Tuesday, June 24, 2014


...this year's Flower Girl, Sydney Noonan
Like last year's Flower Girl, Molly Johnson http://tomtidball.blogspot.com/2013/05/good-golly-miss-molly.html Sydney has also been a student of mine, maybe a trend but not a requirement...
 Sydney is a real Nebraska girl alright! She's a matter of fact, straight shooter with robust Midwestern qualities finding expression in her way and her beauty...that includes adept football awareness, of course. Real Huskerheads will recognize the obvious influence in her name.

Sydney has a keen eye for beauty. She reads light well and has a genuine love and understanding for what goes into a great photograph.

Stick with it, Sydney...
and your camera will certainly take you on a big adventure.
And you go, real Nebraska girl...
Roots are important!
:^) Tom

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Exactly one year ago, we serendipitously found ourselves in the laid back seaside town of Lisbon, Portugal. During the day, it seemed pretty much business as usual...

Little did we know, it was the eve of June 13th!... the biggest of the Festas dos Santos Populares (Popular Saints Parties). This one annually commemorates Santo Antonio (Saint Anthony), the keeper of lost things, also known in Portugal and Brazil as the Marriage Saint.
I discovered that Fernando Martins de Bulhoes, later to become Saint Anthony, was a native son, born in Lisbon in 1195 to a wealthy family. In his day, he became highly praised for his sermons and teachings of the Gospel all throughout the Mediterranean.

This day, as the sun went down the city's entire population hit the streets!

Young and old
Food and drink
Music and dancing
Fireworks and friends...

All night long!

With all due respect for the Saints...

Party on, you Lisboans!!!

Tom  :^)

Saturday, June 7, 2014


I recently did a little shoot for the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. I told directors Bill Stephan and Ann Chang that their dance moves weren't being properly appreciated in the empty hall. They said, we just can't help it! We're so excited about this upcoming 25th year anniversary season!
Ok then, party on Bill and Ann...
Have a great season,
and break a leg while you're at it,