Rainy Day Pop | Seattle Live Music Photogaphy

We’ve been fortunate to have had some great (even if cold) sunny weather here in Seattle for days now, but finally today the rain suddenly started to pour down. It’s one of those days where I don’t feel so bad about being camped out on the couch (with a half-sick child) doing some digital homework. And now that I’m armed with a faster laptop and hard drive, as well as a little wheeled desk to use my computer on, my photo-processing workflow has become fun again. None of that mind-numbingly slow exporting, saving and uploading that was going on!

Along with creating a band poster, today I’ve caught up with kindergarten photos in addition to gig photos, and I’m about to move onto (and back to!) photos from last spring taken in England. It’s about bloody time, I think!

Here are some gig photos of The Pop Cycle, that I took at the end of January, at back-to-back gigs at the Highline and at Tim’s Tavern here in Seattle. Some hot red guitars to brighten up this dreary day…

Stay warm and dry!! xo ~ K

The Pop Cycle. All Images Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved.

The Pop Cycle. All Images Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Obligatory Halloween Photo! | Seattle Cat, Music Photography 

Holly here decided to give me a yawn instead of a scary Halloween cat pose; I didn’t get any ‘scary’ kitties on this day of rescue photographs at all, in fact. Lots of shy ones instead.

Holly. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

Holly. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

So the cat and Halloween… There are many associations of cats and bats and rats (my son loves that these rhyme) when it comes to Halloween, and black cats have particularly had a bad rap when it comes to legend and folklore. Our largely-nocturnal furry friends have/are said to be familiars of witches, and cats belonging to condemned witches during the time of the witch trials, were tortured and killed along with their pet guardians. There is zero correlation between witches and cat sacrifice, so put that idea out of your head; for starters, no true Pagan witch would ever harm a cat. Black cats though, have notoriously been vulnerable around Halloween, thanks to superstition and reports of ritual use; many shelters will not adopt out black cats around this holiday for fear of them being used for ritual sacrificial purposes. I’m a proponent of keeping cats inside (in the city, particularly) where they’re safe from cars, other animals and disease, but I’d say tonight is THE night to do so, rituals or no rituals. And keep them away from the chocolate and sweets!! (more for you that way)

I’d like to share my Flickr set of trick-or-treating for last year: Halloween 2012! My favorite holiday for taking photos. Last year, we were still all about superheroes; this year I have a werewolf on my hands… Sadly I haven’t had the chance to dress up for Halloween this year…quite sad about that (last year I was a zombie cheerleader when I took photos of live music at the EMP).

All Mixed Up, EMP, 2012. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

All Mixed Up, EMP, 2012.
Copyright K.A.Moore Photography

Well, everyone have a fabulous, safe and candy-filled Halloween.

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.”
~ Author Unknown

xo ~ K

 

My Favorite Photography Gear

If there’s something that makes a photographer tick (and drool), it’s looking at photography gear and gadgets, most of the time while online. Who doesn’t go ‘window-shopping’ online for their favorite hobby, obsession or lifelong pursuit? If there’s anything that the web has done, it has made clicking and shopping so easy, it’s scary. But it has to be said, that this ease has made it so that you can potentially get your hands on something that you actually need the very next day, if you wish…and so revolutionize your photographing power that much sooner!
Me and my fellow Clickin Moms photograp(her)s somehow always manage to mention photography gear and tools at every photowalk or meetup, so I love hearing about others’ fun purchases too. I don’t have much extra money, and nor am I a spendthrift, so my shopping usually goes along with a lot of deliberating and comparing, and this usually means I’m a happy customer. There is now a huge market for women photographers out there, so I have featured a number of items here that reflect that.

Thanks to Pinterest (and sites like Amazon and Etsy), many of us probably spend entirely too much time gawking at things we can’t afford or don’t need, but here are a few choice photog purchases I have made, that I love, love, love. This one is for the lady photographers!
*Note: I have not been asked or paid to write about these products by the business owners, so they really are things I love enough to write about…

1) Custom camera strapSomething Strappy, $28

Camera Strap, Something Strappy

Camera Strap, Something Strappy

Now maybe I should join the Black Rapid gang and get one of their straps, but I like to be more unique than that, getting something that says me a lot better. The strap on my main camera, my Nikon D7000, is a custom strap by Something Strappy on Etsy. I spent hours ogling straps, deciding a camera strap cover wasn’t for me; although I like the idea of changing designs more easily, they never stay in one spot and bunch up, making my strap not looking as awesome as it could. My custom strap does have different prints on the two sides, as well as my photography business name embroidered on it (marketing tool!), so I at least fulfilled two design choices with it. Kimberly K was easy to chat online with to get the strap as I would like it, and I can tell great care was taken in making it just as I wanted.
It can be attached to the camera just as any strap would, but I use a Strap Buddy on the base of my camera, so that it can hang more easily on my side (take that, Black Rapid) and so far, it has been the perfect combo. The Strap Buddy was bought on Photojojo‘s site; quite possibly having the coolest collection of fabulous photography gadgets anywhere on the web. But naturally, many many things on there that I don’t actually need, alas.

*Baby Crown prop: JBPLove, also on Etsy

2) Lens cap keeper strapEverlee Designs, $5 (CAD)

Owl Lens Cap Keeper, Everlee Designs

Owl Lens Cap Keeper, Everlee Designs

This little handy dandy gadget is also the cutest little gadget, thanks to Megan Lee, based up in Ottawa, Canada. Also bought on Etsy. And I kind of fib here by putting this in the singular, because I have kept on going back to Everlee Designs to buy these for all my lenses and have just bought myself a backup. Having your lens cap staying attached to your camera instead of setting it down somewhere or putting it in your pocket (for it to fall out) is more than handy. That’s one less thing to worry about when you’re shooting a session. I suppose this is unabashedly one for the girls, because I have a couple of owls, a ladybug/bird, a flower and I have a pink mushroom coming. Beyond cute, and also serves to help capture the attention of many a photographed cat with the dangling of my camera cap.
Megan also includes with my purchase, the cutest notes to me and some blank tags that I use on client packaging.

*On the above photo of my camera with the strap and crown, you can see another of the owl lens cap keepers!

3) Rose Bronze camera bagJo Totes, $89, and Urban Photo sling bag – Lowepro, $76

Rose Bronze camera bag, Jo Totes

Rose Bronze camera bag, Jo Totes

Now these are two things, yes, but one can’t go anywhere without a bag to carry everything in, and these two serve different purposes. I’m actually cheating here, because these were both bought as gifts for me (although I picked them out).

My Rose is the larger bag as well as the prettier one, and holds a good load of gear safely: camera body with lens attached, 2 lenses, external flash and some other gubbins like an extra battery, filters, cell phone, etc. Sometimes it feels a bit too bulky and pretty to take along to a shoot, so I often use my Urban Sling instead (photos below). It’s boring black, but sometimes inconspicuous is good. It’s also very easy to pull round to my front to change out lenses and so forth, is very comfy and light, and I stuff a fair amount in: camera plus lens or two (depending on lens size) and my flash-gun.

I have many other bits and bobs that I use and love, aside from my actual kit, but these are things that I get asked about when people see them, so I thought I’d share. I definitely support the little businesses I find on Etsy for buying unique custom items and there’s a plethora of cool photography products out there that aren’t just black and grey and advertising your camera brand. If you buy through Etsy, tell them I sent you, and get customizing!

Photos on the blog soon of my recent wedding photography session. Excited to get them done! Catch up with me on Facebook too: K.A.Moore Photography on Facebook

xo ~ K

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