Archive for December, 2011

The Joyner family on Christmas Eve.

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I am glad to have the opportunity to see another high school classmate, Kim, who I have not seen in many years.  I found it interesting that the mother remembers Kim and I getting in trouble for talking in class.  Special thanks to the grandparents for hanging out and allowing me to get the pics requested by their family.

Christmas at the Depot.

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I had a great first phone conversation with Dr.  Harris-Hicks concerning her need for a photographer to capture some Christmas photos for her.   We arranged to meet at Hamlet Depot to shoot a series of photos inside and around the building.   It was obvious from the beginning to me that the children knew what to do in front of the camera.  After sorting though the shots I collected there were many more “keepers” than usual.  This was due to the fact that these kids worked for the camera for nearly an hour and the mothers direction and a promised trip to McDonald didnt hurt.

Brandie and Houston

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Brandie and Houston drove from Greensboro one evening for their photos session.  We met in Downtown Hamlet to shoot some couples photos for them.  While we shooting some random shots on a set of railroad tracks a freight train slowly approached us and stopped.  this could not have happened at a better time as if we had ordered it for the photo session.   I enjoyed working with the couple and look forward to working with them in the future.

 

The Beck family at Christmas.

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I was happy to visit the Beck family again to capture some Christmas photos for them.  Several weeks ago I captured some photos of their newborn and this time the entire family was to participate in a few shots.

A million dollars later…

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I saw a news article about the million dollar renovation at the Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro, N.C. and knew that  I had to see this place.  I called to make arrangements for a tour and asked a friend of mine, David Ariail, to join me.   David was the director at Richmond Community theatre for 30 years before retiring several years ago.  I thought that he would like to see how a million dollars was spent in the nearby town.  We met with the Arts council director and after several hours talk of their first community production began to evolve into a done deal.  On the way back to Rockingham and for several days following the idea of another run of “A Christmas carol” became reality and the show was moving forward.  I’ve worked behind the scene in Theatre for about 17 years and jumped at the opportunity to work with David Ariail who came out of retirement for another show.  The quality of Ariails work and direction of other people has been a learning experience for me that I continue to benefit from everyday.  Besides designing the sound plot and training the Ansonia sound guy, I had the privilege of arranging the production and promo photos for the show.  The entire run was a huge success for the theatre and many new friends were made in the process.

Anson County Arts Council
Promoting the Arts in Anson County, NC

P.O. Box 332
110 S. Rutherford St.
Wadesboro, NC 28170
Phone:  704-694-4950

Congratulations to Tony and Levon.

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This was my final wedding appointment of the 2011 year. Tony and Levon had a very brief but nice wedding ceremony.  The smiles from all of the family members before and after the wedding were contagious.  Tonys mother had some very nice comments about Levon that really warmed my heart.   Watching people in some of their happiest moments makes me glad to be able to participate and captures memories for them on their special day.  Best wishes to Tony and Levon.

McElrath in the studio.

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Cooler weather is trying to creep in and the McElrath photo session was scheduled in the studio to prevent us from freezing on this cold evening.  I enjoyed working with this family.

Christmas House!

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I was happy to say “Yes” when i received the call asking me to shoot photographs of the Honrine home on Scotland Ave in Rockingham, N.C.    you cannot take your eyes off of this house when you drive by during the holiday season.  It has a unique look that is derived from careful thought and planning.   It was very cool to get an up close view of the decorations while I was photographing the house. Enjoy!!

Nathan’s first Christmas

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Nathan, his mom and grandmother met me one morning at the studio to shoot a series of First Christmas photos.   Nathan has been in front of my cameras several times and has already learned how to work for the camera.

 

The Walker family at Hamlet Depot

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I met with the Walker family one evening to shoot their family photos.  Hamlet Depot was their requested location as been several families this year.  The area has a lot to offer and I enjoy setting up some poses around the refurbished buildings.  The two boys also seemed to enjoy being outside and had fun playing.

Signs that Christmas is near.

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I’ve been very busy this year shooting portraits, weddings and events.  I have not had many opportunities to play around and shoot candid until recently.   Each year I attempt to shoot some Christmas scenes.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”

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Richmond Community Theatre presents:

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”

by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez

December 1st-4th and 8th-11th

Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!

Production Roles:

Cast  …. Thursday/Saturday …. Friday/Sunday
Jim Collette Tate Marti Newbold
John TJ Godwin Austin Glock Andrews
Michael Michael Morman  April Rogers

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