Mile 23

After finishing the Disney Marathon (my only marathon). 1.13.13

After finishing the Disney Marathon (my only marathon). 1.13.13

I ran my first marathon this January. It was going to be my only marathon.... I did it. It hurt. I never needed to do it again. But now, like many others, I want to run Boston.

I quit smoking July 1, 2007, signed up for the Tufts 10k for that coming October, and quickly replaced smoking with jogging. That summer I ran my first 5k in Maynard with my friends Erica and Whitney and knew instantly that I loved races. 

It's all about the crowds and the motivation and the act of training for something. I don't sign up to win, or even get my own PR…I sign up because I think they are fun. I run these races with friends. I run them alone. 

The day before the Boston Marathon my sister-in-law and I ran the BAA 5k as part of the Medley (5K/10K/1/2 Marathon)  and when I crossed over the official marathon finish line, for an instant I thought to myself… wow, that would be an amazing feeling, crossing this finish line after 26.2 miles. 

Last week I brought my camera to Mile 23. I hung out with my friends, had burgers from the outdoor grill in front of The Fireplace Restaurant, I cheered on strangers and drank Ciders out of a Dunkin Donuts cup. The Boston Marathon is a holiday and one of my favorite Boston events. We heard about bombs right away from a friend who had crossed the finish line just minutes before. We were waiting for 2 more of our friends to pass us, so while the police were trying to clear the streets, we walked against the traffic of the runners until we met up with our friends. Happy became sad became strong and triumphant. 

https://onefundboston.org/

12:39:38 A runner mid-stride at Mile 23 at the Boston Marathon. 4.15.13

12:39:38 A runner mid-stride at Mile 23 at the Boston Marathon. 4.15.13

1:53:33 Military personnel on the course of the Boston Marathon. 4.15.13

1:53:33 Military personnel on the course of the Boston Marathon. 4.15.13

3:12:58 This year was the 31st year for Team Hoyt at the Boston Marathon. They didn't get to cross the finish line. 4.15.13

3:12:58 This year was the 31st year for Team Hoyt at the Boston Marathon. They didn't get to cross the finish line. 4.15.13

3:22:17 My friend Alett Mekkler ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Boston (where she is a veterinarian to my pup Sasha and kitty Memphis). She didn't get to cross the finish line. 4.15.13

3:22:17 My friend Alett Mekkler ran the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Boston (where she is a veterinarian to my pup Sasha and kitty Memphis). She didn't get to cross the finish line. 4.15.13

3.31.10 We were all waiting to cheer on our field hockey friend and teammate Steph who was running the Boston Marathon for the Bruins Foundation. She found out about the bombs and not being able to complete the marathon while on the course. After a round of hugs...she kept running as far as she was allowed to. 4.15.13

3.31.10 We were all waiting to cheer on our field hockey friend and teammate Steph who was running the Boston Marathon for the Bruins Foundation. She found out about the bombs and not being able to complete the marathon while on the course. After a round of hugs...she kept running as far as she was allowed to. 4.15.13

Arboretum

I have a VERY cool assignment coming up. You see, I am shooting a Lilac book. I will be spending 2 weeks at the Arnold Arboretum photographing Lilacs (and some days in Rochester and Montreal). This is big. This is awesome.

This is Jack. He is the author and will be teaching me about flowers and working with me to get the best portraits of each lilac.

Jack showing me how many flowers will bloom on this Lilac branch at the Arboretum.

Jack showing me how many flowers will bloom on this Lilac branch at the Arboretum.

Lilacs are budding at the Arnold Arboretum. 

Lilacs are budding at the Arnold Arboretum. 

More budding branches.

More budding branches.

Close up of a soon to be Lilac.

Close up of a soon to be Lilac.

Lilacs

Lilacs

Roxbury

I spent some time in Roxbury last night. (Merengue is awesome ...if you have a chance to eat there...do it!)

I haven't spent a lot of time in Dudley Square... but I used to drive through it fairly often when I lived in the South End. There is a building right where the square starts and Washington Street becomes a one-way and it has been empty for years with blue boarded up windows. I've always noticed it, I've always wanted to photograph it. So this past weekend when I drove by it to look at a house for sale down the street I saw that it is being torn down. Well, most of it is torn down, except the facade. And now it looks even more interesting. So I came back and shot a little bit. I don't know what they are making there..but Dudley seems to be getting a bit of revitalization!

