Who is taking care of you?

This fall, a UVA Health System colleague has hired me once again to come to her clinic and capture headshots of her co-workers during brief morning sessions. The purpose is to add more 4×6 prints to a photo board we created last year that hangs in the waiting room. The board helps patients know their care team better by enabling them to put names and faces together. I have to say I am impressed with how photogenic this team is!

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Countryside Retreat

Every so often I will go out to the mountains with my family for retreat weekend. I have been twice lately. The first time, I took my DSLR with me and have since forgotten to share those photos. I just went this past weekend and am reminded that I can share a bit about the weekends.

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SDP in 2016

This summer has been keeping me rather busy. I work full time, but I have also taken on a photography project with another clinic. The program coordinator and I are working together to take, compile and assemble photos onto an official board for the clinic. This board will be displayed in the waiting room so that patients and visitors can see their care team.

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Friends, Fedoras, and a Flash

In preparation for a photography project that is quickly approaching on the calendar, I got together with some friends to try out a light set. My friends were gracious enough to sit in and be a part of this session. We used an empty wall in the apartment as a back drop and perhaps it was not the most flattering color, but we worked with it and had a great time.

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I Grew Up Right Here, I Cherish Every Year

Foremost, I want to say thank you to military personnel that ensure the freedoms that I enjoy every day are possible. Thank you for the sacrifices you and your family have made over the years. I appreciate that you have done such a service for our country that I can take freedoms for granted, that I can wake up each day in my own home and express myself in many different ways. I know many military families have to uproot and move every so often and will do so throughout their careers, that children will miss their parents and some family members won’t return home. Thank you for whatever size role that you have. A special thank you to my own family members and relatives that have served in the military. You are an exemplary role model for future generations.

Today’s post title is a lyric from, “Grew Up Here,” by The End of America.

Talk about a year getting away from you… it is almost the end of May and I can hardly believe that June is starting this week. The past year has had some major struggles, but in a lot of ways, there have been some big improvements and triumphs as well. But in an attempt to keep this from becoming a rambling post, I will digress and share my Instagram photos instead.

In January, we had a blizzard that dropped almost two feet in the area. And I may have gotten into an intense FitBit challenge with friends and walked 20 miles in the snow…. But that is a story for another time.
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Outlook for 2016

I will admit, 2015 took a lot out of me. So much of my energy was tied in with my health, finances, and my work with UVA. I essentially lost my job because of a wrist injury and went through some financial struggle before being transferred into a new position. The whole year was one problem after another. I realized recently that all the energy expenditure basically taxed a lot of my creative juices and ability to be inspired to create art. But I have been considering revisiting my 2013 project of photographing Charlottesville. There has been some significant visual changes to some of the locations I photographed 2-3 years ago and showing a side-by-comparison of the changes could be interesting.

While I have not picked up my Mark II or my AE-1P recently, I have been trying to keep going with my Instagram account via my iPhone. The images below are slightly out of order, but more-or-less grouped by location.

Out in the mountains:

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