I spent a week in April with several fabulous families, bouncing around Costa Rica doing all sorts of fun stuff. Here is a post of some of the highlights. Oh, for the record, I ate a termite. On purpose. Our guide fed them to us. Pura Vida!
I’ve been doing quite a bit of work for The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greenville, South Carolina recently, so I thought I would put together a little blog post with some of the work. Their new lounge, Genevieve’s, has some great food and a good bar. There is always a great show or performance of some sort going on. The theater images in this post were captured during the Matt Hires concert, the Matchbox Twenty concert and the Broadway performance of Billy Elliot. Once the weather warms up, there is a great outdoor stage on the river, too. You can see shots of that from opening night in a previous post.
You read that right—Two Thousand Two. Eleven years ago. I took these snapshots long before the idea of being a professional photographer ever occurred to me. I had just happily checked out of the real world and was embarking on a trip around the real, real-world; starting with a few weeks in Costa Rica. The around-the-world travels got the kibosh, but I had a few great weeks of surfing, hiking and living the pura vida in a tree house. This was two years before I made the decision to go to Brooks Institute of Photography. So why am I posting these photos now? Well, I am going back to Costa Rica in a few weeks to shoot an adventure travel trip for Backroads and I got to thinking about the last time I was there. I had to dig for these old film scans. After I looked through them I thought, “why not post these?”. It’s funny to look at them. There was something a little heartbreaking about looking through these old images. Sure there was the old boyfriend, who I tried to edit out for the most part (out of respect for him and his family, not for me), but that’s not the heartbreak I’m talking about. I’m talking about seeing the young, carefree optimism in the eyes and smile of a young woman, and the body of a young woman who surfed everyday and lived on tropical fruit and fish tacos—my old young-body; my old optimism-infused smile. Of course those observations might not make much sense to the viewer here, because I’m not posting those images of myself. But I am posting the ones I took with those eyes, that body. May you stay forever young.
This is the holiday card I sent out to my friends, family and clients this year. I almost titled it “Save the Date” as a joke for my wedding clients, but I was afraid too many people might not catch my bizarre attempt at humor. This is my ten and a half month-old reindeer-puppy—Django—and me. It was pure comedy trying to do a self-portrait with a dog and chin-strap reindeer antlers, but at the very end of the shoot the light got perfect, I rassled him into submission and we got our shot. This is where we go hiking almost every day in Pelzer, SC—our respite from the digital world. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season full of love & cake! xo, Brenda and Django.
Last night I had the privilege of photographing the opening night of the Peace Center’s new TD Stage in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to Vince Gill taking the stage, the night kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Knox White and TD Execs. Here is a vignette from the beginning of the evening.