and you thought I had a big head BEFORE

61c19_tearsheets50We’ve always known I’ve had a big head, so this image on the cover of The Austin Chronicle SXSW 2009 edition, suits me quite nicely, no?

The photographer, Sandy Carson, couldn’t have put me more at ease. What a totally laid back, approachable guy. "I sure hope you can expense this glass of wine," I said as I raised it to him. "It’s a prop and all, right?" We talked photography equipment and passion, then he left to go photograph Bill Cosby. How awesome.

Though back in the day when I was living in New York, photographing red carpet events, covering premieres and all that, it wasn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds. As a female photographer on the carpet, you have to bring your little fold up step stool so you can see over all the men and their flashes. Though usually, I arrived early to get a spot up front, and the female actresses and heirs would laugh as I told them to ignore the men and save their best pose for me. And that’s just what they did.

Screens_feature62_2But at the end of the night, what I enjoyed most was connecting with just one person at a party, hearing her story and about what motivated her out of her "sweatpants alternative" to come mingle for the night. Then I’d go home to color correct and tag images, walk my dog, then collapse in bed as my dog missed the paper and crapped on my floor.

As a self-promotional aside, if you’re coming to SXSW and are around on Tuesday, March 17, from 5-6 pm, I’ll be on a panel speaking about turning blogs into books. And, I’ll be drinking. Come play!



  1. Love the shoes! And you look fab. Congrats. You may have your moments of being less than pleased with Austin, but will you admit SXSW is one of the highlights?

  2. Wow, how did you get the cover? Pretty exciting. YOu've already been on tv and stuff but still, the cover for the city paper is still a big deal.

    I love your make up I need to go back to your makeup post:) Anyway you look good and thin- and you don't work out huh? I'm jealous, I'll admit.

    Ps- Save a lot of copies for the babies to have when they get older. And laminate some. Over the top but you need to preserve this stuff!

  3. You look great – but at first glance it looks like you're shaving! Haha. You do look skinny – makes me think you're full of it when you talk about how big you are…

    Thanks for the update on the poop situation – some of us enjoy reading about that stuff. Not sure why people who can't stand your posts continue to visit? I guess some people just like being nasty and mean.


    was it all a result of coming to speak to us last saturday night in a quirky closed furniture store?

    that's what I thought…

    off to grab my copy.


  5. I liked this article and the cover photo. Well done.

    Curious — do you have some advertising deal with Nikon? If not, why do you always mention what camera you use, even when not asked?

  6. Actually I always thought your ass was fat, not your head. Makes me think they photoshopped this, as your ass looked plenty fat in the WFM the other day.

    3..2..1…Stephanie will now rip into a commenter who does not fawn all over her. GO

  7. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  8. I'd SO love to go to your session, but alas don't have a badge this year.

    Anyway it was an honor to be quoted alongside you in the Austin Chronicle article. Maybe we'll meet sometime … Austin is like that, right?

    Kristin Casey (aka Casey Dancer)

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