Spring 2016 - Cherry Blossoms

While living in the District I've never been able to see the cherry blossoms at sunrise. Today that changed! I woke up early, grabbed a cup of coffee and drove down to The Mall. After taking some photos near the Tidal Basin I walked over to the Washington Monument and was greeted by some gorgeous lighting and shadows. This spring and summer will be great for photos! I look forward to continue to post new content!

New Video Projects!

Today's blog post features two videos I recently worked on as the Director of Photography. First is a music video I did in collaboration with Les Joueurs featuring Ariel Josee and her new song "Red Flag."

The second video is a short comedy I worked on with the comedy group Bad Medicine. It was recently nominated for a spot in the DC Shorts Film Festival (update: it was chosen!). The trailer and full video are below. 

Graduation 2015

Today's post contains many pictures of delicious food and happy people. You've been warned! 

My brother graduated from James Madison University (my alma mater), and I made the trip down to see him walk across the stage and to celebrate with my family. I had a great time visiting Harrisonburg and celebrating Bart's graduation with family and friends. 

Recently: Best of Mobile

 For a change of pace, I decided to put together a collection of photos taken with my iPhone 6, since I mostly feature my work with my Nikon D800 on this blog. It's spring in the District of Columbia, which means that cherry blossoms are in full bloom and springtime activities are gearing up after a long winter. 

  I took a long walk around the Tidal Basin, and snapped this photo of a tourist sitting next the Dr Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Edited in Lightroom mobile

 

I took a long walk around the Tidal Basin, and snapped this photo of a tourist sitting next the Dr Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Edited in Lightroom mobile

  Spring is here - so here is my obligatory photo of some blooming in #DC.

 

Spring is here - so here is my obligatory photo of some blooming in #DC.

   

 

 

  It's running season in DC, so strap on your brightly colored clothes and shoes and get out there!

 

It's running season in DC, so strap on your brightly colored clothes and shoes and get out there!

    This dog must have been trained to pose for photos. 

 

 

This dog must have been trained to pose for photos. 

  There is a lot of change happening on H St NE, and this wall knows it. 

 

There is a lot of change happening on H St NE, and this wall knows it. 

Spring in DC: Rock and Roll Marathon

On a cold and wet spring morning, thousands of people descended on the District and ran either a half or a full marathon as part of the Rock and Roll Marathon Series. The mass of people and their determination and strength in spite of the pouring rain was awe-inspiring. 


Early Spring in DC

Earlier this spring, I went to the national mall to play tourist for the day. 

A few days before I went to take photos DC got 4 inches of snow and it was all in the process of melting, which led to some very wet ground, and lots of puddles! While I don't visit the mall terribly often, it is one of the coolest places to take visitors, and I still think it's so cool that I live so close. 

Ava and Brian's Engagement

My dear friends Ava and Brian recently got engaged, and I had the opportunity to photograph these beautiful people on a chilly fall day near Union Market in DC. Their love is infectious to all around them, and I can't wait for their wedding!


Journey Through France Part 2

Sometimes it takes several months to post on my blog, and this is one of those times. Now that the wait is over, please enjoy the final batch of my photos from my summer France adventure, from Mirepoix to Toulouse and everywhere in between. As I look outside at the gray December rain, this gives me - and hopefully you! - some reassurance that spring is only a few months away. 

 

France

Journey Through France Part 1

Last Christmas my uncle Ben bought a house in the south of France near Mirepoix, so when my mom and I were thinking of summer vacation spots, this was obviously number one on our list. We landed in Toulouse in mid-July, and let Ben be our tour guide for the next ten days. 

As we arrived the sun was setting and the clouds had cleared, which provided a perfectly clear view of the Pyrenees.

View from the second floor of Ben's house.

The town of Mirepoix

Despite feeling tired and very jet lagged, we powered through for a sunset walk in the surrounding area. While we walked Ben and my aunt Jan told us stories of the history of the area. As soon as we walked past this sign, Benny paused and noted that the path we are walking is a section of the Camino de Santiago; he occasionally runs into pilgrims on the trail during his bike rides into town.

Sign guiding the way for pilgrims

Ben and Jan

My mother paused to take in the sunset.

This marker has been here for centuries. 

The sun began to dip below the ridge.

Panorama of the sunset. Mirepoix is on the far left.

The walk was finally over and the sun had set, which allowed for a perfect chance to grab a photo of the house set against the night sky. Yeah, it's a gorgeous house...

The next morning, and for the next few days, the weather became cloudy with a light chilly rain.

This castle is across the valley from Ben's house.

The next day, we began a day trip to meet up with my cousin, Vera. The first stop was the city on the mountain side city of Rocamadour. The city is off to the left side, and the castle is sticking off at the top of the hill.

On our way down to the town, we paced this woman cycling up a very steep mountain, which reminded me again how great France is for cycling. Almost every road was smooth and well maintained, and even though most drivers sped they slowed and yielded to cyclists throughout the area.

Once we got to the top of the castle I got a view photos of the town and valley below.

A view of the castle from another walking path behind it.

After walking up and down the valley, we made a final stop for some cafe and ice cream before our final push to our bed and breakfast.

We stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast that night in the area Châteauneuf-la-Forêt.

My mom's room, with a fantastic view.

That night we sat down to a 4 course homemade meal. Two retired British pilots who were taking a motorcycle trip through Europe stayed at the B&B and joined us for some wine infused conversation.

The next day we drove to meet with my cousin and her dance company Dana Lawton Dances as they were preparing to head out for their final show in France. The family who lived in the house are Americans who bought this large villa, then converted the old barn to a dance room. 

Their final show was in the small town of Treignac. We had great weather for most of the trip, but the rain was definitely chilling this day!

Every week there is a large outdoor market in Mirepoix, filled with every type of merchant and wares from locally made fondue to Italian shoes. After the market the weather started clearing up, and we sat down for a lunch of peaches and baguette, or what I like to call "the spoils of war". 

Bastille Day at Carcassonne

The Schweglers take a pause while walking throughout the castle.

To celebrate Bastille Day, paratroopers jumped from planes and landed to the surprise of visitors.

The crowds gathered for the final spectacular fireworks show! According to my uncle, this is one of the best firewords shows outside of China, and it certainly did not disappoint. 

This is video of the second half the show. Total running time was about 45 minutes of explosions!

Wilkes Barre...2013 Edition

Last winter I took a weekend trip to Wilkes Barre, PA to celebrate Christmas with my mother and brother. What follows is a glimpse into small town America, with a bit of snow.