7 year old says he wants to cut the grass. I got it on tape!

My seven year old grandson was so excited about cutting the grass when he saw me working in the yard.  I thought it would be great to capture him on video so I can play it back when he is old enough to actually cut grass.

I am not sure that it will be legally binding.

What do you think?

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Imaginary becoming Real – The Journey Back

journey backIt was almost a year ago while minding my business and at the end of what seemed to be a  normal day, I was stricken with a stroke.  Doctors said it was a “small” stroke but it has made a major difference in my life.

I was blessed to not have most of the issues that stroke victims have  – no headaches, no speech problems, no vision problems, and no notable facial drooping.  I did have weakness on my right side and the inability to use my right arm and leg.  When I woke up that day I did not imagine how it would end or that I would spend almost the next 8 weeks in hospitals and rehab facilities.

Wheel chair bound and having to ask to be taken to the bathroom was my start.   Hard headed I listened to what doctors were saying but I never imagined being less than what I was before the stroke.  When I was wheel chair bound I imagined being able to walk with a cane.  Each day I pleaded with the therapist to leave one in my room so I could practice. Eventually one day she “forgot” and left one there.  Once I became comfortable (in my mind) with the cane and before the therapist thought I was ready I started taking steps without the cane.  Scolded for walking around the rehab center without the cane I became more frustrated but more determined and somewhat sneaky.  I felt that it was my body and if I fell it was my business.   Fortunately, I never fell at the rehab.  I could notimagine being cane bound.

Now I am almost 11 months post stroke.  I go where I want to go on my own 2 feet. No cane or wheel chair!  My walk is not pretty yet.  It is getting easier and easier to walk up and down hills and to climb on and off metro buses and the subway.  I am also a professional photographer taking pictures again – probably better than I did before.  People see me on the streets and probably feel sorry for me and think I have it so bad but they have no idea what I looked like a few months ago nor can they imagine how great I will be walking next month which will be 1 year post stroke.  I can imagine it!

Do you have an ailment or situation and know that you are going to do better?  You just can’t imagine anything less!

Lonnie Dawkins is a portrait and event photographer based in Washington, DC

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The carnival comes to town in the summer. Maryland

When the carnival comes to time it’s a good time for pictures.  Beautiful lights whether it’s color or black and white.  Night time adds even more beauty.

The first pictured carnival took place at Capital Plaza n Landover Hills, MD.

The black and white pictures are from the carnival that was located in New Carrollton, MD around 2006.  It was located at the corner of Annapolis Road and Riverdale Road.  If you are familiar with the area there used to be a Toys-R-Us there.  Now the is a CVS Pharmacy and a TD Bank.

Anyone remember going to these carnivals?

Carnival at Capital Plaza in Hyattsville, MD Ferris Wheel at night Carnival hot dogs and hamburgers

Lonnie Dawkins is a portrait and event photographer based in Washington, DC

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Washington, DC Model – Donte

Donte – DC Male model wearing striped knitted sweater.

This is from our 3rd photo shoot.  Due to busy schedules it is difficult to find time to shoot. When time does permit we are both pleased with the results.

The first image was taken in existing light.

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Big Bold Pictures in Big Bold Frames

We believe that one should not settle for digital images.  Make beautiful images and print them large.  Then pick big beautiful frames to show them off.  Put them on your wall where all can see or gift them for friends.

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Birthday Party Pictures – Remembering the Fun

Birthday parties are wonderful times.  Great memories can be relived with pictures.  You should enjoy your party and let a professional photographer capture the moments.  After the cake is eaten and your guest have left,  you will have pictures that will let you enjoy the party again and again.

One client said “Yes, you captured the moments very nicely. I’m still enjoying the event & spirit of the day and your photos!”  Another said “the photos brought the biggest smile to my face and took me right back to that evening.  I had a BALL and these images will remind me of how blessed I am.”

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Carnival lights at night

The lights and colors of the carnival brighten the sky and draw one to the gates on a hot summer night.  This carnival is set up about once a year in a huge parking lot that also hosts a Walmart.

I haven’t been inside the carnival in years but I don’t that anything inside could be as wonderful as the view of the lights and colors that take over the night sky.  I go to the parking lot each year just to take pictures of the lights.

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Night light carnival scene

 

Have you been to one of these carnivals lately?  Ever noticed how beautiful the lights are?

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