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2017 Hopebridge Baseball T-ball League at Kokomo Municipal Stadium – Home of the Jackrabbits

Eight years ago I started working with Jennie Ousley on a league for Hopebridge Kokomo to offer baseball to the children. In that time I have worked with some amazing people and some even more amazing baseball players for the Hopebridge Children’s Foundation T-ball league games. This year we were able to play the games at the Kokomo Municipal Stadium, so now not only do we have big league players, but we also have a big league place to play the games. Every year I always look forward to seeing the familiar faces and meeting the new ones that are not sure what to expect. So thank you to all of the sponsors and the volunteers as without your support this would not be possible! I hope that you all had a great experience and will be back next year!


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What do you want to be Northwestern High School seniors? — Kokomo, Indiana

I have been waiting to share these with the 2016 seniors from Northwestern High School! Back in the fall when we shot their yearbook portraits I asked each senior the following question. “What do you want to be?” I didn’t explain or offer any advice as to how to answer, so needless to say we got a variety of answers. Tomorrow morning you will graduate from Northwestern High School and enter the next stage of your lives, so I hope that you become what you want to be and are able to follow all your dreams! I wish you all the best and congratulations!!

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2016 Northwestern High School Prom – Kokomo Country Club

It is crazy to think that the 2015-2016 school year is almost over and the 2016 seniors are ready to graduate in just a few short weeks. Northwestern High School held their prom at the Kokomo Country Club with Todd from X-Sight Music as their DJ for the night. A special thanks to Jennifer Liggett and Cindy Harshbarger for all their help in decorating and organizing the event.

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Here are some images from evening with the Photobooth and the crowning of the king and queen from the prom court.

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2015 Father Daughter Sweetheart Ball – Celebrations Kokomo, Indiana

This year’s Father Daughter Sweetheart Ball was a huge success! As it is every year there are so many wonderful moments throughout the evening. There is dancing, food, ice cream, crafts, and of course the crowning of the prince and the princess each evening. Congrats to Madison and Kenzie as the princess’ honors each evening with their dad. Special thanks to all of those that were involved this year with making the Sweetheart Ball the wonderful event that is has become!

Sponsored By:
~ Mike Wise Photography
~ X-Sight Music DJs
~ Becky Seamster Dance Studio
~ Jefferson House of Flowers
~ Celebrations Banquet Facility
~ Elsewhen Technology – IT Support

Hope you all had a great time! See you next year!

Lightning Photography – Safety vs. getting the shot

I am sure that some people are thinking that I wish I could have had a bride and groom or a senior to be able to shoot with the above lighting image that I captured the other night!!  No…as a matter of fact I actually don’t.  One thing that I won’t do is put my clients in a possible path of harms way.  I am not saying that photographers that are documenting dangerous situations as a news source are in the wrong as this is totally different.  I have seen a few lighting or tornado shots recently that were shot with a bride and groom posing in front of the actual storm front.  I would hope that professional photographers would realize that our clients trust us, so to put them in this situation is totally irresponsible in my opinion.  I am sure there will be some that would argue that if they “want” to do this and it is their idea then that makes it ok.  That is an argument, but do you really want to be take a chance of being “the photographer who shot the lightning shot that struck them as they were holding their metal umbrella?”  I didn’t think so…but yet I am pretty sure that this will continue.  I am no longer surprised now when I see people taking selfies next to the bikes as they are flying by on the Tour de France without realizing that their stupidity to get the shot is not only putting them in danger but more importantly the cyclists that are not expecting these irresponsible individuals doing this on a curve on the course.  Here is a good example if you haven’t seen something like this yet.

I realize that I am putting myself at risk when I shoot storms and lightning.  Don’t think that I am not aware of the danger that I am up against.  However that is my choice and I am only putting myself in this situation.  So I think this comes down to respect.  Well, maybe we should add common sense to respect.  So I guess I am a little guilty as well because there are times when I am standing out shooting that it dawns on me that I am doing this for what?  A picture…but it is also a picture that no one else will ever take…

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