Monday, January 25, 2010

Corporate Head Shots

Last week I got the opportunity to do something a little different than the average wedding... corporate head shots! It was neat - the owner of Apple Signs needed a quick portrait for a magazine article and I was happy to accommodate. He wanted something against a white background (and I did that too) but I wanted to try a few things to give the portrait a little bit more personality. I'm always amazed by the results off-camera flash can produce. I used a Canon Speedlight shot into an umbrella off-camera right in both photos. Here are my favorite shots from the session.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Top Favorite Songs of 2009

As I did last year, I'm publishing my top ten favorite songs of the year. And like I also said last year, these songs did not necessarily come out in 2009 - I just listened to them. A lot. A favorite song is like a favorite book - sometimes it's good because of the content, and then sometimes it's only good because of where you are in life when you experience it.

1. "Angels On The Moon" - Thriving Ivory
2. "Something Beautiful" - Needtobreathe
3. "Read My Mind" - The Killers
4. "Run" - Snow Patrol
5. "Comfortable" - John Mayer
6. "The Cure for Pain" - Jon Foreman
7. "I Wish The Best For You" - Emerson Hart
8. "Stolen" - Dashboard Confessional
9. "Sometime Around Midnight" - The Airborne Toxic Event
10. "Jai Ho" - A. R. Rahman (thanks Slumdog Millionaire)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Starting the year off right

I'm pretty happy with the way 2010 is shaping up! I've got enough weddings booked to keep me pretty well weekend-less for the summer, and I hope to add a few portrait sessions to that list too.

And some extra good news... I am a recipient of the Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Awards for 2010!!

I also joined PPA (Professional Photographers of America), so I look forward to using their resources and forums to further expand my business.

Coming up in 2010... expect to see me (finally) get on board with a Twitter account, and also an Emily Chastain Photography Facebook page!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fortunately Speaking...

I actually got this in a fortune cookie at P.F. Chang's. My favorite fortune to date. Awesome.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

2010 Books I've Read

Welcome, 2010! I read 36 books in 2009, 8 shy of my goal. We'll see how I do this year! And the annual list begins...

32. Kabul Beauty School - Deborah Rodriguez 9/10

31. The Mango Season - Amulya Malladi 6.5/10

30. The Harmony Silk Factory - Tash Aw 7.5/10 

29. Man of my Dreams - Curtis Sittenfield 8/10

28. Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 - Garrison Keillor 7.5/10

27. My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok 10/10

26. Big Stone Gap - Adriana Trigliani 6.5/10

25. Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld 9/10

24. Lost in Translation - Nicole Mones 9/10

23. Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough - Lori Gottlieb 8.5/10

22. Like Dandelion Dust - Karen Kingsbury - Again, can't rate it due to my inability to finish it. Got through probably about a quarter of it, then decided my time was more precious than that. The characters are not believable, and the storyline is predictable - the whole thing reads like a bad Lifetime movie.

21. Case Histories - Kate Atkinson 8/10

20. The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson 9.5/10

19. Lost and Found -Carolyn Parkhurst 8/10

18. Starting out in the Evening -  Brian Morton 4/10

17. Half-Broke Horses - Jeannette Walls 8/10

16. Return of the Lone Iguana - Bill Amend 9/10

15. Matilda - Roald Dahl 9.5/10

14. The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri 8.5/10

13. Here on Earth - Alice Hoffman 8/10

12. In the Presence of My Enemies - Gracia Burnham 8/10

11. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak 7.5/10

10. The Bird Man and the Lap Dancer: Close Encounters with Strangers - Eric Hansen 7/10

9. The Help - Kathryn Stockett 9/10

8. The Funny Thing Is... - Ellen DeGeneres uhhhh I don't know how to rate a book that I can't finish (or if I should even include it on this list.) I'm an Ellen fan, but I just couldn't get through more than about a third of this book. It's like reading someone's stand-up comedy notes - blahhh.

7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson 9/10

6. The Last Days - Joel Rosenberg 8/10

5. The Last Chinese Chef - Nicole Mones 8/10

4. The Real McCoy - Darin Strauss 5/10

3. The Associate - John Grisham 8/10

2. Gardens of Water - Alan Drew 9/10

1. Blue Shoe - Anne Lamott 7/10