My daughter Tracy and her family visit from Alaska

This is the video of our family visit with my daughter Tracy, her husband Rick and my darling 3 year old grandson Gunther in October of 09. We had such a fantastic time - a family BBQ, a day at the Zoo, A day at Blake's Apple Orchard fun Yard, ...and lots of time just playing and getting to know each other at home. Lot's of great toys found from when my older grandson's, Aaron and Steven, were little (They are 13 & 15 now). This is such a treasured time since they live in Alaska and just can't get down here as often.

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See lots of images from their visit on my Flickr Account - it is best to use the sets on the right. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyspice/

Alaska - Tracy's family trip to the North Slope

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=572306&l=8639156130&id=1417072807 This is a direct link to my facebook album that anyone can see! Tracy, Rick, her friend Angie and Gunther drove north of the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Hwy - known as the Haul Rd, toward Deadhorse on the North Slope. The last camp was 20 miles south of Deadhorse (on Prudehow Bay) Rick drove up alone to try to fine the Caribou herd but it was still too far west. The "public" can only get to about 17 miles of the arctic ocean - the rest is gov land with all the oil fields of the north Slope.

It was quite an adventure and Gunther just loved it - he is in his glory when he gets to go fishing! Gunther and Sitka fishing in the North Slope area

Alaska - Tracy's family trip to the North Slope

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=572306&l=8639156130&id=1417072807 This is a direct link to my facebook album that anyone can see! Tracy, Rick, her friend Angie and Gunther drove north of the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Hwy - known as the Haul Rd, toward Deadhorse on the North Slope. The last camp was 20 miles south of Deadhorse (on Prudehow Bay) Rick drove up alone to try to fine the Caribou herd but it was still too far west. The "public" can only get to about 17 miles of the arctic ocean - the rest is gov land with all the oil fields of the north Slope.

It was quite an adventure and Gunther just loved it - he is in his glory when he gets to go fishing! Gunther and Sitka fishing in the North Slope area

Our 10x20 Folios entered for DPPA Competition

We designed some folios of our work and entered them into the  Detroit Professional Photographers Association in April in the 3 categories - wedding, portrait and illustrative - for both Julie and myself - Wally.  These were 10x20 single image photos on a hard cardboard backing.  This is the same size as an album spread and can also be framed.  There were quite a few entries; they were judged by our peers and we will find out the results at the DPPA banquet in June. Wedding Folio category

Wedding folio entry for Wally Spice

Wedding entry for Julie Proudfoot

Wedding category folio - alternate entry for Wally

Portrait  Category

Portrait Folio entry for Wally Spice

Portrait final Folio entry for Julie - "Ella"

Portrait alternate entry for Wally - engagement  session - Courtney & Matthew

Illustrative category

Illustrative folio for Wally - the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska, 7-7

Illustrative folio for Julie - Florida beaches - Spring 09

Back from 2 weeks in Alaska

I just got back from 2 weeks in Alaska visiting my daughter Tracy, her husband Rick and my grandson Gunther who is now 2years 4 months. I had a great time - spending a lot of time watching Gunther while they spent some time out together.  Tracy still had to work some of the days (she works nights as a nurse in Anchorage) - and even then Rick got to spend some time on the snow machine.  It was so great to really got to know that darling little man.

There was quite a bit of extra excitement.  While I was there, Redoubt volcano, which is about 103 miles south west of Anchorage as the crow flies erupted - about 5 times the first day - March 23rd and a good 18 major times in total.  We are in the Mat Su Valley - in the Palmer area and were not really affected too much.  It was not a lava flow - but an ash and gas emission that sent plumes int o the air as high as 65,000 ft.  In most cases - the winds drifted them away for m us - but on the Sunday/Monday before I left the did hit Anchorage and our area nd we got a light dusting.  This caused havoc with the airport - causing it to shut down. Even when I left Thursday night, Alaska Air was canceling many in state flights - but my NWA flight did fly out on time.  Rick collected a little baggie of ash for me from our front porch and we saw a lot of ash  on the snow - especially in Palmer itself - which seemed to have gotten more that us.

