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Moment Junkie, one year in.

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March 13th, 2012 Permalink

[This post started as a draft a few weeks ago, but sat around a while. Today seems like a good day to revive it, considering the work that went into Moment Junkie today, March 13, 2012.]

It’s been a year and a month since Moment Junkie launched. It started in November 2010 as an idea bounced around in the best photographer community I’ve yet seen, SWPB (now-named Succeeding as a Wedding Photography Business) on Flickr. Erin Lassahn, Alex Blackwelder, Kyle Hepp, and Ryan Brenizer were key in crystallizing the idea. Wedding blogs and wedding photography blogs have a great and vast audience, but they were about planning a wedding and the details. But couples and their photographers alike care also about the human element to the day and celebration. Does it matter that your chairs were silver or that your napkins were origami animals? (Okay, yes, somewhat.) But what matters more is that two people are starting off on an incredible journey and decided to bring along their friends and family to share in the celebration. Where was a blog to focus on that part of wedding photography?

My contribution to the discussion was “Is momentjunkie.com registered?” And so it was. (After a bit of domain name brainstorming anyway, which is rather amusing after the fact.)

Moment Junkie launched last February and has taken off beyond expectations. Two months in, last April, Kyle and Ryan asked me to help out with social media presence. Man the Twitter and Facebook accounts, I was told. No problem, I thought. My role started with that, basic administration, and technical fixes. I’d leave the submissions unread in the inbox. “Who am I to be curating?” I thought. Eventually I started opening them and marking them as unread, as if I were a kid sneaking a peak at presents squirreled away in a closet.

You know how some jobs have “other duties as required” at the end? This expanded really fast. Today I wrote a few longer emails as Moment Junkie. Part of this is because Kyle is out of country and Ryan is teaching a workshop. Blogger Dooce noticed us and sent us a crapton of traffic, followed by Design Mom. We’ve been getting attention and traffic and it’s been growing.

All this time, still not monetized. Where do we go from here?

The Bracelet Fastening, second shot for Sweet Caroline Photo

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May 29th, 2011 Permalink

Here’s a single photo a bridesmaid getting help fastening her bracelet from a wedding I second-shot for Caroline of Sweet Caroline Photo in 2010.

Fastening a bracelet. Second shot for Sweet Caroline Photo

I like these sort-of in-between moments and details. Also, hands are interesting to photograph.

National Engineers Week at UT has a scavenger hunt as part of its competitions among the student engineering societies.

Here is ASME’s entry for “dress up as characters from Mad Men”. This is probably overkill within the competition. I doubt anybody else was crazy enough to set up off-camera lights and location scout. Apparently the west exterior wall of Flawn Academic Center (FAC) has similar coloring and materials as the Sterling Cooper building.

Effectively, self-portrait with three people.

Dressed up as characters from Mad Men

Here’s a single photo from the first dance at a wedding I second-shot for Christine Tremoulet under her associate photographer Kelly, back in September. The wedding was at Hotel ZaZa in Houston’s Museum District. Very pretty venue; very pretty couple.

Old wedding details, as a guest

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September 25th, 2010 Permalink

It was less than three months after I got my first SLR that I went to a friend’s wedding. Shooting professionally was far from my mind.

Sometimes it’s strange that these are still some of my favorites. Three years later, it is funny how little equipment I had and how I would have exposed differently. ISO 200 indoors, even with lots of windows? Was I afraid of noise or what? I used my 50mm prime lens the whole day and carried just camera and lens. At this point, I didn’t even own an external flash.

20070317-6620 flower petal detail

20070317-6618 fork detail