Faux Type 55 Polaroid

I've always loved the look of old polaroids, particularly those on Type 55 film. And since Type 55 will be discontinued by Polaroid along with all of their other instant films, and since it's very expensive to begin with, I decided (despite feeling like I'm cheating) to recreate the Type 55 look in photoshop.

Here's a horrible little tutorial I wrote about how I turned this photo:


...into this photo:

  1. For the first step I took the original photo, desaturated it, applied lots of contrast and shadow/highlight adjustments and made it a nice high-contrast b&w image.
  2. Next I took two different stock Type 55 borders and brought them in on separate layers. I couldn't find any already made hi-res enough that I liked so I made my own by finding some scanned hi-res type 55 images and I photoshopped out the subject element leaving only negative space in the center.
    Here's a .zip with some nice Type 55 borders I made that you can download and use however you want: http://breezybaldwin.com/resources/type55borders.zip
  3. So now I had 2 different stock border layers and one layer w/ my original image. The reason I use 2 borders by the way is because I want to make each photo I edit this way look unique, just like the real film does. No two type 55 polaroids have the same looking border. So I mix and match portions of each border depending on what suits the original image best.
  4. Before I messed with the border layers I moved the original image to the top layer and duplicated it. I set the first one to 'overlay' and the one on top of it to 'linear burn'. Right now it should already be looking pretty cool.
  5. After that I tweaked all the layers individually. This step would be different for each photo you make. Since we are trying to imitate film, it's best to give each image it's own worn or under/over exposed look. On mine I added an extra 'overlay' layer to boost the highlights a bit, I added a color overlay layer to the very top that's a nice sepia tone (a very muted, greenish one) and I duplicated one of the border files and put it on top on 'color burn' and erased the edges to add a bit more grunge to the center of the image so it matched the grunginess of the edges more. Then I erased bits and pieces of each border layer to get a nice unique looking border that blended well with the photo. Now I didn't do this in my photo because it already had a pretty strong DoF, but you may want to create some fake DoF using the selection tool w/ a nice feather radius and the Gaussian Blur filter.

If you'd like to download an example .psd of my image above, here you go (it's not full-size but big enough to give you a good idea of how it's done if you're lost): http://breezybaldwin.com/resources/type55_example.psd.zip

An American In Paris

On day 3 we had a 6:30 wake up call and we met our tour director and driver. Francesco and Jelle. Francesco was from Naples, Italy and is quite possibly the best driver in the world. Try parallel parking an enormous motorcoach between two cars with just inches to spare without hitting them... I guarantee you it’s impossible. But not for Francesco. Jelle then proceeded to ask who was from where, and someone called out “Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!” and all the Australians repeated this chant and my first thought was GREAT... this will feel just like work hearing Aussie accents all around me (I work with a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis) but it ended up being amazing. Aussies are the greatest and have some of the best slang terms EVER. Later I’ll review all the awesome Aussie words Ally and I learned. We also had some Americans on the tour with us, and a few peeps from Brazil, Canada, UK, Dubai, Singapore and New Zealand... all were incredible. We were blessed with an amazing group of people.

We drove to Dover from London on our first day together which was an altogether uninteresting drive until we got to the white cliffs, which were breathtaking... but it was SO cold outside! Wow! Bring a WARM jacket to England even in the summer, because you’ll need it... especially near the coast. The “ferry” (which was more like a cruise ship) across the English Channel could not have been cooler. We drove the tour bus right onto the boat after about a 1/2 hour wait...during the half hour wait we ate at our first foreign fast food restaurant, Burger King. And they're food was way, WAY better than in America. For the hour cruise across the channel there are multiple decks of the ship with casinos, stores, an arcade and outdoor decks and lounges. Ally and I tried on some perfume and then took a little nap for the journey. I can’t believe that many people have actually swam across the English Channel... absolutely insane.

Goodbye, England!

