I’ve been going out in the cold winter rain of the past few days trying to stay busy. Funny this is, I never really view rainy days as disappointments. The truth is, I actually like them sometimes. I’ve felt this way since I was a small child. I look at it as a way to shoot outside from a totally different perspective. Rainy days have their own look which can be very interesting. For instance, certain wildlife will only appear in these conditions and trying to capture shots of them can be a fun adventure within itself. Rainy days can provide you with the challenge of searching for something interesting to shoot, or in this case, shooting something simple and familiar in an interesting way. I guess I’m just the type that will find any excuse to be out with my camera anyway? But hey, it keeps me sane! 😉 Whatever works, right?
The intricate lines and curves of an old tree’s bark. I absolutely love the character present in the fine details of different textures. Beauty is all around us, especially in nature. It feels wonderful to go out and let it inspire you!
One of my favorite times of the year is the NBA All-Star Weekend. To celebrate I decided to get out on the grill despite the cold temperature. I chose to grill turkey sausage, chicken wings and thin steaks. After a coating in my special sweet and spicy bbq sauce everything was ready to go! We added some potato salad and deviled eggs (not pictured) to finish things off and the family has been enjoying this delicious summer food all weekend long. I can’t wait for the big game tonight! Happy cooking to everyone on this lovely weekend! Enjoy!!!
Tonight I had a taste for something light, flavorful and simple, so I decided to make something I haven’t made in a while, one of my favorite meals as a child, my Mother’s famous pasta salad! I had most of the ingredients but, I did have to modify her recipe slightly. She uses spaghetti noodles but I wanted to try shells this time. It came out delicious and I plan on experimenting more with a few changes to her recipe but, don’t tell!!! 🙂 I would list the ingredients but, then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore and my mother would probably kill me?! Sooo, you’ll have to figure out your own recipe…sorry.
I captured my nephew late one night during my last visit when he should have been in bed sleeping. Instead he was very much up and intensely playing his video game. The light from his cool red controller lit the entire room, painting him in a bright red glow. This photo takes me back to my childhood when his father and I use to do the same thing. He looks and certainly reminds me of his father in this picture!
Last night I enjoyed a very light, delicious dinner of chickpea and sautéed shrimp salad stuffed in avocado shells with seasoned cumbers and tomatoes, finished with thinly sliced sharp cheddar and pepper-jack cheeses.
On the frozen winter streets of Joliet, IL a few weeks ago I captured this shot of my Uncle Fred and one of his best friends doing what so many of us in the urban neighborhoods do, either hitting a few blocks with our friends or, chilling in the car listening to music. As you can see they were more than happy to give me the shot. This was the last picture I took before hitting the road back to Georgia.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful and talented niece!!! I love you!!!
My second test shoot this year with the beautiful Adrian Sellers. This was one of the most fun and laid back shoots I’ve had in years! I wish they could all be this relaxed and enjoyable.