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Coronavirus vaccine side effects…

11 Apr

Nothing exciting this weekend because I am still feeling really, really tired from the vaccine. I heard that’s a good thing. I heard that the people who have side effects the ones where it’s working.

I had a couple of days of cold type symptoms but this fatigue is still lingering.

I am just watching TV in bed this evening. If the first dose is like this I am wondering how the second dose will be.

I have a notoriously strong immune system.

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Reimaging…

08 Apr

I had taken the Porsche prints to my office to put up. I had to get one of the prints re-imaged because one of them wasn’t imaged right to begin with (it wasn’t sharp) and they weren’t imaged on metallic paper. Metallic is more expensive but it makes a much better print. Then I add a lustre coating.  It’s the kind of thing that bugs me. That mistake cost me $31.

I ordered a big one of the plane because when my mother comes to visit maybe she’ll quit buying me things like ballroom dance lessons if she realizes that this is the kind of thing that makes me happy. She always wants to think that I am like her but I’m not. I have my own interests and my own life. Sometimes parents never realize that no matter the age of their children. The picture turned out so nice. I just have to mat and frame it now.

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He’s stolen my inheritance…

07 Apr

My mother is coming to Florida in a week and she is bringing Master Dylan to meet me. We have a reservation at a hotel because dogs aren’t allowed in my condo by the HOA.

Look dog. Let’s get a few things straight because I can see you are secretly laughing at me in this photo. I see you’ve stolen my inheritance….I was NEVER spoiled. EVER.

And for the record – I was NEVER her favorite. I’m only laughing back at you because someone has finally unseated my brother as the favorite. LOL Ha dog! Congratulations!

Master Dylan. Der Dog. I will have a million pet names for you.

I’m going to get that bone. I am. It looks like the perfect neck pillow.

One more thing Dylan. I am getting the heart monitor for two weeks tomorrow. Don’t chew through the wires. These things are expensive. Understand dog?

Woof, baby

———— Dylan is a Labradoodle named after Bob Dylan

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My MRI…

07 Apr

I was all prepared because I’ve had enough to say, “Ok let’s sew it up.” No go.

The problem is the AC joint in the shoulder and they do not operate on that joint. Normally, I could have gotten injections but “no go” on that because I just received my COVID vaccine (first shot) today. They cannot do injections until two weeks after the second COVID shot. That would be the middle of May. There is nothing that can be done for that shoulder except for a sling. He thinks I’m using it too much and the sling would just be a reminder not to use it. The problem is, it’s my right arm. It’s very uncomfortable. It’s been like this for a couple of months now and it doesn’t feel any better. It can take a year to heal.

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Friends want a little more information about the plane

05 Apr

The plane I few this weekend is a Diamond. The United States Air Forces likes to use them as military trainers. It’s a million dollar plane. Of course good deals can be had on the used ones.

This particular one did not have a glass cockpit. Believe it or not, all the planes I’ve ever flown on are manual (which is safer). When I worked on the training software for the Gulfstream 450, 550 and 650 – those planes have glass cockpits but I never flew a jet. But making training software to train pilots gets very boring very quickly because it’s repetitive. I was a contractor for a while for the people who train pilots to fly the Gulfstream. They pair you with an SME (Subject Matter Expert – a pilot) in order to make software.

The Diamond I flew this past weekend was the replacement for the Diamond that I few a couple of years ago. This plane https://youtu.be/QeoA70Ji_D4. That flight still remains one of my favorites for several reasons. We got special permission from the FAA for me to fly 500 feet above water. Most pilots don’t do it because it’s considered dangerous. If something happens on the plane, you have no time to react. I absolutely love the view. The other thing we did was when I made the turn from ocean to the Intercoastal, we killed the power to the engine and I actually GLIDED down in what you are seeing. You’ve only got one engine folks.That was a very memorable flight.

Diamonds are stick airplanes (not yolks). When I used to fly with G. on the Twin Comanche, that plane is a yolk. But that plane is meant for tall people and I had trouble seeing over the dash. G. was 6′5″ so that plane is made for someone like him. Very heavy plane…Yes, you can use a booster with a plane like that but then how are you going to reach the foot pedals? The Comanche was the plane where I lived through the right engine failure. I spent a whole week in the hangar watching them take apart that plane because our lives depended on finding an answer. The hangar the Comanche is stored in on Hilton Head is the one where I used to park my Porsche in those shots.

