First Kenpo Test

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 Sifu Trevor Haines Ties her Advanced White Belt

Sifu Trevor Haines Ties her Advanced White Belt

 At home, before her test

At home, before her test

I'm sharing a proud parent moment. Yes, I know. She's only six years old; but when I was six, I wasn't studying any kind of discipline. I was carefree and running around the backyard, riding bikes around the neighborhood with my siblings and harmlessly picking weeds, or provincial flowers in Canada. Well, picking the provincial flowers wasn't harmless, it was a terrible idea. We got a good reprimanding from mom for that one. 

Anyway, our daughter recently passed her first martial arts test. She had been working hard at it, practicing her forms and visiting her class more frequently. She knew her stuff but like any normal person, got nervous on testing day. She pouted and cowered behind Daddy and was on the brink of a meltdown. It was a situation that becomes difficult to come out of successfully. But then, Sifu Trevor said, "You can do this. I've seen you do it. Just get over it." And with those words, she left her Daddy's side and began her test. I snuck in and captured her working through her forms and kicking ass.

 
 After passing her test, receiving her Advanced White Belt in Five Animal Kenpo. Dojo Chattanooga

After passing her test, receiving her Advanced White Belt in Five Animal Kenpo. Dojo Chattanooga

IDA Design Awards Winner

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This past March, I had a very last minute photo shoot scheduled to photograph an AirBnB property for a local architecture firm. They had just sold it to a couple who were planning to convert it to their home, and the firm was planning to submit their project into an international design competition. In a very short amount of time, the architects arranged to have the property staged by Smart Furniture and asked me to photograph it.

Last week, we learned that the firm, Hefferlin & Kronenberg won the Gold Award for their project, called The Lay Low. Formerly a men’s gambling club (Lay Low Lounge) that closed, HK Architects purchased the property with a vision to revitalize the area. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath residence features a large living, dining and cooking area, and a vast covered porch.

Congratulations, HK Architects! I'm thrilled to have been a part of this exciting international award!