A Journey to the Congo

Marc Leo Felix, director of the Congo Basin Art History Research Center in Brussels, Belgium approached me while I was capturing these images at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and proceeded to give me an oral history of one of the most fascinating lives I have ever heard.  A majority of the masks on display in this collection are part of Marc Leo Felix’s private collection he acquired over thirty odd years of barter with the Congolese tribes.  Preserving a large part of their history that may have been lost to time.

In the vast and culturally diverse Congolese region of Central Africa, masks function as performance objects in rituals, ceremonies, worship, and entertainment. The masterpieces in this exhibition—more than 130 striking Congolese masks—form an innovative and visually compelling display of artistry and cultures. They represent the artisans and performers who brought them to life, as well as varied communities, belief systems, and natural resources.

 

It’s Fall Yall

The temperatures are dropping and so are the leaves but not before they dazzle us with an array of colors.  Autumn is a magical time of year and those colors always seem to surprise us.  Not knowing when the change is going to happen always seems to  add a bit of mystery to this time of year.  Korey and Meredith braved the barrage of foliage for some fun fall photos.  The whole family had a great time.

The Marion’s

First comes love then comes a crazy day that you have been planning for a year or more and you fly through it faster than any other day that has come before it.  The beauty of the whole thing is that it is a day that you will remember for the rest of your life no matter how fleeting it is.  Ceresville Mansion in Fredrick, MD is a picturesque setting amidst the rolling hills and big skies that surround it.  High ceilings and natural light flooding into the stately manor made for an elegant evening of ceremony, dining, friends, and family.

Delia Marie

A baby is cuddles and tickles on toes,
The sweet scent of powder, a kiss on the nose.
A baby is teddy bears, rattles, powder, and pins,
Meals at midnight, giggles, and grins.

Babies are a lot of things to a lot of people but to me they are the most precious of things mined from our bodies and brought into this world to shine like nothing else.  Such peace can only be found in something that has never experienced the fullness of the rollercoaster we call life.

Delia Marie was born to Eva and Sean who I was lucky enough to do maternity photos for.  She was ever so kind to me as I captured the images of one of her first days on this planet.  Thank you for being such a doll and making my job easy Delia.  Don’t grow up to fast.

Baby Bump

It won’t be long now.  I reiterated the obvious to Eva and Sean as they approached me at Maymont in Richmond, VA.  A sentiment that I’m sure she has heard a thousand times as the day of her first child’s birth got closer and closer.  The Virginia sun beamed down on us that warm afternoon yet the couple remained undiscouraged as we set out to capture this moment in there journey towards parenthood.

As per usual the location we were at was astounding and only made more so by the presence of the mother to be.  I know this time in a pregnancy can be difficult but she pressed onward climbing up and down objects and steep inclines to get to the best shots. The pictures turned out wonderful and I am sure Eva and Sean were glad to be finished out in the stout Virginia summer.

A Love For All Keim

Running a photography business has some perks.  One of which is getting to go to a lot of weddings.  Even though I am there for work and not play they’re still all around good fun and energy.  Every once in a while I get the opportunity to shoot a wedding for a friend, and when that moment arises I jump at it.

Betsy and Zach asked me if I would like to shoot their wedding and of course I obliged.   I had a great time with some great people and took some pictures as well.  I have had the pleasure of knowing this couple for some time now and was so pleased that this day finally arrived.  I was so grateful to be part of their day and to see them standing together under the chuppah that Zach had made for there wedding.

Pictured Rocks N.P.

Some of the most amazing places in this great sphere we call home you can’t  see from the land even though that is where the wonder resides.  Pictured Rocks National Park is one of those places.  A sunset cruise gave way to splendor I couldn’t have imagined.  After a short ride out into Lake Superiors crystal blue waters you are treated by sheer walls of bleeding rock.  The minerals in between the layers of sediment leach out and stain the cliffs in a variety of ways.  Each different color is from a different mineral deposit present in the layer it bled through.  The 100+ foot cliffs steal the show at the national park, but on land there are still a number of waterfalls and hiking trails to explore as well as plenty of off road jeep trails for the adventurous.  Have fun out there and don’t forget to bring your camera.

#KerrGotHer

I would like to congratulate the future Mr. & Mrs. Kerr. Douglas asked Elizabeth to be his wife on a blustery Christmas Eve.  Unfortunately there aren’t many flowers in December so love waited until spring had sprung and the couple blossomed in front of the camera.  The wait was well worth it, as they chose to capture their engagement photos in a a majestic tree garden on a centuries old estate in the old dominion.

Maymont estate in Richmond, VA is such a magnificent setting for any photo shoot. I would like to thank Liz and Doug for letting me capture the start of their life long journey together. A truly beautiful love story.  Heres to many long years together.

 

A Day in Hells Bottom

Spent the day with Bob from A Santa for Hire taking photos around the city of Richmond, VA.  Santa needed a trim and Ryan at The Barber of Hells Bottom was happy to oblige.  We took advantage of the first snow of spring to capture some beautiful images for Bobs website and for Ryans website as well.  The Barber shop is the largest that I have ever been to.  When you step in you are greeted with a Nils Westergard piece that goes from floor to ceiling.  The other walls are covered with art as well and the environment has a real tasteful modern feel.

After Bobs trim we headed to the Duley mansion at Maymont for more pictures of Santa in one of the most beautiful settings in all of Richmond.  I am really pleased with how everything turned out.  Had a great day with Bob and Ryan.  Let it snow.

A Santa For Hire

Had a wonderful time working with Bob from “A Santa for Hire”.  He needed a logo for his new business.  We worked back and forth on these and ended up with beautiful designs. Inspired by Santas sleigh, I found an elegant font and manipulated it into this wonderful shape.  The other is of Santas iconic hat and beard.  These are now incorporated into his website as well as his business cards I designed for him.

Your business can look as good as Bobs in a short amount of time.  From concept to completion Bob had these gorgeous designs in just a few days.  If you have an idea that has been kicking around in your head or maybe just have wanted a face lift for your business call me and I can make it a reality.

Check out Bobs business at ASantaForHire.com

 

 

New Life

Being pregnant isn’t easy.  Yet women can make it look effortless.  A glow comes from their faces like nothing you have ever seen before.  The anticipation of holding your new special someone and all the joy that comes along with it.  Remembering these moments seems like it will be easy at the time but how easily we forget once that precious bundle has been delivered.

In-Light Richmond

Once a year in RVA artist gather to showcase their art in a show called In-Light Richmond.  Artist’s use light as a medium to create their visions.  The setting was the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Pieces covered the property including video, parades, sculpture, costumes, installations, music and pretty much anything you could imagine.  Set your aperture wide with your fastest lens and hope to capture the magic.