This is Brick, a magnificent Standard Poodle, not sure of his lineage but a fine specimen and extremely well behaved. Posing is second nature to him, as he comes from a showbiz background. As I think I have mentioned before, treats, squeaky toys, good boy breaks, etc. are all part of the experience. Trying to come up with a novel idea for a Christmas gift? How about a pet portrait of your favorite furry friend?
If you’ve never watched the sun set behind the Tennessee Smoky Mountains from the top of Clingman’s Dome, just add it to your bucket list right now. Pictures don’t do it justice, you just have to be present to appreciate the beauty and the stillness that descends as the light fades into soft blues and purples. Another 360 degrees, another day.
A group of us girlfriends headed out on a road trip to upstate Georgia in the Appalachian Mountains. We rented a cabin for the last three nights and spent time exploring the area. These photos include views from Bell Mountain overlooking the Chatuge Lake and town of Hiawassee, a barn along a rural road, as well as images from a visit to Anna Ruby Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Tomorrow we move on to Townsend, Tennessee. Most of the colorful leaves were blown away courtesy of Hurricane Zeta as it blasted up the Tennessee Valley a few days ago. Hoping to find some color lingering in the next few days.
These are the views you can expect to enjoy when you rent an apartment on the twelfth floor of the new Jasper Apartments on Lockwood Boulevard.
Businesses of all kinds on King Street are struggling to come back. Not only has the COVID19 virus wreaked havoc with their vibrant tourism-driven livelihood, but their troubles were compounded by the riots that took place in downtown Charleston in May. Many enterprises have not survived, as evidenced by all the dark and boarded up storefronts I passed this weekend. One location that is gamely fighting to revitalize is the Forte Jazz Lounge. The owners showcase talented performers and musicians in a relaxed, laid-back (socially distanced) environment. On Saturday night I enjoyed performances by the talented sister duo, Gracie and Lacy, as well as from the legendary low country artist, Ann Caldwell. Get out and support these local artists when you can. You will be glad you did.
Sophie is a rescue poodle, getting up there in years, but sweet as can be, and a patient model. She was happy to pose for as long as the cheese pieces kept coming. My studio is almost ready for business! I plan to offer studio portraits for professional headshots, families, and pets.
We are blessed to live in a huge country with lots of room for everyone, which makes it all the more distasteful when developers come after fragile but essential natural ecosystems for the purpose of making more money and catering to wealthy people who have plenty of other destinations to enjoy. Bay Point Island, part of St. Helena Island in Beaufort is zoned as a natural preserve, and was a target of just this type of development. Thanks to the passionate pushback from concerned citizens and conservation watchdogs, these development plans been halted, for the moment.
“Gullah/Geechees have continued to use Bay Point as a fishing area over the decades. This area has seen between 5,000 and 8,000 shorebirds land there every winter. According to the Audubon, “no other area within miles approaches the holding power of this island and inlet to shorebirds in the winter.” 107 loggerhead sea turtle nests were recorded there during 2019. All of this speaks volumes to how important this 60 acre area is to the quality of life in this area.”
More information on yesterday’s ruling can be found on the Post & Courier website here: https://www.postandcourier.com/business/real_estate/board-denies-controversial-plan-to-put-luxury-ecotourism-resort-on-sc-barrier-island/article_50d8228c-fe74-11ea-9ddf-9f0c9e4d8ed3.html?fbclid=IwAR3pE0f1n5s08i9CB_W4TYcvcpp0miZJwTBJfAtdeHEFiDMcdcmachbfGcI
Studio portraits are great because you can exercise so much more control over the environment, lighting, background, etc. Conversely, outdoor portraits are fun because there is an embedded potential for unpredictability, especially when smaller kids are involved! The weather was kinda blah, and the wind was howling, which made for some interesting hair effects. Some images had to be trashed because of Marilyn Monroe type flying hems, but overall I think we captured the essence of family, which after all is the point of the shoot.
We spent some time in my studio a couple days ago creating some new promotional material for entertainers Gracie & Lacy , high energy singers, dancers, and Corporate entertainers who travel nationally, but who are based here in Charleston. It was a lot of fun and I think we came away with some great new material.
When I heard that Hurricane Isaias came ashore at Oak Island, North Carolina, I was dismayed, remembering this beautiful part of the OBX that I had explored on foot and by air last year. These images were shot last Summer and it was so sad to see the latest video footage of the destruction caused this past week. My best to the people of Oak Island and Bald Head Island, I know they will bounce back strong.