Calais, France

We arrived in Calais, got back on the bus and drove off the ship into France. Thanks to the Schengen agreement, there is no passport checking between many European countries... sorta sad you don’t get a stamp though. Calais was a bit of a disappointment... pretty hum drum and industrial, but nice coastline. After we had been driving through France about an hour the countryside started to get prettier... it actually reminded me of Tennessee a bit. We stopped later on at a beautiful war monument dedicated to the Canadian troops who lost their lives at Vimy. Apparently the land is actually Canadian territory. There were still active land mines in the region and therefore much of it was roped off by fences that said “Danger!” all over them.

Vimy War Memorial

Paris, France

We arrived into the city of lights later in the evening, around 5, but we discovered the Louvre was open until 10pm that day.. so we headed there immediately. Upon arrival by subway after a very kind homeless man helped us read the underground map, we were right in the underbelly of the museum... the biggest art museum in the world mind you. I had been waiting for the day I could walk the Louvre the better part of my life, and that day had FINALLY come!

Rainy Day

We were off to see the Mona Lisa first of course, to get it out of the way because of the awful crowding. She had her own enormous wall even though the painting is rather small compared to the average size in the museum... where a lot of the paintings take up the entire wall... and we are talking HUGE walls. The museum is so ornate it’s overwhelming... it used to be the palace the royalty of France lived in up until King Louis XIV built Versailles.

Mona Lisa

We saw all the best stuff at the Louvre including a painting we weren’t expecting which we both love (the painting Coldplay used for the Viva La Vida album packaging and tour promotion) Eugène Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading The People’. Words cannot accurately describe being in the presence of the REAL art that I’ve admired only from cheap imitations or photographs in the past. It’s simply magical.

Viva La Vida!

After walking around most of the Louvre we needed to pass out so we decided to take a nap on a marble bench around a tree in an indoor courtyard somewhere in the museum. It was spectacularly lavish and relaxing. I almost felt like royalty taking a nap in there... the place is so big and there’s so little security I feel like I could probably have slept there for hours without being disturbed at all.


After the Louvre we got some chocolate crepes across the square and I must admit I still don’t even like crepes when they are authentic French crepes... supposedly the best. Ally enjoyed it though.

We somehow found our way back to the subway afterward, and without any help from the homeless we found our way back to our hotel, the Mercure Paris Porte de Versailles Vaugirard. Thankfully the subway station was right outside our hotel.

Our next day in Paris we went to La Tour Eiffel first thing in the morning. Brilliant timing because there was hardly any line at all, and our tour company had already purchased our tickets... one of the many perks of tour travel.  We only waited about 15 minutes to go up... which I hear is unheard of. It was almost empty on the 2nd level up until right before we left 45 minutes later, when all the crowds showed up... the view was phenomenal and the tower is even bigger than I imagined it would be. From the 2nd level alone you get spectacular views of the city, and you’re only about 1/2 way to the top.

An interesting thing we all noticed atop the tower was that if you looked up at the spire, the clouds would appear to move extremely fast across it. When we exited the tower Ally and and I bolted down the Champs de Mars to grab the typical Eiffel Tower shot before we had to board the bus again.

The Eiffel Tower

Next we took a quick included sightseeing tour of the city with the whole crew, all the photo nerds switching from side to side in the bus to get the best pictures out the bus windows, which was quite difficult with the glare. We passed Place de la Concorde, (I think they called it the "Bloody Square") the largest square in the city and site of the bloody French revolution. The Obelisk of Luxor in the center stands where the guillotine that beheaded Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette once stood. Next we passed Les Invalides, the military museum and also burial place of  Napoleon Bonaparte. We then drove past the Grand Palais and the Champs Elysees, then Notre Dame Cathedral. It was sort-of depressing not getting out for a closer look at Notre Dame, but then again we were going to see even bigger, more impressive Cathedrals in Rome... so an outside look was perfectly adequate. We also drove by the Pantheon of Paris... not quite as impressive as the one in Rome but still magnificent. After our sightseeing tour Francesco dropped off all the people not coming to Versailles back at Place de la Concorde, and the rest of us were off to the palace!

