Sunday was the most perfect fall day to host a Pro Am at our club. 75 members signed up for this event. It was an exciting format with four half hour rounds where members got to play doubles with UNC college tennis players. One round consisted of drills done with either a UNC coach or a pro. It was all very fun and the college players were very gracious. Here are a couple of pictures from the event.
I adore my friend Karen for she is up for anything. We decided on a beach trip. Freedom from family responsibilities was on tap. Now you must understand middle aged women with kids sure know how to make the most of precious free time for it doesn’t come along easily or often. As much as I adore lying on the beach reading a magazine and swimming doing that for two days could get boring so I signed us up for Paddle surfing lessons. Now if Matthew Mconaughy can do it we sure thought we could do it but of course we were not going bare chested like dear Matthew for that surely would of caused some heart attacks in the retired old men on the pier!! uggh. Yes, I think unfortunately at our age those are the only men looking. Ha ha. In any case the wind was actually blowing harder than our instructor Brian was counting on but I think he could only have been impressed with our ability to pick it up. There was only one tense moment where Karen got taken by the wind and was going into a boat but Brian came to her rescue. For me I loved the quietness of it and enjoyed working out different muscles which I am sure will be sore in the morning. Yes, I look like a total dork in these photos sorry kids!!
Saturday evening I had the opportunity to photograph Erica who is a lovely eighteen year old from Chapel Hill. Erica has great poise and with her hair done the way it was she reminded me of a Greek Goddess. She was a great model and her Mother was very helpful holding up the reflector at different points during the shoot. Thank you both. I hope you like the images. See you soon. Anna
Alain officially became a US citizen today. The official ceremony was really quite dry and uninteresting. The music in the ceremony room was Michael Jackson. Strange. I thought about the official’s question to the immigrants about what it means to them to become American. Mostly, they answered freedom and safety. A man in his 80’s said, “a future”. We forget having lived here for so long that in many countries people fear for their safety and are not able to live freely. I just hope that with this new administration that the America that is projected to the outside world is one that is more tolerant and more respectful of others cultures. For what we promise to immigrants coming here is that they have freedom to be who they are and that their way of life will be respected. Why can’t we seem to do that abroad?
Anyway I am adding in a pretty picture of an all American summer meal from Maine.
June was a very busy month. I had several portrait sessions and two weddings. Therefore, its been awhile since I could update the blog. We are now vacationing with my parents up in Maine. We went out to Great Cranberry Island yesterday and had a nice walk and a light lunch at Hitty’s cafe which is new to the island. It is part museum part cafe and part watercolor teaching space. We then took a walk through the woods and ended up at Mosquito Cove which did not lack mosquitoes that is for sure but was very beautiful. I love the houses on this island.