We are on the cover of Richmond Magazine for the June Issue, as well as having shot the spread for the cover story.  One of the many things I like to do with a camera is capture small items and toy with the sense of scale.  Steve Hedberg, creative director at RichMag, knows this and so called me to work with him on this.  He and Jimmy Dickinson built the models, and we arranged them in my studio in many interesting ways, and I lit them to seem “hot.”

I spent much time putting our tiny heroes in various situations and had much fun with it.  It’s about time the little people got a fair shake, if you ask me.

A couple outtakes showing the activities of our talent in the “downtime” during our shoot.

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Hey, down in front.  ©Jeff S. Saxman

Hey, down in front. ©Jeff S. Saxman

If you read my previous post, you know that we are in the process of packing up 15 years worth of belongings, and preparing to shuttle them 8 miles away to a new house.  The big move happens this Saturday (with lots of little ones to follow, most likely.)  Before we went nuts with the packing, though, we wanted to get some pictures of the house with furniture in it, to embody the real estate ads with that “homey, lived in” feeling.

 

So, a few days ago, I set up the old camera with a single strobe, and began to photograph several rooms.  No human being was home but myself, so I figured distractions would be few.  However, there was one creature that continually felt the need to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Who knew Rosie was such a ham?

She obviously enjoyed getting her camera time, so the “Living Room Shoot” became the “Canine Fashion Show,” and I rolled with it.  After looking at the shots, I realized she was actually in the right place at the right time.  The funny thing is, if I were trying to get good photos of her, she would have been nowhere to be found.

 

Yes, this is really about me.  ©Jeff S. Saxman

Yes, this is really about me. ©Jeff S. Saxman

As the title of this entry may suggest, time is something I have not had a lot of lately.  But the reasons for this are good:  work has been steady and productive (and to be able to say that these days is a blessing);  the boys are busy with worthwhile engagements such as Boy Scouting and music (which, of course, means the missus and I are busy with worthwhile engagements as well); and, lastly, we are in the process of purchasing a new home.  That last one has been the major time killer, what with writing and rewriting purchase offers and contracts, arranging inspections, eyeing interest rates, etc.  Plus, we are going to try to be in by Christmas!  Are we nuts?  Probably.

It’s a good thing, though.  We will have a bit more space, which hopefully translates to more music and friends and family coming by for visits  (Hint, hint). Being closer to the schools will help cut down on the miles back and forth as well.  So I am optimistic, and enthusiastic.  I suppose time will return to me…in time.

I wish all my friends and family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Unlike others, I suggest you eat LOTS of turkey.

A measure of that which I do not have.  Image ©Jeff S. Saxman

A measure of that which I do not have. Image ©Jeff S. Saxman