August 13th, 2011

pacman inkee

sunset over hwy 1 north

sunset over hwy 1 north by hep
sunset over hwy 1 north, a photo by hep on Flickr.

hai @ all! welcome new friends! before we jump right in, i recommend you all check out my intro tag and at the very least read my main intro post so you can understand who the hell i am talking about all the time. just go ahead and add 2yr to all of that. you might also want to check out my females i regularly mention post. i really need to do one for all the guys too at some point. done? ok then!



I finished up the Adobe contract last week. for those just joining up, I was shooting on contract (i am a freelance photog) for Adobe at the Photoshop & You Popup Store in downtown sf. a popup store is a relatively new idea of a temporary store space, much like a slightly longer trade show, taking advantage of the rock bottom real estate prices in sf right now, combined with extremely flexible lease options (put it this way, 3yr ago there is no way you could get a 2 month lease on space in union sq, sf (aka the busiest most expensive shopping real estate in town) but now things are much different!) you can still see the website up here along with a bunch of stuff i shot. it was extremely fun, however also totally exhausting. we had both evan and zoe in to intern along with a couple of other of the Adobe people's kids. it was anywhere between 8 and 12hr per day of none stop high paced portraiture EVERY day for over 2 weeks, which i am very good at, but i am NOT good at staying patient for that long with clueless tourists. so it was perfect contract length; over just when it started to get seriously annoying.



however as is the risk with all encompassing contracts: everything else fell by the wayside while it was going on. compounded by the fact that the girls' dad is logging some crazy travel this summer for work (he works as a national media developer for an international org. this means he does photo and video production throughout the us sometimes on a moments notice. they have him flying out after about a day home at least 4x over the summer) which means he hasn't been around much to assist in the childcare. coordinating the children's incredibly complicated summer activity schedule (srsly, the girls work 2days a week at the zoo (on the opposite side of sf as us), zoe has cheer 3-5x per week, evan has marine mammal center in fkn marin, zane has art class, zoe still has gymnastics, evan needs to see his gf once a week (thank god they were able to lunch together most of the time we were working since he was in union sq and her mom teaches at a school right down there), plus like 40 other things that they do on any given week. nutty.) on my phone between shots has been anything but fun. however we made it thru and now both kids have a steller internship on both their work and college apps, and evan has been working on developing a proto portfolio (you can see his photo tumblr over here. its adorable)



immediately on finishing that contract tho i had to pick up my other contracts which were sorely neglected. and after taking a short break from work, etc, i also had to dive back in to getting ready for the start of school. school supply lists sorted, supplies obtained, backpacks rated and chosen, clothing procured. you all know the drill. high school is a giant pain in the butt cuz kids need all sorts of stupid special stuff "ONLY THESE BINDERS!" "ONLY THIS GRAPH PAPER!" way to make my life harder people. there is also burningman to start getting ready in earnest for (yes we are going this year, and we will be camped at 430 and esplanade) which i am both looking forward to and not. i want to hang out with my best friend and pals, but i kind of hate burningman and everything it stands for. plus this is like my 50th time. so im going just to basically hate on everything, but hey, everyone needs a hobby right? anyway. my hand still hurts but is getting better (i severed a tendon in my left ring finger and gave myself nerve damage in my right middle finger due to arm wrestling a washing machine for a broken shot glass and losing. i can no longer fully bend my ring finger and the middle finger is taking its sweet time to heal). other than that life is good but busy. our car is broken right now but we have narrowed it down to one of two things, either the ignition relay or the igniter. i'm gonna swap out both tmrw and see if we can get it perfect again. if that doesn't work i will begrudgingly consign it to the mechanic. i hate giving people money for stuff i know i can fix myself. i fucking love acuras and hondas (same thing), they are both easy to fix and run forever with a little help. it's the only post1970 car i will trust.