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.
“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!
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!
Weddings! Even more fun when it’s family!
My brother and his bride, Melissa, finally tied the knot this weekend, and, not gonna lie, they’re pretty adorbz. While I wasn’t the ‘official’ photog, I still got off a few great shots, and so welcome to my family, folks, cause here they are:
Right about here, halfway down the aisle, Melissa looked up and realized that instead of khakis and whatever had been previously planned, Andy was wearing a sharp tux.
Butterfly releases are a little more successful in warmer weather, we think:
“Let’s just hide under here for a while, ok?”
Dancing with my father - she’s one of the family already!
Apparently, my new thing is to photograph destination weddings.
Glamorous as that sounds, I’m still a n00b, which means my destinations are places like Marshfield, Wisconsin, where I was this weekend to shoot the wedding of a friend of a friend.
It was a gorgeous little backyard (front yard?) ceremony, and I even got to help set up - cause hey, what’s another couple of extra hands?
However, on the wedding day, while putting finishing touches on the reception tables, the sky suddenly turned dark, the wind started to blow, and every bride’s nightmare came true: Massive thunderstorms sweeping the area! After a panicked dash to save the flowers and the arbor and the delicate things that could get ruined, we simply had to wait it out. Rain or no rain, this wedding was happening, so the ladies started getting ready in the house and we sent the groom off to the hotel.
Amazingly, by the time the groom returned, suited up, the sky had begun to clear, the sun was out, and it wasn’t even that hot anymore. Party back on!
The weather held through the ceremony and even through the vast majority of the reception, though there were scattered showers later in the evening - which only resulted in a double rainbow just across the street from the house!
So while there’s not much to do in Wisconsin (no, for real, we saw the Marshfield Zoo and the World’s Largest Round Barn, ate some fresh cheese curds, and that was pretty much it), they know how to do a beautiful wedding! So, as far as destinations are concerned, this wasn’t so bad - great people, gorgeous home, and clearly, lots of love!
On to a few photos!
Ok, life has been ridiculous for the last couple of months, so that’s why I’m just now getting to this, but y’all gotta check out Endway. They’re pretty much awesome, and fantastic live.
They played at the Middle East in Cambridge on 2/26 with McAlister Drive - I just haven’t had time to do anyone’s photos lately, what with trying to get SXSW out the door.
Also, in related news, my galleries are back up and running, so check out this slideshow and buy yourself some prints!
Endway Middle East 2/26 - Images by Elizabeth Stewart
I don’t even know who these bands are at the moment, but I’m at the airport and wanted to share them with you. I was at the Continental Club tonight, and, as I begged on Twitter the other day, I just wanted a dark, dingy rock club with some old guys and guitars.
And that’s precisely what I got tonight!
I guess the good thing about this gig is that it’s expanding my ability to shoot different kinds of music.
The Palm Door last night was a lot of dance, hip-hop, rap, electronic, and several DJs. The Fool’s Gold family sure puts on a fun show - even if the lighting was bad and I could barely push my way to the stage half the time.
Here we go:
The Suzan (ps, these girls from Japan were peppy and simply ADORBZ - and pretty darn good):
Ok, day two!
Who’s ready for some more metal?
I got called in yesterday afternoon to cover a shift, and spent my afternoon at the Dot Com Stage in the Austin Convention Center. Saw some pretty excellent music. I guess that’s the benefit of shooting this festival - finding new bands and becoming a super fan.
Anyway, here’s one of Neon Hitch. This girl had a serious Gaga quality about her, but it had a twist. I’m interested to see where she goes in the next few years. I can definitely see them succeeding.
Then I hopped over to the Ale House for my evening shows. I’m not a metal girl, but for the most part, at least it was good metal. My main focus was supposed to be Daniel Lioneye. Turns out, this is a metal band I could see myself getting behind:
And, as a special guest, Peter Murphy played an acoustic set. That’s pretty rad.
Off tonight to work the Palm Door!
So it begins!
Last night, I was assigned to the Havana Bar in downtown Austin to shoot what turned out to be two totally separate venues that I was responsible for covering. Inside were smaller, quirkier bands, and outside in the backyard? Death metal.
Let’s just say I am going to search in earnest for earplugs for today to make sure I don’t go completely deaf during this trip.
Here are a few picks from last night:
Veil of Maya:
Chips for the Poor:
I shot ten bands last night, so clearly, I’m missing a few in this post. However, time’s running short this morning - I’m being called in to cover another photog’s shoot this afternoon. I’ll be at the Dot Com stage in the Austin Convention Center this afternoon from 1-6 and at the Ale House from 8-2.
See you all latah!