So much to shoot, so little time

Have you ever thought about how many meanings there are for the word “shoot“?

Its not the most common thought to cross your mind, but around here, there’s so much shooting going on that we’re struggling to keep it all straight!

First, there’s shooting video for my upcoming Farm to Fork story.

I’m really excited about this piece because its the first time I’m using video to tell a major story.

My goal is to take the viewer on the same journey their beef products do: from when the calf is born to processing to the grocery store to their dinner plate.

I’ve been so lucky to work with some very cooperative Kentucky beef producers who are letting me and my video camera have free reign on their farms. I can’t wait to share the finished product with you!

Then there are the weekly photoshoots.

Renee cooperated; the pig...not so much!

An Introduction to Photography class is a requirement for my journalism major and occupies my Tuesday nights (which unfortunately causes me to miss AgChat).

Each week brings a new photo assignment and has me bringing a camera along everywhere to capture “great light” or a “touching moment”.

Almost every week, I’ve taken photos on the farm.

I’m pretty sure the WKU Farm employees and my fellow Block and Bridle members are tired of me wandering around snapping pictures of them.

My teacher has already mentioned that he’s tired of my photos including livestock. I think after 10 weeks he’s starting to accept that if I’m awake I’m doing something agricultural.

Speaking of cameras, my fiance surprised me with something new to shoot: a brand new Canon Rebel!

I was definitely shocked when Aaron surprised me with my dream camera just in time for my trip to Washington, D.C for the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit.

Since it will be my first trip to D.C., we’re hoping that we can fit in a little sight seeing. What better way to test out my first professional camera?

Needless to say, I was pretty eager to try out my camera the day I got it. Unfortunately for Aaron, he was the only one around for me to try out my new toy on.

I’m pretty sure he’s already regretting the purchase now that he’s become my favorite person to photograph.

Aaron’s been doing some shooting of his own. With him though, its the good old fashioned firearm type.

Last weekend, Aaron headed home to bring in the opening weekend of turkey season with his uncle.

On his first morning in the woods, Aaron claimed an 18 lb tom (male turkey) with a 9 inch beard and 1 inch spurs.

I don’t know much about turkey hunting yet, but I am definitely looking forward to some fried turkey Wednesday night!

As for the next few weeks, we’re just shooting to keep our heads above the water. With projects to finish, papers to write and finals approaching things are getting a little crazy!

I’ll try to keep you updated on the rest of the semester as it comes at us, complete with everything we shoot.

About Celeste

Celeste grew up on a family beef cattle and show pig farm in Western Kentucky. In addition to farming and life as a restaurant wife, Celeste owns Celeste Communications where she works as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer and consultant. This blog is Celeste's personal soapbox. Any ranting or raving is her own and does not reflect the opinions of any of her clients. All photos and posts are copyrighted property of Celeste Communications.

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