Archive for March, 2012

Ragged Mountain Running

In February, I photographed a cover story for C’Ville Weekly profiling Ragged Mountain Running, which has been in business for over 30 years in Charlottesville.

Over the course of an afternoon, I shot a number of photographs of Mark Lorenzoni, his family who also run the store and the employees. After getting to know Mark, I interviewed  him and to put everything I shot together into a multi-media slideshow.

I asked Mark to talk to stuff he thought was not included in the C’Ville Weekly feature, which was awesome. Great work by Susan Sorenson.

Here are a couple of my favorite excepts from the article:

“I’d like to think we had a vision,” Mark said one afternoon, leaning against a wall in the chaotic, jam-packed office he shares with Cynthia, Audrey, Alec, and the shop’s three assistant managers. “Honestly, though, we never thought beyond surviving the first year. On the surface, it seems sort of reckless and stupid, but we were happy working at something that came naturally to us: people and running. Cynthia and I wanted to fill a niche with a passion we shared.”

Ragged Mountain employees always walk around the counter and hand customers their bags. (“It’s a people thing,” Mark explained.) And they must never—ever, ever—leave for the day without saying goodbye to Mark, which, said Cynthia, “is a family thing.”

“Listen,” Mark said when asked how he and Cynthia find enough hours in the day, “we sell shoes. We work hard at it, but we’ve been blessed to make a good living doing what we enjoy doing. And how lucky am I that I get to come to work every day with my best friend and my children? Cynthia and I started talking more than 30 years ago on that Michigan State bus, and we haven’t stopped since.”

David and Marisa

I am happy to bring you David and Marisa’s University of Maryland wedding photos!

David and Marisa are friends and classmates with Jon and Bonnie, whose wedding I photographed last year. Like Jon, David is commissioned the Air Force and it was a pleasure working with another fellow service members. Ironically enough, all three of us attended the same school and were commissioned by the same ROTC detachment, what a small world!

David and Marisa held their ceremony at the quaint West Chapel on campus at The University of Maryland and had lots of nice DIY touches that Marisa and her family put together. Before we left for the reception, we traveled around campus while David and Marisa braved the cold February winter day. They were such troopers and great sports!

After the ceremony, the group moved north to the Lodge at Little Seneca Creek which is also where James and Jen were married last year. Much like the ceremony, Marisa and her family decorated the lodge with a number of memorabilia individual to them. As you know, we did not get much snow this year but, a sprinkling came down after we finished our formals and we were lucky enough to capture a nice portrait outside the lodge.

I want to thank David and Marisa for having me. I had a great time with you guys and I wish you two all the best with your new life together. Go Terps!

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