“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Good gracious. I’m trying to use the time I have to organize and do some re-edits of some of my older photos. At some point, I’ve really got to update my landscape work. There’s been so much that I’ve learned over the last year that its difficult to now go back and try to apply it all. I’ve touched on this before in a previous blog entry. Things like updating meta-tags on my images are on my mind. Getting my next batch of images in the right format for copyright  registration is also paramount. I need to figure out how I’m going to update my back-ups procedures based on some more efficient tools and processes. Being jobless has posed some strict limitations on  what I can do so prioritizing is of utmost importance.

“Oh, by the way…How’s the job hunt going, Terrell?”

Model, Clarissa

Thanks for asking. Its going is about all I can say. I’m in the process of updating materials and seeking new ways to market myself better. All in all, I gotta tell ya…I’m doing okay with this. The job I had was really consuming valuable time that allowed little room for recuperation. I’ve been able to focus on my photo work, and despite the challenges, its still fun for me. The one thing that hasn’t been so fun is the pinched nerve I’ve had over the last month. Vicodin and Flexeril don’t even touch the pain. I’m serious. X-rays revealed nothing, so its basically a suggestion to add Ibuprofen to the mix and go home. I’ll do some physical therapy next week. Its been a while since I’ve been in this much frustration from pain. Who’s had a pinched nerve before?

Photo and Model by Nora,(Edge-Dreams)
Edited with permission by Terrell Neasley

I got to meet another up and coming business woman in my area. Lillie Kleemeyer is the proud owner of the new photography studio, Xquizit Pix, located here in Henderson, serving the Las Vegas, Clark County area. She’s got a nice setup, complete with a 1300 square foot studio space with 14 foot ceilings, a kitchen, model changing areas, and space for a MUA. She rents her studio space for $30 an hour! Sweet, huh? Yeah, I’ll be spending some quality time there and I think you should too, especially if you’re on a budget like me. She’s got props, wardrobes, lights, seamless and muslin backdrops, the works. Or you could just go to her website and check all this out yourself. I was there for several hours til I got kicked out so she could do a private model shoot. But then I just came back later. I’m looking at doing some of my Las Vegas Art Model Group gigs there. So go see Lillie and check out her facilities next time you’re in Vegas needing an indoor shooting arena. Give the girl some love.

Model Katherine, her dog and hawk

Lastly, I’ve missed working with alternative editing techniques. As a film purist, I had really just begun mastering the print process and then exploring new techniques when I moved to Vegas and no longer had a darkroom. The top pic is my first ever Polaroid transfer. I think I did that in back in 2006 or 2007. Basically we took slide film and made a Polaroid from the processed slide. Then we used another process to lift the emulsion of the Polaroid substrate and apply it to something else. I transferred mine to a piece of watercoloring paper. Here’s a tutorial on how its done. The other shots are more experiments with the distressed style similar to scratching negatives like I used to do back in the day. Enjoy.