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Congratulations Chelsey!

The past two weeks have been pretty chaotic. After getting back from my weekend in Rochester, the job at hand was getting my head back in Blacksburg, and finishing up preparations to drive to Baltimore for the weekend for the wedding of my college friend Chelsey to her best friend Anna. I was looking forward to visiting some friends for lunch in DC and possibly also in Baltimore, but those plans were curtailed when I got up to Manassas and my car’s engine light came on. :( (more…)

Violin Photos 2

In my quest to get better at portraits with artificial lighting, I decided, at the urging of my photo group co-conspirators, to re-shoot the photos of Tyler with his violin, but with a few changes. Their main complaints had been that the background needed something going on, and that I needed to focus more on the relationship between him and his violin. It seemed that I was close enough on the (more…)

Knitting

My friend Marissa has been holding “crafternoons” once a month on Sundays, which is a lovely almost-tea-party way to get work done on our lady projects. Having essentially finished my study abroad scrapbook project started in 2009 (!!!), I needed a new project to start – perhaps something that wouldn’t take four years. (more…)

Holidays by Preference

So with Thanksgiving coming up, I’ve been doing some thinking in good Unitarian fashion as to what holidays I would like to celebrate – which ones would I find personally meaningful, without relation to what the population at large celebrates? A friend was just telling me about how important “Gettysburg Address Day” is to him (did you know we just passed the 150th anniversary btw?), (more…)

Monkeying Around

Last month I did a photo shoot of a friend’s two kids to capture their monkeying around for her holiday cards. After establishing where they would feel most comfortable, we went out on a nice warm sunny afternoon to Highland Park and the kids proceeded to show me their favorite climbing trees. Keeping up with two kids climbing trees in order to take their portraits is hard work! (more…)

Fall Festival

Over the weekend I was a guest of Ruby Foote at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, a local living history site, for their annual Fall Festival and agricultural fair. Ruby is the village photographer, so it was cool to go around and meet the interpreters from her inside point of view. We checked out the blue ribbon contest where people had submitted all sorts of period food products and crafts, (more…)

Violin Photos

Since borrowing more sturdy lighting equipment from Steve of the Saturday photo group, I got a chance to take more portraits. Unfortunately, the concept I had wanted to photograph really didn’t work out – in fact, I’m not even going to share a single attempt in that direction. But photographing Tyler with his violin was pretty fun all the same, and I think some of the photos came out well, even if they weren’t conforming to the intention of the shoot. (more…)

Peggy’s Wedding I

Labor Day weekend saw me in Chicago for my childhood friend Peggy’s wedding. I took some photos but was too busy enjoying the wedding to be particularly purposeful about it. Friday night we went to Giordano’s for pizza with her extended family and a few friends. The pizza was good and so was the opportunity to get to know most of the faces that I’d be seeing the rest of the weekend. (more…)

Photo Weekend

This summer has been flying by in the best fashion. I feel like I’ve been simultaneously busy and relaxed, as I’ve had fun things of one sort or another going on most weekends and a good number of weeknights. Downtime has been a bit short, true…

Saturday involved a certain amount of photography and (more…)