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Melissa McCarthy in Seattle

On Friday, I photographed the actress, and now fashion designer, Melissa McCarthy at Nordstrom Seattle.  The flagship store hosted the event where she announced her new line: Melissa McCarthy Seven7.

It was a simple assignment from Getty Images: photograph McCarthy posing with fans as well as a few candid photos. Pretty easy.

Melissa McCarthy

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 22: Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in one of her creations as while promoting her fashion line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle on July 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

SEATTLE, WA – JULY 22: Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in one of her creations as while promoting her fashion line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle on July 22, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

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Scanning an Old Story: Kentucky Farm Family

Last week I bought a high-resolution film scanner by Jumbl. A simple 22MP scanner capable of 35mm film and slides. Super basic. I just need something to get the image into Photoshop so I can tone them properly. It’s not the greatest scanner in the world, but for what I need it for, it’ll work.

Welcome To Kentucky 

Welcome to Kentucky - The Cardwells during a hot October 1996 afternoon at their Ridge Road home in Warren County northeast of Bowling Green, Ky. The Cardwells are tenant farmers living with 8 other family members in a patched-together, 120 year old home on Ridge Road. The family makes less than $7,500 per year. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

Welcome to Kentucky – The Cardwells at their Ridge Road home in Warren County, Ky. The Cardwells are tenant farmers living with 8 other family members in a patched-together, 120 year old home on Ridge Road. The family makes less than $7,500 per year. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

One of the first projects I scanned was an essay I shot while studying photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. It was an assignment by my fave professor David LaBelle. He game a simple theme: Farm Family.

As this was the core course of the program, I took the class very seriously, yet still maintained a sense of humor and had fun. The assignments in this class ranged from simple singles, to complex essays.

The class load was heavy in that we usually had 2 or 3 single assignments as well as a weekly essay project. ON top of all that, we also had to shoot our semester long project on the theme of either “Religion” or “Death of a Loved One.”

Harvesting:

The Harvest - Billy Ray Cardwell, left, and his wife Nellie spike tobacco during a hot October 1996 afternoon on Jerry Hudnell's farm in Warren County northeast of Bowling Green, Ky. The Cardwells are tenant farmers living with 8 other family members in a patched-together, 120 year old home on Ridge Road. The family makes less than $7,500 per year. (© Paul Conrad/Paul Conrad Photography)

The Harvest – Billy Ray Cardwell, left, and his wife Nellie spike tobacco during a hot October afternoon on Jerry Hudnell’s farm in Warren County, Ky. The two say they’ve harvested tobacco for nearly 40 years.

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