Come and get it . . .

Come and get it . . .

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let's Hear It for Dads!

We are fast heading into what I call the "Season of Honor" - that time with Mothers Day, Fathers Day, graduations, military celebrations, 1st Holy Communion . . . phew!

Now, I had long wanted to do a photo shoot to honor fatherhood.  My experience in Family law showed me that they often get a short shrift.  All too often, I noticed that when couples were dividing pictures and videos in a divorce, there were a lot of the family, the kids, Mom and the kids . . . but there never seemed to be pictures of just Dad and the kids.  In fact, I would encourage my male clients to consider having some professional photographs taken of them with their kids, because it is important to them AND to the children, to be reminded that Dads still matter.

About a month ago, I did a photo shoot with a very talented local actor/model, Kwame Rock.  He came through like the professional that he is, even though he was just meeting the child model, little 2-year-old Ava, for the first time that day!  Ah, but Rock is a father and a grandfather himself, so he knows his way around children.  The results were great:

Let's Hear It For the Dads - Fathers Day 2014 from Stephanie Richer Photography on Vimeo.

My photography business is running a special for the Season of Honor.  While I am located in Knoxville, I do have trips planned to NYC in early May and Southern California after the summer - contact me if you are interested, as the special runs until June 30th, but that is just to purchase it; the actual photo shoot can be done later.

"D" Block presents . . . "A Streetcar Named Desire"


My daughter's English class - "D" Block - had to do a 2-minute video synopsis of the book theya re reading, Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Last Sunday the kids got together and playacted some of the scenes.  All admit, they do not want to go into show business . . .

Monday, April 14, 2014

Talk Yiddish to me . . .

Love this video!

And if you don't get it . . . nu, as they say, du bist ein yutz.

Pesach Sameach, y'all.

The IRS takes a cue from the North Koreans

Some 400,000 Americans may see their tax refund checks grabbed by the government after Congress quietly lifted the 10-year statute of limitations in 2011 on money owed to Uncle Sam. 
Now, debts going back decades are considered fair game for the IRS, and the government is coming after the children and grandchildren of the original debtors for the repayment.  
In some cases, debts of parents from the early 1960s and 70s are being collected from children.  
In many cases, the IRS doesn't even possess the original records of the debts. 
In North Korea, the authorities believe that the genes of a political prisoner carries his adverse position to the Dear Leader, so that when he is arrested, his entire family is also arrested and sent to the labor camps.

The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.  -- Ezekial 18:20

Yet another stake in the heart of the 4th Amendment.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What I learned about Jay Carney's family from Washingtonian MOM . . .

They buy a lot of copies of the same books.  And their son is sort of a physical ventriloquist, able to throw his finger.

But wait . . .

Not only do Jay Carney and his wife, Claire Shipman, decorate with Soviet-era posters (note wall behind Shipman), but . . . they're either HUGE eaters or they enjoy having a lot of food lying around, going to waste.

Hey, kid, what's with the fried egg - you've already got four boiled eggs sitting in egg cups, what appears to be a big plate of pancakes and bacon, a lot of sliced up fruit that no one is going to eat, more stacks of pancakes at the end of the counter next to a serving tray of pastries, about a dozen slices of toast next to a basket of bagels, a strawberry shortcake on a cake plate (although it could just be a giant Belgian waffle) a heaping platter of hot-sized sausages behind the sink, and what looks like some beignets by the boiled eggs.  And in case anyone is still hungry, there are four giant melons on the

For the four of them.

What, hasn't Jay heard of the anti-obesity program of his boss' wife?

" But look out because the devil is present!"

What does our Pope say?
“We are all tempted because the law of our spiritual life, our Christian life, is a struggle,  a struggle,” said Pope Francis. “That’s because the Prince of this world, Satan, doesn’t want our holiness, he doesn’t want us to follow Christ.” 
The Pope continued, “Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here, even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be na├»ve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”
Jesus had it easy - at least He saw the Devil for what he was.  With us, there are too many people who deny Satan his existence and that just delights him, because he knows it is even easier to tempt us.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Engagement photo shoot

Nothing puts me in a better mood than doing an engagement shoot.  Folks from my parish, Theresa and Richard, are getting married on the 26th of this month (an auspicious day - my birthday!).  Are they not darling?  Last year, I got to photograph Richard at the Easter Vigil as he was received into Mother Church.