals want to weigh in? Out-of-towners planning to visit?