September 2009

Two Peas in a Pod

Cooper and Baxter. Two labs, both pups. My friends, the Dolls, are hooked on this adorable duo.

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The stately Baxter. Yes, he could be the Orvis model.

The stately Baxter. Yes, he could be the Orvis model.

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Can’t Wash Off My Green Thumb

Trees, plants, open sky, rain, dirt-that’s my kind of place. When I’m outside I feel like I’m home. I’ve had a garden for at least ten years now. Having just moved here at the beginning of the year from Ohio, this is my first year having a Kentucky garden. I wasn’t convinced the bounty of red soil and rocks the tiller found would produce much. However, I have been overwhelmingly surprised! God provided the bluegrass with so much rain, I’ve had the most productive garden yet.

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Sunflowers: a garden essential. They make me smile:)

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The setting sun made a nice backdrop to these teddy bear sunflowers.

Wedding: Samantha and Aaron

She played soccer for Asbury College. He played baseball for the University of Kentucky. It was only a matter of time that gravity or a love of sport would draw them together. Samantha, or “Sam” to her friends and family, and Aaron are one of those couples that bring a smile to your face watching them interact. It’s like they really were created just for each other.

They were married in the evening on Septemeber 5, a perfectly clear late summer day. Sam was stunning and all smiles in her dress. This was the same dress the bridal retailer told her probably wouldn’t fit because of her petite frame. Sam however knew al she needed was a good seamstress to make her dream dress a reality. She was right.

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Aaron was in high spirits but noticibly nervous. Overall he was just elated to have found the woman of his dreams and be able to start their lives together.

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After the wedding ceremony at Woodford Community Christian Church, their guests were invited to a reception right down the road at Castle Hill Winery in Versailles. Scenic rolling hills, a vineyard, old buildings and a beautiful banquet hall make this place a photographing paradise. There is a quaint old farmhouse where we took group photographs of the wedding party.

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As we waited on the wedding party to arrive for photographs, Madison (the flower girl) entertained herself by writing her name in the dirt with a stray stick.

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Lovely maids and the bride.

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Dashing gentlemen.

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Then I took Sam, Aaron and I walked over to the vineyard for some creative shots.

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Behind the old farmhouse we found this old shed. It has a nice rustic feel. Not to mention it has TONS of character. Such a sweet, romantic moment. Now on to the reception…

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Then some fun dancing with the couple and the guests. 3D Entertainment kept the guests dancing and the party raving well into the night.

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A final shot under the distant full moon in the clear night sky. Congratulations Sam and Aaron! And so, it starts…

An instrument or a Glass of Wine

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I recently had some one ask me if this was a photograph of an instrument or a glass of wine. Honestly, it can be both. It’s really my Selmer Paris alto saxophone. True, I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University, where I studied art. But before that I spent many hours at Belmont University and the University of Kentucky studying music. Photography and art come first but music will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve heard it said the saxophone is the most expressive instrument outside of the violin. It has such a relaxing, smooth sound that soothes the nerves; takes the edge off. It’s got such a great tone I thought it may just as lovely in a BW photograph. Turns out I was right.

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There is Fun to be Had in Photoshop

Sometimes it’s really fun to create photographs that make you think twice or furrow the brow. What do you think of this? It weirds me out to see myself so many times. LOL! This isn’t difficult and I hope to try it with the bride or couple (depending on time) at the next wedding I photograph. Stay tuned. I’m stoked!

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I love the great American West! Frontier stories are my favorite so it’s no surprise I happened to one day put my daydreams into a picture.

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A dreamy vintage look.

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Just trying something different.

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A cartoonish take on things.

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