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“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt…”

Erin and I explored several areas of town for this shoot.  First we went to the Depot museum downtown, but the sun was really bright that morning so we walked a little way down the track, where we found some interesting graffiti.  I have to admire someone who spray paints Kurt Vonnegut quotes under the overpasses of Jackson. 

Erin is so beautiful, and we had a great time!

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Christian and Victoria

First of all, let me say that Christian and Victoria live in photography heaven.  Their house is like a big outdoor studio – perfect lighting, amazing architecture, wonderful textures everywhere you look.  For this amazing shoot we didn’t even leave their yard.  All in this one location I got shots that look like they were made in some castle in a fairyland, or a tropical jungle, or a magic tree house.

Secondly, it is very disconcerting to have lived next door to this amazing “studio” for about five years and never notice all its possibilities until I turned my lens on it.  How unobservant could I possibly be?  Although regular readers of my blog will recognize the fabulous steps, since I have “borrowed” them often for other shoots.   

We had so much fun on this shoot.  I have known Christian and Victoria for so long they almost feel like my own kids, so it was very easy to get great relaxed pictures of them – no “get-to-know-you” period required!  The only drawback was that I had to take my own kids elsewhere during the shoot so they wouldn’t want to come out and play with their favorite neighbors.  Nothing like a running two-year-old to ruin a shoot they aren’t supposed to be in!

So here are some great pictures of my favorite neighbors, whom I will always think of as “Kischan” and “Vic-Tia”, since that is how my son used to pronounce their names when he was very little…

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Even sweet Sophie the Dog wanted in on the action:

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Kelsey, Caleb, and Noah

The last time I saw the mother of these three beautiful kids, we were her daughter’s age – seniors in high school.  This was rather disconcerting for me (and for my old friend as well, I’m sure).  How quickly does time pass!  We knew each other all the way through school because our last names were always right next to each other on class rolls and in the yearbook. 

It was a pleasure to spend some time on a beautiful fall day with this lovely family.  Kelsey is so photogenic, and without even a drop of makeup her beauty just shines through.  I believe I saw Caleb smile once or twice (maybe three times?). I think he had fun even though I am pretty sure he was coerced to come.  Admit it Caleb, I know you wanted to spend your afternoon sitting around uncomfortably in trees and changing shirts in a minivan.  And Noah is just so sweet.  He was so cooperative and indulged all my photographic whims, including wandering around in a vegetable garden, smelling herbs, wondering what the alien pod-looking plants were, and looking at ladybugs. 

We did this session at the Experiment Station, for those of you who are trying to decide on a location for your session.  It really is an awesome place to take pictures: flowers, trees, a pond, a gate, rusted bikes hanging from strings, branches painted bright blue, purple barbed wire coils, and plastic Christmas trees stuck randomly in the ground.  Yes, truly.

Thanks guys, for a great session!

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Only little kids get suckers at the end! Especially when I only have one left in my camera bag…

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Thanks guys, for a great session!

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Shutterbug link

The July issue of Shutterbug Magazine is now online!  You can view William’s picture at: http://shutterbug.com/picture_this/0708picture/

Have a great weekend!

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PUBLISHED!

I was ecstatic, over-the-moon, and downright shocked yesterday when I opened my July issue of Shutterbug Magazine, and a portrait of my son I submitted over six months ago was in it! Page 12, to be exact. Here is the portrait, which you will recognize from the opening flash slideshow on my website:

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Shutterbug Magazine, which has an international circulation, is the number one information and buying source for serious photographers today.  It is available at all major newsstands and also online at www.shutterbug.com.  As of now, the July issue is not available online because it is still, well, June…

Each issue contains a column called “Picture This”, to which hundreds of photographers from around the world submit photographs on a given theme. Only ten portraits were selected for the July issue. The theme for July is “Personal Portraits”, for which submittals were to be of the photographer’s own family members, showing the true personality of the subject. I submitted William’s portrait, taken at the N.C. & St. L. Depot downtown, because to me it really does illustrate his true spirit. Plus I love his red boots. I’m going to be so so sad when he decides he’s too old to wear red rainboots anymore. Just like last night when he announced to my husband and me: “Guys [yes, these are his exact words], I know who REALLY brings the tooth fairy money. It’s YA’LL!” To which I said, “Well, is the tooth fairy real to you?” and my husband said, “You’d better not let Santa Claus hear you say that…” and then he looked really concerned. And he still put the tooth (which was sadly lost in a bizarre slip-and-slide accident at his very first playdate at a new friend’s house) under his pillow.  But I digress…

The portrait is currently hanging in my display at the Medina Boutique, and also in the less public “Over William’s Bed Display”.

William is now telling everybody that he’s famous because he is in a magazine.  I hope I have not inadvertantly created a monster…

Come July 1st, I will be at Books-a-Million, Walmart, and Walgreens buying up every available copy of Shutterbug Magazine. So if you want one too you’d better get there early.

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