7-Day Art Challenge Day 6: Photo shoots

My friend Tamera tagged me in a 7-day art challenge recently. The rules are simple: post 7 pieces of art on social media and talk about them. So far with my posts, we’ve visited the darkroom, the newsroom, a magazine startup, poetry, and book cover design. Today I want to talk about the beauty that is the photo shoot.…

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7 Day Art Challenge Day 1: Winthrop University photography class

My friend and art idol Tamara Lavalla tagged me recently in a 7-day art challenge. I’ve been a graphic designer/layout editor for the better part of 16 years and I still sit up a little straighter and smile when someone calls me an artist. And when someone as talented as Tamara tags me in an…

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Media conspiracy, biased coverage and a shrinking newsroom

The front page of today’s Charlotte Observer featured a centerpiece that is getting a lot of backlash in the community. The story and photos are about an upcoming trial, in which police officer Wes Kerrick is being brought up on voluntary manslaughter charges for the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell, an accident victim who was…

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Dive bar + a little bit of humor = a fun Sunday afternoon

Meghan kicked ass at this past weekend’s Warrior Dash, and I was able to see her fly across that finish line as if dealing with walls, fire and mud were no big deal. A celebratory drink was in order so where better than to go than a nearby dive bar? Little did we know we’d…

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A moment of time in travel

Some moments in my travels, thus far over the past few weeks … I edited all these photos using the Best Camera app, which I talk about a little more here if you want to see some “before” photos. I love that I don’t have to keep up with anything but my iPhone!

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Coming soon: A little ladybug

She wants to approve all baby bump photos before they get uploaded to Facebook, so I’m going to be careful about the ones I use here since she hasn’t told me which ones she likes yet.  But I’m so excited about the first photos I’ve been able to take of my unborn niece, that I…

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Downtown Athens: A different point of shoot

Chris got a new camera and thought it’d be cool if we took some pictures around downtown Athens. I’ve been wanting pictures for his apartment that I’m helping him decorate for a long time, so I was totally down for that idea. He then complained because I took too long on the walk back to his…

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‘You’re every line, you’re every word …’

As if designing a wedding album isn’t enough fun, I got to design one for one of my closest childhood friends not too long ago. Jenny and Gary got married in May 2008 and I got to be a huge part of it by creating their graphics – wedding programs, favor books, and their wedding…

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On bad fonts and good pranks and tramp stamps

So if you are a graphic designer or are friends with a graphic designer or have heard of graphic design, you probably know how hated the font Comic Sans is in the design community. It is so notoriously bad, in fact, that there is an entire web site devoted to its awfulness. When Chris was…

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