Rock 'n' Roll Parents 6 - upcoming exhibit

Rock 'n' Roll parents has been my baby, my official personal project, since 2004. The first installment was in 2005 in JP and I am about to display part 6 at Jamspot in Somerville on Friday, April 25th! The exhibits have gotten bigger, with music and press. Event the photos have gotten bigger. 

For the first time in this series I got all the prints professionally printed with Bob Korn Imaging. (I used to print them on my canon inkjet at home or at the digital lab at SMFA). I thought it was time to do things professionally.

I met Bob Korn at a portfolio review that ASMP put on and saw his portfolios and prints and was excited to maybe one day put together a real printed portfolio with him, and then when I was asked to present my Rock Parents series at another ASMP event about Personal Projects where Bob had printed 2 of my pieces (along with the other presenters' work) and the prints were outstanding (they are still on display at EP Levines). The color was significantly better than my previous prints, and the size... well, I always like seeing my photos huge. I usually only see them on my computer screen, which is not that big!

Me and Bob Korn at his shop in Orleans on the Cape. 

Me and Bob Korn at his shop in Orleans on the Cape. 

So when it came time for this new exhibit to be printed for the exhibit, I called Bob Korn and he did his magic and printed the 11 images for Rock Parents, 6. (I hope he enjoyed it enough to work on parts 7, 8, and 9....and on and on ...)

I framed the prints at the Brookline Framers' Workshop, where I usually frame everything, but this time actually framed with frames and glass. (Past exhibits were just mounted on gator board). They look amazing. It took an entire day to do (with the help of the amazingly talented Dave Green). I only cut myself once on the glass (and didn't notice until I bled on the back of one of the photos... I think I will keep which one it was to myself!) 

Dave Green, rockstar, helping frame. (look at him being smart with the gloves to handle the glass.)

Dave Green, rockstar, helping frame. (look at him being smart with the gloves to handle the glass.)

For real framing this time around!

For real framing this time around!

The exhibit is 7-11pm at Jamspot (Somerville) on April 25th. Love Love, Sleepyhead, and Cotton Candy will be performing in the showcase room. There will be wine/beer and snacks... and a rehearsal space room free to jam in. 

Here's the facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/215642245301140/

Final photos framed and gorgeously printed and looking marvelous...ready for Jamspot!

Final photos framed and gorgeously printed and looking marvelous...ready for Jamspot!

Faux Lit - February edition

I am a little behind with this... since it's the last day of March and I am just posting the February covers... but I will catch up! I promise. 

Here are 2 new fake books from photos I took in February. 

Enjoy.

Faux Lit - February edition

Faux Lit - February edition

Do you remember every photograph?

I always kind of thought that I would remember every photo I've ever taken. Especially a portrait. But I guess don't.

The other day Sophia told me that the props were being created for the movie we're working on (Magnetic, I'm the DP) by a woman who I had photographed before. I didn't recognize the name and googled her and found the Boston Phoenix article (here) with my photo of her. It took me a while, minutes, trying to place that shoot and the scenario in my head. I had no recollection of it. None. How could that be? I really thought I remembered every shoot I've done, or at least remember the image created ... Then I slowly started to remember the shoot. It was somewhere in the back of Avalon or Axis and I was with Kristen, the art director of the Phoenix. I think it must have been one of the first freelance gigs I got from her after I quit my job as a designer there. 

This is the photograph I didn't remember taking for the Phoenix in August 2005.

This is the photograph I didn't remember taking for the Phoenix in August 2005.

I don't why it's surprising to me that I don't remember all my photographs, or even all my assignments. I shoot a ton. I shoot hundreds or even thousands of photos a week sometimes. But it's weird to see a photo that you've been told you took, and then have to really really dig deep and think about it before it even feel remotely familiar. 

I wonder what percentage of photographs I remember taking. I wonder if I would remember anything if I didn't photograph it!


The START of a new photo project for 2014

I've been contemplating another yearly project... like my old 365 in 2011. Another 365 project sounds big and daunting, and, well, too late. It's already the end of January. I could do a weekly thing, but I've already wasted 4 weeks. A monthly photo? hmm... but I take hundreds and sometimes thousands of photos in a month...so what would I do specifically for this project?

I remember a mock up cover of a book I did last year for my friend Julie. We shot a bunch of photos for a book she was writing, and then I mocked up some covers so she understood why I was shooting her the way I was. I had designs in mind... 

