Archive: March 2017 | Photographer - York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg PA | BrianShoff.com

It’s a Dangerous Game

  • March 25, 2017
It’s a Dangerous Game

Once upon a November in 2011, I was dating Syn Nik. No, that’s not the name on her birth certificate but one adopted to keep her true name employable as she embodies a dark duality.

On one side, she’s the remarkable makeup artist you want to hire for your wedding, corporate headshot, or mission critical editorial photoshoot. The other side revels in debauchery, appreciates the beauty in darkness, and is the alternative stylist you want to paint you as the envy of the next gothic ball.

Unfortunately, neither side can live in the same professional space. (I’m sure Hillary wouldn’t have hired “Syn” lol) Hence… the pseudonym. She taught me the value of a second identity… but I’m eternally stupid as this post reveals my alter in all his eyeliner glory. Read more

“Manipulation” Gets a Bad Name

  • March 21, 2017

I just clicked “send” on a message to someone who has influence with those I wish to influence. I didn’t lie. I wasn’t disingenuous. But… I do have an agenda. I don’t click “send” for just anyone.

I put my phone down and walked to grab a snack and started laughing. The “joke” occurred to me. It’s layered but its strike holds truth. That truth is, “manipulation gets a bad name”. Read more

My Personal Photo Restoration / Investigation

  • March 13, 2017
My Personal Photo Restoration / Investigation

I am presently trying to track down the who, what, when, and where of this photo I received after my father died in December of 2004. I assume the couple photographed are my paternal, great grandparents but am waiting for confirmation from family. So far, I’m fairly confident of a few things. Read more

Carmen Champagne’s “Zillah and Caine”

  • March 11, 2017
Carmen Champagne’s “Zillah and Caine”

20 years ago, I dated a girl who shared (if not surpassed) my love of the roleplaying game “Vampire: The Masquerade”. She is a gifted artist and one of her abilities is drawing.

In the late 90s, it wasn’t so easy to scan or photograph her work, so she would snail mail it to me. I always appreciated it but only recently believe to see it for what it is; A gift of self.

If an artist ever gives you something, take the time to appreciate it. It can be anything. A drawing, sketch, photo, or a crocheted blanket. Whatever it is, if someone invested time to create it, they wanted you to have it. Appreciate it. Read more

Beth Kafka’s “Children of Darkness”

  • March 10, 2017
Beth Kafka’s “Children of Darkness”

Once upon a time, when I was 18, a girl named Beth brought me a photo slide. Scratched on it, was an art project she had, I’m guessing, assigned and she wanted a digital copy.

It was a “typical” artist request as she said, “I decided to send this, too. I did this last year and have since decided that it’s crap. But you might like it… (not an insult) 🙂 Presenting… ‘The Children of Darkness’”

Quite the introduction, to be sure. But I could/can relate and read between the lines. Read more

Episode 1 of “Overexposed” in 30 Seconds

  • March 6, 2017
Episode 1 of “Overexposed” in 30 Seconds

I’m still lost in the “joy” of post production for the first episode of “Overexposed”. But, if I had to distill the overall message into 30 seconds it would be…

BrianShoff.com Launches “Overexposed” Podcast

  • March 5, 2017
BrianShoff.com Launches “Overexposed” Podcast

If you’re like me, every so often, you’re overcome by the reality that you have some rather extraordinary friends. Right?

Lately, I’ve found myself having 2 to 5 hour conversations with a number of them. Their focus is broad and includes disciplines like electro/mechanical engineering and motherhood which may not be immediately considered “artsy” but becomes so after a few minutes of exposition.

Some I’ve met are effectively strangers like Paul Lorio who I found common ground with almost immediately. Then you have the usual suspects like Jeremy Cohenour, Gregg Firman, and Frank Baum who are “sitcom favorites”. Read more

Protected: Bullshitting Like a High School Girl with Jeremy Cohenour

  • March 5, 2017
Protected: Bullshitting Like a High School Girl with Jeremy Cohenour

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BrianShoff.com Launches Push Notifications

  • March 5, 2017
BrianShoff.com Launches Push Notifications

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Once upon a time, websites would send emails to subscribers when new content was posted. Today, they send push notifications. Read more

My First 10 Minutes with Harleigh Quinn

  • March 2, 2017
My First 10 Minutes with Harleigh Quinn

There’s nothing that quite compares to the experience of watching a little human come out of a bigger human (you can keep your giraffes!). First they’re crowning and suddenly… BLOOP… head and shoulders!

What’s even crazier is being the first one to hold the new arrival. Read more