Dubai and Sharjah

A beautiful sunset near the creek in Dubai and an awesome fish market in Sharjah. I never thought I would travel to the Middle East... but I am really glad I did. 

Memphis

Memphis is 11 years old. I think

Memphis the cat

Memphis the cat

While I was in Socotra my parents watched Memphis (my cat) and Sasha (my dog). When I went to pick them up last week Memphis hid. After hours of searching for her, I had to leave her in CT.... I spend the entire week without her. I haven't been without her in my apartment with me since I rescued her 8 years ago.

So I went home for Easter and  Memphis was just laying there, in a pile of clothes on the guest bed...waiting for me. 

She is a pretty thing.

She is a pretty thing.

teaser: phx shoot of Lainey Schooltree

Yesterday, after the exciting launch of the new website (this new website), I had a small photo shoot with Lainey Schooltree for the Phoenix. Her band couldn't be wrangled in time for the tight deadline so I ended up just photographing her. My first shoot at the new studio! Dave Green was around and kindly helped out, holding the alien bee in just the right spot, transporting it in and out of a school bus. Yup, that's right, a school bus! Look out for it in next week's issue !

Here's a shot of Lainey getting some last minute touches done on her makeup by the amazing Maya Landi before our shoot. 

Lainey Schooltree getting last minute makeup done by Maya Landi.

First post from the new site and digs...

There is excitement in the air at 86 Joy Street. Oh, did you know that I share a studio with Dave Green of Dave Green Photography now? We have pooled all of our lights and stands and softboxes and umbrellas and set up two desks side by side and enjoy the bright sun in unit 21 where we work and create and edit and share and collaborate and not-collaborate. It’s a fun time. You should stop by and say hi.

One great thing that came out of this new work environment is that we inspire each other. So, we have both been inspired to revamp our old websites and so we did. Here’s to the launch! ::cheers:: New website, which you're actually in now!!! (Same name. New design. Tastes great. Less filling).

www.kellydavidsonstudio.com

So, that’s not the only excitement….. Have you heard of Socotra? (Google it. You’ll be glad you did!) My amazing husband Matt and I are going to meet the uber-talented Myke Weiskopf in Dubai next week where we will all head to Socotra together to spend 10 days exploring, camping, and recording/photographing the indigineous music/culture of the island. You can follow the adventure on our blog: http://socotrascapes.wordpress.com/ or through facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Socotra-By-Storm/108372432666616?fref=ts … or wait until we’re back at the end of March and more is announced! (I’m thinking a book/exhibit tour…..  stay tuned!)

Megadeth's Dave Ellefson

Steve Bailey jamming with Dave Ellefson.


Yesterday I photographed Berklee's Bass Department chair Steve Bailey interview Dave Ellefson in a clinic called "Shredding Like A Rock Star, on and off Stage."

Megadeth. I don't know them...except the riff used during MTV News in the 90s (Randy reminded me of that...I probably wouldn't have known). I grew up on REM. I grew up on Guns N Roses and NKOTB. I grew up on bad country and the Beatles. Led Zeppelin and the Spin Doctors. The closest I got to Megadeth was Poison... and that's probably an insult. But I don't really even know. 

So, yesterday I showed up for a clinic at Berklee to shoot .... without knowing who I was shooting. When I heard the word Megadeth I texted my husband "I'm about to photographed the shredder from Megadeth." What I didn't know is that implies a different man than Dave Ellefson. I guess that implies the other Dave from Megadeth, so when I sent over a pic I got a very disappointed reply.... Still cool ... just not AS cool as if I had photographed the other Dave. 

Whatever.

This Dave, Dave Ellefson, was pretty awesome. I always enjoy shooting at Berklee... it's like I'm getting snippets of a free education on various topics, like to how to be a rock star, how to be persistant, how to remain driven, how to go for it... recognize your passion, make it your craft, perfect it and DO it. It's pretty inspiring. 


