Photography: A Gift In The Midst Of Tragedy

Recently, I became an affiliate photographer for the NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep) Organization. The purpose of NILMDTS is to provide grieving families of terminally ill newborn babies, an intimate family portrait session as a loving keepsake of their child and the moments spent with him or her. This is a volunteer program and the time and all material (usually a CD of photos ready for print) is made available to the family as a free gift of love.
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NILMDTS has thousands of volunteers throughout the world providing this service. Besides photographers, there are countless photo editors, designers, medical and health care professionals, all providing service to this cause. If you are interested to learn more about this organization you can click on the picture above or here to visit the NILMDTS website. I think once you see some of the pictures and read some of the stories at the website, you will have a greater understanding of the amazing work that so many are doing with their photography, as a way of offering a gift during this very tragic time.

I hope to soon begin offering my time to local hospitals in the El Paso, Texas area. There is a bit of preliminary work and study that first needs to occur, since this is an area of extreme sensitivity that also comes with certain legal issues. I do know that I am humbled to be affiliated with this amazing group of people.

For the time being, could you perhaps take a moment to offer a simple prayer for the thousands of families and children that are going through this very difficult moment.

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Join High Noon at Facebook

Good morning. I just added a fan page for folks to visit and join us at Facebook. We are always looking for more friends. Besides sharing all the news that is going on at High Noon, I will also post articles on photography and hear your thoughts of what’s going on. We just placed a Facebook badge over to the right on this page. Just one click and you’ll be at our Facebook site. I look forward to seeing you at High Noon Photography at Facebook.

Cowboys Win, But Lots Of Work Ahead

Well, it turned out to be a pretty good Sunday as church was terrific, and time with my wife is always good. So after services, I excitedly got home, turned on Fox and with drink and popcorn in hand, prepared to watch the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons rumble in the great Lone Star state.

Atlanta fans, you have a very good team. I sat there and watched that first drive of the Falcons and knew the Cowboys mettle was going to be severely tested. It seemed that Atlanta went through the Pokes like the obligatory blank through a pig during those first minutes.

There were a lot of interesting moments and at times poor play decisions and execution from the Cowboys. This team loves to be its own worse enemy, especially when it comes to penalties. The only redemption this Sunday was that Cowboy offensive tackle Flozel Adams actually played penalty free. Allow me to repeat that, “played penalty free.”

Another plus was that Da Boys Quarterback Tony Romo has finally figured out that there are a number of talented players on this team who can catch the ball. Receiver Miles Austin is headed for an All-Pro season if he continues to be the on fire player that we’ve seen the last couple of weeks. Of course there still remains at least one receiver who is not and maybe never will be a go-to-guy, and that’s Roy Williams. This picture courtesy of PicAppis what Cowboy fans are accustomed to seeing when it comes to Williams’ performance in games, ball thrown, ball missed, opportunity blown.

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I don’t get what is going on with Williams and Romo, but it clearly aint working. I’ve been critical of Romo too, and some of the blame lies in his arm and brain as well. One player who can’t share the blame with Romo is another Poke who probably needs to see different pastures, and that’s defensive back Terrance Newman. In this file photo Newman is once again getting beat on a pass route. The only good news about the photo is that it is preseason and the receiver is also a Cowboy. But today, it weren’t no Sunday and it weren’t no practice that gave Atlanta plenty of opportunities and a touchdown at the hands of, or lack of, Terrance Newman.

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Still, there was some promise with the Cowboys performance today. The defense really stood up against a good Atlanta offense and Patrick “I hold the ball like a hot sausage in front of pit bulls” Clayton had a nice game. Perhaps not being the starter will actually bring out his game. As for the sausage, well he didn’t fumble today thank goodness. The Cowboys also tightened up the conference race due to their win and the Giants loss and the smell of 4 and 2 season is much more satisfying than what could have been a 500 record.

So Sunday did turn out to be a good day. I’m a little hungry now, so it’s off to look through the fridge, I think I saw a “sausage.”

An Economy Going To The Dogs

You know times are tough if you start seeing things like this!

This economy has hurt a lot of folks. Between the government screw ups, Wall Street’s greed, what are you gonna do? Sometimes you just gotta step back and find someway to laugh about it all.

I was in need of some serious practice in my studio and after awhile decided to take a break. My dog Hope thinks breaks means snacks. Anyway, I started thinking about how good she has it (and deservedly so), and thought to myself how bad things would be if we started to see Muts mooching on street corners with cardboard signs.

