Friday, September 26, 2008

Fun Pool Session

We recently did a senior session for Tori from Berryville. At the studio, they told me about her involvement in competitive swimming. We got to talking, and decided we needed to do another session with her, this one at the Berryville Community Center pool.

We really enjoy doing location photography, as this really captures the personality of the subject. Ask us about doing a portrait session with our favorite hobby or special location.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

2 Bicycles, 4 States, 6 Days, 267 Miles

My cousin Steve and I planned to ride the Katy Trail in Missouri last week. However, Hurricane Ike has other plans. Planned to leave out Tuesday morning, but late Monday we learned that much of the Katy was flooded! So we found another route.

From home, we headed north, then west. Our adventure took us as far west as Grove, Oklahoma, and north to Pittsburg, Kansas, before heading back home.

I have an online tavelogue, with lots of photos, if you want to check it out:
Bicycle Facts
Fact One: Just 3 hours of bicycling a week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
Fact Two: The average person loses 15 pounds their first year of bike commuting.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fall Specials Now Online

In October 1978, Larry began his photography career full-time. To celebrate this landmark, we have having many fall specials.

Family Specials - Save on session fee and wall portraits.
Children's Specials - Special theme sets, packages begin at just $75.
Senior Citizens Specials - No session fee on morning sessions, weekdays.
High School Senior Portraits - Packages from just $130.
On Location Specials - Yes, we make house calls!
Infants - Free session and 8x10 portrait.
Free Halloween Photos - Get a free 4x6 and a chance to win a family session.
School Picture Day, one day only - Packages from just $25.
High School Buddy Day, one day only - Just $10 per person gets each a 5x7!

Here's the link for more details:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Free Photo For Infants

In October, we will begin celebrating 30 years of full time service to the area. We will be having lots of specials during that time.
We are so much loving to photograph our new grandbabies, that we've decided to make this very special offer:

Free Portrait Session and One 8x10

for any baby, age 4 weeks or younger.

Sessions are by appointment, so call today, 1-800-467-4686 or 870-749-2588.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

2008 Tour of Missouri, Stage 2

September 9, I had the privilege of being at the finish line of stage 2 of the 2008 Tour of Missouri. Stage 2 was a 126 mile ride (longest of this year's event). They began the race in Clinton and finished in Springfield. Average speed was 27.5mph! Note from Larry: I do good to average 12 mph when I ride!
The race featured some of the top cyclist in the world, including many who participated in this year's Tour de France.
Winner was Mark Cavendish from Great Britian. Cavendish has made a big name for himself this year, having won 4 stages of the Tour de France.
Currently, Cavendish has been called the fastest bike sprinter in the world.

Once in Springfield, riders made two "circuit" loops, riding past us 3 times. So I had two chances for practice shots, before the big winning moment.
Race leader, and day's winner Mark Cavendish (in yellow jersey) is right on the rear wheel of George Hincapie. Hincapie was last years Tour of Missouri winner, and rode for many years with Lance Armstrong on Team Discovery and US Postal. They rode one more loop after this photo.
Charge to the line, Cavendish leads out.
Cavendish with his trademark victory salute as he crossed the line. This is the shot I'd hoped to get, as I've watched lots of bike racing on tv and seen Mark do this many times!

About 10 minutes or less after the race was over. Yeah, really looks like he just rode 126 miles in about 5 hours, doesn't he? If that were me, I'd be laying on the ground, gasping for air! But those guys hardly seem to have worked up a sweat! How do they do it!
On stage, waiting for awards.
Stage 2 winners, left to right: Second place, Eric Baumann, Team Sparkasse, Winner, Cavendish, Team Columbia, and Third place, Francesco Chicchi, Liquigas
Cavendish receives leaders yellow jersey from Missouri Leut. Governor, Peter Kinder.