Earlier this December I held 3 days of “Christmas Portrait Sessions” on a donation basis, so that everyone who wanted Christmas photos of their kids/family could get them done.  I was able to create some great photos for everyone and made some new friends.  Thank you to all who participated.

  • Fabiana - These photos are aleslutoby amazing. I love them. They definitely are a tear-jerker .in a good way. Kim & Andrew are such an attractive couple. Amy, you are extremely talented and I enjoy looking at your work. Cheers!ReplyCancel

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Not every blog update has to do with some great new photo we as photographers do, sometimes they’re just about something we want to brag about.  This is one of those times.  I’d like to say this idea was completely mine… but that would be a lie.  I read something about this a couple years go, and wanted to try it and yesterday I did.  What I did was create a portable/mobile studio lighting setup using some easy to obtain parts from the local Target.  It’s just a hand-truck, a plastic milk crate, a bunch of zip ties, and a old light stand, with a Bowens head and portable battery pack.  I can safely transport and easily move 2 studio heads with power, stands, cables, etc all with the use of one hand. Take a few seconds to set everything up and you’re ready to go.   You may or may not be impressed by this.  But other photographers will love it.

 

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  • Waleska - Hey! I’m in these and chubby! But, hot damn my wife looks good. Love you Brooke and how you made me look almsot as good as Sam.ReplyCancel

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My mom and dad.. together again.

Being a former active duty US Marine, I take a lot of pride in my military service, and the traditions that go with it.  I still stand up and place my hand over my heart when the national anthem is played, I still say the “Pledge of Allegiance”, and I still honor fallen veterans that provided the freedom we enjoy today.  My dad was a 27 year Navy veteran, he served during Korea and Vietnam.  All of my older brothers were Army vets, I have multiple uncles, cousins, grandparents who were all Army & Marine vets who served from WWI all the way through Vietnam.  Military tradition runs deep in my family.  My mom recently passed away and was buried with my dad who passed away in 2002.  I started a new tradition, actually a old tradition that I adopted which is to leave coins on the tombstones/grave markers of veterans.  The tradition started during the Vietnam war and it’s done to signify to family members and friends of the deceased that someone had visited their graves.  Although the tradition of leaving a coin on a soldiers grave originally goes all the way back to the Roman empire, the one I follow is based on modern US currency, and each coin has it’s own significance.

  • A penny signifies that someone was there.. maybe you knew them, maybe you didn’t.
  • A  nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.
  • A dime indicates that you served with him in some capacity.
  • A quarter indicates that you are telling the family that you either served in combat with him, or were with the solider when he was killed.
  • Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a “down payment” to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

Today, Memorial Day 2013, I left flowers and coins on my families tombstones, and as I walked around reading grave markers, I left pennies for people I didn’t know, but respected their service and sacrifice.

I love you both Mom and Dad.

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