thank you for your service

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Recently, I photographed U.S. Marines Capt. Anthony Heiman surprising his family during a joyful reunion at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 29, 2014.

It was an awesome homecoming and as I watched Capt. Heiman leap into the arms of his family, it made me think about my friends, Sarah and Kelly. Sarah’s boyfriend and Kelly’s father are soldiers, and like many military families, they will spend the holidays without their loved ones.

Sarah began dating her soldier in August 2014. They met during a chance encounter at a nearby U.S. Army base. She accompanied him to a military ball. They spent several weeks together. Then, he received orders that he was being deployed to Iraq for one year. They sat in her apartment and cheered for the Kansas City Royals in the American League Wild Card Game. He left two days later.

Now, they are 7200 miles apart. She uses Facebook Messenger to chat with him. There is a 10 hour time difference between them. The end of his shift is the middle of her afternoon. She sends him care packages of cookies and DVD’s. He receives them three weeks later. He can’t reveal much about his assignment so she copes with their separation and hopes for his safe return.

Kelly grew up idolizing her father. As best friends, they spent years sharing their love of soccer. Her dad was an all-star goalie at West Point. She earned a scholarship to play soccer in college. They sat in front of the television and watched the World Cup. Then, her father was sent to Afghanistan in May 2010. He went there for a NATO peace conference meeting and was scheduled to return home two weeks later. Tragically, a suicide bomber, with a minivan full of explosives, drove it into her father’s convoy, killing him and 17 other people. Kelly had lost her hero.

Brave. Heroic. Strong. Courageous. Bold. Those are words we use to describe our soldiers but they also define our military families. While our troops fight in dangerous and miserable conditions all around the world, it is their families who support, sustain and encourage them. They celebrate holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and graduations, apart. They care for our warriors if they return home with physical injuries or PTSD. Sadly, it is also the families who must learn to survive the grief and depression when their soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Kelly is honoring her father by writing a book about his military career. Also, she is involved with The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, a charity that provides financial support to veterans from all branches of the military and their families so they can further their education. The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which was established by her father’s West Point classmates (USMA ’86) shortly after his death, awards college scholarships and grants, tuition for professional certification programs and non-degree programs, career counseling and mentorship. Kelly and several of her siblings have already benefitted from resources through The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.

I truly admire Sarah, Kelly and all of our military families. I thank you for your sacrifices, your sleepless nights, your tears, your fears, your thoughts, your prayers, your patience, your strength, your courage, and your love for our troops. Most importantly, I thank you for your service.

For more information about The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, please visit http://www.johnnymac.org

-scott weaver

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have a nice trip

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Bradley’s Ka’Darryl Bell trips referee John Higgins in front of K-State’s Nino Williams at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on December 9, 2014. Higgins was not injured on the play.

-scott weaver

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kelly and mark

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Recently, I shot engagement photos for Kelly and Mark, two friends of mine from K-State Athletics. Mark is a civil engineer and a former signal caller for the K-State football team. Kelly is a freelance writer and a reporter for the K-State Sports Extra. They are one of the most adorable couples ever.

-scott weaver

 

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Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo

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A gentoo penguin dives into the icy water in Helzberg Penguin Plaza at the Kansas City Zoo.

-scott weaver

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the 2014 big 12 women’s soccer championship

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TCU’s Bobbi Clemmer scores a goal against West Virginia’s Hannah Steadman.

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Baylor’s Bri Campos embraces Alexa Wilde after a goal against Oklahoma State.

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Baylor’s Natalie Huggins competes for the ball against Oklahoma State’s Miriam Rhinehart.

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Oklahoma’s Rachel Ressler embraces Abby Hodgen after a goal against Kansas.

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West Virginia’s Kate Schwindel scores a goal against Texas’ Abby Smith.

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West Virginia’s Amanda Hill celebrates after the Mountaineers defeat Texas.

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Oklahoma’s Jemma Cota competes for the ball against Baylor’s Bri Campos.

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Baylor’s Bri Campos competes for the ball against Oklahoma’s Madeline Brem.

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Oklahoma’s Devin Barrett competes for the ball against Baylor’s Lindsay Burns.

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Oklahoma’s Laura Rayfield steals the ball from West Virginia’s Amandine Pierre-Louis.

I shot the Big 12 Women’s Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri on November 5-9, 2014. West Virginia defeated Oklahoma 1-0 to win the championship.

-scott weaver

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the 2014 big 12 conference cross country championships

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Racers run through a dip in the course at the Big 12 Conference Cross Country Championships.

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Racers run through the King’s Bridge at the Big 12 Conference Cross Country Championships.

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Iowa State’s Crystal Nelson wins the women’s 6K individual title.

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Racers leave the start line at the Big 12 Conference Cross Country Championships.

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Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa wins the men’s 8K individual title.

