Model Chi Anderson Nails It During Photoshoot in St. Louis

Model Chi Anderson nailed every pose during a professional fashion photoshoot by Photographer Church at Church Productions Studio. Chi and Church collaborated with Stephany Smith along with her beautiful designs on Sunday, January 15, 2022. It lasted about three hours but it seem a lot less since everyone was having so much fun.

Church was amazing. They way he plays with light is next-level and he goes for the dramatic. He intentionally tries to do something different and by doing this he turns out master pieces. I call him Rembrandt with a camera since Rembrandt liked to play with lighting as well. It is the same lighting but Rembrandt used a brush of course.

The day in short was pure energy. Designer: Stephany Smith @willowpiperlu Model: Chi Anderson @chi_themodel Photographer: Church @thatguychurch

Dr Martin Luther King Jr. ‘I Have a Dream’ 1963 Washington D.C.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.giving his 'I Have a Dream' speech during the March on Washington in Washington DC on August 28, 1963 / commons wikipedia
Dr Martin Luther King Jr.giving his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech during the March on Washington in Washington DC on August 28, 1963 / commons wikipedia

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963 began his 17-minute speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

He departed from his prepared text, possibly at the prompting of Mahalia Jackson, who shouted behind him, “Tell them about the dream!”

Dr King Jr. then spoke from his heart:

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Now known as “I Have a Dream” speech, it is regarded as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory. The March, and especially King’s speech, helped put civil rights at the top of the agenda of reformers in the United States and facilitated passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

*Crowds surrounding the Reflecting Pool, during the 1963 March on Washington. *Photo by Warren K. Leffler *Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection. *Public domain, per http://www.loc.gov/
*Crowds surrounding the Reflecting Pool, during the 1963 March on Washington. / Photo by Warren K. Leffler, Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Collection. Public domain, per http://www.loc.gov/

King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986.

Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor. The photo below shows a sign on I-75 for the portion of  S.R. 574 that is dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Florida.  (source wikipedia)

I-75 Hwy sign that showing the portion of S.R. 574 dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Florida/photonews247.com
I-75 Hwy sign that showing the portion of S.R. 574 dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in Florida/photonews247.com

Sony 85mm F1.8 Lens Tested in Low Light

I filmed this entire night with the Sony 85mm 1.8 lens with the aperture fully opened at 1.8 and the results were amazing. The location was Historic Main Street in St. Charles, MO during Christmas. The camera I used was the A7SII set at 30fps with the shutter speed set at 1/60th of a second.

Sony 85mm 1.8 Lens used for filming an historic street in the Midwest USA during Christmas celebration at night. Credit Craig Currie

There is something about the 85mm lens that turns a normal shoot into something magical and I love it. Whether it is the compression or the low light capabilities, the lens just outshines them all when it comes to footage like this in my humble opinion.

I had the Sony A7S2 camera on the Zhiyun CRANE PLUS Gimbal for stabilization. I forgot to mention that my ISO was set to Auto since the lighting would change drastically while I was walking around.

Please note that the 85mm F1.8 lens is over $500 but there are other makes such as the Meike 85mm F1.8 that do a great job for less than $200.

Drone Flying Inches from People at City Foundry, St. Louis

A drone was flying a bit too close during the Saint Louis Exotic Car Show at the City Foundry Market in Saint Louis on Saturday September 18, 2021.

Watch drone with open blades fly too close to people during City Foundry STL Car Show in September of 2021. Credit Craig Currie

We were all thrilled while seeing the low flying drone but after the thrill was gone, we thought about the dangers of this and what could have happened.

So bring your hardhats for this years Exotic Car Show to keep yourself and your family safe from the low flying drones. The Car Show was amazing and well worth the risk but keep your eyes opened for incoming drones to be on the safe side.

Fundraising with Style at Neiman Marcus St. Louis in Plaza Frontenac

Joan Berkman Head of St. Louis Press Club.
Joan Berkman Head of St. Louis Press Club. Credit Craig Currie

Fundraising and high-fashion go together like milk and honey when referring to fundraisers held at St. Louis’ Neiman Marcus store in Plaza Frontenac. It was 2019 when I first worked a fundraiser at Neiman Marcus and was stunned by how beautiful everything was…including the people.

I got to see some of the biggest names in fashion which included Susan Sherman, Dapper Dan, Tania Beasley, Brandin Vaughn, Joan Berkman, Penny Pennington, Miran Halen, Phyllis Langsdorf, Huda Jasmine, Michael and Shereen Fischer to name a few.

