Fun Stuff

The Perfect Profile Photo

I just read this interesting article on PhotoFeeler. They did a [somewhat] scientific survey to try and isolate the characteristics of a good profile photo. Some of this should be taken with a grain of salt as these findings are not empirical, but they are interesting. I do certainly believe in the power and importance of a 'good' and consistent profile photo across all platforms. So check out PhotoFeeler's advice below.The Perfect Profile Photo Infographic

Technology for Tuition

Twice a year At&t offers a $1,000 scholarship to a student who best answers a technology question.  This time the question is about on-line media and how it is impacting our lives.

Below is my response, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.  Thanks!

I don’t have a TV and I watch more television than ever.  As a child, I enjoyed sitcoms on a black and white TV with knobs to change the channel.  Now, my five year old streams commercial-free, shows while we drive on the Interstate.  What a remarkable leap in technology in just one generation.

My household consumes media solely through the internet, which has been, mostly, positive.  I enjoy watching shows at my convenience, without commercial interruption and having the choice to watch multiple episodes in a row.  The biggest drawback for me is a social one, I tend to be seasons behind when an episode actually aired, so I am wary of friends, radio or other real-time media that will spoil a show ending. But really, that is a rather persnickety complaint.

The greatest challenge online television has provided is it’s unprecedented convenience.  What is to stop me from wasting away in front of a screen all day?  Having what I want to watch, when I want to watch it - at my fingertips - has meant I am watching more television than ever.  I suppose that is great news to an advertiser, but not the best news for me as a student.

Television is a distraction.  A wonderful and enjoyable distraction in moderation.  Self-moderation is, of course, a fantastic skill to practice and I welcome the exercise in self-control that Netflix has provided.  In an era where technology seems to offer an answer to every problem, I think we need to be cautious about what problems technology itself is creating.

For now though, I look forward to seeing the ending of Breaking Bad whenever it finally makes it to Netflix.

 

Utopia

I am just back from Utopia, aka Burlington, Vermont. I was visiting Bryan who is building a Sugar Shack for the Rock Point School. They are actually calling it the Taj Ma Sugar Hall, because it is way to fancy to be called a shack.  It's his community project for the year.  The kids help, it's a traditional community hand raising.  Very cool! But back to Utopia...Do you know that Burlington does not have black flies?  That's right no bugs at this time of year.  Did you also know that there is a campground on the bike path about a mile from downtown?  I don't know why I've ever stayed in a hotel there.

Now, I don't know if Rock Point would host a wedding.  But it would be the perfect place.  They also house the Rock Point Summer Conferences which has an outdoor chapel, 3 private beaches, very rustic cabins and the whole campus right next to the campground and a stone's throw from the Hilton and all that.  If you are looking for a Vermont wedding venue, give them a call.  It never hurts to ask.

Here's a snap shot of the view from Battery Park. Those mountains are all undeveloped!!

And here is Kyra on her first camping trip!  We stayed in one of the cabins - so it's "Kamping" with running water, flush toliets and electricity.  But she slept in a sleeping bag!

Hope everyone is having a great week!!

-Thea

Career Day at Kearsarge Regional Middle School

My commercial photographer friend, Charley Freiberg and I were invited back to Kearsarge Regional Middle School for another year of career day.  Guess we didn't scare them off last year. We have a bit of a routine now.  They have questions they have to ask, like did you go to school to do what you do and how much money do you make?

We tell them they don't need to go to school (although both of us did) and the teachers cringe.  Then we tell them we don't do it for the money we work for quality of life.

I don't think they get that part, but I think it's important to say anyway.  When did making a living become a monetary value anyway?  I enjoy the life I live, but I don't make much money.

I also tell them how good it feels to get that perfect shot and they seem to get that.  I get paid in perfect shots, I suppose.

Then we do the photoshoot, which is the real reason they show up.

It was great fun!!  Hope to do this every year!  Until a student comes back as a client.  That has to be the cut off.

-Thea