An invitation to bigger and better things

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Graphic Design, Photography, Weddings, Windowsill Photography, Writing | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

It’s funny how life works out sometimes. I was a journalism major at Ohio University (go Bobcats!) and spent the first year of my professional career toiling away at a financial magazine, wondering if I was bound to hate my job for the rest of my life. Fortunately, I soon escaped that position and began my second job as a sports writer — a position much better suited to my talents and interests — before moving into web development and graphic design. Now, 12 years later, I enjoy design work even more than writing, a natural yet unexpected evolution that greatly contributed to the launch of Windowsill Photography, first with the development of our website and this blog, and then with an expansion of our services.

Of course, my love of photography fueled the company’s creation, but we soon realized that there were very few limits to what we could do inside our new little sandbox. So when we booked our first wedding, I suggested to the bride that we could design custom wedding invitations for her along with any other items she may need using photos from her engagement shoot. She quickly signed on and, I’m proud to say, she was thrilled with her finished products.

We hope to do even more design projects going forward, whether we’re using photos from Windowsill shoots for invitations or holiday cards, or even putting together a website for a new client. As a matter of fact, my son recently turned 6 and has just discovered the joy of the “Star Wars” universe. (Don’t worry — we made sure he watched Episodes IV, V and VI before any of the new ones.) So when it came time to plan his party, he naturally wanted a “Star Wars” theme, and what’s a “Star Wars” birthday party without a “Star Wars” birthday invitation?

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I’ve found I enjoy the design side of the business just as much as the photography side, which has been a pleasant surprise. So I guess I’ve answered the question that haunted me during my first year out of college: Turns out I wasn’t destined to hate my job for the rest of my life after all. Ain’t that a relief!


2011 Faves: The Instagram Collection, part 2

Posted: March 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Features, Mobile pics, Photography | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I know, it’s a little late to still be posting my favorite photos from 2011, but I had a couple more sets I still wanted to get out and, besides, I couldn’t very well have “The Instagram Collection, part 1” without having a Part 2, right? Right. If you’d like to learn more about Instagram or see the other photos from my feed that made the bloggerful cut, check out that first post (linked above). You can also follow me with my Instagram handle, @i_am_mine. In the meantime, here are the rest from this collection.


The delicate balance of photorunning

Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Mobile pics, Photo essays, Photography, Running | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

The start of the Tokyo Marathon is less than 12 hours away, and what am I most concerned with? Not the weather (should be around 40 degrees at race time), not the course (mostly flat with some intimidating hills near the end) and not my time (though I wouldn’t mind running 3:30). Instead, I’m wondering if I’ll be able to take pictures of everything I want during the race.

I’ve never run a race with the intention of taking photos along the way, but the photographer in me just can’t let this opportunity pass by without at least trying to snap some shots along the way. Of course, the runner in me — the one who would love to break off a 3:30 tomorrow morning) — is worried that the photographer will get carried away and negatively impact my race. It’s a distinct possibility.

To be clear, the tough part isn’t taking the pictures, it’s composing them, as I learned during a couple recent training runs. I brought my camera along with me during my last two long runs, hoping to get a feel for how this whole “photorunning” thing would go in Tokyo. Each time, I wound up stopping for too many pictures (see samples above and below), which took me out of rhythm and gave my body time to cool down. Not good, especially when you’re running 26.2 miles. Muscles don’t need any help to tire out and tighten up during a marathon, but that’s exactly what will happen if I don’t exercise some control tomorrow. After touring the course today, I have a general idea of the things I’d like to shoot; the key will be sticking to my plan and not getting greedy. Wish me luck. (The race starts at 7:10pm EST Saturday evening, for those who are curious.)

I’ll be posting some photos from the trip (I’ve taken more than 400 so far) as well as a recap of the experience on bloggerful and some other fun stuff in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.


2011 Faves: The Instagram Collection, part 1

Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Features, Mobile pics, Photo essays, Photography | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I first started screwing around with a camera about nine years ago, after my daughter was born. I was instantly hooked, in large part because Emma was (and still is) extremely photogenic, but despite that immediate appeal, I didn’t get serious about photography until last year. Several different factors played a role in the launch of Windowsill Photography, but in hindsight, the most important one may have been my discovery of an awesome iPhone app called Instagram.

To quote the website, Instagram is “a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.” Instagram users snap away on their phones, choose from all sorts of in-app filters to transform the look and feel of their original photos, and then upload the finished products to Instagram so the community can see them, “like” them, comment on them and/or follow the photographers whose work they enjoy. I’ve described it as Facebook for photographers, which may be an easy comparison, but it’s also a suitable one.

I started slowly, uploading a photo here and there under the username “i_am_mine” (a Pearl Jam reference), but by the end of the first week, I was uploading several photos a day and building a nice little following along the way. More importantly, I was inspired to shoot more and more photos with my phone, looking for interesting pics I could share with this budding community. I also loved looking through other photographers’ work and following some of my favorites, which pushed me to shoot more and more of my own photos. I took more pictures in my first two months on Instagram than I had in the previous two years combined. Easily. It was amazing to watch the Instagram community grow over time and exciting to be contributing to its development in my own little way.

I don’t post on Instagram much these days, mainly because I’m finding it harder and harder to carve out time for it, but I’ll never forget the impact it had on my life. It offered me an up-close look at just how beautiful this medium can be and instilled the confidence I needed to take an overdue leap of faith. To show some love for Instagram and hopefully introduce some folks to its awesomeness, I wanted to post a few of my favorite photos from my Instagram feed. All of these were taken in 2011 with an iPhone 4. Look for another set of Instagram faves down the road.


Black and white bulbs

Posted: January 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Creativity, Mobile pics, Photography | No Comments »

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Sometimes the coolest pictures are of the most ordinary things. These are the lightbulbs in my bathroom, flipped on their side. When I’m looking for unique perspectives of everyday items, the world is full of things to shoot.


Hanging (literally) at the Whole Day Café

Posted: January 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Couples, Creativity, Family, Photo essays, Photographers, Photography, Windowsill Photography | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The toughest part about any creative endeavor is putting your work out there for other people to see. It’s both exciting and terrifying, hoping what you’ve created will connect with your audience, wondering if they’ll see what you see in your work. Hopefully, you’ll hear enough nice things from enough people to take a leap and display some of your talent.

I was honored to put a few of my photos up in an artist showcase at the Whole Day Café (101 High Street) in the center of Wadsworth, OH, just down the road from our house. The pictures — 10 total — will be hanging through the end of February, so be sure to stop by for a helping of Windowsill Photography along with your morning coffee or tasty lunch (try the southwest wrap or the Sandwich of the Month). The showcase also allowed us an opportunity to display two of our premium product offerings: canvas wraps (20×30 and 16×24) and standout prints (all 8×10).

Have a project you haven’t worked up the courage to tackle yet? Maybe it’s time to just close your eyes and jump on in!