Together Again

Last weekend Jen invited me to photograph her family during their visit to the Upper Valley and Barnard, Vt. Jen and her siblings gathered from across the country to celebrate their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. What a treat! Follow this link to see more (and to order prints and downloads) in the Galleries section of my web site.

Fair Competition

While the Bradford Fair in Bradford, Vt., was in full swing, I spent the day for the Valley News photographing a group of 4-H teamsters with their working steers in the first of three qualifying events to go to the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Mass. Their attention to detail and intensity of the competition was very impressive! Follow this link to see the story and more photographs.

From top, Krystin Skoda, 17, of Randolph, Vt., applies hoof polish to Mike, an eight-month-old Holstein steer, while preparing for the working steer 4-H show at the Bradford Fair in Bradford, Vt.; Megan Taylor, 10, of East Randolph, Vt., encourages her Holstein steers Salt and Pepper to back a cart into a determined space in the competition. It was Taylor’s first time showing her one-year-old steers at a fair and she was competing for the experience; From left, Steve and Terri Chamberlin, of Pomfret, Vt., and Deb Skoda, of Randolph, prepare paperwork for the competition. Terri Chamberlin and her father have been running the Green Mountain Teamsters working steer 4-H club since 1990; Joey Ferris, 11, of Northfield, Vt., is tested on his knowledge of working steers by judge Dan Fantoni, of Fairfax, Vt., during the Junior Division fitting and showing portion of the show. Ferris has been involved with working steers for three years; As Fantoni watches, Skoda encourages her young Holstein steer team of John and Mike to pull the stone boat; Analiese Morvan, 18, of Northfield, Vt., takes shelter from the sun in the shadow cast by her Dutch Belt steer team of Jim and Joe while waiting for results from the stone boat obstacle course. Morvan competed at “The Big E” last year as Vermont’s sole teamster.

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Hello, Vermont!

Last weekend I met with Maddie and her parents in Burlington, Vt., to do senior portraits on Lake Champlain and downtown. Maddie will be moving to the city next year to attend the University of Vermont — so exciting! Follow this link to see more (and to order prints and downloads) in the Galleries section of my web site.

Becka & Jason

In mid-July I photographed Becka and Jason’s wedding at the Barnard Inn in Barnard, Vt. They have been together for 23 years and have two children, making their celebration even more special — I was honored to be a part of it! Click here to see more photos on my Facebook page or follow this link to see even more (and to order prints or downloads) in the Galleries section of my web site.

California Dreamin’

I just returned from a vacation with my wife, daughter and her friend in California, where we started in Los Angeles and ended up in San Francisco. It was a memorable trip and we had a great time! Here are a few of my favorite photos:

From top, a young visitor carries an umbrella for shade while walking on the main courtyard of the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, a Los Angeles neighborhood. The museum opened in 1974 to house the art collection of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty; Friends pose for a portrait at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Designed by architect Richard Meier, the $1.3 billion museum opened in Dec. 1997 and hosts an estimated 1.3 million visitors annually; Visitors look at a jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey. Founded in 1984, the aquarium is on the site of a former sardine cannery and has an estimated two million visitors every year; A tourist looks out into San Francisco Bay during a boat tour in San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area is the second largest urban area in the American West with about 8 million residents; A visitor checks his cell phone under a room filled with projected video colors and music at the exhibit THE SUMMER OF LOVE EXPERIENCE: ART, FASHION AND ROCK & ROLL at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The show showcases the music, fashion and art of an era celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Highly Honored

Over the past few weeks, I have been photographing portraits of high school students for the Valley News’ annual Athlete of the Year award, given to a male and female from each of the 18 schools the newspaper covers. It was a privilege to meet and photograph so many great young people! Follow this link to see all of the athletes who are honored. Below are a few of my favorites:

Clockwise from upper left are Hanover’s Bri Laycock, Lebanon’s Ryan Milliken, Sunapee’s Katie Frederick, Thetford’s Connor Brown, Mid Vermont’s Rachel Seale and Woodsville’s Cooper Davidson.

Maggie Cassidy, the newspaper’s super-talented Web Editor, put together this fun video from footage I did with a second camera on the shoots.

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