Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Leiva and Marks,P.L.C.

Some more of my work finding its way to the internet. Its great when you see your photos being used. This from a shoot last winter in Fairfax, Va. Click on the title link to check them out.

2010 Centennial Camporee

One of my pictures published in the National Capital Area Council Boy Scout brochure. That's my oldest son on the right.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Love Without Boundaries Champions

It was a fantastically beautiful morning in Washington for the 34th running of the Marine Corps Marathon. Congratulations to my brother Ben and my niece Caitlin (Ben's oldest daughter and my Godchild) for finishing AGAIN and continuing to help those in need.

I have posted here before that my brother, his wife Sandi, and their family of 7 are very involved in the charity LOVE Without Boundaries. They and a number of other runners raised over $20,000 dollars to help provide care and support for orphans and impoverished children in China and to assist in finding them homes here in the United States.

Its easy to see the passion these runners and their families share in their cause. You can help too by checking out the link above. Sandi, Ben and family are anticipating expanding to 9 children when two more China babies (older China babies) will hopefully join them this year.

Smiling at the start!

Rounding the corner and passing people all the way :)

Run Ben Run. The last corner before the finish. I was ready to hop the fence and administer CPR....but he finished strong!

A quick photo at the finish. Other dedicated team members were still on the course battling the odds. While they appear to be fresh and recovered, I can tell you that each (young or older) slowly inched their way to the shade to take this picture. This is a tough event and humbling to watch.

A proud moment.

And a beautiful day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I Need Your Vote!

One of my pictures, taken in my home town of Vienna, Va., has made it as a finalist in the Washingtonian Magazine's October Photo Contest. This is actually my third time as a finalist with two more making it as honorable mentions. But I've never won :(

Maybe you all can help by voting for me.

To view the picture along with the others click HERE.

To go straight to the voting link click HERE.

Thanks. I'll let you know what happens.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


All Hail General Foolishness!

Cubs of Pack 976 had a great time last night watching the antics of General Foolishness. The good General, otherwise known as Mr. Paul Hadfield, put on a great show of juggling, uni-cycling, slapstick, and lots of Tom Foolery. The boys had a blast. You can visit the General at his website by clicking HERE.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sisters Three

These three beautiful young ladies are the daughters of a childhood friend of mine who still lives locally. I had not seen her girls since they were young children. What a difference a few years makes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket Va.

When fall arrives its camping time for Cubs from Pack 976 of Vienna, Va. To get our new Tigers and new recruits out into the woods we head out to Camp William B. Snyder. This 350-acre camp, located in Haymarket, Virginia is the latest and greatest camping experience offered by the National Capital Area Council and the Boy Scouts of America. The boys enjoy a weekend of activities like BB guns, archery, the Big Dig, hiking, and of course the late night fire and roasting marshmallows. Hats off to Eric Steele, the Camp Director, who keeps things rolling along at such a large facility.

The Fort awakes.

Beautiful scenery.

BBs ~ Always a Cub favorite.

Akela Village

The day would not be complete without burning a few marshmallows.

You can almost smell it!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Engine House

If you gently scratch and sniff your monitor where the picture is you can smell the coal, soot, and grease, as if you were there. ;^)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Krista and Brian

A few from a very fun wedding.

Boys Will Be Boys.

Aren't you supposed to be in church?

This has got to be one of my all time favorite photos. Pretty much sums up my son. He is always swinging from something. Click for a larger view.

All Aaaaaaboard! Next Stop Strasburg!

On our return trip from my nephew's wedding we cruised through Strasburg in Lancaster County, Pa. Its easy to forget how much we always enjoyed this place when our oldest son was a toddler. Trains are everywhere you turn and the Amish landscape is beautiful. We used to come up twice a year. We will have to put this stop back on our list. The photography opportunities are endless and I have almost forgotten how much I truly love trains. The sound, smell, and thunder as the huge locomotives roll by is unforgettable. I have a few more cool pics I am working on. More to come but for now I think my family is waiting on wedding photos :)

Click the pictures for a larger view.