Ballpark Village, St. Louis

I am pretty certain sports photography is not in my future but when it comes to:

1) a beautiful venue

2) national and international champion billiards players

3) and your child is one of those competitors

then I'll lug that camera around all day if I have to.

Pictured from left to right:  Briana, Sharik, Taren, Landon

First, a bit of info:  This big billiards event for the Mosconi Cup was promoted by Live Wire at the beautiful Ballpark Village, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Our son Landon is a member of the Lindenwood Lions Billiards team and his coach is also the coach of the Mosconi Cup team.   So on this day six regional billiards teams, including LU's team, gathered for a day of tournament competition with match up of the USA Mosconi Cup team vs. Hall of Fame members later in the evening. *(The Mosconi Cup is a yearly USA vs Europe billiard competition similar to what the Ryder Cup is for golf. The Mosconi Cup tournament will take place in London, England December 6-9.)

Landon played throughout the day and seating was a prime commodity so I had to shoot from where I sat or from the mezzanine while Kiley saved my seat.  I only used my 50mm (the FABULOUS Sigma Art 1.4) since I was unsure of how close I would be or how much light I would have.  As it turned out, lighting was mixed but a high ceiling with opaque glass allowed plenty of light.


Briana and Landon playing a doubles match.


Most people in/some out of the pool world know Landon's billiards resume' and if this modest child gives me permission I'll document it here one day.  But I don't think it is widely known that several colleges and universities across the country have billiards teams.  More than 25 universities compete throughout the academic year and nationally every summer.  LU's team is loaded with great players from all over the world and has won both the men and women's national championships the last 3 years.  Landon and his teammate Brianna Miller have won the championship titles multiple times.  The LU team has great rapport and it does make me proud to see how well they work together.


**After nudging myself to get back onto my blog, this is the day that I'm committing to being more active.  Just putting it out there to make myself accountable to post at least a couple of times a month.   I last posted back in April?!?! (insert shamed-face) Tagging myself #bloggingresolution

To Grandmother's House We Went...

We were fortunate enough to have both of our children home for Thanksgiving this year so we gathered at Mamaw and Papaw's for lunch--getting together early helps us spread out the day (*bonus*) and gives the kids a chance to spend some time together.  Although Daniel came home with Kiley, he spent the day with his extended family in Lexington and Kenzie spent her first Thanksgiving as a nurse working a 12-hour shift.

Alex, Kiley, Kaitlyn and Landon   (cousins will be cousins lol)

We are very appreciative that Kaitlyn's parents gave her up to spend time with us.

Landon got first-hand experience on how NOT to fire a rifle with a scope.

And a photo session with my favorite girl.... :D

Ms. Sally and her Grandbabies

Ms. Sally is the mother of my best friend and one of the sweetest ladies you could ever have the pleasure of knowing.   So when Libby asked me to get a "grandkids portrait" with hers and her sister Sara's children with Ms. Sally, I was more than happy to get together with them on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon.  

Beautiful and sweet family all the way around!

Happy Halloween--Photos, Memories, and Family

This photo comes from a time when many family photographers, more like "family picture-takers", had their film developed into Kodak's slide format. (I hope you're familiar with slides because I'll feel like an old geezer if I have to educate you.) As I thought about it, slides were only a little more user-friendly than today's digital discs--you still had to use another source to view your images.  I had several slides converted to print and we still have 4 boxes of slides from both Stan's and my families yet to be digitized:  beautiful scenes of Italy and France taken by Stan's dad while he was in the Army,  holiday gatherings in crowded homes, a family fishing trip to Wisconsin (where mosquitoes, and slides of favorite pets, flashy automobiles, and country homesteads. 

These photos also come from a time when my brother and I were each other's first playmates and we would play with these silly Halloween costumes--in between breaks of playing Batman and Robin and cowboys and indians--until way after Halloween was over.   They're maybe not the best of photos but certainly some of the best memories.

Portrait--The Bush Family

When friend Julie asked me to photograph her family, the first thing I asked was, "Your family or your family?"  Her family is one when that they all get together, we're talking about almost 20 people and capturing a group this size can be intimidating, especially if it's your first time photographing a large group.  With kids going back to college, our window of opportunity was pretty tight--Julie did her part of coordinating everyone, she trusted me to accomplish it, and pulled it off we did!


In Greensburg we are fortunate to have an historic building that is now home to a very nice antique mall.  Practically every little bit of space is stocked and is quite organized with every thing imaginable.  Honestly, the amount of items is overwhelming and on some visits I don't even make it to the second floor.  On this particular rainy morning I stopped in hoping to run across a fabulously-colored Pyrex dish (one of the very few things I collect) but got sidetracked by a wooden box of old photos.  The "Instant Family History" note --a little dry humor that struck a chord--got me thinking:  who were these people and how did their images end up here?


Yesterday on my way to a local farmers' market I listened to NPR's full interview with Peter Cohen , an author and collector of old photographs, as he discussed his collection of "orphan photos".  According to Cohen, photos stay in the family about 3 generations before they find their way to estate auctions, flea markets, or wherever. Kind of sad, really, since these little snaps of family history just go away.

I went back to Glover's Station to take another look at the photos in the box and noticed there were far fewer pictures.  Maybe someone created an "instant family history" or like Cohen, just had an interest in old photos?  I didn't buy any but did take some snaps of a few that I liked for no reason in particular other than their simplicity and lack of pretension.