Sorry I haven’t blogged in ages. (What exactly is an age, anyway?) I could say it was because I lost the password to my blog site, or I was on a pilgrimage to Nepal for 8 months, or a myriad of other excuses, but the truth is I just didn’t feel like writing. I took lots of pictures I was excited about, I just didn’t feel like writing about them. However, a few people have asked if I was going to start blogging again, so here I am, back writing, still probably with nothing to say, but lots of pictures I am excited about. Hopefully my writing will convey some of the excitement I felt when I was taking these pictures.
The first one I have is one I took at a church service. The pastor had said that the younger generation was our future (so true) and that we needed to nurture them. He then asked that the adults all find a child and hold them. There was an excitement in the air as the Praise and Worship band stated playing and people gathered the little ones in their arms and started praying for them. I know we have our problems, and it is never easy raising children, but when I saw all the love everyone had for the kids, I felt everything will be alright. Here is my favorite picture I took that morning. It says everything I felt:
Adrienne Atkins interviews JR Martinez, winner of Dancing with the Stars, on the red carpet.
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to go to Indy and shoot some pictures at the Style Icon celebrity gifting event that was a part of the Super Bowl festivities. Taking place over two days, the event was run by Louisville’s Andre Watson, the owner of the Style Icon brand. Andre is known for styling stars such as Valerie Bertinelli for the Kentucky Derby!
For two days stars from the entertainment and sports worlds stopped by to pick up some swag and help promote some awesome new businesses! Michael Epps, Indy’s Super Bowl Ambassador was our great host! The event also served to raise money for the Michael and Mechelle Epps Foundation, which helps at-risk youth. Michael’s wife, Mechelle, was displaying her new clothing line, Memenic, which looked really amazing! Everyone had a great time at the event, and I got to take some great pictures and hang out with some amazing people. A few of the pictures I took are posted below.
Michael Epps, the host and Indy's Superbowl Ambassador!
Rob Gronkowski from the Patriots with his brothers and their dad, and Kelly Kupper from American Rebel PR
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
Rocsi, host of the video show "106th and Park", and Ramses Varden of the NY Giants
Caroline Manzo from "The Real Houswives of New Jersey" and her family. They were incredibly polite!
Members of the band "Here Come the Mummies" and Adrienne
Style Icons's Andre Wilson and actor Keith David
Megan and Adrienne posing with jerseys from the two QB's
Mechelle Epps and the sign for her new clothing line, which will be out this spring.
Me and JR Martinez! Meeting him was the highlight of the whole event for me!
The photo above is one of my favorites from last year, and of course it has a great story behind it. I was shooting a wedding in Westminster, Maryland, for Katie and Jacob, a really fantastic couple. It was a great trip and a great wedding My wife and I drove out early for the wedding and visited her son Alex, who is a Navy Corpsman at Bethesda, MD. We spent a couple of days in Washington, DC before heading to Westminster.
On the wedding day, we were at Katie’s house doing some portraits before heading over to the church. Katie noticed her dog, who had been a part of her life for many years, and mentioned that she would like a picture with him. I was trying to figure out the easiest way to do it when she called him over to her. He jumped up onto a footstool into some perfect light and it looked as if he was posing. I told Katie to close to him and I got in front of them and aimed my camera. She leaned a little towards me and I got the shot. As I pressed the shutter button the dog started to get up, and that quickly the moment was gone, but we did get that one great photo. We took a few more portraits which she really loved, but that one is her favorite.