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Photographing Presidents, Vice Presidents and The Amazing Youth of Westminster
I had a crazy busy weekend photographically. Our church was the site for the memorial service for Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale. As a representative of the church, I was asked to photograph prior to the service in the waiting room. The only other photographer in the room was a White House photographer. I was excited and a bit nervous photographing in a room with a sitting Vice President and a former President, Jimmy Carter, along with the former Vice President, Walter Mondale.
President Carter is just as warm and gracious in person as I thought he would be. Joe Biden is quite the raconteur. Although this was a solemn event, there were many stories shared and plenty of laughs. The service was full of more good stories about Joan Mondale, a woman who was beloved by many. My wife, Priscilla, was in charge of coordinating all the hospitality surrounding this event. Needless to say, we were both bushed by Saturday night.
Last night was the annual Youth Cabaret performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church, one of our favorite events of the year. Each year the kids seem to pull a rabbit out of the hat and put on a fabulous show.
I took one for the Gipper at this show, tripping over some wooden boxes and falling hard on my rear while moving quickly backwards to capture photos as the kids were moving through the aisles as in the photo below.
This photo was taken just before I did my seat plant. I am now dealing with a bruised tailbone. Not fun to say the least. But hey, I got the photo! The amazing thing is that I held onto my camera the entire time. When you live in Minnesota you are instructed not to put your arms out behind you if you fall on the ice, as you can do more damage to your shoulders, arms and wrists that way than if you just fell on your butt. Perhaps because I had my D800 in my hands, that is exactly what I did, falling right on my keister. Actually, my momentum almost carried me into a backward somersault. The photos turned out great though. The kids put on a fabulous show. Today I'm taking it easy and walking gingerly. Yet another item to put on my list of things not to do...run backwards in a darkened room with a D800 in my hands. One of these days I'll learn that I'm not immortal.
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really liked seeing your photos of the Mondale service and reading a bit about it…a little glimpse into the day. thanks! and I hope your tailbone heals quickly!
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