SMP ~ Monthly Three

Hey, May! You are one of my favorite months. Why? Because it’s finally warm enough to wear skirts and flip flops on a daily basis. I’m so glad you’ve arrived!

 

1 – The Luminous Portrait by Elizabeth Messina :: This is my next book purchase, no doubt. Elizabeth is a famed photographer who specializes in using lovely natural light (Me too! Except for the whole “famed photographer” thing). One of my goals for 2012 is to read more educational photography books, not just blogs, and I feel this will be the perfect addition to my reading list!

 

2 – Cash Mobs :: We’ve all heard about flash mobs, but I learned about the cash version on the Today Show this morning. The general idea? “To encourage people to go into small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus”…I think this is a fan-tas-tic idea. Matt Lauer said the groups each choose one day to assemble and agree to each spend at least $20 in the store – very doable, I believe. With the startling rise of chain-everythings, small businesses have had to fight tooth and nail to stay relevant and, well, in business! Be sure to check out this page to find one near you.

 

3 – Eric Hutchinson’s new album :: ‘Moving Up Living Down’ was released last month, and I finally got a chance to listen to it yesterday. Loved every single song! Eric’s last album came out in 2007, and I was lucky enough to see him in concert at 12th & Porter a few years ago. Though the AC was completely out (mid-summer, I think), it was still one of the best, most entertaining concerts I’ve been to! Very glad for the new album!