Notre Dame

When we arrived in Versailles there were about 20 other tour buses parked in the lot in front of the palace, and when you get out you’re bombarded with people trying to sell you cheap souvenirs. The original cobblestone road is quite fun to walk down. When you finally get up to the front of the palace with it’s gold leaf covered gates and dome and marble tiled courtyard... it is truly something to behold. Every moment you just feel special, the air you breath seems rich and powerful in these places. I kept wondering to myself “how is it I’m allowed to be here? That I’m actually inside one of the grandest palaces ever built?” having grown up with Disney world in my backyard it was so easy to imagine it was all smoke and mirrors - just a copy of the original that cost them a fraction of the original’s price to produce.. the gold was just paint and the crystal and marble just good imitations. But no. This was the REAL deal. Every crystal, all the marble, the paintings, the gold, everything - real. Not to mention that Kings and Queens had actually lived here.

Hall of Mirrors II

After you take the tour of the palace and it’s Hall of Mirrors and bedrooms and sitting rooms... you exit to the back of the palace which is even more splendid than the front. I could see in my mind fine carriages pulling up from the miles long tree lined boulevard, past the grand pools and fountains and perfectly manicured topiaries. The huge rectangular man-made ponds lining the pathway towards the palace were now full of paddle boats. It’s strange how out of place they seemed. And how out of place I felt, like me and everyone else around me  was dressed so inappropriately and didn’t really belong there.



We ate lunch in the palace with our American friends, Steve and Lynn, who we had a wonderful conversation with about photography, California (where they’re from) and the tour up to that point. The food at Versailles left something to be desired, but I might have just had my expectations set too high... it being a palace and all. Lynn bought me a brownie that was quite delicious however. On our way back to the bus, apparently Val or Pam got approached by one of the crazy street vendors trying to sell her a parrot that could record your voice. She said to him “piss off” which the parrot recorded and played back repeatedly as the man was walking away. The back of the bus was exploding in laughter at Val and Pam retelling this story... and Lynn kept repeating “piss off” in the parrot voice over and over throughout the trip. Not a day went by without us all laughing about that story at least one time... another thing I loved about the tour :)

After Versailles Francesco dropped us all back off at Place de la Concorde, and we had an hour free time before we had to go back to the hotels to freshen up for the Moulin Rouge. Ally and I decided to tackle the Champs Elysees and figured we would have plenty of time to make it to the Arc de Triumph and back. It would only be about a 3 mile walk... haha. Even though we power-walked it most the way, we got held up a few times, most notably when we passed an entertainment store of some kind that I forget the name of. It had a huge line going out the door and across the massive sidewalk (the sidewalks down the Champs Elysees were amazingly wide and even had lanes) where there was long que.

My curiosity got the best of me and I asked a policeman guarding the line what it was for. He didn’t really understand what I was asking so he grabbed is friend who acted as our translator for a very cute conversation we had with him. They told us the line was for some Japanese pop star who was doing an autograph signing... then they asked us if we were American and how long we were in Paris for... and we told them it was our last day and we were headed to Geneva next. Then they tried to explain to us how Geneva has strict littering laws and it’s very clean and environmentally friendly. They were so sweet to us and totally shattered my pre-conceived stereotype of French people being cold and rude (especially to Americans) because they became even friendlier when we told them where we were from, which everyone advises you to lie about if your an American in Paris.

Arc de Triomphe

After our adorable conversation with the cute French policemen, we walked until we were just a couple blocks from the Arc before realizing we were past the 1/2 way point with time and as it was we were going to have to haul ass back to the bus, so we sadly turned around before we could make it all the way. But we still got really close and got a good look at it. On our way back down the other side of the street we stopped for a breather in a Toyota showroom were we saw two amazing concept cars and got to sit in the brand new Prius, which was cool to me since I own the 2007 model. I was happy to find it didn’t change all that much and certainly wasn’t any more comfortable or stylish.

