Monday, June 11, 2012

Very Exciting News!!

Well, I have some really big news. 
So big my brain hasn't really wrapped all the way around it yet.

Red and White
Red and White

No....I'm not pregnant.  Good God, that's not for me.


I've been hired as a first "real" job. 
It's a travel job-to document the tour of a choral group-110 women who are traveling to.....

Dashboard your seat belt fastened?......

Buick BW
Buick BW


It was a last minute thing.  A singer cancelled leaving an open spot for ME!
I have 3 weeks to get ready.  Holy Schmoly.

Dr for immunizations, getting some light light light weight clothes, lenses, passport, memory cards and batteries, external hard drive,
camera bag and lightweight tripod (anyone have some good advice on either of those?-HELP)

What am I forgetting?
...besides sunscreen and insect repellent.

What else all you awesome photogs out there?  I'm counting on you to help me think.

How do you say "cheese" in Spanish?


Kathy said...

Holy Moly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooooo excited FOR you! How long will you be in Cuba? Do you need someone to carry your bags for you? :) Congrats!

Tamar SB said...

WOW!! Congrats!! That is amazing, Susan, I cannot wait to see the pictures!!

Carol Blackburn said...

Ok now need to breath my dear! Ahhh! You are going to have the time of your life. And, if you have room in your luggage you might want to take lots of vintage car parts to sell.......yep, car parts. I understand they drive all of the old US made cars down there so you can make a bundle if you get them through customs. LOL You'll need to learn how to say, "where is the bathroom." You are going to get some fabulous photos. Maybe, just maybe, this is the break in your career you've needed. I am just too excited for you! :)

gina said...

This is great news, Susan! I am so excited for you! My sister and niece went to Cuba last month for a week's foodie tour and returned with fascinating photos. Your images here are terrific, and anticipate all the old car photos you will be taking there. Buen viaje!

ju-north said...

Congrats! Have seen some really good photos of Cuba - lots of photo opps!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Wow, this is great! Scott Kelby just posted some photos from his recent trip.

A flash?

Whatever new stuff you buy, make sure you practice with it before you go. I'm fond on Manfrotto tripods. I highly recommend using a tripod with a quick mounting plate, it saves tons of time!

Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it somewhere safe as a backup.

Ms. Becky said...

I just wrote it all in an email, but I'll say it again.

LeAnne said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Linda said...

Congratulations, Susan! That is truly wonderful news, and well deserved! The suggestion for a tripod with a quick mounting plate is essential! The mount stays attached to the camera and you just clip it in and out. My favorite camera bag, when I am not wearing my vest, is one that has a waist strap in addition to the shoulder strap - helps keep it on your body! Just practice with whatever you get - get them soon so you have plenty of time to get used to it. I know you are over the moon with excitement - looking forward to LOTS of great photos!

Jamie said...

How incredibly exciting! I'm so happy for you!!!!!

Don't forget an adapter for your camera charger and maybe a spare battery.

I can't wait to see your photos, I've always wanted to see Cuba.

Susan @ Sunflower Status said...

Congratulations! LOVE these car shots too! Such a gorgeous dashboard and great reflection in your shine shot.

When traveling, I always bring granola (or Luna bars). I've found they are quite helpful in a pinch, (or on the plane) or if you're not sure if the food is safe where you happen to be.

Say "Queso" ;-D

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, this is SO fabulous. I've so admired your talent, and here it is to be used in such a wonderful way.
Yes, photocopy of passport. If you have prescription meds, take an extra copy of the prescription or the label, in case you need to get anything while there.
Comfortable shoes.
Hats, with brims all around, not ball caps.
Chew two pepto bismol tablets every morning to avoid Traveler's Complaint. They'll make things black (that's the bismuth, i.e. coal) but you'll be fine.
Yes, meal replacement bars, not too many chocolate ones because they melt. Airlines are getting awful about feeding passengers.
Spare camera battery for sure. Unlikely you'll need an adaptor but you never know.
Canadians have been holidaying in Cuba for years and always love it. I'm sure you will, too.
You know the rules: express no political opinions of any sort. Smile, and say "Yo no tengo mucho Espanol" or even "No hablo Espanol" if you don't speak any at all. They'll be happy you've at least tried, and will then be extremely helpful.
Congratulations, my dear Susan. I'm so happy for you and I know you'll do well.

Becs said...

Fabulous news, congratulations! Have a great trip, look forward to seeing the pictures.

Leanne said...

HOw wonderful!

TheChieftess said...

Wow!!! Lucky you!!!

I like my Flipside 300 back pack for the simple reason that it zips against my back rather than on the outside where sticky fingers can access it...It's not a big bag, but it's enough for one camera and 2 lenses plus a few extras...the downside of the flipside is that it doesn't adequately carry a tripod...I'm sure there could be some alternative ideas or they may have improved since I got mine...

one thing I highly recommend is my sling strap from black rapid ( ) I put a couple of batteries, and a few memory cards in the strap zipped compartments and I'm good to go...easy on the neck because it's a sling strap...

Good luck and have fun!!! A friend of mine goes to Cuba regularly to buy Cuban art...she loves Cuba!!!

TheChieftess said... strap is the cargo strap...

TheChieftess said...

PSS...great photos!!! Love the old cars!

Deborah Tisch said...

Congratulations! Great opportunity and I can tell how excited you are! Love these images, too, as always.

Anita Johnson said...

So excited for you! I have the Canon Backpack ($33) for my camera and lenses...keeps me hands free while out and about and it has room to stuff a light jacket on the outside, holds a tripod and has a few outside pockets. Keep us posted!

Brenda said...

Susan - I am SO incredibly excited for you. This is something that you deserve - both the job and the chance to travel and get away. In an incredible fit of timing, Scott Kelby just came back from Cuba - and tonight at 6pm he is going to talk about his trip. You can find out the details here:

Even if you aren't avavilable for the live talk, be sure to check out the photo book from his trip - very inspiring and will be sure to raise your excitement level to an all time high.

I am doing the happy dance for you here in Ohio. Looking forward to following along on your preparation journey and of course will wait with bated breath for the resulting photos.

YEAH! (fist pump)'

(And fantastic photos!)

Laloofah said...

Wow, your exciting news almost distracted me from your great vintage car photos! Congratulations on your first professional photo gig - and an adventurous one abroad, at that! I've never been to Cuba, but having seen photos and knowing your love of "urban decay" and graffiti, I have a feeling you're going to be reveling in an abundance of photo ops! What a wonderful experience, I'm really excited for you!

I don't think "¡Queso!" will get you the facial expressions you're looking for. ;-) Try "¡Cerveeeeeza!" (works bilingually too, lol) or "¡Viiiiino!" :-)

Looks like you're getting lots of good experienced tripod advice, of which I have little. But I've always thought these look fun as hell and might be perfect for such a trip!

The choral group chose their photographer well! Happy Trails!!

Kathryn said...

Wow, way to go. I bet your head is spinning. You'll do great, so excited for you.

seabluelee said...

I'm way late visiting here, but you already know what I think about this! It's perfect for you (and you are perfect for them) and I can't wait to see and hear all about it!!!

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Lisa Gordon said...

Susan, this is so truly well-deserved, and I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am for you!

Cathy H. said...

I'm just catching up on my blog visiting, so I just heard the news!! Cuba!! What an opportunity! I'll look forward to seeing lots of photos!!

James said...

This is great news!!! I'm sure you'll have a blast. Just the other day I mentioned to my wife that I'd like to take pictures in Cuba. I doubt I ever will but I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing yours.

Have fun!!!