Oh hey.

Oh hey, blog.

Fancy seeing you at this intersection of the interwebs. You come here often?

Oh.

You live here.

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…Awkward.

So yeah. If you follow me on this blog, you probably know I suck… my average lately has been about a post a month. I figured it’s about time to redeem this situation.
Here’s some news, for Mark 9schwander/9art photography. And I promise to be a more faithful poster from here on out…

#1: My family has been through a rough time lately. You all know about the tornado last year. God got us through that in an amazing way. But 2012 so far has not been the calm reprieve we’d hoped for from the last year… instead, my father in law became deathly ill about 6 weeks ago.

In a span of 3-4 days, Tim developed influenza, which turned into double pneuomonia, which led to a staph infection, which attacked most of his organs, shut off much of his circulation, and caused strokes. 

the good news is, things are looking up. In the last 2 weeks, he began showing responsiveness… he can’t talk yet, but he is smiling, crying, moving in response to commands, & giving other signs that he is ‘all there’ and is aware of his visitors and surroundings. After doctors telling us he would likely be a vegetable for life, this has been hugely encouraging. 

Many people have been praying for Tim. We have appreciated it more than we can say. 

Well, what a cheery way to open a blog, huh?

Here’s some other news. 

#2: 9art is now an LLC and in two weeks, will be an employer.  My lovely intern Michelle is coming on as an official employee, taking an editing load of my back and also helping with a varitey of other things such as book design work & sales/ordering appointments. 

She is ecstatic, I am ecstatic, and, well, you should be ecstatic. I’ve been a lone wolf for some time, and while it’s been a nice run like that, it’s getting a little old. Yes, it’ll still be me answering your e-mails, talking to you on the phone, and of course, taking your pictures… but not doing EVERYTHING myself. That means shorter wait times on pictures & books for my oh-so-patient clients, a better quality of life for yours truly, and a breath of fresh air into good ol’ 9art. 

#3: I finally got instagram. Yeah I know. I’m a little slow on the draw. What can I say? I’m a rebel. (for a little while, then I cave in). So here, ladies, & gents, is my first instagram photo, taken at one of my favoritest downtown eateries, the one and only ‘instant karma:’

PS- this last bit is for the guys, cuz I know you’re wondering. The stats: It is 9.95 and contains: two 1/3 lb patties, cheese, bacon, grilled onions, jalepenos, tomatoes, and a fried egg. All that snuggles sloppily between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, it is fantastic. Yes, I would die by 35 if I ate one of these every day. 

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nashville

    I recently was able to make a trip to Nashville. I have not traveled in some time, and while it was just a crammed little weekend trip, it was still refreshing. I went up with my buddy Drew, also a photographer, and we cruised the 12-hr-should’ve-been-8-hour trip in my rockin’ minivan. We talked movies (I get real excited when I start spouting movie trivia, so watch out for that), explored some music (black keys, sleigh bells, franz ferdinand and more great road trip music) stayed with our good friends Will and Erin, and best of all got to snatch a little wisdom from David Bean.

  I first encountered David through an online beard growing competition called Whiskerino. Yes, you read that right. Really though,  the site was more about creativity and photography than it was about facial hair. ( He was one of the ‘stars’ of the site, dazzling us all w/ his pro photography when most of the rest of us were just aspiring creatives w/ dinky little cameras). Since then, David has gone on to be a big name in photography, shooting such stars as Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, the newsboys, Jack White, and campaigns for many commercial companies. 

David decided to host a workshop in his happenin’ nashville studio, and Drew and I soaked it in. It’s always good to learn and good to be around fellow photographers. 

I snapped some pictures, of course. There are way too many. So don’t look at them all.

Or do.

but I warned you…

follow the break to see the rest of em!

I’m that much of a tourist. taking pictures in the stinking parking lot.

We stayed with our friends Will & Erin. I actually didn’t take the following shot, Drew did. I included it because this cat was stressing Will out pretty good during our stay there and Drew snapped this while playing with one of my lenses. I saw it when I was going back through the pictures and it made me laugh…

This is Drew right here, snapping away during the portion of the workshop where we worked w/ a model in David Bean’s studio. 

‘And that’s why my photos are so much more awesome than yours.’ (I really don’t remember what he was actually saying here).

Drew taking it all in!

david shoots, he scores!

I like that the model got a little goofy with me.

the 2nd section of the ‘hands on’ portion of the day involved us getting an assignment. We had 1 hour to go out in the streets of nashville & capture a fashion shot…but we also got a challenge. Our group’s challenge was that we had to have motion in the shot. Drew thought he’d make things even more difficult and asked us if we were cool adding a 2nd challenge. We all said no, but he asked for another challenge anyway. (ok, ok, that’s not true. Giving Drew a hard time…)

our 2nd challenge was we couldn’t show anyone’s face. 

One member from our group grabbed a model for us off the street (a very excited 13 year old girl) and we all took turns working with her. Here’s what I walked away with…

snapped a couple of quick nighttime shots in the way out of town. 

That’s all folks. Back in good ol’ Joplin….