Joe’s Cheyenne had some glass instruments but I was just a passenger in that plane. He took me up to do as close to acrobatics as you can get in a plane like that. The Mohawk was what he used for acrobatics. I’ve been in the cockpit of the Mohawk before it went down. The gauges are military and manual. The Saudi Arabian Fighter Jet wasn’t flyable.

The two Diamonds, however, are made for little pilots. You can’t fly the plane if you are over 180 lbs. They make a 4 seater that can be flown by someone who is 180 lbs and over. I really like the little Diamonds. You cannot beat the view with the glass canopy. You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger smile on my face than when I’m sitting in those planes. I absolutely love it.

Even though the sites were built a long time ago, that’s why I created the artwork for http://floridawebdevelopment.net and http://CarolinaWebDevelopment.com. Those are two of my companies. I had fun creating the “Flights of Fancy” interface in the color I became known for. The animations are aviation themed and based off of antique aircraft. Cars, boats, planes – I love them all.

Now two things to remember – Chuck Yeager was right when he said, “There are no born pilots.” And flying is a numbers game. You want to make sure all your landings equal the number of your takeoffs. :)

And one more thing, I guess Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. LOL

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Laura Kerbyson – April 4, 2021 – Flying an Airplane Around South Florida

04 Apr

The video is live now. Click on the photo to see the video or click the link https://youtu.be/D7Ha7wrrEl0.  It was a windy day so we had some bouncing around.

Laura Kerbyson in Diamond Airplane

Laura Kerbyson - Flight Around South Florida - April 4, 2021 - Diamond Airplane

Cockpit of Diamond Airplane

Cockpit of Diamond Airplane

Laura Kerbyson in Diamond Airplane Before Flight

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Yes, I got booted – rescheduled for 9 a.m. takeoff tomorrow

03 Apr

I went out to the hangar and they did boot me for high windows. Look at the sky in the photos I just took. There are two things flights get booted for – winds and rain. The winds gusts are over the threshold for this plane. Here’s the plane I’m going to fly. That is Lantana Diamond. So now it’s going to be an Easter morning flight.

It looks like our call numbers are November 143 Alpha Alpha.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate for tomorrow morning. Hopefully, I get a better night’s sleep tonight.

There was another pilot who just landed who needed my help with a tarp on the plane so at least I got to be useful this morning.

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That was an awful night…

03 Apr

I made notes here last time before I went into the hospital because all I had on me was the phone and by search we could find the notes.

I said I wouldn’t go back to the hospital because they did such a poor job of treating this. I felt like I was tortured for 3 days. My own cardiologist understands so much more.

I wish we would have had the heart monitor on last night. The worst hours were between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. I honestly tried not to fall into a deep sleep. My arms, my legs, my feet keep falling asleep because the blood wasn’t pumping. I would struggle to get myself upright and then I would feel like I am going to pass out. Eventually that “pass out” feeling even happened laying down. The blood is not moving. This went on for hours.

My blood pressure was just dangerously low. I feel like the worst is over but I just took my pressure and it’s 79 over 51. It only goes low like that at night. My veins felt very strange and I heard that snap in my neck. I am wondering what that was.

At any rate, it was a bad night. The bad night is over. Those are my notes.

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I have to make a note in the log here…

03 Apr

I hope that everything will be fine by morning however, this is not the typical evening.

My blood pressure took a dive before even going to sleep. It’s super low and I felt something “snap” in my neck.

Typically when I have a problem it’s after I’ve gone to sleep. I’m worried about how low it’s going to go tonight.

Hopefully, I will wake up tomorrow and everything will be fine. I’ll make a note on the blog before heading to the airport.

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It will be interesting to see if we’re cleared for takeoff…

02 Apr

The winds are outrageous today here in Palm Beach County.

The plane I am taking up tomorrow is a very lightweight plane. It’s a Diamond – they are used as military trainers. This kind of wind would bounce that plane all over the place. It’s only a 2 seater. It’s the kind of plane that you have to climb up into. It has a canopy like a jet on it. On this model, the entire canopy is glass.

