This was our second wedding together. The first time Tembre and Michael were guests. I was taking photographs. This time they were the bride and groom. I…was again the photographer. I play that part well:) Tembre’s cousin April had hired me to photograph her special wedding day celebration. At the time of April’s June wedding I had only met this weeks just before. But I knew from the start I would enjoy them. Tembre and Michael are both equally bubbly, fun and genuine! On the wedding day when it was the groom’s turn for photographs I greeted Michael with a “How are you doing?” He replied, “No. The question is how are YOU doing?” SHOCK! And he meant it! He had every right to be stressed out/ nervous/ throwing up in the restroom but he was so excited and even wanted to know how I was. If you met them, I don’t think there is any way you could deny their sincere love for each other. It’s the kind of relationship that reminds you true love does still exist…and endure. I couldn’t be more grateful for the invite to be apart of their day. Tembre’s family made me feel like I WAS family.
As incredible as the day was, the highlight was marked by an ending adventure. I took one of those maiden voyages that Columbus himself would be envious of. (That may be a tiny bit of an exaggeration). The talented organ player let me crawl up inside the INCREDIBLE organ! Yes-INSIDE! There are over 3,000 pipes and the sound just swirls around that sanctuary. The acoustics will make you cry. What a triumphant ending to a spectacular day. Thanks again Mr. and Mrs. Holland, my new wonderful friends:)
Yes, that’s a photograph. All these are photographs. If you’ve never seen my work or read my blog I create a lot of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos. I really like HDR for the range in exposure you get and the creative way they can be processed. I want to be wowed! That’s why this kind of photography is the only kind I found suitable to portray Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville, KY. It’s like a circus for your eyes! Lots of bright colors, one-of-a-kind decorations and food you can’t get at a chain. My favorite has to be the mannequin legs, all with a different pair of crazy pants like only your grandma can get away with wearing, jutting out from the walls high above each booth. Or maybe it’s the cups of tiny plastic animals or crayons on top of each table. All I know is that it’s not what you expect when you get there, there’s no place like it and everyone has to go there once. It’s impossible to leave without a smile on your face. Go there to take pictures. Go there to eat pancakes filled with cinnamon granola pancakes at 3:00 in the afternoon. It’s an artist’s paradise. It’s a grow-ups’ retreat from serious. It’s…Lynn’s, a happy place:)
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I’ve entered some pieces in an art competition in NYC. Please click the link below and vote for my work! There are four lovely HDR pieces. Blow is one of the images. The link will lead you to the rest.
The Ellsworths. I don’t say they are a beautiful family because I have to. I say it because they are. I work with Trent at the Asbury University Challenge Course. Ok, so it’s more like I work FOR Trent and he’s kind of my boss. I say kind of because you’d never know he was over all of the facilitators because he treats everyone equal. Emily, his wife is just as nice. Did I mention how adorable their two kids are? Addy was such a ham for the camera! This was definitely a great and memorable family shoot.
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Christmas is a beautiful time of year. The lights, the colors, the snow…but it’s nice to have a good, refreshing change. Like a new version of Silent Night or a new family member around the tree. I’m making my Christmas different by taking the ordinary and making it artfully creative. Like my fun self-portrait! Who doesn’t want their face n an ornament? There are so many trees out there why not make them more colorful. This year challenge yourself to see Christmas differently, in a way we-or maybe just you- have never seen it before. May your days be merry and bright.
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The upper 60s in October? The brightest oranges and reds washing over the trees? How could anyone resist the call of the picture box? Scott and Kate wanted some beautiful family photographs of them and their adorable daughter Avery. She just turned 1 in July. I can’t believe she’s that old already. How does one stop this freight train we call time?
We played in the leaves at Shaker Village. There were an army of people out there and they all seemed to have their own photographers for family photos too. It was the perfect day for it:)