Celebrating 2010.

Photograph © Patrick Dobbins 2011.

Rachel and I travelled to Central America this past summer to share in our wedding vows and travel together under the Guatemalan sun. This image was taken on the morning of the ceremony by my good friend Patrick Dobbins sharing in coffee and conversation.

Photograph © Patrick Dobbins 2011.

Travel in Central America is often most beautiful during the rainy season, with storm clouds approaching each afternoon, we read our vows shortly after sunrise, fresh flowers and champagne compliments of the house!

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Rachel and I navigate the beautiful gardens and terraced landscape of our posada on the edge of Lake Atitlan.

Photograph © Amalia Dobbins 2011.

One for the Books. A moment captured on film as Rachel and I toast to our friendship, marriage and all the adventures ahead!

July 17th 2010.

El Amor al Lago: Part I

Photographs © Emily Stoltz 2010.

Some images from our wedding reception held at our home in Valliceto Lake, amongst amazing friends and family….I must say that Emily Stoltz did an amazing job at capturing the moment..and for that we share our gratitude. This series will continue with the next post ..featuring another edit of images from this tremendous weekend among friends & family!

Photography by Emily Stoltz

Visit Emily’s Website: e. Stoltz~Design & Photography

Much Love, Jeremy

El Viaje….

Photograph © Patrick Dobbins 2010.

A shared moment, a lighthearted feeling that comes only with travel..so pure, so wonderful. It has been so long since I have been able to leave the responsibilities of home and take on the challenges of cultural exploration…I wouldnt trade it..for right now I am living in the moment!

Guatemala has been wondeful, our clear skies exchanged for rainy afternoons and sleepy mornings, up at sunrise almost every day to capture the first moments of a forign land, easing into coffee and breakfast by mid morning- shooting until the last light is gone and well into each nightfall.

With each day we explore further along the coast of Lake Atitlan, Santiago yesterday, the streets of San Pedro today…

Abrazos – Jeremy

Life’s Greatest Journey.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

It was almost a year ago, last spring, that I asked Rachel to spend her life with me. The water at our toes, wind in our face, it was spring at last. We stood there on the edge of Lake Vallecito, free from the world, hearts and minds open to the future. It was a wonderful feeling that existed that day, it filled my mind, running through my soul- then and there I seemed to understand beauty and purpose in the same breath. It was contentment.

It was then that I asked Rachel to marry me, against the brisk breeze of early spring, to share in my adventures and I in hers…to not only see the world together, but to breathe in life and all that it is.

Eddy understood the moment, four legs and a pure soul, he stood below us and let the wind take his ears back. I too let the wind take me.

Let us celebrate in the very thing that binds us, and that is friendship, understanding, and above all- Respect!

In less than two weeks, we toast to our union amongst friends and family here in the valleys of Colorado, and from there travel south to Guatemala. Only then, beneath the shadow of volcanos and time itself that we will consummate our union.

We will speak our vows and set forth into our new lives with but a few witnesses and each other to remember the details. Remembering the moment will not outweigh our hopes for the future, and it is ahead that we will take our first steps together!

Peace be with you. Jeremy

Ninth & South.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

I shot this image at the Farmer’s Market off of South Street in Philadelphia. I wanted to capture the moment for Rachel, and myself. I wanted to be able to remember with clarity the happiness that Rachel carried so bravely the day before her surgery and the isolation that would define her remaining days on the East Coast.

The rain was appropriate for such a day, and as a street photographer I feel that the ability to evoke the mood of a place and the people within those settings is often a suggestion of the weather. Work with what you have, but never dismiss the photographic opportunities that come along with adverse weather.

Cheers, Jeremy

Malignant Melanoma and the Road to Philadelphia.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Expecting the unexpected. Understanding Cancer and the very fragility of our existence that we take for granted in our day to day routine. Praying for sight and life. The whirlwind of emotions set forth in one afternoon. The afternoon that Rachel was diagnosed with eye cancer, spring was touching the green grass beneath our feet, a breeze to dry the tears.

Set into action our journey has landed us on the East Coast where we are perhaps over the worst, and bracing for the rest. The Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia took us in on short notice, testing and examinations were followed by kind, strong words and enough physician related paperwork and phone calls to fill up the week. The eye surgery involved inserting a radioactive plaque into the left eye, Rachel rests now in the quite of a spacious room, counting down the days to the aforementioned radiation being removed and her freedom regained.

Loss of eye sight is inevitable, beginning in just a few short years Rachel will become dependent on seeing life though her healthy right eye, with an even deeper understanding of the important role it plays. If the procedure is deemed a success the cancer will be removed and her eye will survive despite the vision loss. Not the case in many countries across the world, or even our own twenty years ago, when the eye was removed without question to prevent the cancer cells from spreading.

We are thankful for the days spent here in Philadelphia during the initial testing, when the very idea was still distant and we busied our minds sharing the experince of a new city underfoot.

We hope for the best, embrace the future and are ever appreciative of the gracious support we have received from those closest to us.

Best, Jeremy

Spotlight on Wes Studi.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Wes Studi Graces Fort Lewis College
By Rachel Beckelhymer

Wes Studi strutted onto the stage with all the air of a true movie star. He had every reason to feel proud, as the honored lecturer at the 2009 Fort Lewis College Native American Presidential Lecture Series, at the Community Concert Hall in Durango, Colorado. The annual lecture in honor of Native American Heritage Month highlights a Native American luminary, and Wes Studi was up to the challenge as he spun yarns for a packed house on Thursday evening, November 5. After sharing the colorful stories from his life, he stayed to pose for numerous photographs with school children, Southern Ute Royalty, and many happy fans.

The Cherokee actor, activist, author, and Vietnam War Veteran, sauntered to a generous black leather chair, his black leather jacket glistened in the bright lights as he went. “I’d like to make myself more comfortable,” he said as he began to disrobe. He ceremoniously unbuttoned his white shirt and slowly undid his black silk neck scarf. Lounging casually with crossed legs and a microphone poised for storytelling in his left hand, he began.

“Some of you may remember the days when the only phones we had were attached to walls.” Wes Studi shared experiences from his life, like his years in Vietnam, “Not a pleasant experience.” And what it was like when he returned. “I came back at a time where there was a lot of unrest.” He said, but he found welcome in the Indian community. “I think that’s something Indians do well. No matter what people thought about the war, they welcomed us back and realized that, ‘these are our young men’ ”

Born in Oklahoma, at No Fire Hollow, in the Cherokee Nation, his family moved around frequently, “I became a wondering man at that point, at [age] seven.” After the war he attended Bacon College. But, “I never had a passion for what I did…then I discovered acting.” It was in Tulsa Oklahoma, at the American Indian Theater Company. “I went, and I looked in and saw like eight women and two men. “Hey, I like these odds,” and that’s how I got started.”

His first of 60 films was, Powwow Highway. He can be seen as Magua, in Last of the Mohicans, and in the films Geronimo, The Only Good Indian, Avatar, and Dances with Wolves. When asked if he could make any movie, he said he’d like to try Othello, on the Rez. After answering audience questions, he left the stage with a command, “Go out, and live your dreams.”

Visit the latest Southern Ute Drum Newspaper Online HERE to see more on Wes Studi.