If you’re lucky, like I was, when you arrive at the Meranda-Nixon Winery, you’ll be greeted by one of the proprietors’ friendly dogs. You may even see one of their beautiful horses as you gaze at the lush vineyards.
I love my work! How many people can say that? It took me a while to get here and it’s not just one job. Not only am I a freelance photographer, I’m also helping an elderly couple (around 90 years old) organize and declutter their retirement village condo, and am taking people on trips to Europe! I work with the husband, mostly on paperwork, because the wife has a touch of Alzheimer and is physically limited walking very slowly with a walker. I’m finding this line of work very rewarding because I’m able to remain patient and let him make decisions about his things. I offer suggestions. I didn’t realize how patient I can be.
Anyway, last night I took photos for an event called Revel & Feast held at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. It’s was a celebration marking Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 20th anniversary season. My assignment was to take around 25 posed shots of people along with their names, and another 25 shots of the awards, a performance by teenagers, and some of the area where dinner was to be served.
The light glowing in the background really accentuated these beverages…
The venue is gorgeous!
There’s a place called Neon’s in an area of Cincinnati called Over-the-Rhine and I did a photo shoot for iSPYCINCY a couple of weeks ago. They have a brunch on Sundays and an outdoor seating area. Dogs and their owners were out soaking up the sun and enjoying the yummy food!
Last night I gave an hour-long presentation on a trip I took to Egypt and Jordan back in 2009, to a Travel Meetup club I belong to! Although I was a member of Toastmasters for a while and gave a few five-minute speeches, this was a great accomplishment for me. I wasn’t that nervous and everyone seemed to enjoy it. It probably helped that there were only 9 people there…but for me it was a great feeling! My Powerpoint presentation had 120 photographs that were shot with a point and shoot, but I recently bought Lightroom 5, so I doctored them up some. Now I can’t wait to give presentations on my other epic trips…Peru…SE Asia…and Africa!
To avoid the worst of traffic, I left my house early to drive to Covington, Kentucky, where the event was held, so I had some extra time and decided to practice my photography. These two photographs are of the Cincinnati skyline at sunset.
Here I am in the venue before the presentation. I love the architectural elements of the building…the high ceilings, beautiful woodwork, and large windows.
If you’ll remember from my post yesterday, I was walking around Covington, Kentucky, in the freezing cold, taking photographs and talking to shop owners. These next two photos are from a candy store! That wasn’t difficult to guess. It’s hard to believe that Pez candies are now collectibles. There’s something to be said for those people that collect and/or keep things for many years. I’ve moved over 40 times in my life…so I’ve become an expert discarder of things!
Yesterday, I explored Covington, Kentucky, which is located right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio! In the area called MainStrasse Village, I found princesses and fairies at Stoney’s Gifts, where the owner Sandi Stonebraker has created a magical shop. She and I chatted for a while…about travel, art, and photography, but I forgot to ask her if she painted the paintings in the shop. I believe she did! They are whimsical and fun.