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.

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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

Lydia--Yes, She Did!

I had the honor of photographing Lydia, a former student who will be recognized nationally for her achievement in the area of technology at the Center for Exceptional Children (CEC) conference in St. Louis this month.

Besides being a tech wiz, Lydia is also a:  high schooler, owner of cats Rudy and Max, fan-girl of Austin Powers and Beyonce', lover of music and dance, little sister to Leticia and Samuel, aunt to Delaney, and daughter of Leslie and Ronnie. 

Nominated by her teacher, Lydia was recognized by the Kentucky CEC for her achievement.  And now, Lydia will receive the Yes, I Can! in technology; she is one of only 14 students to be honored at the national conference.  I mean, how great is that?! 

Congratulations, Lydia!!!

Styled Session--Vintage Gunne Sax

It's bonus-time when my favorite girl wants and needs a styled session for her website.  Channeling a little Stevie Nicks in the vintage wardrobe department, Kiley wore a dress that I LOVED wearing circa 1980.  If you're anywhere near my age, you might remember the Gunne Sax line of clothing, a division of Jessica McClintock, popular for a while anyway.  Even if Kiley does refer to it as "vintage",  I will admit she wears it a bit better than I did.

Mother and daughter differ in opinions on which images are the best so daughter chose her favorites on her site (girlish.us) and of course, I'm posting mine here.  

This was a particularly warm and gorgeously lit Thanksgiving afternoon.  Golden hour did not disappoint.  Not.  For.  One.  Minute.

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Holy Sunset!  Golden hour at it's finest.

Light and flare--perfect!

And my personal favorite.

My Day

Well, not exactly MY day but what I see every day of the week.  My husband Stan has been a pool player for over fifty years.  That's 5-0.  I don't know if anyone can love a game as much as he loves pool.  He is a retired elementary school teacher who has also been a billiards instructor for many years and continues to instruct in person, by DVD, by phone, by email, and soon to be instructing by print since he will have a book published in the spring.  He is one busy fella.

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*This photo was featured on IG #my_365_my_day.

In the Moment

At this time of year most gardens are in their last days and the garden I *borrowed* for a little golden-hour shooting was no exception.  This particular evening the light was BEAUTIFUL. 

Even with most of the foliage past its prime, I did find some fantastic color. This single rose easily caught my eye.  I mean just look at the contrast of the pink and coral and yellow against the chartreuse of the sweet potato vine growing all around it--I am totally in love with these colors!

And bless this little rose bush for still giving it all it had.

All images are of the one flower as seen in the pull back.

Orphans

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. 

 

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