It has been so long since I have logged on to my blog that I had to generate a new password.
I used to think in blog posts…. Now I think in facebook captions, although Instagram is slowly creeping up behind.
But I miss my blog, just like… I miss reading books (that are more than 20 pages long and consist of a topic other than cars and trucks,)
I miss seeing friends…
I miss walking my dog…
And I miss going on dates with my husband (damn, I should have put that first.)
Somewhere along the way life got busy and I just don’t have enough time in the day for it anymore, hence I am starting this post at 1:40am.
But, as it turns out, I also need the blog. I get so lost in the forest of making new work that I forget to look back and see which trail I took and how far I have come… And then the insecurity vines creep up and block my path forward.
That is where I was today, lost in an editing forest, until the mail arrived (meaning: Arann walked in my office and flung a Priority Mail envelope at me.) When I opened the envelope, I got to see some of my portrait work in print, in Bike magazine. A magazine that hired me to take one portrait…
(Executive Director of NorCal High School Cycling League, Vanessa Hauswald)
And then because they liked that portrait they hired me to take another portrait…
And then they hired me to take another portrait…
(The Godfather of mountain biking, Charlie Kelly)
It made me so happy to see photos of PEOPLE published for once that I remembered I had a blog and that I could actually record my excitement in a blog post. While I was digging for photos for that post, I found other portraits that I am proud of…
(Chef and Restaurant Owner, Charlie Hallowell)
and then more portraits that I am proud of…
(Chef and Author, Bryant Terry)
…and suddenly the forest was a little bit brighter.
(Co-founder/co-inventor of Twitter and Jelly, Biz Stone)
And the path forward was a little more clear.
While I really enjoy all the other side projects I have been so lucky to work on… I really love photographing people the most.
Taking really good portraits of people is very, very hard. And I still have a long way to go.
(Lagunitas Founder, Tony Magee)
There are so many things to think about… not only the light, the exposure, the composition, but also making people feel comfortable, especially after they have just finished telling me how much they hate being photographed. (Food never tells me it hates to be photographed. And flowers just beg me not to stop taking photos.)
Photographing people makes me nervous and sweaty… not in a bad lighting-fireworks-illegally-kind-of-way, but in a good exercise-my-brain-kind-of-way.
It means I am being challenged. It means I am doing something I really care about. And that is the goal: Do more projects that challenge me and that I really care about.
My other goal is to hire an office assistant, so that the editing and book-keeping forest do not get over-grown and swallow me whole anymore. And so my blog can once again have a place in my life.
(Publisher: Chris Gruener)
So if you know anyone looking for part-time work…
I need a very organized, hardworking, self-motivated, left-brained person (sorry no photographers please) who can help me for 10 hrs per week (hours are flexible) with: data entry, organizing files, returning emails, updating social media etc.
If you are interested, please send me an email detailing your approach to organizing and attach your resume to paige(@)paigegreen.com
It is an exciting time for the Wan-Rees family and for The Big Flip! On May 22nd, 2013, sweet Mabel Mai was born and we were lucky to have the opportunity to document what day 5 looked like for this family of 6…
And now for the Katie Couric part…. on Tuesday, June 11th, Mabel Mai is going to New York, with her parents and The Big Flip, to tell Katie Couric what it is like to be in a modern family with a breadwinning mom and a stay-at-home dad. We are crazy excited for this amazing family and for the opportunity to share our documentary project with the Nation.
To find out how you can watch the Wan-Rees family on national television and to learn more about the The Big Flip click here: http://bigflipdocumentary.com/action
I was eight months pregnant with my son when Izzy Chan asked me if I would help her document the increasing trend of women becoming the primary breadwinners of their families.
She had statistics and facts for this new role reversal that painted a pretty dismal outlook.
As the primary breadwinners of our own households, we were not satisfied by the statistics so we wanted to learn more.
We wanted to hear from real families…
From both sides of the story…
From real dads, husbands, men…
And from real moms, wives, women…
Who have very real needs, dreams, responsibilities…
And that lead us to Bonnie and Chip and their family of five, soon to be six…
We spent a Sunday…
And a Monday morning…
…following these two around, asking questions, listening and watching.
We have just gotten started and already we have learned a lot from the Wan-Rees family, and from the other five families we have followed.