These collages are made with images form the Alaska Volcano Observatory which was monitoring the situation carefully and had updates every hour.  They have awesome images on the site of every stage of the eruptions, even live webcams that were sometimes clear enough to see.

Map anda images for the AVO

REdoubt Volcano - ash

Redoubt Volcano

gunther-collage

their house, property and view

snow-fun

Pioneer-peak -

Happy New Year

Happy 2009! We wish you all the best for the New Year.  I am optomistic that it will be a huge improvement over 2008 - how can it not be!  With a new popular president about to take office - with an optomistic energetic plan - maybe we can get back on track.

For us, we already have  many bookings for 2009 and are excited to work with all of them and look forward to even many more. We are embarking on some new oportunities that are also very exciting and promising.

Here's to a great new year - PROST!

This is one of my favorite winter views of Tracy's view of the mountains in Alaska.  That's not too hard to take - even in the depth of winter - she is experiencing lows as low as -20 and more.

Tracy's view in Alaska

Happy Holidays

These are cards that I designed and made for myself and  for Julie.

Have a happy Holiday from Wally & Julie at Wally Spice Photography

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Please click here to view our Holiday Video, made into a holiday card from the Animoto team. 

http://animoto.com/play/fQVWXa0pTFvmPCb9hdLt0A/greetings/holidays2008

These are from our very favorite personal images of 2008 - of our family here in Michigan: Wally, Julie her boys Aaron and Steven; my brother Gunther and his family as well as some from my daughter Tracy up in Alaska.  Some of these are from my trip last April to visit them as well as some of my favorite images that she posted on Flickr and I was able to download.

http://my.slideflickr.com/nE5NjKRn

This is a slideshow made from the images I have in my 2008 Holidays set at Flickr - taken from celebrations around Christmas.

My personal FLickr account is at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyspice/ It is easiest to view my images using the sets. Tracy's Flickr site in Alaska is http://www.flickr.com/photos/spicegirl Lots of great images from my cute little grandson at 2 years. Julie's Flickr siste is http://www.flickr.com/photos/30828448@N06/3118625241/ We use these sites for our personal images mainly - since images can be directly downloaded in any size from the site.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS - enjoy

My trip to Alaska this spring

From April 23rd to May 5th I was fortunate enough to vist my daughter Tracy, her husband Rick and my darling little 18 month old grandson Gunther in Alaska.  It is so hard being so far away and I just had to find the time to visit.  The best part was getting to know little Gunther - he was so expressive and cuddly - beyond adorable and cute!  It is so nice to see him so at home in their gorgeous surroundings in the mountains - what a great place for a little boy to grow up. I actually did have my laptop and was able to keep up with e-mails and get some work done.  I was able to work on a few album designs on the airplane.

Tracy has a lot of the best of our individual images on her Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/photos/spicegirl

I have all my collages on my flickr site at: www.flickr.com/photos/wallyspice Take a look at the Animoto Flash Slideshow I made:" (Cut and paste link if need be) http://vodpod.com/watch/748954-a-n-i-m-o-t-o-spring-2008-alaska-trip?pod=wallyspice

This is also part of my pod of videos that I made and collected at: http://wallyspice.vodpod.com/?page=1

These are just a few - there are too many to post here - needless to say I had a great time and loved every minute.

Alaska visist spring 08

Alaska visist spring 08

Alaska visist spring 08

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers day to all the mothers out there.  Especially to my 2 daughters.  Julie who works hard with me is a great mom to her 2 boys Aaron and Steven ages 12 and almost 14.  Tracy is a terrific mom up in Alaska to her darling little guy Gunther. She is a nurse in Anchorage and has her hands full. This mom is proud of her 2 "Mom" daughters!

Tracy - also a Happy Birthday May18th! 

