Montana Kaimin: This Week's Work

This week I got to shoot some fun assignments. First, on Friday, I shot Bryce Bennett, who just won the Montana House District 93 seat. He was campaigning with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, and the Governors dog Jag.

Yesterday I was assigned to shoot Jason Christ, owner and creator of the Montana Caregivers Network. Jason is a big proponent of Medical Marijuana, and seems to be a magnet for legal trouble. He went to court today, but I'm not sure how to word it, so I'll link to the story tomorrow when it's online.

Jason Christ reads over court documents served to him while sitting in his car outside his office Wednesday afternoon.

This was the first time I had ever hear the words "you've been served" in real life. Apparently it was for Jason too, as later he commented, I've heard people doing that in movies, I wondered when it would happen to me.

Jason Christ sits in his car Wednesday afternoon talking with his legal counsel regarding his upcoming hearing.

The last, and probably my favorite assignment I'm gonna post, was a portrait of songer/songwriter Darah Fogarty. Darah is a UM student, majoring in Entertainment Management. One of her classes is called Artist Development, where the whole class works together to build and promote Darah as an artist. Today in class they went over plans for shows she's preforming, they discussed auditions for a backing band, her outfit for her next show, and the details about recording her upcoming EP. I took some portraits of her, and Shawna Putnam another student in the class who's acting as promotions/marketing manager for the class.

Montana Kaimin: Rocky Horror Picture Show

For the second year in a row, the Montana Actors Theater staged a production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Here are some shots from the dress rehearsal. Here is a preview of the event, and a summary

More to come? Maybe, if I can get myself to edit the other ones. (There is really only one more shot that I know I want to post. I'll update it tomorrow.)

Montana Kaimin: FOOD!

For this Friday's issue of the Friday Kaimin, we're doing a special food issue. I shot a few different things, but few of them are traditional food shots. (And yes, the "Hungry?" was written with ketchup)

1. AJ Versus.

So every other Friday we (multimedia editor Brady Moore) produce a video called "AJ Versus" where one of our sports reporters goes up against athletes at their own sports. (They can be found here and here.) This week we did a special edition for the food issue. AJ went up against 2 offensive lineman in an eating competition at the Double Front Cafe. The Double Front Cafe is known for their fried chicken, and all three contestants were given 4 chicken dinners, equaling 2 whole chickens. They weighed the meat before the contest started, and each of them had around 63 ounces of chicken, or about 4 pounds. Anyway, AJ didn't lose for once, he came in second, and was in fact pretty close to being first.

Here's the video.

Photos from that plus more inside!


2. The Oxford.

The Oxford is probably one of the oldest establishments in Missoula, and is an interesting place. There is no good way for me to describe it because I can't write my way out of a paper bag. They have a great meal called the JJ's Special, it's chicken fried steak, hash browns, 2 eggs, and toast. All covered in a special gravy, so special that only 2 people know the recipe.

Here's a shot of the meal, and a shot of our wonderful Kaimin staff enjoying it.

Montana Kaimin: For The Bees

Yesterday I got an assignment to shoot a beekeeper. I was pretty fuzzy on the details, but she works with the university studying/taking care of bees. The university uses bees for a bunch of things, but they're probably most well known for training honey bees to seek out explosives, and using them to find hidden land mines and bombs. When we first got there, the beekeepers told my friend to take off her sun glasses because the bees "hate the color black," I held up my all black camera and all black lens and asked "you mean, this color?"

Yeah, that color. Luckily no one got stung, but I think having bees land all over me helped cure my fear of bees.

Anyway, I got to take some portraits of her, before she moves to Oregon in a few days. Check out the story on the Montana Kaimin