Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A couple of good guys

Taking photos of high school seniors is something we really enjoy but sometimes guys can be a challenge. They can be a little self-conscious or they can give us what we call the "football face" -- "no smiling, we want to look tough!" It was a real treat this afternoon to have Eli and Josh from Halifax Academy come in for portraits. They told us they had been in school together since kindergarten and they were fun to photograph. We talked so much that we almost didn't get all our photos done before the light started to fade. So it was only fitting that we finished up the shoot with a photo of them together on the tailgate of Josh's truck. Probably, if that truck could talk, it would have some stories to tell about these two nice guys!!

Super Trooper!!

It was really exciting today to photograph Katie Velazquez of Ahoskie in her uniform as one of North Carolina's newest highway patrolmen. I've never met a female trooper before and I am in awe of her accomplishment. I know the training is not easy and the job is so important. She said this had always been her ambition and I am always happy to meet young people who are fulfilling their dream. Best of luck, Katie, in your new job. I hope I never have to meet you in your line of duty, but I feel confident that you'll do a great job.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Town of Conway Veteran's Memorial Park

You all know that I LOVE photographing weddings and I couldn't ask for two nicer people to work with than Ashley and Guy David whose wedding I photographed on Saturday. My only regret is that I couldn't clone myself and be in two places at once. I would have loved to have been in my dear town of Conway for the dedication of the memorial park for veterans. I consider it one of the proudest elements of my heritage than I am the daughter of a World War II veteran -- a member of that "Greatest Generation" that without complaint went to war for their country and came home to work hard and deliver to their children the prosperity that we have all enjoyed. It is a great achievement that the Town of Conway has worked to honor the memory of these men and women.

My dear young friend, Allison Davis of Sandfoot Photography, was able to photograph the activities of the day for Conway and I am very eager to see all her photos and share in the day. My husband and I drove to Benson for the wedding through solid rain for about an hour Saturday morning and I really hoped that the bad weather would spare Conway, but I found out that it didn't. Joe and I stopped by the memorial on our way back into town Sunday afternoon and I heard that it did rain during the program. I'm so sorry that everyone who was there couldn't enjoy the day with good weather, but I know that the memorial park will now be enjoyed for generations.

I couldn't wait to see my father's brick and I read his name with immeasurable pride. I stood and read through the names of so many other men who were the fathers of my friends growing up. It is with awe that I saw places and events that I know from my study of history were horrible -- places like Pearl Harbor and battles like D-Day -- and yet I never knew one of these men to complain about their service. They did the job they were asked to do and some came home to their families and lives and others made the ultimate sacrifice. It was also incredibly sad to see the red roses on some of the bricks that represented veterans who had passed away before the park could be dedicated.

The Town of Conway has given our community a wonderful gift and I thank them for it.