To photograph this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. Volunteer photographer applications are now open, head here for more info.

imageCMJ 2013 Aussie BBQ: Sheppard at the Delancey by Rachel Barrish


I’m going to be real for a minute here.

If the quality of this image is the kind of thing that CMJ gets back, and actually praises, then cmj is part of the problem.

What problem?

The problem of music photographers not being able to get a paying gig to save their lives. 

This photo, to me, says that any asshole with a DSLR can show up and be patted on the head for their “prowess” with a camera.

People, often, are actually signing up for these kinds of festivals not to photograph the bands, not to come away with great photos, but to gain access to the festival.  The bars, the people, the energy.  To attend without having to pay.

I know that I am a volunteer photographer for SXSW, and I agree, volunteer photographers may have their place.  But I’ve seen what the other SXSW Photo Crew puts out - and I have to say, we are all on a much higher level than this photograph which was apparently submitted to CMJ. 

I also count myself lucky to not get sucked into the idea of rubbing elbows with the almost-famous.  I’m there to capture the event, to photograph your band, to make you look good.  I’m not sure I could give fewer fucks about making myself look good or being seen or going to the bars or even having access to the festival.

A good eye and a good lens, indeed. 

WWII Weekend - Reading PA

WWII Weekend – Reading PA

This weekend, my friend Jordan let me tag along with him to the WWII Weekend held in Reading, PA.  I’m always up for an adventure, and exploring, and learning more.  Plus, I heard they were doing reenactments.  That right there is enough for me. Saturday night, at the dinner, we happened to sit down across from an Air Force veteran, specifically a bombardier, who was turning 90 this month.


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Grandma’s House

Grandma’s House

I don’t like to admit this, but my grandmother’s house gives me a significant amount of anxiety these days. I sit in her kitchen and try to wrap my head around this idea as the dust settles from my latest flurry of activity.

She is rapidly losing the ability to care for herself, and hasn’t been safe alone in her home for years. After a series of falls in a short time, we’re starting to have the…

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Because Tumblr is being a PITA, here is the new link to my blog.

I’ve moved my blog onto my own domain, cause, who knew it was so damn easy?  

Meanwhile, this is still the domain on my business cards, and I haven’t given out all 500 of them.  So for branding purposes, I’m trying to sit on Tumblr and make them let me use a redirect code.  But for now, they claim that it’s suspicious activity and keep locking me out of my own damn account.  

Sigh.  Fainting couch.  Etc.  Lol.  

We’re totally not in Kansas any-..oh wait.

"So Liz," you ask.  "Where are those SXSW photos you promised us this year?"

Well, sadly, I didn’t get to go to SXSW this year, as notice by my lack of updates and voracious Foursquare checkins in the Austin area.  

And while I’m bummed out about that, I guess I can’t be too upset, because…

I have a new job!

In the craziness of trying to figure out how to get to Texas, I actually ended up in Kansas, working full time for a university and doing a job that I actually kinda dig.  So I had to bow out gracefully from spending a crazy week in Texas for the opportunity to set myself up for a great day job and be able to save up for my next adventure in Austin next year.  

So, Texas, I haven’t forgotten about you!  I’ll be there, rocking out in the pits of all our favorite SXSW bands in 2013!  

In the meantime, if you’re in Kansas (specifically Topeka and the surrounding areas), and you need a live concert shoot, a performing arts shoot, or even a wedding, portrait session, or just want to go out and explore my new home, drop me a line!

What a Long Strange Trip…

I know, it’s been forever since I’ve updated.  A lot has happened in the last few months, and somehow it seems like nothing at all.  

I’ve moved back home to Pennsylvania and have set up camp at my parents’ house while I figure out my next step and how to get there.  But, this downtime has been somewhat good.  I managed to take a couple photography classes at CCAC in Pittsburgh and got a lot of great tips and tricks in Night Photography and Photographing People.  If you’re ever looking for a cheap way to learn and develop your photo skills, take a class there by Jacquelyn Cynkar, cause she’s very knowledgeable and happy to help with all your questions!

In other news, remember that time last year when I went to SXSW?  

I get to go again!  As soon as I figure out how to pay for the migration, of course.  

I’m going to make an effort to get back into blogging, but no guarantees, as my subjects are hard to find around here.  

Stay tuned in March for my SXSW assignments!