Dave Ellefson jamming with Steve Bailey at Berklee.

Megadeth's Dave Ellefson talking about staying sober.

Dave Ellefson talking with Steve Bailey at the shredding clinic at Berklee.


Dave Ellefson

Berklee's Bass Department chair Steve Bailey.

Dave Ellefson talking to Berklee Students at David Friend Recital Hall.

Dave Ellefson and Steve Bailey

Dave Ellefson signing old 8x10 glossy prints of him on stage with Megadeth.

Dave Ellefson posing with a Berklee student after the shredding clinic. 





Bill Banfield - Berklee

I'm going through my harddrives trying to pick out some new photos for my website... I think it's about time I updated it (especially now that I have a new logo... it's time for a tiny redesign!)

So, I'm looking through my most recent drive which is from November until now and doesn't have too much on it... I mean really, since then I've gotten married, went on a honeymoon to St. John, filmed a movie in Rhode Island for 10 days, ran a marathon at Walt Disney World (and stayed in Orlando for a week soaking up the sun and riding all the rides), and had an exhibit opening/ book release for Rock Parents (my ongoing portrait series of local rockers with their kids)..... so...I haven't actually had a lot of time to shoot lately.

But there are a few thing on this drive, and I'm looking through it and realized that I have also been neglecting posting the few shoots I have had...

Here are my favorites from a shoot I had with Bill Banfield (www.billbanfield.com) near Berklee in early December. It was a fun shoot with good energy and awesome music!












city music has an unsung hero

And that man is Will Power. 





Will Power. A spoken word artist and entertainer... Look him up. He is amazing.


...and below is a band from City Music, performing at the breakfast. They did a cover of an awesome Outkast song. ;)



Adam & Eve


I've been photographing Linda Viens' bands since 2005. Bad Saints. Angeline. And now Adam & Eve. They are all amazing. And they are all so much fun to photograph.

Our last shoot was in September, 2012 at a studio in Cambridge. We did portraits like usual, and then shot a video for their single '(You Don't Know) Much About Me." (I'm editing the video now!) It's our first video project together....but hopefully not our last!

Check out Adam & Eve Here.

Rock 'n' Roll Parents book! (pre order!)



You can pre-order the Rock 'n' Roll Parents book here until Janaury 7th at noon.
Pick-up at Q Division Studios (383 Highland Ave. Somerville) during the party.

$60 - Portrait 8x10", 82 pages ProLine Pear Photo Paper. Self-printed through Blurb.com

$65 through Blurb



(please include your full name and who you would like the book signed for!)


Exhibit information:

Friday, January 25th
Q Division Studios
383 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02139
(free parking lot)
7pm - 11pm
Free!

Performances:
8pm Mary Lou Lord
9pm Apple Betty
10pm TBD

sponsored by Narragansett beer.


Random Berklee rooftop shot.


Today I had a shoot at Berklee College of Music... but this time headshots, not classroom or concert work. So.... I lugged my lights and drove in instead of walking or taking the bus and set up in a lobby.... but ... after a few shots, I knew I wanted to do these outside. I was freezing, but perfect overcast light. And, there was roof access.

So we go permission and I made 7 subjects freeze for 7 minutes each while we got some nice casual portraits with Backbay in the background.

(This photos isn't that unrelated, this was on the wall next to the rooftop door. I thought it looked cool).

Phoenix tearsheet



Last week I photographed Pretty & Nice (http://www.prettyandnice.com) for the Boston Phoenix. They live close to my old Brighton apartment (the one I loved that I was evicted from....long story!). Oh, the memories. It's been years since I've been back to that area. So, they had a cute little house with a crazy big yard and 'access' to the roof. We all climbed out of the upstairs bathroom window and jumped from a low roof to the top roof... it was awesome. Of course, those photos weren't the strongest (I couldn't really bring my light up there, so I had to make do with what I had).

The photos that ran were of the band on an old rusted and busted up motocycle that couldn't move anywhere... so we shot where it existed (and might always exist). They were colorful and fun... What a perfect prop for an adorable band.

See the rest of the shoot here: http://kellydavidsonstudio.com/PrettyAndNice/