Now I had heard that John Michael III and his sister Gabrielle were shy, so I was prepared to put in some serious time before they would be comfortable in front of the camera…As it turned out, it took about three seconds for that shyness to disappear and for a wonderful flow of questions and stories to come out of their little mouths. I heard about school, their favorite stuffed animals, all the cleaning up of their toys they’d had to do before I arrived ( I even got to see where some of the toys had been stashed out of sight…). I also got to hear about the affection that these two siblings have for each other and John Michael’s love for “sister,” as he’s called her since she first arrived to grant his wish for a younger sibling. Following are some of the images from an afternoon of playtime on an abnormally warm and beautiful Fall day. A treat all around.
All photos @ Eva Russo
I think I have shin splints…no, I didn’t run 26 miles, or even half that, but I really think I might have shin splints…This past Saturday I covered the HCA Virginia 8K, the McDonald’s Half Marathon and the SunTrust Richmond Marathon for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. And let me tell you that running with full camera gear is ok for a few blocks, but when you have to book it for about 20 blocks in 15 minutes after a full day of race coverage, people start to wonder why the camera lady is tomato-red and looks like she’s going to pass out. Honestly though, it was a blast. I love covering sporting events because of the adrenaline rush, that peak moment, the drive and the emotion, so so much emotion. Watching people cross the finish line after they’ve accomplished the feat of running a marathon (or even an 8K for that matter) is such an exciting occasion. You get to witness pure exhaustion, the total depletion of all strength and energy, but most of all you see that intense satisfaction of having overcome physical and mental mountains to cross a finish line.
Photos by Eva Russo
All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch
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