Monday, July 25, 2011

Aaron's Viewing

About two weeks ago, I found out that my childhood friend Lisa Jastal lost her 2 1/2 month old son, Aaron, to an infection.  He had gone through surgery for a heart defect, bounced back valiantly, but through the IV that delivered some of his nutrients he became ill and passed away.

I was saddened by the news, and also by the fact that it had been so long since I'd seen or talked to the Jastals, and felt too far removed to offer much help... until I got an e-mail.

Lisa and I both studied photography.  Pictures are important to her.  She asked me to come to the viewing, photograph the flowers and setup, the friends and family that came to celebrate Aaron's life.

This request presented a great opportunity for service, but also scared me a bit.  I had never done photographs at a funeral, and wasn't positive how to approach it.  Other photographers have done a fantastic job of tactfully shooting viewings, so I swallowed back some apprehension and said yes.

Nervous as I was, the beauty of their little gathering couldn't be denied.  The family was all there together, and all of them have the faith to know that they are only separated for a time.  I admire their strength.  Knowing how forward to be with the camera was a struggle - some people looked a bit suspicious of me and obviously avoided my lens - but I hope I captured the memories the parents wanted.

Below are some images from the viewing, posted with permission.  Thank you to Lisa and Brandon Jastal for letting me take these photos.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Balanced Rock - Arches National Park

I spent the weekend hanging out in Moab, Utah.
First of all, I suggest you never go to Moab in July unless you revel in 106 degree weather.

Second of all, I recommend you DO get yourself out there at some point during a cooler month like May or September to see some beautiful scenery.

Third... look, a picture!

This is Balanced Rock, one of the many crazy rock formations in Arches National park.  It's also easily accessible from the road if you don't like hiking.  As much as I like to think myself original as a photographer, there was a guy visiting from Japan right next to me taking a picture of it at the same time.  He had my brother snap one of him in front of the rock while I played with my own camera settings.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Eating in Seattle

Seattle is a good place for produce and seafood.  So I ate some of both

The remnants of my lunch at the Athenian Inn.

A produce stand.

One of my travel companions eating a peach.  Those were really good peaches.

Don't you feel like we've bonded over food now?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fourth of July Storm Troopers!

Every Fourth of July weekend in Provo, Utah, they host a hot air balloon festival.  It's a great opportunity to get up close to some giant pieces of fabric and get colorful pictures.  This year, however, there was a giant, dark cloud looming over the field...

Er, maybe it was Darth Vader mask.  A really, really big one.

That's right... the VADER BALLOON!  And a bunch of the helpers were dressed up as characters from the movie.  It made for quite the spectacle.

Don't ever think that a sci-fi minion can't be patriotic.

I think the kids were a little confused by the costumes.

All in all, a good morning.  Sadly, due to weather the balloons didn't all get to launch that day.  It would have been a sight to see Vader in the air!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

This trip really has been pretty sleepless...

In case you didn't know, I ran away to Seattle for the weekend.  On 24 hours notice.

Don't worry, I had a good time and I'm coming back tomorrow.

Taken on the street corner outside of Pike Place market.

Copyright Notice

All images on this blog are the property of the photographer and may not be reproduced for any reason without written consent.

© 2014, Andrea Cerveny