Alabama sunset

30 12 2008

Alabama, my birth state—I was born in Selma, best known for the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches. I shot this image Tuesday evening, December 30, heading toward Huntsville to spend the night with Sue & Steve while en route to Virginia.

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Cover girls in the Lone Star State

25 12 2008

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday I photographed friends, family and neighbors as a holiday gift. As usual I overextended myself, but in the end it was worth it (I worked seven hours on Saturday, six hours on Sunday and about two hours on Monday). I was trying to shoot as many subjects as my sister could gather in order to save time, with multiple clothing changes, poses, hairstyles, makeup, etc. I got some great shots of each of my models—I hope they like them too. I brought out the wigs and most of my models were willing to try them on. Each row is one subject. In some cases you’ll notice them with their normal hair and then wearing a wig in the alternate photo.

There’s more to come after the holidays when I’ll have more time to prepare the other images. Special thanks to my models (in order of appearance in the collage) for their enthusiasm—my niece Lauren, Emily (Allison’s friend), Allison, Carole, Allison’s sister Stephanie, Kathy (Mom and Dad’s neighbor), Sandra, Martha and her daughter Corinne, Carey (mother to Stephanie and Allison), and Diana (Carole’s daughter).

Thanks to my trusty assistants. I couldn’t have pulled it off without them—my sister Debbie (set-up, make-up, hairstyling, jewelry adviser, cheerleader, and caterer!), her friend Sandra (pictured in the 7th row with the goddess up-do hairstyle) for holding the fan to create our beach windblown hair and bringing yummy leftovers from her party held the night before, brother-in-law Bill (provided the venue and extension cords for the Saturday night sessions), Lauren (for providing jewelry, tearing out inspiration shots from InStyle magazine prior to the sessions, and offering fashion advice), Dad (for creating a huge studio in the living room and letting us make a mess in it), and Mom (for making chocolate chip cookies).

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Holiday party at Brooke Army Medical Center

24 12 2008

Mom and Dad invited me to go with them to a Christmas party on December 18 in the Nephrology/Dialysis Clinic at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio. I was privileged to serve as an unofficial party photographer. The top photo in the collage below is of the clinic’s staff. I offer my very heartfelt gratitude to the doctors and nurses who are taking exemplary care of my mother. Happy holidays to Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Bucci, Dr. Barnes and all the staff members and patients and their families that I met at the party. A special note to Rita—love those red shoes!

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A shout out to Brynn at Willie’s

20 12 2008

brynn-willies1My sister and I went shopping with our friend Fred a few days before Christmas and stopped to have lunch at Willie’s (really, really great food!). Debbie and I were wearing the earrings I made from glittery tree ornaments and Brynn, one of the waitresses, stopped us to comment on how cute they were. She wasn’t our waitress, but I called her over and asked her which color she liked (my turquoise ones or Debbie’s lime green ones). She said she liked both, but the teal was her favorite. I took them off and told her they were her Christmas present (I had just made them that morning, so they were only gently used!). She returned later to model them for us. I told her how to make them and she said she was going to make them for Christmas gifts for her family. Great meeting you, Brynn!

Bird’s eye view: Dallas to Huntsville

17 12 2008

On Friday morning I headed to Sue’s house in Hunstville, Alabama, for a long weekend visit. I’ve gotten in the habit of shooting aerial record shots whenever I travel. (I call them record shots because they’re certainly not prizewinners!). Sometimes I shoot with my little Coolpix; this time I used my Nikon D300. The scenery was spectacular—from winding rivers to checkerboard farmland to snow-covered hills. Beautiful abstracts…quilt-like parcels of green and brown land…the interruption of trees through pastures…curvy, twisty rivers and finger-like land masses jutting out into bodies of water…carefully structured subdivisions with tiny Monopoly houses. Because these images were shot through thick plexiglas, the color is a little off and there is some vignetting happening (I couldn’t very well roll down the window, now could I?). I’m sharing them anyway—they’re a reminder of how diverse our Earth is—and this is just one tiny cross section of our country.

Check out Smashing Magazine‘s “The World From Above: The Beauty of Aerial Photography” by clicking here.

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December 12 Moon

17 12 2008

December 12 moon, photographed near the airport in Huntsville

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December 11 moon

12 12 2008

Just in case I don’t get a chance to shoot the full moon tomorrow night (when it’s supposed to be at its brightest and the closest to Earth since 1993), here is tonight’s moon as seen from my parent’s backyard in the Lone Star state…best I could do with a 400mm lens. If I do get a chance to photograph Friday’s moon, it will be done from Sue’s yard in Huntsville, Alabama. Yes, this weekend I’m flitting off to a whole ‘nother state just to have tea on Sunday with Sue and her new southern friends—the plane ticket was a gift from Sue. Of course, I’m helping her decorate, and yes, I’m bringing my camera gear—so you know there will be photos of the soirée and whatever else I stumble upon!

I just saw her a few weeks ago when we were en route to Texas for Thanksgiving. We were delivering a painting for her new home. See that posting below:

National Geographic‘s website states that “although a full moon happens every month, the one that rises tomorrow will appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than the other full moons seen so far this year. That’s because our cosmic neighbor will be much closer than usual. The moon will be at its closest perigee—the nearest it gets to Earth during its egg-shaped orbit around our planet.

In that same article, Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, states, “Typically we don’t have the full moon phase and perigee coinciding at the same time, so that makes this event particularly special.”

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