Marriage Proposal

HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY, RED RIVER THEATRES!!!

I LOVE the gang at Red River Theatres.  Seven years ago (!!!) they let this bearded fat dude show a mini-film with muppets to propose to his wife. And it went a little crazy afterwards, and every step of the way everyone up there has been close to my heart. I can never thank them enough for everything they did.

This year marks their 10th Birthday! I couldn't make it up to their birthday festivities, but Muppet Sid wanted to let them know that there isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't think about them.

Happy Birthday, RRT.  We love you all. I hope you are around for a long, long, long time, exposing people to quality independent cinema.

<3

A Workshop Proposal

A Workshop Proposal

The Portable Portrait workshop has always been about learning how to use your camera and affordable lighting gear to help improve your photography.  It's about learning to use flash and not be scared of it.  It's about learning to use your camera manually and to start taking control of your images rather than letting your camera do them for you.

And, during the June 21st 2014 workshop, it became about marriage proposals, and love, and tears and happiness.

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Two Year Wedding Anniversary

I blinked, and I've already been married to Sara for two years.  Time.  Flies. To celebrate two years of marriage (and for being together 12(!!!) years, we headed back up to where we spent our Honeymoon; Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, in Maine for a week.  Sara lived in Bar Harbor for a spell.  It's like visiting an old friend.

2 Year Wedding Anniversary

These two years have whizzed by

This time though, I decided to not bring lots of camera equipment (because, after all, I'm a Photographer, and we're expected to have cameras around our necks at all times, right?), and stuck with two things - the Hasselblad for some film shooting, and my measly cell phone camera.  That was it.  That was all.  I wanted to spend more time with my Wife and less time looking through a viewfinder.

Fog • Acadia National Park

Fog wraps around this island in Acadia National Park

Fog • Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Fog envelops the Bass Harbor Lighthouse in Acadia National Park

Winter Harbor, Acadia National Park

I couldn't carry this large driftwood that I wrapped with some found rope at Winter Harbor in Acadia, so I jammed it into a rock along the coast and created a photo-op for other traveling photographers.  To them: you are welcome ;)

Boats • Hadley Point, ME

Boats on the water in Hadley Point, Maine

Hasselblad in Fog, Acadia National Park

A Hasselblad, the Rolls Royce of film cameras, tends to want to be included in the pictures you take.  It looks that good.

Fog • Acadia National Park

More fog blanketing Acadia National Park

Through the Viewfinder

Through the Hasselblad viewfinder while photographing the Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Winter Harbor, Acadia National Park

Winter Harbor, Acadia National Park

To see more images from this vacation, head over to my Instagram account, which sort of serves as my daily photo-journal.

I'm already looking forward to our 3rd Anniversary vacation, wherever that might be.

WELCOME WPPI READERS!

Tintype WPPI Blog Mention

Howdy, WPPI members and readers!

Looks like WPPI read the article over at PetaPixel a few weeks ago and mentioned our Tintype Wedding portraits by Yige Wang in their own blog post talking about wet-plate and tintype photography being used for contemporary weddings.  Woo!

Greetings to anyone that clicked through that link and found themselves here!  Hiya!

Check it out HERE

Ballard Museum of Puppetry

Ballard Museum of Puppetry

Sara and I took a few days to head down to the Ballard Museum of Puppetry so we could see the current puppet exhibitions, including a real Jim Henson created puppet in the 1960's for a Wizard of Id television show that never happened.

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A Social Media Expirement • Get Muppet Sid & Muppet Sara on "Muppets II"

The Family Portrait

Help "Muppet Proposal" stars get walk-on appearance in next Muppet Movie! goo.gl/2kaZh & goo.gl/0pVin #MuppetProposal #Muppets #MuppetMovie

Okay, so, I need your help.

It has been confirmed that with the success of the first "Muppets" movie from last year that they are going to move forward with "Muppets II".

And I had an idea.

