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Jul. 3rd, 2009

06:07 pm - Ryan Blythe Installation at ESD Architecture, Charlotte, NC July 3, 2009

Today, I had the opportunity to observe the installation of an incredible piece of work by Ryan Blythe (see www.blytheglassstudio.com/) at ESD Architecture (see also www.esdarch.com/).  Ryan had been commissioned by Clay Elder, principal of the architecture and design firm, to create a glass art piece of the main staircase (in ESD's offices in a old textile building they renovated).

While the installation took most of the day (approximately 450 hand blown pieces from Ryan and his crew), the final results were stunning (see the slideshow at www.qiphotography.com/ on left under Events), especially since the piece itself is lit internally with a  bank of LEDs.  You can get a sense of the scale from the photo above showing Mark (the installer) standing on an eight foot ladder to reach the top pieces.  Notice that the bottom 'flower' is approximately 2" off the floor.

Clay Elder had designed a winch and pulley system (the pulleys themselves were left over from the old building's lift for cotton bales).  This image shows the piece raised to height.

May. 17th, 2009

10:58 pm - MPBC Childrens Choir

Photographed, for Myers Park Baptist Church, their annual Childrens' Choir concert.  Really had fun watching the energy and listening to the songs.  Images and a slideshow can be seen here: www.qiphotography.com/Events/MPBCChildrenChoir051309/index.htm

A video of their closing number can be seen at www.qiphotography.com/events/mpbcchildrenchoir051309/allcreatures.qt   I would strongly suggest you RIGHT CLICK, SAVE AS first, and then play the video from your harddrive, as it is about 10Meg.  You will also need QuickTIme to play the video.

May. 10th, 2009

09:28 pm - Motet Choir, Myers Park Baptish Church, Charlotte, NC

Had the opportunity to photography the Motet Choir from the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.  Also did a video (using the Canon 5D mk II).  [Strongly suggest you, first, right click the link and Save As (onto your hard drive) before viewing as the file is approximately 20Meg in size.]  www.qiphotography.com/events/motetchoir051009/MPBC_Motet_Choir_051009.qt

Current Location: Charlotte, NC

Apr. 26th, 2009

10:17 pm - Underground Detour plays Charlotte

Underground Detour, from Charlotte, played the Double Door Inn (see www.doubledoorinn.com/) this afternoon (April 26, 2009) to raise funds for a great charity, A Child's Place (see www.achildsplace.org/).  In their style, they performed a number of well know covers, from Rolling Stones up and down the line.

More importantly, a great number of people came out to support the charity and help them in their fund raising efforts.

A video of clips from the performance can be seen here (link www.qiphotography.com/events/undergrounddetour042609/ud042609v2.qt)  CAUTION. THIS IS A VERY LARGE QUICKTIME FILE (~135MEGS) SO IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED YOU RIGHT-CLICK AND SAVE AS, BEFORE PLAYING.

Current Location: Charlotte, NC

Apr. 16th, 2009

11:27 am - Corporate Headshots/Groupshots

Just finished two different corporate shoots -- one for an executive team (included group shot and individual headshots for web use) and a bank president headshot (also for web use).  It's fun working with executives in a different fashion (normally, I'm an executive coach -- www.dnabizbuilder.com and www.vistage.com)

Mar. 8th, 2009

08:48 pm - SE 8-Fest, March, 2009, Mt. Dora, Fl

Once again, Roger and Marcia Wray, organized the SE 8-Fest in Mt. Dora, Florida in March, 2009.  While the numbers of attendees were somewhat down (related to the economy), those that did come for this weekend were treated to an incredible gift -- "Big Daddy" Don Garlits spent some time with us at his Drag Racing Museum.

Big Daddy spent about two hours conducting a private tour of the museum, showing us some of his private shop area.  His stories were absolutely entertaining -- about how he got into drag racing, about his innovations, triumphs and trials.  The showrooms included drag racers from across the history.  In his 53 years of drag racing, Garlits piled up enough achievements and awards to fill the museum by himself.  He won 144 national events, 17 World Championships, 8 US Nationals, and more.  While his records and the dragsters are impressive, his personal stories and the time he spent with us was more valuable.  Thank you, Big Daddy!  (NOTE: links to both additional images and video are at the end of this blog entry)

Prior to our tour of the Drag Racing Museum, we had a road trip, first, to DeLeon Springs State Park and the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Resturant for breakfast.  (Note to self: Just because you drive an 8, doesn't mean you can cook your own breakfast).  The state park is said to be the location of the Ponce DeLeon's Fountain of Youth.  

