Permanent Rock

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This makes me extremely happy.

If you haven’t listened to Permanent Holiday (or as Best Buy has decided to call them, Permanent Rock), you’re seriously missing out. I absolutely love these guys, musically and as people. They’ve done some serious touring over the past year and my goodness, I am so proud of them.

Their EP, As The City Sleeps, is out now on Rockout Records, which is also the home of my buddies Echo Screen.

I did press photos for these guys late last year, and lo and behold, that is one of them on the cover of that CD, sitting inside stores everywhere nationwide. It’s an awesome feeling. Ive done album photography for a few other bands, but none of them appeared on the cover of the album. Obviously it’s been altered graphically to go along with the concept art, but I’m still psyched.

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Here’s another one of the photos I did for these guys, all touched up via the whoever the super talented graphic designer was. This was used in ads, and always brings a smile to my face when I catch it in a music magazine, or on someone’s myspace. Click on it to check out the full size image. It’s quite nice.

It also reminds me that I have to get off my ass and update my portfolio section, in terms of press photos. Seriously, I have so much to put up there.

Shot a wedding this weekend in a loft in New York City. It was beautiful and full of candles. Photos from that soon.

Pimp Suits: The Choice Outfit For All Grad Students

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always in a panic when I can’t find a quality pimp suit for under $200 on my laundry days. Sometimes Saturday night rolls around and I realize, with the utmost horror, that all my favorite digs are at the cleaners. I can’t go around properly slapping people ‘upside their head’ without one.

Thank goodness for the amazing suit store on Market and 2nd here in Philadelphia.

Seriously, just walk by the store front. It’s amazing.

On another note, I’m done with my first year of graduate school. Unbelievable. I have two summer courses coming up, Important Authors: Jane Austen and The American Short Story. Take a wild guess at what one I’m psyched about. Hint, it’s the class that doesn’t involve me watching… er, I mean reading “Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense & Sensibility” in one month.

I suppose I could rent Pride & Prejudice, the new one that is, with Keira Knightley. I wonder if she shows boob like in Domino? I wonder if Matthew Macfadyen is as badass in Pride & Prejudice as he was in Grindhouse? Ah, so many questions, and chances are the answer is a resounding “no” to both of them. Bah.

That being said, here’s a picture of Aurora and Ash, best friends for life.

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If anyone’s looking for me, I’ll be purchasing a pimp suit, which I will wear while watching Pride & Prejudice, hoping for some Keira Knightley boob, while hanging out with two kittens and a bunny.

My life is awesome.

Sometimes I Forget This Is A Portfolio

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So yeah, I’ve been so caught up in my ramblings about school, moving, and my job, that I forgot that hey, this is a portfolio too. Lack of wireless internet at my new place makes it hard to update / upload photos though, but I’m trying.

Updates: I’ll be shooting two different album covers for two amazing bands, one of whom is creating quite a buzz in the indie rock community, and has several labels looking to ink a deal with ‘em. I’ll also be working with TWO Suicide Girls this month, shooting both of their first photo sets. I’ll be posting a gallery of the first Suicide Girl model I photographed later this week.

And speaking of former shoots, I’ve added a link to my photos of The Junior Varsity in the studio (recording their newest album for Victory Records) to the gallery. I’ll also be adding the album photography I did for Echo Screen, Permanent Holiday, and Southcott, along with the full photo shoot for Southcott’s new group, Thieves and Villains.

I have tour plans in the works for late July / early August. I can’t wait to hit the road for, what will probably be, one of the last times.

I know, I know. Everyone asks me why I keep saying that this is my last year for touring. Truth is, I’m turning 25 in October, and while that isn’t old by any means, when you’re on tour with bands who have fanbases consisting mostly of high school scene kids, you definitely start to feel old and out of place.

Two of my friends have new websites up. Check out my pals Gary Darna and Lindsay Brown. Gary is an insanely talented artist and Lindsay is a great photographer who, at 18, is better then I am.

I’m going to be helping two bands, Moraine and Hear Me Roar, release their EPs this summer. I’ve been close friends with both of these local Jersey groups for a really long time. In fact, Moraine was the first band I ever did press shots for. Moraine recently toured with The Bleeding Alarm (Immortal Records) and my friends Socratic (Drive Thru Records). Their EP was produced by the famous Bob Freeman of Hidden In Plain View fame and sounds unbelievable. I’m thrilled to be involved.

Keep checking back for photo updates of awesome bands and sexy models. Life is good.

Suggested listening: Permanent Holiday / Upper Class Trash

Suggested reading: Beartato!

New Places, New Faces

So this was an extremely productive weekend. Aside from rereading two enormous novels (All The Kings Men and Confessions of Nat Turner), I also packed up all my things, moved, and adopted an adorable new friend.

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This is my new apartment here in Philadelphia. I’m living with two amazing roommates, Tess and Jordan, both of whom are incredibly artistic and a great deal of fun. Jordan is actually a sculptor, and his work is being displayed in a gallery in Philly right now. I’m going to take some photos pretty soon.

I wish I could the place more justice with my camera, but it’s, well, too big. Plus I’m not fully unpacked yet. That big circle thing is from the roof, Jordan brought it down and hung it up. There is an upstairs loft, complete with a seperate bedroom, bathroom, big closet, where Jordan and Tess stay, and a downstairs bedroom with the same things, where I am. The windows overlook center city.

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You can see William Penn over there and City Hall. It’s pretty nice, especially when the sun is setting. I’ll have pics of that later this week as I unpack.

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I owe a massive thank you to this wonderful girl right here, my buddy Saray, who not only helped me move in over the course of the day (it only took two trips, but traffic and crazy weather was insane), but also took me on an adventure to adopt my new friend. Here you can see her at the register, with a mysterious box. What could be inside?

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Hmm… I see the tiniest of ears…

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Behold! My new BFF. As of now, my sweet little lionhead dwarf bunny is named Ash. I wanted to name him something from literature, but honestly, look at him. He is just too small and precious to be named Leonidas, Dante, or any of the other bad ass names I was thinking of. So Ash, after Ash Williams, the main character in Army Of Darkness, is his name.

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Everyone welcome Ash. He just wants to snuggle you.