2 sample covers I did for my friend Julie after our shoot

2 sample covers I did for my friend Julie after our shoot

So, obviously I'm not going to shoot a real book every month in 2014. But... what if I designed a book cover every month with one of my photos from that month? A fake book. An idea of how my photo COULD be used. 

What would I call the project? Monthly Faux Reads? Twelve Books You Will Never Read? Zero Pages? Covert Covers? Imaginary Reads? 

Stay tuned tomorrow for my first fake cover. 

My husband, the new face of Microsoft

It all started with this photo.

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Actually, it all started with THIS photo. Matt and I traveled to Japan in April 2012 with my camera. Matt signed a model release for the photos of our awesome adventures and I submitted them to stock. I have been submitting to AbleImages for a few years now. And, well, I never thought about the photo much after that. 

Then, just this week Matt's friend Jed in London came across the electronic billboard (above) at the London Bridge station. COOL! 

THEN he saw Matt's face on a bunch of tables.

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Some googling happened and we found out that Matt's face is the face of Microsoft in Australia. 

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And just today... Jed finds a GIGANTIC billboard! 

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How random. And how awesome. Matt has become the face of Microsoft overnight. I finally made some money through stock. While, I'm not gonna quit my editorial/commercial 'day job' to focus on stock, it's awesome to know that one can make a living from photography and that randomly a stock photo can be helpful. 

 

 

 

David Mogolov

I went to college at Boston University. A long time ago. And a long time ago I met a handful of awesomely fun and mega-talented people. David Mogolov is one of them. 

He recently got in touch about a photo shoot. He needs photos for a festival he's in. Postcard. Promo stuff. Stage stuff.

I love working with people I know. 

Here are some photos from our shoot (taken at Improv Boston).

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Lens upgrade

I haven't bought a new lens in, hmm..., about a decade. I finally just sold my old 24-70mm and upgraded to the newer version. Same lens. No macro though... 

Photo with the new 24-70mm/2.8 II 

Photo with the new 24-70mm/2.8 II 

Photo with the original 24-70mm/2.8. I could get way closer with the old lens. 

Photo with the original 24-70mm/2.8. I could get way closer with the old lens. 

I've only shot one assignment with the new lens so far. Here's one of the photos:

High school science lab, shot with the 24-70mm/2.8 II. 

High school science lab, shot with the 24-70mm/2.8 II. 

field hockey - CranBarry!

I've been playing field hockey for a little over a year now. Well, playing *again*. I played in middle school with with my favorite teacher/coach, Mrs. Thomas. Then I played for 3 years of high school but was never very good and was given the option of benching it on the varsity team my senior year or starting on the JV team... so I quit the team and got a job. 

 shot for CranBarry © kelly davidson photography

 shot for CranBarry
© kelly davidson photography

I always loved field hockey. Always. I was just never great at it, or any sport. So when I joined the BSSC Rusty Sharks team, I was SO nervous and SO excited. I, not really really knowing how to play, am the scrappy girl on the team. I am not horrible. I am by no means good. But, I have fun and the team is awesome....and I'm getting better. 

A few weeks ago I was hired to do a photo shoot with CranBarry. They gathered a bunch of fh coaches and set them up with the line of sticks and shin guards and face masks and gloves... and we spent 4 hours photographing them playing and posing and and more playing. 

Here's a gallery of some of the highlights from the shoot. I can't wait to see what they do with the photos!

 (Special thanks to Caroline, Ashley, and Samantha!!)

Berklee's coolest president, Roger Brown

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but portraits are my favorite. 

Last week I had an assignment for Berklee College of Music to photograph Roger Brown, the college's current president. I only had him for 1 hour so I brought Dave Green to be my flash b. He's good, and fast, and has awesome suggestions when I feel stuck. 

Here are a few from our shoot!

President Roger H. Brown, Berklee College of Music

President Roger H. Brown, Berklee College of Music

President Roger H. Brown, Berklee College of Music

President Roger H. Brown, Berklee College of Music

Axemunkee in Curve

I have been too busy to keep up with the blog, but that's a good thing right? I'll get back into it now that things are settling down. I left Joy Street Studios and bought a house in Roslindale. I'm working from home again and am enjoying it while I work on the house.

(I'm sure I'll look at studios again soon!) 

In the meantime: here's a shot of Cathy from Axemunkee that recently ran in Curve magazine. 

