August 4, 2009

In the Yard

Filed under: Family,Personal,Photography,Uncategorized — alexboerner @ 7:28 pm

I always hated working in the yard. For at least one weekend every summer my brother and sister and I would have to help my mom and dad rake up leaves, pull weeds, pick up the trimmings left behind by the shears and repaint the benches and rocks in the front of the house that had been stripped of their life by the winter. As far as I was concerned though, summer was summer and one weekend was one weekend too much to spend on the yard.

Things are different now. I look forward to giving a haircut to an out of control yard. I have a few ideas as to the reasons my attitude has changed, but mostly, I like getting dirty and hanging out with my wife on our one day off together.

Last Saturday we spent about 7 hours in the yard. It had been about a month since we had done anything more than mow the grass, and it was bursting. We were able to get a lot done though, including throwing down about 8 gallons of some really disgusting compost. Afterwards, as the sun was going down I busted out the lights and attempted to make a portrait of Deborah.

I don’t practice lighting as much as I’d like to. It was slow. Thankfully D was willing, and patient.



  1. Damn Al, that’s amazing! I wish I had a cool photographer husband (although Tom excels in other areas). Congrats on your wedding. I’m sorry we couldn’t make it. We will be in Minnesota in September though! We hope to see you and meet Deb there!

    Comment by Veronica G — August 5, 2009 @ 9:35 am | Reply

    • Hi Veronica,
      Ha! You have a cool husband who holds the purse strings for national science projects. I’m excited to see you both in September. Maybe when we meet up I can give Tom some photo tips and he can learn me on some brain stuff 😉 No worries about the wedding. You had a brand new baby Clark to keep you guys busy. I felt like a moron for not realizing that you lived so close to DC. We could have met up then. Oh well, there will be another time out there. Say hi to Tom for me.

      Comment by Alex Boerner — August 5, 2009 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  2. Wow! That is so cool!

    Comment by Matthew — August 5, 2009 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  3. Alex!
    Man, I love this photo.

    Comment by Matt Roth — September 9, 2009 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

    • Good to hear from you Matt. Glad you like the photo. Hope to see you this weekend at GF. – Alex

      Comment by alex boerner — September 11, 2009 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  4. Love this photo…… did you light it may I ask?

    Comment by Nancy Cuppy — September 22, 2009 @ 7:49 am | Reply

  5. Great work on the photo of Deb! Tell her I said “hello.” Hope you guys are still working staffers if that’s where you want to be. Great to be home in Kentucky even though there are no jobs.

    Comment by Suzanne Feliciano — September 30, 2009 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

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