I Forgot to Mention…

September 8, 2009

If you have been coming to this blog from a bookmark and wondering why I haven’t posted in a long time, it’s because I should have mentioned that we have a new blog!  Oops!

Our new blog is now an integrated part of our web site waltersandwalters.com

You can link directly to the blog page HERE

I’m Back… Really

July 29, 2009

I’m writing this post to let everyone know that I really haven’t been ignoring everyone for the last few weeks.  Well, I guess I have, but there’s a pretty good reason.

Three Wednesdays ago I had just wrapped up a great album design session with Alison and Josh and was ready to dive into more album designs.  When I returned to my desk there was a message on my phone from a number I didn’t recognize.  It was my Great Aunt telling me that my Grandmother was in intensive care at the hospital in Wilmington (2 hours away from me).  I closed and locked my office door, got in the car and drove to Wilmington.

I was on the road about an hour before I got in touch with Meridith to let her know what was going on.  I arrived at the hospital and they told me it would be an hour or so before I could see her, so I went out and bought clothes and toiletries enough for the next day or two.  I was at the hospital for the next few days and as Saturday approached My Grandmother was telling us that she wasn’t ready to get better, she was ready to go see my Grandfather.

Saturday came and I visited the hospital early that morning, said goodby to my Grandmother and left for my wedding in Raleigh.  I knew that would be the last time I would see her, but knowing that she was at peace gave me peace too.  about an hour after my wedding ended I received a text from my sister that she had passed.  My five year old son brought me a bottle of water and tissues just in case.  He’s cool.

The next week was filled with making arragements, receiving family and friends at the house and figuring out what to do with all of the food people brought.  The week after that was filled with putting out fires at work and trying to answer as many phone calls and emails as possible.

Now I’m on to this week and my sole mission is to destroy my to do list.  Crush it, beat it into submission and all that sort of thing.  I’m doing okay so far.  Hey, this blog post is on the list, so in just a minute I’ll be one more down and on to the big stuff.

Just the “Facts”

June 29, 2009

So I’ve waited a while to post about this because I wanted the storm to pass before stirring the pot.  A few months ago, we and some of our wedding colleagues were approached by a local news stations to be interviewed on how the “bad economy” has affected the wedding industry in our area.  When the day came for the crew to arrive, I decided to split at the last minute because I didn’t have any bad news to report and I got this feeling that the interviewer was looking for a specific doom and gloom angle.  Plus the camera makes me look fat.

Sadly, I was right. (on both counts)

When I returned and spoke with the other folks who were interviewed, they confirmed that the interviewer was asking questions specifically related to how bad things were.  Any time someone mentioned that in their experience and interactions with their clients, things were not as bad as the media suggests, the interviewer shrugged it off indicating that any possible good news was just not convincing right now.  So instead of going out to report the news (which wasn’t all that bad by the way) the people at the news station wrote a story that fed on the public’s fears and went out to find some convincing looking people to support that story regardless of facts.  It’s like the news was sponsored by Prozac and their job was to keep people completely depressed.

I don’t watch the news any more.  It’s just another reality show gone bad.

If it’s a big story, I’ll hear about it.  I heard about Ed, Farrah, Michael and Billy.  I’m sure I’ll hear if we go to war with Korea or Iran.  Either way I will keep doing what I’m doing and wish the best for everyone.  When mom said that everything on TV was pretend, I had no idea it meant EVERYTHING on TV was pretend.  Apparently so.

Yes it has been a while since I blogged, I know.  This spring has been non stop so there will be much to share in the future.

This *E* Session was a blast!  Stephanie and Jonah drove down to the beach for the afternoon and ended up driving back soaking wet and sandy.  Yep, it was that fun.  Even my shoes floated away for a bit.  We shot until there was literally no more light.

Flashes of Hope

May 12, 2009

Last week I had the good fortune to work with Kim & Nancy from Flashes of Hope.  We were at the Children’s center at UNC Hospital.  For those who have not seen the previous posts, Flashes of Hope is an organization that uses professional photographers to create uplifting portraits of children with life threatening illnesses and their families free of charge.  All of these children were at the hospital going through treatments and often their appearance has already changed or is about to.  Flashes of hope believes that it’s important to celebrate this appearance change as part of the healing process.

The kids are in various stages of their treatments and for some you would never know they were sick.  Some love the camera, and have a thousand ways to express themselves.  Others are scared, and tired of feeling bad.  To many of them, “getting your picture taken” means going into the lab for more x-rays or scans which is not a happy thing for them.  I have found that if you work it hard enough you can get them to open up a bit.  Sometimes it takes bubbles though.

I think this is one of my favorites from the day.  We worked hard for this smile, and now it lives forever.

This girl had it going on.  She has watched all the High School Musical movies and had the routine down.

These are not intended to be just portraits of the kids.  Family involvement is a big part of the healing process and I want the images to reflect that the people around them care and are there for them.

I did not realize it, but I had a whole tree theme going in yesterday’s *E* Session.  Dana and Michael were great and so were the surroundings.  Upon looking at the images as they were loading in this morning I thought to myself: “wow, I worked the environment hard”

I’m not sure if I was perhaps still celebrating earth day, or high on the pollen, but we had a good time and created some fun images for them.  There are lots more, but these are the few that stood out.  Check back next week to see more from this session.

Can I get an Amen!?!  This is what it’s all about!  Great day, great place, awesome people, and us with our cameras.  The location was Childress Vinyards, and Kristin, Brian and their families had a blast.  I’ll skip the blog chatter (does anyone read that anyway?) and get right to the images.

Pumpkin Update

April 15, 2009

This will be the last pumpkin update until Halloween, but based on the last comment left on the previous post I wanted to show that even though this stuff might look a bit gross at first, it quickly changes to lush green-ness.  Here’s what it looks like this morning with nothing visible but the stem!



April 10, 2009

This has nothing to do with photography but it’s cool and I had to share.  I’m all about the compost pile.  I don’t get it when I see my neighbors bag up their grass clippings and put them out to the curb for trash pickup.  After thanksgiving I put our halloween pumpkin near the pile and just left it.  After a few months of winter it had turned white and deflated.

I happened to look closely at it yesterday and the skin that is usually orange has become translucent and essentially become a little greenhouse for all of the new seed sprouts, protecting them from the cold.  The growth is busting through and soon my back yard will be a Charlie Brown pumpkin patch.  Ahh the magic of nature.