If I had to pick one song that comes to mind while I’m walking in a forest or garden, it would be the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts”. The tune, written in the late 1800’s to celebrate the Shaker principles of simplicity and humility, has been used by other composers over the years. Many churches use…

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Mount Rainier 1995

Mount Rainier holds a special place my heart. I discovered the Pacific Northwest when traveling on business there in the early 1990’s. I remember thinking “why hasn’t anyone ever told me about this place?”. I fell in love with the endless wilderness that defines the character of Washington State. This particular photo was taken in…

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My youngest daughter was very involved in the performing arts during her high school years. As parents do, my wife and I volunteered and supported the drama boosters. While most of my experience was in portrait, sports and family photography, this opportunity allowed me to learn everything I ever wanted to know about theatre photography.…

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Lake Anne Reston Virginia

The weather report for this weekend has me longing for summer. Lake Anne in Reston is one of my favorite places to spend a hot and humid summer Saturday morning. Just typing those words took the edge off the weather report. Under the watchful eye of the statue of Reston’s founder, Robert E. Simon, the…

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sunset hilton head

In January 2020, we were eating at our favorite seafood joint on Hilton Head Island, Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks. They have the best fresh seafood on the island, and you might get this amazing show if you go at sunset. “Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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tomb of unknown soldier Arlington National Cemetery

I took this photo in 2008, on one of our visits to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. I don’t think that anyone leaves this spot without some reflection on the sacrifices made to preserve and defend our democracy. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that…

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Paris Mime

I took this photo in 1987 on my first trip to Paris. I have never been a fan of mimes, however this guy put on quite the show for those of us sitting in one of Paris’ many sidewalk cafes. I love those cafes, but I’m still not a fan of mimes. “It’s good to…

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One of my favorite things to photograph are people. Whether it is a headshot, a family portrait, a senior picture or people being themselves at events or productions, each situation presents both challenges and opportunities. It is an incredible, and humbling, opportunity as a photographer when someone trusts you to take their photograph. I have…

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Brady or Mahomes? It’s Super Bowl Sunday, even though it really doesn’t seem like it. Do we really have to pick a side, or can we just enjoy the game (and commercials)? I really have no opinion. To me, football is a distraction until baseball season begins. Go Nats!

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Lowell C. Newman Uniontown High School

As some of you may know by now, I have been going through the thousands of pictures I have taken over my lifetime. This picture popped up during my journey. I met Lowell Newman when I was a junior in high school. My mother told me I should take an elective class in industrial arts,…

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