Alaska visist spring 08

Julie & boys

Happy New Year

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and had a great slide into the New Year. My wish for all is Health, Happiness and prosperity in 2008! As I sit here enjoying how pretty the snow scape looks outside, I wanted to catch up on some of my more personal holiday collages.  We have been so busy getting out all the wedding uploads, proof books, orders, etc. that I have just not taken the time to do so. I have tried to take some time to enjoy my family here - Julie and her boys - Aaron who is now 13 and Steven who is 11. My brother and his wife Sandy and their daughter Candice who just moved into a new apartment in Northville.  Even my Ex - Russ, came over for the family Christmas party here on Christmas Eve, as well as his sister Pat, my brother in law Steve an their daughter Dawn home from California. As in previous years Aarom helped mw make the great German dish of rolladen.

All of my holiday images are on my personal Flickr site: www.flickr.com/photos/wallyspice/

Tracy's Flickr site has lots of great images of their life with my little grandson Gunther in Alaska. I really miss being with them over the holidays. He is growing so much and you can really see his character developing in the photos. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spicegirl/ 

 

Happy Holidays

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.  We have been super busy trying our best to get caught up and our weddings uploaded and orders out.  We are getting there and everything WILL br out before Christmas if it was promised. We have desisgned quite a few holiday cards and I did take a little time to design one for my self. I love the bubble motif I can use in getting many little images in. It was fun getting in so many family fun images - especially of my 3 great adorable grandsons - Julie's son's Aaron (13) and Steven (11) and baby Gunther (1), Tracy and Rick's son in Alaska

Wally's Holiday card

I also designed a card for the Detroit Professional Photographers Association.  As president this was the invitation from myself and the rest of the board members to the upcoming holiday party for all our members.

DPPA borad of directors

Don't forget we ahave a new link on the main web site page for the 2007 Holiday specials and prices.  I am still getting out orders in time for Christmas, even Holiday cards - but please do try to get them in as soon as possible.

Gunther turns 1 in Alaska

By baby grandson Gunther in Alaska turned 1 on November 2nd in Alaska.  From the photos Tracy sent on Flickr - he sure looks happy. He does not normally get to eat much sugar - so getting to have a piece of chocolate cake was a real treat - In his high chair with only a diaper on - he devoured the cake and when done was ready for the bathtub.  Happy birthday Gunther - Oma wishes she was there.See more of Tracy's images on www.flickr.com/photos/spicegirl Use her sets for Gunther's first Birthday.

Gunther is 1

Tracy and Rick and baby Gunther visit Michigan for a week in September

Tracy, Rick and Gunther came home to Michigan for a week in September. They also spent time up in West Branch to visit with his parents since they were not able to make it up for the renewal of vows in Alaska in July. The main reason for the trip was Patti's wedding - Patty has been one of her bests friends since nursing school and like a daughter to me. Patti traveled up to Alaska to stand up for Tracy & Rick at their renewal of vows and Tracy was in Patti's wedding also.We watched baby Gunther while they were at the rehearsal dinner Friday, after the wedding Sat, and then hosted a BBQ so her friends and family could visit with them on Sunday - many had not met baby Gunther - who was the hit of the day.

See all of the best of their images on mu Flickr site - using the set by the same name http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyspice/sets

Enjoy baby Gunther

BBQ with Tracy Rick Gunther

Patti and Noah September 22, 2007

Patti is like a daughter to me - she is one of Tracy's very best friends and they spent many a night studying for Nursing school at my house.  They were roommates for a few years while working here.  She came up to Alaska when Tracy and Rick ne-newed their vows this last summer to stand up in her ceremony and Tracy - along with Rick and baby Gunther - came into town for this. Tracy stood up in her wedding - so this was was like family! Love it! The girls got ready at their home in Royal Oak and then had a beautiful ceremony at the First United Methodist Church in Royal Oak. We had so much fun with the romantics.  Patti's theme was all natural nature, - flowers, trees, butterflies etc. We were able to get 4 of them plus 2 of us into the zoo to photograph in the outside butterfly garden and then even inside the butterfly atrium inside for a short while.  Then we enjoyed some time along Quarten Lake in Birmingham.  Everyone had a lot of fun at the reception at Farinas in Berkley.

A beautiful day and wedding.  I even got to take my grandson home a little early while my brother Gunther stayed to finish a little more of the fun dancing. 

Patti and Noah

Patti and Noah

Patti and Noah

Patti and Noah