Friday, March 21, 2008

Welcome to Washington

Welcome to Washington
A few months ago The Clarkson and I took a walk around the Capitol building on a warm winter day. There is a park on the Senate side, between Union Station and the Dome, where about 57 million assorted cops hang out...Secret Service, Capitol Police, District Police, what have you. In fact, that day when The Clarkson and I paused in front of large garage door, a nice uniformed police man jumped out of his little booth to see if he could help us. And by help us, I mean, tell us to keep moving on. You know, because she and I and are actually a dangerous threat to the security of the nation. Anyway, after we did move along, we spotted a bench to park our behinds. As we were chatting away, I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye, something that my friend was inches from sitting on...a pretty little needle left for us from one of the friendly neighborhood intravenous drug users. How lovely. It is nice to know that in such a big heartless city even the heroin addicts can find a nice safe place, surrounded by dozens of armed guards and security cameras, to get their fix. It leaves me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Photo Friday, "Found Objects"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Oh my life is changing everyday

I haven't posted since the show, and I am trying to find the right words to describe it...awesome? amazing? spin tingling? They all work. There were hundreds of people who came to see the show, in fact there was a line to get in that extended down two flights of stairs and into the street. How cool is that? You can read more about it on the DCist website, and while you do that you can spot my smiling face at the bottom of the first picture (thanks to Bea for pointing that out). My photos have been on DCist, but never my mug...and yeah, that is pretty much how I looked all night, huge smile on my face. You can see more photos if you would like, in my favorites section on flickr.

There were many of you that came out, and thank you, thank you, thank you. It was fun to have my friends, school friends, blog friends, and flickr friends all in the same room. It was even more fun that they were trying to eves drop on the people looking at my photo. HA! That was great. My best friend Sheri came down from NY to be my wingman, she gets a shout out for being the person who came the farthest. The only person missing was Dave, which was a big bummer, but he was on a flight to Delhi during the show. Kind of a good reason.

So I hope this won't be my last show, wait, after I wrote that I know it won't be, I have one next month...haha. It was such a great start to this big change in my life. Yey!!!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Exciting news 2.0

Yesterday was the last day at the job. There is a lot to say about that, but not now. Maybe never? I don't know. My goal is to spend more time shooting, and practicing, and learning, and trying to make this dream more of a reality. I have learned so much in the past six months, and I am learning more everyday. I have never felt this focused on a goal, and often I feel like I am on a mission.

One of the steps of that mission if floating out there on the web for your viewing pleasure. I finally have a website. How cool is that?? I am geeking out about it. I will continue to add pictures as I learn more, and do more studio shoots, but I now have a place to sent clients. Hehe, clients. Oh, yeah, if you have any of those for me please send them there. Just in these past two weeks, five different shoots have fallen in my lap from places I never would have expected, so thank you to those people out there thinking of me. The bio portion of the website will be updated again. Do you have any idea how hard it is to write a short bio about yourself without sounding silly? Every time I write something new I hear it in the voice of the announcer on Jeopardy...."Meaghan is a photographer, from Washington DC, specializing in shooting dinosaurs in the studio. She is also an expert on macaroni and cheese." I am accepting any and all help with this.

I also want to post a reminder about the DCist Exposed show that opens tomorrow. This is the first time one of my photos will be in a show, and it is expected to be a packed house tomorrow night for the opening. It was written up in the Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine. This is where I geek out again. I know that many of you are coming, and you will be in good company because they are expecting about 600 people. If this was a video blog you would see my smiling ridiculously right now.

I have been getting a lot of support and help with these big changes in my life, and I am extremely grateful. I have many lovely peeps in my "real" life that cheer me on, but I also have some great peeps here on the blog who root for me too. I guess I am just trying to say thanks. You rock.