April 8th, 2011

Keeping up with the Pirates

Someone once told me "They can't say no if you don't ask." And it makes sense to me. A few months ago Veronica Bailey from Storied Threads threw a Hail Mary. She had a limited budget but really wanted me to photograph her catalog of pirate costumes. And it's not that getting me to photograph a catalog is outrageously expensive, especially if it's pirate costumes, it's that Veronica is in Boston and I'm in Philadelphia and paying for twelve hours of travel on top of a day's shooting is daunting. But she asked and what she didn't know was that the stars were aligning.

Novelist Caitlin R. Kiernan (aka greygirlbeast) has a new book coming out called Two Worlds and in Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan, (Volume One) and she'd emailed to ask if I could do her author portrait up in Rhode Island and on top of that, Leaving Dakota was scheduled to be in Boston on April 1. With all these things sliding together, the gravity became substantial enough to get me on the Megabus (I first considered Amtrak, but the bus ride is actually shorter).

So, ably assisted by gandalfgreyhame & dressdragn we met up with Storied Threads, one assistant, two dogs, and nine pirates for a day at Winter Island in Salem MA.

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This is the sort of thing that we're going to be doing at Kake's workshop in San Diego on the 17th. So if you have a dress you need yourself photographed in and you're near San Diego, that's the time to do it. Also the whole thing has inspired me to do a photography workshop for Renn Faire dress makers in Philly on the 23rd. More on that later. (Email or comment if you want to participate.)

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