Quick post on the go

Quick post on the go

The wonderful world of mobile means that I can post on the go…even sitting at the pharmacy waiting for a prescription.   Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.   If you start seeing posts about my breakfast cereal then it’s time for an intervention.

People are people first, not customers or vendors

People are people first, not customers or vendors

One of the weird things with starting a business is that everyone gets moved into new categories.  Friends and people you casually know become ‘clients’ and the people you buy things from are now ‘vendors’.  It’s really unsettling to a people person like me (Gene).   I have always been the ‘human ear’ (it’s my true superpower), able to listen to people and ask relevant questions to their life.  Now, I have to filter the entrepreneurial drive and remind myself that people are people.  No one wants to be treated like a customer or sales clerk–we want real, human interaction.  I hang up on all robo-calls, even ones legit, because I want to talk to humans, not robots.  Trust me, I’m a geek, I love the idea of robots doing the boring stuff, like building things, but I want to talk to people.

So if I ever treat someone like a client or a vendor, call me on it.

Photo class last night!

Photo class last night!

Last night was the first class in the It’s a SNAP! workshop.  We held it in the shared studio space of my good friend Brittany Adams and her photo studio, The Girl Behind the Lense.  So glad that these brave learners showed up to be guinea pigs for my class.  We’re covering basic digital photography, how to use your camera and how to take pictures you’re proud of.  Next class is February 26th.  Check out our Facebook page for more details!

Gene

Snow day, again.

Snow day, again.

Actually, today is Saturday but it was snowing.  My son had a choir competition in Greenville, Ohio that we got on the road for before 7am.  On a Saturday!

Anyway, we stopped in Tipp City on the way back and while he was shopping, I scouted for photos.  From my warm car.  Listening to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog.  Great tunes in that show.  Anyway, I found these colored chairs sitting against a yellow wall.  They were lightly dusted in snow, but still colorful.  I thought about what I could do with them, they were just sitting there, all innocent and peaceful.  So I moved them around to my liking, took some shots and here’s my favorite.  Enjoy.

Colored chair in the snow

Two of my favorite photographers are Jay Maisel and Joe McNally.  Both out of New York City and just workaholic shooters.  Jay is the master of street photography and Joe is the go to guy when National Geographic is stuck on how to do something.  I have learned so much from watching these guys teach and reading their books.  Just looking at their photographs is a lesson.  Jay is a master of color and I thought about how he would look at the color of these chairs against the clapboard siding.  I think I got it right.

Keep shooting.