I’ll just have to wait and see what conditions are like at 11 a.m.

I like to fly low and with this kind of wind they might not allow it. For me, it’s not as much fun to fly high. It was kind of an overcast day so I am not expecting sunny skies. That does make the flight comfortable because small planes don’t have air conditioning most of the time. The video will not be as picturesque because of the sky color. It will also affect the reflection of the water color. However, I still want to go.

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I booked the plane…

01 Apr

I’m going flying on Saturday. I am scheduled for takeoff at 11 a.m.

I should be able to bring back some footage of the flight for you.

I’m just flying around Palm Beach County.

Let’s hope it doesn’t rain. That will ground the flight. Rain is not fun.

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It’s one way to tell if your Van Cleef is real…

31 Mar

I wore my jewelry into the MRI this morning. I was banking on the set I was wearing was real. It was.

If it’s not real, it will vibrate and move in an MRI machine. If it’s real gold, it won’t move at all. And these were 18K. No movement.

I do have a piece that I am sure is not real but I wasn’t wearing that this morning.

So it’s one way to tell if your jewelry is real…

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Tomorrow will be a ridiculously long day…

31 Mar

I have a 7 am appt for an MRI on my shoulder. Then I have a full day of work.

I am going to be exhausted by tomorrow night.

They got the heart monitor approved by the insurance. They are going to hook it up April 8th.

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It was so good to see everyone…

30 Mar

It was so good to see all the people that I have missed over the past year this morning.

I’m so glad I got hugs.

I setup the office. I have everything but art at this point. Which is really kind funny when you think about it… I’ll see what I can do about that…

Oh, and I need a screwdriver to break into the thermostat. It is so cold in that office. I’m wearing a sweater and long pants tomorrow. It’s hard to believe we are in South Florida when I’m sitting in that office.

A nice little perk is that my window is the perfect view of the airplanes coming into the Boca Raton airport. For me, that’s a bonus. We are pretty close to those runways.

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It was glorious…

28 Mar

I went to the pool today.

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I’m thinking about taking a plane up next weekend…

28 Mar

I’m in the mood for a joy ride around Palm Beach. I’m thinking about taking a plane up next weekend. If I go, I’ll get camera footage.

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The thing I miss most this week…

27 Mar

Now that I am going back into the office 3 days this week, I will miss this desk in my home. It raises and lowers and I love it.

I can set the laptop on it and work. I can shut the laptop and watch TV on the screen when I’m done. If I want to stand, I stand. If I want to sit, I sit.

I will miss this desk on those 3 days every week.

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I had every intention of going to the boat show…

27 Mar

I don’t think I’m going.

I got up this morning and that shoulder is really bothering me. So I’ve got some doubts about whether I’m going to go or not this weekend.

Let me give it a couple of hours before I decide.

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It’s boat show weekend…

25 Mar

You know how I love the Palm Beach Boat Show. It’s one of our best local events.

Of course they didn’t have it last year. But it’s on again this year.

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One thing after another…

24 Mar

I managed to pick up a cold going to the doctor’s office.

I went to see him over my right hand going numb. I thought for sure it is the shoulder problem that is causing it. He’s says no, it’s the old neck injury.

I’m not very happy about this but he want to put me back into a neck brace while I work the computer. We’ve been dealing with this neck injury for 25 years.

I just wish that I could be contained to one major problem at a time. I ordered the brace.

On a brighter note, most of the items I ordered for my office arrived. I’ll tell you about them later.

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Change of plans…

23 Mar

I’m going back NEXT week. We decided there are too many people out of the office this week.

It should work out better as my office items I ordered will have time to get here.

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Spendng a little time gathering items for my office…

21 Mar

This morning I got online and ordered some items for my office so that I don’t have to transport things I would really like to have.

I live in paradise. I’ve gotten to work in paradise for the past year. Now the challenge is to make the office feel a little more like home.

I ordered a mat for the desk, a wrist rest and mouse pad, a desk lamp, an organizer, notebooks and pens, a tea for one set, a box of assorted teas that I like – basically, those kinds of things.

I am spending a little time today gathering a few items from my home office to take in until some of things arrive this week. Of course I am a woman from “camp be prepared” so that also means packing some makeup, extra medication, workout bag for the trunk of the car, etc.

