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Jennifer and Justin’s Cedaridge Wedding

Jennifer and Justin were married at Cedaridge Events Center on August 14th, 2010.  It was a sweltering summer day,  but they made it through the day without a sweat – figuratively speaking 🙂 I was assisted by Kim Ginn, and will post some of her beautiful images soon. In the meantime, here are some of my favorites so far:

The wedding dress hanging from a ceiling fan in the changing room.

Justin getting his boutonniere pinned on by his mom.

This was during the ceremony just before Jennifer's dad gave her away.

I love this shot from the portrait session after the ceremony. I was trying to come up with a more unconventional way to incorporate the split-rail fence.

The bride dancing with her dad.

While I am sorting through the images, I will post some images on my Facebook page occasionally (the link is on the right hand side of this page). I would love for you to “like” me and follow along!

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PSNWA Fall Fair Winner in the “Weddings” Category!

Its official! I just got the email with the results of the category winners for the PSNWA Fall fair Competition. I am pleased to announce my images took first and second place in the “Weddings” category. I only entered 2 images to this category, so it’s really something that they both placed!The grand champion as well as the people’s choice awards will be announced at a reception at the Arts Center of the Ozarks on August 26 where the top 100 images will be displayed.  Here are the images that placed:

2010 PSNWA Fall Fair first place winner for the Weddings category.

2010 PSNWA Fall Fair second place winner for the Weddings Category.


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The Mad Hatter’s Ball 2010

The Mad Hatter’s Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society took place August 7th at the Fayetteville Town Center. This was the first gala for the ACS in Northwest Arkansas in 5 years, and the goal was to get this event off to a good start for future years. It was lots of fun! I was recruited for the planning committee several months ago. It was a lot of hard work, but it went really well and everyone had lots of fun! There was food, drinks, live and Silent Auction items and Boom Kinetic rocked the house from 9 till midnight.

We had several area florists put their talents to work on centerpieces and they all looked amazing! This one By Candy Bouquet featuring Designs by Suzanna was one of my favorites.

View from the outside party as Boom Kinetic started their show.

Party band Boom Kinetic

I like the backlighting in this picture even though there is not a lot of detail.

I left the shutter open a little longer on this one to get a sense of movement.

Make plans to come join us next year in early August for another great event!


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Train Ride with Circle of Life Hospice

It is a rare occasion that I get to post some of the images from the volunteer work that I do with Circle of Life Hospice. That is because hospice work requires a large amount of sensitivity to the folks in the photograph. I have been honored to be there to document some of the important events at the Hospice, and participate in their program that offers patients what could be the last portrait session with their loved ones. The most recent event I got to tag along for was a train ride for a patient who had always wanted to ride on a train, and never had the chance. The people at Arkansas and Missouri Railroad came through big time with not just a train ride, but a private ride in the first class car for her and her family. It was a short run from Springdale to Rogers, but she enjoyed it so much! Since the newspaper and TV reporters tagged along, this is one of the events that I can share some images from.

I am blessed to be a tiny part of what Circle of Life does for people, and this special event for a patient is just the tip of the iceberg on all the ways they help people.