Ally and I about passed out back on the bus, and thankfully we had about an hour to refresh ourselves for dinner at the Moulin Rouge. In no time at all we were back on the bus however, and on our way someone asked what Moulin Rouge actually meant, and I felt pretty stupid for never figuring it out myself... it simply means “Red Windmill.” On our drive we passed an unexpected landmark that Ally and I totally geeked out about– the Opera house. While we aren’t Opera fans by any means, the building was the set of the musical Phantom of the Opera, one of Ally and I’s favorites. The building is still in beautiful condition and looked simply radiant in the late afternoon sunlight.

Upon arriving at the Moulin Rouge you’re instantly hit with the realization of what you’re about to see due to many large photographs from the show plastered on the outer walls. If you can’t afford to see the show and you wanna know what it’s about, just go check out those pics and you’ll have a pretty good idea. I sorta knew what I was getting into, but didn’t know the majority of the show was just women struggling to dance and lip-sync in crazy outfits that didn’t cover much up top. A pleasant relief was that among them were also many very attractive male dancers. Don’t worry though, they were almost fully clothed, to my astonishment. There was also this crazy part where one of the topless female dancers swam in a tank full of four 8 foot long snakes, which I argued with Ally about because she said they were Anacondas. I think she was a little drunk. In between set changes they would have little ten minute acts come on stage to entertain you, and those were my favorite part of the show. The first was a juggler who could juggle 8 pins at one time, the second act was a couple who were sort-of mimes, but the dude could move and control his partner like she was his ventriloquism dummy... very difficult to explain but the way they could bend and manipulate their bodies was impossible. The last short act was a ventriloquist who used puppets, then a real dog, then four people from the audience to speak through. He was extremely talented and funny... for the bit with four people he chose people of all different nationalities including an Asian guy and an American girl, and he had him hitting on her in their respective accents. Totally politically incorrect, which I loved about it.

Overall I really enjoyed the show, but it was not quite what I expected, which again I must thank Hollywood and the entertainment industry for. Having seen and loved the movie “Moulin Rouge” I was expecting a show a little more similar to that. It’s not ANYTHING like it besides the costumes and Can Can dance at the very end. The stage and sets where quite impressive however.

Ally & I at the Moulin Rouge

After the show we headed back to the hotel, only to hop right out again and grab a taxi to the Eiffel Tower. Although I wanted to do a night photoshoot in every city, the one I absolutely couldn’t miss was Paris, because no other city is lit up quite as nice. Although Ally and I got lucky and caught the end of the 5 minute light show pulling up to the tower, I just missed snapping a picture of it because I was setting up my tripod for the shot I was getting ready to take... one I had pre-meditated quite a bit. I’ll let the photo I took explain itself...

La Tour Eiffel

Still pretty nice even though I missed capturing it with the awesome flashy blue lights they use during the light show. Someday I’ll do the same shot during the light show and it will be even better :)

Can you believe all that was in less than 2 days? I can't.

Europe Trip - Part I

I’m just wrapping up my Europe adventure with my sister Ally (I’m in JFK on a 12 hour layover) and to curb my ridiculous depression I’m going to write out every little detail of the trip here on my blog. I must warn you, It’s going to be extremely long.

Let me give the people who don’t want to read about my journey in detail a stat rundown...

Here are the countries we have visited in 2 weeks:

United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, The Vatican

And the cities we have visited:

London, Dover, Calais, Paris, Versailles, Beaune, Geneva, Montreux, Sisteron, Cannes, Nice, St. Paul de Vence, Monte-Carlo, Genoa, Pisa, Montecatini (Tuscany), Florence, Venice, Rome, Vatican City

So that’s the breakdown. About 20 cities and 6 countries in 14 days. By motorcoach. Funny thing is we’ve had the same motorcoach the whole way - it crossed the English Channel with us on a huge cruise ship that had an entire level for buses and cars... just drive right on and off... amazing!

