The Wiz Of Oz

I know I have talked on this blog before of my obsession with my nieces and nephews, but have I really ever talked about my obsession with their mom? Now is the time.

Stephanie is my sister in law…but can we just cut the “in law” part and call her what she is.. MY SISTER. She is my sister. From the first time we met and my brother warned her that my opinion mattered, we were sisters. We clicked. Immediately. I can’t tell you a time since we first met that I have ever felt uncomfortable around her. I haven’t. It’s impossible. She is one of the most affable, disarming and likable people. And although she has every reason to make you feel inferior, like her 4 amazingly stunning children she made from scratch, her looks, HER LOOKS, her social skills, her sex appeal…OK now I’m just getting creepy…She NEVER makes you feel any less than her. In fact, when you are around her, you actually feel better about yourself. She makes me feel important..and the ability to make others feels important and loved is an indispensable gift.

I recently had the great pleasure of stalking her on stage as she commanded an audience with her performance as Dorthy. She and my nieces have been performing with Broadway Bound, a great, local theater company based in Orange County. Michael, the Creative Director is amazingly talented. You can tell  that everyone  REALLY likes working with him.

This is a sampling of some last minute photos I snapped for the cast. Excuse the abundance of Stephanie….but..well..she shined.

If you were part of this cast contact Michael for information on where to view all of the images and how to buy a CD.

I love you Steph. You knocked my socks off. You always do.

(And congratulations to the entire cast. Your hard work paid off. The show was fantastic!)

(Geek Facts: No tripod was used. I rarely use a tripod unless I want to do a fairly long exposure…1sec or more. Everything was hand held and stage shots were all done with my 70-200 f2.8 lens. I was sitting middle back of the auditorium and was able to still get that close! Amazing right? I love that lens. When you shoot concerts or performances I know the reaction is to bump up your ISO but I wouldn’t. I never shoot above a 400iso in those conditions..otherwise it just gets really contrasty and brassy looking and your highlights will be blown out. I try and shoot as wide open as possible so I can use as high of a shutter speed as possible. most stage shots were between f2.8 – 3.5 and shutter speed fluctuated between a 1/40 and 1/125 depending on the light. Everything was exposed manually. I did bounce some flash on some of the backstage shots but NO flash on stage shots. It would do no good since I was so far away.)


7 thoughts on “The Wiz Of Oz

  1. Those pictures are great, and what a charming looking cast! Will you please tell us your details on how you captured those shots? What lense, flash or not, shutter speed, ISO, etc.? I am always trying to take pictures of my kids on stage and need some help. Did you use a tripod?
    Your sister looks gorgeous and sounds nice.


  2. Ah yes, a talent that I definitely don’t have but long to have. You really caught some good shots, were you right up on stage with them?


  3. I feel famous. I mean really I do sort the paparazzi stalked me and now I’m on the cover of PEOPLE magazine. Isn’t that weird? I love it though. I mean I seriously love it!! Not to mention that I love you.. I don’t have to make you feel special, amazing, talented, etc..the list goes on because you just are!!! It’s easy breezy. I love you. Great way to capture the show. It was so fun, everyone in the cast and our awesome director. It looks amazing! Go Wiz of Oz!! Broadway Bound Rocks! Rachel Rocks!!


  4. I haven’t been in contact with Steph for years, but she is so loveable!! I met her my freshman year at BYU and only had that short year to get to know her a little. I saw the link to your site from her facebook status and had to check it out! Would have loved to see her perform! The pictures are amazing too! If you ever come to the Seattle area, shoot me an email, I have a couple darling little subjects that are deserving of a real photography session.


  5. Julie: Geek facts added at the bottom of the post. I know, getting stage shots can be tricky. Let me know if I can help more.

    Shayna: Just used a really long lens. Sitting back in the audience. Next time we see each other lets put on a performance and invite people to watch us.

    Steph: Man, we are just so in love.

    Rachel: I would love to photograph your darling subjects. Shoot me an email to remind me. xo.


  6. Way to go Stephanie! I can hear her singing in these photos.

    Thanks for the Geek Facts section. I would love more tips and tricks from the pro…


  7. What? I always knew Stephanie had the looks but I never knew she could act and sing!! She fits in perfectly with the Thurstons multi-talented family (miss Daisy Mae). Congrats to her.. I wish i could have seen it! And Rach your pictures are AMAZING! you are so talented! Love you Miss you!


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