Autism Walk 2010


For the third year now I’ve had the privilege of photographing the team and candid pictures of the annual Autism Walk at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. 

I’d like to thank Greg and Mary Frieden, and Stephanie “Stubby” Webb for their help with the candids!!!!  Couldn’t do this without you!! 

100% of the profits we make from this event are donated back to the East Central Iowa Autism Society!  http://eciautismsociety.org/default.asp  Click on the link to make a donation! 

We raised appx $200 on Saturday, April 24 for Autism so a special thanks to everyone that purchased a Team Photo. 

The candid pictures you see here and many more are also available for purchase at www.visionsphotography.net just click on the “View your online photos” link at the bottom of the page.   Or just click here:  http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/store.aspx?p=5573 

Once again, all profits from candid or team sales will be donated back to the East Central Iowa Autism Society! 

As always, hope you are having a great day! And stay positive!
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
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carl@visionsphotography.net
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You can also see more of my work at the following sites.

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Brittany and Brandon’s Wedding


Brittany and Brandon were married on April 17, 2010 at English Valley Bed and Breakfast in Montezuma, Ia.
They were such fun to work with and allowed us the first hour to concentrate on getting some great images of just the two of them. Beautiful day and beautiful wedding!

Congratulations to Brittany and Brandon, thank you for choosing Visions Photography to photograph your wedding, hope you both have a lifetime of happiness together!  

A special thanks to Claire Boyd, Mike Weber, KathrynParry for the help!

photo by 2nd photographer Claire Boyd

photo by 2nd photographer Claire Boyd

photo by 2nd photographer Claire Boyd

As always, hope you are having a great day! And stay positive!
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
319-270-7371 cell
carl@visionsphotography.net
http://www.visionsphotography.net
http://www.visionsbycarl.com

You can also see more of my work at the following sites.
http://www.facebook.com/carl.bromberg
http://www.facebook.com/visionsphotography.cedarrapids.ia
http://www.twitter.com/visionsphoto
http://www.visionsphotography.wordpress.com Blog

Wild Things!


I’ve never seen a wild thing feel sorry for itself…DH Lawrence

I LOVE this quote and it is SO true! 

In the last 90 days I lost two beloved furry family members, Smokey and Chief.  In both cases, even toward the end, I never once saw them feel sorry for themselves.  They both let me know in their own way it was time for them to embark on a new journey!  And they let me know they were ok in very different ways after they had left this life and embarked on that new journey!  

It was a lifechanging experience for me, not in a bad way, but they showed me how to communicate with energy, with positve thoughts, they showed me how important it is to take a moment everyday and just enjoy and be thankful for the little things that life can offer us if we are open to it.  They opened my eyes, my mind, my heart to my surroundings and what Mother Nature tries to tell us everyday!   Enjoy life, be happy!   Being happy is after all up to us as individuals through the choices we make on what we focus our energy on. 

We can learn a lot about life from studying animals, pets and wildlife!  They live in the moment, they don’t care what happened 5 min ago and don’t worry about what will happen 10 min from now. Only this moment is what counts. 
      
Yup I can now here some saying, “but they have no responsibilities”. I disagree, they still have to find food, they still have to care for their young and provide those young with food. They still have to teach and nurture the young. They also need homes and have to build their own homes.
    
They can help us on our own paths through life, they will communicate with us if we are open to that communication, they don’t speak in words, but they speak with energy!
                               
There is a wonderful book called “Animal Speak” by Ted Andrews that is an awesome guide to learning what Mother Nature is trying to tell us, but we have to be “open” to that communication! 
                             
An excerpt from the beginning of the book:  ”  Many ancient myths and stories speak of a magical time and place in which there were no boundaries between humans and animals.  Animals and humans spoke.  Wild and tame had no meaning.  And always the divine revealed itself in nature.
               
The natural world and the animals within it speak to us everyday:  by their appearances, behaviours, movements, and characteristic patterns.  When we know what to look for, we can use them as omens—not in a superstitious sense, but in the development of true prophecy and higher perception.
                    
Through this book you will realize how intricately every aspect of nature is woven into your life.  You will awaken to the ancient knowledge of spirit animals and how to determine their roles within your life.  They will touch a primal part of your heart and soul—and stir long dormant embers.  They will become your friends, your teachers and your companions.”
         
           
    
    
    
    
    
    
                                     
As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
319-270-7371  cell
carl@visionsphotography.net
www.visionsphotography.net

Orchestra Iowa, Jeans ‘n Classics, Music of Queen


Last Saturday, April 10th I once again had the honor of photographing one of Orchestra Iowa’s events!  This time they joined with the band Jeans ‘n Classics, the show choirs from Kennedy, Prairie, and City High to perform the music of Queen! 

Oh what a night it was!  You knew as soon as you entered the US Cellular center that you were in for a special evening, there was a special energy in the air!  What a great performance by all!  One of the chorus members even asked a girl to the prom from the stage and she said yes.  🙂   My personal favorites were “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Are the Champions”, “Somebody to Love” and “Fat Bottom Girls.” 

