Archive for 2009

Fun Food Friday Update :: Pie Winner!

December 20th, 2009  |  Posted in fun food friday

Congrats to Robyn! She is the Pie Winner. I’d also like to say why oh why did I not get invited Pie nights at WKU? I knew we were a lot a like but never realized how much. Robyn and I were Photojournalism and Religious Studies majors at Western Kentucky University. Now she runs a Knitting and Yarn store in Lexington Ky. I love to sew and knit. If you are in the area please stop by ReBelle. You rock and I will be singing your pie song from now on when I bake pies.

Check out her comment, “My freshman year of college was spent with a group of pie-obsessed friends. We were constantly having pie nights where we would bake pies (both sweet and savory.) My friend Alyssa would dance around the kitchen singing “My my me oh my, I love pie” over and over and now anytime I see or think about pie that is what pops into my head. I will probably be singing it for the rest of the day thanks to your post. ;)


Holiday Greetings

December 16th, 2009  |  Posted in uncategorized

Wow! It’s really hard to believe we’re coming to the end of our first full year in business under the Thompson Poole brand. Before we launch full steam ahead into 2010 we wanted to pause a moment and reflect on our year. We offer this, an open love letter to our clients, friends and family.

Dear Friends,

Although Wendi photographed her first wedding while she was still in high school, 2009 was our first full year in business under the Thompson Poole brand. During a weekend planning session in 2008 we kept asking ourselves over and over again (to the point of being annoying) why we wanted to start this business. For Wendi — why weddings instead of solely focusing on her commercial and editorial work? For Denise — why take on a business venture with two young children? By the end of the weekend our answer was crystal clear — story and meaning.

As a trained photojournalist Wendi is a storyteller at heart and weddings offer the perfect story with a defined beginning and end and a host of characters, emotions and action. But, most importantly, in the end she delivers a body of work that has meaning for our clients and the work carries on for generations to come. You rarely have that impact with commercial work.

And what can we say about Denise? She’s been a card-carrying member of the Wendi Poole fan club since May 26, 2005 when Wendi captured the most amazing images of the birth of her first child. Due to the side effects of anesthesia from an emergency c-section Denise barely remembers the first time she held her son, but that moment is perfectly preserved as seen through Wendi’s lens. Knowing first hand the joy Wendi’s work brings to the lives of her clients and Wendi’s absolute commitment to delivering only the best products Denise jumped at the chance to be involved in all the wonderfulness that is Wendi Poole.

Once we gave the green light to launching Thompson Poole we made a promise to hold true to our principle of storytelling and seek out clients that “got it” – clients that wanted more than a few hours of coverage and a CD of images. When you’re eager for your new business to succeed it’s really hard to pass up those quick “shoot and burn” clients and on many occasions we questioned whether we were doing the right thing. But, then, came that magical moment of meeting the ideal client and then the next one and next one and so on and we knew deep inside we were on the right path and it was worth the wait.

Even in our wildest dreams we could not have conjured up a more perfect list of clients, supporters and friends. Our clients have been fabulous to work with and their kind words have touched us in a way we can’t adequately communicate.

To all of you who have made this possible, we say thank you!

Warmest Regards,

Wendi & Denise

p.s. The fabulous card shown above is a hand-sewn, custom design created by the very talented Sandy Waltuck of Paperoot. We highly recommend Sandy for all your paper needs!

Fun Food Friday :: Pie Day

December 4th, 2009  |  Posted in fun food friday

Today is Pie Day. . . at least in my world it is. As you probably already know I love baking, but I’ve had less than stellar results with my pie making efforts. This Thanksgiving I finally turned the corner on pie baking and in celebration I am dedicating this month’s Fun Food Friday to the glorious pie. If this post makes you hungry, keep reading for a chance to win a pie!

“When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it’s not, mmmmmmmm, boy.” Jack Handy.

Thanks to Kyle Isenhower for introducing me to this wonderful quote.

My Pecan Pie. It was very yummy.

A crazy good fried pie from Froberg’s Farm south of Houston.
Celebrate the pie this season.
Join the pie party! Leave a comment with your best story, song, or poem celebrating the pie (be sure to leave your email address). The best comment wins a seriously yummy pie from Tootie Pie Co.

Austin Portrait Session :: Beth and Patrick

November 17th, 2009  |  Posted in engagement, portrait

I have a soft spot for the state of Kentucky and every year with the first tease of cool weather in Texas I especially miss those crisp KY mornings when the Sugar Maple trees are ablaze with fall color.

A beautiful afternoon in Austin with Beth and Patrick, both KY natives, was the perfect dose of Kentucky for me. Beth, your accent makes me smile!

My favorite. I love the sun peeking in.

Another great one from the fields.


Fun Food Friday :: Il Sogno

November 6th, 2009  |  Posted in fun food friday, published work

Andrew Weissman you have out done yourself again. I am in love with your new restaurant, Il Sogno, located in San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery complex. The food is heavenly and the service can’t be beat. I shot the images below for San Antonio Magazine and was so impressed with the food I went back the next day for lunch. I can’t wait to go for dinner.

Let’s start with dessert first because that’s what we all should do. The canolli were amazing. There’s a little goat cheese in the filling which gives it a perfect touch of sharpness.

…the most perfect poached eggs

Who can resist chicken and fries? Not me!

And, now back to dessert. The chef made a special batch of canolli just for me while I was working so I just couldn’t so no!

When I returned for lunch I had the gnocchi with bologonese and it was out of this world. If you’re not yet convinced to give Il Sogno a try then the bestest Tiramisu should. Go! Now!