I Can Make a Difference MS Walk

My family will all be walking together on May 1st

Why I walk

I’ve registered for the MS Walk because I have a brother-in-law who was recently diagnosed with MS. I also want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.

Please visit my MS page and make a donation. Every little bit counts. You can also join our team and walk with us on May 1, 2010 just click HERE to participate.

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Martinsburg Mall Bridal Show Feb 21 from 11am to 5pm

I hope to see you at the Martinsburg Journal’s Bridal show at the Martinsburg Mall. I’ll be one of the vendors at the show. I plan to do FREE engagement portraits at the show so don’t forget to bring your significant other and get a Free image taken. Feel free to take fun images with your mom or Maid of honor at the show as well.

Bridal Show Tips

  1. First thing to do is get a list of the area bridal shows. You can get a list at http://www.crousephotography.net
  2. Plan to spend a couple hours at the show, bring your Maid of honor, mom, or groom to help you with vendor questions and information collecting.
  3. Bring pictures with you to show to the vendors. This will help them give more accurate price quotes.
  4. Wear shows you can do a lot of walking in so you don’t get sore feet
  5. Don’t be afraid of the vendors walk up and ask questions! They want to hear your ideas. Bring a list of questions so you will be prepared to get great information.
  6. Take a folder with you. Make one side for information from vendors you really liked and one side for vendors you didn’t like. You may want to bring a notebook to write down information that is not in the brochures.
  7. Bring address labels to fill out those mailing lists, drawings, and special deals a lot faster.
  8. Don’t just book the first vendor you talk to. Shop around and ask questions you may find a better fit for your wedding.
  9. Find out what vendors are at the show so you can do research on them ahead of time. That way if you like them you can go ahead and book them at the show and save time meeting with them again later. Some vendors will offer specials that are only available at the show so doing your research ahead of time will help you feel better about taking advantage of those specials.

10.  You may want to sign up for a new email address and/or open a temporary post office box so that after your wedding you can close them and not get wedding junk mail anymore.

11.  If the show has a website register prior to the show a lot of times this will get you in free whereas you’ll have to pay if you register at the door.

12.  Bring a bag with you not every show will provide one for you. You’re going to get a lot of information.

The Picture

I couldn’t think of anything to write about this week for my blog so I decided to share a short story I wrote a while back. I not only take pictures, I also like to write. Although I don’t write as much as I used to back in High school.

One of my clients inspired this story. When she picked up her proofs a few weeks after her wedding, she told me that the ring bearer had tragically been killed in a car wreck. This news tore out my heart. Such a sweet child and to think I may have been the last person to ever take a picture of him. I’ve never been the type to outwardly show my emotions, I’ve always written it down in my journal or wrote poetry or short stories instead.

I wrote the story from my point of view; how I would feel. I think it expresses  how I feel about photography and why I think it’s so important in our lives. I hope you enjoy the story.

The Picture

By Roxanne Crouse

     I opened the bag from the one hour photo and began to look through the images. Slowly at first, then more quickly as my heart began to race. The little blond boy, my son, starred in most of them looking beautiful with his uncut messy hair and dirty cake covered face. I watched as he consecutively tore through each of his birthday presents enthusiastically. Next he blew out seven candles on his cake and ate a ton of sugar with his friends.

     My eyes began to water out of control as I got to the last image, the fourteenth image. Only fourteen, I should have bought more film. My son sat on a video game motorcycle staring at the screen trying to drive but the fake bike and controls were too big and spread out for him to manipulate them well. He tried anyway.  He never listened to me; his will was like stone, unbreakable.

     I looked at his colorful unmatched clothes and untamable hair and my heart sank deep into my chest. So deep I never thought I’d be able to put it back where it belonged. I wished so badly that he would have looked at the camera for this last picture, his last picture. I didn’t want to think about it.

     Had I known, I would have bought more film. I would have tried to get better shots. The pictures seemed so insignificant then. I thought I had plenty of time, his whole life to get great shots of him. Now this poorly exposed image where he wasn’t even looking was the last.

     I fell against the wall and slid to the ground holding the image in my hand. I cried out letting all my pain finally escape. I didn’t care what the people on the sidewalk thought, this pain throbbed in me, and I could no longer hide from the truth. The truth that he was gone and this piece of paper was my last memory of him.