Monday, July 31, 2006

Sectional Championships

After winning our State Championships last month, the local tennis team I play on competed against the best teams from all the other states in our section. The prize included bragging rights...and a chance to compete in the National Championships being held in Hawaii later this year! That's me on the right and my doubles partner, Dan, in the red hat. Many thanks to Dan's friend, George Ellin (an excellent photographer as well) for taking a few shots of our match. Our team did fairly well until the 100+ degree heat got to us on the 3rd day. One of our teammates got so dehydrated he had to be taken to the hospital after his match for an IV injection! Needless to say, we didn't win the tournament. Still, we had a great time competing and playing the game we love.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Elizabeth & Andy's wedding this weekend was SUCH A BLAST! They are such a fun couple and just wonderful to be around. Several weeks before the wedding, Elizabeth & I went down to Waterfront Park to photograph her Bridal Portrait. I always encourage brides to make these portraits unique and meaningful to them. Since she's such a perfect "southern lady", I thought it was fitting that she selected this beautiful park with it's historic views of the harbor. I always like to work during MAGIC HOUR...that last hour of light before sunset. I had already created over a hundred images in different corners of the park, and was about to wrap it up as the day turned to dusk. But when we turned to leave, THERE in front of us was this GORGEOUS scene with the moon rising over Charleston Bay in the waining light of day. Immediately, we re-grouped, re-posed, and created a handful of TRULY unique images before the twilight slipped away! Now THAT'S what I call serendipity!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Carolina Lanterns

Jan Clouse, owner of Carolina Lanterns, has been one of my favorite clients over the years. I get to photograph their company Christmas Card each year, periodic shots of Jan for press releases, and of course images of their unique products. Although they offer a wide range of items for the home, the company is MOST known for their famous gas lanterns. They come in all shapes and sizes. But as we drove to a home for a shoot one summer evening, Jan told me she can ALWAYS spot one of THEIR lanterns out of all the "copycats" by the unique shape of the FLAME! Isn't that cool?!? Check out more of my images on their website. And stop in their showroom to see posters of my images on their walls. When you do, give Jan a hug and tell the gang I said "Hello".

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Delicate Beauty

While on a recent shoot for Charleston Magazine covering a story about a Seabrook Garden and it's Gardner, I happened upon this dragonfly. I barely had time to squeeze off a couple frames before it flew away. So I didn't really appreciate it at the time. But later, while editing the images, I was BLOWN AWAY at the delicate beauty of this creature. Check out those wings - they are fully transparent! Did you know each one of its four wings operates independently? Dragonflies have been around for some 200 Million years. The larvae is actually an aquatic creature, which emerges from the water at the end of this cycle. After splitting it's last larval skin, it emerges as the insect we are familiar with. The wings expand and must cure for several hours before the dragonfly takes off on it's maiden flight. Pretty amazing, huh?!?