Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Florida Vacation Redux

It's been super hush-hush the past few months because of a surprise Megan and I were hoping to pull off but finally it's all over and I can talk about it.

We returned home from Florida - Boca Raton to be exact - Monday night after a vacation to stay with several family members. Amy's 40th birthday is in December and we wanted to surprise her so we arranged to fly in for a few days and stay with her and the family. She was shocked!

Megan flew in on Wednesday and I flew in on Friday - twice the surprise!

Most of our time was spent shopping and eating - Felt Family Professions.

Scott took me to a beach and pier at sunrise on Sunday morning so I could photograph and see my first ever ocean sunrise. I wasn't let down one bit. Here are a few of my favorites. The first is titled "Our Love Won't Be Washed Away".

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fort Scott Community College #1 in the nation

I Had the pleasure of photographing several of the core members of the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds football team on Wednesday evening. This shoot took place for a few reasons - 1. They are the top ranked team in the nation; 2. The photos would look great in the local paper; and 3. For an agency I shoot for. I thought there would be a lot of interest locally and possibly nationally.

QB Dominique Davis and RB Jasmin Hopkins

LB Lavonte David

The prospective all-americans.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kansas loses 5th straight

After starting the season 5-0, the Kansas Jayhawks have lost their last 5 games with the most recent being to Nebraska at home this past Saturday. It was disappointing to say the least...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jason Aldean Comes to Fort Scott


Just finished editing the photos from the Rockin and Ropin for Pennies for the Park concert featuring Jason Aldean. All I can say is...WOW!

What a great event for Fort Scott. Aldean and his crew put on a top-notch show. Unbelievable!

First things first. Early this afternoon I stopped by the fairgrounds to make sure my pass was going to get me where it was supposed to. I was told that my pass was basically useless....

So after some crafty work I secured a VIP pass but was told I had to stay away from backstage - BOOO! I agreed.

As soon as the show was about to start I met up with the guy in charge of making everything happen concertwise - and was told I could do whatever I wanted, including shoot from the stage!!! And that basically made my day. And I can't forget to mention that I never would have met that guy had it not been for Diana Mitchell, who has got me a few good places I wouldn't have been able to talk my way into. Last year she secured me a spot in a helicopter so I could shoot an aerial shot of the 3 million pennies spread out in a parking lot.

Fort Scott is No. 1!!!! This was my favorite taken from onstage. Eventhough they were all looking at Jason, I'm pretty sure they were screaming for me! Haha

I was lucky to get this shot. Since I had already been next to the stage for most of the show I told myself to find a different angle. BUT...I went back and after one song he came over to shake hands, which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Early guestimates make the crowd to be around 7,000 people.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Brittany and Steven - Engagement

Where to begin? These two are the perfect couple...one of my favorite quotes perfectly describes the way they feel for each other.

"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand."

I've known Brittany since she was a freshman at Pitt State...making me somewhat older...

We met up in my hometown so that their engagement pix wouldn't look like the rest - Brittany is our designer at Captured Images so she sees EVERY SINGLE IMAGE that Gary and I create. We're talking hundreds...of THOUSANDS over the past 5 years. When she asked me to shoot her session I really wanted to do something different than she had seen before.

Mission accomplished. They both love them.

Working with Brit has provided a little insight into her and Steven's relationship - she loves him more than anything. He is her sun and her moon.

Here's to a great engagement and a happy wedding day next May! Or is it April? :)