Sunday, February 21, 2010

Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

My good friend and fellow photographer, Liz Duren, asked me to come and speak to her daughter’s 5th grade class about my experience growing up in Africa.  I love that show “Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader?”…which I surely am NOT!!!  So I was a little nervous.  J  But Daphne was so sweet and gave me a big fun hug when I arrived at James B. Edwards Elementary School.  I felt better after that!  Daphne introduced me to everyone to put me at ease.  The kids really seemed interested and had LOTS of questions.  I had a BLAST!  In between giggles I taught them a couple words in Kituba.  Plus they got a kick out of my authentic chief’s sword and.  Here’s a few pics Liz took for me…


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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NEW Family Circle Cup Banner Announced

Only two more months until the Family Circle Cup!  As most of you know, I’ve been one of the Official Photographers of this amazing Professional Women’s Tennis event for many years now.  Each year, the best photo of the returning champion is selected for display on a 47-foot x 40-foot banner that hangs from the top of the stadium.  It’s been an honor to have had one of my images selected for the last few years in a row.  And this year...drum roll please…WE DID IT AGAIN!!!!  J  Mike Saia, the Communications Director at the FCC just emailed me a few minutes ago with the news and the final image they’ll be using.  I’m SO EXCITED!!!


On top of all the great women’s tennis action, this is also the Ten Year Anniversary of the FCC being located here in Charleston.  One of the longest running tournaments in WTA history, its former home was on Hilton Head Island.  To celebrate the milestone year, there will be guest apprearances from the likes of John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, and Anna Kournikova, plus many other special events and attractions.  So come on out…and make sure you say “Hi” to me while you’re there...

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Senior Portrait Shoot

It’s that time of year again!  If you haven’t already had your Senior Portrait Shoot done this year…giddy up!!!  J  Here are a few favorites from Hunter’s session last week…

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Extraordinary Makeup Artist

Every now and then I get the chance to work with someone truly gifted in their talent.  Pamela Lesch of is just such a person.  Most recently I had the privilege of working with her at my Wireless Lighting Workshop.  She did an amazing job giving our model, Brittany McDougal, that special “look”.  THEN, she was kind enough to feature us on her very popular Blog.  Check it out:  If you need an extraordinary Makeup Artist, I highly recommend Pamela!!!


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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Visit the US Virgin Islands!

After being on assignment for several long days, Cami & I spent some time enjoying ourselves.  I mean if you’re going to fly all the way there, why not, right?  J  We’ve done quite a bit of international traveling.  But I have to say, visiting the US Virgin Islands is one of the least-stressful places to go if you’re not akin to international travel.  As our taxi driver so kindly reminded us, the US Virgin Islands ARE part of the US afterall!  So things like language bariers and exchange rates are a non-issue.  I would have included driving on that list, except even though the islanders sit on the left to drive their vehicles, they do drive on the left side of the road like the British!  In spite of its few quirks, we highly recommend the lively St. Thomas, the remote St. John, and the largest island of St. Croix for your Destination Wedding or Caribbean vacation! 


Many thanks to Erik & Julia Loesch for introducing us to these islands when they hired us to photograph their gorgeous wedding at Bolongo Bay Resort last year…

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Beautiful People

During that same trip to St. Thomas, I had the privilege of working with several wonderful couples…so kind, easy to work with, and generous with their time…truly beautiful people inside and out!

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High-Flying Camera

While we were shooting for Bolongo Bay Resort in St. Thomas last month, one of our tasks was to get some updated images of the “Heavenly Days”.  This sleek catamaran sets sail for evening sunset cruises and other chartered trips by resort guests.  Well, I got the usual shots from shore…then rode along side the sleek vessel in a speedboat to photograph it skipping across the turquoise Caribbean water.  But that wasn’t enough!  For a truly unique image, I had a crew member hoist up the mast and clamp my beloved Nikon D3 plus 14-24mm f2.8 super wide angle lens to a cross beam with my Bogen Super Clamp.  I used a pair of PocketWizards to wirelessly trigger the camera.  Not only did it make for a cool shot, but I actually got to be IN the final image.  Can you tell which one is me?!?  J

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