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Fall at the falls…


I had a great Senior portrait session this week up in the North Georgia mountains.  Johnson High Senior Hannah Hall wanted to get some of her photos taken at a waterfall she used to visit when she was younger, so we loaded up the van and headed for the hills above Dahlonega.  Turns out the waterfall we were looking for was pretty close to the road and parking area.  That was a good thing because I strained my knee a little over a week ago and scrambling over boulders wasn’t on my list of favorite things to do.  But the falls turned out to be wonderful and not too crowded in the middle of the week, so we spent a couple of hours having fun getting all kinds of great shots.

I’ve started working on some of the images and wanted to post a couple of teasers here just to show what I’m doing with them.  I’ve also tried to incorporate some of the things I learned at the workshop I attended in Savannah last month.  Hope you like them!

80% Scholarship Rate at Stephenson High


Coach Ron Gartrell (center of photo holding football) and his coaching staff at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, whose Jaguar Football team photo was featured in this blog in August, has made the news again in Atlanta. Fox5 Atlanta had a feature story today (September 26th) on the high scholarship rate attained by Coach Gartrell’s senior football players. He’s consistently been able to help his athletes get scholarships throughout the years that I’ve been taking the Jaguars’ team photos (since 1997), but in the last two years, 53 out of 66 of his seniors have gotten college scholarships. Here’s a link to the story aired by Fox5 today http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/sports/Sports-Scholarships-Not-Out-of-Reach-20110926-am-sd

This is quite an accomplishment and is testament to the dedication of Coach Gartrell and his coaching staff in providing valuable skills and life lessons to the students they coach. I’m proud of my association with Coach Gartrell and the Stephenson Jaguars and hope the lessons they teach there continue to improve the lives of their students.

High School Football in Stone Mountain


Our crew headed down to the Stone Mountain area on Thursday to shoot Stephenson High School’s Jaguar football teams. Coach Gartrell wanted to get in a good practice before pictures, so we waited until a little later in the evening to get started. Clouds began to gather in the west, but we hung in there and got the shots done just before dark and a little before the rain came again. We had already been rained out a couple of weeks earlier, but the Stephenson teams are a well disciplined bunch and we were able to leave with some good shots in our cameras at the end of the session.

Here’s a shot of the 128 member team with coaches and managers…


Gainesville Parks & Recreation’s Pee Wee Golfers…


… were on the course today at Chattahoochee Golf Club here in Gainesville, GA. Because of the hot weather, we couldn’t get on the greens, but we found a nice spot over next to the #10 tee and grabbed a few shots late in the afternoon. These kids are a lot of fun and it’s nice to see kids being introduced to golf at an early age. I didn’t really adopt it as my sport until my son was in college, but I’ve had a lot of fun (and frustrating) days on some beautiful courses since then.

Gainesville Parks & Rec Pee Wee Golfers

More DeKalb County Football…

Stephenson dominance

As school begins to go into session, we get busy with the sports photos. Last Saturday took us to Decatur, GA to shoot the Red Devils football and Cheerleading teams from Druid Hills High School. Druid Hills is one of our returning clients that we used to shoot and we’re glad to see them come back to us for their photos again. Here are some shots we did Saturday morning for the cover of their game program and a player and a couple of cheerleader sisters. The weather looked a little threatening in the morning, but it cleared up for most of our session and we were able to leave with some good shots that day.