Posts Tagged ‘friends’

Super Josh & his kryptonite

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Super Josh

Super Josh

Josh was one of my earliest fearless jumping extraordinaires. And he is now a proud new daddy. Check out this awesome video he made of his million dollar baby. Congratulations, Josh & Val! She is a lucky little girl to be born to such talented, fun, and loving parents.

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Jeanine floats peacefully in a green princess dress

"Once upon a perfect night, unclouded and still, there came the face of a pale and beautiful lady. The tresses of her hair reached out to make the constellations, and the dewy vapours of her gown fell soft upon the land." —Kit Williams

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Glamping

Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Elyssa holds Raleigh in a blankie
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Glamping = glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, a comfortable bed, and (when you’re with me) an impromptu rockstar photo shoot.

Earlier this summer, over two dozen of my friends and I ventured out to Angels Camp in Frog County for the weekend. We stayed in cabins, had full electricity and wi-fi, took coin-free hot showers, and filled our bellies with some deliciously prepared meals.

Some of us went ziplining, one of us foraged for wild mushrooms, most of us enjoyed Starbucks in the morning and ice cream cones in the afternoon. Despite this, we totally roughed it: we got bitten by bugs, caught frogs, had a frightening encounter with a wild horse, let a toddler swallow (nearly) whole a bag of chewy bears, and went nose to nose with an emu. Oh yeah, we roughed it alright.

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Being caught up

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Nora floating on an abandoned rooftop and in an abandoned cathedral in Gary, Indiana

a.k.a. the rapture

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right – right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. —R.E.M.

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Way to go, Elyssa!

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Junior Nationals volleyball star Elyssa

2011 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship Top Ten Team Player

Elyssa jumps with guitar and volleyball

Elyssa, pre-teen jumping wonder

Elyssa and her volleyball team just placed 6th at the 2011 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships after 9 games in 4 days in Atlanta. What an amazing ride! Congratulations!!!

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Hmm, is it time for a diaper change?

Friday, April 15th, 2011
Charles does a plange while checking his newborn's diaper.

Diaper Planche

Julia and Charles jump above newborn son

In my world, babies dream of jumping.

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Sneak Peek: Party of Five

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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The family that jumps together stays together

Getting five people in the air at the same time is not easy, but you’d never guess that if your first time trying was with this delightful family. More to come!

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Julia Poppins

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

My good friend, the lovely Julia, 15 days ago, just 10 days before the arrival of her firstborn son. Congratulations, Julia and Charles!

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Week 52/52: It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. And I’m feeling good.

Friday, December 31st, 2010
Charlene jumps on bed with sun streaming into windows

52/52

I am thrilled to share the final photo of my 52 Project. I had been wanting to re-create my Week 1 sleeping shot all year long, but I moved to a new place that was set up differently, and I also wasn’t even sure I could physically re-create it. I really lucked out on that first self-timer self portrait. Since I was in Los Angeles with my family for the holidays, it was the perfect opportunity to do a shoot with my very good friend Charlene Laino who modeled for me a number of times five years ago. I really am lucky to have so many wonderful friends who know how to move well! She was an incredibly good sport and jumped in the sleeping position over 200 times. We got the shot that I envisioned, but during a break from all the horizontal jumping, what you see above happened. This says, what words cannot, exactly how I feel now that I have successfully pushed through 2010 to create, edit, and publish a new motion-based image every week. And while I was editing this shot, Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” kept playing in my head.

To all of you who have liked, favorited and commented on one of my images online and/or in person, thank you. Having an audience helped me stick with it and encouraged me to keep going when I hit a slump (or two or three) and wondered what other ways there are to photograph weightlessness.

Many more thank you’s are in order for everyone who defied gravity for this project and for those who helped and inspired me along the way. I will get to those in another post along with my third annual end-of-the-year video montage and a behind the scenes time-lapse video of this final week’s photo shoot.

A fond farewell, 2010!

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Week 47: Synchronized Air Guitrampolining

Friday, November 26th, 2010
Laura, Claudine, Genevieve and Jeanine at the House of Air

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A few of the many things I’m thankful for:

  • family
  • friends
  • being healthy
  • huge trampoline parks in historic airplane hangars

Happy Thanksgiving!

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