I've been out shooting a lot of work for clients lately. In the last several weeks we've done video and photo shoots for Wyoming, SMU, North Texas, and Illinois just to name a few.
With football season well underway and basketball season ready to tip off I'd like to share a few things I learned during this season of Old Hat Capture shoots.
1. Every University has great student-athletes/coaches.
I guess this is the eternal question right? How do some coaches/schools maintain success while others struggle? I see amazing athletes, administrators and coaches at every single university I visit. They all want to win just as much as the next guy. I suppose that's why they pay some people the big bucks when it comes to coaching, some people just have it figured out.
2. 4 wheels for the win.
My trusty rolling camera bag went down for the count this year. It was a large, 2 wheeled Tamrac 5552 that I've taken all over the country for the past 6 years. One of the wheels finally fell off, well almost fell off. But it was getting pretty hard to drag it through airports with one good rolling wheel. I'd been looking at Thinktank Photo's rolling bags with envy and our replacement bag is the Airport Roller Derby.
You may not think this is a big deal, but if I could put everything on 4 wheels and roll it upright for the rest of my life I would. This thing is awesome and it's saved my back and arm on multiple shoots so far this year. Here's to another 6 years and beyond with this baby.
3. Where there's smoke, there's cool shots. And sometimes firemen.
I like smoke. It adds atmosphere and can make for some epic looking shots. It's not right for every shoot but it sure makes stuff cool on other occasions. But you have to make sure the fire alarms are turned off and the proper people alerted. We did those things recently at Illinois but we still had some firemen show up. And if that happens, just make sure to include your local heroes. They'll be way more likely to forgive you. ;)
When I was in 7th grade, my art teacher pulled me out of class. I had no idea why and I started thinking, "what did I do wrong?" It turned out that another teacher in the school saw a piece of artwork of mine hanging in the hallway and wanted to buy it.
My mom never let me sell it, but somehow the topic came up again when I was home a few weeks ago. My mom asked me, "If I buy the materials for you, can you do that again?"
That piece of art was scratch art. I started looking on Pinterest at some pieces to remind myself how to do it, because I plan on creating another piece. Not the bunny I created in 7th grade though, but possibly my dog, Happy.
There is a chance we will have our first frost this weekend. It is actually a little late in the season for this to be happening, but I am still bothered because my garden is still growing and producing. Once the frost starts to become more and more frequent, that is done and I will have to rip my plants out of the ground. It is kind of sad considering how much work and effort I have put into keeping those plants alive. It was worth it, I have loved to be able to harvest vegetables every day after work or be cooking, run out of something, and only have to walk outside to get what I need. The harvesting is the easy part.
I do not mind putting in the work at the beginning of the season. The stress of spring rains and tornados ends up being worth it, but I am still going to be annoyed at the present time. That is kind of what our busy season at Old Hat is like. It is stressful, it is annoying, and it can be a pain, but in the end it is worth it. We create some amazing pieces for our clients and we do things that should make all of our staff proud. We are not completely through the busy season, but check out some of the cool things we have done below.