I had a great time photographing the home featured in this months Salt magazine. The home at 423 South Front Street is not only featured on this years 2016 Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour , but rumor has it the owners throw an annual Festival party that is a coveted invite! The home is a finely appointed 1914 brick Neo-classical with a back yard built for entertaining. If you haven’t yet picked up this months issue of Salt, then do so and read the great article by Ashley Wahl. Also get out this weekend and visit this home and the nine others featured on the Tour. To pique your interest I’ve included images below from the days photo shoot. Enjoy and have a great Azalea Festival week end.

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This past weekend I had the fortune of being in Charleston, SC and attended one day of SEWE, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. It is the first major event in Charleston and kicks off the season, as those in the know like to say. It was fun as I got to carry a camera as a pure tourist and just take in the event. I also had a little curiosity, as it was actually the first time I had shot with the Nikon D810 without a tripod and I was anxious to see how the camera responded. The D810 is amazing for architectural work and interiors and the detail it provides at 36mp is really amazing. This time, however, I was going to be capturing moving birds and dogs, handheld, with a 70-200 lens. The cameras autofocus was simply astounding and although its frame rate pales in comparison to a D3, D4, or the newer D5, it was adequate and produced some nice images.

We saw some amazing art work at the Expo as artists from all over the country exhibited wildlife themed art at venues all over the city. After viewing the art we headed over to Marion Square for the Birds of Prey flight demos. Now I have seen birds of prey on a perch, but have never viewed them in a controlled flight environment. It was pretty cool. They had many species of birds, with the most impressive being the red kite. It was fast and the handlers let this bird fly all over the square and over the crowd, so they had a lot of confidence in the bird. The exhibition was staged by The Center For Birds of Prey. There were other birds that they let fly loose, but the kite was, in my opinion, the coolest.

After the birds we went down to Brittlebank Park to watch the Dock Dog competition. There was a lot of camo being sported here. The competition is a pretty big deal and is sanctioned by Dock Dogs. Its an agility drill where dogs jump off a dock and try and catch a baton held over the water. The air these dogs attain is quite amazing and the determination of the dogs and their handlers is fun to watch. I thought there would be predominately Labs and though they stood out there was also German Shepherds, Rottweilers and other breeds. Below are images from the day. It was a beautiful, but cold day and the birds and dogs made it special.

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Not sure who is more determined, dog or handler!

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The January-February winter edition of Salt Magazine has finally hit the stands and if you haven’t had a chance to pick one up, then put it on your list of things to do. It is a great issue and one you won’t want to miss. If you can’t get one in print, then be sure to go to the web site for Salt Magazine and read it online. You won’t be disappointed.

I once again got to team up with the ever talented Ashley Wahl, and photograph the Weaver farm in Rocky Point. The farm is called Lucky Dog Farm and consists of 10 acres, a quaint bark sided cottage, guest house, 3 horses, 2 burros and a trio of Norwich terriers. It is just a bucolic place that evolved when Jo Weaver rescued some abused horses that were confiscated from a farm in Dunn, NC. The Weavers had moved out to their refuge in the country and when the plight of the horses became clear, they built a stable and all of a sudden, they were horse people. Ashley tells the whole story in the article, and a wonderful story it is, so don’t pass up a chance to read it.  Meanwhile,  I have included some photos from the shoot and you can get an idea of the lifestyle of Lucky Dog Farm and meet Dash, Sam, Piper and the burros, Thomas and Luke.

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I recently had the pleasure of photographing another Wrightsville Beach home designed by Michael Ross Kersting of Kersting Architecture. Michael hired me to photograph the home, as he was submitting it for consideration for the George Matsumoto Prize. This is an award sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses. I am happy to say, and congratulations go out to Michael and his firm, that the home took First Place, Peoples Choice Award.

For those who live on Wrightsville Beach or walk the Loop, you’ve passed this home from construction to finish. Its sleek and beautiful. I have included some of the photos from the days shoot and hope you enjoy and appreciate its many design features.

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For this months issue of  Salt Magazine,  I got to visit and photograph the Ward home, nestled on Harbor Island, overlooking Banks Channel. While there I was fortunate to meet the two ladies of the house, Alisa, and her engaging daughter, Lily.  The home is a wonderful, cheerfully decorated Wrightsville Beach house and you can tell that Lily and her brother Bennett, are the star inhabitants!

Marisa, who besides being a full time Mom to children Bennett and Lily, ages 7 and 4 respectively, wife of  husband Chris, and manager of the home, also makes really cool jewelry. Busy woman. Her company is called Gypsy*Lew and her designs are available at several boutique stores in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Raleigh and Greenville, SC. You an also learn more about her business on her Facebook page at Gypsy*Lew. Check it out. Below you can view some of the photos from the days shoot. If you haven’t already done so, go out and get a copy of Salt and turn to the Story Of A House feature and read the full article by the ever talented Ashley Wahl. You won’t be sorry. Enjoy.

 

 

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