February 26, 2006

BBYO 2006

Posted in General at 7:15 pm by uphoto

Wow the BBYO formal ROCKED! These guys had so much fun that it was contagious. Those who didn’t make it missed out. My whole team; Amy, Lindsey and Dustin couldn’t stop dancing all night long. I was worried for a minute that they were going to leave their posts head for the dance floor. The girls looked fabulous and the guys super sharp. We hope to be there for them again next year. Our thanks to Rachel Johnson and Miriam Leibowitz. Great party BBG & AZA!

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February 21, 2006

The Joy of Nashville!

Posted in General at 11:02 pm by uphoto

Nashville equals music! And for that I’m glad. Last Sunday I got the honor to photograph some good friends who were putting on a benefit concert to raise money for Young Life’s Capernaum project (a ministry to High School students with physical and mental disabilities). What a night! Bebo Norman, Christopher Williams, Chris Rice and Stephan Sharp played their hearts out! We laughed, we were moved, and we were blessed with incredible music. I’m hoping this becomes an annual event—it’s worth it!


February 17, 2006

12 Going on 20!

Posted in Children at 11:00 pm by uphoto


This afternoon Tom and I took a break from the babies and weddings to devote some time to our new Middle School friend Alex. Alex is what I like to call 12 going on 20! She is a gorgeous 12 year old who looks like she could easily be old enough to drive, so I had to keep reminding myself that she’s just a 6th grader! What an absolute blast we had. She was such a natural in front of the camera and was fun to spend time with. We can’t wait until the next time we can get her in here! In the meantime, watch out Teen People Magazine…here comes Alex!

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Alex’s mom Eddi runs


Diabetic Cats?

Posted in Personal at 7:44 am by uphoto

Last night was quite the experience. Rafael, our diabetic cat apparently had a seizure before Deb and I arrived home. He was “crashing” not quite the same kitty that we had seen earlier in the day. Fearful it could be “his time” I rushed him to the 24 hour emergency veterinarian.

As the vet took “Rafie” into the exam room, I sat down to wait. I noticed sitting in the corner of the room was a young woman, her eyes swelled with tears and in her lap was a beautiful white cat. After a few minutes of seeing her sad and watching cry , I thought that I would strike up a conversation. We spoke for a few minutes telling details of each of our loyal pets, I explained that Rafael was diabetic and that he was having an episode tonight. She told me… that very evening her kitty was diagnosed with heart disease. Just then the doctor came out and started rattling off the details of what she had done to Rafael. He would be ok and ready to go home in 45 minutes. So to pass a bit of time I took off for a few minutes to fill my wife’s car with gas. While at the pump, I started to think about how devastated that young lady must be about the news. So I decided to do something about it… I was going get her into the studio this week and do an incredible portrait session with the two of them. Right! Something that would blow her away, something she would remember forever. So I hurried back to the vet to tell her the news, cheer her up if only for a few moments. Her car was still in the parking lot, so I knew I hadn’t missed her. I ran inside but as I entered, the door to the exam room slammed shut. So I asked the nurse at the front desk a little more about the girl’s cat and that I had a great plan to capture their relationship, before it was too late. The nurse just looked at me… silent. They are putting her to sleep right now. The cat was a rare and extreme case. My heart sank. Confused and frantic I asked if there were just a few minutes… I have a camera in the car I could photograph them now. The nurse explained that the process had already begun, it was too late. When she came out of the exam room you could tell she was trying to be calm, her hands shaking while she paid the bill. I just looked at her and told her how very sorry I was for her loss. We both let a few tears fall. I thank God her father had joined her, she didn’t have to go through it alone. I will pray for her daily.

Just for the record, Rafael is quite well. We are changing his diet and giving him a lot more love than usual. I am thankful He is with us.

– Tom U

February 15, 2006

My first real post on our official blog

Posted in Personal at 9:04 am by uphoto

This image of Samantha represents about how I feel starting this blog. I am enlisting the help of the staff to keep this up to date. Both Danielle and Dustin will be making the occasional submission. Speaking of Danielle… she is keeping our marketing calendar in check. This month’s goal is to get out our first email newsletter. (Where is the spell check on this thing?)

– Tom U