Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

Hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving Day, whatever form it takes. And don't forget "Buy Nothing Day" on Friday! (See post below.)

This is Angie, who will be on the front lines of retail at a nearby mall, and a reminder that if you DO venture into the stores, go easy on the sales staff -- they've probably been there since the early morning hours, are doing the best they can to take care of everyone, and probably don't have the power to bend the rules for you. Or as Dalton in Roadhouse taught us, "be nice until it's time to not be nice."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Buy Nothing Day

Well, as "Black Friday" approaches yet again, I'll once again mention that November 27 is "Buy Nothing Day" as well. There's a movement to de-emphasize our roles as "consumers" and return to being "people" and not taking part in the spending frenzy of "Black Friday" is a big part of that. Of course, with the economy in the shape it's in, buying something to help retailers and producers get out of the red and into the black seems vaguely patriotic, as the breathless reports of sales and "consumer confidence" will set the tone for the rest of the holiday season, and the economic attitude for the year ahead. It's like a Hollywood blockbuster... if it doesn't have a massive "opening weekend" then it's considered a failure. So, I guess decide for yourself: resist the urge to be defined by how much you spend, or be part of jumpstarting the economy.

A new book takes it a step further... Scroogenomics by Joel Waldfogel proposes that people stop purchasing holiday gifts, or gifts of any kind, because in general, people don't value gifts as much as it costs the giver to purchase them. Only about 25% as much as was spent. So if two friends each buy $100 gifts for the other, chances are, they'll value what they received at about $25, whereas if they'd spent that money on themselves, they would each value what they bought at $100, or possibly more. Little kids get hooked on ripping open packages, and like getting toys and such, so you have a fighting chance that they'll value what you buy them. But teens to adults to seniors, not so much. Many people already have way too much stuff as it is. This makes a lot of sense to me, actually, as being one who's tough to buy for -- to the point of feeling guilty if I get a gift that I don't like, but that the giver obviously spent a good deal of money to buy.

Waldfogel suggests buying gift cards instead of actual gifts, but that's not guaranteed either. A comedian (I can't recall) said something like "a gift card isn't a gift -- it's an errand. You're telling that person to go the the store you choose, and spend time finding something they want because you were too lazy to do it yourself." Plus, the recipient usually can't find something for exactly $25, so they either leave money on the card, or have to spend a little of their own on the purchase.

So, maybe the answer is to give the gift of yourself. Rather than spending time and money buying some "gift item" and shipping it off to a friend, sit down and write them an actual letter, or make plans to get together, or make a commitment to yourself that you'll talk on the phone with them more regularly. It could really be the gift that keeps on giving.

The shot is the gifted Hayley, from about 2 years ago. Sounds like she may be getting back into modeling once again!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dock Ellis Dee

An urban legend from my youth that turned out to be true. Swiped from Chase Lisbon's blog... featuring guest blogger Katie West.

Friday, November 13, 2009

B & W

A welcome arrival in today's mail... the new issue of B&W Magazine, featuring the winners of their Single Image contest. My shot of Jessa received a merit award and is included in the issue (pg. 72 to be exact). Thanks Jessa!

Only 15 nude/body images were chosen for the issue, so I feel honored to have made the cut!

I received my subscription copy today, so I'm guessing most subscribers will get theirs soon, and that it should be available on newstands any day now. Get yours while you're picking up a copy of the new Carrie Leigh NUDE, promised in stores November 18.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Black Tambourine

This is a little video demo/test I did a few months ago with Kira Nova. Not sure why I didn't post it at the time, but here it is. It's just a very impromtu test, and a jiffy quick edit job, but it reminds me that I want to explore some more along these lines. Let me know what you think, and if the video works ok for you. :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

First Friday

Tonight is "First Friday" -- the monthly night where the art galleries and such stay open late and folks congregate in the artistic "pockets" of town to look at art and things, maybe sip some wine or nosh on finger foods. Will probably head down and see what's going on. May bump into Dave L and his entourage while I'm down there, and who knows who else?

This shot is Spilt Sugar, before the stuff piled in the old entranceway was re-arranged...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Carrie Leigh encore

Got the word that I'll have another feature in the upcoming issue of Carrie Leigh Nude Magazine. I don't know exactly which images they selected from what I submitted, so I'm not yet sure which models I need to thank, but I'm hoping to see a copy in the next week or two.

This is their 2nd Anniversary issue, and I find it quite encouraging that the magazine has been able to thrive in a very challenging market. Many magazines don't get past their first issue or two, and print publications are losing ad revenue and page count for a variety of reasons. Yet CLN has maintained top-notch quality without outside advertising. It's also great to see that a magazine devoted to artistic nude photography is doing so well, with most issues selling out of their press run. Congratulations to Carrie and her team for two excellent years, and continued success in the future!

If you're interested in getting a copy of the Fall 2009 issue, I'd suggest pre-ordering from their website. $9.95 postpaid for a limited time, which is two bucks off the cover price, plus it's delivered right to your mailbox. (on edit: it's now $11.95 plus $3 postage, but it's still conveeeenient.) If you prefer to buy on the newstand, I've found previous issues to be readily available at most Barnes & Noble stores, usually in the photography section, or in the "gentlemen's" section along with Playboy/Maxim, etc. Start looking around November 18. Either way, I hope you'll check it out!

This shot of Reven was one of the contenders, so check the issue to see if it was included.