My favorite color is purple – it’s really obvious.
I was one of the first girls to play baseball in my town.
I wish I were fluent in another language.
Although I love the beach, I am kind of scared of the water. (a bad experience of almost drowning sort of changed my mind.)
I love movies, and have since I saw my first one.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest made me want to be in films.
I love a good cup of coffee.
I love sports. I can remember what I wore to my first baseball game.
I come from Philadelphia, and I think their hoagies are the best. Nobody else’s come close.
I lived in Ireland for two years.
There’s nothing that beats a medium-rare filet mignon and baked potato.
Facts about Jim:
I am definitely a “people person”, an extrovert, and playful by nature.
Meeting people is fascinating to me, and hearing their stories is a privilege.
Almost nothing satisfies like watching someone discover (or rediscover) their God-given beauty in a photo session, and fall in love with themselves all over again.
I see good photography as a way to capture a person’s beauty and express their personality – to be admired today, and shared for generations.
Facts about Greg:
My first camera was a Canon AE1, and I learned to shoot on that and develop and print film in our basement darkroom. I miss the film look, but I don’t miss the processing.
On a family vacation to the Grand Canyon, I shot maybe 20 rolls of film with the AE1 over the course of a week. It felt like a million shots. For a digital shoot now, we easily capture more than 500 images in a single day. I am starting to think that the “more-is-better” approach is not going to work over time. Seriously, where are we going to store all of this stuff?!
My 5-year-old son and any of his young friends are the biggest photo challenge I have to deal with right now. (That’s a good thing.) I’m not sure there’s a lens and auto-focus camera out there that can consistently grab sharp action shots of children who are happily running and jumping around, determined to avoid being “caught” on camera. Especially indoors or in low light. The fun part of that challenge is learning to anticipate moments, and being ready with whatever device you have — SLR or cellphone or anything in-between — to capture a child’s energy and zest for life.
Many years ago, I shot a wedding in India for a friend, and we rented a video camera there. The camera was accompanied by an Indian technician who did not speak English. There were a few times when we had to move quickly to get a shot, and I found myself doing the idiotic thing that you sometimes see in movies when two characters don’t speak the same language — I tried speaking loudly and deliberately in English at this Indian fellow, as if that would make the translation obvious. I probably would have been better off trying hand signals. Thankfully, this person did understand cameras and the whole point of recording an important event, so we got through it okay.
My favorite cities to visit – a tie between San Francisco and Hong Kong. Hong Kong is 24 hours of life, every day. San Francisco has a magical combination of cool people, geography and weather. The two cities also remind me of some of my favorite films: Steve McQueen’s Bullitt and any of John Woo’s movies with Chow Yun Fat.
Current favorite movies: Sicario with Emily Blunt and Spotlight with as good an ensemble of actors as you will see in a film in 2015. I also enjoyed the latest Mission Impossible. Cruise’s airplane stunt to open the movie is a whole heap of Jackie-Chan-level moviemaking.
I’ve never lived in the south, but I come from a family with southern roots. We value an ice cold glass of sweet tea any time of year. I’ve lived much of my adult life in the Northeast, and I can tell you there is a line in the United States above which you cannot get a quality glass of iced tea. And that line is somewhere around Roanoke, Virginia. You’d be amazed how spirited the debates are about where you can find good tea. C’mon people, it’s not like we’re talking about where to find the right kind of barbecue!
Music I’m listening to right now: Anything by Adele. Gracious, the pipes on that woman. “Avenger” off Fever in the Road by the Australian funk band The Bamboos. If a little rock-and-roll is called for, my faves stagger crazily all over the map: from 80s big-hair to grunge and gothic to Euro-rock that few people stateside have ever heard of. But please, not all at once for goodness sakes! That might cause my ears to explode.