Category Archives: 18-Photo Journalism

Pamela & Ron’s Wedding Rehearsal Dinner June 25, 2010

On Friday I spent my evening at the wedding rehearsal of Pamela & Ron.  After a few iterations of going through the ceremony and reception they finished their day by hosting a dinner at Kurama’s Japanese Restaurant.    After I ate my fill and captured the moments I headed home to get rested up for their wedding the following day.    As you can see in the images below they had a great turn out with many family and friends.

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Easter Cookout 2010 – Changing A Generation Ministries

This past Monday, April 5th, 2010 ,  I was invited by Rev. Rodney Green to capture the “2010 Changing A Generation Ministries Annual Easter Community Cookout”.   This is an event where various ministries give back to the community. The event started off with two sermons so that those that don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior may get the opportunity to accept Him into their hearts and lives. It was important to start the cookout correctly by sharing how Jesus Christ died for our sins and then was resurrected with all power in His hands.    Following the sermons there were a few announcements by Rev. Green, an Easter egg hunt, free hair cuts and food for everyone.

In the image below we see Rev. Rodney Green taking the time to speak to one of the many people that were present.

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One of the main attractions for the children were two inflated castles in which they could bounce around. After taking several moments to decide whether or not I’d risk my camera I decided to get inside so that I could capture some of the action from a close up point of view.   Of course I announced to the children that they needed to pay attention and not land on my camera.  Not a single child bumped into me but they did get more crazy once they knew they were being photographed.  Below are a few moments of fun than were captured.

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While the children were enjoying themselves another community effort was taking place. Anyone that needed a haircut was able to get one for free.

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Do you remember what it was like to be a child?  The anticipation of hunting for Easter eggs was visible by this little girl that held onto the fence as she waited for the gate to be opened.

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With some careful maneuvering I was able to get past the children and into position to capture this picture of Rev. Green. He was looking for the signal from his helpers to know when it was time to open the gates.  You can see the children looking through the chain link fence trying to figure out where the eggs were hidden.

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The pictures below show you what happened when the gate was opened.  The children literally stampeded to search for their treasure.

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As I followed the hunters I saw a situation taking place very quickly.  There was a little girl that ran so hard that she literally ran out of her shoes.   She reached down to try and get them back on but at that same moment she spotted more eggs.  She completely gave up on trying to get her shoes on and made a mad dash for the egg that she had in her sights.

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Once the children had located all the eggs everyone headed back to grab a bite to eat.  Below you will see a picture of  Rev. Green and his faithful cooks that worked hard and steady to feed the masses of hungry people.

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I absolutely love having the opportunity to capture the moments that go unseen by many people.  There were many more images captured and you can view them by clicking the link below.

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Seeing the joy on the faces of the children was worth being out in the hot sun looking for that special shot.

Duke University Cookout – For The Class of 2013

On Tuesday, August 18, 2009 I was hired by Bon Appetit Management Company at Duke University  to cover their annual cookout for their 1st year freshmen.  This was an event that welcomed around 4000 people onto their grounds to take part in live music, socializing and good food.  To really experience this event you truly need to view the slideshow.  I will share a few of the pictures below as well.

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Ray – The Bass Guitar Man

This post is about Ray. He is loved by his wife Tamika and their two boys. For father’s day Tamika wanted to surprise Ray with his own photoshoot. They came down from New Jersey to visit family and during their stay she surprised him with this shoot.  Ray received his inspiration for the bass guitar when he heard a song being played by the group Comissioned. He told his dad that he wanted to learn to play and 20 years later he’s still playing.

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“I Love Jonia” – The 25th Wedding Anniversary

I had the privilege to capture the 25th wedding anniversary for Tracy and Jonia Weaver.   They had many family and friends present to take part in the special union that was ordained by God.  

 In this post you will be able to several things.

1. Visit the still gallery of photographs and order individual pictures.

2. View a musical slideshow of the photographs captured.

3. Watch the “I Love Jonia” video which was shown during the reception.

4. Watch them renew their vows.

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Mr. Weaver – Union Independent School

I had the privilege of photographing Mr. Weaver “Head of School” for Union Independent School.  He has a vision for the poverty stricken youth of Durham and he’s spending his days and evenings working towards seeing the dream realized.   He has been given the task of getting Union Independent School up and running so that when construction is complete they can start positively impacting the lives of the youth. He is going to provide less fortunate children within the city of Durham with opportunities that they normally wouldn’t have the chance to experience. If we had more people like Mr. Weaver in this world and it surely would be a better place.

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