Friday, February 24, 2006

Chicago Wanderer

This weekend, I'm in Chicago again. This is the third time in 12 months! A year ago, I was on my first official magazine assignment. I wandered the streets of Chicago by day and went to events by night.

This past fall, the kids and I took a vacation there with my best friend. That was tiring, but also very fun.

This year, I'm back during the tradeshow but it's a little different. I got to be on the show floor this year. That felt GREAT! I created an opportunity for my company to have their first press conference, and loved being part of that. I met some of our reps for the first time, which was also GREAT! I guess I just like to be part of things. My wanderings this year, however, were limited to one evening in which K had a dinner meeting and the schedule was a little too tight for me to make connections elsewhere, which was fine by me! I walked to Millenium Park because I wanted to get photos of the skating which I missed last year. The bean wasn't invisible this time ... WOOHOO! I have to admit, I like that thing!

The biggest difference is wrapped up in the biggest similarity ... K. Last year, our budding friendship was the factor that drew me to Chicago (and face my "fears" about shooting anything for a publication). This year, our relationship again drew me to Chicago ... but many, many fears have been replaced by a deep and growing friendship and future. Amazing to say, but I believe from last year's trip to this year's trip, we have spent time with each other every day (mostly long distance) except one ... the day he flew to Germany. WOW! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Winner!

She soundly beat everyone by capturing villians in her PowerPuff Girls game. Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 13, 2006

Alabama sunsets ... just beautiful!

I didn't realize I would find such beauty here. But in the "mountains" there are wonderful views, rivers, waterfalls, and valleys. This shot was near a hairpin turn (a REAL hairpin turn ... I've never seen one so sharp!) where a home was built off of the point of the turn and overlooked the span of a deep valley. It's amazing people can raise children out here without losing them! Posted by Picasa

It Snowed in Alabama!

Check out my car! There are real snowflakes on there. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Last in line? We'll see about that!

Couldn't believe this! Such violence!! It was a friendly little follow-the-leader line that somehow went very wrong when the last one decided to walk on top of the one in front!!! Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 10, 2006

One of the Sweetest Honors

As much as I love photography, I really shy away from wedding photos. Honestly, I'm afraid something will go terribly wrong and the couple will be disappointed. In fact, I don't think I ever would have done one except that a friend begged, begged, begged me to do it. I guess I should thank her ... this was number 5!

Anyway, this past weekend was such a sweet honor to capture. This couple has been married for years, but now that they have become Christians, decided to have a ceremony and have the wedding they never did. The preparations probably blessed me more than the event itself. The husband was so caught up in having a special day for his wife and showing her how much he loves her. It was beautiful.

And speaking of beautiful? The vows they wrote to each other were just that. I don't know that there was a dry eye in the house that day. Just their words were inspiring, and it was truly a blessing to be involved in such a special life moment as this. Posted by Picasa

How slow do you want the fire to burn?

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