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You guys need to check out this beautiful image taken by my amazing sister Carla, of Fairshadow Photography.  She's an awesome talent and should absolutely be in your deviantWatch!

New Life by fairshadow




The lovely Topaz from SGMS, silhouetted.  

So it appears that Days 7 and 8 aren't going to happen.  Lots of unexpected crap came up and I haven't really been in the mindset to get any photos taken.  To make up for it, I have to take three photos of wildly different things to get back on track.  Next week is going to be crazy.  I have a huge shoot for a national magazine to plan, not to mention returning to school for the first time in over a decade.  It's going to be an amazing week, I just know it!
  • Watching: Naruto Shippuden Series 3 Episode 105
I've decided that 2010 is going to be the year I finally get around to doing the Project 365.  I have to take at least one interesting photograph every single day of this year.  I think this will help me grow a little, I feel that although I've been honing my abilities lately, I haven't really gotten out of my box much.  Nowadays my camera sits in its case until I have a scheduled shoot to get done.  I used to have that thing in my hand for at least four hours of every day.  

I won't let my passion become "just another job", so I'm doing this project to remind myself that I need to be looking for photos in everyday places, and not just in the studio.  I love my art and I don't want to ever lose that.

So, to 2010.  The year Drayke finally keeps up on something!  ;)

Also note that this is going to be a dA exclusive project.  I will post the highlights on Flickr and maybe on Facebook but the bulk of it will be done here.  I've been meaning to do a lot more with my account here and finally I've found the project I want to use it for.

The project starts here.
  • Watching: How I Met Your Mother Season 4 Episode 21
  • Playing: Left4Dead2
1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?  So many things.  Went further east than ever before (NYC), visited one of the top ten "Places I have to go before I die" (NYC), rode a subway train, went further north than ever before (Madeline Island, WI), took a 30-minute+ exposure, flew in a plane for non-work related reasons, really grew my business, and I know all of these things were just the tip of the "new things" iceberg.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, so yes and this year I think I might.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?  No.
4. Did anyone close to you die?  My grandfather.
5. What countries did you visit?  Still haven't left the US, but I'm working up to it.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?  A more functional business plan, and a 4.0 in school!
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?  March 19.  The day I flew to NYC and had four of the most amazing days of my life.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?  Tough one.  Right now I'm feeling good because of her, so I'm going to go with "Deciding to start dating Michelle".  <3
9. What was your biggest failure?  Not managing to make my business self-sufficient yet.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?  Nope.
11. What was the best thing you bought?  I'm going to have to go with my flash trigger for that.  It's really improved my photos.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?  Yeah, there's no way that I could single anyone out.  I know so many awesome people, and met so many more this year and got much closer to many others.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Samm's ex-friend Joe.
14. Where did most of your money go?  Overdraft fees, sadly.  :/
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?  New York City!
16. What song will always remind you of 2009?  Passion Pit - Little Secrets
17. Compared to this time last year, are you...
i. happier or sadder? Happier, so much happier
ii. thinner or fatter?  Thinner, strangely.
iii. richer or poorer? Definitely poorer, but that's okay.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?  Spent more time building my business.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?  Overdrafting my account.
20. How will you be spending Christmas? I spent most of it with the wonderful people that I'm closest to.  :)
22. Did you fall in love in 2009?  I most certainly did!
24. What was your favorite TV program?  Favourite "discovered in 2009" show is definitely The Big Bang Theory.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?  I'm not much of a hater, so no.
26. What was the best book you read?  The Saint by Dan Abnett
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?  Dethklok.  I had seen the show before this year, but I never heard the albums.
28. What did you want and get?  A girlfriend who is beyond awesome?  I totally did!  :D
29. What did you want and not get?  New camera.  :(
30. What was your favorite film of this year?  Star Trek
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I don't remember on the exact day, but there was a really sweet group birthday party!  I turned 28 though.
32. What's one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Meeting Michelle much earlier than I did.  And a new camera!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?  It gets a little worse every year due to financial priorities putting clothes near the bottom of the list.  I did get a bunch of awesome shirts though.  (Thanks Michelle!)
34. What kept you sane?  Life.  Things have been really good this year!
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?  I dunno the answer to this one.  Maybe Felicia Day because she's awesome?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?  Health Care was the issue of 2009.
37. Who did you miss? Jane, who never goes anywhere anymore.
38. Who was the best new person you met?  Michelle, no contest.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:  Um.  Bring lots of money for food when visiting New York.  I don't think I've ever been so hungry in my life.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:  "That was awesome".  There has to be a song out there with that lyric somewhere.
How many girlfriends/boyfriends?  I think 1.5 would probably be the most accurate.
How many breakups? 0.5?
How many crushes?  Two.
Care to mention names?  Nope.
Had to say goodbye to?  Megan's in Seattle, but since we still do events together, it's all good!
Win anything?  Some minor things, but nothing awesome.  I won at life though!
Best place you went to?  New York, duh!
Worst place you went to?  I don't think I went anywhere terrible.
How was your birthday?  Good, I think?
Best present?  A light meter from Megan that helped me get to NYC!

