Archive | October, 2009

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

30 Oct

I know you have all heard it before. You know, the little quip your mother, grandfather, and random strangers like to blurt out when you seem down or in a super shitty mood. “Laughter is the best medicine!” the proclaim in an almost all too calming and satisfying voice. Excuse me for raining on everyone’s parade here, but isn’t medicine something you take when you are ill? I mean, the last time I tried to “laugh” the flu virus away, it didn’t work out too well for me. To me, this little saying has it all wrong. Why should we wait for some type of sickness or depression to laugh? A lot of us go through our day-to-day lives infested with hatred and negativity. I, for one, am just as guilty as the next. There used to be a time where I wouldn’t let an hour go by without cracking a joke or making some kind of silly sound to get a rise out of the person next to me. We get caught up in the craziness of life and forget the true essential things that make us human beings. Laughter, whether you believe it or not, is a biological necessity. Sure, it may not be as important as air, shelter, or food, but I am willing to bet it is or should be in the top ten basic functions of life. Why do you think babies laugh? Do you really think they think you are funny? No. They laugh because it is entrenched in their DNA. They laugh because somewhere deep in their cerebellum, something tells them that this little action will make them feel good. So today, on this gloomy, cloudy, and cold late October day, let’s try something different. Let’s not use laughter solely for medicinal purposes. Let’s use laughter for what it is really intended for. To keep us happy. To brighten our outlook. Laughter shouldn’t be used to treat our conditions, it should be used to prevent them.  After all, what else did your mother teach you? Yep, that’s right. Laughter may not be the best medicine, but for all intents and purposes, it is very contagious. And I for one, am willing to catch a bad case of the giggles.

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A Wedding at the Central Exchange

26 Oct

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This weekend was full of photography. I had the honor and pleasure to shoot the Payne-Seithel wedding at the Central Exchange. Here is a sneak peek of what I will be working on this week. Enjoy!

Just Married….Again.

22 Oct

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What happens when you are a lowly, poor, and all around monetarily challenged photographer that can’t afford to pay professional models? You load up a cooler full of premium canned beer and beg your friends to play dress up! My good friends, Ryan and Terah, graciously played the role of models for this awesomely low budget mock wedding shoot. It was a dreary, cold day in early October, but we didn’t let that bother us. We all had a blast and after 9 years of marriage, they both look quite smitten with each other. Most importantly (according to the bride), after 9 years of marriage and two lovely kids, her dress still fit! Not only did my friends rock this shoot, they did it wearing some original wedding garb! Impressive! Anyway, on to the photos!

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Geriatric at the Age of 30?

16 Oct

On an everyday basis, I am constantly reminded of the horrifying fact that I am indeed getting, um, wiser. I choose to use the word “wiser” because the alternative is “geriatric” and that just doesn’t have the same ring to it.  This isn’t a brand new realization by any stretch of my imagination. Actually, this epiphany came to me at the ripe old age of 27. Yes, you heard that right. Old, crusty, and geriatric at the age of 27? You bet. Now that I am nearing the terrifying age of 30, I have finally come to terms that I am, in no way possible, still a kid. I mean, I may still act like a 14-year-old boy completely overloaded with testosterone, but little things keep popping up to remind me of my lost youth. On the latest such incidence, I was having a purely, normal, and childish conversation about movies with a younger co-worker of mine. As we rattled off quotes of our silliest and awesomely bad movies we love, I started spewing some pretty standard Wayne’s World quotes. Next up, Coneheads. Immediately following that, was a little bit of Night at the Roxbury. I was on a total SNL alumni roll.  Puzzled by the lack of reaction I was getting from my obviously funny quotes, I was taken aback by her startling confession. She had absolutely no clue what movies I was talking about. Not only had she never seen such Oscar worthy films, she had no clue that they were all based on skits from Saturday Night Live. This is when I knew. I knew right then and there I was no longer a kid. Not even close. At that very moment, I decided that youth in the physical form had left us quickly. Just like Chris Kattan’s career. As for the youth in the mental state, I am steadfast that I will always be that 14-year-old boy who will still die laughing at fart sounds. Well, at least until I break my hip.

Shameless Self Promotion

13 Oct

I have finally launched my website today. You can officially find StudioEightOneSix on a fully paid website! Brace yourself, World. Anyway here is the link. Click away!

www.studioeightonesix.com

Ear Worms

12 Oct

This weekend, in true Midwestern fashion,  I had to deal with a dirty little b#$% aptly named Mother Nature. Months ago, I had schedule not one, not two, but three outdoor shoots for the second weekend of October. Normally, the average temperature is about 68 lovely degrees here in Kansas City during this time of year. Surely, I would be able to enjoy such pleasant temperatures for my shoots, right? Wrong. Not only was it dreary, windy, and completely cold, the sun decided to take a nice little vacation the whole damned weekend. The only thing that kept me going was pure passion and desire for photography, a little bit of liquor, and last but not least, an ear worm. I know what you are thinking. What in the hell is an ear worm? An ear worm is a completely useless, but catchy song that gets imbedded deep into your ear then attaches itself to your tiny Cro-Magnon brain. My ear worm for this Saturday? None other than Beyonce’s “To the Left”. I hate that song and for 24 consecutive hours, all I could do it sing the chorus over and over in my head. As bad as that song is, it actually kept me going through the cold hard day. I have no clue why and I am not proud of this fact. So, judge me or judge me not, or at least until you get Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” stuck in your head.

Now Let the Music Play, Sinners.

2 Oct

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Well, it’s Friday morning and my brain is officially fried. In all actuality, I have nothing of substance left to offer you or society today. So, I am going to make things easy on all of our squirrel sized cerebellums. Today folks, we are going to concentrate on what makes us all happy. Something that we all want, need, and crave. I am not talking about shopping, chocolate, or an exquisite burrito from Chipotle. No, no, that would be too easy. I am talking about something much deeper. Something that is imprinted deep, deep down in our DNA. Something so very crucial and vital, our whole species depends on it. Yes folks, I am talking about the need, the want, the desire to make sexy time. In fact, I am going to make it easier for you to go out this weekend and find yourself some action. No, I am not going to buy any prostitutes. I am way too broke for that. We are in a recession remember? Today people, I am going to go above and beyond. Behold, the Mixtape! Yes, that’s right. The single most effective way to get your virginal self laid down upon a bed a roses. You don’t even have to do any of the work like we used to have to do back in the day. No holding down the pause button on your boombox until the next song came on the radio. No holding one boombox up to another to record something because you were too broke to get one of those fancy dual cassette tape decks. After many, many years of research, (and by research I mean me sitting in a dark room by myself with nothing but a radio and my tears) I have compiled a master list. Now, go out and use this list for some goody, goody and some sweet, sweet evil.  I mean, we owe it to humanity, right?

1) Let’s Get it On- Marvin Gaye

2) Glycerine- Bush

3) All I Wanna Do- Jamie Lidell

4) Nobody- Keith Sweat

5) Turn Me On- Norah Jones

6)It Seems Like You’re Ready- R.Kelly

7) Possession- Sarah McLaughlin

8) No One- Alicia Keys

9) That’s the Way Love Goes- Janet Jackson

10) Closer- Nine Inch Nails

11) That’s What It’s Made For- Usher

12) Before I Let You Go- Blackstreet

13) Red Light Special- TLC

14) Wicked Game- Chris Isaak

15) Sexual Healing- Marvin Gaye

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