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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

October 2002

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Fri, Oct. 4, 2002 - Grand Opening

Grand Opening

Grand opening night! Here's "Thank Jake" playing in the back room. We were wallpapering the studio until about 4:30pm. Grand opening party started at 5.

Sat, Oct. 5, 2002 - All Done

All Done

Here's the gallery, all done. Yeah!

I could have taken pictures this weekend, but I didn't. With the pressure of the grand opening over, I did something all weekend that I hadn't done in a long time, ride my motorcycles. The best part was that John and Carol came up for the weekend so all the toys got exercised. On Saturday, the KLX300 continued its perfect record, dismounting every rider who has tried it. (some sooner than others) Sunday we took the KLR650 and the Sprint out to Red Bluff and back. Perfect weather, company, and riding. Sure beat working. Honest I did think about bringing the camera, but I felt like running the bike without the luggage for a change.

In all the excitement of the grand opening, I failed to mention the other big news in Knowlesville. Lori has a signed contract for her book. Or actually, I should say "books" because they want her to do one book for women, and then a second one that will cover children and men. (Some would say that is a very logical grouping.) I probably should have had a camera ready when I handed her the envelope, but I'm still not in the habit of bringing the camera home from work everyday. Needless to say, she was jumping for joy, and I had to finish reading the letter because she was crying. Maybe when the first check comes, I'll take a picture of Lori spending some of her money.

Sat, Oct. 12, 2002 - In the Studio

In the Studio

So after finishing the gallery side, we went hard to work on the studio side, even though the lights still haven't arrived. As I stated before, we finished wallpapering the studio just minutes before our grand opening. The last few days I've had Jessica sorting through our collection pulling out the items that we still need to photograph. I found this beaded flapper dress on Ebay quite a while ago. You certainly needed to choose your underwear carefully when wearing this dress. Of course since Teresa isn't totally anatomically correct, she can get away with wearing it sans underwear. We also moved our armoire into the studio, both so it can hold the clothes, and act as a prop.

Tue, Oct. 15, 2002 - Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress

Landmark day! Not only did the lights finally arrive, but we booked our first studio portrait session for a lady in town who felt her grandkids needed pictures of her with her "white" hair. Seems it's been awhile since she's had her picture taken. I couldn't resist playing with the new lights so we dressed up a form with a wedding dress that Lori got from a lady in Hydesville. This dress came as part of a collection we bought after the lady saw the article in the paper about Lori. Since Lori wants to create vintage inspired wedding dresses, I figured it was about time we added a wedding dress to the collection.

My initial reaction after using the new lights are that they are way cool. It is a three light set that is remote controlled. Sounds frivolous, but when one light is suspended about 10' in the air, it really makes sense, and it means fewer cords to trip over. My first set of lights was a great bargain and they served me well for several years, but it feels really good to finally have professional level lighting equipment. Especially since the old ones were really starting to fall apart.

We also got our digital photographic printer in, but they haven't installed it yet so I can't report on it other than it is the most expensive thing I've ever bought that I couldn't drive or sleep in.

Wed, Oct. 16, 2002 - The Other Side

The Other Side

Here's the other side of the wedding gown, again taken in the studio. By the way, if you're wondering why these pictures of the studio don't look anything like the picture of the studio with Lowell's band playing, it's because the studio is divided right in half. One side is dark wood and wallpaper with Victorian furnishings, the other side is white walls and black and white checkered floor.

Fri, Oct. 18, 2002 - Jumping Jack

Jumping Jack

Some holidays are more stressfull then others, but I always thought that Halloween was one that rated towards the lower end of the scale. Unless you are a Jack O'Lantern. Coming across Fernbridge, I saw one Jack O'Lantern that even with Halloween nearly two weeks away, he was so stressed out that he was comptemplating throwing himself off of the bridge. I'm not sure what would cause a pumpkin to want to commit suicide, but suicide intervention for large (or even small) vegetables is outside the training I have as a fireman. So I simply snapped the picture, and drove on, hoping that he comes to his senses. It would be such a shame to see him end his life so early, when he could look forward to being squashed by a roving gang of teenagers later this month.

Sat, Oct. 19, 2002 - Do it yourself convertible

Do it yourself convertible

Today as part of my EMT class, I got to watch this Honda Civic be turned into a one of a kind, truly unique, custom convertible. In case you want one just like it, here are the steps to follow. Take one Honda Civic that has already been in at least two front end collisions. (The repaired front fender was already smashed again before we started.) Then smash out all of the glass, as it just gets in the way of that "wind in your face" feeling. Next rip off all four doors, for easier access. Then cut the 6 roof posts and peel back the roof. You might want to save it, just in case you run into inclement weather and you want it back. To increase front leg room, the dashboard can be pushed up and away from the seat. For this you might need to call your local fire department, as your local tool rental shop isn't likely to have a jaws of life. But everything else can be accomplished with a sawzall if you don't have access to a jaws of life.

Sat, Oct. 26, 2002 - Mike's Heat Sink

Mike's Heat Sink

Earlier this week I got a surprise email from Mike McCoy. He happened to be looking for a web designer and photographer, and found my web site. Shortly thereafter, I received a box of parts to photograph. The company that he works for, Altanova, designs sockets, heat sinks, and boards for testing circuits. Pictured is one of their heat sinks, a nicely anodized blue unit. Some of you will know what heat sinks do and probably won't care, and the rest of you who don't know what heat sinks do, really won't care. But commercial photography has its own challenges and it's an area of photography that I was surprised that I enjoy so much.

Sun, Oct. 27, 2002 - 1908 Wedding Dress

1908 Wedding Dress

Today I worked with Katy for the third time. She's fun to work with, and she's quite the trooper. Our last outing she got to stand in mucky water, and sit on the beach in cold weather and make it look like she was enjoying it all. Today, in order to fit her into a couple of very tiny outfits, she got to find out what serious corseting is about. Her normal waist measurement is a very petite 25". The two outfits we photographed her in had 22" waist measurements. It took some sucking in, but the results were worth it, and she even got to liking how it felt after awhile. The first dress we photographed was this 1908 wedding dress that we got as part of the Hydesville collection. It needs a lot of restoration because much of the silk is shattering, but the lace is still beautiful. The lady who we got it from has a picture of the gown being worn by one of her relatives, and we hope someday to get a copy of it.

Mon, Oct. 28, 2002 - 1890s Ensemble

1890s Ensemble

The second outfit Katy tried on was owned by the same lady originally, and so it featured the same 22" waist measurement. It has some of the neatest embroidery on the front. It is also nice that the fabric is a brocade, and it makes the black fabric a bit easier to photograph.

Tue, Oct. 29, 2002 - Joel & Danah

Joel & Danah

Today we had a dry run with the studio using a couple that came in a couple of weeks ago looking for a wedding photographer. While I couldn't help them there, I realized soon after they left that they would be a good couple for a photo session, so I ran out and chased them down. This afternoon, we photographed several outfits with Danah & Joel so we'll have some more portraits for the walls and books, as well as it gave us a chance to see if we missed anything in our preparation for going live. Our new printer is up and running, and it looks like we're finally ready to start taking customer's portraits. Mom, in case your wondering, the bodice that Danah is wearing is one that you gave Lori.