Our goal is to share how real families are making it work in the Modern Home Front, so we can all learn how to move through these new gender, family, cultural changes as successfully as possible.
So we are currently in the middle of editing a sneak peek of their story, to help us raise money so we can go back…
And capture the next chapter of their story…
To (hopefully) be continued soon.
And finally some good news, from a very sad day…
We picked a winner for our Farm Photo Workshop giveaway!!!
We are happy to announce Margaret Albaugh Photography, from Oklahoma, is the winner!!!! (She improved her odds by sharing the link three times.)
We are overjoyed that we get to bring someone from Oklahoma to our part of the world.
Thank you so much for sharing our link, Margaret, we can’t wait to meet you at the farm next month!
And thank you to everyone who shared the link. We wish you all could win!
But there are still a few spaces, so it is not to late to join the fun.
Click the link to learn more: http://farmphotoworkshop.com/
I have thinking about it for years… and this year I am finally making it happen, with a little help from my friends, Jude and Morgan. There are a few spaces left so please spread the word…
If you, or someone you know, is a photographer who would enjoy spending a weekend on an amazing farm playing with cameras, lenses, reflectors, models, food photography, barns, bouncing lambs, chicken coops, oak trees, grassy fields, wood-fired pizza, and campfires then please click the link to learn more: http://farmphotoworkshop.com/
If you asked me how my home birth was, you would not hear me say, “My home birth was beautiful.”
Instead I very honestly would tell you, “It was extremely long, incredibly painful and very, very messy. I can understand why drugs were invented and why people take them.”
Between endless hours of back-breaking contractions, I kept repeating, “This is ridiculous. How can there be 7 billion people on the planet.”
I couldn’t see why anyone would voluntarily choose to do this more than once in their lifetime, let alone 7 billion times.
People told me eventually I would forget and the hormones would win again, but I refused to believe that I could ever forget what that day felt like. And I announced that I was quite happy with one.
Yet here I am, one year and 5 months later, just like everyone said, wondering… if, maybe, should we?
So I was excited when Rose sent me an email asking if I would photograph the birth of their second baby girl, who would be born at home some time in March. It would be a good test. How would it feel to see someone else go through labor? And what was a home birth like the second time around?
I was also excited because I have never seen a human being born. I have seen cows, sheep, and dogs… but not a human (I had my eyes closed the whole time during HAH’s birth.)
And I got a small taste of what it must feel like for doctors and midwives. For once in my life, I had my cell phone almost always charged and I almost always knew where it was. And at gatherings with friends, I would announce, “I can’t drink tonight, I’m on call.”
But then it didn’t happen. The due date came and went. I started filling up my calendar. I had photo shoots scheduled every day. Arann got sick, so I was working all day and on solo parenting duty at night. Until finally at the end of day two of photographing flowers in SF, I got the texts:
4:12pm “I think we are in early labor, midwife is coming over. Will text again.”
4:57 “Come now!!”
I was in San Francisco.
The family was in Oakland.
For those of you not from the Bay Area, 5pm on a Thursday means… Fat chance.
I only had to drive 10.5 miles.
It took me one hour.
When I finally arrived at the house, Rose’s mother let me in and said, “The baby was just born, come on in.”
And this is what I saw…
While I was disappointed to have missed the birth, it was probably for the best because I got to experience all of the joy and none of the work. Which means I can confidently say that it was the most beautiful home birth, I almost saw.
Thank you, Rose and Jonathan, for inviting me to be a part of this amazing moment in your lives. It was such an incredible honor and I am so excited for your family. And, as Rose said to me after the birth of HAH, “Have fun falling in love.”
When I was working on photo shoot yesterday, for an exciting new book with Lila B, I met another photographer who asked me what I photograph.
My quick reply, as I was standing behind my tripod with my camera pointing at an arrangement of flowers,”I photograph people.”
Photographer man: look of awkward confusion.
My addendum, “And lately, flowers.”
While I do love, and probably prefer photographing people, I am willing to photograph almost anything if the people I get to work with are amazing.
And as I start work on my second flower/plant arranging book, I can confidently say I have nothing but love for flower people and I will happily work with them any time.
Huge thanks to Morgan Bellinger for being an incredible assistant and shanty town builder.