Memorial Day Patriots Peace Memorial

I spent part of my Memorial Day covering an event for the Voice-Tribune and I’m happy I got to witness the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony. The Louisville area armed forces veterans came together at the Patriots Peace Memorial to enshrine three heroes. Continue reading “Memorial Day Patriots Peace Memorial”

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SKETCHBOOK: The Twins Together

I’ve mentioned Noah and Justice and shown their photos. Oh, and I mentioned that they are twins, but did I ever show you them together? Don’t answer that. I know I didn’t. Until now. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: The Twins Together”

SKETCHBOOK: The Best Cadet, In My Opinion

Every year Fairdale has a parade that my son London participates in as part of Valley High School’s NJROTC. This year, as a senior, he looks so much the part of a cadet that it makes my heart hurt. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: The Best Cadet, In My Opinion”

FOOTBALL: Pleasure Ridge Park at Valley

When Valley plays Pleasure Ridge Park, it’s always a tough game for the Vikings and this year did not prove to be any differently as the boys in blue took the L 41-6. I’ve watched this rivalry for 4 years and it was populated by the same things we’ve come to expect. Continue reading “FOOTBALL: Pleasure Ridge Park at Valley”

SKETCHBOOK: Vision of Love

The recent hate explosion can be disheartening to a person like me. I spend my time being positive and trying to create positivity around me, despite some of the darker events going on around me. It takes effort to overcome the strikes I was born with. Being black and male makes a certain segment of the population hate and fear me. Just by looking at me. And the recent event in Charlottesville and the upcoming rally just down the road in Lexington prove that point. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Vision of Love”

SKETCHBOOK: Last First Day of High School

Wednesday marked the first day of the 2017-18 JCPS school year and with my son being a senior going into the semester it’s his last first day of high school. Yes, I realize if the academics go south that would open up the door to the possibility of another one, but he knows that his last name is Girton and the elder one in his household will not allow that to happen. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Last First Day of High School”

SKETCHBOOK: The Fall of Snow Emma

I think I mentioned before that my niece Emma loves her fairy tales and her Disney princesses. She knows the movies by heart, as most little girls do, and knows how the stories work out. So it’s not surprise that when we asked her to act out parts of the tales for her birthday photo story, she came through for great images. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: The Fall of Snow Emma”

SKETCHBOOK: …And I’m Done

Energy. That’s the word that best describes Kendall along with beautiful, charming and smart. The entire shoot through Central Park and St James Court consisted of chase and snap for me. It’s an awesome way to make portraits of kids. I want the energy to come through because when these photos become memories it works best when they can look back and see their true younger selves. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: …And I’m Done”

SKETCHBOOK: Snow Emma

During her birthday photoshoot, Emma had a costume change and we took to Central Park to reenact a few scenes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That’s why she’s taking a big, exaggerated bite of a juicy red apple. And thanks to the portion of Central Park we used, we have the suggestion of a forest. Continue reading “SKETCHBOOK: Snow Emma”