| AHS & RHS Alumni Band 2018 |

Homecoming season is here and with that comes special halftime shows and activities for all of our local schools and bands.  I once again had the honor of capturing my alama mater’s alumni band this year!  The AHS/RHS Alumni Band was strong with many members returning to help celebrate homecoming and to pick up their instruments one more time!  Having been a member of the Marching Bluestreaks in high school, I know that the traditions run deep, the pride is strong, and there’s nothing like the sound of the drum cadences while marching!  It was amazing to see so many alumni standing next to current marching band students and to hear all of them together made you proud.  What a wonderful job by all alumni, students, and those whom helped to bring the evening together, looking forward to next year!  Thank you AHS/RHS members for an amazing evening, you sounded great!

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| Norbert & Marie Rohrs |

Happy 50th Anniversary to this fantastic couple!  I got to capture something a little different for a change last weekend, not a wedding or family session, but an anniversary party!  It was fun to walk around and capture the events of the evening, mingle, and share stories with everyone.  It just so happens that Norbert & Marie are not only neighbors and friends, but family as well!  From cake and great food, to tractors and polka, it was a great day!  Something that many don’t know about my family is there have been and are some amazing polka bands in it!  I grew up attending polka and square dances, and listening to Norbert’s band, Happy Times Polka, practice on warm summer nights from down the road!  Polka is so much a part of our family that we had Happy Times Polka join our DeeJay at our wedding to share some sets!  Happy Anniversary Norbert & Marie and cheers to many more!

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| AHS & RHS Alumni Band 2017 |

Fall, the smell of falling leaves, cool rains, pumpkins, mums, it’s my favorite time of the year! October also means it’s Archbold High School & Ridgeville High School Alumni Band night! I am honored to be able to capture this evening each year, to see faces I don’t see often, catch up with them, and reminisce! What started out as a rainy morning and afternoon, turned into a gorgeous night for everyone. Events are such a fun thing to capture, you never know what’s going to happen, a drummer could break out into dancing to James Brown or the flag girls could lift trumpet player! A huge thank you to all involved for making this evening happen for the Alumni, the 2017 AHS Marching Band, the speaker Mr. Hoverman, current AHS Band Director Beth Voll & her amazing staff, it was a fun night to be a part of! Looking forward to next year already! Go Streaks & Falcons!

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| Ohio Flags of Honor |

Our small community was excited and humbled to host the Ohio Flags of Honor this last Saturday & Sunday, and what a beautiful weekend it was!  With many helping to set up Friday night, the wonderful ceremony of placing the flags and reading of the names of the fallen Ohio Heroes on Saturday, and to the many whom came to visit Saturday night and into Sunday.  Our American Legion Post 454 did an amazing job of putting a great program together for the Ohio Flags of Honor!   Click here to check out their Facebook page and see some of their images from the weekend!  As a one of the advisers to our local 4-H club, we were honored to have been asked by the Legion Commander to help place the flags along with another 4-H Club, Freedom Royal Farmers, members of our local Fire Department, Veterans, current members of our Military, and many other community members!  While I was there to help get our 4-Hers started and organized, I couldn’t resist bringing my camera to capture this once in a lifetime event, it was truly amazing!  Thank you to those whom have served and are serving!

To enjoy more photos from the event, please click here to view the full gallery!

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| Def Com 3 |

This last weekend I had the honor of covering Def Com 3!  This was the 3rd year for the local mini comic con and the turn out was wonderful!  So many unique and artistic things on display, from artwork to cosplay steam props!  There were arts and crafts for the kids, face painting, and even a cosplay contest!  Darth Vader, a storm trooper, Batman, & the Ghostbusters just to name a few also made an appearance!  Who could resist a selfie with these great characters?!  Another highlight from the day was the replica Supernatural Chevy Impala, fans young and old took turns sitting in this gorgeous ride!  A huge Thank You goes to the DPLS for putting on this amazing event, who’s ready for Def Com 4?!

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| DYS Leadership Retreat 2017 |

A couple weeks ago I was honored to be able to capture the DYS Leadership Retreat!  Each year the event features a guest speaker to help motivate and encourage the teens.  The Leadership program is committed to helping give all young T1D’s the tools needed to embrace their opportunities and differences, while working together towards better health, knowledge, friendships, and leadership!  This year’s guest speaker was the one and only Chris Ruden!  Chris is a powerlifter, entrepreneur, model, and motivational speaker — and a T1D!  It was absolutely amazing to meet this young man and watch him engage, capture, and work one on one with these teens.  Not only did he speak with them, he cooked with them!  If you ever get the opportunity to listen to Chris, do it, he will inspire you with his honesty, kindness, inspirational words, and overall genuine compassion for helping others!  Thank you Chris for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with DYS!

To learn more about Chris, visit his website here!

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| AHS Alumni Marching Band 2016 |

It’s marching band season, and that means it’s also time for the AHS Alumni Band to joib the AHS Marching Bluestreaks on the field for Homecoming!  Friday evening October 7, I was honored to be able to capture this wonderful annual event again this year!  As Ryan put it that night, the average age of a marcher on the field dramatically went up, and what a wonderful site that was to see!  Members spanning several generations joining the current generation to make AHS Homecoming special!  Led by the unprecedented and former AHS Director, Phil Hoverman, sounds of the combined bands filled the air for a magical start to a wonderful night!  Looking forward to next year!

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| Archbold High School 2016 Marching Bluestreaks |

Once again this year I have been lucky enough to work with the wonderful staff and students at of the AHS Marching Band!  As an alumni it has been a great pleasure to be able to give back to a school and program that I was a part of!  It was a warm picture night and start to the football and marching band seasons, but everyone looked great and it was a great halftime show.  Best of luck this year to the AHS Marching Band!

AHS 2016 (134) Full Band

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| Archbold Bluestreak Alumni Marching Band 2015 |

Covering events are always a nice change of pace, but they are even more special when the event is one with great meaning to me.  Last year I was thrilled to get to capture my high school’s Alumni band!  The staff and Alumni group have now made it an annual event at homecoming and I was once again honored to capture the evening yet again!  I was hoping to march along with them, but with the arrival of our little one only a few weeks off, I opted to stay behind the camera rather than dusting off my trumpet.  This year’s Alumni band was even larger than last year’s and when combined with the current HS band, they sounded great!  Hopefully next year the Alumni & HS band numbers continue to grow and the combined bands will stretch even further across the field!


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| AHS Marching Bluestreaks 2015-2016 |

Always excited to help give back to my community and the programs I was involved in! This year I had the honor of capturing the band for their spot in the Fall Sports Program! Shots like these always look like everyone gathers and sits, but in actuality it takes time to make sure everyone can be seen, instruments aren’t in the way, banners are straight, and the staff made sure of that!  Band members looked sharp in their uniforms and the staff looked great as always!  Best of luck this year Marching Bluestreaks!

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