We were blessed with wonderful weather except for it being a bit overcast and rainy in London... but when is it not?! That wouldn’t have been true London.

Now a bit about the tour and then I’ll go into the breakdown of the locations. Ally and I decided for our first European trip we wanted all the headache inducing stuff taken care of because we don’t do well with checking into hotels and arranging transportation and staying on a tight schedule as it is.... but we wanted as much stuff as possible and our tiny amount of money to go as far as possible in the 2 weeks I had off.

SO since you get massive discounts and a great deal on everything when you go with large groups of people, a tour was a wonderful way to go. Tours wouldn’t be for everyone, I can tell you that... as our tour director kept saying, they aren’t really a vacation at all... you take your vacation when you rest afterward.

The best part of taking the tour was most definitely meeting all the people on it (about 98% Australians... I just can’t get away from them!) and our tour director, Jelle (pronounced Yell-ah) who has the most amazing accent I’ve ever heard in my life. He’s from Amsterdam... and I’m not sure that all Dutch speak English with the thick, amazing accent he does but if they do I want to move to the Netherlands and make them all speak English to me in their accents. He makes me want to learn to roll my r’s so I can speak exactly the way he does. I’ll be posting many videos so you too can enjoy hearing it. We also had peeps from New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, UK and Dubai on our trip.

I can’t tell you how much fun it is to meet all these wonderful new people from around the world and get to know each and every one of them through the course of the trip... you learn so much and go through so much together in such a short amount of time and it significantly lengthens the trip for you psychologically... it’s amazing! I feel like I was in Europe for a month!

So... the part you’ve been waiting for if you’re still reading this book... the breakdown of the locations!

I’ll go in order of the trip, starting in London, UK. Well, actually, something very exciting happened on what was otherwise a very boring trans-Atlantic flight that I must include in the story...

Kyle MacLachlan was on our flight! We bumped into him exiting the plane and a few more times in the airport. He had an adorable baby too. I guess most people don’t really even know who he is but he starred in my #2 favorite TV show of all time: Twin Peaks. Special agent Dale Cooper holds a very special place in my heart. You may recognize him instead from Desperate Housewives... never watched it but I know he has a pretty big role on that show.

So... we finally arrive at Heathrow international airport after an overnight flight super duper excited thinking of the movie “Love Actually” coming through the international arrivals. We get the shuttle we needed to be on to our hotel... the trip took 30 minutes. London is overcast and rainy... I couldn’t be more thrilled. We are in LONDON!!!! City of knights, jousting, shakespeare, crazy monarchies, amazing art, rich history and most importantly... Hugh Grant! Just kidding. Maybe not.

We check into the hotel and immediately head out onto the streets and our first stop is the London Underground to get a day pass. The very nice employee behind the counter tells us with his thick British accent that there will be a strike the next day for the underground... then proceeds to ask where we’re from and we talk about Florida.

Now for beginner's travel tip #1... The London Underground SEEMS easy to figure out at first... sort-of... but it’s not. We must have gotten on the wrong train 10 times. In the end, right before we left London we got the hang of it (go figure). We realized the mistake we were making was that some trains leave from the same platform and stop at a lot of the same stations, but don’t have the same FINAL destination, and this is what matters when looking for the right train... finding them by their final destinations. For someone that didn’t grow up with a subway this was Greek to me... maybe not to you!

Ok, now for the London attractions. First stop was Parliament and Big Ben. Totally what they are cracked up to be. So beautiful... you never want to stop staring. We walked all along the river, also fun, dropped by the British Museum (AMAZING!) and got to see all the stuff we had only seen in text books before in person.... we even knew a few of the Egyptian sculptures and paintings by name without reading the plaques... we also had a hilarious moment where we saw a crowd of people up ahead gathered around a very large stone slab... and Ally says “why they heck is everyone gathering around that rock?” So I walked over to it and took a closer look, realized what it was, and said to Ally, “Maybe because it’s the Rosetta Stone?” haha... the highlight for me was seeing the paintings of Nebamun and sculpture of Akhenaten and Nefertiti... my favorite Egyptian art.

