Photographing Friends

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Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to take photographs of my good friends, Rolf and Shirley Ann Schwabe. They recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and had asked me to take a few pictures to mark the occasion. I’ve known Rolf and Shirley Ann for more than twenty years and was happy to oblige.

We thought it would be fun to try something different and needed a special prop for the photo shoot. Another mutual friend, Herman, offered the use of his Mazda Miata for the task at hand. The sports car was a great choice and it performed well. I was hoping to convince Herman to let me take it for a spin around the block once we were finished, but he didn’t seem to think it was a good idea to let me behind the wheel. Oh well, maybe next time!

We shot the photos in Crowsnest Pass on a Saturday evening. It had rained on and off most of the day, and for a while it looked like we were going to have to scrap the idea of taking photos outdoors. There had been some clearing in the sky late in the afternoon and it appeared like we just might be able to pull it off, after all. With a break in the weather, we set off to our location on the outskirts of Bellevue. No sooner had we parked the car and set up the camera, when once again dark, ominous storm clouds started brewing overhead. Rolf and Shirley Ann quickly got into position and I started snapping photos. Within ten minutes the nice light was gone and the rain started to fall from the sky. Our photo shoot was over, almost as soon as it started.

Everything turned out well in the end and we got all the shots we had hoped for. Thanks to Herman for the use of his sporty red Miata, and to his wife, Nicole, for the delicious dinner we enjoyed afterward!

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