Wednesday, May 23, 2007
We went to a crawfish boil this weekend! It was to get a chance to take photos for myself. I've been shooting so much for other people lately. Of note Paul Steckler was at the party. We talked about vintage gliders and we both have them on our porches.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Used the instant printer today to make 'cowboy' photos at the Wilshire homes event in Round Rock. I was very glad it didn't rain! I've never worked the photo booth alone, and it turned out to be far less work than I thought it would. Think I might stop hiring assistants to help me with this thing! Moving the lights is sort of a pain and keeping people entertained while there print is printing takes some effort, but overall I think it works more smoothly as a one man operation. In case you are reading this thinking you want an instant 4x6 photo booth at your event my rate is $450/2 hours. But that includes all of the supplies for 200 prints, props and my time. Yehaw!
Friday, May 04, 2007
(This article ran in the Statesman this morning. I'm pretty happy with it. Must admit getting interviewed was a little nerve racking, but Helen did a great job. As for the Gen Art shows... there were only 1200 people at two of them. The others only had a couple of hundred people.)
Sledd trained her eye on photography at young age
Status: Single, but taken
Current Position: Self-employed photographer. She’s also a partner in the entertainment Website do512.com
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really little I wanted to be a vet, but later I wanted to be a lawyer so I could wear a three-piece power suit and carry a briefcase.
How’d you get into photography?
I started taking pictures at 14. My Aunt Laurie, who’s a photographer, gave me her old camera, and I fell in love. Then the (
What did you study at ACC?
While I was still at UT, I took some photography courses at ACC. The portrait photography teacher hated me. The olan mills thing, I could never get. Or didn’t want to get. I made a C.
So your work took on a life of its won while you were still in college. What happened when you go out?
When I graduated (in 2003) I thought I wanted to go to law school. School is sort of addictive. So I applied to
Were you worried about being able to make a living at photography?
I thought I couldn’t. Then I decided it just didn’t matter. If it didn’t work, I’d move home. But it did work.
You do all sorts of work, right? Even weddings?
I have a separate company that does weddings, so yes, every Saturday between now and December I do weddings.
How does the family nursery business play into your life?
I love the nursery. I don’t want to work there 40 hours a week, but it’s a beautiful place to be. And you meet so many people there. It doesn’t hurt when I’m (shooting) an event that I already know the key players because they shop there.
Who or what is your all-time favorite photographic subject?
There’s this one definite person who changed my life: Janean Garofalo. I’m 17 at SXSW. The Chronicle assigns me to shoot a star. And I ruined the film . I was so nervous about getting it right and I got it wrong. I called and (Garofalo) said OK; I could have 5 minutes at Firth and Congress. I ddi it again, and everything was OK. Had she said no, it’s very possible that the Chronicle would’ve fired me and I would’ve give up on photography and become a lawyer.
- Helen @nders