November 22, 2014

The One when a Singer, Dancer, and Senior Walk into a Barn

Last weekend, a long awaiting appointment finally came together perfectly.  I was elated to spend time with the beautiful Sophie Spencer and capture some senior portraits for her. Sophie is not only gorgeous and kindhearted, she can sing and dance like a professional.  I am not over exaggerating, she amazes me.
So she is a singer, a dancer, and a senior, and she walked into a barn...

November 19, 2014

The One with Jenny's Birthday Present

Over two years ago, my oldest sister became a Kvantas.  My first adjustment to this was trying to figure out how to correctly pronounce her new last name.  Who makes a word with a "k" and "v" next to each other? It almost seemed like a sort of language torture.  Now, it is one of my favorite words to hear, and "The Kvantas's are in town!" is one of my favorite phrases. When Grace and Justin got married, I did not only gain a superb brother-in-law who makes awesome food, but I also was blessed by his loving family.  So when I was given the opportunity to photograph this lovely and energetic family, I enthusiastically agreed.  We did a quick photo shoot with Jenny and some of her favorite people who ranged from the age of 9 months to 78 years.  Here are my favorite photos from our  "Happy 25th ;) Birthday Jenny" photo session.

October 23, 2014

The One with Tori's Senior Night

This past weekend, I was ecstatic to be able to travel down to Greenville, South Carolina, home of Bob Jones University, confusing intersections, and Tori Anderson.  The one and only Tori J. Anderson has been my best friend continuously since middle school.  She is one of the kindest and most genuine people anyone could ever have the pleasure of meeting.  As Tori generally refuses to allow me to photograph her, the only time I truly get the freedom of capturing her beauty is while she is playing soccer.  While visiting Tori, I also got the pleasure of staying with her amazing family whom I thoroughly enjoy being around. Thank you to the entire Anderson family for putting up with me for so long, but especially to Toto, Pam, Todo you are the absolute best.  I am so proud of you and thank you for being my best friend.

August 20, 2014

The One with an Ice Bucket

My sweet little sister nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a current trend on social media all over the United States.  I found out after 23 hours that I had been nominated, so the 24 hour cut off was a no go, but after two days, I did finally complete the challenge. I wanted to do something at least a little bit different than every other video, but my only idea was pictures. So that is what I did.
But first, I want to challenge you all to take into account what this challenge means.  To me this challenge was a fad for sure, but it also sent a message.  A message that donating is important.  I know some people who donated so they wouldn't have to do the challenge, some that did the challenge and didn't donate, and some that completed the challenge and donated as well.  I am choosing to do the challenge to continue the feed of donating to charity.  It does not have to be ALS, but to me donating is the most important part of this challenge.  So along with my completion of this challenge, I am choosing to donate to a charity near and dear to my heart, a charity that spreads awareness and funds research for Alzheimer's and Dementia. If you would like to join me in supporting this cause here is the link.  If not, I urge you to go out and find a cause that you believe in and lend your helping hand.
Here is my video:
Here are the pictures: (thanks to my lovely assistant, Gabriel)
Me, so blissfully happy and naive. 
 Realizing that there really is a bucket of ice water tipping above my head by my own will.
 The moment when it first made a connection with my brain.
And finally, I call this "wet dog with a brain freeze."

August 17, 2014

The One with LKG

For almost a decade, my parents have owned a house in Macon, North Carolina which sits peacefully on the shore of Lake Gaston, referred to as LKG by bumper stickers everywhere.  (If you have never seen an LKG bumper sticker, you should maybe get out more.)  Although I generally prefer the beach to the lake, Gaston is close, convenient, and generally clean.  Although there are many things to do at the lake, I really only go to have fun with the people I love.  But I think that my favorite part of going to Lake Gaston is taking pictures.  Photography is funnest when it involves happy people and beautiful scenery.  I may never jump off of the second story deck into the glassy water, enjoy a deathly ride on a tube, or figure out how to water ski, but I will always have fun at LKG.