Our Thanks to Denae Nicole Photography!

unnamed (1)“Photographs are those tangible memories that people can see for generations to come.” – Denae Serzan
Local resident, Denae Serzan, is a master a capturing these moments.  Born and raised in Virginia City, Nevada, a tiny mining ghost town of 1,000 residents similar to those of the Gold Rush and Bonanza.  She moved to Virginia with her now 10-year-old daughter a little over three years ago.  Here, she met her husband of almost two years.  During this time, she had an intense passion for photograph as a hobby, but it was Denae’s husband who was the one who finally gave her the push and support she needed to go develop her passion into her business.

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“It is my passion and I love to bring people’s stories, their love stories to life. Love stories between friends, family, couples and I have a sweet spot for the love story of a new baby being brought into the world.” 

Denae enjoys being connected with the community and feels the networking required to be a successful photograph has been vital into maintaining that connection.  She is in close contact with a wide range of vendors and professionals such as midwives, birthing centers, florists, bakers, shops, other photographers, and even local artists who create some of her unique props.
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“I love my clients and the businesses I work alongside. I truly think I have one of the best jobs in the world.”

Denae has a distinct style that has evolved and been cultivated by a plethora of specific life
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 “I am a double cancer survivor and I believe that has had a profound impact on my photography and how I see through my lens. It has given me an eye for the unnoticed, because often those moments are the most important.”
She utilizes natural light, the glow of the sun and the natural shadows it produces to create dreamy and whimsical images outside of a studio.  Her ability to make her clients feel comfortable brings out raw emotion, which truly sets her apart from other photographers in the area.
When asked to support the Tri FAST for Stroke Team for the National Stroke Association, Denae was one of the first to support the journey.  She has a personal stake in this endeavor, as her mother has suffered a stroke.  Luckily, her mother was close to a local stroke center and time was her side.  While that experience was difficult, Denae also knows that once someone has suffered a stroke, they are far more likely to suffer another in the future.  Education is key for survival when it comes to suffering a stroke.
“I also support this endeavor because Erin has one of the biggest hearts I have ever known and she is committed to using her good to help make a difference in the world. I am proud to support her and to be a part of it.”
We thank Denae for her dedication to the local community and support of our fundraising journey for the National Stroke Association.  Please consider Denae as your future photographer.  Check out her website http://denaenicole.com/ for more information about her services and availability.
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Our Thanks to Top Flight BBQ!

11159994_598364153634384_9149202375240650970_nBarbeque is quintessentially American, and there is nobody that does it better than Top Flight BBQ. They are legendary caterers, but now they also have a big blue food truck to bring that movable feast all over the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and the Northern Shenandoah Valley of VA.

Their traditional southern barbeque is the product of considerable care and talent. A minimum of eight to twelve hours of “slow and low” preparation using hickory wood is the magic method behind Top Flight’s incredible dishes. They do not pre-sauce their meat either, instead using a savory dry rub to provide flavor and offering three signature sauces on the sides to allow their clients to find just the right flavor for their taste buds. Offering the sauces allows guests the ability to enjoy their individual favorite flavor by selecting from the choices of sweet/mild, spicy, and vinegar-based sauces that have been engineered in the Top Flight experimental kitchen.

11233511_601112516692881_1089879312663729576_nIn addition to signature pulled pork, the company offers baby back ribs, two kinds of chicken, and a variety of side dishes, including redskin potato salad, coleslaw, garden salads, and desserts. (Even their honey-sweetened cornbread has a following of its own.) Plated together, the offerings create a meal where each item compliments the flavor of the plate overall.

We are so honored that they offered to help our team reach our goal of raising $2,500 for the National Stroke Association. Check them out at topflightbbq.com or call 865-384-5949. More importantly, be sure to “like” them on Facebook to keep up with where their food truck will be serving up the “goods” next.

Written by Victoria Kidd

Our Thanks to Anderson Roofing & Sheet Metal Works Inc

home-hero-2Anderson Roofing & Sheet Metal Works applies experience gained over the course of their sixty years in business to every job. Commercial and residential clients call them for roof and gutter inspections, repairs, and replacements, as well as chimney care, sheet metal and copper work, slate roof repair, and more. They are a member of the Virginia Association of Roofing Contractors and are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.

In addition to roofing, Anderson invites customers to “think outside the box” when considering the various applications sheet metal can have or the beauty cooper can add to their properties. Their fabrication experience includes everything from signs, ductwork, and chimney caps to mailboxes, yard art, and decorative features. While their fabrication experience gives shape to ideas both practical and fanciful in nature, their creative use of cooper really sets them apart. Copper is a material that can be kept shiny as a new penny or allowed to change into an eye-catching patina. Imagine beautiful copper gutters, roofing, or other accents. If you can dream it, they can do it.

We welcome Anderson to team Tri-Fast. Their sponsorship of the team helped us reach our goal of raising $2,500 for the National Stroke Association. Give them a call at 540-662-2586 or visit http://www.andersonroofingva.com.

Written by Victoria Kidd