31 August 2009

First Steps

So, as August comes to a close and with it the end of summer, I find myself wondering where it all went. On some levels this was a very productive summer... Filled with great experiences with interesting people.

But, I can't help but think I should have accomplished more, seen more, created more.

This week is about beginnings. This week is not only the beginning of September, but also the beginning of the 2009 college football season. This is something that is very dear to me. But, more importantly, this week also begins my first serious push towards making a new life for myself in Charlotte, NC.

The first step on this long, dark, and scary road is the charity photo shoot I have put together with the help of Little Ones Magazine, Orange Element, and Preslar Studios. This shoot's proceeds are going to benefit a wonderful Charlotte based charity named KinderMourn. This special charity councils families who have lost children... regardless of age... regardless of the manner in which they died, regardless of the age of the child. This is an amazing cause and I hope to continue to support them for some time to come.

All of the design work for this event was donated by my good friends at the Baltimore design firm , Orange Element. Aaron, EJ, and Andrea really came through for me! In addition to designing the event promotions, they also designed the logo for my company and consulted in the branding of same.

My new company, Simulacra (Sim-u-lay-kra), focuses on private individuals rather than corporations, magazines, record labels, and ad agencies. Specifically: Baby Photography, Child Photography, Teen Photography, Adult Portraits, and Family Portraits.

My hope is that by doing this charity photo shoot that I not only raise money and awareness for KinderMourn, but also create a demand for my brand of high end portrait photography.

So, if you find yourself in Charlotte, NC this weekend, please come down and help support this great cause and the first step towards my new life.

26 August 2009

Time Flies

It is hard to believe that I haven't updated the blog since the end of March. So much has happened that I don't even know where to begin.

Here are the last few months in a nut shell.
-I have lost 25 pounds.
-I have decided to leave the NY metro area for the greener pastures of Charlotte, NC.
-I have placed my house on the market and hope to sell it soon.
-I have launched my new spin-off company "Simulacra Photography."

I have traveled back and fourth between the NY metro and Charlotte quite a few times over the past couple months... Only one trip to FL.

Unfortunately, my grandmother died 12 days ago... So I have made a couple trips to Omaha.

Work in the NY metro is still very slow... My buddy Brian has been keeping me fairly busy, but it is looking really grim around here.

My roomie, Jennifer, has taken a job in San Diego and moved out last Friday.

Other than that, I have been keeping busy planning a charity photo shoot (benefiting KinderMourn) in Charlotte, NC. The event takes place on Saturday, September 5th. If you are in the area, please stop on by.

The next couple months should be pretty busy... St. Louis is a must for the annual Nebraska vs Mizzou football game. Then, we have the holidays. If I am lucky, I will have the problem of trying to figure out when and how to pack the house... And the question of where I am going to live.

I hope to be better about updating the blog... especially with the upcoming travel.