Roger, my beloved cat of nine years, died in his sleep last night. He’s been sick for a long time, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected, but still I’m heartbroken today. It hurts so much to lose him. I hope he’s at peace now, after a long struggle with diabetes. He was my little angel, and I’m going to miss him.
I had a few requests yesterday to see the photos that the fourth grade photography students took last week. I’ve gotten permission to share them here! Last week I chose my top ten photos that the students took during my lesson, and I sent the school my comments about those photos. The teachers put it together into a Power Point presentation to show the kids. Here’s the online presentation:
The top ten photos from the fourth grade class
The exercise was to take portraits of each other around the school, using the composition tips that I had taught them. I was truly impressed!
Mr. Campbell and me, teaching fourth-graders about photography
Francis Parker School
San Diego, California
As I mentioned in my last entry, Mike and I went to California last week to visit my fifth grade teacher, Rick Campbell. Mr. C is now the technology coordinator at an independent elementary school in San Diego. His school has several Canon point-and-shoot cameras, and he invited me to come teach the students how to use them. When these kids are in the fifth grade next year, they will be responsible for much of the photography in their school’s yearbook, so it’s time for them to learn some basic principles of composition.
These nine-year-olds are smart, creative, and bold! They learned quickly, and were bursting with enthusiasm. Later that day, Mr C and I went through all their photos, and we were really surprised by some of them. Most of the students followed the rules of composition that I taught, but several of them took those rules a step further to really tell a story or create something meaningful. Way to go, Parker fourth-graders!
Mr. C, Mike, and me
San Diego, California
April 23, 2008
Mike and I just spent a fantastic week in California! We flew out to San Diego to visit my fifth grade teacher, Mr. C. He’s Rick Campbell to the rest of the world, but I’ve called him Mr. C for years. Mr. C was the best teacher I’ve ever had, and and several of my classmates have all kept in touch with him over the years. You can read more about our fifth grade class here: http://charlottegeary.livejournal.com/105356.html (and even see our class photo from 1984!)
This spring, Mr C gave me the amazing opportunity to teach photography at his school in San Diego. It was a great honor to be invited, and also a wonderful chance to spend time with him and his wife. Mike and I had never been to San Diego before, and we loved it instantly. I hadn’t expected it to be so lush and green, with flowers everywhere! Mr C showed us around town on Wednesday, and took us on a beautiful walk along the shores in La Jolla. Afterward, we ate lunch on the patio at George’s on the Cape, with an amazing view of the water.
Tomorrow I’ll post photos the next day, when we spent the day at Mr C’s school, and I taught photography to the fourth-graders. Stay tuned!
Marx and Sarah
Mile High Station, Denver
April 19, 2008
Sarah and Marx got married Saturday at Mile High Station, a sleek and stylish converted steel mill. We met Sarah and Marx through our friends Teddi and Keith, who are close friends of theirs and also wedding photographers. I knew that friends of Teddi and Keith would be a lot of fun! Sarah and Marx were laid-back and up for anything. We had a fantastic portrait shoot under an interstate overpass!
Congratulations, Sarah and Marx! I hope you’re having a wonderful time in Belize!
I’ve been interviewed for a the coolest new wedding planning site! You can see my interview here:
IN Weddings is a wonderful site to help couples who are planning weddings in Colorado. It was started by my friend and fellow photographer, Michele DeVries of IN Photography, and I love the site! Michele is getting married this summer, and she decided to combine her interests in wedding planning and her background as a wedding vendor to put together this site for brides. She has put so much work into it, and it is now a great place to get planning tips, vendor recommendations, and wedding inspiration. It’s a really pretty site, too! Check it out!
Congratulations on the site, Michele! I don’t know how you’ve put together this great site, while planning your own wedding and running a business, too! You are so awesome.
Ally in our backyard
April 16, 2008
Yesterday was a gorgeous spring day. Mike, Ally, and I went for a hike and enjoyed the mid-70s sunshine. Today it’s snowing hard. I took this picture about an hour or so ago, and we already have three inches out there. Ally’s expression in this picture pretty much sums up how I feel about the snow!
Our finished kitchen!
Our new kitchen is finally finished! Actually it’s been done for a few weeks now, but I hadn’t gotten around to posting photos until now. I’m sorry to all of you who have been waiting! Mom, Veronica, Kim… this is for you.
The past stars of So You Think You Can Dance perform with the American Idol contestants in last week’s Idol Gives Back opening. My two favorite shows combined in one killer performance. This is like crack to me. I downloaded it on iTunes, and I’ve been watching it this morning on our Apple TV. I can’t wait until SYTYCD starts again later this spring!
Jasmine, learning about Pocket Wizards from Mike
The morning of Hollie and Micah’s wedding
As I mentioned in my last post, Mike befriended Hollie’s little sisters as we prepared to photograph her wedding. The girls were fascinated with our equipment. While I was taking photos of the ladies dressing and doing hair, Mike gave Jasmine and Mercedes a photography lesson. They helped him attach our Pocket Wizards to our flashes with velcro, and they did a great job, may I add. Mike demonstrated to them how the PWs activate our flashes remotely, and the girls seemed to grasp all the concepts really quickly.
Ladies, you know what I was thinking during this whole process… Is there anything more endearing than watching your husband be great with kids?
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’m a photographer in Reston, Virginia. I love hiking, running, and exploring the world with my husband and young son.