Going on internships is a bitter sweet time for me. I will be interning with the Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, which means I will be gone from my husband 5 days out of the week. I can’t really imagine what it will be like being away from my rock for so long. We have already picked out our meeting place…the only place in between Charlotte and Asheboro on 49…Bojangles or Subway….or McDonalds if we are really desperate. I have a feeling they will know us by name at Subway real soon. It will be sad not to wake up beside this guy every morning. But at the same time I am excited where this experience will take us within the next two months. Already looking forward to reuniting. This was our last night together. We spent it at Dilishi then watched Captain Phillips together. A pretty typical night for us :)
I am beyond thrilled to have received Third Place for Best Feature for this year’s NCPPA annual contest and an honorable mention for the Southern Short Course’s Portrait/Personality category! I didn’t expect to win anything, so it’s pretty awesome to walk away with two recognitions.
Eddie and I had a tree hit our house and lost power for a few days during winter wonderland last weekend so we decided to go to my mother-in-law’s office in downtown Greensboro and take advantage of their power to get some editing done. Here is Eddie outside of the office with his raccoon eyes (the beauty of shooting in the middle of the day) and me messing around with a 17mm tilt shift. Below is everyone outside enjoying the sun at my in-law’s house.
Running around Greensboro with JD and Erin was truly the greatest. It is the biggest dream being able to photograph their wedding. I am so honored, truly. JD and Erin are such solid people who love so deeply and are such a joy to be around. I am pretty sure I never stopped laughing during our time together. I am so excited to be photographing their wedding, and what’s so so great is that Eddie will be filming it and we get to work side by side. It’s gonna be the best wedding day. Ever. It is such a privilege to be apart of their day this coming April. But first…here they are engaged. And thanks so much Aleece White for helping me!
Oh the NC State Fair. It’s a magnet for every disease under the sun, the kind of people who think a pound of cotton candy in one night is normal, and kids who are somehow able to ride a mechanical bull for 10 minutes straight. With every step I took at the fair this year I could feel myself getting sicker and fatter. The State Fair is endearing, however, in all of its strangeness. I felt like I jumped into a world that hasn’t changed since the 20s. When our world turns to robots and flying cars, we will always be able to count on the State Fair to be running its 100% unsafe ferris wheel from the early 1900s and the greasy men with stained wife beaters serving oversized, hormone-infused chicken legs, only the legs will probably be twice as big. I wonder if everyone has the same moment of shock that I encountered when I went back to the fair 10 years after my childhood and suddenly all of the magic of the State Fair had vanished (except for that $6 Lemonade—now that will always hold its glam). It was so entertaining, though, that I quickly got over my “coming-of-age” moment and enjoyed the peculiarity of the whole affair.
On the photography side of things: we are still honing in on event photography skills. We are using the five photo design, which includes an overall shot, a tight face, a medium shot of people, a detail, and a “wild card” or whatever I choose to use as my 5th photo. My biggest challenge was finding moments to focus in on within the neon, chaotic whirlwind. I was pretty overwhelmed with the number of potential photos hitting me at all angles and felt hindered by my inability to pick out the best moments or scenes within the event. You live and you learn, though. There will always be a next year.
I drove to Boone, NC on a whim this past Sunday to visit family and friends and left with my heart so full. Every time I start to see the peeks of the mountains driving in, I wonder how I got myself to move away from them—could have been the worst decision of my life, except for the fact that I’m learning a lot about photography and life in Asheboro, NC right now (right?). I wanted to explore a new park that opened called Rocky Knob Park off of 421 when coming in from the Wilkesboro side, so I took my brother and sister’s dog, Willoughby, there to hike. In the short of it, it is a mountain bike park with mountain bike trails and mountain bikers. Although there are little example hikers illustrated on the trail map, what they did not illustrate is my brother having to snatch up the poor pup before getting trampled on by a biker flying by (he’s tiny). We looked like we were from Blowing Rock, embarrassingly. So although that was an ultimate failure as far as hiking goes, I was able to grab some photos of some bikers on the dirt as we were coming back down from the 10 feet of trail that we cleared. We just decided to go eat doughnuts instead.
When Ben and Deanne asked me to photograph their wedding I was both deeply honored and a little terrified. Ben is a very talented artist and photographer, so naturally you can see why photographing his wedding can be a little nerve-racking. But Ben and Deanne are so down-to-earth and warm and incredible that photographing their day was stress-free and such a blast. Their wedding was so fun and heartfelt and 100% about relationships and love for one another. It was simply a beautiful day. Eddie and I are so honored to have been a part of their wedding and we are looking forward to getting to know them more as friends now! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day. It could not have been more amazing.
Deanne’s dad gave her brother a hair cut right in the middle of the reception area as they were setting up. It was pretty awesome.
Deanne gave Ben “Africa Mist” spray from South Africa (where she’s from).
Deanne and Ben had their parents, grandparents, and close friends come pray for the during the ceremony. There is no better place than the Appalachian mountains to get married. It’s true. Ben and Deanne’s brothers and sisters gave the most heartfelt yet ridiculously funny speeches.
I helped my friend, Aleece, with photographing senior portraits of a great lad named Alex this weekend in downtown Asheboro. His friend Chandler came along for support and entertainment. Chandler got bored so he grabbed a longboard and tied a shirt around his neck and started skating like a superhero because that’s what boys do. It was fun hanging out with these kids for an afternoon and photographing the beauty of youth.
It’s event time in photojournalism now. I’ve been learning a lot about photographing events for a newspaper. The “formula” includes a wide-angle that sets the scene, a tight face of someone enjoying an event, a medium photo of people engaged, an iconic detail, and a “wild card” of anything else that helps tell the story. Eddie and I went to the Highland Games in Laurenburg, NC this past weekend and it was swizzawesome. Kilts and funnel cake–yeah. We had a history lesson on Clan Leary, which is where the O’Leary’s come from, so that was pretty awesome. It’s nice to get in touch with my roots by marriage. I think we’ve started an O’Leary October tradition.