Photos Required: Children grow up so fast

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Children grow up so fast! One minute you have a little baby and before you know it the little one is asking for car keys.  Time won’t stand still but pictures can capture some of the moments.

Along the way we can snap pictures and can hold the memories.

Take lots of pictures of your little ones and from time to time have a professional capture those precious images.

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Going to the Courthouse and We’re Going to get Married

Planning to get married at the courthouse in Prince George’s County or Washington, DC?  I’ll meet you and capture the moment in beautiful pictures.

Whether it’s just the two of you, or the two of you and a small group of family and friends, it can be a very special event!

After we take pictures in the courthouse we can take more in attractive spots just outside and across the street at the pond in Upper Marlboro.

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Washington, DC Model – Donte

Donte – DC Male model wearing striped knitted sweater.

This is from our 3rd photo shoot.  Due to busy schedules it is difficult to find time to shoot. When time does permit we are both pleased with the results.

The first image was taken in existing light.

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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

By Lonnie Dawkins

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.

Lonnie Dawkins

Maryland Portrait Photographer

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street is almost ordinary on a Friday Afternoon

Washington, DC’s Pennsylvania Avenue is called “America’s Main Street” and is home to historic parades and events.  Less than a month ago it was packed with people for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and on other occasions for solemn funeral processions.

Yesterday afternoon it looked very much like an ordinary street with people commuting,  leaving work, finishing shopping, and enjoying a beautiful afternoon.   Traffic was mild and it looked like an ordinary city street draped with unique federal buildings.   It bounces back and forth between being America’s Main Street and main street to a lot of ordinary people.

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Remembering Chuck Brown: Fans packed Washington Convention Center to show love and respect

By Lonnie Dawkins

A large and diverse group of fans gathered to show love and respect for the Godfather of GoGo, Chuck Brown.  Services took place on May 31, 2012 at the Washington Convention Center.  It was a remarkable occasion.

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Sign hanging in Washington Convention Center during Chuck Brown funeral.

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Light shining on mourners gathered at front of room after Chuck Brown funeral.

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Fans collecting program and souvenirs after funeral for Chuck Brown at the Washington Convention Center.

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One of the many Chuck Brown fans. Fans came in all sorts of attire but this one stood out in her fabulous pink outfit.

Lonnie Dawkins is a Maryland based portrait photographer

Photos: Hundreds Marched Demanding Justice for Trayvon Martin in Washington, DC

Saturday, April 7, 2012. Hundreds of protesters marched in Washington, DC demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was killed.  Marchers represented people of all races, young and old.  Buses and cars blew their horns in solidarity.

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Trayvon Martin Stand against justice sign

Justice for Trayvon sign in march in DC

Stand for justice sign in march demanding justice for Trayvon Martin

Diverse group of people marched in protest for Trayvon Martin

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Larry B. Quick: the painter with the sewing machine.

A first glance at one of Larry B. Quick’s pieces and one may not understand what one is seeing.  Looking closer one will see stitches and notice complexity.  Quick’s art is unique.  He paints on canvases, cuts pieces and then sews them together.  What follows is a wonderful story told with meaningful colors and tones.

Larry and I have been good friends for about 5 years and I have had opportunities to photograph both him and his work.  Hundreds of hours have been spent discussing life and the arts.  While he has been a working artist for many years I am confident in the near future you will be hearing and seeing more of the works of Larry B. Quick.  A few samples are shown below.

Larry’s art is a reflection of his life growing up in Washington, DC and was honed by his studies at the Corcoran School of Art of which he is a graduate.

Larry is also known to many in the Washington area as one of the co-founders of Life Pieces to Masterpieces, a mentoring organization for young African-American males.  His life has been as interesting as his art.

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Larry and his latest work "No Strings Attached"

Painting No Strings Attached by Larry B. Quick on canvas

"No Strings Attached" by Larry B. Quick

Hill Harper and Larry B. Quick

Larry B. Quick and actor Hill Harper at a mentoring event.

Larry B. Quick painted canvas cut and sewn together

Painting featuring a mother and son.

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Is it hot enough for an egg to fry on the sidewalk? Don’t know and it’s too hot to find out!

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I was trying to think of something to blog about today and thought I would do the “Is it hot enough for an egg to fry on the sidewalk?” thing.  Definitely it felt hot enough in the DC area as it was supposed to be over 100 degrees.  Should have been a no brainer!

First, I was going to just crack an egg on the sidewalk but then I knew I would not want to clean up the mess.   Also one has to think about how one looks trying to fry an egg on a sidewalk.  I knew the trash had not been picked up yet and was wondering what the guys on the truck would think if they happened to come by and whether they would call the men in the white hats on me.  I decided to use an iron skillet and if the men in the truck came by maybe they could just be part of the photo.  Clever, right?

I grabbed an egg, a little oil, some salt and pepper shakers for photo aesthetics and headed outside.  I decided to place the pan on the street as it was darker and appeared to be hotter than the sidewalk.  My guess was that the preheat process needed about half an hour.  I retreated back inside the house but kept an eye on my project.  Upon return I was surprised at how hot the pan had gotten so I went ahead and cracked the egg and watched for a while.  I stayed  outside watching for about 15 minutes and saw that the egg was beginning to cook.  Good for the egg but the heat from the sun was too much for me and I was soaked with sweat. My interest in finding out the fry ability of an egg on a sidewalk had burned to a crisp and at that point it no longer mattered.  End of experiment!

Bottom line.  An egg may or may not be able to fry on a sidewalk in the Washington, DC area on a day like today.  I was too hot to care and I had a mess to clean up.  Plus, I wasted a good egg.