Governor Crist Announces He’s Independent

During most days I play the role of a mild-mannered web programmer. One of the places that I program for is a creative shop that handles a fair amount of local political campaign work (MityMo Design). Today we trekked off down the street to Straub Park so we could see Governor Charlie Crist announce that he is running as an independent for a Senate seat. Any political commentary aside, I believe that he’s got a good shot at it now.

Of course, I had my camera with me…. More photos after the jump.
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Dali Photos, a photo essay

I was contacted by the Sarah Gerard and Mitzi Gordon from The Dali Museum of St Petersburg about photographing their portion of Creative Loafing’s Sensory Overload event several weeks ago. They were going to do a temporary art installation in the form of a Dali inspired fashion show and performance art. To say that I was a little excited to do this is really denying my inner tendency for hyperbole.

Over the evening of shooting the Dali’s exhibit at Creative Loafing’s Sensory Overload party) I met some awesome people and had a great time. I’d like to give props to Mitzi Gordon for all of her hard work organizing the exhibit, the designers Ivanka Ska, Aleka Pheonix, Ungala and all of the performers including the staff from the Dali Museum, the dancers from USF and University of Tampa, and Hillsborough Community College and everyone else involved. You were all amazing to work with!

I had to wait a little while to post my take on the evening so that the Dali could get first exposure on the entire set of photos from the evening and Creative Loafing could run with the photos that I took while wandering around with their street team after the Sensory overload party was over.

And with that, I give you my photographic story of the evening?

Related photos: The complete photo set that I provided The Dali Museum here, the street photos that I provided to Creative Loafing here, or view the whole set here.

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Arctic Monkeys @ The Ritz

This was a really fun show, not only to shoot but getting to hang out with a lot of really cool people during and after the show. The opening band, Sleepy Sun, was a bit “jam band” ‘ish for my tastes. They looked great and people seemed to be into them, but anyway, Arctic Monkeys came on a more than made up for it.

Afterwards I wandered over to Orpheum after some urging from my friends and checked out El Ten Eleven. I was really surprised, they were really good. They had really unique and interesting style. Although they sound quite differently from the songs I’ve found online, you should check them out next time they come through.

Update: I found this article on the Creative Loafing site which has this video, it kinda gives you some idea what they’re like.

Update 2: Check out the article on El Ten Eleven’s show on Creative Loafing’s music page.

More photos after the jump.
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Shoot Hairs

My friend, Whitney, recently graduated from Aveda Institute here in St. Petersburg. She’s been planning on moving to California for some time and to help her out with her new career in a new place, I did some head shots for her last weekend.

Whitney got several girls together whose hair she had recently styled and my friend (and amazing photographer) Carrie Waite helped me find a suitable location in the torrential downpour that was going on. All said and done, we’re all very pleased with the outcome.

Good luck in California, Whitney, you’ll do amazing!