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Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Shadows March 31, 2009

No matter how dark the night, somehow the sun rises once again and all shadows are chased away.

~Dave Matthews

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Silver King March 26, 2009

And nothing can we call our own but death

And that small model of the barren earth

Which serves as paste and cover to our bones.

For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground

And tell sad stories of the death of kings.

~William Shakespeare

I hope you all don’t mind my sculpture posts in between me working on my recent portrait session and wedding edits.  I’ve been saving a lot of them for this time so I can continue to blog during this busy period. I have more to share and a few more photos from Wilmington.

I’m really fascinated by the unqiue sculptures at this sculpture park and I tried to photograph them in a more intimate or interested way then just walking up to each one and snapping a shot of them.  On some I accomplished my vision on other it fell short so I will continute to edit them and share them trough time and I’d like to make a trip back there again soon…because the 3rd time is the charm…now I know what I want all of the photos I take there to look like.

Tomorrow afternoon I head to North Carolina for the night and then Saturday morning it’s off to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to photograph the wedding of one of my oldest friends, Michelle, from grammar school.  I wish for no rain so we can do the portraits outdoors.

Super Old School Jen & Michelle – Seaside Boardwalk rocking our Bon Jovi T-Shirts

High School Senior Prom

 

An Untroubled Retreat March 25, 2009

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.  ~Marcus Aurelius

 

The Winds Are Left Behind March 24, 2009

From the desert I come to thee, On a stallion shod with fire;

And the winds are left behind In the speed of my desire.

~Bayard Taylor

 

The Bellamy Mansion March 23, 2009

I wish we knew what this place was while we were there…I may have tried to take a tour of it… but if I had I would have missed documenting that house fire.  Guess there’s always next time!

The Bellamy Mansion of History & Design Arts

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design Arts website

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Sneak Peek – K & G March 22, 2009

I can’t wait to share more of K&G’s session!

Their love really shined in the 2 hours I spent with them last weekend…

 

All Around Town March 20, 2009

I’m sorry there hasn’t been a post in a couple days…that’s not like me at all.  I had this one “almost” ready for two days but never was able to finish it because I wasn’t feeling well for over a week.  I finally want to the doctor today and it’s a double ear infection and sinusitis!  Some girls have all the luck! I’m on antibiotics and hope to be feeling better in 24-48 hours!

You’ve been seeing bits and pieces of my day in Wilmington and today I will share a little bit more.

The day in Wilmington consisted of touring around downtown Wilmington near the Cape Fear River.

We had gorgeous 77 degree weather which made for the perfect day to walk along the Cape Fear River and see all of the sights.

While people waited for the Tall Ship Tour (The Peacemaker) we checked out the ship and the crowd.  I always enjoy candid photos like the following.

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“A feather in your cap”

USS North Carolina

The Henrietta III

The trolley tour guide was so sweet.  He told us all about the Amish-raised horses and how wonderfully they are cared for and let us pet them for a while.  He even took our photo with the horses.  They were beautiful and had the softest fur ever.

Throughout the day we saw businesses and attractions in Wilmington’s Downtown Historic District that are frequently used as locations on one of my favorite “Teen Dramas” :)  One Tree Hill, including:  CD Alley (8 Market Street) is the CD store where Chris (Tyler Hilton) worked.

Port City Java-Downtown II (300 N. Front St.) stood in as Karen’s Café in the pilot episode. Once the series was picked up, crews built a designated set for Karen’s Café on the opposite corner of Grace Street at North Front Street. During season 6 the set for ‘Karen’s Cafe’ was removed and the space was transformed into the Clothes over Bros. set.

I put my camera lens up to the window and shot some of the Cloths over Bros set:

…and of course I posed in front of the “Karen’s Cafe” painting on the wall of the building that used to be the cafe and is now the store. :)

We didn’t get to eat at this restaurant but I wanted to. It overlooks the Cape Fear River and you get your own cute little private balcony

This building is for sale. It made me laugh when I saw that they had drawn fake store front items on it to make you use your imagination of what it could be!

I have more to share soon…once I have time to edit.

Right now I’m concentrating on the wedding I have tomorrow at the beach in NJ, then getting better, and then the wedding I have next Saturday in Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

 
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