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So, about year ago when we started this little Click of the Wild project, our goal was to challenge ourselves in this photography group to see the beauty in what may not be so beautiful to the untrained eye. To me, this focus is a prime example of that. Here's a bit of a story that goes along with these images. Kinda lengthy though, so if you're bored to tears already, feel free to keep scrolling.
Saturday, I had a sunrise shoot downtown Charlotte. So when I finished, it was still early in the day and obviously coming home from work, I didn't have my kids with me. I decided to take advantage of this down time and try to capture "Abandonment" (this week's cotw challenge). I've always admired abandoned houses. To me, there is an untold story in the empty spaces of a vacant old home place. You know, what was once a vibrant home with kids, and laundry and suppers...otherwise, all the daily activities that make a house a home, now is only a reminder of what it once was with it's fragile shell. The 'remains' of this house I photographed is no exception.
For years, I've past by this house while driving back and forth to work and admired this old, falling down structure. Wondering what "life" must have looked like when there was truly "life" within the walls of that old home place. No doubt, this would be the perfect time to take a closer look and try to capture it through the lens of my camera for our "Abandonment" challenge. Recently, the property has been put up for sale and when I started to pull in the driveway, I noticed it was chained off with 'no trespassing' signs. After realizing this, I drove on to the next two neighboring houses, the first one, no one was home but the second I lucked out. (Yeah, I'm nerdy like that. lol) Greeted by an Old Timer in the driveway, I introduced myself, told him what I was wanting to do and asked if he knew who the owner of the property was. He seemed tickled so to speak, to tell me that it was his nieces property and that he and his 93 year old sister (who he was visiting at the the time), actually grew up in that old run down house! They invited me in to visit and while I was talking with them, I was taken aback a little when I recognized an old heirloom photograph of a couple that was obviously taken many, many years ago. After inquiring a little more, I learned that these two, the brother and sister pair, were actually related to many of my own family members! Ended up, this kind gentlemen rode with me over to the property and before I left, I asked if I could take a picture of him to include with this story/images. He concurred and we decided the perfect place...was no other than in front of his "home".
In the backyard of a friend’s home in Wingate, N.C., Hanna took “Mrs. Sammons” as her new last name. Saturday, Aug. 30th. 2014, Josh and Hanna joined their life together before friends and family just beyond the graceful, ground sweeping branches from a beautiful Weeping Willow tree. Reflections from the evening sky danced across a beautiful pond on the farm as the ceremony turned into an evening of loved ones mingling in celebration of their wedding. Hanna & Josh were one of the most relaxed couples that I’ve worked with and truly enjoyed the fellowship of their new beginning. It was a hot and humid summer day but that only added the southern feel of this country wedding. Every detail was beautifully covered. Here is a recap of their day…In pictures. Enjoy!
Hanna chose a familiar place to enjoy preparing for her wedding. The home of a special lady in her life...Her grandma!
The time is drawing nearer...
Evidence that it is their day was all around the house.
friends by her side
Even though her grandmother wasn't able to be at the wedding, her presence was evident. This was her cane and rocking chair. I'm sure it rocked her a time or to when Hanna was young.
Loved these next two but couldn't decide which I liked best, b&w or color so I'm posting both. This is another shot to honor her grandmother. Taken in her grandmother's room, one her bed.
Josh pre-wedding looking all tough!
Just before the guest arrived.
Love the look on Josh's face as he saw his bride for the first time. And then the best man looking at the groom's reaction...
Weddings can be tough on daddy watching his little girl.
Love this picture of the mother of the bride!
My view from afar...
Congrats, Josh & Hanna! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding over the last few months. Wishing you many years of happiness together!
This week's focus for COTW...Hair! This time, it's my big girl!
Here's my final(s)
Until next time...
It's COTW time again and this week we're focusing on Summertime. It got me wondering, what are your first thoughts? Barefoot days, popcycles, pools, sun dresses, good times and watermelon! So, this week's focus prompted a perfect opportunity for me to capture my girl eating "arly-melon" aka that sweet, juicy goodness...Watermelon! Here's my top choice and the pictures that were in the running for this weeks challenge!
Happy August y'all...hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!
This little COTW gig is pretty awesome. It's done exactly what we had planned...We've pushed ourselves to notice the beauty and uniqueness in the "everyday". My choice for COTW was found right here in my little home town! In fact, my oldest Arlie, suggested it. When I told her what our focus was, she said, "Hey, let's go to Unionville and you can take pictures of the benches on the playground". So that's what we did which in turn, led me to my final choice for this focus.
So here it is, an architectural pattern that I think is really pretty.
Wonder how many little ones have crawled all over these benches over the years?
This church, well, it is one of my favorite places on this little piece of ground that we call home. It's so beautiful, I never drive through Unionville without admiring this beautiful building! Maybe one day I'll get to photograph a wedding there, how cool would that be!?
Until next time...