Of course you know me – everything will be color coordinated in aqua, white and pastels.

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What I know so far…

20 Mar

I am waiting on the insurance company to approve the long tests.

But Friday we threw the Hail Mary pass and decided to test the Cartoid Artery (Left and Right sides). It was kind of desperate thought that if there was any kind of blockage, we could unblock it and maybe change the situation. My arteries were perfect. She said to me literally, “You have the PRETTIEST arteries I have ever seen.” She really did use the word pretty. I saw the images as they flashed up on the screen. My arties were very clean.

That means the problems are all in the heart, my brain telling my heart that it doesn’t need to pump blood at night, and my blood pressure that shoots so high during the day. A year ago, it went so high it blew a major vein in my left leg that controls blood pressure. That vein unfortunately will be like that forever. The concern is, “What if that had been in my head?” The blood pressure issue is independent of the heart problem. It’s very difficult to control. It has taken us almost a year to work out a drug combination that affects it in any way.

I have always taken care of myself by eating right and working out. I was going to be shocked if tests showed anything different than that and they show that I have taken care of myself. The heart problem wasn’t caused by not eating right or working out.

We’re trying to get the insurance company to pay for a long-term study so we might have more insights into what my heart is really doing. We know some things at this point because we have done tests and you can clearly see problems but the night time issue is a strange one.

I’m going through my Saturday routine today and then I’m going to relax for a while.

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I am going back to the office a few days a week…

17 Mar

Before the uproar starts, just hear me out….

I am aware my doctor is not on board with this and my mother is not on board with this…

I went to the office today for the first time in over a year. While Covid was happening we got new offices.

They really want me to come back into the office. I felt bad because they have kept my office empty waiting for me to come back. I wouldn’t consider it if I were sharing a space with someone but I won’t be. It’s a big office with a door and window. It was quite sweet of them to hold it and to give me a nice office. In my career, I have had a couple of offices that were just drop dead gorgeous offices. This one needs a woman’s touch to it. That will come in time. I have missed them all so much and it was great to see them today.

So I am going to go in next Monday.

I am so productive from home and it will tap my energy more to go in it but it’s so nice to be working with everyone again. So I’m doing it, and that’s that for the moment.

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There’s never an easy way to say this…

16 Mar

I have accepted this and I realize as you read this that you have not. I will try to make it easy as I can.

First let me say that I’ve processed it, dealt with it and I’m fine with it. I am in the stages of heart failure. There are four stages to heart failure – A, B, C, D. Over the past 12 months we went from B to C and we have been treating this as C. Because of recent episodes (which are always at night), I may be crossing into D. My heart does not pump blood properly at night.

No one has been more aware of the situation than me in the past 12 months.

It is a situation that is not curable and it will be the thing that kills me. Our best hope was to slow it down, which I have to say, I don’t think we have managed to do that. We have been through so much medication, it would probably shock you.

Of course the big question is, how long do I reasonably expect to have. We’ll do some tests coming up that might shed some light on that question. A lot would depend am I in C or D? Usually people in D live less than five years. I had an aunt (not genetically related) who probably lived 10 years once she hit the beginning of C and finished at D. Honestly, I don’t think I have 10 years. I’m well aware of what happens at night and the other signs that go with it throughout the day.

I am 51 years old. I had a great grandfather that died at 42 probably of a similar problem. I complained to a doctor when I was in my 30s that I thought I had a heart problem and she refused to investigate it. Even doctors can mistakenly think that you are too young for an issue. I can absolutely tell you that the outside of the package does not match the inside of the package.

With all that said, I plan to have as much fun as I can have on the way out. Make no mistake about it, that is my nature. I want to earn as much money as I can and I want to spend it all. I don’t want people or friends to be shy about getting together. We will make do with whatever time is left. And of course, I am still cautious about COVID. But let’s be honest, the garden variety flu might kill me at this point.

I am in the process of just now starting to formulate things I need to plan for, things I need to take care of and things I didn’t achieve during my life. Now it’s time for you to share in my sense of humor (although I am being serious about this) –

You know one of the things that comes to mind that I never achieved because it was on my “eventual” list is this – I never became a Cougar. I never, in my entire life dated a younger man. Isn’t that surprising? I’ve already told my mother, “And that is going to change NOW! Yes it is!” LOL. And trust me, I’m going to work on the rest of my list that needs to be achieved.