In London we also tried to get into a West End play... Hamlet (starring a little known actor named Jude Law) but we were unsuccessful sadly even after multiple good attempts to get tickets... beginners travel tip #2... buy London theater tickets MONTHS in advance. The locals love their theater as much as we love it.

Other highlights included Buckingham Palace, Tragalgar Square, Windsor Castle and the London Eye (the giant Ferris Wheel). Tower of London was a bit overrated but I liked Tower Bridge a lot. Would have probably been better had we made it in time to see the guards (the guys with the funny hats.)

I feel like we probably crammed more than any other tourist ever has into 2 days in London and we still didn’t do 1/2 of what we wished we could have. You need at least 4 days to do London... would have loved to see Stonehenge, Bath, the Peak District and lots of other things outside the city... at least we have plenty to do next time!

Everyday Sunday + Newsboys

There are so many updates, I don't even know where to begin!

I got to do a very spontaneous and fun photoshoot with my friend Grace Campbell yesterday (with Rebecca Walton and Gabby Campbell assisting - thanks guys!) Those pics will be up shortly and I'm very excited about them, because Grace is totally gonna be huge.

I've been doing tons of shoots lately (yay!) thus I finally updated completely revamped my photography website, not with much new work (yet) but a fresh look and FLASH! TONS of new work is coming soon though, please visit and tell me what you think of the redesign (breezybaldwinphoto.com).

In other photo shoot news, I got to do another shoot with the awesome Everyday Sunday. This time a REAL shoot for the album packaging and everything, not just a random for-fun shoot... not that there's anything wrong with those, but you know. First location was actually a spontaneous last-minute thing because the boys discovered when they got in town that their hotel was AMAZING and so we did a shoot there the night before our scheduled shoot at building 8 in the factory the following day (also the home of my church!) which they very generously donated to us! Without further ado, here are some shots:


The name of their new album is "Best Night Of Our Lives" so naturally we were going for a very fun night-time atmosphere. I'm also doing all the packaging for this album as well, and we already have a final cover, which you can see below. First time a band has really given me almost total creative freedom, which was really nice to have. For the cover I used a pic I took in NYC and some long exposure shots (the album title is all my handwriting with a light pen in my bedroom ... lol)

In other packaging news, we finally got the new newsboys final packaging inserts today, and they look pretty sweet. Very clean and sharp. Definitely my most challanging project to date. What we started with and what we ended up with is just mind-bogglingly different... I'll have to write an entire post dedicated to the design process of album packaging and use that one as an example. Craziness. So much fun though, but an equal amount of stress!

With all that I really feel like I'm about to enter a brand new chapter of my life, now that I'm finally working on some super high profile stuff (yay!) AND I'm turning 21 next week, going to 6 countries this summer AND I have tons of really exciting projects lined up, including a music video....... the best is yet to come for sure.

In Studio With Everyday Sunday

This is Mark Lee Townsend. He is a genius producer who is responsible for Relient K and House Of Heroes among other bands... plus he was DC Talk's guitarist.  I had the privilege of hanging out with him for a bit at Dark Horse studio a few weeks ago with Everyday Sunday (whose new album he produced) and snapped a few pics. He had a lot of fun stories about Relient K and their beginnings. Apparently he is back in the studio with them right now recording their new album. Good Stuff.

Here are a few more of my favorite pics from the day... one of Tyler tracking some bass guitar, and one of the outside of the main studio/house.

When It Rains, It Pours

I'm more swamped with work than I ever have been in my entire life.

While I know I should be ridiculously thankful, I have only been sleeping about 3-5 hours each night in order to put a dent in some of the work I have.

Writing and taking short breaks here in there is all that keeps me sane, which is why I'm taking this break now.

Plus I want to keep a record of some of what I've done recently, so I don't forget and it doesn't pile up too high.

