Today's post is a little different. I decided to combine several of the smaller assignments into one post. That's not to say they aren't important enough to get their own post. It's just a housekeeping thing. Trying to keep our blog still geared toward the business somewhat. Speaking of that, if you're new here and looking for our wedding or portrait work, be sure to click the little tabs in the header to just pull up those blog posts (and if you're curious about this project I'm in the middle of, click here).
Up first is Caroline, one of our portrait clients from a couple years ago. She's a marathon runner, which is completely amazing to me. I have trouble walking a couple miles... I can't imagine running over 26! So when she contacted me about taking some photos of her while she trains, I was intrigued. I wasn't really sure what I would photograph; after all there's only so many ways to take pictures of someone running. But I was up for the challenge. In talking with Caroline, what struck me was how much she loves running a particular stretch of the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway near the Clayton Homes headquarters. She talked about how peaceful it was; secluded and beautiful. So while I was shooting, it hit me... the story isn't just about her running. It's about her relationship with this trail. So I sought to capture that.
Next we meet Aaron, who I used to see fairly regularly when I worked at the newspaper, and he worked for a local nonprofit. He has since left the world of nonprofit organizations to find greener pastures elsewhere. He's been struggling for a while, but luckily recently started a new job doing marketing and claims management for a local roofing company. Pretty cool job, right? For those that don't live in the area, we had some pretty intense storms last summer that dumped a lot of damaging hail on the homes and cars. Roofing is a booming business right now. There's a catch about the job though... Aaron is afraid of heights. Ha! He contacted me about doing some photos of him at work as a way to share with his family and friends that he found a new job.
Alright, like most guys, I dig guns. I'm no gun nut or anything, but I enjoy shooting. I remembered Corey, one of our upcoming grooms, telling me about his custom built AR-15 during a bridal wedding meeting (that's what us guys talk about while Danielle and the brides talk weddings!) so when I mentioned that on my Foto February blog post, I was hoping he, or someone else that has built their own rifle would want some photos done. And he did. Corey was nice enough to loan me the AR for a few hours one afternoon to let me play around.
Lastly, one that hits a little closer to home. Thanks to my mother-in-law, I will always take time to blow my horn and wave back to the brave sign spinners and crazy characters on the sides of America's roads now.
You see, she is one now.
As much as I want to make fun of her (and don't get me wrong, she still gets teased by me) I can't really, because I'm proud of her. Not too many people I know, heck, no one else, would have the courage to swallow their pride and tackle such an endeavor. But being faced with tight finances since my father-in-law was laid off last year, she's doing it.
And she's doing it well; a ceaseless wave and a beaming smile throughout her day. Just like she told me after I took her picture, "a job's a job."
So next time you see one of these crazy folks on the street corner doing their thing, give them a wave or a good toot from your horn. It just might make it seem like it's all worth it to them
Thanks to you all, Caroline, Aaron, Corey, and Kathy, for taking part in my Foto February project!! And thanks to everyone for reading this super-long post! Coming up in a couple days, another classic Mustang on a mini road trip.