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08.19.09News

You Name It Contest




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t's the third Thursday of the month and as promised it's time for our second contest!! Last month we posted a photo and for you to guess what you thought it might be. This month I have a story I'd like to share with you.....it's a story my dad shared with me when I was a boy and it has stuck with me for many years. There is a great moral to this story and it's especially relevant in today's political environment.

Soooo here we go....... It was a cold winter day. At the edge of a pasture stood an old pine tree. In the top of the tree was a bird's nest and in that nest a baby bird sat and waited for his mother to bring back a meal. After waiting patiently for some time the little bird became restless and began to toss about. Eventually he fell from the nest and hit the ground. For a little while he enjoyed his new found freedom, but soon he began to get cold. As he got colder he began to protest....tweet tweet tweet you could hear him cry. An old bull happened by and "pooped" on the little bird. The little bird was furious, why would that ole bull do this to me he thought. Then he began to get warm and thought, "this isn't so bad after all." It wasn't long until smell got to him and he began to protest again. Tweet tweet tweet once again you could hear him cry. This time it got the attention of a wolf that was lurking about. The wolf picked the little bird up and washed him off. "What a great guy this wolf is," thought the little bird, but before the thought could leave his mind the wolf tossed him in his mouth and ate him. And the moral of the story is...... you name it! Post comment and let us know what you think it is. We will announce the winner on Monday.

It has been so hot the last few days I thought I would post a couple of winter photos for you.











08.17.09Personal

Bradyn's Baptism




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t's been almost five years since Bradyn was first introduced into this world. I can't describe the joy we felt the first time we saw him. To us he was perfect in every way. I remember having the privilege of saying the first prayer for him, and I remember praying that he would always know what it is like to love others and to be loved by others. I prayed that he would find Christ at an early age and learn to serve Him without reservation. Bradyn gave his heart to the Lord at bible school this past summer and, along with fourteen other young people, was baptized Sunday afternoon. There are certain images that are ingrained in my mind I will never forget...... how beautiful and radiant Karen looked after giving birth to our children, how beautiful our children looked at birth, and the look of love in my parent's eyes when they held our children for the first time.
I remember letting go of their little hands and watching them go to the first day of school. These are just a few of the many things I will always remember....... and I will always remember Bradyn's baptism and the peace in my heart when he came out of the water.













08.14.09News

Photography Publication in Bicycling Magazine




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few weeks ago we were contacted to do a photo shoot for a feature in Bicycling Magazine. The feature was on Bobby Labonte and the magazine is on the news stand now so check it out!

To those of you not very familiar with NASCAR, Bobby was the winner of the 2000 Winston Cup Championship. Bobby is a great race car driver, a wonderful family man, and the consummate gentleman...... I know this because I am proud to say he is my brother- in-law. Bobby and I share a common interest in cycling, running, general fitness and, most of all, family.
I could write pages and pages telling you qualities Bobby possesses that make me so proud of him. There is one thing in particular I find very amazing about Bobby. With all of his success and popularity he continues to work hard at his profession and with his personal relationships. When there are challenges, with his team or with any relationship, he always asks FIRST "what can I do to make this situation better"?

I love you bru-in-law..... you will always be my "horse"..... win or lose.......










08.12.09Commercial Work

NC Model Photography...Session 2




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couple of weeks ago we did our first of three sessions with Beth. It's been so much fun, not only photographing her but getting to know her as a person.......things like her love for candy.... especially gummy worms, and her fascination with lipstick have made our sessions....well interesting. Beth really has a beautiful heart and it shows in the way she speaks and in the warmth she conveys.

On Monday we completed our second session with Beth. Our plans were for an outdoor session in downtown Winston but the weather was so unbearably hot we decided to take it inside and do a few head shots. Once again, Beth arrived early for Karen to do her makeup. I can't say enough about how important it is to have good makeup for a successful session, especially when using available light only.


Beauty... when you look into a woman's eyes and see what is in her heart. ~Nate Dircks















08.10.09Weddings

NC Wedding Photography - Kyle and Nancy




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hat an absolute joy it was for Lindsey and me to spend Saturday photographing Nancy and Kyle's wedding. A beautiful day, family and friends........ a simple ceremony in a great location, and a couple much in love and so in tune with each other...... it just doesn't get any better! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a wonderful event.
































 
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