Georgia Vacation – Part Two: Atlanta II

The second day we were in Atlanta, we went to CNN’s World Headquarters. The CNN building was once an indoor amusement park and hotel. After 6 months, the amusement park went bankrupt, and CNN bought the building. The hotel is still functional and takes up a large amount of the building. CNN belongs to Turner Broadcasting, which is a corporation also responsible for  HLN, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, and many more. The tour was interesting. As some of you may know, my sister is a meteorologist for a local NBC affiliate. I had been in her studio a few times before, so it was cool to see the differences and some similarities the two studios share. Here are a few photos from the tour.

 

Before the tour. The family from left to right: Dad, Jen, Mom, Kristin, Greg, and Uncle Randy

Before the tour. The family from left to right: Dad, Jen, Mom, Kristin, Greg, and Uncle Randy

 

Before the tour. My brother-in-law, Greg, Me, and my sister, Kristin

Before the tour. My brother-in-law, Greg, Me, and my sister, Kristin

 

Offices at CNN and part of the hotel © Holly Hildreth 2011

Offices at CNN and part of the hotel

 

CNN Newsroom © Holly Hildreth 2011

CNN Newsroom

 

After our tour of CNN, we used our City Passes to go to the Atlanta Historical Center. My brother-in-law, Greg, is a history buff. On the way down, he was reading, “Team of Rivals,” which is a book as thick as a dictionary about Lincoln’s presidency. So, of course, he was totally into the museum as it was all about the Confederacy and their roll in the Civil War. It was unique to see the South’s side of the War. In school we were taught with a bias for the North. Celebrated generals and other historical figures from the North were cast in a slightly negative light. It wasn’t outrageously biased, but it was interesting to see the different perspectives.

The museum also featured a large wing devoted to the Atlanta Summer Olympics. It contained Olympic torches from nearly the past 100 years as well as the costumes from the opening ceremonies and a lot of the athletic equipment used.

Me in the Olympics Wing

Me in the Olympics Wing

The museum had two historical houses on the premises–one a farm and the other a mansion. Our City Passes let us tour one, so we picked the Swan House Mansion. The museum did not permit photography inside the house, so I was only able to get pictures around the premises.

Swan House Mansion © Holly Hildreth 2011

Swan House Mansion

 

Swan House Mansion © Holly Hildreth 2011

Swan House Mansion

 

Back side of the Swan House © Holly Hildreth 2011

Back side of the Swan House

 

Wall of the Swan House Garden © Holly Hildreth 2011

Wall of the Swan House Garden

 

As always, this is just a small sampling from the day’s shoot. Head over to my Flickr page to see the whole slideshow by clicking: HERE!

Low-Key Portraits, Hunt for Red October Style

For my Into to Studio class, we have to do low-key portraits. For those of you who may not know, a low-key portrait is a portrait where the scene is dominated by predominately dark tones and usually utilizes a dark background and dramatic lighting. For my portrait, I wanted to use my boyfriend, Andrew Curry, in his Halloween costume. Anyone who knows Andrew knows he has a few certain (quirky) loves. He’s a nut about history, Russia, Sean Connery, and “The Hunt for Red October”. So what a better costume for him than to go as Captain Ramius from “The Hunt for Red October”. Andrew ordered the costume from a Russian Military surplus store online. It took about two weeks to get here, and everything was written in Russian. It was really cool, seeing an address from the Ukraine on the box. The uniform was a legitimate Naval Captain’s uniform. It still had the chalk on the sleeves from being tailored to a soldier. The medals and pins that went on the jacket were worn and weathered from being used in the service. All in all, it was a really cool costume.  Anyway, I was inspired by a few smoking portraits that I had seen using the low-key style, so I asked Andrew if he would smoke a cigar for me in the studio. Andrew is not a smoker, but he was a good sport and bought some Swisher Sweets for my shoot. We shot for a while in the studio, but I eventually started coughing and had to call it quits. I could never date a smoker–I had a hard enough time getting through a 2 hour shoot alive, haha! Anyway, here is Andrew Curry (scratch that, Sean Connery as Captain Ramius)!