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Promo: “Mornings”

By July 23, 2012 Promos, The Daily Buzz

We needed to get some generic promos shot for stations RIGHT AWAY, but did not yet have our new set, new graphics, or any show clips available. Luckily, I was able to get into Full Sail Live at the last minute to use the giant LCD wall as a backdrop. From behind the camera, I shouted pages of wild lines at them. They all have huge personalities, so this all came together rather easily.

The Daily Buzz – “Mornings” from The Daily Buzz on Vimeo.

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The Daily Buzz: Season 11 preview

By July 17, 2012 Orlando, Promos, The Daily Buzz

Work has been insane lately. We’ve been on the trajectory ever since the decision was made to re-brand the show, which means a new look, a strong brand position, and – as you’ll see from the video below – new anchors.

Here’s a featurette that I made last week (with the help of my marketing minions, Vinny and Morgahn), showcasing the new talent lineup – which officially became public today.

Not only are they a really hood looking bunch, they’re all really funny and incredibly smart. (This is in NO WAY an slam on the previous hosts, whom I wish nothing but the best of luck in their future endeavors.)

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Unboxing the CW Fall Preview Kit

By May 24, 2012 Collectibles, Photography

The CW - 2012-13 Season Preview

As you know, I love getting marketing kits and promotional materials and then laying everything out for a photograph. And it is extremely rare that I’m disappointed by anything from The CW network, as their kits are always gorgeous and well planned out. Today I received advance screeners of many of the new fall shows. These aren’t review copies, so I really shouldn’t say anything other than I was really surprised by some of the charming and clever new shows. I haven’t watched Arrow yet, in case you’re wondering.

cam: Fuji X100

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Mini Live Trucks at Legoland Florida

By May 22, 2012 Florida, My Geek Adventures, Orlando, Photography, Toys

This past weekend, my family finally made it out to Legoland Florida. My daughter had a great time on all the rides, and we all enjoyed all the fun, little details in the Lego cities at Miniland, USA. I especially like how television news vans were well represented. Here’s a few shots of the mini news media in action.

Here’s an important press conference at City Hall. I think I see a miniature Lenslinger in there amongst the Lego photogs.

Here’s a news crew being hassled by the police (or possibly getting directions) on the National Mall.

And I found this news van headed to an important news conference in Miami’s South Beach.

Cam: Fuji X100
Loc: Legoland, USA

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Unboxing the Dictator press kit

By May 7, 2012 Collectibles, Photography

The Dictator - Press Kit

The Daily Buzz received an oddly labeled box today which had some (fictional) Republic of Wadiya currency taped to the top. Once ripped open, there was a wealth of “become your own Dictator” items, and what I presume are beer kegger cups. We’ve already started taking photos of staff members as ruthless Wadiya dictators, and will – no doubt – be featuring this stuff on the show.

Camera: Fuji X100
Flickr: Unboxing Press Kits (Photoset)

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The Barnstormer

By May 6, 2012 Eliza, Orlando, Photography

Riding the Barnstormer

This weekend we braved the crows and heat, returning to The Magic Kingdom so that Eliza and her buddy could ride the Barnstormer roller coaster (and so that I can get more trading cards for the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game). I took this snap while enduring the ups and down and general nausea of riding a roller coaster with acute motion sickness.

Camera: Fuji X100
Location: Disney's Magic Kindgom
Flickr: Riding the Barnstormer

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Buzzvengers Assemble!

By May 4, 2012 Photography, The Daily Buzz

With the release of the Avengers this weekend, I decided to get The Daily Buzz hosts all assembled in various Hasbro gear for this fun photo for the show’s Facebook fan page.

The Buzzvengers

Camera: Fuji X100
Team: The Daily Buzzvengers

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Abstract Disneyworld Snaps

By April 13, 2012 Photography

I’m loving my FujiX100. It’s made me return to carrying a camera again at the theme parks (the whole giant DSLR things wasn’t working for me). Here’s two Disney snaps that I took this past week.

The first, being the lobby wall at the soon-to-open Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – which is crazy colorful. It feels like being in a Mass Effect night club.

DAAR Lobby

And then there’s this shot, right at the base of Spaceship Earth at Epcot – which looks spectacular from just about any angle.

