Friday, June 17, 2011

Photo Friday: Shadows

I had a couple ideas in my head for this photo challenge. Neither were truly shadows but what I could consider a play on shadows. A silhouette, that's a shadow, sorta...right?

This past weekend we unearthed the thundering heart of the Rusty Bucket (still need a new name). The hood and fenders came off  and are now resting perilously on the rear-end.  Finally, charged with a 6 volt battery from one neighbor, jumper cables from another, a Patron shooter bottle full of gas in the carburetor "bowl" (I know a lot about this truck, don't I....) and the Subaru's laboring engine, I watched from a distance as cautiously, Steven connected the battery lead. Luckily: no boom. The ancient engine, left for dead 10 years ago, thundered. It was amazing to see the crank pulley spinning freely! Unfortunately, there was no spark to be had. We'll probably need to replace the distributor cap before we can truly bring her back to life.

This latest development has left us with an impressive and rather naked engine sitting in our garage. I thought a very interesting photo would be a silhouette of Steven working away on his big-boy-toy. I loved the idea of symbolizing the years and years that this truck sat forgotten in the shadows of that home's woods. It was left there to rust into the ground, but we're bringing it back out of the shadows, bringing it back to life.

Eventually, when the Rusty Bucket is running, and legal to drive, I'll use it as an epic photography prop. I seriously can't wait. Until then, it still proves useful; I've already used it in my photo friday submissions.

I did run into a problem with this submission though. I couldn't decide which photo I liked better. So here's both. Thanks to my husband for being my model!

  I might still get around to taking the other photo I had in mind for this challenge. If I do, I might just have to post it here. We shall see.

Everyone have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

-Liz DiNatale

Monday, June 6, 2011

Adrianne, Ricky and Dexter

Back in my days of planning a wedding I joined a website called It is a wonderful community made up of unique, creative, accepting and outrageous women (and a few men). I still visit the website frequently and eventually came to know Adrianne. Adrianne is a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Carrboro and recent transplant to Durham. She and Ricky met in a great old fashioned romance involving cars, shoes and sarcasm.

Chrissy and I had the esteemed pleasure of getting to know the two of them, and their wiggly, furry, adorable pup, Dexter. On June 3rd, the 5 of us took a stroll through the Duke Gardens. Before our session, Adrianne had warned me that her and Ricky were not "picture people". Well, I beg to differ. 

We had a great time goofing off and exploring the gardens while still capturing their love for each other. 

Adrianne and Ricky are due to make an honest dog out of Dexter, I mean, they're due to marry in September of next year at an awesome venue in Durham. Considering how fantastic they looked for their engagement shots, we can only imagine how beautiful their wedding will be. 

Adrianne, Ricky and Dexter, thank you for allowing us to photograph your fantastic family. You are all so great and we hope to serve your photography needs again! 

Liz DiNatale