2013-Missouri National Guard celebrates Birthday Ball


 

BBall_001_WP_CPYThe Missouri National Guard Birthday Ball is a night when we gather to celebrateBBall_005_WP_CPYin dress blues and finery.BBall_003_WP_CPYSharing laughs and good times with colleagues and loved ones.BBall_002_WP_CPYAs we honor and celebrate the fact that for 377 years, Americans have served as citizen-soldiers for our nation.BBall_004_WP_CPYThank you for a great time. See you next year!

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Woman of Depth and Perception


Megan_003_WPMegan is a young woman who knows what is important in life. It was pretty clear to us that this high school senior has intelligence, wit and beauty.Megan_005_WPMegan_004_WPIt’s going to be good; It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be on Megan’s terms.

 

East of the Big Muddy


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The colors of Autumn are more vibrant and more plentiful in mid-Missouri than they have been for some time. Rainfall at the right times and a slightly cooler summer have contributed to this phenomenon. These images were made in the flood plain to the east of the Missouri River between Jefferson City and Columbia, Missouri.

 

New Friend


It is more likely than not we become friends with new clients, or the random people we meet while cameras are in our hands. Photographers making landscape photographs, while no less friendly than any other image-makers, are less likely to find a new friend while on an image quest. We recently experienced an exception to the rule while out photographing the fall color in mid-Missouri, covered in an upcoming post. While racing against the evening light to photograph a valley south of Columbia, this fine fellow made his presence known…

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After a quick hello and pat on the head, we tried to return to the camera but this puppy  wanted more attention and wasn’t afraid to ask for it. Craig knelt down behind the tripod to pet him quickly and told him to stay. The puppy plopped his muddy front paws on Craig’s jeans in thanks. It quickly became apparent we weren’t going to get the shot in that location, so gear was grabbed and moved a little ways up the hill. Meanwhile, the light was diminishing as some less-than-glamorous gray clouds drifted in to block what had been some beautiful golden hour sunlight. With a new spot secure, tripod legs were  extended so a barbed-wire fence wouldn’t be in the foreground, and composition of the next shot began.  Suddenly, muddy paws smacked Craig’s behind, nudging his nose into the back of the camera. The dog was told to stay down. Just as we turned back, the last of the beautiful light disappeared from the valley. The dog’s face seemed to say, “Can we play now?” Off the camera came from the tripod. The puppy posed elegantly for the shot above.  After playfully tussling with the four-legged fellow for a bit,  gear was packed and  it was time to head home. While the original thought was to shoot the sunset, making a new friend is always better.  See you around, pup.

Ida and Cash


We recently had a great Senior Portrait session with Ida and her horse Cash. We shot on location at the stables where Cash lives and trains. As you can see in the images below, both Ida and Cash were very comfortable in their environment, enjoying each others company, being themselves in front of the camera. This is our goal at every photo session we do.

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Portraits of Service and Sacrifice


Thank You

To all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and your families,

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081219-A-3298C-001and for sacrificing so much of your lives for all of us.

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DSC_2868And for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice; there are no words we can express to your families that adequately express how grateful we are to you.

All portraits by SFC (Ret.) Craig Collins

Shelda And Her Boys


Shelda and her sons are longtime clients of Clever Creek Studio. This was their fourth session with us. We met near the Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City early on a recent Saturday and captured some great moments in the early morning light.

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