Calendar Time – October HD Desktop Wallpaper!

2013 10 October - Reflected Fall Colors Pawtuckaway State Park NH

Great news!  For the first time since April, I walked outside and was actually comfortable!  The crisp, clear and cool weather of fall has finally made an appearance here in Jacksonville, FL. So. with October just around the corner, it seemed fitting to release our October Calendar wallpaper.  This month there are a few fall foliage shots from New Hampshire and North Carolina, an old dilapidated ruin of a house I found while exploring the back roads of Appalachia, and a few man-made bits with wheels – including one of our favorite shots of the venerable McLaren F1 from our shoot with Mclaren at this year’s  Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. If you want more automotive-themed desktop wallpaper, be sure to check out our Automotive section!

As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!

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Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Michael & Jevie’s Big, Big, Big Surprise!

2013 09 Engagement Jevie & Michael 16 Surprise Party

Michael and Jevie have some very big news… and we had the pleasure of photographing the big reveal to their families!  The happy couple, high school sweethearts, recently became engaged.  Michael flew Jevie to Paris for a wonderfully romantic week exploring the City of Love.  As their stay was winding down, he brought Jevie to the Eiffel Tower and asked her to be his wife.  But unlike the usual calls home to share the big news, the newly-engaged couple kept it a secret as Michael had planned a special surprise party for their families.

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And so, this past Friday night, Michael and Jevie’s families arrived at Three Forks in style, and went to the restaurant’s private patio to await the happy couple, wondering for what reason they were all brought together.  Once the family settled in, Michale and Jevie walked in and shared their wonderful news!  It was truly an exciting evening for these two great families.

Congrats Michael and Jevie!  As always, check out all our favorite photos below!

TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS: simply click on the photo you like from the gallery below.  On the bottom right, click permalink.  Right above the photo is a link to the full resolution image (1280×720 is usually what it says).  Simply right click that link and save it to your preferred folder.

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Going Full Throttle at Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge

2013 09 Automotive Ford Ecoboost 24 Orlando

This past weekend, we had the joy of spending an afternoon in Orlando with Ford’s line of EcoBoost powered cars.  The EcoBoost Challenge consists of three tracks – hypermiling (where you compete to achieve the best mileage), side by side comparison, and the ST performance academy.  Each track highlighted a different aspect of Ford’s vehicles, from fuel efficiency to fit and finish, to all-out performance.  Needless to say, the event was not only enjoyable to shoot but also to participate in!

2013 09 Automotive Ford Ecoboost 18 Orlando

What is EcoBoost you might ask?  The idea is pretty simple – take an efficient engine, add two asymmetrical turbos, and get the best of both worlds – increased horsepower and torque with some rather splendid fuel economy.  Because of the asymmetrical pairing of a larger and smaller turbo, the lag often found in turbo engines is greatly diminished, and the power curve is really quite impressive.  For instance, the 2.0L EcoBoost engine puts out 240HP at 5500 rpm and peak torque (270 lb ft) all the way from 750–4500 rpm.  So, what’s all this mean, you might ask?  As Jeremy Clarkson would put it, “Powweeerrrr”!    BTW – he favorably mentions the spry little Fiesta ST in his latest rambling: Jeremy Clarkson on having too much Power.

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But enough with the numbers and technicalities – you want to know what it was like.  In a word – fantastic!  Despite weather hot enough to cook a prime rib (or my Nordic skin) on the pavement, the opportunity to push these cars was quite delightful.  Even the hypermiling course was a challenging bit of fun – I reached a staggering 262 MPG on the course with just a tiny bit of cheating…  When I went back to do it correctly, I still managed 51 MPG, though others who were able to follow the rules better than I scored in excess of 140MPG.  On to the autocross track – where i felt a bit more at home.  Though I’ve had similar track time only once before (See our Jaguar Alive Coverage from earlier this year), I was able to manage a respectable 5th place in a group of about 60 people, with a time of 29.1 seconds.  The top time, just 1.3 seconds faster, was achieved by a semi-pro autocross racer, so all in all, fifth sounded pretty good to me.  What a fun day!