I plan on having all the fun that I can. I don’t want this bad news to come as a surprise to people. I’m not going to worry about it or stress about it and you shouldn’t either. It is what it is and I will make the most of whatever it may be.

Ok? That’s the plan.

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One of the things I remember about Joe…

10 Mar

It was a period in my life where few people in the world could understand the work I was doing. And I doubt few will ever understand it. I spent 3 years of my life marketing and advertising this brand and being M.’s right hand woman.

I was working for one of the world’s great high-end jewelers who as they say “makes jewelry for royalty.” They were not the Kay Jewelers of the world. Among the items I was marketing was the Guiness Book of Records Largest Paraiba Tourmaline that had been set into a necklace. The stone itself was over 192 CTS.

So as you might expect my work entailed communicating with the Queens of the world, celebrities and world’s wealthiest people. Without saying how much, it is obviously a piece that costs millions and millions of dollars.

When we got into marketing this piece in the Middle East, I had a lot to learn about the Middle East. We had dealings with Saudi Arabia and Qatar in regards to the royal families.

I was very quickly trying to research the politics of the regions and what I needed to know about the Price of Saudi Arabia.

I remember Joe and I having conversations about it.

“Joe, am I reading this airspace map correctly? This is restricted airspace going into Qatar?”

Then that lead to learning why it was restricted. Restricted airspace means that you are not allowed to fly a plane into that area. Then that lead to learning that there might be a point of entry through Saudi Arabia.

The way that our contacts spoke to us as American women was a wake up call. I shouldn’t say American, M. is Canadian and I’m American. I always think of M. as American but she’s Canadian. Needless to say it wasn’t the same tone as say England or Denmark, the Netherlands, or Sweden.

The only person I could admit to that I found this whole process a little scary was Joe.

He used to text or call and say, “Did you sell it yet?”

“No. Moving the world’s largest stone in that category is not easy.” Marketing that piece has to be one of the hardest things I have ever done.

The more I did it, the more I learned to have ice water running through my veins. But it helped to have that one person, outside the office, who really knew what I was doing.

For me that person was Joe.

I used to joke that if I had to go to Saudi Arabia, I could borrow his Saudi Arabian fighter jet that he owned. (It was not flyable.) That plane was in the hangar at Palm Beach International Airport. Also in that hangar was what was left of the first plane Prince Charles ever flew. Joe had some interesting stuff. Aside from being a doctor, he owned an airshow company so he collected stuff like this. He was an acrobatic certified pilot.

Part of what made me think about this was checking the crash reports on the Mohawk and thinking about some of our conversations.

My ex-boss from the store and her boyfriend are coming to a dinner party I am hosting this weekend. We are still friends. We indeed had some very memorable times and that story is not over.

People just could never imagine some of the things we lived through and the memories that we have.

If Joe were still here, he would want the update to be sure.

It’s going to be good to see M.

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One of my favorite inspirational quotes…

09 Mar

And it’s probably in every flight book you own or will ever read but it’s so true….

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
– Leonardo DaVinci

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Joe’s plane crash…

09 Mar

It never really leaves your mind. Of course I periodically check the NTSB files to see if they have ever issued anything beyond the preliminary report. I know there are people who check this web site looking for a final report which as of right now has not been issued. Here’s where it is in the log. The crash on top was his. Everything else is listed as final except for his plane crash. I often wonder how long COVID delayed the final NTSB report.

Joe Masessa Plane Crash

The preliminary report listed above remains the same. The link to the copy on my server is below:

http://laurakerbyson.com/about/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Report_ERA20FA027_100517_3_8_2021-9_46_46-PM.pdf

It is important to me to know the final results of the NTSB investigation.

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Photoshoot – More Casual Type dresses and sunglasses for the bathing suit

08 Mar

As I promised my friend who is going to have a date with me the third week of March, I did take pictures of this kind of dress – more casual. I promised I would like him pick out the dress. He had a special request for black dresses so that’s why you see so many of them.

