Friday, October 29, 2010

Have a Happy Halloween Weekend { from Atticus }

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone! Atticus is displaying his bat he created by accident after taking a bite of an apricot and unfolding it. This photo was actually taken several months ago. He looks mad because his arms are probably tired from holding this up for me until I got photo right.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Strange Fruit Vintage 2010 Fashion Show Recap

Strange Fruit Vintage started this year as an online store with several pop-up shop events throughout Memphis and, last week, hosted their first fashion show in what seemed like their official welcoming party. There was quite the crowd of fashionable Memphians celebrating in style but more importantly supporting the passion and hard work of Strange Fruit creator Shalishah “Petey” Franklin. In addition to the fashion, several live music performances kept the crowd energized.

Below are my favorite selections from the show’s collection. There were several men’s pieces but not as many timeless pieces I want to own from the women’s collection. I was also so enamored with the bags and belts with each outfit.

*Applauses* to Petey, all the models, and musicians for a great show.

Shop Strange Fruit Vintage Online / Facebook / Twitter

Photos by Sophorn.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Currently Snacking ~ The Peanut Shoppe Sneak Peek

Just a short walk down Main Street from my office is The Peanut Shoppe. James, a coworker, and I are currently snacking on the fresh roasted peanuts and salted Hawaiian mix. Here's just one sneak photo for today. Owner Ridda was so kind to show me the antique roaster and how the peanuts are poured in and taken out just for the photos. If you're thinking about a mid-afternoon snack, they have candy and popcorn too.

The Peanut Shoppe
24 South Main Street Near Monroe
Memphis, TN
ph +1.901.525.1115

Photo by Sophorn.

Tasted ~ YoLo Frozen Yogurt

For Atticus, the frozen yogurt wasn't what lured him. It was the candy and snack toppings. I should have asked him, "Do you want a little yogurt with your toppings?" They price the order by weight which I realized too late when I noticed Atticus eating the pretzels while we were waiting in line.

Raspberry Tart Frozen Yogurt with Toppings Listed Below
Maraschino Cherries
Gummy Bears
Fruit Loops
Chocolate Sprinkles
Rainbow Sprinkles

We had stopped by after buying a new flash next door at Memphis Photo Supply. That's why the lighting is better in these photos than some previous.

YoLo Frozen Yogurt
Right off Poplar
559 Erin Drive
Memphis, TN
102 East Mulberry
Collierville, TN

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Matt and Kim at The Lyric Oxford

Just a short trip from Memphis is a hot spot for indie music performances in what seems to me an unlikely place ~ Oxford, Mississippi. The lofty venue in the historic square snagged several of my favorite bands not seen in Memphis. This very time exactly two weeks ago, my brother John, Christopher and I were enjoying the intensely happy music of Brooklyn-based duo Matt and Kim. Based on the upcoming schedule, it looks like I’ll be making more trips down to Oxford very soon.

See more photos here.


The Lyric Oxford
Directly off the square
1006 Van Buren
Oxford, MS 38655

Photos by Sophorn. Thanks John for letting me use your camera.

Ways to Add Color Without Paint ~ No. 3

Ways to Add Color Without Paint ~ No. 3 ~ Translucent Color via colored glass, vinyl, or resin. See the corresponding example projects.

1 / Dow Jones Office / Studios Architecture / More Info
2 / Doc Marten Pop-up Shop / Campaign / More Info
3 / Bus Shelter / via 3-Form / More Info

A little architectural inspiration to start off the week. Upcoming posts this week: recap of the Strange Fruit Vintage Show, Yolo tasted, Hoot + Louise fave finds and Equal Gravity final logo.

Images via Architectural Record and 3-Form.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dress for Success Memphis Little Black Dress Event

Dress for Success Memphis hosted the Little Black Dress Event last night to preview the high end donations available for sale at their upcoming Upscale Garage Sale on Saturday. There were also silent auction items and decadent treats and wine. At least 5 other photographers from different Memphis publications were there shooting the people and the fashion, but Ms. Susan, executive director of DFS asked for "artsy" shots from me. Here are my favorites showing the chocolate truffle display from Chocistry and some of the wines that my friend Julie were serving.

Don't forget to shop for great bargains at this Saturday's Upscale Garage Sale, 7am to 3pm at the DFS Memphis, 2730 Colony Park Drive, Memphis, TN.

Photos by Sophorn.

Strange Fruit Vintage Fall Fashion

Tonight Strange Fruit Vintage will host their very first and very own fashion show featuring all Strange Fruit Vintage clothes. I will attending this sold-out show sitting in a reserved "press" seat. I'll report back next week on the show and its fashion inspiration. Thanks Petey for the invite. There are some who don't consider bloggers as a legit form of press.

