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Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department Equipment Session

Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department Logo

Waxhaw Fire Department

We live in an awesome town, Waxhaw, NC. Located about 30 minutes south of Charlotte, NC, it’s a town where it can take a while to go to the Post Office or grocery store, because you almost always run into people you know.

I was recently asked to help with a photo session at the  Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department for a set of new website images. The Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the local community for 60 years and is operated primarily with volunteer work.  A great group of men and women that I am honored to call friends, I volunteer with them in a support role.

Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department - Engines

Engine 181 and Engine 182

A little known fact is that almost 70% of the fire departments in the United States are still volunteer organizations.  A quick plug here – if you have ever thought about volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and/or Firefighter, most districts will pay for your training, please contact them.  Most departments also have an auxiliary, for those who want to serve, but aren’t able to put in the time to be fully certified.  If you live in the Waxhaw, NC area, visit WaxhawVFD.ORG and click on Recruitment. Oh, and you get to ride around on the big red truck.


Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department Session

The plan was to feature the station and the equipment. The department recently purchased a new Rescue Truck (Rescue 18) and we wanted that to be reflected in the new department website.

I worked with one of the Captains, Chris, to position the equipment in the late afternoon, waiting for that magic time in the evening right as the sun was going down. Chris is an accomplished amateur photographer and we both had a great time on this shoot. I made the mistake of letting Chris use one of our professional Nikon bodies to shoot with, and I think I spoiled him.

Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department

Engine Backing Into Bay

Just as we were finishing up the shoot, a call came in and the guys had to run to investigate an alarm. The next time you see your local firefighters out, tell them hello and thank you. And don’t be afraid to call and set up a time to visit your local station with your kids, most stations are more than willing to let you visit.

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An Evening in the Park

Evening in the Park - Colonel Beatty, Matthews

A Beautiful Evening in The Park

A warm summer evening, a beautiful park, a fun couple and a photogenic dog are the makings of a great photo session!  Nate and Abbey recently celebrated their first anniversary and decided it was time to get some pictures done of this first season in their marriage.

An evening in the park with Basil


Of course Basil, a Boston Terrier, was sure to get his time in front of the lens with his human parents.  This is a dog whose travels and explorations are documented at his blog, Basil’s Travels.  The threat of rain had caused a reschedule, but it was worth the few extra days wait for the beautiful light and nice temperatures.  We met up at Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews in the early evening and had a great time.  Both Melissa and I were able to be part of the session and it was great to work together.

As the sun was going down, the lighting just got better, and the result was a chance to capture a young couple in the relaxed evening in the park.  Nate and Abbey, thank you for introducing us to Basil and for the opportunity to capture these images for the three of you!

An evening in the park - family portrait - Matthews, NC

Family Portrait

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Newest Addition

newest addition

Emma Kathleen

We typically devote this space to sharing images from our latest photography sessions, tips or thoughts.  For this post, I thought I would take a chance to share what is up with us – our newest addition.  On June 21st, our new little girl, Emma arrived.  Melissa’s pregnancy went well, and she was able to keep busy with photography sessions until just a few weeks before Emma’s birth. Mom and baby are doing great and adjusting well.  I’m trying to help where I can, but there are some tasks that dad’s just aren’t equipped for.  Emma will often spend part of the day in my home office providing her thoughts and input as I work.  Like all new parents, we are surprised how life has changed so dramatically, yet how it seems like it has always been this way.  All we can say is that we so blessed by having her in our lives already.

newest addition

Afternoon Nap Time

We are back to work this week, so if you have thought about a session for you or your family, please contact us.  Between the two of us, we can cover just about any photography needs you may have.  Even if she isn’t able to be out for a specific session, Melissa will still be able to help you design and layout any announcement cards or other products.

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There will be more to follow, come back soon for updates and to see what is happening.

David & Melissa

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