Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Photograph of Michelle Obama on the Cover of NV Magazine

In October 2008 I went to a rally on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder to hear Michelle Obama speak. Although I was buried in the crowd I was able to take some photographs of her with my Nikon D80 and a 70-300mm zoom lens. A skate girl next to me let me stand on her skateboard for a few shots. She had to steady me because skateboards aren't really designed for this sort of thing. Later, I posted a couple of the photographs online. One of these became my most viewed photograph on Flickr. At the end of 2008 the photo was used with my permission on a First Ladies fashion website called Mrs. O. And then NV Magazine asked to use it as part of their "Michelle is Me" cover story, about Michelle Obama's impact on African-American women.

NV Magazine Cover - Michelle is Me
The original uncropped photo has blurry backs of people's heads along the bottom and right side. But I think Mrs. Obama's smile transcends the entire scene.

Michelle Obama in Boulder uncroppedSince I took this photograph she has become a gracious and beautiful first lady.

NV - New Vision in Business Magazine is sold at many Barnes & Noble stores around the U.S. Thanks to Leah Bailey at NV Magazine.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Norman Petty Documentary featuring Buddy Holly

Five photographs I took inside the Norman Petty recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico were used in a documentary called "New Mexico Legends - The Norman Petty Studios." The documentary was produced by the New Mexico Music Commission and you & me productions. It first aired on New Mexico PBS stations on June 4, 2009. It features Buddy Holly, the Fireballs, LeAnn Rimes and others.

Norman Petty Studio Microphone
Here are the photographs of mine that were used:
For more information about the documentary see: New Mexico Legends - The Norman Petty Studios

Thanks to Steve Palmisano of you & me productions