Thursday, September 18, 2008

Will & Hunter

I had a great time photogging these two brothers! I LOVE LOVE LOVE shooting teens - they know exactly the image they want...and can they pose!!

Our session was at my goldmine near home: Murray's Mill...The old barn below was great!

We discovered the back door to the old old house was unlocked..There's something about window light....

Doesn't he look like a CK model?

Hunter is learning to play the guitar! Here he is on the stops of Murray & Minges old store porch....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Enjoying the Cataloochee

The blog post is a week over-due...but at least it's up! So, the Sunday after Lake Junaluska, my parents came to Wanyesville! We had some good BBQ {thanks Ben and the local travel channel)and then we headed to the Cataloochee Valley. Our friend Tammy told us about the elk you could spot near evening time. Me being the photography weird-o of the family, Ben being all up for an adventure and my parents being up for anything "as long as we can spend time together" - we drove the winding mountain roads....WORTH IT!

Here's a bull elk keeping watch over the cows and calves grazing in the field. So the park ranger people were all along the road and kept saying "keep your car between you and elk"...YEAH RIGHT! I figured I could out run 'em...or maybe not...but it was worth getting good shots....

This cow was sooo beautiful grazing beside the road. Obviously a park ranger saw her before we did and was on the opposite side of the road, ready to tell me to stay in the car. Poor daddy who was driving...with my abrupt orders to pull forward and back up...I wanted this shot!

We LOVE history.... This is the "Caldwell House." The Caldwell House was completed in 1906 and featured wooden interior paneling "imported" from Waynesville, NC, about 25 miles away. I was a little disheartened when I saw the vandelism and throughout the structure. In times like these as a photographer, I'd rather people not have the permission to tour such a piece of mountain history....although.....

.....this window upstairs was quite a beauty. I loved the light.....

Here is my family....Daddy; In the middle is my assistant, aka: "momma" She was gracious enough to lag around my ugly Canon bag with lenses and accessories; .... And, so glad Ben's feeling better!

My sweet (and cooperative) parents: I took this photo (yes, it was a set-up) in the old barn across from the Caldwell House.

THERE'S where I get my dimples!

Beech Grove School

A view of the Smokies.....

We got out of my dad's SUV so that mom and I can hike up to the old school and there's this car (is it a Dodge Dynasty?) parked beside the road. Ben says, "Honey! I used to have a car like this!" Not surprising...he always had a Grandpa Car and still would....In a couple years, I want a MINI VAN!

Our next BIG adventure together: THE BEACH!
Coming October 4th
{pain relief}

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lake Junaluska....

I love spelling Junaluska..I have no clue why, but I love it...

It's obvious it's been too long since I've blogged, and I'm sorry. I've devoted too much time to the website, the faithful old blog has taken a back seat to my new baby's creation. I promise I'll blog more often.....

WARNING: most of these photos are SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera)

Sooo this past weekend was Lake Junaluska. The family sang there Friday and Saturday night.

This is our little Abigail Washburn.... Lorien Cockman!

Sam & Lydia Jane

"The Wittle Cuzins" Band

Here's Noah!

The Cockman Family

Here is Mama Jane enjoying lunch overlooking the lake...I think she was listening to Jess telling about Joseph's dance.... Party {love ya Joe!}

Friday was Lorien's 8th Birthday! She had a sweet party in one of the rooms at the Terrace early Saturday morning...


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