A special thanks to Jaimie Moquin for helping out, always great to work with you!  Also special thanks to Christy, Ed, Robert, and everyone at Orchestra Iowa for allowing us to participate in this event!  🙂 

If you haven’t had the chance to see Orchestra Iowa perform, you owe it to yourself to go to one of their concerts.  I promise you will have a great time and enjoy some great music.  I’ve said it before and will keep saying it,  Eastern Iowa is extremely lucky to have an orchestra of the caliber that is Orchestra Iowa!   Please support them with a donation or purchase tickets to one, or better yet, get tickets to all their concerts with a season pass!  You can get all the details here:  http://www.orchestraiowa.org  Help support the arts in Eastern Iowa!

photo by Carl Bromberg

photo by Jaimie Moquin

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
319-270-7371  cell
carl@visionsphotography.net
www.visionsphotography.net
 
You can also see more of my work at the following sites.
http://www.facebook.com/carl.bromberg
http://www.facebook.com/visionsphotography.cedarrapids.ia
http://www.twitter.com/visionsphoto
http://www.visionsphotography.wordpress.com  Blog

Artistic Adventures – Photography Workshops


A while back on Facebook, I mentioned I was going to start giving photography workshops to new and upcoming photographers. 

They are going to be called Artistic Adventures and the first one is getting much closer! 

The first one will be Sunday, May 23rd from 1 to 4pm.  Yes this is not the optimal time of day to shoot, but if you can get a great shot in midday light, think what you can do during golden hours around sunrise and sunset.  🙂 

Also if you like to shoot portraits the street is a great place to start to improve!   Once again if you can get a great street portrait under harsh lighting conditions, think what you can do when you have control in a studio or when you shoot during “golden hour.”  There is a purpose for everything!  🙂

Cost will be $40 per person or two for $70 if you sign up together.  Class size will be limited to 10.   We will meet by Theater Cedar Rapids on 3rd st and 1st Ave in Cedar Rapids at 1pm.  I will be available to offer feedback the entire time.

You can reserve your spot by emailing me at:  carl@visionsphotography.net or calling 319-286-8483! 

Participating in this workshop is geared to those who want to improve “how to see” photographically, going from snap shots to fine art.

All cameras from cells to point and shoot to professional SLR’s are welcome, including all photo levels, beginners to professionals.  It’s not about the equipment, but more about learning “how to see.”

The session will last 3 hrs. The more you show me your images as you shoot, the more feedback you will receive and the more you will improve your compositional skills. There is not another photo workshop like this in the area that offers this kind of personalized individualized attention after clicking the shutter.

At the end of our session, we also go over your images while reconfirming suggestions, and you begin to “get it,” understanding what to be aware of the next time you pick up your camera. Participants will come away with a better perspective and understanding in how to get more fine art images.

The streets are pure theater without the obtrusive fixture of a stage. View business people, mothers, fathers, children, students, all living moments without a script. It’s a photographer’s paradise. 

Future workshops are planned and will be held in Iowa City, State Parks, and Local Parks.  Subject matter will include landscapes, use of models, lighting models with natural light as well as the use of fill flash both on and off camera and much more!

Once again, you can reserve your spot by emailing me at:  carl@visionsphotography.net or calling 319-286-8483! 

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
319-270-7371  cell
carl@visionsphotography.net
www.visionsphotography.net
 
You can also see more of my work at the following sites.
http://www.facebook.com/carl.bromberg
http://www.facebook.com/visionsphotography.cedarrapids.ia
http://www.twitter.com/visionsphoto
http://www.visionsphotography.wordpress.com  Blog

Lilly, Kaitlinn, and David


I had the privilege of photographing Kaitlinn and David’s wedding last year and just recently Lilly, this beautiful bundle of joy, was born. 

Congratulations to Kaitlinn and David and welcome to this world Lilly!  You’ve got two great parents!  🙂   Thank you Kaitlinn and Dave for choosing Visions Photography! 

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
319-270-7371  cell
carl@visionsphotography.net
www.visionsphotography.net
 
You can also see more of my work at the following sites.
http://www.facebook.com/carl.bromberg
http://www.facebook.com/visionsphotography.cedarrapids.ia
http://www.twitter.com/visionsphoto
http://www.visionsphotography.wordpress.com  Blog

Jenine – Senior Portraits


This is Jenine, and she is an exchange student from Germany!  How cool is that?  🙂  We had a lot of fun taking her senior pics!  Hope you like them Jenine!   Have a safe trip back to Germany and enjoy Des Moines and DC! 

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
319-270-7371  cell
carl@visionsphotography.net
www.visionsphotography.net
 
You can also see more of my work at the following sites.
http://www.facebook.com/carl.bromberg
http://www.facebook.com/visionsphotography.cedarrapids.ia
http://www.twitter.com/visionsphoto
http://www.visionsphotography.wordpress.com  Blog