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Backstage at the Sinclair with Melissa Ferrick

May 14 I was out in Rochester photographing the Lilac Festival for Timber Press when I got a message from MF to ask if I could photograph her show at the Sinclair the next night. I was debating coming back the next day anyway and not spending another night there like I had originally planned...so I said yes, and after a nice long 6.5 hours in the car, grabbed my upstairs neighbor and headed to the Sinclair in Harvard Square.

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I spent a little time backstage before her set started ... and it reminded me of all the shows at the Paradise that I used to sneak backstage at with my camera in college ... all the fly-on-the-wall documentary-style stuff that I love doing and hardly have the chance anymore ... of some future stories I want to capture, like this. 

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Future Bible Heroes

It's really nice to hang out and photograph a band you really like.

Below is the touring members of the Future Bible Heroes. No Stephen Merritt. And prior to last week, no press shot for the tour.

I was talking with Claudia (Magnetic Fields) about photographing her and her daughter for the next installment of Rock Parents and was going to try to get down to NYC for the shoot...but then she was in town with her other band and needed a quick and dirty band photo for their upcoming tour, AND she had her daughter in tow, AND they were just down the street in Cambridge. 

Perfect.

Future Bible Heroes

Future Bible Heroes

Claudia Gonson and Eve for Rock 'n' Roll Parents: Part 6

Claudia Gonson and Eve for Rock 'n' Roll Parents: Part 6

Sneak Peek of Tanya and Azhar's engagement shoot

This past weekend was crappy and rainy ....but a friend's engagement shoot was scheduled and firm. The makeup artist/stylist is a busy busy (and talented) girl and Tanya wanted to make sure she had her...so our outdoor 'around town' idea was nixed and we ended up at my studio. I'm actually glad. I feel a little more rushed when walking around the city shooting ... waiting to be told I'm not allowed to shoot in certain areas, and always trying to not be too obnoxious or draw a crowd. At the studio.... we can hang out, have a drink, try new things casually, and stay dry!

Behind the scenes at the studio. That's Dave Green holding that big heavy light.

Behind the scenes at the studio. That's Dave Green holding that big heavy light.

Dave helped me set up the ginormous backdrop and the 2 alien bees. (He even held one above their head for a while... I like to help him work on his triceps.)

We actually got a few frames off in the drizzle before moving into the studio... Here are a few shots from Copley Square.

Tanya and Azhar at the Copley T station 

Tanya and Azhar at the Copley T station 

Tanya and Azhar in Copley Square

Tanya and Azhar in Copley Square

Heading back to the car .... moving the shoot to the Joy Street Studios.

Heading back to the car .... moving the shoot to the Joy Street Studios.

At the studio we had wine and cider and gummy bears. (Okay, maybe I was the only one having gummy bears). Here are few fun ones from the shoot.

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Paying homage to my favorite photographer, Mark Seliger, and one of my favorite tv shows, the X Files. 

Paying homage to my favorite photographer, Mark Seliger, and one of my favorite tv shows, the X Files. 

Gentlemen Hall

Wednesday night I had another photo shoot with Gentlemen Hall (Our first shoot was last year for the cover of the Boston Phoenix when they won the Best Music Poll: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150858372402397&set=a.114232042396.110803.81879777396&type=3&theater) This time we skipped Allston and met up at Singing Beach in Manchester By The Sea during sunset and photographed all over the sand and rocks and shuttered concession stand.

This is the last shot of the night. Me and Gentlemen Hall, photographed by Steve Wollkind (my amazing assistant for the night).

(stay tuned for the band photos!)

Gentlemen Hall, Singing Beach

Gentlemen Hall, Singing Beach

Lilacs on Norfolk St. Cambridge

Next week, when Lilacs are in full bloom, I will be starting my big photo shoot at the Arboretum. I've been hired to photograph 250 Lilac portraits for a book and am very excited. Two days ago a friend posted a photo of the first Lilac in bloom on facebook. I wandered up and down her street (until I finally had to ask for the exact location) to see the buds and blooms. Beautiful. 

Lilacs starting to bloom - Norfolk St. Cambridge

Lilacs starting to bloom - Norfolk St. Cambridge

Lilacs blooming - Norfolk St. Cambridge

Lilacs blooming - Norfolk St. Cambridge

Lilacs blooming - Norfolk St. Cambridge

Lilacs blooming - Norfolk St. Cambridge