Some of my recent work includes Article One's myspace customization (I took the photos used in the design as well as doing all the coding, etc) a new newsboys tour poster, lots of Inpop splash pages to make way for the new website I'm currently working on, packaging for the new Paul Colman album "History", as well as Paul's current press photos; the packaging for Julian Drive's debut "My Coming Day" a photo shoot with my twin sister Ally.

Oh plus there was assisting my favorite photographer as an on-stage volunteer for an example photoshoot.

Here's my favorite shot from the shoot with Paul Colman at the Factory in Franklin... that was a fun shoot :)

Take the Walk

Even if you aren't a fan of Hanson, and when they come up all you can think about is MmmBop and those lovely boy band days, you gotta give them a TON of credit for growing up to be amazing guys even though their super volatile younger years were spent basking in glow of the paparazzi. You couldn't go to the grocery store or turn on the radio without hearing their hit song or seeing their cute little faces on the cover of Tiger Beat.

Unlike most of their peers, the Hanson boys never let any of the fame get to their heads. Even when their popularity dwindled after they started writing more from the heart and they lost the teeny bopper sound that defined them, they didn't just throw in the towel or turn to drugs and bad relationships. Instead they started taking trips to Africa and researched ways to help fight the war on poverty. The most recent of their ongoing attempts is Take the Walk - a charity catalyst organization that helps to raise awareness about poverty by hosting barefoot walks before every Hanson concert. They also sponsor TOMS shoes, Free The Children, Docvia, and blood:water mission, raising awareness and money for those causes as well.

Truly I've never seen this amount of charity work done by any other band except Jars of Clay with blood:water and newsboys with Global Tribe, and I really wish every band would join forces with one of the three organizations... can you imagine the impact that would make? 

Our favorite musicians and music itself plays such a powerful role in our lives... it can inspire us to live life with a greater purpose than our own selfish desires that only lead to unhappiness and regret... and live a life filled with hope, wonder, love and fulfillment... one lived with the purpose to serve and love others and find the solution to problems that cause millions of our brothers and sisters to live life in a way that all people would find unacceptable if only they truly opened their eyes to it.

She & Him

I went to see She & Him at Mercy Lounge last month when my sister and her friend Stacey visited. First of all let me say it took me a while to get into them. My sister ranted and raved about how good they were but I just didn't get it. After a few listens I had decided they were boring and not my cup of tea. But I decided to give them multiple tries and listened to them in the car, at work and at home almost every day for a few weeks and I slowly began to appreciate the stripped-down old-fashioned sound, the catchy, adorable lyrics and the way listening to them made me feel like I had discovered an old forgotten band from the early 70's... one that never aged, haha.

So for those not cool enough to know, She & Him is actually fronted by the actress Zooey Deschanel. One of my favorite comedies is "Elf" where she stars along side Will Ferrell and saves Christmas by singing carols to spread cheer. What's ironic is in the movie she loves singing but is afraid of singing in public. Well, in person Zooey is probably the most timid and shy performer I have ever seen live. She sounded and looked amazing, even played some piano, tambourine and made horn/trumpet noises with her mouth which was awesome... but overall she pretty much just stood there looking like a deer in headlights. She did start jumping around at the end which was very cute.

Oh and if you go to a She & Him show, save yourself a lot of trouble and ridicule and leave your camera at home. At one point in the show Matt Ward (the "Him" part of She & Him) even dedicated a song to "all of you not taking pictures" ouch. Zooey made a couple anti picture announcements as well... seems they are not a fan of the camera.

So, going against their wishes I still took around 250 pictures. Oops. My bad... here is my fav:

Rock those bangs Zooey!

**UPDATE: I don't know how or why, but somebody put the above photo in Zooey's official Wikipedia page, as the MAIN photo. It's been up there for a few years now, and been seen by God knows how many people! Whoever you are, thank you!

Boston, MA

I finally finished uploading my pictures from Boston to Flickr. Here are some of my favorite photos:

It was actually a nice day.

Boston Subway

See all my photos from Boston here.