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Daily Prompt: When you think of RED… What comes to mind FIRST?


During the month of February many of us would probably think of roses, hearts, Valentines Day…  the cinnamon red hots I have sitting on my desk when asked “What do you think of when you think of the color Red?”  Another thought might be red birds of sorts like this House Finch…  

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To be honest, I have been thinking about this post all day (we receive our daily prompts for WordPress in the morning) and I finally decided to write about something that I really do think of the majority of the time when I think of the colors Red & White.

Now mind you, I am suppose to “Show you Red” another words with these daily prompts for a photographer, I am suppose to show you something… so tonight I am going to show you Red & White, but I am also going to tell you a little bit about the Tekonsha Indians.

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Last night I spent the evening at the Tekonsha Senior High School in Southern Michigan photographing the Indians during 3 basketball games.  It was a fun night with the JV & Varsity Boys winning their games and the Varsity Girls really put up a good fight against the Will Carleton Academy Cougars.

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At the end of an evening, when I am leaving any sporting event, I am always thinking about something that stood out as in a player’s outstanding athleticism, a spectator’s spectacle or an official’s call… but last night not only was I thinking of the wins that I had just photographed, I kept thinking back to 1985 when Tekonsha went all the way to the State Quarterfinals in basketball.

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Now Tekonsha hasn’t been the only school in the area to go a long ways in a sporting season.  1985 was however the first time that I had followed a team when they had gone as far as Tekonsha did.

I never dreamed back then I would be a Sports Photographer now, but I remember the excitement and the thrill of the crowd as the team took the floor back in 1985.  It wasn’t too long ago I was able to not only follow but photograph the Athens Indians Varsity Girls Basketball team go all the way to the State Finals in 2012 and the Semi Finals in 2013.

You see, I was actually an Athens Indian (purple and white) but I had some really good friends who were Tekonsha Indians.  I knew quite a few of the 1984 – 1985 graduating classes and then some.  I had spent quite a bit of time attending Tekonsha Senior High School events from the Cabaret, sporting events, dances… to attending school on an occasion as a guest student (something that most schools do not allow anymore).  I was purple and white thru and thru but there was a bit of red and white in me too!

Now I am photographing for several schools all different colors including the Athens Indians, Tekonsha Indians… the school that my children graduated from, the Union City Chargers (maroon and grey) and schools in the surrounding area.

You can find more information and my photographs on Facebook and my Website.

Daily Prompt: Red

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Daily Prompt: The Potential of a Group can be OFF the Charts!


The Graduating Class of any school holds their future in their hands…  what they could, can and will accomplish in life can be astronomical!  Therefore, the Potential of a Group can be OFF the Charts!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Last year I took the Group Portrait of the Union City Graduating Class (also my daughter’s senior class)…  I allowed them to portray what they felt that day and possibly how they felt about their future. This was their portrait!

FB UCG DSC_5612As hats were thrown into the air there was a sigh of relief for many and a deep breath of the weight now on their shoulders!  However, the celebrations began shortly after.  Several of the senior I see on a regular basis and I am so very proud.  They are taking adulthood and making the best of it if not taking the steps to one day change the world.

FB UCG DSC_5717Now on to MOM Bragging Rights…  these 2 young adults are my children and I know they will make their own mark on our world.  Ben was a part of the graduating class of 2012 and Martha, 2013.

Has your school scheduled a Photographer to help document this monumental time in your life?

Daily Prompt: Group

 

Daily Prompt: Sometimes Quirky is a Part of a Good Photo Shoot!


Today’s post is about the word “quirky.”

Definition: different from the ordinary in a way that causes curiosity or suspicion <the waitress styles her hair in a quirky way that always gets her remembered by customers> from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

My first thought of “quirky” of some of the funny little things I do or say on a photo shoot…

Such as attempting to pose in a abnormal way to show a client how I would like them to pose.  A good example would be this next photo of McKenzie…  her mom actually said that she had more fun watching me try and pose during the photo shoot!

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Then there are times that I get sidetracked!  This next picture was taken during a photo shoot with my daughter.  We were playing around with a mirror found in a garden area at Southern Exposure, located in Southern Michigan.  I was attempting to take some pictures of her and her reflection from different angels when I discovered myself in the mirror!

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Then there are always the silly faces…  or playing that some of my seniors might decide to do!

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My ultimate goal on a photo shoot with a senior or family is to have fun!  I want to capture their true nature and character.  What they love doing and what life and family means to them.  Sometimes this leads to some “quirky” moments to get the job done but I am okay with that!

Daily Prompt: Photographers show us “Quirky”

Daily Prompt: Pictures Showing Fast Forward!


color and bw FB ReadyThis is a Senior Portrait of a 2014 Union City Senior.  He wanted one where it looked like he was coming out of the blocks…  I took the shot a step further by adding a zoom blur to make it look like he was in hyper speed!

Daily Prompt: Fast Forward

 

Daily Prompt: Photographers show Style: My daughter, Martha


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Is it okay as a mom and photographer to say that I really like my daughter’s style?

Martha can be very bold and outspoken and while also being quiet and polite.  She is a very natural young lady who is not afraid to be herself!

Not only is Martha my assistant on most of my Team & Athlete Portrait Sessions but she is also an awesome model!

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January Photo Challenge: Favorite Shot of 2013


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There are several portraits that I would call “my favorite” but when I think of a favorite portrait of 2013 this is the one that comes to mind first.  I love the fact that McKenzie was willing to sit in the middle of this downtown Battle Creek side street in white paints.  She was perfectly centered with crisp bright yellow lines with bold fall colors behind her.  Here dark jacket and dark boots…  the subtle but bold and balanced background…  with just a slight breeze to slightly move her hair.

Prior to taking this portrait we had walked about a block to utilize an older brick building.  We had decided to try taking some pictures in the roadway, but being downtown Battle Creek the road adjacent to this one was fairly busy.  McKenzie’s mom was our look out for any traffic that may have decided to come our way.  I was sitting in the middle of the side street towards the other end where I listened for traffic that may wander from the other direction.  What we wanted to be a quick shot wound up taking a few minutes due to traffic.  Several times I had to wait for automobiles to pass or clear the corner in the background.

I will have to admit…  I refer to these types of shots as “Playing in the Road!”  I mean how many times have we been told not to play in the road when we were kids.  It is fun to see the response from both my clients and anyone else attending a portrait session when I ask them, “Do you want to play in the road?”

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