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Zoe graduated this past weekend so what better way to celebrate her graduation than a post with some of our favorite photos from her session.  Congratulation Zoe!

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The sun was shining and the weather was beautiful but Lauren & Matthew had other things on their minds as we started their late-afternoon engagement session. With Lauren being away for school most of the year, it was rare that they got so much time together and (sort of) alone.  Lauren and Matthew’s love for each other was passionate and inspiring, and we were fortunate enough to share a few private moments with them.

Tanya and I are big believers in charitable giving and we frequently look for new ways to give back to our community. One of our grooms this year, Bob, was telling us about a project he and his staff at Elbit Systems were working on called Snowball Express and it got us excited. Snowball Express was founded in 2006 to “Provide hope and new memories for the children of our fallen military heroes who died while on active duty since September 11, 2001”.

For the past few years their annual event has been held in Anaheim, CA but this year it will be in Dallas.  Elbit Systems is one of the sponsors for the event and Bob mentioned their idea of doing photography this year, so Tanya asked if we could help with some consulting.  We met with their organizers several weeks ago and found out they plan to have roving photographers but they also wanted to do a pirate-themed photo-op.  Well, everyone knows that costumed photography is one of mine and Tanya’s specialities so we said “sign us up”! A huge thanks goes out to Shinko, who has donated the 8×10 dye-sub media we will be printing on at the event. We would also like to thank all of our fellow studio owners across the country who have offered to send us their stash of pirate costumes to use at the event – we will post a list of everyone who contributed in a few weeks.

This year’s Snowball Express event will be taking place at the Dallas Convention Center on December 11 – it is not open to the public but people can still show their support by checking out the Snowball Express website.  Here’s a peak at the t-shirts we will be wearing:


Today I headed over to the American Airlines Center for the Media Day at the Visa Championships – today was their final day of practice before the festivities start tomorrow.  I got some great shots to use for backgrounds for our event with Universal Sports at the Visa Fan Fest on Saturday and had a blast doing it (took me back to my newspaper days :-).  If you want to more photos go here.

2008 Beijing Olympic Gold medalist Nastia Liukin practices on the balance beam during practice for the 2009 Visa Gymnastic Championships at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.  Watching her is her proud father and coach, Valeri, a gold medalist himself for the Soviets.


Nastia Luikin is interviewed by the NBC Universal Sports Gymnastics commentators at the Universal Sports booth during the press evening and practice.


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