On 150 posts and talented nephews...

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Welcome to our 150th post! I can't believe I've had that many things to post about! We will have to do something special for our 222nd post. Any ideas? Speaking of 222, I just LOVE when you all send me little notes letting me know that you're 222 days away from your wedding (Woot Woot Megan!) or that your favorite image we took at your wedding is file number 222 (Hey Lindsey!). Keep 'em coming!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and is having a blessed Good Friday. With a big family weekend ahead, I thought I'd share some personal pictures of the nephews and brag about them for a post. Nate and I don't have kids, or cats, or even a dog, so you get to hear all about our nephews. They are all on Nate's side of the family and are extremely close to their "Unc". There are 3 of them, and they are all quite amazing but this post is going to be about the oldest two who, at 13 and 14 (almost 15, look out drivers!), are old enough to come hang out with us for a few days in Orlando on their spring break from school.

They are both extremely active guys and are into something called Parkour (or Free Running). If you're scratching your heads and wondering if that has something to do with Twitter don't worry, I'll explain.

Parkour is a discipline that is gaining tons of popularity in the states because of movies like Casino Royale. Parkour is a way of moving through an environment as smoothy and efficiently as possible using primarily the ability of the human body. David Belle, one of the originators of the discipline describes it like this, "The physical aspect of parkour is getting over all the obstacles in your path as you would in an emergency. You want to move in such a way, with any movement, as to help you gain the most ground on someone or something, whether escaping from it or chasing toward it. Thus, when faced with a hostile confrontation with a person, one will be able to speak, fight, or flee. As martial arts are a form of training for the fight, parkour is a form of training for the flight". Even if you have no idea what Parkour is, you've probably seen it in some spectacular movie chase scenes thanks to Hollywood. Here is a very popular scene showcasing Parkour in a recent Bond movie: Casino Royale. Since the practice of Parkour is much bigger in Europe, the states are just catching up, but groups are popping up everywhere as the appeal grows. It really is spectacular to watch. Our two oldest nephews are quite talented at it. They asked us if they could go run around downtown and have us take some more photos of them and of course we said yes.

This is them scaling a wall to get on the roof. It took all of 15 seconds.

We thought we'd get one bad-A portrait for Z

This shot was their idea, and I absolutely love it

I just kept telling him, "If you fall, fall to the right!"

You can see the videos they make of their stunts here.

My favorite. Right after he ran up that brick wall, jumped off, and turned around in mid air...

Check out some of their craziest stunts here. Watch "My Jump" and "Vertical Wall Run" first.


  1. Last Forty Percent // April 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM  

    I love these so much. They're so much fun!
    - Bri

  2. Amy S // April 10, 2009 at 2:36 PM  

    Those boys are lucky to have two ridiculously talented photographers in the family to document this for them! Very cool.

  3. Jamie Burnett // April 10, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

    Wow.... Boys are busy... Looks like you captured them well. I have two climbing busy boys of my own!

  4. Candy // April 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM  

    How cool is that? I love the one where he's jumping through the circle! Nice work!!

  5. Brandi // April 10, 2009 at 5:43 PM  

    lol you know what's funny is the other day I saw something randomly at 222, I don't remember what, but I totally thought of you guys! :)

  6. Zachary Godfrey // April 11, 2009 at 12:14 AM  

    wow, amazing editing on those pictures!

    I love you!!

  7. Amy Starks // April 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

    The last shot...fabbbulous. I'm certain that I'd get injured participating in something like this, but these guys make it look insanely easy. Great photos!

  8. Rebecca // April 11, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

    ooo, cool!

  9. Jeannie // April 12, 2009 at 2:12 AM  

    Wow! I love the bad-a$$ portrait and the jumping-through-the-circles photo. The boys must have had so much fun.

  10. Sanja // April 13, 2009 at 8:03 AM  

    These pics are awesome. Especially the ones woth not tresspassing. ;-)

  11. Anonymous // April 13, 2009 at 8:08 AM  

    Wow baby.... I wish I had looked at these before going over because I would have talked to them about it... GREAT pictures....

  12. Zak Schwank // April 13, 2009 at 11:57 PM  

    Cool stuff! I was thinking in the water one I hope he doesn't fall in...then I read your caption. :)

  13. maria lang // April 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM  

    these photos are awesome!! especially that last one!

  14. Anonymous // April 14, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

    Woot Woot! :P

  15. Heather // April 14, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

    how cool! i want to vertical wall run or whatever it is...i love the image with the sunflair!

  16. Anonymous // April 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

    ah...these are great. I can imagine a shoot like this with my son, nephew and their friends. Getting them to think it's cool would be another story. Ha.

    This is a great series.

  17. Jacquelynn Brynn // April 21, 2009 at 3:38 PM  

    Wow! These are great! It's inspiring to get out there with some friends and take some fun pictures instead of just client shots. Really the jumps look stellar. And I'd totally have a high canvas on my wall of the 3 circles shot