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02.28.10News

NC Photography Workshop - One-On-one with Colleen




I
enjoy sharing my love for photography with others who have a strong interest in photography! I get so excited and it gives me great joy to teach. This past weekend I had the opportunity to share a little about photography with Colleen, an up and coming photographer from the Outer Banks.

Colleen arrived at our home office on Saturday morning with an eagerness to learn ... you could see it in her eyes! We spent the morning discussing a topic dear to me, "Understanding Exposure". You see, proper exposure is the biggest problem for all photographers, whether amateur or professional. Your technique can be perfect, your lenses the best available, the location the most exotic: but if your exposure is off, your photographs will be off as well. It is vital to always keep in mind the basics of exposure.

After an intensive morning on exposure (and Colleen absorbing everything like a sponge), we headed out for the afternoon to shoot, with Karen as our model. Colleen and I enjoyed working with natural light capturing some beautiful shots. Sunday we spent the day working on post-production, workflow, Lightroom and Photoshop.

Thanks Colleen for a great weekend! Karen and I look forward to visiting you and shooting with you at the Outer Banks.

Here are a few of my favorites Colleen shot on Saturday.











02.23.10Personal

I Like Rainy Days




I
'm just wondering ... are we out of the drought yet? It's kind of interesting ... we worry about things like global warming and if there will be enough water. Just when we think the earth is going to dry up God opens the skies and it rains, and rains, and then it snows, and the lakes freeze over ... and the cycle continues.
I prefer to live life in the moment, not borrowing too much from yesterday or being overly concerned about tomorrow. When we have rainy days, I get excited. Karen cooks a big pot of soup and as it's cooking, the steam fills the house, making it warm and cozy. The smell of soup and cornbread keep me in the moment.
To make matters all the better, the babies come pouring in. Sometimes Karen and I sit on the couch with the three of them under a big blanket and read. Sometimes we watch kid programs on the tube. If the rain happens to break for a moment and I can come up with a good bribe (like chocolate) the kids will let me try out some new film I'm experimenting with. A new cycle begins.... play and work, play and work. Life is good!

Note: The color photos of Layla and the one black and white of her are digital. The ones of Adalei and Bradyn were shot with a Mamiya 645 using an 80mm 1.9 lens and Kodak 400 CN film.











02.19.10Children/Families

Greensboro Children's Photography-Sam Matthews




O
ur friend and accountant Terri, has an accounting firm located in Thomasville. The space is light and airy so we thought it would make a great place to do Sam's six month photo session. Kids are more comfortable in a familiar environment and since little Sam "works" there every day with his mom and grandmother we felt like he should be pretty comfortable. He was ... as soon as I stepped inside the door he started laughing and cutting up. It's so amazing to watch kids as they grow and to see their little personalities develop. We did his 6-week session a while back and my has he changed! Sam is a beautiful little one with the sweetest little dimple in his chin and baby blue eyes that scream "pick me up and hug me"!













02.15.10Personal

NC Children's Photography - Becoming a Gamer




I
've introduced Bradyn to a lot of things ... we play ball, hunt dinosaurs, skip rocks across the pond, we read stories and mail letters. I let him play on my computer and take photos of me with my camera plus a million and one other things. He's a fast learner and doesn't forget anything. Since we've had yucky weather for the last month the shoe has been on the other foot. He's been teaching me how to play XBOX games. I have to admit, it's been pretty much an effort in futility!
I really don't see how he does it. It takes both hands, fingers and thumbs to be proficient at these games. I just don't believe I have what it takes to be a gamer but he's been so patient with me and even though I'm not in his class he still enjoys playing with me. After an afternoon of games he was game for letting me take a few photos of him.













02.13.10News

And The Winner Is ........




Our Share Your Heart Contest has been rocking for sure! All three stories were great and each very deserving to win.
It was nip and tuck for a while between story B and story C. In the end story C pulled out ahead and won! Congratulations Carol for winning our Share Your Heart contest with a beautifully written, poignant story about your work place!

Thank you all for visiting our site and for casting your vote. We welcome you to visit our site often and please leave us comments; we love hearing from you. Another contest coming up very soon!

With it being Valentine's Day we would like to leave you with these beautiful words about love found in I Corinthians.


1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels,
but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling symbol.

And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.

And if I dole out all my goods, and
if I deliver my body that I may boast
but have not love, nothing I am profited.

Love is long suffering,
love is kind,
it is not jealous,
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.

It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.
It does not rejoice over the wrong, but rejoices in the truth


It covers all things,
it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things,
it endures in all things.

Love never falls in ruins;
but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or
tongues, they will cease; or
knowledge, it will be superseded.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.

When I was an infant,
I spoke as an infant,
I reckoned as an infant;

when I became [an adult],
I abolished the things of the infant.

For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know as also I was fully known.

But now remains
faith, hope, love,

these three;

but the greatest of these is love.

Happy Valentine's Day!








 
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