product shoots are always a good change of pace. versus models. sometimes it’s good to have subjects that don’t move. not having to wait for hair or make-up, or just the right expression. of course, that also minimizes happy surprises. but still. an almost totally controlled shooting environment? that’s just good stuff.
Good Karma Coffee House is owned and operated by Sharonda Frazier (full disclosure: friend and co-worker), and began when she started creating allergan-free foods for her daughter . and if you know Sharonda, you know she doesn’t do anything halfway. she purchased gluten-free foods, and she grabbed what recipes she could find, but dared to want them to taste good. so she started experimenting, and creating, and the results were fantastic. bread that tastes like bread, waffles that taste like waffles. muffins, oatmeal, cookies, pies. soups and breakfast sandwiches. all free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, or shellfish. and now she’s running a bakery that’s making lots of people happy.
I initially stopped by the store to support her business. and kept coming because it’s yummy (the banana chocolate chip muffins were my favorite, but now I think it’s the ham & cheese waffles). and now I work here, because mama wants to save up for new camera body. it’s amazing to see the joy on the faces of those who are living gluten-free. especially the kids. “you mean I can have ANYthing in the case?!” (I’ve seen a few adults do a happy dance as well.) in a world where most places have only one gluten-free option, if any at all, this place is like the disneyland of food options. with excellent coffee thrown in. which I know because after 40+ years, I’ve finally started drinking coffee.
so stop by Good Karma. not (just) because it’s allergen-free, but because it’s damn good. plus I’ve got mad barista skills you should see.
I’ve have lots of names. lainie, e, shorty, laine brain, nain. and now I’m +elaine. and I like it.
getting an updated portfolio together had me sifting through all my intern shoots. and reviewing what I had in my portfolio before. hard to believe there was even a time in my photography life before my leahandmark internship. it’s amazing to see where I was with my skills and knowledge and experience then. and where I am now.
before, I was hired for the occasional gig, but mostly I just showed up everywhere with my camera. parties, the pool, backyard concerts, school events, playdates, parks. but now my work is filled with babies and children and couples and drag queens. product shoots of granola and books and headbands and dresses and shoes and bread and houses. people new to the country, or on stage speaking or rocking out, or getting married, or breaking boards. models crouched in trunks and strutting on runways and posing in rotted out buses and old trains. so much cooler.
I look back on my “before the internship” work and my “during” work, and now that I’m in the “after” phase, I can’t wait to see what what my portfolio will be filled with next.
with a new role as a + at leahandmark.com comes a new blog location. no longer in the intern section, mark told +krista, +mishaun and me to (re)introduce ourselves. coming up with 200 pictures to whittle down to 20 for our portfolios, posting a blog and showcasing our work… all of this reminds me of the incredulity I felt the first night as an intern when mark told us we had to have 20 images and a blog up by that monday morning. 20 IMAGES! it seemed a ridiculous amount and there was no way I had that many images that were good enough. and just like then, once I got a grip and settled down to work, I find I have more than enough pictures I’m happy to use to fill my portfolio and to post on the blog as I introduce myself. again.
so hi, I’m + elaine, and I’m happy you’re here. now let’s get shooting.