I photographed the Big 12 Cross Country Championships at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas on November 1, 2014. The Iowa State women and the Oklahoma State men won the team titles.

-scott weaver

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is this the most haunted place in America?

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Cellblock 7 at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Cellblock 7 at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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A stairwell in cellblock 7 at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A cell in Cell block 4.

An old cell in cellblock 4 at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Al Capone’s luxurious cell in cellblock 8 at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Cellblock 8 at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The original synagogue door in cellblock 7 at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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The alley between cellblocks 11 and 14 at Eastern State Penitentiary.

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An intake office window at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The exterior walls and battlements of the penitentiary.

The exterior walls and battlements of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Several months ago, Patty and I visited the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The prison, which was designed by British architect John Haviland, opened in 1829. Originally, Haviland planned for 256 cells but by the time the prison closed in 1971, there were 980 cells.

Eastern State Penitentiary is considered to be one of the most haunted places in America according to several sources. It has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Most Haunted Live, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and MTV’s Fear. Several visitors, staff, former guards and inmates, all tell the same stories of hearing voices, footsteps, whispers and cries, as well as seeing shadowy figures and ghostly faces in the halls during the prison’s 142-year history.

One of the most famous ghost stories featured on the prison’s audio tour is about Gary Johnson, a locksmith who worked at Eastern State in the 1990’s. Johnson claims he was repairing a broken lock in cellblock 4 when he encountered a “negative, horrible energy” that pushed past him.

Although Eastern State had a death row, no executions ever occurred at the prison. However, life within its stone walls was difficult and many prisoners died from suicide, mental illness, disease, murder and torture. Some people believe that many of these prisoners still haunt the cellblocks.

Approximately 75,000 men and women did time at Eastern State including gangster, Al Capone. He was arrested outside of Philadelphia for carrying a concealed, unlicensed gun. Capone was sentenced to a year at Eastern State and served eight months in 1929. He lived in a luxurious cell with furniture and a radio. He also had his tonsils removed in the prison’s hospital the same year.

Several movies and music videos have been filmed at Eastern State Penitentiary including: 12 Monkeys starring Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen starring Shia Labeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel; and Tina Turner’s “One of the Living”.

Eastern State Penitentiary was named a national historic landmark in 1965 and the Pennsylvania Prison Society opened it for tours in 1994. More than 200,000 people visit the prison every year.

Patty and I enjoyed our tour at Eastern State. We spent hours exploring the cellblocks, the old bocce courts and baseball diamond. We also peeked in the original synagogue and The Hole, or solitary confinement area, and we never experienced any paranormal activity at the prison. Instead, we were fascinated with the aesthetic beauty of its decaying, gothic architecture.

-scott weaver

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2014 k-state men’s and women’s basketball media day

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K-State’s women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie speaks to a room full of reporters during Media Day at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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Recorders are placed in front of K-State’s women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie as he speaks to reporters during Media Day at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Ashia Woods looks at her images with J&C Imaging photographer John LaBarge during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Kindred Wesemann interviews head coach Jeff Mittie for K-State HDTV during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Kindred Wesemann interviews Erica Young for K-State HDTV during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Thomas Gipson speaks to a crowd of reporters during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Thomas Gipson poses for photos for J&C Imaging photographer John LaBarge during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Justin Edwards poses for photos for Wichita Eagle photographer Travis Heying during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Bri Craig poses for photos for The Manhattan Mercury photographer Sarah Midgorden during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

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K-State’s Kindred Wesemann helps Brandon Bolden spin a ball on his finger during Media Day at the Basketball Training Facility in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014.

Recently, K-State held its annual men’s and women’s basketball media day in Manhattan, Kansas. It’s an opportunity for local reporters and photographers to meet the teams before the season. 

-scott weaver

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2014-15 k-state women’s golf team poster shoot

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K-State’s Anne Willman

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K-State’s Chandler Gallagher

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K-State’s Connie Jaffrey

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K-State’s Madison Talley

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K-State’s Olivia Eliasson

Recently, I shot individual portraits of K-State’s women’s golf team for a promotional poster.

I used a standard four light setup (a key light, a fill light, an accent light and a kicker) with White Lightning X1600 flash units combined with softboxes and grids to customize each portrait.

-scott weaver

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2014 big 12 conference men’s basketball media day

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The Kansas City Star’s Kellis Robinett interviews K-State’s Nino Williams during the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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West Virginia’s head coach Bob Huggins and his bow tie were a huge hit with reporters during the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Kansas’ head coach Bill Self speaks to reporters during the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on October 15, 2014. 

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Baylor’s head coach Scott Drew laughs with reporters during the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on October 15, 2014. 

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West Virginia’s Gary Browne speaks to reporters during the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on October 15, 2014. 

The Big 12 Conference held its men’s basketball media day at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on October 15, 2014. Kansas is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 championship.

-scott weaver

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