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  • BUSY SUMMER IN BRAKKENWOOD

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    Sarah and I have been busy working on several projects since getting re-established in St. Paul. Most of my time has been spent trying to figure out how to make Brakkenwood more profitable. To that end I sought opportunities to work for other established photographers in the Twin Cities. However, during my search I found an opening at Lifetouch Church Directories for a photogrpaher/sales associate. I didn’t know much about Lifetouch before I found the position and after a phone interview with my potential boss I learned a job with LCD would be a good chance to polish those skills I would need as an independent photographer. Long story short, I got the job and this week will start shadowing a field crew on-assignment.

    As mentioned in a previous post, Sarah and I upgraded to Adobe CS 6 and added Lightroom 4 to the bundle. After the install I found a workshop for Lightroom at the Mpls Photo Center. The two-day class was shorter than I would have liked, but our instructor went over most of the awesome features Lightroom has to offer. If anything the program will help me organize my images. Lightroom allows me to easily modify metadata on multiple pictures at once making it easier to search files my keyword. In addition nearly all of the ‘retouch’ functions needed to clean-up photographs are included in Lighroom so I’ll rarely have to use Photoshop again!

    Sarah has been hard at work developing some products for Protene. She’s also put the finishing touches on a new website for the MN Lamb and Wool Producers Association. There have been a number of distractions though. Since we’re living so close to our parent’s homes we have travelled to visit them several times over the past few weeks. I’ve been scouting each of their properties for some landscape picture potential, but have yet to have inspiration strike. Once I get some good photos I’ll include them in the blog.

     

  • HERE COMES CS6!

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    Sarah is pretty excited about the newest Adobe release. Our former version was 3 and we had been waiting for 6 to be released so we could update. We got the Master Suite so we’ve every program under the sun! There was a photo management program called “Lightroom” I was hoping would be included in the package, but we had to pick it up separate. I’m actually taking a workshop this next weekend to get a better grip of its capabilities.

    Speaking of upgrades, I have also saved my pennies up for a new hard drive for my desktop computer. I typically purchase new hardware components individually so the machine is continually being improved. The old HD was about five years old and is making a lot of noise. Figured it would be time for an upgrade before something broke done permanently. The drive holds the operating system so instead of putting Vista on a new-and-improved disk I’ve also invested in Windows 7 64-bit. It will be nice to have a fresh start with a clean storage unit running an improved OS and the latest Adobe products! To quote Ghostbuster’s Winston: “We got the tools! We got the talent!” (1:15)

  • WHAT A TRIP! STILL NO NET ;_;

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    1300+ miles in 2.5 days! With the help of our parents, Sarah and I made the  journey back to the Midwest and were able to move in to our new residence with relative ease. Unfortunately, the place we’re staying isn’t wired with coaxial cable so Comcast wasn’t able to hook us up w/ Internet service as quickly as we’d like. A second crew is slated to come this week to finish the job; hopefully everything goes smoothly and we’ll be online again soon. As for this entry, I’m writing from my family farm in SW Minnesota. It’s been two years since I’ve been home. It’s nice to see all the changes my folks have made to the homestead since I’ve been gone. I didn’t bring my camera home this weekend, but I’ll make a point to upload some items in a future post.

    ASMP’s MN chapter has its Summer Social this Wed. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the local professionals and start networking. It would be nice to meet some photographers who are in need of an assistant, though just learning more about the market will be beneficial in changing our business plan to adapt to the Twin Cities.

    As some know, Sarah and I went to college at the U of MN. During the move, my in-laws and I discussed how I might be able to use some of our college connections to find business opportunities. Sarah and I were both involved in the Greek community on-campus, and each year the various fraternities and sororities take formal portraits. The MN State Fairgrounds is also adjacent to the campus and the multiple functions held there often utilize photographers. Once the net is up, I’ll start tracking down contacts.