Here is a photo I took in the summer of 2013. I was on vacation with my wife in Kalamazoo, Michigan, visiting a good friend of hers. One day, we traveld a few more miles west, (about 50 miles) to the little town of South Haven.
This little place is a beautiful beach town.
The group decided to take a walk to the South Haven Lighthouse, which was at the end of long pier. As we walked I noticed the Birds, (Gull), weren't scared of us. So I put my 70-200 lens on the camera and started photographing the birds.
I have to say, this is the most fun I have ever had photographing Birds.
This Photo has never looked so good. I am currently eating healthy, and this skillet is far from healthy when I am counting calories. The good news is this photo was taken during christmas. But look at it, you can see the steam rising from the skillet as if it is saying "eat me".
Hopefully we all had that one person we looked up to as a role model during our childhood. For me this person was my brother Cody. He is the reason I am who I am today.
Notice I didn't say "older" or "younger" brother. By age he was older, but mentally he was stuck at the age of 18 months. He was born with a disorder that caused him to loss oxygen to his brain. The doctors gave him only 6 months to live at birth. He needed 24 hour care, and couldn't walk without the help of another person.
He was born during a time in our country's history that hiding people with mental disorders was no longer being excepted as a norm. My mother fought until her last breath to keep him out of a mental institution or group home. The fight she had in her soul was the reason my brother looks so happy in this picture.
With keeping cody out of a mental institution and living at home, meant involving him in the community. He loved setting on the sidewalk among so many people and screaming at the fire trucks as they passed in the Fireman's parade.
But not every community outing was fun and filled with joy. Many times people would look at Cody as if he was a monster. Little girls would scream and run in fear just because he was "different". Words from ordinary, shameless adults such as "Keep your son tied up like a dog," would bring tears to my mothers eyes.
Cody was blessed to graduate high school, but my mother couldn't find a photographer to take his senior portraits. She searched for weeks and couldn't find a photographer. No one had the patients to work with my brother, nor was he able to walk into a studio.
Bravely I volunteer to take his photos.
Looking back that moment impacted me and so many others. He is the reason I am a photographer.
Love you Brother:
For the past two years I have been blessed to be part of Carrie Nesselrodt's Thanksgiving dinner AKA Friendsgiving. This year I decided to bring the camera. Each Photo you see was shot with a Nikon 3100, 50mm lens and using manual mode.
Doesn't this Photo make you hungry?
Green Bean Casserole:
Thank you ladies for the hard work. The food was delicious!
I wish I could whip like a pro. Look at her go!
All that turkey, Who is going to eat it?
This is what its all about. Friends getting together!
This little girl could NOT wait for dinner.
But we found out who was going to eat all that turkey.
Thanks to Derek for keeping the fire going, everyone stayed nice and warm.
A great crowd of wonderful people.
This little one was the life of the party
what do you think these two men are talking about? Its hard to tell.
The aftermath of dinner. This photo shows you how good the food was. It was hard to make room for dessert.
Here she is again, center of attention.
Look how fast may camera is, it photographed 2 kids setting still.
Thank you Carrie and Derek for once again bringing friends and family together. If you wish to see more photos of the event click on this link: http://bit.ly/1q9FH3w