Sunday, January 30, 2011

and so it begins

sorry for the delayed post. i've been steady grindin' away on my goals for 2011. i start my new J.O.B. as a STUDIO MANAGER!!!! lucky me will be managing a photo studio here in NYC!!!! i'm super amped as this is my first office job in the arts and 2011 is all about me learning the business of it all :) tomorrow is my first day on. but that's not what been keep me busy. what's been really consuming my time is this commercial competition that's due today! everything was so last minute. the idea was conceived a week and a half ago. we shot this past tuesday which was a gong show, reshot scenes yesterday and edit and upload today. crazy i know! this is my first time behind the lens as a film maker. well in the "professional" sense and our set was far from that. definitely lessons learned and that's what life is all about. growth through adversity. ok...enough talk, back to work. here are the photos :)
storyboard courtesy of Mathias Horhager aka cousin

that would be me biting Chris' head off :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

steady on the grind

i don't have a whole lot of visually interesting things to blog about as of late. i've been: getting acquainted with Light Room 3 to help me streamline my photo editing (gotta love online tutorials), meeting up with photographers and studios in the hopes i can do this full time (very exciting and promising), reading a book on independent feature films (how insightful), brainstorming ideas for an online commercial competition (things are a brew).
oh right! i've still been hard at work on my cousins wedding photos. as a surprise gift (hopefully they don't read this) i'm putting together a press printed book. it's taken me some time to figure out layouts and size but i'm sticking to 10X10. now to decide what goes where. if you're on the look out for portfolios and the such, check out WHCC

and of course i'm been playing around with Nelly Nero's fabulous actions! click on the image to enlarge

now back to my tutorials followed by an interview!
in the words of Erykah Badu:

Every day is a struggle
How to hustle some doe
If you was raised in the hood
Well then you already know
It be days that be good
But mostly money be slow
Have you ever been hungry before?

Steady on the grind Stead on the grind
'Cause I got to make it happen
My family depending on me

Steady on the grind Steady on the grind
'Cause I got to make it happen
Ain't nobody gone do it for me

Ha ooh wa ooh ha ooh wa ooh
Ha ooh wa ooh ha ooh wa ooh

Steady on the grind
Daily on the grind
Money on my mind
So heavy on my mind So heavy on my mind

Mommy got a job makin' bout six-somethin' an hour
She became the breadwinner when daddy was unemployed
Working forty-plus hours and kissing ass
Seeming like the only honest way she can get some cash
She struggglin' - she don't know I be hustlin' pulling my own weight
I be hearing them fuss and fightin' at night mad late
Over economics; it's logic meaning they don't got it
Living in the projects, money's the only object
She makes $280 a week, standing on her feet
The ends aint even meeting - the family ain't eatin'
Cause if taxes is 10%, and the rest if for the rent
Then crime is what u get and niggaz is innocent
See it really ain't about if you eatin' or not eatin'
It's breathin' or not breathin' - freedom or not freedom
'nother day, 'nother way, 'nother dollar spent
Gotta make a revolution out of fifteen cent.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011: Year of the Artist

2011 is all about THE YEAR OF THE ARTIST. i've been so fixated on making my home a home, which as you know was much needed and i'm still working at my j.o.b but hopefully not for much longer. with age comes wisdom and i'm realizing i Maya Washington was born to explore and have fun. i'm most sane when i'm busy investing myself in all things that inspire and move me. unlike some of my neighbours i can and am talented in many avenues and yes i need focus on the task at hand but i also need to stay true to me. while i admire those that have 1 sole calling i have many and i need to honour that. and my talents aren't necessarily so segregated: I LOVE CREATING-simple as that and whatever that involves. having said that this year will be a busy one. i'm kickin it into over drive with the following 2011 goals:

- film projects: shorts, music videos, indies
- script: research, study, interview, write
- voice demo: revamp and promote both here in NY and LA
- photography: shoot consistently whether personal or business
- educate myself on the business side of arts through work and/or self education
- demand the best of myself through full commitment to goals

i'm filled with heat and the fire is where i thrive best. enough with the playin' it safe and back into the pit i go :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

my first time!

my cousin Matt and his bride Ya Shan are officially my first wedding shoot! i was a bit nervous since i was working with new gear, never shot a wedding before, haven't done a shoot in how long?!!, was and still am sick with the flu and sheer paranoia of something going wrong. so far so good :) it helps that i bought a new 1tb hard drive and backed all their images onto DVD's...12 to be exact.
i spent my flight back and the weekend just going through all 4000 images. way too much i know! so far i'm down to 400 but i'm sure i can narrow that down to roughly 40 if not less. i have a nasty habit of thinking my shots look horrible hence the multitude of photo taking. it's not until i start editing when i actually appreciate the images taken. but i am happy with the outcome. my goal was to tell a story and i feel i did that. i'm playing around with my fav action "pink fade" by Nelly Nero. i have no idea what route i'll be going with post but this was fast and easy. Ya Shan had a very feminine, vintage elegance going on with her accessories coupled with the colours of the sand, her complexion, and Matt's suit i feel this action works wonders. nothing's set in stone but here's what i got...i'll throw in a few b&w and/or sepia eventually.
CONGRATS MATHIAS AND MY NEW COUSIN YA SHAN!!!!! And how gorgeous is Ya Shan?!!! Stunning!!!

what a way to start the new year off. LOVE!!!