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11.28.11Personal

A Look Back




I
was busy gathering firewood for the family bonfire when I got a call from my brother. “ Bru, you gotta see this!” Across town some men were plowing a field with teams of horses. He thought it would be worthy of a photograph. As usual, I didn’t have a lot of time but I grabbed a camera and headed out the door. When I got there people were lined up and down the road curiously watching the men and horses as they worked. When I finally found a place to park, I eased out of my car and with a little apprehension I approached one of the teams. People react differently to someone making a photograph of them. I always try to be thoughtful as not to offend anyone. As I stood there watching and accessing the situation, the man passed by with his horses. “ Stay right there “ he said, “ next time around I’ll get em to smile for you! ” The ice was broken and now I was sure I had a friend. I watched for a while wondering what made this so fascinating to me and all the other folks standing around. Was it the quietness? You could hardly hear a sound, just the soft hiss of the plow cutting into the earth and an occasional "heup" to encourage the horses along. Do people like seeing things done the old fashion way so much that they will stop on a busy highway on a busy Saturday and watch for hours?

I’m a photographer. I can’t say for sure that photography is my passion even though it seems like I have a thousand cameras and lenses. I can say however that people and beauty are my passion. The beauty of nature and the beauty of all people and their stories are the things that inspire me. I have an insatiable curiosity about people and things that somehow binds me to a camera. If I could paint instead, I probably would. This curiosity kept me spellbound for quite a while...just thinking.

So... why were we all fascinated? It’s hard for me to speak for the others but this is where my thoughts took me. Imagine a time when a man stood alone in a field with a team of horses plowing row after row, day after day. Think of the hours he spent in prayer for his family, his friends, and his crops. Think of the time he spent reflecting about how much he appreciated his health, his wife, and his children. There was an awful lot of time for a man to get things in the proper perspective thus giving life more meaning. Life is faster today, we can get more THINGS accomplished with tractors, computers, smart phones, and digital cameras, but is life as rich today as it was yesterday? I’m just asking.



The horse on the right was camera shy. Fact number 63... when doing group shots of animals or people at least one subject in the group will be uncooperative.


I love hands. You can tell a lot about someone by looking at their hands. I asked this gentleman if I could photograph his. When I finished he said " would you believe these are the hands of a board certified orthopedic surgeon?" His hands looked strong and yet there was a gentleness about them.









11.23.11Engagements

NC Engagement Photography {Kristen and Roland}




I
met Kristen over a year ago. We developed a quick bond and I knew instantly that I'd like her--a lot. Kristen likes to run--well, that's sort of an understatement. Kristen likes to run like a maniac. She's done two Iron Man competitions along with a laundry list of other endurance competitions. I've ran with her a few times and she nearly killed me each time :) I remember our first run together--17 miles just weeks after I had finished the Marine Corps Marathon. Have mercy. The highlight of that run for me was hearing her story--how she became a runner AND how she found Roland.

Kristen met Roland while training for a triathlon in Winston Salem. Because she had be burned in the past, she kept him at arms length for a while. But he was quite handsome and she was gorgeous--and the chemistry was there. Fortunately for us, Roland FINALLY popped the question and dad got the opportunity to photograph the sweetness between those two!

Roland, you are a very lucky man--you know Kristen has a level of commitment and devotion that many of us just can't comprehend. How amazing that you are the object of her commitment and devotion! Congratulations guys...can't wait to celebrate the big day with y'all!

~Lindsey~

















11.16.11Weddings

NC Wedding Photography {Jamie and Troy}




J
amie met Troy in second grade...but like most second grade girls, she wanted nothing to do with icky boys. It wasn't until after high school AND college, that Jamie and Troy actually talked. Funny how things happen...

As I sit here and try my best to put words to their day, my heart keeps getting butterflies. Its not every day that a couple's wedding blesses us--me--like Troy and Jamie's did. Troy took advantage of each little pause in the ceremony to whisper "I love you" through the happiest tears I've seen to his bride, Jamie. And I wish I could have counted how many times he told her she was the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen. It was clear that Troy honored Jamie in everything and that because of that, she respected him. I am excited for them as they begin their new life together...I'm excited that they are starting off on a strong foundation. Congratulations Jamie and Troy...and thank you for touching my heart.

Oh...the photographs :) I'm sure you all want to see this sweetness for yourselves, huh? Enjoy!
Lindsey


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Lindsey's Photo

{ and can I just say...this was one of my favorite post-ceremony photos. Just before the photo was taken, Troy pulled Jamie behind the building and said, "come here honey, let me get a hold of you". Doesn't every woman want to hear that...ahhh...sweetness! }









Lindsey's Photo


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11.13.11Personal

Mocksville, NC {I love a small town}




T
hursday was as close to perfect as it gets, a gentle breeze, warm sun, and a good friend to share with. TomMcCulloh, a real pal and outstanding photographer asked me to come to his hometown of Mocksville. Tom had a job that he needed a little help with and I was more than happy to be of assistance even if all I did was hold his camera. After the job, I asked Tom to show me around town. There's a lot of history in Mocksville and a lot of old buildings and barns. I enjoy getting out and learning about small towns, meeting people and listening to their stories. Here are a few photos from yesterday, I hope you enjoy them. Tom... thanks for the tour, I hope we can do it again soon!




This is Miss Imes, a beautiful lady who has lived in the same house her entire life. She's a Christian lady that loves the Lord with all her heart. She still does all the work around her house... mowing, raking, and picking up pecans to make pound cakes and pecan pies.











11.03.11Engagements

NC Engagement Photography {Amy and Penn}




P
enn and Amy both went to UNC Chapel HIll (Go Heels!) and share some very special memories together around the school and in the beautiful little town of Chapel Hill. So it only made sense for us to do their engagement session in the place they really fell in love.

They took me all around campus...to the places they lived and the places that were special to them. We paid a visit to Time Out and even had a chicken and cheese biscuit. AND though I've been on campus quite often, Amy even shared with me some insights about it that I had never heard. Apparently there was a building on campus that read "University of North Carolina". Well, the inscription on the building was changed for the filming of Patch Adams (one of my favorite all time movies!) to "University of Virginia". How cool is that? Hollywood didn't miss that little detail, huh?

So I thought it fitting to end with one of my favorite quotes from the movie "Patch Adams"....

" I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly without complexities or pride. I love you because I know no other way than this. So close that your hand, on my chest, is my hand. So close, that when you close your eyes, I fall asleep. " Hunter Patch Adams

~Rodney




























 

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