Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Down in the Garden

Last week I also did a little freelancing (emphasis on free), shooting some pictures of a co-worker and her brand new little baby, Evan. I'm no Anne Geddes (thank God), and I'll admit I'm pretty incompetent when it comes to dealing with babies. Our little session, however, turned out to be quite enjoyable. This little guy is just adorable. He would often look at the camera or my equipment with this look of concern that was just endlessly entertaining to me. So cute.

The full set is here if you want to see.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Baseball At Sunset

The best part of my day? When I got back to my desk tonight and realized I still had half a can left of the Diet Dr. Pepper I bought earlier this afternoon. Mmm, flat soda. So good.

Monday, April 14, 2008


A shot from what turned out to be a poorly attended international festival over the weekend. This kid missed a few steps during the dance. When it was over he stomped and screamed in frustration. Don't worry kid. No one noticed.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Pageant Queen

Who doesn't love a good pageant?

The Ms. Coastal Bend Senior Pageant took place over the weekend, and I was super excited. I went to a rehearsal the day before to maximize my pageant time and get some pictures during the pre-pageant interviews.

Some of those ladies could really move. I was impressed. I intended to make a little audio slideshow, so I gathered some sound while I was there. Probably my favorite moment of the day happened when the former queens were practicing their opening routine. The CD skipped and the ladies all clamored around trying to fix it.

I don't know why, but it was endlessly entertaining to me. If you listen closely, you can hear me bust out laughing among the chaos.

As much as I love my little MiniDisc recorder, I guess I don't know how to use it. That became obvious to me the night of the show. It was paused when I thought it was recording, and it recorded when I thought it was paused.

Apparently I'm a bit of a "rascal" for popping up in different places back stage, at least according to one of the many random (and sometimes awkward) snippets of audio I caught when I thought it was paused.

The resolution I made to change the sound of my voice isn't going so well.

Say what you will about pageants, but I really admired these women for being so daring.

They were beautiful.

They were talented.

And they are much braver then I am. In the end I scrapped the audio slideshow, which really made me sad and frustrated. Some of my key audio got killed by my recorder in the transfer process, so I just put up a simple photo gallery on the newspaper's website.

I did get to hear some of it, though, including when the winner gushed about how great the experience was.
"It's been so wonderful. It makes you feel young again."

I See You, Johnny Canales

Don't ask me why, but I'm intrigued by this man.

I don't have particularly fond memories of the Tejano music or the Spanish-language programming that my mother would sometimes enjoy when I was a kid. But for some reason the former host of the Univision series, "The Johnny Canales Show," stuck with me.

When I moved to Corpus Christi and covered my first event he attended, I instantly recognized him. "That's Johnny Canales!" I kind of blurted out, then went after him with my camera. I'm not sure where his popularity stands these days, but he always seems to draw a crowd.

I shoot him almost every time I see him at. Kind of obsessive. I rarely turn in the photos I shoot of him, but he's been at the last three or four GI Forum events I've covered in the last couple of weeks. I can only keep this man out of the paper for so long.

Saturday, April 05, 2008