The day was capped by a banquet at the host site, Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora.  Gift bags were awarded together with several special items through a drawing.  Thanks is extended to all the sponsors .. from Gualt Autosport BMW for the European TFPs (Note: which I won), to Escort for the radar detector (see note below), and to all the other sponsors.

Special thanks is due to both Roger and Marcia Wray for organizing and hosting the SE 8-ers once again.

NOTE: It seems that four of the drivers from Texas contributed to the Florida coffers after being picked off by an airplane trooper.  Prophetically, one the drivers won the radar detector.  Cool.  Certainly a day late, but cool nonetheless.

Select images and slideshow can be seen at:

All images can be seen at:

REVISED (March 10, 2009) Video (QuickTime) can be seen (CAUTION, very big file ~97Megs, suggest you Right Click and Save As on your drive) at www.qiphotography.com/events/se8fest09/se8fest09.qt.  Features conversations with Big Daddy himself and wonderful story-telling.

Thanks everyone.

Sep. 13th, 2008

09:05 pm - Gregory - Stikeleather Wedding, Sept 13, 2008

On Saturday evening, September 13, 2008, Debbie Holman Gregory and James Carl Stikeleather, III were married at Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.  Both the bride's and groom's children participated in the ceremony.

Debbie considers Jim her "Heart's Desire," and from the images of the wedding and reception, Jim feels the same way.

Flower girl, Olivia Schiffers, shares a secret with the bride-to-be:

 All the images can be seen in the slideshow under Weddings, left side of the main page, www.qiphotography.com.

The reception was held at the Firehouse Grill in Ft. Mill, SC.

Congratulations to Debbie, Jim and their children.

Jul. 28th, 2008

01:05 pm - NightBeat -- The Summer Sizzles

Once again, Quality Impressions Photography, Charlotte, NC, was asked by Carolina Crown to photograph their summer competition in Charlotte, NightBeat.  This was part of the 2008 Drum Corps International (DCI) Summer Music Games.  Eight corps, including six of the current top 12, put on quite a show at Charlotte's American Legion Memorial Stadium.  The show featured Fort Mill (SC)-based Carolina Crown, 2007 Spirit of Disney Award winners, coming off the best season in their history.  The line-up includes, in order of appearance  (and in order of the images on the website, link at www.qiphotography.com, on the left under Events and listed as NightBeat Photos:

Being hailed as the largest horn line in DCI history, Carolina Crown's 2008 repertoire is powered by 80 horns, 16 of which are tubas.  Their show is entitled, FINIS!.

Thanks go to Steve Tant, Greg Lowe and the other members of the Carolina Crown Board of Directors for once again asking Quality Impressions Photography to participate in this inspiring event.  Remember, on any print order (1) the copyright notice will be removed, (2) the image will be improved from the web-based quality image, (3) shipping is included in print cost, and (4) a portion of the proceeds will be returned to CarolinaCrown.org as a contribution.

Jul. 5th, 2008

05:47 pm - Monteith-Taliaferro Wedding

Today I was privileged to photograph the wedding of a friend, Joe Monteith, of Charlotte.  Joe married Rozanna Taliaferro, of Houston, at Providence Country Club with a reception following.

Parents, children and grandchildren together with guests made the event so much more special.  The maid of honor came from Houston to to help the bride celebrate the occasion.

Here's wishing both Joe and Rozanna a lifetime of happiness.

Mar. 28th, 2008

11:29 am - McDow-Dickson Wedding, March 28, 2008

The Charlotte Museum of History was the setting for the evening wedding of Nadya McDow and Damien Dickson on March 28, 2008.  Nadya was radiant as the bride dressed in a gown from her mother Miriam's bridal store.  Both of Nadya's sons, Alex as a Groomsman and Andrew as Ring Bearer, participated in the wedding as well.  Lisa Brown,a co-worker of Nadya's, was Honor Attendant and Hailey Barnes was Flower Girl.  Best Man was Jim Dickson, father of the groom, and the groom's brother, Joseph was a groomsman.

Nadya wrote and performed a song for her new husband.

Conversation Piece, a four-piece jazz band, provided live music while Creative Catering served from a carving station and fresh pasta bar.  Peg Robarchek worked with the couple as wedding planner.

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