updates, making movies, and loving my “day job”

I’ve been pretty busy these last few months and not photographing (officially) as much as I’d like to be. I’ve done several events and shoots, helped friends with their shoots, and will be traveling to Michigan this weekend to shoot a wedding, but for the most part I’ve been doing more “behind the scenes” type work that’s kept from actually photographing. And by that I mean portfolio updates, website updates, planning for other projects, etc.

So, in any event, I wanted to write an update in case anyone was worried I fell off the planet or something ๐Ÿ™‚ I apologize for being such a blogging delinquent!

First off, Sylvia Paret‘s daughter contacted me after finding my video online! So, I’ve been going back and forth with her a good bit and have learned a lot of really cool things about Sylvia that I can’t wait to share. Her daughter, Marie, also sent me some more recent photos of her Mom. Sadly, Sylvia passed away a few years ago, but I’ll be updating the story and posting a new video in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

I have been (sorta) following through with my “Photography Resolution“, but my Kelly Moore Bag just arrived yesterday, so now I won’t have any more excuses to not bring my camera with me everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here are a few of the photos…


Flowers from my backyard…

And Oni, my friend Matt’s bulldog…

Anyway, another part of my distraction from photography is also that I’ve been much busier at my day job lately as we plan for project scale down but also project extension, which means a lot of logistics and paperwork!

Which brings me to something I’ve long wanted to talk about… It is a common (mis)perception that every part-time photographer dreams of the day that they’ll be able to ditch their crappy, soul crushing day job and become a full-time professional photographer, but that’s not true with me. I mean, come on, I work for a former US President!! Balancing the two has been a struggle at times, but I’ve never wanted to give up my day job. Since I’ve been at The Carter Center, we’ve observed elections in Nepal, Lebanon, Guinea, Cรดte d’Ivoire, Ghana, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Sudan (twice). And the rest of this year we have the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Tunisia, and Egypt, not to mention our ongoing political monitoring projects in Nepal and Sudan.  That doesn’t even take into account all the other awesome projects that my colleagues in other programs are working on. That being said, I do have a constant need to create things, whether videos, slideshows, photos, photo books, etc, my brain is constantly spinning with new ideas and projects, and my day job doesn’t fulfill that need. Sometimes, I follow through with the ideas immediately, and sometimes I just write them down in a notebook for later. But recently, I decided I wanted to make a movie. Well, a documentary! I still still need to wrap my head around the concept that’s starting to form, but one day, it’ll be made ๐Ÿ™‚ The below video is part of the inspiration…


They’re South African duo Goldfish, and you should look them up.


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