FAVORITES OF THE YEAR (deleting the repeats)
Album:  Dethalbum II by Dethklok
Song(s):  Dethklok - Cyborg Slayers
Hope for the next year:  Do well in school.
Clothing item or outfit of the year:  Dunno.  Yay for coats, my all-time favourite piece of clothing.
Hairstyle of the year:  Mohawk was my favourite.
Jewelry of the year:  None.
Makeup product of the year:  No idea.
Color of the year: Green, always.
Car of the year:  The subway!  So cool!
Boy of the year:  Um.  Me!  I'm awesome!
Food of the year:  Enchiladas are the food of ALL TIME.
Drink of the year:  White Russians, and how I'll never have another.  THANKS KARAYA.
Class of the year:  I don't start school until next year.
Appliance of the year:  Computer.
Recreational activity of the year:  Playing video games, of course.
Means of Communication of the year:  FB Chat even though I HATE IT SO MUCH.
Holiday of the year:  My birthday!
Achievement(s) of the year:  Getting to work with so many cool new people, getting published in so many magazines this year, making it to New York City.  So many great things happened this year.
I stole this from Rachel-Rhapsody, who stole it from someone else.  I know these are lame, but fuck you, I'm bored and don't want to go to sleep yet.

10 things you want for Christmas:
To be able to somehow find a way to buy gifts for my loved ones.
The Pentax K-7.
The Pentax 35mm f2.0 DX lens.
To not lose my studio because I have no money.
A new iMac.
Fancy clothes, because I'm sick of never looking good.
My own apartment again.
For my business to actually become profitable.
Left 4 Dead 2.
To do well in school this coming year.

9 musicians/bands you love:
Joshua Bell
Electric Six
Optimus Rhyme
Flight of the Conchords

8 things you do everyday:
Text Michelle
Listen to music (lots of Dethklok lately)
Brush my teeth.  
Check my email 4000 times.
Browse Facebook.
Check my email another 2000 times.
Check LJ.

7 things you enjoy:
Playing video games.
Taking photos.
Sex and lots of it.
Playing with Inara.
Making money doing what I love.

6 things that will always win your heart:
Little kids being cute.
People who let me take their picture.
Beautiful composition.
Post-apocalyptic anything.

5 favourites:
Movie: I have to pick one?  Pi, maybe?
Song: Right now it would be "Cyborg Slayers" by Dethklok
Book: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, I've read it at least 14 times.
Food: Enchiladas.  OMG, the enchiladas.  
Season: Fall.

4 smells you enjoy:
Fresh baked cookies.
After-sex smell.

3 places you want to go:

2 Favorite Holidays

1 person you'd marry on the spot:
Felicia Day.  Totally.
  • Listening to: Hum of my external hard drive.
  • Reading: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I know it seems like I've forgotten about you, but I haven't!  I recently purchased a premium membership and then promptly lost my internet connection at home so I haven't really had the chance to take advantage of it yet, but you can expect to slowly start seeing a trickle of my work showing up in this space in the next couple of weeks.  Plus I'm going to have a few things that are going to be dA exclusives as they don't really fit in with the rest of my work and so will not show up in the usual places.  They'll be fun, and will definitely need you to make sure your mature filter is off.  ;)

So don't worry, I still love you dA friends!

See you around.


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  • Listening to: Welcome to the Internet by FSR
  • Reading: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Hey all!  I'm running a special on studio photo shoots!  Just in time for the holidays!  Get pictures taken of you for your family.  Get them taken of your family for you.  For a loved one.  Or maybe just pictures of yourself, for yourself because you are just such a lovely person!  

For just $40/hr (60% off the standard price!), you too can have wonderful pictures taken in my beautiful studio in Lowertown St Paul!  I have some extra time before the real craziness of December begins and  I want to fill it with pretty faces!  You have to act fast though, as this deal is only available through Tuesday, December 1st!

For more samples of my work and to find out my information about what I do, please visit my website at

Some recent studio portraits that I have captured:

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  • Reading: Building your Photography Business by Vik O.
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
New blog post up pertaining to my new photoset "Herz Steht Still".

Read here.
  • Reading: Building your Photography Business by Vik O.
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water
I've relaunched my personal site.  It's a bit more flashy, a bit more professional and lot less noisy/cluttered than the previous incarnation.  I'm pretty excited about it and would love to hear what people have to say regarding the new layout!  Check it out here:


And if you'd like more information on what I've been working on lately, check out my blog.
  • Reading: Building your Photography Business by Vik O.
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Water