Landon & Grant’s Baptism

I think the coolest part of my job is just being able to tell a story with the camera. Sunday I added a chapter in a story that started in 2003 when I began working with Troy at Ritz Camera Store. Over the 3 years of working there I made some great friends, and while reminiscing today realized it has been 2 years ago this month that the Mishawaka store closed.

Last December I caught up with Troy and his wife Michelle for some pregnancy photos as Michelle and Troy were expecting winter babies – yes, twins! Their sons, Landon and Grant, were born in January just a few weeks before my son Adrian arrived in February.

Sunday the boys were baptized at Saint Pius X church in Granger. What an exciting job to tell a family’s story and be part of this celebration for the newest little ones! At the family gathering afterward I had a great time visiting and catching up, sharing fatherhood stories, and introducing our kids to one another.

Landon & Grant's Baptism

Landon, Michelle, Troy and Grant

Landon & Grant

Landon

Spring has sprung – a snow leak!

March snow showers

My little sis came home from Missouri last weekend for Easter and to meet my baby Adrian. She missed her flight from Chicago to South Bend and made it to the Bucholtz (Polish) Easter late Saturday. Her flight back out early this week was canceled because of severe wind storms. The next was canceled because of this stuff – globs of slush falling from the sky. Something like 2″ of snow. It’s not Spring *yet* as far as the icy blasting snowstorms are concerned. Oh well, a few extra days to visit with sis.

Cold as it was, the snowfall got some Over the Rhine Christmas songs stuck in my head, and got me inspired enough to go shoot time exposures after midnight. This one was about 15 seconds with a little pop of fill flash just before the shutter closed. (It was still pretty windy so the branches were moving all over!)

Stay toasty. And if at all possible, play some Over the Rhine – this weather’s perfect for it.

new year by the numbers

A late entry to the New Years greetings list:

New years glasses

Reminds me of 2002 when I celebrated a New Year three times in three countries. It started off in Hometown, USA on January 1st. I got to spend an evening of games, laughs, and good times with a handful of friends I haven’t seen much of since we all went our own ways, traveled, deployed, or life got too busy.

Next celebration was in Beijing, China in early February after a couple of weeks of teaching English at a school camp. It was right around the day that I got to walk around on a stretch of the Great Wall, pretty amazing sights. Fireworks at New Years is nothing new nor quiet over there. Plus, dumplings to celebrate the festivities. They’ve really got something going there… mmm.

Lastly, and likely my most favorite New Years of all, SONGKRAN water festival in mid April in Thailand. In Indiana and Beijing it was winter and frigid but in Thailand it was up to 105˚ F each day this time of the year. Imagine dousing and being drenched by total strangers while walking to the store, to work, or sitting on the bus. How about a pickup truck with barrels of ice water in the back pulling up along side your open-side bus and someone throwing freezing cold water on you? Imagine being a foreigner and being one up on the neighbor kids and getting them first. :o) Man I miss being in Thailand.

Looking back that was a crazy year and it needed at least three celebrations.

Wherever and whenever you celebrate it and however you number it,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!