Anyway, you can see that one thing lead to another. Of course for being such a good sport, she got an extra treat… what a spoiled fur bag. Hey, and if you are out there feeling some pain with this economy, know that there will be better days out there, that there are folks who love you, and probably quite a few that are praying for you too. Be well.

Oh No Romo

Last Sunday was an especially bitter day for Dallas Cowboy fans, as the Pokes got spanked by the Denver Broncos in the Mile-High city.

Arguably, the most destructive element to this game and with the Cowboys in general is in the secondary. Terrance Newman tackles; uh, well he runs around a lot, much in the same manner as former Cowboy Deion Sanders. However, Sanders could cover, which didn’t require too much tackling.

Others might argue that it is at the QB position, more specifically Tony Romo, that is the Achilles heal when it comes to this years team… or last year or the year before, anyway you get the point.

Tony Romo's Skilled Position, The Bench

Tony Romo's Skilled Position, The Bench

Every athlete has a bad day, including Quarterbacks. So that could explain away the over throws, under throws, no throws and uh-oh’s that Cowboy fans had to endure last week with Romo’s performance. That could explain, if it weren’t for the fact that he is the most hyped Quarterback who doesn’t come close to his press clippings, week after week in games with the same display that was witnessed in Denver.

And don’t even get me started on Romo’s clock management or ability to read receivers. Yes Terrell Owens is gone, but the Cowboys still have a very good receivers corp. Tony you need to know that while Tight End Jason Witten is arguably the best in his position in the NFL, you’ve got to look for others down field. Although it may be argued that he has found a number of willing receivers this year, the problem is they sport the colors of the opposition. Romo usually chooses to make them his to-go-guys during critical moments during the game. But hey they perform well, especially in the red zone.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is no doubt that Romo wants to win, and besides the repetitive freshman like mistakes game-after-game, he is trying to get it done. The problem really lies with the owner Jerry Jones and head coach Wade Phillips. They too have bought into the hyped press clippings and refuse to recognize that their prized QB, while well intended, just isn’t getting it done.

New Christmas Cards

Well, its clearly that season, in fact I’m quite behind…. The Christmas rush for photographers.

Photographers all over are scrambling to get newsletters out, promotions, shoots and on and on. This year, I decided to create my own line of Christmas Card templates. Clearly places like WHCC offer some killer templates, but my budget is a little leaner this year and this gave me an opportunity to practice a little graphic design, which I struggle with, but need to get better at.

Anyway, I hope to have several differing designs. Below is an example of one design with two varying colors. Actually this design is offered in Red, Green and Gold. Clients can choose the front message (3 choices), color and inside greeting… another 3 choices. It isn’t too hard to make the changes and it offers a little more for the clients. I will be offering a Card, Photography session for one flat rate. The Christmas portrait session will be for studio portraits, but of course I will do location if anyone is looking for more than just the Christmas cards – prints or other merchandise that can be ordered.

I hope to knock out a second design in the coming days. Then I’ll post all the detail on the special that High Noon PhotographyI’ll be offering. If you would like to see more of the cards (still a work in progress), then you can head on over to this public online gallery.

For the good folks in El Paso and Las Cruces, please call and reserve your space early for any Christmas or other photography needs. It gets crazy and I want to make sure that you get my best and your cards during the holidays.

Here is the example of the Red Card. All text material can be altered.

Fun Shoot With Dee Dee

I recently had a model session with a lovely gal named Dee Dee. She was wanting to build her portfolio and so we spent a morning taking pictures and having a good time.

We met at my studio; High Noon Photography, and had already devised a game plan. There are a lot of cool locations in and around El Paso, but we decided to build with the basics first. I hope I get the opportunity to take more photographs of her in the future, perhaps doing some location photography.

One of the things you first notice about Dee Dee is her great hair. Letting it fall and cascade around her face was an easy choice to show off. We started with headshots to highlight her hair. She later pulled it back and wore a classy black dress for a more formal and elegant look. Later, we decided to skip the high-key shots and went outside to shoot some of the more playful, informal pictures. We didn’t have a lot of options with the sun and the overall location, so to minimize the harsh light and to have more control, we ended up in the car port. This actually ended up pretty cool, and I ended up using my old beat up truck as another element to the backdrop.

Anyway, I had a lot of laughs and really enjoyed my time with Dee Dee. She is the kind of client that makes photography a lot of fun. Here’s to great success to a lovely and very nice gal.