Happy Halloweenie

The Baroness as Princess Leia © Emily Shur 2007

I had a big plan and costume for The Baroness today, but due to some anal gland unpleasantries (don’t ask), our Halloween dress up party had to be postponed.  So, I will leave you with a photo of last year’s costume.  Unfortunately, there’s no gold bikini costume [...]

Oldies but Goodies

Louise © Emily Shur

It always bothers me when I see someone treat an elderly person like an inept child.  I have had the privilege of photographing many “seasoned” actors, musicians, scientists, etc.  Dr. Jane Goodall, Burt Bacharach, Alan Arkin, and Frankie Valli to name a few.  In all honesty, photographing someone who is 83 is different [...]

The Power of Positive Thinking

My Office © Emily Shur / Barack Obama © Martin Schoeller

Oh I have been so neglectful of my blog baby!  Well, I had some things to do, you know how it goes.  My birthday present from the husband has finally arrived and is now in it’s new home (my office).  See above.  I strategically placed [...]

Two Red Books

Raising Frogs for $$$ © Jason Fulford
Fushigi Circus © Mark Ryden

The Meat Magi © Mark Ryden

Brooklyn, 2005 / Nashville, 1998 © Jason Fulford

A few days ago, I bought two red books that I am currently loving.  One is Raising Frogs for $$$ by one of my favorite contemporary photographers, Jason Fulford.  The other is Fushigi [...]

A Very Fine House

Our House © Emily Shur 2005

Last week marked the third anniversary of when we closed on our house and moved in.  Where has the time gone?  Buying a house was one of the most intense, adult things I have ever done.  Part of what made it so major was the fact that the husband and I [...]

Oh, Life

       I had a birthday.  There was a cake, and it looked like sushi.

      The Baroness had a new life experience and went to the beach.

There is a Richard Neutra house that has been relocated to Echo Park.

    Oh Uzi, you are cute.

This is our new car.  A 1968 Porsche 912.  The [...]

Bill Maher

I think Bill Maher is an acquired taste. I happen to be a fan. This clip is from this past Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. Around the two minute mark, he really lays into the religious right wing, Sarah Palin, Bush, etc….you get the point. [...]

If You Are in LA Tonight

Black Power, 2008 © Hank Willis Thomas

Go see my good bud Hank give a lecture at The Hammer Museum tonight.  The talk is part of the Aperture West Collaborative Lecture Series.  Hank is the very first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize, and his monograph, Pitch Blackness is hot off the presses.  The details [...]

Last Night at Art Center

Last night I went to Rob Haggart and Heidi Volpe’s “Shooting Editorial” lecture at Art Center in Pasadena.  For those of you who could not make it, here’s what you missed.

There was a great turnout, and the crowd seemed pretty varied.  There were plenty of students, working photographers, photo editors, etc.  I was curious if [...]