Wouldn't it be awesome if we could find a way to get Muppet Sid and Muppet Sara a cameo in the next Muppet film?  Like a walk-by cameo or something.  How insane would that be.

I want this to happen.  I want to meet the people that make Muppet movies.

Here is what I'm asking your help for: Share the facebook page, and my blog page with everyone you know; on Facebook, on Twitter, on other social sites, you name it.  If it's a place it can be shared, share it!  I have no idea if this little social experiment can work, but who knows; maybe one of you out there knows somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody who might know someone associated with making the next movie.

Is it worth a shot?  You bet it is.

Copy the following and drop it in Facebook, and Twitter, and whatever else you have that can be shared:

Help "Muppet Proposal" stars get walk-on appearance in next Muppet Movie! goo.gl/2kaZh & goo.gl/0pVin #MuppetProposal #Muppets #MuppetMovie

This would be amazing.  Awesome.  Insane.  Get us in front of the people making the next movie.  OMG.

The muppet wedding/honeymoon has been nominated for a 2011 new england arts award!

2011 New England Art Awards Nomination

MUPPET SID & MUPPET SARA WANT YOUR VOTE!

the "Muppet Wedding/Honeymoon" video has been nominated for a 2011 New England Art Award!! The 2011 New England Art Awards is a contest to honor the best art made in New England, local writing about local art, and exhibits of New England art organized in 2011. Artist Juniper Friedman of Massachusetts; Daniel Fuller, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art; Liz O’Connell of Massachusetts, Tabitha Piseno of R.K. Projects in Rhode Island ranked their top six picks in each category from hundreds of nominations. The final ballot features the top votes in each category from each of these advisers plus The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.

PLEASE VOTE! The New England Art Awards holds an online ballot vote. It would be AWESOME if you could vote for me in the "New Media" category where I've been nominated. You can cast your vote here: gregcookland.com/neaa/

Winners will be announced at the 2011 New England Art Awards Ball at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at the Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.

THANKS FOR YOUR VOTE!

ABOUT: The 2011 New England Art Awards is a contest to honor the best art made here, local writing about local art, and exhibits of New England art organized here in 2011. And we want you to help us pick the winners by voting via the online ballot here. Everyone is welcome to vote here. Winners will be chosen by (1) local active art writers and (2) anyone else who wants to vote – and will be announced in terms of these two categories of voters. You must follow that link above to vote. Votes submitted as comments will be ignored. Winners will be announced at the 2011 New England Art Awards Ball at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at the Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to all. Dress creatively! Dress to impress! Entertainment will probably include a marching band, plus surprises! How to vote: Voting is automated – and our robots are standing by to receive your picks. You are welcome to vote in as many categories as you like or to leave lots of blanks. Please invite your friends to vote too. Votes must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, to be counted. The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research will tally the votes. Nominees with the most votes in each category will win. Voting will only be accepted via the robot voting form. We ask each voter to submit a name and e-mail address to prevent fraud. Cheaters will be banished. If you spot factual errors in the ballot, please send us corrections. The aim of the awards, which are organized by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, is to promote a more exciting local art scene by encouraging and celebrating the work of artists, curators and art writers active in New England (except Yalies). What’s happened so far: The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research invited everyone to make nominations in January and around 500 things were nominated. (Thank you.) We asked readers to volunteer to help us cull the nominations and recruited a couple more folks to pitch in. This team – artist Juniper Friedman of Massachusetts; Daniel Fuller, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art; Liz O’Connell of Massachusetts, Tabitha Piseno of R.K. Projects in Rhode Island (thank you) – ranked their top six picks in each category. The final ballot features the top vote getters in each category from each of these advisors plus The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, with us breaking ties as necessary. (Note: These kind folks were not allowed to vote for themselves or their institutions.) Some nominees were disqualified because they did not follow the guidelines requiring all nominees to feature art made and shared in New England—for example: the artist did not reside in New England, the art was not exhibited in New England in 2011, or, in the case of curators and art writers, the subject was not art made in New England, etc.