Crystal Street

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In the throes of editing the latest Beauty In Life project. So honored that this family invited me into their home for an overnight stay and complete access to documenting their little ones. 

Such a beautiful, lovely family!! Thanks!!!

It’s rare that I get to work with a small business and produce black and white promotional images. I’m working with a local chiropractor’s office on building their storytelling platform, starting with a shiny new parallax styled WordPress site.

The office is filled with such a beautiful natural light, that I couldn’t resist converting the images to black and white. And given the minimalistic nature of their website design— I think this is going to look absolutely amazing. 

Here are just a few of my favorites! More to come once the site goes live! 

I had the lovely fortune to document two lovely little ladies enjoying a late afternoon playtime at the beach this week. Truly a little slice of Beauty In Life.

The lovely little Guy let me document his bedtime ritual with his mom and dad recently. Such an adorable little man! So enjoyed photographing him!

Yes, I photographed a cookie factory last week in Savannah. @byrdcookieco was just delicious!! And so lovely to spend time with. Not a bad gig.

My morning commute after a torrential downpour on my shoot in Savannah, G.A. Two miles down a sand road, passed another “commuter” driving a pickup through the ruts in the road with his chocolate lab happily running along beside him. So glad I drove my pickup for this shoot!

The lovely sustainable farm I visited was well worth the trek through the Georgia low country to find it. I love working in the country!

A Powerless Weekend & Documenting the REC Linemen

Virginia took a beating last week with a round of thunderstorms that no one anticipated. Over 800K homes in the state lost power- and some still don’t have the juice back on almost a week out. I arrived at the Barn about 10 minutes ahead of the storm. The power died, I realized I had no matches and I listened nervously as the 60+ mile hour winds howled through the Barn and hoped that the tell tale sign of a tornado- that sound of a train bearing down on you- didn’t present itself. Luckily, it didn’t. So, I went to bed in the stifling heat and hoped that the power would return in the AM. It didn’t. For three days.

Fast forward to Sunday evening. I’m laying on the couch, in the middle of a massive heat-wave with no AC, no power and now no water at the Barn. I’m reminding myself that I used to spend my summers in the developing world, where the heat was worse, the air was fully polluted and you didn’t really want to have much to do with the water anyway. Big deal, I can weather this little inconvenience. And in comes a call from a client needing shots on the fly. In 12 hours. Two hours away. In the heat, documenting the linemen trying to restore power to the Culpeper region. Hell yes! Anything to get out of this Barn and into something productive.

Are the batteries charged? No. Can I charge them now, no. Have I showered recently and can I shower somewhere tomorrow- early? Yes. With all the major items covered, I went to bed with the knowledge that I’d be documenting something pretty sweet in the morning. Works for me.

Four a.m. at the barn rolls around and all the lights explode into life in the Barn! Woo-hoo!! Power! I get up to turn the AC on, lay back down and they die. Really? I fell back asleep- if you call it that- somewhere in-between sleep and misery in that kind of heat- and then the Barn lights up again. And this time it sticks. I jump up and crank that AC, plug in my camera batteries and try to catch another hour or two of sleep before I jump in the truck and head north.

So, this is where the Universe inserts itself into those little moments just for comedic value. I roll out of bed, ready for an adventure with the linemen and head to the kitchen to revel in the beauty of running tap water. I turn the faucet and water explodes- everywhere- from BENEATH the sink!! WTF?? I’m still in my PJs, I’m thinking of my day ahead and now my feet are soaked. And so is my floor. And its going EVERYWHERE!!! And not stopping.

My landlord, who lives 100 yards away runs over to the rescue and turns off the water. We start mopping and I’m looking at my time schedule for the day go to shit, rapidly. But, I was able to salvage the timing and get on the road without too much delay.

And then the work began. Phew!! The shoot was fascinating and I have a new appreciation for the work that goes into keeping my lights on and my camera batteries charged.

And if Virginia keeps rolling in these storms (three major ones in a week— w/tornadoes) I’ll be seriously considering solar panels soon. Oh, and that emergency weather kit I forgot to purchase, yea- that’s next on the list!

Have my phone in my pocket, waiting for the call that Mary’s gone into labor!! I’ll be documenting the Saou’s first child’s entry into this world in just a few days! So excited and honored to be a part of such an occasion!

Every so often, I’m hired to shoot a wedding filled with pure joy and love. Last weekend was one such occasion. A dear friend from my time at UNC married the love of his life last weekend, and I was blessed enough to be asked to document the day.

Wow. Not only was the wedding itself filled with love and emotion- but the reception was an event to remember. A full bluegrass band, on a farm just outside of Chapel Hill- what a better way to celebrate such an amazing couple. There were dear friends from around the country- and the world- all gathered to celebrate. These are some of my dearest friends from a lovely time in my life- filled with academics, music, philosophical conversations and a community that I doubt I’ll ever find again. To see everyone gathered, dancing and letting it all hang out was pure bliss.

I know it’s a rare occurrence to document something so beautiful- and to participate at the same time- but it truly was the best wedding I’ve ever photographed and attended. Here’s a little sample, though there are thousands of images yet to edit. And I have to say, my little Canon G12 made this shoot even more amazing. I had to join in the dancing- I just couldn’t watch the joy any longer- I had to participate! And dancing with that little camera in hand allowed me to capture images that truly show the joy, the laughter and all the little images that really shouldn’t be placed on the internet- but will live in infamy among a circle of friends for some time to come.

Thank you Aaron and Maren! Truly an amazing celebration!

A little afternoon eye-candy for the wanderlust in us all. This image was taken from the deck outside of my cabin room as our 15 hour ferry ride to Manado, Indonesia limped into it’s final destination. We blew an engine (or two) halfway into our journey. It was a long night, to say the least.

(ps- if you like it, get an art print by clicking the photo)

While on a portrait shoot for Whole Foods last week, I had the lovely opportunity to photograph the most stunning farm and intriguing farm animals. There’s a farmer inside of me dying to get out! Click this link to see more of this Virginia farm!

Could the Nelson kids be any cooler? Chilling in Paris, wearing clothes they picked out while shopping. Yes, he’s wearing a Fedora. Cool. And I was lucky enough to be hired to document their family vacation in Italy and France.

Personal documentary photo shoot in Italy and France.

This inventive lady has transformed the wheelchair into a bike. She is pedaling this chair to the mailbox.

Waiting for the south-bound Amtrak.

I had the lovely good fortune to be interviewed by Gregory Berg on Radio Enso the other night. Here’s the link if you’d like to listen to us talk about documentary photography, storytelling, travel and more!

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