Big Bold Pictures in Big Bold Frames

We believe that one should not settle for digital images.  Make beautiful images and print them large.  Then pick big beautiful frames to show them off.  Put them on your wall where all can see or gift them for friends.

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Birthday Party Pictures – Remembering the Fun

Birthday parties are wonderful times.  Great memories can be relived with pictures.  You should enjoy your party and let a professional photographer capture the moments.  After the cake is eaten and your guest have left,  you will have pictures that will let you enjoy the party again and again.

One client said “Yes, you captured the moments very nicely. I’m still enjoying the event & spirit of the day and your photos!”  Another said “the photos brought the biggest smile to my face and took me right back to that evening.  I had a BALL and these images will remind me of how blessed I am.”

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Carnival lights at night

The lights and colors of the carnival brighten the sky and draw one to the gates on a hot summer night.  This carnival is set up about once a year in a huge parking lot that also hosts a Walmart.

I haven’t been inside the carnival in years but I don’t that anything inside could be as wonderful as the view of the lights and colors that take over the night sky.  I go to the parking lot each year just to take pictures of the lights.

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Night light carnival scene

 

Have you been to one of these carnivals lately?  Ever noticed how beautiful the lights are?

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It’s a parasol not an umbrella

Nice lady in long red dress quickly corrected me when I referred to her parasol as an umbrella.  She was enjoying a day with family and friends at a 4th of July cookout.

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lady at family 4th of july cookout

Now I know.  Parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun; umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain.   Never call a fancy parasol an umbrella!

Ladies, do you have a parasol for these hot sunny days?

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Engagement Photography leads to Great Wedding Photography

Pat-a-cake

Engaged couple playing pat-a-cake

Engagement pictures for a fun couple.  I was trying to think of a pose for them on the floor so I suggested this children’s game but had no idea they were experts at it.  They played  for about 20 minutes it seemed. Truly a fun couple who enjoy  each other’s company.

Question?  What is the name of this hand game?  Is it Patty Cakes, Pat-A-Cake, or something else?

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Woman in blue with flowers

Woman in blue with flowers

Wondering what she is thinking about. Is she happy or sad? What’s on her mind? Has she been stood up or is she early and waiting for something.

This is what I like about still photography. It tells you just enough. It doesn’t tell you what happened just before or right after. The viewer can make up their own mind.

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Let her works praise her – Mary McLeod Bethune Statue – Lincoln Park, Washington, DC

Let her works praise her - Mary McLeod Bethune Statue - Lincoln Park, Washington, DC

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I have been fascinated by the works of Mary McLeod Bethune since I first read about her in high school.  When I went to college in the 70s and we had a chance to name the building that housed our Black Student Union, it was Mary McLeod Bethune’s name that I pushed to have placed on the location.  She had done so much for education.

I visited the statue not long ago on a beautiful afternoon and took a photo.  The inscription on the statue, “Let her works praise her” was more than appropriate.

The words come from her “Legacy: My Last Will and Testament,” published in Ebony Magazine in 1955. Go to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site to obtain a copy and take a tour of the first national headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

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Maryland Portrait Photographer

Nameless: Unknown boy standing still framed by unknown foot traffic

Nameless:  Unknown boy standing still framed by unknown foot traffic

At a festival while sitting on the curb I lowered my camera to see what I would capture. The result was this young boy standing still at a booth framed by foot traffic. You don’t have any idea what the people look like, where they are going, or what the boy is seeing or thinking.

Elmo Slippers and toy airplane today

Young African American boy with Elmo Slippers and toy airplane playing in chair

Today he is wearing Elmo slippers playing with a toy airplane. Before long he won’t believe that he ever wore those slippers and will be craving expensive sneakers and car keys instead. How time flies.

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Sleepy Head

image of young African american boy asleep in bed in pajamas with sunlight.

Everyday things like sleeping can make a nice portrait. Earlier in the day he was dressed in new pants, vest, and bow tie for Easter. I didn’t get to take his picture dressed up but I’m happy I got this one. I’ll get the dressy one another time.

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