Susan Sherman of Saint Louis Fashion Fund attends fundraiser at Neiman Marcus St. Louis credit craig currie 2019
Susan Sherman of Saint Louis Fashion Fund attends fundraiser at Neiman Marcus St. Louis credit. craig currie 2019

I felt like I was in a castle filled with kings and queens, one more beautiful than the next. These local icons and celebrities are as smart as they are beautiful. They give a lot of money and donate a lot of time to make these fundraisers come alive. Whether it is Joan Berkman, of the St. Louis Press Club, raising money for scholarships, or Susan Sherman raising money for the St. Louis Fashion Fund – which helps support local fashion designers in our area – it is all for the greater good.

Below are photos (2019-2021) of the fun part of the fundraisers at Neiman Marcus which includes some of the nicest people in St. Louis that happen to be trailblazers and the best in their fields.

Insta360 One X2 Camera Passes Low Light Test

I used the Insta360 One X2 to test the low light capabilities after sunset and it did surprisingly well as you can see. I did the main editing in the Insta360 desktop application to speed up the footage 16 times normal speed and it automatically added the blur to the subjects racing around.

VIDEO: Insta360 One X2 passes low light test during and after sunset.

The camera was set Auto 360 and maxed out over 5k. I had the camera on a tripod which is the best choice when filming in low light since it suffers from focus breathing in lower lighting conditions.

The Insta360 One X2 is a camera everyone needs in their bag. It is a great second camera and it will record for over an hour at a time without ever overheating or running out of room on the Micro SD card.

I hope they have an upgrade this year on this camera. I can only hope that they add a bigger sensor. Time will tell.

The Oliver STL Apartments, Olivette, MO Fall 2022

THE OLIVER STL Apartments are coming along where the former Olivette Fire Department once stood at 9473 Olive Blvd. There is approximately 3,500 square feet of retail space planned for the southwest corner of the mixed-use development.

In November of 2020 a banner with the name ‘THE OLIVER” along with Ridghouse Capital and Mission Constructors was attached to the fence that surrounded the construction site along Olive Blvd. catty corner and across from Olivette Bowl.

The multifamily apartment complex will house 151 units which include studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms layouts. The Oliver is marked to open by the Fall of 2021.

THE OLIVER Apartments
3,500 square foot outparcel retail structure
117,000 SF of living and amenity space
Near ag-tech companies: Monsanto, Bayer, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

INVOLVED
Ridgehous Capital
Mission Constructors, LLC
Timberlake Engineering
VE Design Group
Larson Capital Management

THE OLIVER Apartments
9473 Olive Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
theoliverstl.com
Google Maps

Olivette Townhouses by Douglas Properties

Douglas Properties, a luxury home building company, submitted plans to Olivette’s Planning Community Design Commission to build 35 townhouses on Dielman Rd. just one block from Olive Blvd in Olivette, MO.

Douglas Properties listed the price ($599,000 – $649,000) and all the details for the town homes at Coldwell Banker Homes. Construction is anticipated to start in the Spring of 2022.

VIDEO: Olivette Townhouses on Dielman Rd. by Douglas Properties on 12.31.2021. by craig currie

Holiday Traditions Window Walk, Central West End, St. Louis

Friends shopping in Maryland Plaza during Christmas Traditions Window Walk Central West End on 12.18.2021. by craig currie
Friends shopping in Maryland Plaza during Christmas Traditions Window Walk Central West End on 12.18.2021. by craig currie

Highlights of the “Holiday Traditions” Christmas Window Walk event was filmed on 12.18.2021 in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, MO. The Annual Window Walk runs every Saturday during December that features decorated stores, boutiques and restaurants in the Maryland Plaza shopping center.

VIDEO: See carolers, carriage rides, jugglers, a string quartet on the streets of the Central West End, St. Louis. credit craig currie

Visitors will see elaborate ice carvings, Santa Claus, carriage rides, carolers, street performers, s’mores and kettle corn. The video captures a few things but you need to experience it first hand to get the full picture, if I may.

Saint Charles Christmas Traditions on Main Street: A CHRISTMAS CAROL STROLL

Saint Charles Christmas Traditions on Main Street attracts thousands of people each year who look forward to eating and gathering gifts for the holidays. This year’s theme is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with Main Street transformed into a 1840s London movie. The video gives people an idea of what’s going on but doesn’t come close to capturing the magic you feel when you are walking the cobblestones streets of old Main Street.

There are real actors and actresses on the streets who play many roles which include the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come and they never get out of character in this live play that spans Main Street. There are Victorian carolers who are dressed in high fashion 1840s apparel, while singing classic Christmas tunes that echo through the crowd. Like the singing is music to the ears, the traveling acroama of chestnuts being roasted on an open fire is sweet to the smell.

There is a detailed guide for all the events during the week at DiscoverStCharles.com, which has everything you need to know. Parking is free and you can even park on Main Street if you can find a spot.