Little Jake was so excited to join his two brothers and sister that he acquired a shiner in the process! At eight days old, he was enjoying curling up, snuggling with his mama, and sucking his paci. It was a joy to work with this sweet new life and his itty bitty fingers and toes. Congrats Anna and family!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I had the opportunity to work with this almost one month old, who had no problem curling up and posing for his photo session. His mom mentioned his aviation themed nursery, so I created a quick fabric helmet with goggles for some of his pictures. A fun way to spend the morning!
An absolutely gorgeous day, mildly warm, no humidity, beautiful sun. Add to that a great senior guy and we couldn’t have asked for more. Whether he is talking about hunting or participating in one of the main roles at his school’s theater performance, Dom always has a smile ready that will put you in a good mood. In a fast-paced world where it seems kids grow up so quickly, we were thankful to be a part of capturing this moment in Dom’s senior year.
To book a session or more information, check out our Investment and Booking Page HERE.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of photographing the 3rd annual Barn Bash to benefit finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. A dear friend and former college roommate of mine has an adorable daughter, Caroline, who has CF. CF is an inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Years ago, being diagnosed with CF meant living only to elementary age. Today, those diagnosed have an expectancy into their 40’s. And Rebecca and her husband’s goal is to see the cure discovered in the next few years. The Barn Bash fundraiser this year took place on a beautiful sunny day with a bluegrass band, barbecue, corn hole and silent auction. For more information on how you can help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (cff.org).
Home on leave briefly, we had time to catch up with Paul and Renee before Paul headed back to duty in the Marines. Prior to enlisting, we got to know Paul as a high school student while he was involved in the Junior Program at Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department, where he earned the name “Small Paul”, a name that has evidently stuck with him in service. His girlfriend Renee is beautiful inside and out and has such a sweet personality, it really was a pleasure photographing them. We wish you both the best!
Last week, in one of those days that actually felt like spring, we had the pleasure of spending time with the beautiful Paige in a senior portrait photography session. She and I connect specifically in two areas; art and college. Paige is extremely talented artistically and I always love to see what she is creating. And, as I discovered, like me she goes through phases of working on projects and the gaps between where you might have ideas but don’t seem to get them out for various reasons. In the fall she will be attending my alma mater, Appalachian State. Go mountaineers! Aside from my bias, I think Paige will love the inspiration that comes from being in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thank you Paige for spending time with us and working through the occasional crazy wind gust and rather loud train! We wish you well and look forward to catching up when you are in town.
Well, we survived yet another southern snowstorm, and this was a good one! I think our total accumulation amounted to around 10″. With upper level temperatures varying, there was a combination of pretty wet snow clumps, sleet, freezing rain, and – my favorite – the perfect conditions to allow complete snowflakes to make it to the ground. Grabbing the macro lens, which allows for close-up snowflake images, we managed to capture a handful while the timing was right. We hope you enjoy!
Snowflakes from a previous snowfall are available with some of our landscape photography at our etsy store.