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It’s hard to believe that Monday was the first day of school, and another year has already begun as far as work is concerned. One thing that is nice about summer for me is the slower pace, and the opportunity to pack up, grab my camera, and travel. I thought I’d use this blog as a recap of the past few months, as I get back into the swing of things.
May: St. George Island
Mid-May the family met up on St. George Island for a long weekend on the beach. St. George has always been a favorite spot, and I wasn’t there too long before grabbing my wife and camera bag for a late night excursion. Less than half a mile down the beach is the lighthouse, and we experimented with long exposure shots, different angles, and the result now hangs on the wall in our home. I can’t be on the coast without seafood, so of course you will see a few snapshots of grill night: Fish Tacos.
July: Palm Coast/Anniversary Trip
Time flies! Emily and I celebrated our one year anniversary in July, and I surprised her with a trip to Palm Coast, a full week to unwind (before fall hits like a brick wall.) We stumbled upon a jewel on our first dinner date to St. Augustine after poking around the shops and dodging the heat. A friend recommended we stop by Ice Plant, a former ice factory-turned-restaurant, and we were not sad when we did. The atmosphere almost took you back to the roaring twenties, and as soon as their meat & cheese plate arrived at the table, we started planning our return visit. All of the ice they use for drinks and cocktails is uniquely carved, each dish on the chef-driven menu is delicious and unique, and the space just oozes cool. I snapped a few pictures from our table, after a candied pecan and a slice of salami.
On Friday the 25th of April, Downtown Woodstock showed up with its normal bustle of Friday activity, and then some. The familiar voice of a southern man drifted through the air over the noise of traffic and live music, and the political minded of the greater Atlanta area were drawn towards the gazebo, with their lawn chairs, little ones, and thinking caps. Every topic was covered, from Obama Care to immigration and fire arms- even concern over the Common Core method that is being introduced into the public school system. At one point, gospel music blasted through the park as Herman Cain bobbed to the choir and identified the song as one that recently saved a young boy from kidnappers. Rapid-fire was broadcasted live; for one hour attendees were encouraged to briefly ask anything, and Cain would address each individual, using only one minute. When asked about gun rights, Cain advised everyone to hold onto their firearms, saying that anyone who wanted to get to his grandchildren would have to go through his .357 Magnum. Laughter and applause immediately followed, and the rapid-fire segment continued with more honesty and whit. Cain openly promoted the local politicians running for mid-term, including Barr and Loudermilk, explaining that each voter should take the chance to personally meet the candidates they are considering. Political signs and non-profit causes alike were represented. Cain promoted Never Alone from the stage to those who wanted to support and help the local community that was in need. Overall, the atmosphere of the gathering was light, united, and of course- informational
Recently I’ve had the privilege to photograph for two very different businesses. The first being GTS (Gibson Technical Services). I was recently brought in to do the company’s headshots for their new website soon to be done. GTS has been around since 1990 working in the cable industry but has since stretched their wings. They provide technology services and equipment in the areas of broadband engineering, construction and certification, Telecom infrastructure design along with many other services. The company’s capabilities rang from initial design to providing ongoing maintenance. In short they provide wide variety of services and skills. The second Business I want to mention is Fashion Cupcake quite the opposite of GTS. They are a women’s clothing boutique located in downtown Woodstock. We recently did a few pictures of their soy candle that they sell in store or online. http://shopfashioncupcake.comThese candles are fantastic according to my wife. After the candle has been burning for a while the wax can be used for hand moisturizer. When we shot the candle we really wanted to shoot these candles in a natural environment giving them the feel of home. And after a while of setting up the shoot we had what we wanted. Anyways I won’t mention too much about them right now as I plan to write a blog on the store and founder later on.