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Men In Tights

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I shot the Piedmont District Wrestling Tournament today. Wrestling is the most physically demanding sport that I ever played. For those that know me, no I was not a heavyweight. I was in the 165-pound class as a wrestler for Patrick County High School. That was many years and a hundred pounds ago.

I may hold a Piedmont District wrestling record. If not, I have to be close. Tunstall’s Jamie Witcher pinned me in 21 seconds. The match went like this: He immediately got the take down, wrapped his leg around one of my legs, I reached back and the next thing I know I am on my back in a guillotine. I think I actually fought it for about five seconds before the ref smacked the mat so it all happened pretty quickly.

At the district tournament later that year, I was chatting with him while we warmed up. I asked if he lifted weights. The guy had huge arms and legs and not an ounce of fat. He said, “I never lift weights, but I work on a farm and am always carrying around 100-pound bags of fertilizer.”

That explains it. My summer job that year was working in a fruit grower’s co-op, and I packed peaches. He got strong arms from carrying fertilizer. All I got from carrying a bushel of peaches was itchy arms from the peach fuzz. Here are two photos from the day. 

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February 23, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Need A Smile?

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To quote a friend of mine, “If you don’t love animals, there’s something wrong with you”…


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February 22, 2008 at 1:15 am

Hungry Anyone?

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One of the great things about food photography is that it would be a shame for everything not be eaten after it’s cooked.

Today, I did a shoot for Paul Hooper and his Hooper’s Sauce. He was cooking shrimp and pasta, clams and pasta, sausage and pasta and several other various combinations all covered with Hooper’s Sauce. To let you know how good his sauces are, he made a veggie burger cooked with Hooper’s Sauce and cheese and it was unbelievable. I didn’t think anything could make a veggie burger taste great.

Paul’s business is a great story. Years ago, he began giving his homemade sauce away as gifts and to his daughter’s school bake sale. So many people loved the sauce, he decided to go into business. Now, his sauces fill shelves at great stores like The Fresh Market. Anyway, here’s a photo from the shoot.  


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February 19, 2008 at 12:36 am

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This Should Be Fun

Thanks for stopping by. I am starting this blog to give clients a little insight into my work and an opportunity to share in my enjoyment of photography. I’ll be posting examples of my work, discussing what I do and maybe even talk a little about photography news.

I plan to begin showing my Litchfield Beach collection in the next several weeks at my studio. Last summer, I started what will be a continuing personal project on Litchfield Beach, S.C. It’s a beautiful place. In between reading and eating shrimp and grits, I photograph the area each summer. Below are a couple of examples from the collection. I’ll keep you updated on the prints that are available.

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February 17, 2008 at 7:07 pm

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