Albertex Photo Blog » Wedding and Event Photography for Fort Worth, Dallas, DFW and beyond

Category Archives: personal

“I was visiting DC on a business trip and wanted to visit Arlington Cemetery where some of the most famous and brave Americans are buried. Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was important to me because my father is a Vietnam Veteran. I wanted to take a photo of the wall from a perspective I had never seen before. I set the focus on my lens at about 2’, then rested my camera against the wall and took the photo. Just by happenstance, another visitor walked up and put their hand on the wall which made for a very moving and unique image. I don’t remember what year this was but it was shot in the 90s on film and is still one of my all time favorite photos I have taken.” – Bill Vahrenkamp

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

#memorialdayweekend #thankyouveterans #honorourveterans #dfwphotographer #longweekend #remembering #filmphotography

We had a bit of excitement in our neighborhood today.  Not the usual gossip-inducing type of excitement that happens when you find out someone is moving out of state or is getting divorced.  The excitement we had today was the type that makes you appreciate the people in your life and everything you have because it could all be gone in an instant.

The day started off dreary and rainy, as anyone who lives in DFW knows. We decided it would be a great day to go to Scarborough Fair in Waxahachie – I mean, who else wants to walk around in a muddy field in the rain except a couple of intrepid photographers?  We were almost there when the phone calls started. One neighbor called to ask if our alarm was going off, then a minute later another neighbor called.  Something was obviously going on.

To make a long story short, the amazing people in our neighborhood set out to investigate and discovered that our next door neighbor’s smoke alarm was going off and their house was filled with smoke.  It turns out they had set the oven to self-clean before they left for church, but something went wrong and the house had slowly filled with smoke. After a flurry or phone calls back and forth, we reached our next door neighbor and they arrived home as the Mansfield Fire Department was setting out fans to air out the house. We returned home a few mintues later and were grateful to find that our neighborhood had leaped to action and saved the day (and the family dog).

As most of you know, Bill and I work from home so we spend a lot of time in our house.  And I mean A LOT.  When we decided several years ago to build a new house, we spent a lot of time researching communities and neighborhoods because where we live is such an integral part of our daily life.  We have loved living here for the past 3 ½ years and the events today have re-confirmed our knowledge that you can buy a house and live anywhere, but it takes a special group of people to make a community and a neighborhood.  We are eternally grateful that we found such a wonderful group of people to share our lives with.

Oh, and don’t your oven to self-clean if you are leaving the house. Just sit and stare at it until it is finished.

Friday we spent the day at the Dallas Convention Center. We were volunteering doing pirate photos for the Snowball Express, which is a charity that provides hope and new memories to the children of our fallen military heroes who died while on active duty since 9-11. One of our grooms from this year is a VP for Elbit Systems, a government military contractor, and they are a big sponsor of the Snowball Express and they told us about it. We were eager to help any way we could and when we found out they were thinking of doing pirate-themed family photos we were excited to donate our services.

Snowball Express Event at the Dallas Convention Center by Event Photographer Albertex Photography

There were many people involved in putting together this donation to Snowball Express and we would like to say a huge thank you to them – we couldn’t have done this event without you!  Many thanks to Janet and Frank with Cottonwood Creek Costume Company for not only providing props and costumes but also for volunteering their time on Friday to help dress people in costume all day.  We would also like to thank Joyce with GG Creations and Tim with Old Time Photos in Pigeon Forge for sending us tons costumes and props. Finally, another huge thank you goes out to Andrew with Shinko for providing the media for the printers and thanks to Doug, Laura and Tina with imageTech Marketing for providing the Shinko S1245 8×10 printer and Eric, Ronny and Bob with Imaging Spectrum for providing the back up Shinko S1245 printer.

Saturday we were invited to a special day at Cowboy Stadium. The floor of the stadium was set up for dinner and a special concert by the Lt. Dan Band. If the name sounds familiar it is because it is named for Gary Sinise’s character in Forrest Gump. Mr. Sinise came out on the field hours before the concert to shake hands, do photos and sign autographs for the attendees. I was able to photograph him and shake his hand. I thanked him for all he had done for Snowball Express and everyone in the military.

This was incredibly moving experience to know what these families have gone through and we were honored and humbled to be a small part of this amazing event.


Snowball Express Event at the Cowboy

Whitney & Mark’s wedding was our last wedding for 2009 and we couldn’t have asked for a more touching and emotional wedding to end our season with. We are grateful they made us a part of their amazing day and we wish them a lifetime of happiness and love. I will have so much more to write about Whitney & Mark when I post their entire wedding so I will keep it short for now.  First, we caught the last bit of sunset when we arrived at the Shady Valley Golf Club in Arlington for the reception:

Wedding of Whitney & Mark at Shady Oaks Golf Club in Arlington TX by Arlington Wedding Photographer Albertex Photography

Whitney’s father-daughter dance – a slideshow of Whitney and her dad was playing on the screen in the background.

Wedding of Whitney & Mark at Shady Oaks Golf Club in Arlington TX by Arlington Wedding Photographer Albertex Photography

Yes folks, it is that time of year again – time for our annual Holiday Sale!  Place your order for custom elnargements or a canvas gallery wrap between today and 11:59PM on December 1, 2009 and you will receive 25% off! Use discount code SANTASAVINGS09 when you place your order (discount code will not work with expired galleries so please contact us directly to place your order).  This is our second year to offer this sale and we hope to make it a tradition!

The “fine print” – discount cannot be applied to items included in wedding, engagement, bridal, boudoir or trash the dress/day after packages.  Discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. Orders must be placed and paid for by 11:59PM on December 1, 2009 in order to qualify for the discount.  Discount does not apply to taxes, shipping or handling.

Imagine our surprise this morning when we got a call from our good friend, Joyce, telling us she was going to be on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.  Joyce owns a vintage clothing shop in Ackley IA and specializes in making costumes for old time photo studios but this fall she has taken on another job – she has been making life-sized scarecrows that resemble local residents!  She managed to keep it a secret for a little while, but the residents of Ackley eventually figured out who was behind the influx of scarecrows. Way to go Joyce – what a fun and creative way to get everyone into the spirit of Halloween!

It was supposed to be just another job in high school.  Sure, LeAnne’s manager at her new job was cute but he was her boss! As with most high school jobs, this one ran its course and they both moved on, never to hear from each other again (or so they thought).  Fast forward to one year later – Louis headed out to watch a football game with a few buddies and felt compelled to chat up the cute girl working there – they knew each other from somewhere but couldn’t quite place it…

LeAnne & Louis – we had a great time getting to know you a little better and a HUGE thanks for taking me to my first Ranger’s game.  I loved it and we can’t wait for your wedding!








F a c e b o o k
A r c h i v e s
C a t e g o r i e s