Ironman turned 1 today, and I walked out to his field this morning at Skyland Farm to celebrate with him. A year ago I met him on the day he was born, and we had our first photo shoot together. You can see those photos here if you wish. I’ve taken photos of Ironman in between, but for this special occasion we spent some quality time. We meandered around the field, and I let him lead the way as we walked […]
It was a beautiful spring morning, and I took advantage of the weather and time in between deadlines to ride at Skyland Farm before meetings and projects took over the day. The first ride was aboard my old friend Escada, a beautiful gray, warmblood mare that has been previously featured in my blog. I hadn’t ridden her for several months, and it was fun to reunite with her and enjoy the sights and sounds of a morning on the farm, […]
I apologize to those of you who may see this gallery twice. My attempt to reblog this post from the Skyland Farm website failed to materialize on my site and appeared as random photographs from last summer, so I deleted it. Here are some of the images I took this past week on a lovely spring day at Skyland Farm in Middleburg, Virginia. To visit the Skyland Farm website and for more information about this hunter/jumper show barn, please click […]
One of my favorite photo shoots of 2012 was on Ironman’s birthday. His owner called me the morning he was born, and I stopped by their Skyland Farm that afternoon to meet him. Arriving into the world is tiring business, and Ironman spent a good part of our time together stretched out in the warm grass. His dam, Cirena, would periodically walk over to check on him as she grazed nearby. It was touching to observe their first day together, […]
There’s nothing like having great friends to hang out with when you’re feeling blue. My long-time friend and trainer Denice Perry of Skyland Farm always has a horse for me to ride. So, this past month I’ve enjoyed a few long trail rides with her through the Virginia Hunt Country near her farm in Middleburg, Virginia. Riding this area brings back fond memories, as I spent many years galloping and jumping through these fields in Middleburg and Orange County Hunt […]
The Hill School Track Meet is always one of my favorite events to photograph. Cam and his classmates have such a great time competing in the various track-and-field events against Powhatan and Highland students, and their infectious enthusiasm is so evident throughout the day. This year, Cam competed in the 80-yard dash, the obstacle course and the long jump. Although his best performance was placing second out of 50 11- and 12-year-old boys in the obstacle course, my favorite images […]
Ironman joined the world on May 1 at about 5 a.m. and had his first formal photo shoot at 3 p.m. He was still a bit unsteady on his legs and didn’t always know quite where they should be. But he figured out quickly where to find his meals and the value of an afternoon nap. Ironman, his dam Cirena (and sire Copperman) are owned by Denice and Roy Perry.
The Hill vs. Metz lacrosse game this week featured some intense play. But nothing could compare to the hit that Jack C. took near the end of the game when he and a Metz player went for a loose ball. The Metz player, who outweighed Jack by at least 3o pounds, caught him in the face and flipped him over. Thankfully, Jack bounced back up and the Metz player received a penalty, but it really showed the toughness of these […]
The Hill School Sixth Grade Presented “The Legend of Katastrophe Kate” on Thursday, and their two performances brought down the house. I wasn’t quite sure how this play would turn out since Cameron kept warning me that the rehearsals weren’t going well. Although they’d been rehearsing since early March, I knew that because of a demanding lacrosse season many of the boys hadn’t had a lot of time to practice their lines, including Cam. But Cam’s performance as Crazy Al […]
This week’s Hill lacrosse schedule included a game against Loudoun Country Day School and a rematch with Powhatan. I felt a little more comfortable photographing the games this week and started to anticipate the action better. We have some super talented players, especially those in the eighth-grade, such as Harry, whom I enjoyed following with the camera this week (love the expression on the LCDS player’s face as Harry charged by). Due to a smaller number of boys in the […]
The Hill School tree looked beautiful today with fresh green buds and a field of bright yellow flowers at its base. It was the perfect model for my iPhone and the Pro HDR app. Peppermint and I took a walk up to the tree and admired the scenery now so bright green and fresh. I’m so glad spring has arrived here in Virginia, and I look forward to spending more time outside with my camera.
Wow, what fun! That was my reaction after watching and photographing my first lacrosse game today. Hill’s varsity lacrosse team had their opening season game at home when they hosted Wakefield. I didn’t quite know what to expect, both as a spectator and photographer, because Cam was new to the game and a significant number of sixth-graders had been bumped up to varsity. In fact, this morning Cam said he was hoping the team wouldn’t get crushed. As it turns […]
“Cam has no fear.” It was touching to hear one of his sports coaches stop me to tell me how well he’s doing in gymnastics. At the end of our conversation, he mentioned that Cam’s lack of fear is one of his most endearing traits but also a source of concern for his coaches. How the memories came flooding back! He could have been describing me at Cam’s age. I was fearless on the diving board, the trampoline and in […]
The Hill School art building at sunset is pretty amazing. The golden glow to the west lights up the building, creating a warmth that seems to permeate the building. This is one of Cameron’s favorite places at school, and once again the midterm grades we received today reflected that he has an affinity for art and enjoys his time with Ms. Conti. As I strolled through the campus on the way to pick him up tonight, I stopped at the […]
A walk this evening at The Hill School took me and Peppermint up to the top of the hill to watch the sunset while we gave Cam some extra play time. It was an unseasonably warm day in Virginia (65 degrees), so soaking in the exceptional January evening was a treat. Although we had a lot of work to do tonight–both homework and deadlines–it was just too nice to resist an extra half hour of spring in winter.
Today’s photo shoot at the Middleburg Millwork, a unique combination of working mill and hardware store, offered many fun and artsy results. Our job today was to explore the Millwork, shoot some of the new products and spring merchandise, and soak in the atmosphere for future marketing and advertising ideas. I drive by the Millwork every day when dropping Cam off at school as it’s located next door, but I hadn’t ventured inside for more than a decade. So it […]
The Hill School tree stands tall on the highest point on campus. I always study it as we drive into school each morning because on some days we’ve seen eagles and hawks perched on the tall branches, surveying their domains. Today, the tree stood tall and proud against the bright blue autumn sky, most of its leaves now decorating the grassy field below. Those leaves in the shadows still showed a touch of frost on their edges, and it won’t […]
It was another beautiful evening, so I wasn’t surprised to see the same hot air balloon that I followed last week meander across Middleburg once again as I drove to The Hill School to pick up Cameron. This time I was prepared, though, and had my camera on the front seat of the Tahoe. (OK, full disclaimer, I’d just taken some photos of Peppermint and hadn’t put the camera away yet. Sometimes procrastination is a good thing!) This time the […]
As I drove into The Hill School parking lot to pick up Cameron and Robbie for soccer practice, suddenly the sun disappeared. I looked up to see a brilliant-colored hot air balloon sail over, quite low to the ground. I quickly pulled over and put my camera together. I got a few pretty shots of the balloon before it moved north toward Middleburg. After picking up the boys, we headed toward Purcellville on Foxcroft Road. As we rounded the sharp […]
As I drove down Route 50 this morning from Paris to Middleburg, Virginia, it was so tempting to pull over for all for all the beautiful photo ops along the way. The sun was rising over misty fields, some still tinged with snow. The trees were in full color, and with a hard frost on the grass the colors just popped. Thankfully, I was with camera today. So after dropping Cam off at school, I parked the Tahoe and took […]