Peeper Dee #104

We’re a little light on Peeper Dees today. That’s okay.

In case you don’t know, Peeper Dee is a photo is a daily photo “contest”. It’s a contest in that you submit photos that you take daily using a phone or regular camera, and it’s a contest for me to try and publish them.

But you get published, on a blog with a somewhat heavy hit count. Think of the exposure!

Submit here. Include “PPD” and the day’s number in your subject line. For instance, today is PPD 104.

gimme some chili yo by sunny lee
first cup of coffee by biodork
Wishing my photo were better by J-Dub
Waiting for Papa by Tina Louise

Friday Nooner: Quiet Company wins 10 awards at the 2012 Austin Music Awards

@quietcompanytx

I would be remiss if I didn’t repost that Quiet Company, with their latest album chockfull of atheist lyrics, won 10 awards at the 2012 Austin Music Awards.

Go here for more info.

On Wed, 3/14 The Austin Chronicle held the 30th Anniversary of the Austin Music Awards & Quiet Company broke the record for most awards won in a single year.

– BAND OF THE YEAR
– MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR (TAYLOR MUSE)
– ALBUM OF THE YEAR (WE ARE ALL WHERE WE BELONG)
– SONG OF THE YEAR “YOU ME & THE BOATMAN”
– BEST INDIE BAND
– BEST ROCK BAND
– BEST DRUMS (JEFF WEATHERS)
– BEST MALE VOCALS (TAYLOR MUSE)
– BEST SONGWRITER (TAYLOR MUSE)
– BEST PRODUCER (MATT PARMENTER, WE ARE ALL WHERE WE BELONG)

Cooking for two: Smoky Southwestern Chili with Chipotle, Black Beans and Corn

Last night, I made a recipe for Smoky Southwestern Chili with Chipotle, Black Beans and Corn based on the America’s Test Kitchen book Cooking for Two. I’ve altered my recipe slightly as I add more seasoning and much more chipotle pepper.

It’s well worth making. And you can even make it for more people if you double or triple the recipe.

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Mastering the bait and switch

Via Tastefully Offensive. 

On Cold Stone Creamery’s facebook wall, Drew Fairweather writes: Really impressed with how great the employees are here at Cold Stone! I asked an employee about the calories and he said, “you don’t look like you care about that.” Then he got up on the ice cream counter and leaned over the glass to poke me in the gut. Everyone else in line laughed so I guess he was right. He also sneezed in  my pile of ice cream as he was mixing in chocolate chips, and said, “That’s for your immune system.”

Swing a cat, hit a photographer

Bill Whitmire and I met with a magazine publisher recently, and one of the things he said was, “Swing a cat, hit a photographer.” That’s to say, there’s a shit ton of us out there, so what makes you different? What makes you better? What makes you (or me) different and hirable?

Lately, I’ve been buckling down — attempting to anyway — on how we position and market ourselves as photographers.

It’s weird for me, because my business has always been multifaceted.

Multifacification (real word) confuses people. But I don’t mind.

One of my clients always refers to me as a photographer, despite that she hires me for video. That’s the way it can be, and probably should be.

There’s a great crossover with photography and video. You have to consider frame and to figure out lighting with both. Only, with video, you often add sound, which — in case you weren’t aware — makes up for more than half of a video’s success or failure. But I also have a long background in graphic design, and when editing, it helps me compose text on screen which moves around.

For me, it feels natural to offer many services. And it makes it easier to offer those services with Tina as my full-time partner. Now with the partnership with Bill, I feel that we can kick even more ass and pickup even better jobs.

This weekend, Tina and I are off to New York City to photograph NY Bridal Week events.

We’ll also get to see the lovely newlyweds, Becky F. and Luis V.

I might even try to locate another occasional reader named Tambobambo. She’s an aussie living there, who started following the blog around the same time as Luis.

Happy Friday the 13th.

Did you know that if you swing a black cat, you’ll hit a photographer and give everyone else bad luck?