These are images from the dedications this last Sunday, January 17th, 2016.
Hung out at Bluewood the day after Christmas with the fianceé and her fam. Of course I decided to take some pictures!
If you don't know or haven't been to Bluewood, check them out! Here's links to their website and their Facebook. As stated on their website, "We are an easy drive from Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow, Pullman, Walla Walla, Pendleton, Hermiston, Umatilla, Milton-Freewater...and everywhere in between. Load up the car, split the fuel costs and enjoy the beautiful drive into the Blues." As a complete 'newbie' and beginner at skiing, I can say Bluewood is a great place to start. They have rentals available with everything you need and great beginner lessons to get you started. I've done a handful of lessons and I've been constantly impressed with the experience. For those that are more skilled, Bluewood makes for a nice semi-local getaway with it's 400 skiable acres of lift-served terrain.
The weather has been a blessing this year allowing Bluewood to currently have a 58" base and 70" summit. Things are going great for Bluewood this year.
I was primarily in the parking lot for these pictures, oops! I was busy learning to ski when on the mountain later on! I did wanted to capture more of the sled they got going on though; it's a pretty awesome idea and service. With the help of a tractor, a friendly driver, and a Vanna White, Bluewood has an awesome sled that travels around the parking lot in the mornings, picking people up to save them from long walks through the parking lot to the lodge. This is especially great if you're lugging a good amount of gear. It's a great welcome gesture! Why take the time and effort to walk through the parking lot with all your gear, when you can go have fun sooner after a short ride on the sled? Pretty awesome! Here's some images!
I want to include here another image I took the week before these last shots. It's an artistic take on a ski lift doing it's thing! It was sure snowing a good amount that day.
"Lift On The Move"
I felt the artist inside of me calling out to me as I saw the lift through the snow storm. I wanted to capture the lift's movement and capture the intense snow fall while creating an overall feel of a piece of art rather than an image. I experimented with various slow shutter speeds and compositions through different focal lengths until I got the effect I was looking for. After a handful of tries, I got this and I'm happy with it!
What a fun event to be a part of. Faith Assembly Church in Pasco hosted this for the 2015 year. Check out the Men Northwest Facebook Page for more information on the men's conference event. As a believer in Christ, it was so nice to see fellow men following the same journey as I and just being around so many fellow Christ followers in one place just feels great. This was my first event shoot and couldn't have asked for a better event to start with! Though, I could have had a little better gear. Wish I knew about renting back then, but hey I managed to survive! My setup the whole day was a 8mm fisheye, a 30mm, and a 85mm. The catch was that the 85mm was manual....so I learned that full time manual focus for events is quite the challenge.
Enjoy the images!
Photos from the 2015 Royal Tea. The event was held at Faith Assembly Church in Pasco.
It was a really fun event to be a part of! Everybody definitely had a great time especially the little ones - they get to meet all these princesses in real life.
All the proceeds from this event go towards Royal Family Kids Camp to help out the foster kids ages 6 to 11.
Visit the Royal Family Kids Camp website for more information on the camp and how you can help.