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camera: FujiX100

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Eliza’s Egg Hunt 2012

By April 8, 2012 Eliza, Home Movies

It’s time for the annual Eliza Egg Hunt! The whole affair takes much longer than this video depicts, since E stops for candy breaks constantly along the way – which also makes her VERY hyper by the time it’s over.

camera: Canon 5D Mark II
song: "You Want The Candy" - The Raveonettes

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Big Girl Bike Ride

By April 7, 2012 Home Movies, Orlando

Eliza just got her “Big Girl Bike” and woke us up early, begging to ride it. So we geared up and went on a family bike ride, brining along the GoPro helmet cam to capture all the action.

cam: GoPro Hero HD
adult bikes: Public Bikes
song: "Deadbeat Summer" - Neon Indian

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Instagram: Tube Inspection

By March 29, 2012 iPhone, Photography

Tube Inspection #photooftheday #disneyfantasy

I wandered around the deck of the Disney Fantasy on Tuesday morning, trying to capture a decent shot of this guy inspecting the AquaDuck tube. I nearly fell into the pool, and I ran into a desk that seated two guys doing a live radio broadcast. I have some cool, raw shots of this guy, but the best moment was the following day, when I glanced up and he was right above me and all I had was my iPhone. It made for a perfect Instagram moment!

camera: iPhone 4
instagram: littlelostrobot

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A View of Bourbon Street on St. Patrick’s Day

By March 17, 2012 Photography

I snapped a ton of photos with my new camera this weekend, which because I wanted to get back to ‘street photography’ without carrying around my expensive DSLR. (Instead, I’m now carrying around an expensive faux-rangefinder, the Fujifilm X100.) I spent the weekend in New Orleans, where I traveled to photograph my friends John and Ginny’s wedding.

bourbon street

The above photo I shot at “Sweenypalooza” – the wedding after-reception. It was directly across from a strip club, which added an extra layer of depravity to the already extreme behavior below. We all hung out on the balcony of Fat Tuesday, throwing beads onto the heads of partygoers below. Think of it as an elaborate game of human ring toss.

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Our Little Chef, Hard at Work

By February 17, 2012 Eliza, Photography

Here’s a segment I shot for The Daily Buzz and Galtime, demonstrating how to get your preschooler involved in cooking family meals. It’s worth noting that MY WIFE is the reporter on this piece, and her subject is our adorable kid.

Turn Your Preschooler Into A Little Chef from JL Watkins on Vimeo.

Fearful that your kids will make a mess? They will. Worried it will take extra time? Yeah, it does. Think they can’t handle it? They can, really! You don’t have to wait until they’re older to get them involved. Preschool aged kids can do a lot in the kitchen.

KyAnn and I both made New Year resolutions to each start our own foodie blogs. We both did, but she’s the only one of us to actually do more than two posts, and she’s well on her way to making it a habit. You can follow our little family cooking adventures at Happy Fun Food.

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partners in crime

By January 19, 2012 Eliza, Photography

partners in crime

We made a quick trip up North, into The South to catch-up with some old friends and revisit some of the restaurants and haunts we used to frequent several year ago. Here’s a sassy snap of Eliza and her pal Kensie. It’s damn near impossible to get a photo of these kids not moving.

gear: canon 5D mark II
loc: greenville, sc

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It’s Meatball Night!

By January 11, 2012 Eliza, Home Movies

It’s Meatball Night! from JL Watkins on Vimeo.



We all take turns making dinner, and last night it was Chef Eliza’s turn. She demonstrates one of her many kitchen specialties: Italian meatballs!

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This Is Why We Fight

By December 29, 2011 Eliza, Home Movies



Our preschool hipster loves listening to indie rock. After making us play this Decemberists song repeatedly in the car, we sat her down afterwards and asked sing the chorus in front of the camera. She was rather annoyed, which only added to her aloof hipster attitude.
song: "This Is Why We Fight" - The Decemberists
cam: Canon 5D2 / lens: Lensbaby Composer

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Two random photos: Cabo San Lucas

By December 28, 2011 Photography

While organizing the million photos I took this year, I realized most that have largely gone unprocessed or unposted. Moments ago, I stumbled across a whole raw folder of photos from my Mexican Riveria cruise last month. It was a “working vacation” and most of pics were action shots of Mitch English. However, there were a few odd snaps that I overlooked.

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I like both of these shots, but I think they might be needing “something” – so you might be seeing them again (differently) at some point.

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Getting Ready For Santa!

By December 24, 2011 Photography

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It’s not like I’ve been a Scroogey Gringh in recent years, but I definitely had a reached a point a few years ago where I was less than enthusiastic about each passing Christmas. However now that I’m a parent – and my little one is at that “perfect age” – I’m finding everything magical and wonderful again. Last night I helped Eliza prepare for Santa’s arrival, leaving out cookies, milk, and reindeer treats. (I also ate them a short while later).

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The Return of Chocolate Blankie

By December 1, 2011 Eliza, Home Movies

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