Book Junkie Goes Shopping

I love books.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE books.  I have been collecting photography books for at least 30 years.  Sometimes I have too many, and sell a bunch of them, only to regret it later.  But I tend to keep the goodies, and I often buy two copies (or more) of a book I expect will become valuable one day (SUMO by Helmut Newton sold for $1500 when printed, $15,000 today). 

This week I received two copies of my latest favorite from Taschen, a gorgeous Limited Edition book on Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby. If you love Audrey too, you might also enjoy this link I found....a whole blog devoted to her.

Now I could really use some larger bookshelves!

Oldies and goodies

 I asked a current client for guidance about things that inspire her creatively, and things she loves that I can use as information for the direction to take her album.  I learned that one of the things she loves is my old website (Tanya Malott Photography 1991-2001).  I was surprised, to say the least.

Now, I am  grateful that my new site did not entirely replace that one, and that the old site is still viewable, even though hardly anyone would find the domain if they were looking for me (it uses my middle name....which even my friends don't tend to know). 

If one person liked it, then maybe there are more and I should keep it alive for a bit longer.  There is much to be said for hanging on to old portfolios.....and as I approach 20 years as a wedding photographer, I find that these old images (all shot between 1991 and 2001) still feel relevant and timeless.


A shocking snowball of events.....first, my 3 year old (vintage?!) MacBook Pro hard drive begins to fail.  I buy a new laptop (13", easier for travel).  While transferring files and working on backing up some jobs, a loose port on the NEW machine, causes my 4TB GTechexternal drive (containing all of 2010...and backup) to FAIL (yes, I have more backup...just not as neat ).  I don't have time to fix the 4TB, so I go buy a NEW one for the meantime.  This morning, I am setting it up to use as my 2010 backup...again....and when I open Disk Utilities, I get a warning message that my relatively NEW 27" iMac hard drive is failing, cannot be repaired, and needs to be backed up as soon as possible.  That is 3 massive hard drive failures in about 2 weeks!!  How is this even possible?  So just when you think backing up everything once is realize you need to backup everything twice...or three times....