Grab some paints and a canvas, a glass of wine or a soft drink, crank up the music, and you will have some idea of what when down at Pinot’s Palette at 100 W. Higgins Road in South Barrington last weekend. There was crazy-infectious energy and laughter on both nights of the soft opening as I documented the fun. This is a great location, too–right by the movie theatre and surrounded by all sorts of dinner options. Stop in for some fun with your besties and tell them I said hi!
(And can I just say it was cool to see so many people interacting with other humans with their heads UP and not constantly peering slack-jawed at their cell phones?)
When my 21″ iMac went belly-up and I had to get a new computer in a hurry (hello, super-speedy 15″MacBook Pro!), the backup migration from my external HD went pretty well. BUT…and it’s a big but…I had turned Time Machine OFF while Ol’ Mac was in the last stages of dying because I needed to finish a project and the Time Machine backup (which is not frequency or time customizable*) was slowing things down waaaaay too much. Well, the unimaginable happened. I forgot to turn it back on, and when I returned a few days later, the hard drive in the iMac had followed the Light. Dead. Dead as a doornail.
Once I got the new unit, like I said, transfer went well. I did it myself and saved the $99. But that last work I did of course wasn’t there. Thank you, Backblaze! I was able to find the Lightroom and Photoshop files I needed to load on Lil’ Mac. The Lightroom adjustments were still there. I don’t remember on which blog I first read about BB, but so glad I checked it out last March and signed up for a year. Seriously, people! $5 a month for UNLIMITED cloud backup. DO IT. Simple, easy, cheap, works, saves your butt.
You’re welcome. Tell ’em I sent ya, and we both get a month free.
*Apple Folks: please let us decide when and how often we schedule the automatic backups in Time Machine. Pretty please?
I’ve just made arrangements to do family & pooch portraits at Wright-Way’s facility in Morton Grove in November. Stay tuned for de-tails!
Made pie the other day. Started with these…
And ended up with this…
This is the America’s Test Kitchen Deep Dish Apple Pie Recipe, by the way. I didn’t trim the all-butter crust enough (‘cuz you just can’t get enough crust!), and I probably should have stuck the assembled pie back in the fridge to firm up more before baking. The fluted edge morphed into a Hello, Dali mushroom-like thing, but it is delicious nonetheless! Next time I am getting that old school device that clamps onto the table and peels and slices the apples all in one shot.
FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS! WE ARE BEING TARGETED IN A SCAM!
I’ve gotten two of these requests that I suspect were scams in the last week. The language they used is almost identical to what is written in the following article. The first one offered to pay travel to a location 2 hours from me and wanted 6 portraits after the event. Did not first ask for my availability for a certain day. Huh? Would a family reunion really revolve around the availability of an untried photographer? I said no to that one. The second one sent an email from a completely different name, proposed the same thing (what is my availability, only 5 hours work, did I take credit cards, etc.). No mention of where he got my name. We communicated a little via text last night but I was about to eat dinner, so I called the number today. It was a Google Voice number but I could not understand anything being said as it sounded like it was in an underwater factory, and the person on the other end had such a thick foreign accent. He kept asking how I was doing–I got that part. Again, asked if I took credit cards. I said I could only take a cc through Paypal. He also provided me with an address where the event would take place. It is a 1 bedroom apartment! 40-50 people, portraits after, 5 hours of work (“only” 5 hours!). This is where I got suspicious (duh–finally) and Googled “scam seeking photographer for family reunion” and found this: