Granger Smith + Earl Dibbles Jr.

Last week, Granger Smith played at Summerfest and then headed to Madison to play a “No Dough Show” for Star at Red Rock. Unfortunately, Earl Dibbles didn’t make an appearance, but Granger Rocked a nice acoustic set. He’s an incredibly talented and very nice guy. Check out some shots!

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Soooo, Here’s the rest of June..

I officially suck at keeping up to date on posting. Yay.

June was full of working weekends, catching up with the kids who were finally home from college for the summer and the start of summer pictures.

I had the opportunity to work for Madison’s first half Ironman distance event; The Wisconsin Milkman Triathlon. It was awesome to watch it all come together, and even better that I got to design some sweet ass banners for the finish line as well!

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Among the seniors I had scheduled at the end of June, I also got to shoot Shake the Lake, which included country stars, 5th GEAR (Local!), Drew Baldridge, LANco and Jon Pardi. After working 9 hours in the heat prior to the show, I was obviously super excited to be running around with 2 cameras stuck to me in that hot heat. I got some pretty sweet shots, so I can’t really complain. (Check out the pictures below!) The boys and I stuck around to watch the fireworks, but at that point in the day, I couldn’t really hang anymore.

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She’s feelin’ 22

I know I’m about a week late on this due to an incredibly busy week. Buttttt. For starters, I’m still a little salty that none of the bars we went to on my 22nd birthday played Taylor Swift’s 22.

I mean, no one really likes a Monday birthday, and everyone hates a Monday birthday when you have to adult the next morning. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this birthday due to some important people not being in Madison. I was so excited about turning 22 and then in a matter of days I wasn’t. I didn’t even want to go out, and I was content just sitting at home doing nothing all night, but I knew that wasn’t about to happen.

That morning Mare and I got breakfast and Creama Cafe and I was really excited to eat my blueberry almond pancakes. (Seriously though, go try them.) While we were sitting there, I had gotten a tweet mentioned to me from Nathan saying “It’s birthday and I can’t sleep with how much I wish I was home” and I almost started crying.

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Fast forward to Monday night after 7. We got to the Nitty and sat down by the windows in the bar area to eat before we got hammered. Rachel kept frantically looking at the window and I called her on it and was like what are you doing and she just replied people watching and I was a little confused but I just shook it off and continued on talking with everyone. After a few minutes Rachel was like I’m gonna go to the bathroom quick. And thinking about it now, after the fact, Rachel went the complete opposite direction of the bathroom. Well she came back and a guy wrapped his arm around me and I just assumed it was Michael being Michael, and I had to do a double take. Turns out Nathan had flew home to surprise me on my birthday, and Rachel, my mom and his parents were in on it. I screamed and then instantly started crying. I’d post the video, but my WP doesn’t support videos. I honestly couldn’t believe that was real and I couldn’t stop crying. I was then okay with being out for my birthday because Nathan was there. I was still missing some best friends, but it would do the trick.

 

I wish I could tell the rest of the story, but it got a little fuzzy after we left the Nitty. I know we went to Whiskey Jacks, lost my cardigan and $15. I also woke up Tuesday morning thinking I was good to go, and then got to work and was no longer feelin’ good. So I went home, took a nap and worked from home the rest of the day. Definitely drunker on my 22nd than my 21st.

 

Eastside Vs. Westside

My lacrosse girls had the awesome opportunity to play in the famous Bree Stevens field for their last home game against the Madison Westside team. They were the first girl’s lacrosse game to ever be played there. Although it was gross, wet and rainy, they still made the best of it and had a good time.

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Class of 2016

After the first one was snow delayed in Nashville, it was questionable that the second time around would be able to happen because of the snow here in Madison. But Mother Nature was nice enough to let the show go on.

William Michael Morgan, Clare Dunn, Drake White and Michael Ray took over the stage at the Majestic Theater Tuesday Night and absolutely killed it. There were four rounds where each singer did one song and there ended up being a bonus fifth round where they all picked a song and everyone joined in. They even admitted that they enjoy playing the smaller more intimate shows.

After all the concerts I’ve been lucky enough to shoot, I still have yet to encounter a musician that isn’t as sweet and personable as country music singers. They will start any conversation with you and have the most polite manners you will ever come across.

2015 Things.

2015 was full of some pretty great things. There were many adventures and trips, plenty of alcohol tastings, many memories made, some killer songs and albums released, and plenty of other good things to come of 2015. Looking back on the year, holy cow it’s been quite a year. 2015 was the year of big things for me, or so it seems.

I did the most traveling I’ve ever done in my life with topping out with 10 flights, a handful of road trips and plenty of places I’ve never been. I got to experience the lovely Sarasota Florida, BFE Ohio, KC MO, Germany and Poland. Talk about all around the world.

I laid by the pool while everyone was freezing in Wisconsin and ate ice cream for lunch every day, I got to see the beautiful Gulf and dolphins while in Florida. I got to spend some time with boy in Ohio. I got to experience the night life and wonderful food of Kansas City, Missouri. I got to travel the streets of Germany, drink beer for lunch, see the Berlin wall and all the history that the beautiful city of Berlin has to offer. I got to see the tiny history or little Polish towns and taste their delicious dumplings and watch their goats butt heads in the town square.

I advanced so far in the world of photography and owning a business. I got to shoot some of the biggest country singers including Sam Hunt, The Cadillac Three, Dierks Bentley and Chase Rice. I had the busiest senior summer I’ve ever had that topped out with 19 seniors. I added some new loot to my collection with a new camera and a sick new fixed lens. I grew my clientele, and crossing my fingers for them to return in the future.

I became a lacrosse coach – having my sanity be tested when I spent every day with high school girls who were supposed to look up to me and learn things from me.

I continued to work at the best job anyone could ask for. Although I worked many, many weekends, I gained another family – a family that not only includes humans but  pups as well. I got to go on brewery tours, watch Family Fued at lunch time, bettered my ping pong skills, laugh until my stomach hurt and go on road trips with the best co-workers anyone could ask for.

I celebrated the big fancy 21 with friends and family, and even my work family.

I tried many new foods and drinks, including sushi and a variety of Thai food, so many random beers that Ryan told me to try, and a Brandy Old Fashioned. (Yes, I had never had one until December of 2015.)

I got to see so many concerts, and fall in love with country music over and over again.

As for albums that killed 2015,

Brett Eldredge – Illinois
Canaan Smith – Bronco
Cole Swindell – Down Home Sessions II
Kip Moore – Wild Ones
Maroon 5 – V
Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up
Old Dominion – Meat & Candy

And songs that I love from 2015

Learn It From the Radio – Thomas Rhett
Playing With Fire – Thomas Rhett
Fix – Chris Lane
Raised By A Good Time – Steven Lee Olson
Mirror Man – Ella Henderson
White Lightning – The Cadillac Three
Summer Forever – Billy Currington
Hide Away – Daya
Yours – Russell Dickerson
Wild Ones – Kip Moore
Stay a Little Longer – Brothers Osbourne
It Feels Good – Drake White

I lost some friends, but also gained some pretty damn great ones. I learned who I am as a human, and who I want to be. Don’t get me wrong, while there were plenty of ups this year, there were always those rough moments and downs that I had to get through. But I’m honestly so thankful for the friends, family and work family and support team that I have. I kinda sorta (maybe) have an idea on what I want to be when I grow up, but I’m sure that will change by next month.

 

Thirty Eight.

So it’s been a while since I posted. Well, I’ve posted, but they weren’t terribly thought out posts.

It’s been 38 days since I landed back in the country. 38 days since I’ve had a minute to myself to catch my breath and relax.

In those 38 days, I shot and edited and delivered 12 senior sessions, shot a 1-year old birthday and a swim meet. I worked 30 hours at the Taste of Madison (not including office work for it), another 43 for It’s Glow Time!, plus numerous hours in the office. Oh yeah – I started school full time again in the middle of this mayhem.

I was averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night, and at least 2 cups of coffee a day. (I’m up to about 7 hours of sleep a night and hardly any coffee.) I was running on fumes, completely burned out and wanting to give up on everything. I was cruising Southwest’s website when I had a few minutes looking for the cheapest ticket out of here to Florida just so I could catch a break and not have to deal with adulthood and responsibilities for a few minutes.

My Pictures from Germany and Poland are sitting on my computer, completely untouched. The last thing I wanted to do was go through more pictures. Mary hasn’t really heard about my trip – just in passing of the random things that would happen that something here would remind me of.

I am more baffled by the fact that it’s almost October. I honestly can remember New Year’s Eve and how that night went and every detail of how the 1st went when I worked the New Year’s Day Dash run.

But I love fall so it’s okay. I love everything about it – the leaves changing colors, the thunderstorms, the jeans and sweatshirt weather, the brisk wind and being able to sleep with the windows open again. It’s the beauty of living in Wisconsin and being able to get all four seasons – although sometimes we get too much of one. AKA winter.

I’m excited to have October open and to really enjoy the fall weather and leave colors and be able to relax a bit.