• 10
    Jul

    Upgrade is my favorite word.

    Now, with the hotel from hell in  my rear view mirror, and sprawled comfortably on my $3,000 space foam bed, it’s time to examine my shopping habits.  In fact, my living habits. Let’s take that bed.  It all started six years ago.  Keep in mind business was much slower at that point, mainly consisting of […]

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  • 04
    Jul

    What makes a hotel suck?

    What is the perfect hotel?  Cheap? Lux? Family oriented? I travel for work — I travel a lot.  I’m platinum with Starwood (Sheraton) Hotels, Gold with Hilton.  Hell, I’m even Gold with La Quinta. Typically when I travel “upgrade” is my favorite word.  “Would you like to upgrade to business class?”  “Hell yes.”  “Would you […]

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  • 30
    Jun

    Summer Travel Tips

    I travel a lot.  As in, I’ve already re-qualified for NEXT YEAR’S companion pass on Southwest.  That’s a lot. And I go into complete meltdown if there is one ounce of bouncy flesh on my body.  We’ve all been there:  sitting at home, catching up on the latest “True Blood”, and… “…what???  what is that??? […]

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  • 25
    Jun

    On the wings of fate

    I’m a big believer in fate.  Not that I think our path is predetermined — actually, the opposite — but I do believe we are given tools that lie dormant, almost overlooked, until just the moment you need them.  Sometimes it’s big things — a new relationship that develops from an email and turns into […]

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  • 23
    Jun

    My first International Assignment

    Early in my career, George Bush sat on the White House thrown.  Hillary Clinton was a Senator from New York, and I was hired to photograph an official state visit from Polish ex-President Lech Walesa.   I was to take photos of Walesa meeting with important Washington, DC people, and stream those photos live to […]

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  • 21
    Jun

    Finding your niche

    “WHAT?” said the rather pushy person on the phone, “But I want YOU.” No, she didn’t want me in the way you’re thinking. She wanted me to shoot her wedding. I don’t shoot weddings.  I don’t shoot birthdays.  Or retirement parties.  I shoot big events.  Very big  events.  Paid for by a corporate client.  Now, […]

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  • 16
    Jun

    How Dad was right: Part 2 of Working with Family (Fighting with Family)

    In honor of Father’s Day, it’s time to tell the second part of my story.  And while I may not even get a chance to call my dad today (I’m on a flight to Orlando), I am thinking of him.  And, I wanted to share a story. We were in a cab in Las Vegas, […]

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  • 10
    Jun

    Working with Family (Fighting with Family)

    So, you may be aware.  My partner and I work together.  My mother and I work together.  My partner, my mother and I work together.  Hell, even my father (who is long divorced from my mother) and I work together. That’s a lot of family working together.  And, for the most part, it — well […]

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  • 10
    Jun

    The Photo IS Important

    Today, while researching a service, I came across one comment by a major event software developer that stopped me dead in my tracks.  He said: “Big companies, hosting big events, don’t care about the photo.  They only care about the fan experience.”  Yes, I’m para phrasing, but that’s the meat of it. If that’s true, […]

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  • 09
    Jun

    IPad Greenscreen Photos

    So! In a moment of craziness, I thought I’d see what the APs could do that are available for iPad and Green Screen.  I thought: maybe I’m missing something.  Big event companies use iPads to create green screen photos.  Maybe I’m being… Snotty. Nope. They suck.  I tested two: Greenscreen and BluescreenIt!  Neither worked. At […]

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