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October 2007

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Mon, Oct. 1, 2007 - Valerie


I met Valerie at the fair, as she was one of the dairy princesses handing out the ice cream samples at the Humboldt Creamery booth that was next to ours. Valerie impressed me by staying cheerful throughout the fair, something I sure wasn't able to do. She wanted us to do her senior portrait up at her parent's ranch in Kneeland so I took the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to KLR up there. At the fair Valerie was very girly, always wearing nice dresses. At her ranch, she was wearing camo's and had just come back from shooting a buck. Quite a different image. Well the ranch was very pretty, and when we went back today to take the portraits, this was one of my favorite locations that Valerie picked out.

Tue, Oct. 2, 2007 - Goodbye Ugly Green

Goodbye Ugly Green

In addition to the ugly pink walls, the office also had a very ugly green ceiling. About half of it was covered by paint last month, but today the fun part started. Phil and Diane came over and started putting up the Bradbury wallpaper. This roomset is in their Aesthetic Green colorway, which of course is very appropriate for my office in more ways than one.

Wed, Oct. 3, 2007 - One Slight Problem

One Slight Problem

Once they finished putting up the borders, it was very apparent that the light fixture is going to have to be moved so that it will be visually centered with the wallpaper, even if that means it won't really be centered in the room. It actually looks like I'll be moving it back to where it used to be, since I could easily still make out the crappy repair job in the ceiling after some previous owner moved it before.

Thu, Oct. 4, 2007 - Earl Thomas and the Gospel Choir

Earl Thomas and the Gospel Choir

Earl Thomas was back in the studio today, this time to get promo shots with the gospel choir he is touring with. While I was photographing the four of them they gave me a mini concert. Quite a nice fringe benefit. I may have to invite them back for the grand opening party when I get settled into the permanent space.

Fri, Oct. 5, 2007 - Phil's Hang Up

Phil's Hang Up

Phil came back today to put the finishing touches on the ceiling. We were trying to decide what paper to put in the cove when his wife Diane suggested the fill we used in the bay window. Not only did it look great, we had enough extra to get it done.

Sat, Oct. 6, 2007 - Deer vs. Saturn, Both Lose

Deer vs. Saturn, Both Lose

A couple of months ago Heidi and I saw each other's portfolios on the internet and wanted to work with each other. Only problem was we live at opposite ends of the state. But she said she could manage a road trip so we scheduled a weekend that she could stay here in Ferndale with us. On her way up though a deer hit her car on 101 in Cloverdale after crossing two lanes of traffic and the median. According to Heidi, the deer looked like it was going to veer away, and then at the last second it put its head down and butted her car. The deer came through the driver's side window and also managed to take out the windshield, the A pillar and severely dented the roof. It also somehow managed to take off the rear door handle without leaving a scratch in the paint. Even more surprising it also broke the rear window on the passenger side. Heidi was pretty lucky after being so unlucky. She ended up in the hospital, but only suffered lacerations to one side of the face and her arms, mostly from the broken glass. She did end up with a few deer ticks, just to add insult to injury.

Sun, Oct. 7, 2007 - The Perpetrator

The Perpetrator

After going down Friday night to pick her up out of the hospital it was too late to drive back to Ferndale. We went back this morning and on the way stopped so Heidi could take some photos of the buck. This was one time that I felt it was an appropriate use of a rude hand gesture. She also snagged part of his broken antler just as a keepsake. The car is probably totaled and she didn't have comprehensive on it to her dismay.

Mon, Oct. 8, 2007 - Petrolia Cemetery

Petrolia Cemetery

While we were trying to figure out how to handle her wrecked car, we decided to head out to Petrolia for a photoshoot at the cemetery since I had to go out that way anyways for a portait session. This shot was done a bit differently than other ghost shots I've done. Most of this was done in camera rather than in Photoshop.

Tue, Oct. 9, 2007 - Mr. & Mrs.

Mr. & Mrs.

Heidi wanted to play both parts, and for this one, a lot of Photoshop was needed.

Wed, Oct. 10, 2007 - Back at the Wrecking Yard

Back at the Wrecking Yard

Heidi finally decided what to do with her car so we drove back down to Cloverdale. She ended up selling it to the towing company for a few hundred dollars over what she owed for the towing and storage charges. This whole incident has me thinking I'm going to keep the collision and comprehensive insurance on our Del Sol. It's not so much the value of the car as it is the inconvenience if it gets wrecked while your traveling away from home. After we dealt with the car, we drove down to San Francisco where we met some of her friends that drove up from LA to get her. While I was in SF I stopped by Victorianna to pick up the rest of the molding I need for the office, and then drove back home. Way too much driving for one day.

