Getting Simply Organized with Debbie Mumford

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Debbie Mumford, Small Business Owner

A couple of months ago, on a clear but windy and chilly Saturday morning, I met up with Debbie Mumford to do some new photos for her website.

For about 20 years, Debbie and her husband, Chris, ran one of the best catering businesses in New Jersey, working on so many events in and around the Jersey Shore.

Now, though, Debbie has started a new chapter in her business life: Helping people get organized.

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She commissioned me to help shoot some  new images for her website and her cozy, bright – and organized –  house was the perfect location.

I wanted to do some environmental portraits in these bright rooms. But first, we chatted for about  45 minutes about everything from cooking and going vegetarian to music. The funny thing was, I photographed her son, Quincy, 10 years ago at my first Polar Bear Plunge…and then again in November at the Mary’s Place Gala!

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Her background as a pastry chef and caterer (which she did with Chris) was interesting to me. I know she and Chris loved what they did, but it’s SO much work.

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Now she wants to help people get control of all their “stuff” and get themselves organized to help all parts of their life.

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I loved how animated Debbie would get as we were chatting and I’d be shooting. That comfortability always helps.

The Mumford house is older and quaint and cozy. I loved all the natural light. I have to admit, though, because I forgot to consult my shot sheet, I whiffed on doing any portraits with the gray seamless I had brought. Really wanted to do those, too, and just plum forgot.

But, yes, she too took a pic with Flo, who really needs to get organized in 2020!

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And here is how she’s using one of the photos:

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Now, because this is a blog and I’d like your feedback…in that first photo, should I have taken out the sticky notes behind Debbie? Part of me wishes I had “cleaned up my background” and removed them. Another part of me feels, no, it’s ok to keep them in there to show this is a working space for her .

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01.18.20

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Third week in, how we looking?

This was a weird week for me. I’ve been a bit sedate. Maybe it’s the post-holiday, winter blues.

Not blue, exactly, but my motivation flagged this week.

The Light of Day Foundation has a ton of things going on in Asbury Park this weekend. It’s a great time down in AP to hear a lot of wonderful bands and musicians.

I feel like I should be down in the middle of it all.

In the past, I’ve shot a a few of the shows (never the super big bash that is tonight). And, thanks to Backstreets.com, I have a photo pass waiting more me (for everything except the big bash tonight).

But I haven’t even picked it up yet. I passed on shooting a show Thursday evening. And I passed on shooting a big one last evening (though not as big as the big bash tonight).

Have to admit, I think it’s because a bit of an overload. There will be SO many cameras out and about in AP this weekend, I just don’t feel like being in the cast of thousands.

I certainly don’t need to be the only one shooting an event. While it’s nice, it’s not really applicable, especially for a music photographer around Asbury Park.

But, the venues are small and everyone is basically shooting the same thing. Nothing to really set you apart. But doesn’t that mean I shouldn’t try?

This week, I just felt more content to hang in the warm house with the family, help Leslie put the kids to bed, take a hot shower, watch some basketball, do some reading and getting to bed at a reasonable hour. (that reasonable hour part is a bit of a new year’s resolution for me.)

Still, there’s a nagging sense I’m missing something. That I should be out in the action and making some clicks, then “getting them out there.”

But, I didn’t. I haven’t.

There’s still a bunch going on. I can still pick up my credential and shoot some things on Sunday.

Still not sure if I will.

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This Week’s Links:

What I’m Reading: On The Waterfront. Interestingly, Budd Schulberg wrote the screenplay THEN the novel because he felt he wanted to build out the characters more.

What I Watched This Week: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? Pretty incredible cinematography here.

New Yorker: Covering three impeachment hearings (with a Speed Graphic). Cool read about my buddy David Burnett.

PhotoFocus: Color prints and the Environment

NY Times: In one photo, capturing the devastation of the Australian fires.

Adorama TV: David Bergman on DSLR or Mirrorless? 

Damn Ugly Photography (Brad Trent): Tiny Room Portraits.

Good watches: Behind The Shot on YouTube

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” ~ Cecil Beaton, who had a birthday this week.

“Never say you’re going back – SHOOT IT NOW!”Jay Maisel, who was born today, January 18, 1931)

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Throwing It Back 20 Years

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Joe McNally, London, January 2000

DATELINE: London

YEAR: January 2000

Twenty years ago, the world successfully avoided a Y2K catastrophe.

I was just a couple years into my corporate communications career and my boss sent me to Europe to oversee some annual report photoshoots.

To be done by Joe McNally.

Huh? Who?

There was no Google then. I may have had to Ask Jeeves who this guy was.

But I quickly found out.

And so, flying out of Newark International Airport , stack of paper tickets and boarding passes in hand, we set forth for a two week, five-country romp across Europe. The AR deadline was looming.

To say I was wet behind the ears is am understatement. Working with a big-time NatGeo/Sports Illustrated/LIFE magazine shoot?

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𝘏𝘦𝘺 𝘑𝘰𝘦, 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘻𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭…𝘪𝘵’𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘯!

*click* Having fun with this big-time photographer.

Lousy crop and all.

Now take one of me!

 

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Me, London, January 2000

So, though I was toting around a disposable Kodak camera, my photography education formally started, even if I didn’t know it.

As did my friendship with now 20-year friendship with Joe.

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Joe and I in Marburg, Germany, that same trip

Making prints then, making prints now.

Still, we’ve come a long way.

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01.11.20

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Forgot to post over the weekend!

Back with thoughts, links and quotes this weekend.

Hang loose!

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