KALAA PHOTOSHOOT



Well, my picture is from a shoot I am finishing up from last weekend. The clients don't like myspace though, so I'm not posting their stuff on my myspace. You will have to check out my eblogger blog or just visit my actual website to see their entire photoshoot. It went well and was a lot of fun.



Leap day is our extra day I guess. I didn't do much useful with it though. I wish it didn't exist after today to tell you the truth.



A lot of stuff has been going on personally. A lot of tension with friends and friends of friends. Sometimes I feel like I just don't want any friends anymore. Ever feel like that? Ever feel like it's not worth getting your hopes up or getting involved with things because you are just going to be let down in the end? And you keep putting yourself in situations like that and expect things to go your way eventually? (I think that's the definition of crazy) (or stupid) I always liked being alone anyways. Even when I had that clique of friends throughout my life, I was always the odd man out. Never really had that single friend that became my best friend. I'm just not good at this I guess. Oh well, enough whining. It's confusing with me going round and round so generally anyhow I'm sure. Just venting.



So, go visit my site. www.jeremyshanephotography.com It's laid out pretty simply. Check out my portfolio and the recent shoots at the bottom of that page. I've had fun with everybody I've got to work with so far from portrait shoots to weddings. So looking forward to more.

LUNAR ECLIPSE?



Well, this is the best I got from last night when the lunar eclipse was supposed to be happening. Do you see the clouds passing in front of the moon? Yea, well...they pretty much moved in and completely covered the sky the whole night. So I missed it. Oh well, guess I'll catch the next one in 2010. grrrr

Don't have much else to add right now. Had an interesting night, but not something I want to air right now. Not totally my business even though I stuck my nose in it; so I don't want to talk much about it. Perhaps I'll have something more constructive and more general to say about it later on.

Also, been nice seeing my friends I used to work with at Sears, the last couple weeks. I don't miss the job all that much (sometimes), but I've definitely miss the people I used to work with. It was like it's own little dysfunctional family.

RANDOMNESS





A few innocent pictures above that have nothing to do with my rant. This is not any sort of educational or work related post, so run away if you want to avoid raw opinions.

I just wanted to take a minute to talk about all of the people I come across in life. But have you ever met people that are "characters" of themselves? That don't seem like real, down-to-earth people? I mean, everybody has their facade and I'm not talking about that, I'm talking those people that you normally only see on a comedy sports movie where each position is played by someone so cheesy and shoved into this generic, stereotypical character roll that it only happens in the movies. Well, no... it doesn't. I have met the tough guys that just won't stop acting like the grew up in a war zone or gangland. I have met people that seem so into their urban tough guy or girl rolls that they act like the section of the beach they live on is just like Compton. I have met hippy free-lovers that seem so lost up in the aura of life that I think they are constantly on something. I have met guys that seem to think that the snide jokes they make on internet forums (or blogs, heh) are actually funny and expect people in real life to respond how they fantasize they react online, I met a guy that acts like the dali lama (or at least he did until someone told him his car needed to be moved, then he cussed and moaned all the way out to his car and said he was just going home since he couldn't park where he wanted to). The list goes on.

Anyways, its funny meeting these folks casually, but annoying when you try to get to know them any more than that and they don't show any depth to their personality past the character they have created for themselves in their head.

ROTH WEDDING + OTHER STUFF








Still processing my 1200 wedding photos from Saturday's wedding, it will take me most of the week probably to go through each photo.

In the meantime, I just wanted to post my thoughts about something I came across last week. I'm sure this has happened to a lot of people in their life, but I find it funny anyhow. Anyways, an old coworker that was a manager of mine at one point was taking credit for training me and how well I did. He was joking to an extent, but also serious and has always made this claim whenever anyone talked well of me. I think part of the reason was that I was doing better than he was, surpassing his status quickly. Not to say I didn't learn things from him, but to be honest I learn things from everybody I ever work with. No single person is responsible for another persons success or even a majority of it most times. If that was the case, then every person they trained would be just as successful. But for some reason I was the only person that worked with him that did as well. Is it so hard for someone with such an ego to think that I came to them already very skilled in what I do and they didn't do anything more than offer me the same guidance and knowledge as anyone else I worked with that was decent at what they do.

Funny thing is as well, is that he seemed to benefit from me working with him more than I did. Not because he learned something from me, but it gave him someone he didn't have to worry about training much, didn't have to work as hard, etc.

Now it kind of irks me when I see someone taking credit for the place someone else has gotten to I guess. But maybe they don't have too many other things to hang their hat on, so they want to ride on the success of someone else.

OK, end rant. And not to take away from someone that really has helped me a lot, there are a lot of those people out there. They just don't talk much about it. But chances are, if you see someone trying to take credit for someone's success, they probably didn't have as much to do with it as they wish they did. I'm sure this applies to many other people as well, I know it does, I see it all the time.

THE LAST FEW DAYS...



Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I want to try and post every few days, not weeks. At least to throw up a new picture if nothing else. Had a busy couple of weeks and things have been going in just the right direction during that time. But I have also been busy with business stuff and life stuff, so the blog got put aside for a bit.

Where to start...well, skipping some of the normal stuff I went to scotty quixx with my friend this week on arabian night. She is the bellydancer on my friends list: Alima Dusana. Her troupe was kind of trying out that place to see if they wanted to dance there because they have had offers to start dancing there. The troupe leader seems to be for it for the most part, but I have to say I wasn't impressed. Aside from the fact it is a club and not a restaurant, it is just not the same status in my opinion as where they normally dance. But not my gig, I just went because that's what I always do, tag along with them and see what's up. Well, after waiting outside for like 20 minutes for a non-existent manager to come out and take us around back; we just walked in the front. They got started like an hour late finally. A couple drunk guys interrupted the initial performance and I noticed they had no security, but the bartenders came out and got them out of the way, although I thought a fight was going to start. Then for the solos, people just started dancing everywhere and crowded the floor so there was no room. Which pretty much left the next couple routines out the window. There was broken glass and beer on the floor that was never cleaned up, which the bare foot dancers didn't appreciate much, especially when one got glass in her foot. The DJ screwed up their music. And on and on. Needless to say, not a good place. I don't know what the others are going to decide, but at least my friend Alima decided to have some standards and said she wasn't going back.

I'm sure some other stuff happened between then and last night that I'll remember later. Last night was a blast. Well, first I went to a wedding rehearsal for a wedding I shot today, BUT AFTER THAT...went to hang out with my friend Alima at her home studio with friends Amaris and Alisha and the kids because a fabulous drummer Daveed was passing through and staying in this area for the night. It might have made my night pretty short to have to get up at six after staying up til two, and spend 10 hours shooting a wedding. But it was well worth it. Daveed is a great guy and although I was a little intimidated to play drums with him, once I got over myself and played I had a good time. I can't say enough about how talented he is though. And it was also nice to just sit around and chat and eat and drink wine and all that good stuff as well. (The picture above is from last night).

Right now I'm beat though. The wedding went well today, great people and was fun to shoot. Just spent the last few hours going through step one of processing the 1200+ pictures we shot today. whew, taking a break to watch Obama talk and type this up. But need sleep.