Stage Door deli in Alexandria, Virginia

Stage Door deli in Alexandria, Virginia

The "Stage Door" deli and bar, Alexandria, VirginiaI went to Alexandria, Virginia last week for a class.  We drove all day Monday and I was pretty wiped out when we got there.  After a mini-nap, I went out to look for dinner–on President’s Day.  Most everything was closed, but I found the Stage Door bar and deli open.  I missed his name, but the guy in the window reflection is making me a meatball sub with mozzarella.  He did a great job with the sandwich too…really tasty.  He took his time making it perfect and packed it like it was a baby going out in the cold.  Definitely give this place a try the next time your in Old Towne Alexandria.

Found a review in the Washington Post’s eating guide.

 

 

27,000 photos down to 35

27,000 photos down to 35

I’m working on my portfolio of shots from 2012.  I have 27,000+ photos in my catalog from  last year.  I’ve got the best down to 35.  I need to cull it to 20.  Whew, that’s a lot of work.  It’s hard to pick out your best, although I did a lot of work during the year to make it easier.

It was really interesting to look over the photos.  There are photos from soccer season, our Hocking Hills vacation, portraits and a wedding.  I really like all of the photos, but getting it down to just the best of the best is tough.  I’m going to post some all this week and see what you think…feel free to comment and let me know what your favs are.

Keep watching this space!

Late afternoon winter sun

Late afternoon winter sun

Went out today with Linnea and we scouted a location we’ve wanted to shoot in Tipp City, Ohio.  Tipp was named Tippecanoe until the Post Office was unable to keep the mail straight for the two cities with that name, both in Ohio.  It’s hard to imagine that two cities chose that name, but they did.

Saunders Seed is a great old building.  It’s a working seed store today and has old hardwood floors and giant spaces inside.  I SO want it buy it and renovate it as a studio!  This is a panoramic shot I took today and messed around with.  The B &W conversion is a preset I created back in December.Saunders Seed Co, Tipp City, Ohio

Snow!

Snow!

Sadly, there is no snow here other than what is hiding in the Northern shadows.  Nothing forecasted either.  But, my cousin Bill is in Boston and just got socked in by N’oreaster Nemo and he’s posting photos like mad on Facebook, so I figured I’d pull this one out and brag while I can.  At our house after a heavy snow, in TIpp City, Ohio

This is from January 2009, when we got a foot of snow.  I retired from the Air Force in 2008 and we had been in Thistle House for just a little bit more than a year.  Love the snow.  I have never, ever, ever got ‘too much’ snow.

The Land Rover is parked in it’s usual spot.  Right now I have to figure out where the clutch fluid is going where it’s not supposed to.  Then Babe the Blue Box will be back on the road.

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.

Highlights of 2012

Highlights of 2012

Still working on the ‘best of 2012’ highlights reel, but here’s something to get us started.  The slideshow below is some of the best work I did for clients this year…I feel.  Let me know what you think!

 

Dylan & Staci!

Dylan & Staci!

It was a Christmas wedding for Dylan and Staci.  They didn’t get the snow that the bride ordered, but they had a great time and so did we.  Their wedding was a relaxed, fun day and the dancing at the reception was a blast!

Here’s some photos to tell their story.

Dylan & his marry men

The groom & his marry men in front of the Armory at the Ohio Civil War Widows and Orphans Home, Xenia, Ohio.

The bride's dressMother and bride, getting ready Staci and some of her bridesmaids

Groomsmen chilling before heading out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great grandfather's cufflinks

Staci, the brideDylan, the groomThe couple & the ceremonyThe FIRST kissMen and their ladies, Groom and his BrideGroomsmen being protectiveThe first danceThe last dance of the night

Congratulations Dylan and Staci!  We feel so honored that you choose us to catch your memories in photos.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

venue: Schindler Banquet Center
music/DJ: Party Pleasers
photography: Gene’Scenes