Thanksgiving

Sam and I spent Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh this year and it was filled with quality family time and holiday festivities. For me, the holidays are often some of the hardest times for me to consistently shoot. I often fail to balance making time to shoot with focusing my energy on family time. More specifically, I'm very cognizant of how much time I spend with a camera in my hand when visiting with people I only get to see a handful of times a year. That said, I know there's a balance and it's something I've been working towards over the past few years with this Thanksgiving being a success.

For starters, Carl, my father-in-law, recently had his BMW Z3 repainted and I had the opportunity to create a few photographs of both the car and a few portraits of him the day he got it back from the shop. To say he was nervous about seeing the car for the first time after it was painted would be an understatement. If there's one thing I know about my farther-in-law, it's how much this man loves his sports car. This was incredibly special moment for me because I had the opportunity to both document the newly painted car and create a few portraits of Carl, which is a rare treat. I few of the select photographs are below and I plan to create a few large format prints for Carl to keep.

In addition to documenting the restored BMW Z3, we spent some time outside of Pittsburgh searching for the perfect Christmas tree. Having grown up in the south, I'm never fully prepared for how beautiful the northeast can be, especially outside of major cities - the rolling hills, colorful foliage and sleepy morning fog represent the ideal environment for me. And, now matter how many times I've seen these views, I'm never fully prepared to experience them each year during the holidays. The entire family spent all morning searching the farmland for our perfect tree and we found two - one for Sam's parents and the other for my sister-in-law and her boyfriend.

All photographers were created with the Leica M6 and Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2 on Kodak Portra 400 or Kodak Tri-X 400. All images were scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California.

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