But before the dresses, I had my toes painted to match that new bathing suit. And these are the sunglasses I was saying are a perfect match. The shoot is more about the dress. I didn’t really put a whole lot of thought into jewelry (just earrings) or shoes.

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Working on taxes this weekend…

05 Mar

It won’t be an exciting weekend but it’s a necessary evil. I have to get everything ready to go to the accountant.

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The nights I cook just blow my evening…

03 Mar

But I did it anyways because I wanted a decent meal. Tonight I made Bourbon Glazed Salmon, fresh green beans and a baked potato done in the air fryer so it was crispy perfect.

Now because I ate the whole potato, if I’m smart I’m going to go and do 30 minutes of treadmill and a few machines. I’ll be lucky to be in bed by 11 at the rate I am going.

I like to cook but it does blow my evening.

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New swimsuit arrived…moment of truth…

02 Mar

Another glorious day in Palm Beach county Florida. My new swimsuit arrived. So how does it look? Can I pull this off? Afterall, I do intend to wear it in public…

It’s evening and the makeup and hair were done this morning so don’t judge those…

Look the cute little thing has bling on the straps…

So like what’s it going to be? 51 and fabulous or 51 and fat…

Those blue mirrored Michael Kors Aviator sunglasses I have might look good with this or the blue mirror Ray Ban Aviators I have might work. I try those another day and we’ll see. Then I can have fresh makeup and hair. There’s virtually no makeup left here…

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Which look do you like?

28 Feb

So my friend overseas will be back mid March. He lives on Palm Beach island but splits his time between Palm Beach and overseas.

We’re going to go to dinner on Palm Beach Island.

I asked what I could do to return his kindness for dinner and the gift he sent the other evening. He told me likes pictures. He asked to see me in gowns. So I told him he can pick the dress he wants me to wear. So I shot all these and I will let everyone vote on which look is their favorite. I have hundreds of gowns but this was it for today’s shoot. I tried to pick things in a variety of colors. I’ll put the same photos over to Instagram in a few moments and people can vote there if they choose.

Next week I’ll do more casual dresses and looks.








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So incredibly touched…

26 Feb

So here’s the story. I have a friend overseas who works in intelligence for a British aerospace company and he works out of Afghanistan. Very smart guy. Studied at Oxford and Harvard and served in the U.S. Special Forces. He texted to chat this evening. I said, “I can’t. I’m working late to fix this co-reg system that I’ve been working on.” I told him about the project.

He and I have never actually met in person yet but we talk on the phone and text. From Afghanistan, he orders me a pizza for dinner and has it delivered to my condo and a coffee table book from Tiffany’s on their windows. He knows I used to do the photography for one of Tiffany’s competitors that was down the street. The book is full of creative photographs on Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn is in the book as well as I dressed up as her this year.

I cannot believe I had dinner sent to me from Afghanistan because I was working on a co-reg system and didn’t have time to talk. He was worried I didn’t take the time to eat. Obviously, he ordered the book before today but they arrived at the same time. Of course I love the book because I love jewelry and I love photographing jewelry and doing the advertising.

Unbelievable. He’s got rockets whizzing over his building and he’s worried that I didn’t eat because I’m working on Co-reg.

I think this is what they mean by “America’s Finest.” I’m impressed.

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The results are in…

23 Feb

This should be no surprise actually -

Overwhelmingly sex sells. And sexy ads work with the right companies and products.

I won’t say which company it is, but I’ve worked with them in the CS industry for a long time. They jumped all over the images. Which I think is great because their company used to run really sexy advertising and I loved the ads. Then one day somebody said, “This isn’t politically correct.” And they never ran them again. I personally, thought they were brilliant ad campaigns. It’s a shame that stuffy women can ruin it sometimes for those of us who are not stuffy.

I know as a photographer, it’s often really difficult to get a model who can be sexy. High end jewelry was a great example. If I have to be honest, only two of all the models I’ve used could actually do it and of course their images on the web got the highest rating.

What I learned from being the model is what I should have told some of them about poses and looks and so forth. You just don’t quite get the same perspective from being the photographer and designer that you do from being the model and knowing how to position yourself to look better.

This is actually really interesting stuff.

What I learned from audience so far is that they don’t think I’m too old for this and I think I got a vote of confidence from some people that work in the CS industry.

And those were the results.

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