Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I peeped Music from the Blue Light over on MonoBlog a few seasons back, and it is still one of my favorite radio stations in the Standards genre.
Every Christmas, the station morphs into the terrific Blue Light Christmas, featuring Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, Bing and more. This is the tenth year of the Blue Light Christmas, so the music is as varied as it is deep. Keep an ear out for the music of Bert Kaempfert (composer of "Strangers in the Night" and "Danke Schoen") and Jackie Gleason, of Honeymooners fame, who was quite an accomplished bandleader.
Great stuff! Please give it a whirl this holiday season.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Santa, a one eyed dachshund and another who needed a wheelchair. They won a first place ribbon.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Just got home from a busy day out, now enjoying a glass of $2.49 Cabernet Sauvignon (I pour it in a big fancy stem, so it feels like I spent more than I did), some Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Stars (shortbread stars, dipped in dark chocolate -- Butt. Getting. Bigger...), and some Christmas from the Blue Light (more on that later).
We were at the ReinDog event at the Botanical Gardens this morning, where all of the crazy dog owners in the ATL dress their dogs up as reindeer, elves, Santas -- even a few canine menorahs -- and parade them around the gardens. They came out in droves on a frosty, 38 degree December morning, proving again that dog owners are just a wee bit kooky.
We had a great response to our dog portrait display. Lots of very positive feedback. If I can humbly brag on myself, I think we are creating some of the best dog portraits you can find anywhere. It's one of the great joys of my life. Trust me, I'm not qualified to do anything else, so if photography goes belly-up, I'll be washing dishes (again).
After the frosty morning, I did two studio sessions, one brother-sister set of twins, now one year, and a fun, fashiony shoot with a nine-year old girl who loves Taylor Swift. Fun stuff!
Then, off to Trader Joes to make sure we had plenty of cheap wine stockpiled in case a random snowstorm hits Atlanta any time in the next two months.
I'll post some photos from ReinDog in a bit. Stay warm.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here's an old photo I just stumbled across, our late and beloved Mr. Henry (a.k.a. Mr. Cabbit), circa 1996, chillaxin' on my darkroom table. If you're a photo geek, you may recognize that enlarger as an Omega D2, a cranky old beast, now properly replaced with a Beseler MXII. Henry has his hein resting on my Ilford Multigrade filters, still in service.
The afternoon coffee ritual here at the studio:
1) Go to Z-Cafe, get a cup of coffee. Take two sips and then set it on the desk and allow it to come to room temperature.
2) Wait one hour. Take a cold sip, and then put it in the microwave. Hit Quick Minute.
3) Wait 30 minutes. Remember that the coffee is in the microwave. Hit Quick Minute again.
4) Repeat step 3.
5) Repeat step 4.
6) Go home for the evening and let coffee grow mold in the microwave.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
It's been two years since I last photographed the M. family, and the kids are now even more adorable than they were before.
That's really the joy of children, isn't it? No matter how much you love them today, you will always find more depth in that love tomorrow.
Hope you are all enjoying your families this holiday season. :-)
Monday, December 07, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Stop by the studio tomorrow (Saturday, December 5) and visit awhile! We are having a holiday Open House from 4 - 6pm - there will be drinkies and snackies for kids and adults alike, and loads of Christmas music (like you haven't been listening to any yet!). We'll keep the playlist full of holiday songs by Ella, Bing, Perry and Frank.
If you haven't been to the new studio yet, we have moved down the street to 1095 Zonolite Road Suite B.
Christmas sweaters are optional!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the 1964 Rankin-Bass holiday classic, scored nearly eleven million viewers last night on CBS!
The thought of another generation of children being introduced to Hermey and Rudolph -- two of television's most lovable misfits -- warms my heart. Yes it does. :-)
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
If you've wearied of the 24/7 desecration of Christmas music perpetrated by an endless parade of human dog whistles on your local FM station, fear not. There is hope for the Holiday.
Start by tuning your dial over to Ralphie's Radio on Live 365.
Live365 is a fantastic bargain for independently programmed, high-quality internet radio. Ralphie's Radio has been a family favorite for several years now, and the playlist is freshly expanded and better than ever.
Taking his cue from "A Christmas Story," DJ Ralphie Parker has assembled a wonderful collection of vintage Christmas music dating mostly from the 40s and 50s. Think of the great vocalists like Bing Crosby (naturally) and Frank Sinatra, then add in largely forgotten vocal talents like Dick Haymes, Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting and Jo Stafford, some Big Bands, a little pipe organ and even some Roy Rogers.
It's a terrific mix of sacred and the secular songs, devoid -- mostly -- of the daffy, novelty holiday songs that began to creep into the catalog in the late 60s. In fact, the artist of most recent vintage on Ralphie's Radio is probably Perry Como, whose last hit the #1 spot on the charts in 1957.
Ralphie's Radio is obviously a labor of love for it's DJ. Do him a favor, tune in, enjoy, and give him a shout out.
Merry Christmas, ya'll. More good listening to come.