Lake Ouachita State Park, AR

July 18th, 2011

OK. This IS a wedding photography blog but we do love to talk about the adventures we encounter. The next blog will be about our latest engagement session. Cool! Now, about our adventures on Lake Ouachita (pronounced wosh-i-taw).


We’ll keep this post short. Share a few pics & stories.



There is one story that really stands out. Racing the storm.

On day three we rented three tandem kayaks. Each of us had one of the boys. My sister-in-law was with us. The trip out was probably one of the most pleasant experiences ever. We made a few stops on the opposite shore looking for a place to swim. We found a nice place about a half mile from the marina (picture below). We disembarked, broke out a lunch and began to enjoy. It was GREAT! That’s when it happened. Thunder. We wrote the sound off to some baby boomer on his Harley. Ha! Denial! Strait across the lake… in the direction of the marina, the storm approached. And with thunders best friend, lightning! Wow. You have to understand, it took us the better part of an hour to get where we were. We were newbies on kayaks! What added to our since of panic wasn’t just the fact we might be caught in the middle of a lake, ON KAYAKS!!, in a thunderstorm with lightning dropping all over the place. Our tent was uncovered. Who in the world wants a wet sleeping bag? So, we raced the storm. It took 20 minutes & two big blisters to get across the lake, in a head wind to boot! It was a miracle. My oldest was sitting up front dragging his hand in the water during the race, I was like dude! It’s absolute bliss to be a kid. We made it. With about 15 minutes to spare. That with God’s help. So we packed up and went on an excursion to the Blakely Mountain Dam.

Following are a few pictures. Enjoy!

Camping is never complete…

I wonder what the joke was?

Again, if you do not get out. Consider it.

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Camping strengthens families.

June 29th, 2011

We’re about to leave on another family camping trip. This will be our first “out of Texas” adventure. We are still newbies considering this is only our second year. Our boys have taken to it as if it’s the best thing ever. It’s what they want for there birthdays!?


J & H


The point of the title is, if done right, camping can strengthen your family. There is something about getting away from the comforts of your home and “roughing” it for a few days. It isn’t just getting “close to nature” though that is really cool. Waking up to the sound of hundreds of song birds waking up (warning, this is at first light), it’s glorious! My favorite time is after the sun drops below the horizon. No city lights. The Milky Way is poured out across the sky.


below the horizon


OK. Back to the point. It’s taking time away from work, routine, home business, slowing down. You see your spouse and kids, talk to them, do stuff with them, and share in a safe hardship. The memories you take away from those few days are timeless, priceless. We like to do this. We’ve been out five times now.

Not to mention the obvious, the pictures add a dimension to our photo books. We have to recommend doing this too. It keeps the memories within hands reach. We can be easily distracted and forgetful. When things are tough in your family, looking through pictures & remembering can be a balm.


I know some people do not like to get outdoors. I wonder if they’ve just not had a good experience. Or just have no idea. God bless them. This is a photography blog, so, one photo point. Take a camera. The pictures will be treasured.

Click here for a list of Texas state parks. Every terrain is represented.



Hope we’ve convinced you.


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P.S. When camping I think I miss my Pandora One the most.