As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

Copyright 2013 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

9-11: Newlyweds in a Sea of Tragedy

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Bryn and I had been married less than a month.  We had just returned from our honeymoon and I was just a few weeks into the fall semester at JU.  On that morning, 12 years ago, I had gone to school, and was in the administration building taking care of some business.  I knew something was odd when I walked up to the counter – the usually bustling sounds of work had all but stopped.  On the TV was the World Trade Center ablaze.

I soon found out what had happened, Terrorists has hijacked two aircraft and deliberately flown them into the Twin Towers.  It was no accident, as previously thought, but an act of villainy and evil our generation had never seen.  It was nothing short of shocking.  As a result, I returned home to be with Bryn and for the next 12 hours, we watched the coverage – we saw the towers fall – we saw footage from Washington, Pennsylvania and New York – we saw an endless line of people walking out of New York City – and we grappled with the staggering number of dead.

Twelve years later, as we again remember the attack and those who selflessly risked and lost their lives attempting to save others, may we never forget the cost.

As much as this day has impacted all Americans, please take a moment to remember and pray for the thousands of families for whom this day is a bitter and stinging reminder of loved ones lost. 

As a Christian, it is times like these that call to remembrance the Lord’s Prayer, and Christ’s request: “Your kingdom come”.  There is hope in this reality.  There is coming a day, by the work of Christ on the cross, where pain and sorrow will cease, fear and death will be no more, and joy will be forevermore.   IF we are in Christ – this is our certain future:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3-4 ESV

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” -Revelation 22:1-5 ESV

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Travis & Andrea’s Classy Club Continental Wedding

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Who’s ready for our latest wedding?  Well, you’re in luck!  Andrea and Travis had a beautiful wedding at the riverfront Club Continental in Orange Park.  Their teal and purple themed wedding provided a great pallet, with perfect accents that really accentuated the couple’s joyous day.  And, while the weather was not ideal, the day was still wonderfully memorable and full of friends and family – just like a wedding should be!

Congrats Travis and Andrea!  As always, check out all our favorite photos below!

TO DOWNLOAD PHOTOS: simply click on the photo you like from the gallery below.  On the bottom right, click permalink.  Right above the photo is a link to the full resolution image (1280×720 is usually what it says).  Simply right click that link and save it to your preferred folder.

Copyright 2013 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Deremer Studios Pro Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com\

A New View – Disney Fireworks HD Wallpaper from a Novel Perspective

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Undoubtedly, you’ve seen and perhaps even taken your own photos of the evening fireworks at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  Over the years, we’ve explored various locations to shoot this wonderful show – from the iconic images of the Castle from Main Street, to wide shots from the Polynesian Resort (you can download some of our favorite shots from previous visits here).  This time, we took to the heights to shoot the fireworks from the Contemporary Resort.  It proved to be a really great location!

1920 x 1280 DS Wallpaper 151 Disney Contemporary Fireworks

I would be remiss if I did not mention what brought us to Orlando over the long weekend.  If you’ve been following our blog for some time, you know that my wife an co-owner, Bryn, was diagnosed with breast cancer back in November of 2012.  As you can imagine, the year has been filled with ups and downs as Bryn has gone through surgery, chemo and a seemingly unending stream of appointments and treatments over the past year.  We are thankful that God allowed Bryn and the doctors to catch her cancer early – resulting in a good prognosis, even though she is so young.  We have been blessed by wonderful doctors, nurses and technicians, a great hospital and support from not only our biological families, but also our neighbors and church family.  Add to all of this, a wonderful gift from the Memories of Love organization – who sent us to Orlando to enjoy time with our family and explore Sea World and Universal Studios.  It was a wonderfully renewing gift that we are so very thankful for.

As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!  All images are 1920 x 1080 pixels – perfect for 1080P HD wallpaper for your computer!

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Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com