I’ve been friends with Laura for about three years now and met Nadi shortly after they started dating. Being a part of their wedding was a big responsibility for me but was a lot of fun. The wedding ceremony and reception were held in Dickerson, MD at Strong Mansion which was a beautiful retreat from the city. Laura’s amazing dog Apollo was there for the whole day and leapt to be at her side as she and Nadi made their way down the aisle after the ceremony. I really appreciate their friendship and am glad that I was able to be there.
Thursday night I was on assignment for the Washington Post and was tasked with photographing a burlesque review at Ozio. I was excited at the subject matter and when I walked upstairs to the space they were hosting the Golden Triangle Cabaret I felt like I was in the 1940’s. Everyone was dressed for the event and the decor was just right. There were some technical challenges with the lighting that I had to overcome, the main one being that there really was none to speak of except for two dim blue LED’s coming from the corners. I found a painting with cream tones and oranges to bounce a strobe off of in front of where Miss Kitty Victorian was performing, did a few tests, and ended up shooting on the tungsten setting and put a blue gel on my light to balance the warmth of light bouncing off the painting. My goal was to light it and have it look as natural as possible. I shot at about f2 at ISO 1250 for about a 40th of a second and had the strobe set to about 1/32 power.In one of her acts Miss Kitty Victorian brought out an albino Burmese Python which people seemed to like.
After suspending her presidential run, Hillary Clinton made her first appearance in the Senate since she announced that she would support Barack Obama. She received a warm reception at the weekly democratic caucus luncheon and a lot of attention from the press. I was on assignment for Politico today and enjoyed myself as usual.
Sunday morning we had a nice break in the weather and spent some time around Capitol Hill ending up at Union Station. Yvette and Nick were really easy to work with and were able to ignore me at times which is always the best. I’m looking forward to their wedding in a few weeks.
Sunday was crazy hot with temperatures hovering around melting, well into the evening. Not to worry though we stayed indoors since Kari and Jonathan have a really great place with beautiful light coming in from all over the place. So after meeting Awnya, Carter the wonder dog and touring their home, we spent the next few hours all over the house. Topics of conversation ran the gamut from the Simpsons to Seattle, the glories of 80s music, what constitutes glam-rock and other cool stuff. Just in case you’re curious about the glam rock you can see the top 100 albums here. Bottom line, Awnya is awesome, has really cool parents and it was a lot of fun getting to know the whole family.
About Jay Premack
Jay is an unobtrusive documentarian, who insists that the best pictures happen when events unfold naturally. As an individual, Jay is pretty laid back, a demeanor that’s ideal for weddings. Amidst orchestrated chaos, he’s a calming presence.