For as long as I can remember, I taught Senior Seminar at Hope College. Losing the privilege of leading Senior Sem was one of the things I lamented most upon moving to Ohio in 2019.
In Fall of 2017, I had the immense honor of photographing two of my Senior Sem students, Jo and Abby, who were dating at the time.
A while back, Jo and Abby reached out to me to inquire about a new set of photos, this time to commemorate their wedding. Although I was not able to be at their wedding, they traveled all the way out to Ohio this weekend to let me capture images of their forever life together.
Overjoyed is an understatement. Seeing them again and being able to catch up was a special pleasure. Then came the celebrating of their marriage by way of photos. Pure delight!
It is my hope that these images are as meaningful to Jo and Abby as they are to me.
Eve and Solomon met up with me at Hudson Springs Park for Part One of their engagement session. (Part Two to happen later this summer in downtown Kent!) I'm so looking forward to photographing their wedding in December!
All shots made with a Sony Alpha A1 and one of my all-time favorite lenses, Sigma's 35mm f/1.2.
Dear Friends: 100% of proceeds I earn from new bookings for portrait sessions (headshots, family portraits, senior portraits, etc.) booked between now and June 10, 2022, will go towards Victims First, an independently-verified organization formed by a network of survivors and relatives affected by previous mass shootings. Victims First will provide no-strings-attached cash payments to the family members of the victims in Uvalde.
This is just the beginning. I will do more, I need to do more...I just need to figure out how and when. More details forthcoming. June 10 (above) might seem like an arbitrary date, but that's when my calendar is already full for the summer. For now, I feel like I'm just sitting around, and am desperate to take action.
If you don't want pictures taken, I take no offense. However, I will implore you to click on the GoFundMe below to help the affected families in Uvalde. Just do it - please.
I'm so happy for my student Will! What a tremendous performance!
Here are two J.S. Bach transcriptions by Ferruccio Busoni - some of my favorite pieces to play at the piano. These clips were recorded at a performance at Kent State University on October 10, 2020. Hope you enjoy!
Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, BWV 734a
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