Sunsrise on the Crystal Coast

One of the greatest perks of my self-designed career is that I get to go to a beach nearly every day. One of my favorites is North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. I grew up an hour and a half away, and visiting these beaches became a passion for me nearly 50 years ago. Today when I visit, I usually stay on the beach–especially if it’s during the off season when crowds are thin and rates are thinner. And I always have my camera handy in case I stumble upon a magic moment. Like the one below I captured on beautiful late summer morning.

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The Leaps Forward We Take: Out in the Park 2012

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Exhibit A: the Second Annual Out in the Park celebration this past weekend at Town Point Park. There was a time not so long ago when the very thought of thousands of gay and lesbian people, friends, and families descending on Town Point Park was, well, a nice fantasy—or perhaps a cringing nightmare, depending on your take. But Hampton Roads Pride has made it happen two years in a row, and our larger community has begun to embrace us.

No wonder. How could anyone resist such a joyful celebration? From Virginia Lyric Opera’s stirring performances to Mermaids in the Basement’s toe tapping rock to Kristine W.’s club-in-the-park rave, the stellar entertainment served as a coda to what Out in the Park is really about: the people.

Gay, straight, white, Hispanic, African American, Asian, male, female, transgender, young and old came together in an inclusive, colorful, and thrilling symphony of life. Here’s a peek at this milestone day from behind the lens of my camera. Feel the love

June in the Blue Ridge: Leigh + John

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Leigh is a fellow creative soul. She and her slightly insane (and law enforcement officer) husband, John, were married in a casual summer wedding in Blowing Rock, NC. Both wanted photography that reflected their personalities: full of action, reaction, and funny faces. They certainly got that!

High Atop the Swiss Alps: Muriel + Joerge

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Andrew’s childhood friend, Joerge, is from Bavaria, and his gorgeous Kate Winselt look-alike fiancé, Muriel, hails from Geneva. So when were invited to their wedding, we knew it was going to include some pretty spectacular Old World touches. Their jaw-dropping ceremony was set on a cliff side in the Swiss Alps overlooking the Matterhorn. Their traditional Catholic Mass was conducted at the foot of a 400 year-old outdoor chapel. Throw in a flawless August day, and magic was inevitable!