To Those Attending Remember
Place ~ Artists in Memphis Co-op Studios / 287 Madison Avenue, Downtown Memphis
Time ~ Doors open at 5:30pm / Everyday People Fall Fashion Show begins promptly at 6:30pm /Late attendees will not be admitted to show.

To Those Who Will Miss the Fashion Show
You can still shop the Strange Fruit Vintage Pop-Up Shop from 8 to 10p where you can shop through more than 200 pieces for Men and Women including items from the runway. Cash Only.

Poster image courtesy of Strange Fruit Vintage.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Taste of Local Gastropub

When trying the pub burger at Local on my first visit, I saw someone else's order of the meatball sliders at the table beside us. They looked so cute and turned out to be so tasty. Don't let the size fool you. Three is plenty. I could only finish one. Thanks Christopher for fitting me in for lunch. We finally got that "incoming" food shot right this time.

LOCAL Gastropub
95 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
ph +1.901.473.9573

Web / Twitter / Facebook / Menu

Photos by Sophorn.

EqualGravity Logo Development / Progress Snapshot

My latest logo development I am working on is for Tyler White's new company EqualGravity, probably one of the greatest projects I've been asked to design for. I love what the company represents and Tyler's mission to increase the appreciation for our natural environment. EqualGravity is based out of Memphis but supplies products nationally. See Tyler's company description below.

EqualGravity represents responsible commerce as it relates to protecting our natural resources. When visiting National, State and Regional parks, too often consumers are left with few to no commemorative product options which incorporate both sustainable and aesthetic design. EqualGravity products are crafted using only the finest sustainable materials, and a portion of proceeds are funneled directly back to the parks and spaces represented by our products.

I will be creating illustrations of local parks for a series of posters but as shown below have already started design on the EqualGravity identity. It is a true progress snapshot to see what works and what doesn't work. It truly illustrates how even with clear direction from the client so many options and combinations of options can be made. Now I need feedback from Tyler to further distill the options. I also threw in some options I saw evolve that is different from what was discussed but I just hope something works.


Step 1 ~ Letterform & Font Study ~ 1800's fonts, engraving fonts, raised letterforms which all suggest physical presence and permanence. The last one was interesting because I couldn't get the idea of the equal sign out of my head. The first one is great because the E and G nestle well together.


Step 2 ~ Full Company Name ~ Would appear on company letterhead/business card. Begins to emphasize the E and G for the logo's mark.


Step 3 ~ Mark Study ~ Used for product tagging. Shows options for equal sign presence, shield symbols, and an organic element of the leaf and floral ornamentation. The top right shield options is enlarged at the bottom.


Step 4 ~ Letterhead Studies ~ Sizing and placing a few of the better options on a letter size sheet.


The idea for shadowed font shown above is best shown in some real examples of raised and depressed lettering. I love that it creates the shadow physically instead of illustrated.

Bottom 2 images via Graphic Exchange.

Claire & Brad Sneak Peek

A few shots from this past weekend. Thanks Claire and Brad for having me photograph your sweet backyard wedding reception.

Friday, October 15, 2010

b&w John { Photography Flashback }


The visit was too short. My little brother heads back to Singapore this weekend. Travel safely John, and we'll see you next year. ///Photo taken over ten years ago. The first shot I took with my Mamiya RB67. John was my first subject.

Have a good weekend eveyone!

White Lion Film Screening Today

White Lion will open on Friday, October 15 at the Malco Cordova – one of only three theatres nationwide selected to feature this award winning film. Filmed on location at the Kingdom of the White Lion, SA Lion Park, Nash’s Farm, Glen Afric and Entabeni Game Reserve WHITE LION is a family adventure story that follows the life of a white lion, Letsatsi, who is born into a tawny pride in the wilds of Africa. His color difference makes life very difficult for him, forcing him to find his own way in the world, amidst numerous obstacles.

Atticus and I wanted to go see a movie tonight and I think this is the perfect choice. It tells a story through the lion's perspective that can parallel the challenges people can face. {The film is rated PG and 88 min long.}

In conjuction with the film, the Memphis Zoo is offering a special white lion for those who partake in the Zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal program during the month of October .

Malco Cordova
1080 N. Germantown Pkwy
Cordova, TN

Info courtesy of Meghan Murphy Allied Integrated Marketing

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Run the Race for Grace

The 14th annual Race for Grace benefiting the Church Health Center is coming up November 6th, 2010 at the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5530 Shady Grove Road. The race includes a 5k walk/run at 9am and a 1mile walk/run at 9:15am. There will also be live music, games and fun for the whole family. Cost is $20 per person if pre-registering and $25 on race day. Register online at through November 4.

