The journey east unfortunately got off with an unexpected 5 hour layover in Las Vegas. Not being a drinker or gambler, I spent the time doing my airport "workout" of walking every terminal, squats, jumping jacks, push ups, and happily smiling to looks of confusion by fellow travelers. Finally made it to Omaha and onto Weeping Water, got unpacked and set for shoots in the am, to which, were still met with energetic excitement despite 2 hours of sleep.
I had 4 very full days of photographing the kind and beautiful women of America's Midwest. I had such a great time meeting and photographing all of you! The Nebraska and Iowa ladies always deliver such lovely images, beauty on the inside and out. I'm not sure which is sweeter, the "Misfit Berry" Pie at Grandpa Snazzy's or the warmhearted and gorgeous women. My life is better with a healthy serving of both.
Here's a little slice of heaven from the Midwest Misfits in the "heartland" of America. Very appetizing little teaser of the photos here:
And a few super cute couples photos too!
Let's here it for the Midwest Misfits!!! <clap now>
This trip was so enjoyable, but no one could overlook the devastation on the local landscape by the drought and what seemed like a lasting forever heat wave. Fields I had passed by the last summer, thick, lush, healthy green stalks of corn in endless rows now brittle and crispy golden. It was deeply saddening, but redeeming is the heart and spirit of families. Truly inspiring.
As with my first trip to Nebraska the previous August, I was in town for the Cass County Fair. A *true* fair, not this silly production they call a "fair" in Southern California. Real people, real animals, tractors, wagons, and favorite part, the lights on the rides as the sun goes down.
My last day, and only work-free day, my awesome friends Will and Kat took me out to Nebraska City and onto the Home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day (and you know how much I love trees) and the Arbor Lodge on an incredibly beautiful day.
In Nebraska City, I found my own heaven on earth, the Pendleton store, with an "outlet" style section downstairs. I'm still recovering for the excitement. I couldn't help it, I had to take home a new Pendleton, my FIRST *NEW* Pendleton ever. My collection up until that day had been thrift store finds.
home of J. Sterling Morton was incredible, when can I move in? Oh man, and the buffet at the Lodge, I have no words...I am suddenly very hungry.
It was a day full of joy and beauty in Nebraska that ended with a drive home with a landscape speckled with beautiful old barns, some light Elderberry pickin' with Will and Kat and a most fantastic sunset. I can't wait to come back!!!
The Wrist Alien:
Towards the end of summer, a bridge unfortunately had to be crossed in the form of surgery, boo. It was minor but took me out of the game for a bit. I had a mean little ganglion cyst in my left wrist the likely result from a fall from my down time adventures. I work hard, I play hard! Since this is a common injury, I figure it's good to share since many of you have been wondering what that bump is on your own wrist. If you have one, just get it checked.
My "wrist alien" as I called it had been there a couple years before it ever caused any pain. I started having pain in late spring and increased over summer. Looking ahead to October with a full load of classic pinup/boudoir shoots, and 3 weddings in 10 days alone, I wanted to get it taken care of and healed before the chaos ensued.
I was back photographing in almost 3 weeks out from the surgery, and back in Nashville to boot. So glad I decided to pull the trigger and just have the surgery.
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