I am not sure how this did not make it on my blog, but these were taken last fall.
The beautiful Balouch Family…
This is the second opportunity I have had to photograph Dani. She is a friend of the family and we usually see her in jeans, t-shirt, no make up; a very sweet and charming young lady with an infectious smile. This set of photos, she put on a dress and minimal make up and below are the results. I did varying degrees of editing, mostly highlighting her hair and eyes. I am happy with these stunning results….
Over the years we have visited many Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures, however, Auldbrass Plantation was a very special visit for several reasons. First, it is the only plantation Wright ever designed and secondly, it is owned by famed Hollywood producer Joel Silver of the Lethal Weapon and Matrix Franchises.
Mr. Silver purchased the neglected property in 1985 and has spent a significant amount of money and time both restoring and rebuilding the properties under the supervision of Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson.
The property is only open to visitors one weekend every two years and only allows one thousand tickets to be sold. We had been waiting over 4 years to tour this magnificent plantation.
I love Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah and for my second visit in the early morning, there was a fog in the air which added a bit of eeriness and serenity.
I visited Little Gracie again, her story still tugs at my heart. She, dearly loved by her father, died in 1889 at six years old of pneumonia. Her father had the life-size carving made of her which has become one of the most visited graves in the World.
After Gracie’s death, her father and mother left for New England where they died and are buried leaving Gracie alone in Bonaventure forever. People still leave Gracie gifts and trinkets and say her ghost still plays in Johnson Square in front of the old hotel she lived in.
This is a place I remember as a young boy of 5 or 6 when I visited in the early seventies with my family. I remember it being very magical and to a young boy it was a real castle.
I had the privilege of taking my wife there and the magic was still present. A truly magnificent home overlooking Toronto.
I have the best memories as a child going to Mackinac Island. An enchanted place where you do not hear cars as all transportation is horse-drawn or pedal power. The only way to get there is by boat or plane. A magical place with lots of history.
I had forgotten about it until in 1980 when I was watching the movie “Somewhere in Time“. On the big screen was the Grand Hotel.
On our return visit to Michigan, Mackinac Island was a top priority to share with my family.