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Grow your own stuff … support your neighbors … shop local …
photograph local.
There are plenty of picture spots right in your own
neighborhood to make great photographs if you think
‘pocket spot’ instead of large scale ‘landscape’.
Unless the goal is to get that scenic spot for a specific purpose,
“look in your own backyard”.
It’s beautiful there.
We’re in the middle of a drought right now … a very serious one
with wild fires burning near Chattanooga, Knoxville, Oak Ridge and the Smokies.
So since we can’t remember the last time it rained …
and it has been HOT all summer …
fall color was bound to be a little ‘ick’ this year.

Mattie, Thomas, and I found some light and color locally at Athens Regional Park.
And it’s becoming a favorite place to do pictures!

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The walking trail, two or three bridge areas, open fields,
and running water (when there has been enough rain) yield some
great spots of open shade and natural settings.
No need to drive 10 miles for a ‘location’ … look around!

4 PM before the time change, Thomas …

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and bee-u-ti-ful Mattie …

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Athens Regional Park …
one more thing to add to the “Why I Love My Small Town” list.
And I do love my small town!

I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite part of any wedding day.
I love the prep, the details … seeing family and friends together … cake (ha).
But if I had to pick, along with departure down the aisle,
‘dances’ would be in the top 2.
Mother of the Groom … and Philip:

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We didn’t have Father-Bride or Mother-Groom dances at any of our own weddings.
Maybe a good thing ( … ‘ugly cry’ …)
I can get teary behind the camera at these weddings and don’t even really
know the people aside from meeting them that day or through brief conversation!

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A special moment … once in a lifetime …
kind of like seeing a whole ‘lifetime in one moment’ when they dance together.
Can’t really describe it – it’s just really good.

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And while we all know that no one has the perfect ‘smooth sailing’ life,
for all the smiles, hugs, and happiness that shows up in pictures like these,
you know that this … at least this 5 minutes … is perfect life.

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