Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homes for Our Troops

I was given the honor to shoot a Homes for Our Troops build ...finally one in California that I could participate in...was about 3 hours away in Hanford CA...just outside Fresno... I was introduced to this amazing organization at the Blue Star Mom National Convention in 2010...I had the privilege of meeting 3 recipients and they were amazing young men that lost so much fighting for our Freedom... When I got home I put in to be notified of any builds in our area...and a year later this came up... The Bond family was just the sweetest most deserving family. Sgt Justin Bond lost his leg and will most likely lose his other...he needs a home that will allow him to live as independently as possible... but he was sweet and funny and upbeat and positive... and more so a Hero cause his wife's closet is almost the same size as their Master Bedroom! I joke about it...but truly I appreciate all Sgt. Bond has done for our country ...and is truly a Hero in is own right. I met some amazing people... volunteers from all over...including the owner of a restaurant from my hometown Novato... Tommy Salsas's... her son a Football Player and Senior from Cardinal Newman doing his High School volunteer project with Homes for Our Troops.... local Navy guys... the neighbor hood church provided so much support... all the food for the volunteers was donated and prepared by caring people and other organizations...including Contra Costa Blue Star Moms Chapter 20....Hooah! The build was 3 days...from foundation to roof w/ doors and windows....soon there will be another work day for landscaping...and then a key turning ceremony upon completion in a few months....Can't wait!

this is all that was there on the morning of day 1

The Bond Family putting up the very first wall in their new home

I was taking a photo of Sgt. Bond holding his wife's hand during the opening ceremony....not realizing til now his prosthetic leg was also in the shot....I can feel the emotions in this shot

Sgt. Justin Bond putting the first nail into his new home

The whole Crew on the first day
Fire guys came by.... got a photo opp with Vets and project managers....

These hard working volunteers never stopped from sun up to 1700 hrs.... volunteers had to walk around with waters just to keep them was all we could do to get them to eat! amazing dedication...Hanford is near Fresno and it was in the high 90's low 100's that weekend

Sgt Bonds Daughter invited by local firefighters who stopped by to sit in the engine and wear a soon as she got in she put her seat belt on!

The church across the street came out and wrote scriptures on the walls....I love that!

Day 3....the beginning of day 3... wow

My Cousin Matt & Marina's Wedding

I was a guest at my cousins wedding....but as any photographer knows it is hard to be anywhere and not want to take photos.... I am not sure I can simply go watch a football game ...sit in the stands and just watch? makes me cringe just thinking about it....if I watch a game on TV I spend more time oogling over photographers equitpment on the so I don't mainly do weddings and have done several....after this wedding I am rethinking my business and considering doing more....I have loved weddings since I was a little girl.... its a lot of work... but not all weddings are like this wedding... Thoughts to ponder

My beautiful Aunt Tricia and Dashing Uncle Randy walking my handsome Groom Cousin Matt up to the alter... I love this family!

The best part of photography for me is capturing a moment...when you can capture a moment...a glance...a touch... it makes a memory forever available ....this was one of those moments...this shows you the incredible spirit of my cousins wonder he fell madly in love with her...we all have

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The kiss...a dip and a kiss at that!

You can often find me where the kids are at any event...I can't help but watching them and delighting in what mischief they find themselves in....

The Father Daughter dance at weddings are my favorite moments....a favorite part of my wedding was the dance with my dad...This was probably one of my most favorite weddings I ever attended...yes it was a beautiful venue...amazing creative touches through out...but it was the love felt by every single person that was there for this wonderful loving much wonderful loving energy surrounded them this day and it was felt by every person there....

Delta Patriots

Gotta love little guys in helmets and pads....they are the littlest in the league but out their on the field they feel like giants! so adorable....and so not cool of me to call them adorable...but I can't help it...shooting on the sidelines of a football field is probably the happiest place on earth for me...I am a huge Disneyland fan...but the field is what makes my heart soar! This is my Nephews team...#22 same number as his big Cousin, my son....Go A-Dog!

Senior Portrait - Miss Wood

At last! I haven't updated my blog in FOREVER! I had trouble logging in ...home with stress fractures in my hips and resting has allowed me lots of time to figure it I am! lots of update to post...I'm so excited! I have learned so much since I last posted and Iam excited to share! This most recent Portrait shoot was BFF's daughter and BFF to my daughter asked me to shoot her in her Jr Prom dress at a cool is that...very edgy...she is so smart...artsy and very deep....I think I captured all of that in this shoot...and what a trooper she was....made her get up out of bed on a Sat morning at was a perfect foggy hazy what we got.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pacific Islanders 2010

I was asked to come back for the 2010 season with the Pacific Islanders on staff as their photographer...such an honor...this is my favorite thing to do...hang out on the sidelines of exciting football games and capture moments that make memories...action pause the action...and allow the player to see the moment they lived. I love these guys...I am old enough to be their mother...but I prefer to think of them as a bunch of little brothers....I delite at their sideline banter... they are fun and play hard. Here are a few of my favorites...not an easy task considering I haven' t blogged in forever! Will do more...and promised myself not to fall so far behind again...easier to write about just after the moments.

GI Joe Graduation from Ft. Benning Georgia

What an amazing trip this was. My father came with my daughter and I to see my son graduate from One Unit Specialized Training at Ft. Benning Georgia...Boot camp and advanced training rolled up in 16 weeks... Had not seen him since Christmas...the anticipation...First day was the Turning Blue Ceremony in their dressed blues...or class A snowed in Georgia that next day for the graduation doesn't snow in Georgia...and we were told never had there been a graduation held in the snow...those poor boys ( stood out on that field from 0600 hrs til 1100 hrs in non stop drifting was freezing...the field is made with dirt from every battle field America ever fought on....just outside the Infantry Museum. I can't say the trip made me fan of Georgia...I had visions of qaint streets lined with peach trees and beautiful old houses with wrap around porches...not many southern belle's...but I will tell you I am a big fan of fried pickles and sweet tea! Met a great group of young men that make me so proud to have met them, spent time with them and know they have my son's back...and he has theirs...brothers for life. Picture of mom kissing her son is one of the many friends I have made on this journey...he has his brothers...I have new sisters...

GI Joe Home for Christmas

Well....I haven't posted on my blog in so long I forgot how to even get passion for photography and my love for writing...expressing myself...why have I stayed away so long? I'll start with my son's homecoming...he left in Oct for the US Army...heartbroken, but proud of him...he came home for Christmas and her is a few of my favorite shots...not easy to shoot when so emotionally I found an organinzation that will do pictures for you...photographers that donate their time...amazing...when I told my friend and mentor Denise she offered to take the next homecoming... He is in Afghanistan now...we have a few coming...Aug for 2 week & April 1st deployment complete! ...can't get here soon favorite of his past coming is the one of my son and daughter...we surprised her at school...walked into her classroom unannounced...all I saw was a white blur as she flew across the classroom into her big brothers arms and we literally had to pry her off of him... He was in boot camp where we could only write to phone calls...few letters as he was busy and tired.... so seeing him for the first time in 2 months after 18 years of rarely being a part was quite a moment for all of us....I nick named him GI Joe...she is GI Jane as she is now considering a life in the military...God help me!