Crazy Weather with 70 Degrees and Snow in Auburn

Tree in Back Yard

Pork Loin Roast

This has has been a crazy Saturday weather wise.  Started off with tornado and thunderstorm warnings all over the place and turned into a nice sunny and rather warm day at 70*, but tonight, there is snow expected.  I think we are well below the actual snow line if there is one but non-the-less, we are expecting a light dusting tonight.

We did have a nice evening with some friends from church tonight.  We shared a meal (see Pork Loin on the grill below) and enjoyed just a few minutes of not having to be somewhere or do something other than just hang out for a while.  It was nice, just wish it lasted a little longer. The buzz around the Internet right now seems to be how can we get out of going to church tomorrow because it is going to snow type thing, but apparently the doors of the church will be open come rain or snow, imagine that.  I am sure people up north who live in snow all winter are laughing. I guess my thought on that would be if you need an excuse not to come to church for a Sunday then just stay home and relax and watch the snow.

Dinner at Locos Grill in Auburn :: Friday Feet

Loco's Auburn Alabama

Today ended up being a very rainy day in Auburn and since Deb and I got back from Catalyst One Day around midnight last night, we didn’t end up going anywhere for Friday Feet this week other than dinner.  We went to one of our favorite local places, Loco’s (also a favorite with college students).  Crazy as it is, we are actually have a slight chance of snow here tomorrow night.  I can’t recall it ever snowing down here, but it’s actually in the forecast.

I was so beat from Catalyst One Day today that I didn’t get much of a chance to edit any of the images from Thursday but they are coming soon.  In the mean time, I am going to get a little farther down the road on Tony Morgan’s new book, Killing Cockroaches.  So far so good and although some may not like the format of the book, I love it being that it is written in short small blog-like articles and as such, reads pretty fast.  Have a nice weekend everyone, look for some Catalyst photo posts coming up soon.  Here are a couple of random pics for Friday Feet this week.

Loco's Auburn Alabama

Patio Lights

Catalyst Photos at Northpoint Church with Steve Fee Band

Catalyst One Day in Atlanta

Steve Fee from Fee Band

Ashley on Drums

Yesterday was about the longest 24 hours I have spent in a long time.  It was a last minute photo shoot request for Catalyst One Day in Atlanta and it was non-stop from the moment we left on Wednesday night until we got back home around midnight last night.  I am still processing what all happened.  This was a full packed day with Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel as the keynote speakers led by worship with Steve Fee of the Fee Band and several other great musicians.  After Catalyst One Day was over we drove down to Buckhead to the Off the Blogs meeting with Carlos Whittaker, Anne Jackson, Jon Acuff, and Pete Wilson of Cross Point Church with worship led by Aaron Keyes, which was really an eye opener.

At this point I am not even sure how to start to digest the amount of great information that was given out on Thursday, not to mention the almost 4,000 images I shot for Catalyst.  I felt very privileged to get to be around all these minds and just tried to absorb all I could where ever I was at the time.

A friend recently asked if there is a movement going on in the church, and all you have to do is listen to what is going on with some of these churches and you can start to see signs of a broad movement in the Church Body.  Some churches will ignore it, some won’t and don’t know about it because they refuse to change, others are locked in cement and are dying a slow death, but there are churches who are embracing new ways to do things and look at “church” in a fresh new light.

If you missed Catalyst One Day, or the Off the Blogs event after wards, find the podcast, cd, or dvd, and just listen to the ideas and information these guys discussed.  I will set the stage with a few photos here with more to come in the upcoming weeks as I go through the complete edit.  Unitl then, here are a few opening shots of what happened yesterday in Atlanta.  This is the stage at North Point Church and a few of the band members (Steve Fee and Ashley on drums) back stage getting ready for the day.

Catalyst One Day in Atlanta and No Film or CF Card?

I am in Atlanta right now getting ready to shoot the Catalyst One Day event at Northpoint Church and later the Off the Blogs at Buckhead Church.  This was one of the most last minute shoots I was ever asked to do, but being that it was Catalyst (and the Off the Blogs) I was pretty excited about accepting the last minute offer.  Step one as a photographer is always always pack your film (or in this case digital compact flash cards).  Without a medium to record any images on, it makes your equipment and time pretty useless, and up until this month, over the last 10-12 years, I have never forgotten those precious cards (or film), but I did today.

I did the same thing a few weeks ago when we went to the Butterfly Day Center at Callaway and wanted to make sure I never did that again (same reason as today, I switched camera bags at the last minute) so I guess this makes number two.  Thank goodness there is a Best Buy in the same parking lot as my hotel and I can go pick up something I already have tons of, but can’t do the shoot without.

I am really looking forward to the day today and can’t wait to hear and worship with everyone at Northpoint.  I doubt I will be able to post any pictures throughout the day here but you might look for some over on Twitter, but I should have some shots of Andy Stanley, Fee Band, Carlos Whittaker, Anne Jackson, and several more posted here over the next few days.  Now off to our favorite neighborhood Best Buy.

Guitarist and Real-estate Agent Rob Slocumb :: Photos

Rob Slocumb

Rob Slocumb

Rob Slocumb

Rob Slocumb is perhaps best known for his guitar work with Martha’s Trouble, so when he asked me to do a quick and easy photo shoot for him this week I was thinking music, band, guitars, and all that (see Martha’s Trouble Live at Eighth and Rail in Opelika // Photos), but it was for his day job as a Real Estate agent.  I have my typical stereotype of a “Real Estate Agent” in my mind and “cool” wasn’t really top on my list, until now.  Rob needed some head shots done for some advertising and here are a few takes from that shoot.  These probably aren’t the ones he wants to use for advertising but I couldn’t shoot straight head shots the whole time, we need a little edge.

With that said, if anyone has a chance to go see Martha’s Trouble perform live, they play in various venues around the southeast and are well worth the time.  They have a great pop/rock sound with a little Canadian twist so be sure to check them out.

I am a little more accustomed to doing shots off the cuff or candid stuff from bands but I am more than happy to do some standard head shots when I get the chance.  Tomorrow is going to be huge as far as photography goes for me and I hope to add a few more head shots of some new faces.  Right after I finish this post I am off to Atlanta for Catalyst One Day and the Off the Blogs meetup.  Can’t wait to pull out the camera again for the line up I shot back in October for Catalyst08.  For a quick recap of that shoot, go here, here, and here.  See you back here tomorrow from Atlanta.