Corporate sponsorship packages are also available. Participants may choose to run or walk as part of a team or as individuals. Awards are given to the best race times in all age brackets. Awards are also given to the team with the largest number of participants and the team raising the most money for the Church Health Center.

For more information about the Race for Grace, call (901) 272-7170 or visit
to also find out more on the Church Health Center. Thanks Jeff for the info.

See the promotional video below to remind you "You can do it!"


I got a pair of black and white suspenders from my brother but I'm not sure how to wear them. Here are a few inspiring images I like.

{1} Classic black pants and white shirt. Poufy sleeves make it more feminine.
{2} Love the green sweater and white suspenders.
{3} First time I've seen it paired with a skirt.
{4} High-waisted shorts. Probably my favorite look.

Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Shadows by Feltron

Feltron designs many amazing information graphics, but this particular map stands out in their portfolio because of the addition of the shadow. In many illustrations I’ve done, the shadow is a final touch, and in the next logo development I’m working on for entrepreneur Tyler White’s product company EqualGravity, the shadow is an important part of the logo to convey the concept of physical mass, weight, and presence. I hope to share those concepts soon. Stay tuned.

Side note: Designing infographic maps and charts was my start in graphic design and still one of my favorite things to do.

Images from Feltron website.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LUVMUD 2010 ~ Dirk Olsen Photography

Congratulations Habitat for Hope for a hugely successful LUVMUD event. After getting back into town, I immediately searched for photos from the past weekend to see what I missed. I'm so glad my friend Dirk Olsen decided to go photograph the event. Here's just a few photos from many great ones. His great timing and portrait style really shows through. HFH is still compiling the race photos so I'll provide a link when it's available. You can see the rest of Dirk's LUVMUD photos here.

Photos courtesy of Dirk Olsen Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hoot + Louise Now Open

Memphis has a new boutique and gift store now open in the South Main Arts District. I can't wait to go visit, shop and be inspired. They have new apparel, hand-picked vintage clothes, and specialty gift items. Check them out this weekend. I'll make sure to post/photograph my first visit there.

Hoot + Louise
Downtown South Main
109 G.E. Patterson
Memphis, TN 38103
Mon-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5

Fan them on Facebook.

Images courtesy of Hoot + Louise. Thanks Cassie and Anna for the heads-up.

Save the Gulf Wildlife ~ A Benefit Concert

NOW CANCELED {But I can still appreciate the poster graphics.}
Save the Gulf Wildlife Benefit Concert / Sunday, October 10 / 2 - 11pm
Downtown, Handy Park at Beale and Rufus Thomas.

This weekend is packed full of things to do. If you're downtown, don't forget to check out the benefit concert that benefits the Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Pontchartrain Foundation, and the Gulf Restoration Network. Featured artists include the Hill Country Revue, Reba Russell Band, Pegasus Actual, and R.T. Scott.

Image via Laura Mooney, courtesy of Randy McFarland, Pegasus Actual.

Tasted ~ Bardog Tavern

I’ve only heard great things about Bardog Tavern so I was eager to give it a try. Our group lunch a few weeks ago had both newcomers and devoted regulars. We were all extremely happy with our meals, which proves again that the best food in Memphis can be found in taverns, bars, or pubs. {The three photos of my friend John David’s sandwich are only shown small because it was partly eaten. I think the shot would look more appetizing before the first bite.} See what we tasted below.

Monster Vegetarian Burrito ~ Black beans & Rice, Pico de Gallo, Pepperjack, Salsa & Sour Cream on the Side
Grilled Cheese Deluxe ~ Ham, Bacon, and Tomato
Spaghetti ~ Served with Marinara, Grandma’s NJ Meatballs and Side Salad
The “Amazing” Island Club ~ Grilled Chicken, Ham, Fried Egg, Bacon, Provolone, White American, Avocado, Onion, Lettuce, Tomato, and Spicy Mayo
Sandwiches/Burrito ordered with Potato Salad or Fries

Christopher and I split the generous spaghetti dish. I think anytime I crave spaghetti and meatballs I’m going to think of this dish. The sauce and meatballs were really something special. Around the table, the other big raves were over the “Amazing” Island Club. Just reading over the ingredients how could you resist.

For Next Time ~ My Picks
The “Amazing” Island Club
Saloon Sliders
Shrimp Scampi
Saturday/Sunday Brunch ~ Lobster Sandwich

As I mentioned before, the tavern atmosphere was a photographer’s dream. From the red delivery scooter parked in front to the red bench seating, I was gathering ideas for future projects.

Bardog Tavern
73 Monroe
Memphis, TN 38103
ph +1.901.275.8752

Photos/graphic by Sophorn. Thanks John David, Callie, James, Jim, and Chrisopher for being part of the photographed lunch.

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