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THE FOLLIES OF A MEREDITH IN OKC

I’M THE FIRE-STARTER

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first, i just want to say that when i grow up, i want to be just like the photog phenoms of stella shot me.

they are amazingly talented, inspiring, and oh-so-much fun to hang out with.  the past couple of days (and tomorrow too!) i have been helping out the stella ladies (Monkey & KK).  it has been a blast.  mostly, i am helping with hair, set styling, and making sure they have all the things they need to create photographic magic.  they’ve also been teaching me the ways of how to be a  b’dass photographer.  while my talent and skill are in no way comparable to theirs (let’s face it, they’re freakin rock stars), i have knocked out a cool pic or two.  point to me!


but of course, that bitch ‘010 knew that i was having way way way too much fun these past 2 days.


so, i’m helping Monkey with the lighting.  they have a softbox lighting kit.  for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a bright light source that has a box of fabric around it to diffuse the light.  the fabric is held by tension rods to form a “box” shape.  hence the name “softbox” .  or at least that’s the layman’s definition of it.  now keep all of this in mind.  create a mental picture of me holding and maneuvering the lighting for Monkey.


Monkey:  hey, can you move it just a bit?

Me:  sure

(cue me knocking the tension rod loose, the fabric box collapsing upon the burning hot light bulb.)

Me: (watching the fabric curl and smoke on the light bulb, then in horror as it starts to ignite) uh…..shit shit shit….i’msorryi’msorryi’msorry…

Monkey: (very calmly) KK, it’s on fire.  (which was funny since KK was the farthest of us from the flaming equipment)

KK: turn it off! turn it off!

Me:  i’m trying to! i’m trying to!  shit shit shit…i’msorryi’msorryi’msorry….oh shit shit shit


yep.  that’s right friends.  i lit that fucker on fire.  on flaming, fuming, fucking fire.  who does that?  i do.  i’m the fire-starter.  (hey, at least i don’t look like the scary prodigy guy in the video that’s running around in a tunnel.  although i did feel like i should be after the initial shock wore off).


fortunately, i have extremely understanding and kind friends.  they had another softbox to use, thanks be to the gods, and were back up and running in no time flat.  the shoots were amazing and i had so much fun being apart of it all.  can’t wait for tomorrow’s shoot.  keep your fingers crossed that i don’t destroy anything else.


oh, and i have a picture of the wreckage…i’ll post it soon so you can see what level of destruction i am capable of.


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Author: merrycontrary

Greetings! I'm Meredith Black, an Oklahoma City based photographer. Any time I'm behind the camera lens, I'm a happy camper!

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