Thu, Oct. 11, 2007 - Another Shot of the Ceiling

Another Shot of the Ceiling

This is the treatment the bay window got.

Fri, Oct. 12, 2007 - Class Clown

Class Clown

Artie has taken over the position of class clown that Ricky used to hold. Today's entertainment was him trying to jump on the back of my chair while I was sitting in front of the computer working. He missed and fell behind my back and rather than admitting defeat, he decided to take a nap there. It was kind of nice having a back heater for awhile even if it did limit my range of motion.

Sat, Oct. 13, 2007 - Always a Surprise

Always a Surprise

I was thinking there wouldn't be much to redoing the office because it was pretty much cosmetic. However, when we got the old wallpaper off it was obvious we had had some water damage under the window. It was hard to tell if it was old or current damage, so we pulled off the drywall to inspect it. We did find two layers of the original wallpapers which I'll share later on. So this weekend I guess I'll be doing drywall repairs rather than painting.

Sun, Oct. 14, 2007 - Aurica


My photography intern from last summer who turned model (Leap of Faith) is back in Humboldt County going to college now. She looked so great in the vintage wedding dress we used in that photo that I wanted to shoot her wearing it in the studio. I also asked her to bring some of her dance clothes because now that I have more room in the studio I wanted to try some action shots.

Mon, Oct. 15, 2007 - Mabel's Halloween Costume

Mabel's Halloween Costume

Mabel saw some of my pirate shots at the fair and mentioned she wanted to dress up as a pirate for Halloween. So after I finished with Aurica's shoot we got Mabel dressed up in the pirate gear, including the Capt. Jack hair that I recently got while I was down in Santa Rosa. The pirate chest is Grandma's old trunk, which unfortunately did not come filled with golden treasure.

Tue, Oct. 16, 2007 - Artie's Apology

Artie's Apology

While we've been working in the office, the guest bed that is usually in that room has been leaning on end in the hallway. Artie figured out that the top of the mattress was an comfortable and hidden place for a nap. We've been trying to discourage him from climbing up the side of the mattress so last night I got out the squirt bottle and let him have it. I think he realized I was mad at him and so he brought me gifts today. The first one came around 10am when he came in and I heard him meow kind of funny. I looked down and he had brought a big field mouse in and then proceeded to play with under my chair until I took his outside toy back outside. After running up to Lori's office to fix her computer I got home about 5pm and there was Artie, with another large field mouse, again at my desk. I took that one outside too. And yes, he ate both of them, and then still wanted dinner when Lori got home.

Thu, Oct. 18, 2007 - Pyros at work

Pyros at work

In preparation for our practice burn this weekend, we unloaded a semi-trailer of pallets into the house. Like an old Victorian needs help burning. Actually, the pallets are used to give us something more to work on before the house becomes unsafe.

Sat, Oct. 20, 2007 - Burning Down The House

Burning Down The House

The day started out cold and wet, with even a short hailstorm, but the practice burn went down as scheduled. My plan for the day was to run the engine most of the day, and take one trip into the house. Unfortunately, I got up to the front door several times but for various reasons never made it to fighting the fire. My last try I got in the house and was just heading to the fire when they called everyone out of the house for good. So then we sat back and watched the two-story home burn to the ground. It was pretty funny when the chimney started smoking. It had a fireplace up on the second floor and enough material ended up there that there was a little fire still going in the fireplace, long after the entire second floor had burned away.

When I first heard we were going to be burning a Victorian I had real mixed feelings. We were long overdue for a practice burn because a lot of our newer members haven't been in a live fire situation. When I finally got a look at the house though I was a lot more comfortable with the thought of burning it. The house was never a real showpiece and it had been neglected and remodeled to the point that it was barely recognizeable as a Victorian. The owners salvaged the nice staircase, and the day before the burn I pulled out some trim pieces that match our house. So I tend to think of it as being an organ donor, it's life had passed but parts of it will live on.

Mon, Oct. 22, 2007 - Aurica Again

Aurica Again

I was experimenting with shutterspeeds and flash with Aurica again. At least I was until one of my lights decided to stop working. Well it lasted 5 years, better than a lot of electronics these days.

Sat, Oct. 27, 2007 - Artie's New Bed

Artie's New Bed

As the nights start getting colder, Lori felt sorry for Artie. Meg and Ricky usually sleep all curled up together, but Meg is not about to share her warmth with some cat that didn't eminate from her womb. So Artie would have to sleep by himself, and this concerned Lori enough that she went out and bought a real comfy bed for Artie to sleep in. In case you're not up with the names of our cats, that's Meg and Ricky enjoying Artie's new bed.