Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival

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Every year Washington DC boasts the infamous Cherry Blossom Festival. There are events, street festivals, and opportunities to learn about the beautiful trees that grace the tidal basin and national monuments. Plus, there are guided tours courtesy of national park … Continue reading

Virginia Snow Day

We got about 2-3 inches of snow here in Suffolk, VA last night. My northern roots are laughing at this amount but it’s a welcome sight regardless. Staying off the road today. There’s definitely enough snow to make a snow angel but I prefer to observe the snow from behind a lens instead of rolling in it.

Snapped a few of these with my new 50 mm this morning when the snow was still fresh.

Summer tiki lights that never got taken down. Snow lights now!

Summer tiki lights that never got taken down. Snow lights now!

Small snow drifts

Small snow drifts

frozen marble in the wind catcher

frozen marble in the wind catcher

hoping this doesn't melt any time soon

hoping this doesn’t melt any time soon

Backyard Sledding

When we have snow down here, we have to make the best of it right in our own backyard. It was all about Nick experimenting with different sledding material was entertaining at the very least. 

Still having fun after eating snow for about an hour

Still having fun after eating snow for about an hour

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Jumping over the little creek in the backyard (freezing cold too)

Jumping over the little creek in the backyard (freezing cold too)

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He tried blocks of wood, larger cookie sheets, a skim board, and all resulted in him falling into a snow angel at the end. What a good sport! 

Wyatt Little

World, meet Wyatt. This little guy is wonderfully sweet. A big thanks to parents Brittany and Charlie, you guys are so patient! I hope you enjoy these.

 

Shot with Canon 7D. Softbox lighting with energy efficient bulbs. A bean bag was used to prop up the baby in a comfortable position. Feedings happened regularly with plenty breaks to reduce the stress on Wyatt.

 

 

James A. Pioli – Naval Retirement Ceremony

James A. Pioli – Naval Retirement Ceremony

26 years of service. That’s longer than I’ve been alive.  Here’s a teaser of the photos from James A. Pioli’s final duties with the United States Navy. Congratulations to you, Jim, and your family. Thank you for your service, commitment, … Continue reading

4th of July Firework Frenzy

The last time I saw fireworks was at my wedding [awesome, I know.] But I haven’t seen Independence Day fireworks for years. This year to celebrate the Fourth of July, I packed up the small family [consisting of my husband and small dog] and hiked over to Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach.

Although it did get packed with tons of people from 8:30-9:30 we were early enough to get a good seat at the top of the hill. There was live music, vendor food, and enough room to walk your dogs [or your kids] or play frisbee or soccer.

When the fireworks show started at 9:30 it was a little challenging to get a clear shot because it was so crowded. Raising the tripod to it’s maximum level solved that problem, and I shot in Bulb mode with my release timer and a manual exposure. I also had an extremely low ISO. If I was going to try it all over again [which I plan to do at the next 2013 holiday] I would try to compose my shots a little better.

Enjoy!