Fred ’08 comes to The Drive-In

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Every once in a while you get an unexpected call, or in this case a text message. Last night at about 8:00 PM I received a text from Pauline at The Drive In saying that Fred Thompson was going to be there at lunch, and she wanted to know if I could come to photograph. I was excited. Thankfully, my Wednesday morning session had already rescheduled, so I was free. When I got there, it was a little close to chaos, at least for the campaign guy that was in charge of things. He had the daunting task of coordinating Fred’s arrival. I had special permission to go anywhere, vital permission once Fred arrived.

Fox News was there. That is all I needed to hear to convince me that I needed to be there. By far my favorite news channel.


Waiting out back with Pauline, Nick, Helen, and George, the bus arrived and Fred’s traveling photographer got off the bus and joined us. I was thrilled to have special permission to be there and photograph Fred as he came off the bus and met with The Drive In owners. It was exciting to be there.



Once inside the restaurant, Mr. Thompson gave his speech and answered questions. I will not get into politics on this blog, so I will not get into the content of his campaign, but I do think he has a lot of very good things to say about some very important topics.









Overall, this was a unique highlight to my career. A very different type of fulfillment from photographing newborns, children, weddings, and families. I am thrilled that I have such a wonderful relationship with The Drive In. I eat there A LOT, by the way, and you should too!!!

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  • ajcannonJanuary 10, 2008 - 7:20 am

    that’s cool, I saw the sign yesterday and was wondering when he was coming, but I guess that I’ve already missed it.ReplyCancel

  • Brandon, Jessica, Parson and LilahJanuary 10, 2008 - 9:46 am

    What an awesome oppurtunity for you 🙂 We are so PROUD to have you as our photographer and friend.Keep up the GREAT work 😆ReplyCancel

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  • RebeccaJanuary 10, 2008 - 11:25 am

    soo cool- Reeves would have been all over being there since Fox news was there also- he LOVES that channel. Great pictures Collin- what a fun and interesting twist to your usual photography!ReplyCancel

  • S BennJanuary 10, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    Fred is the best candidate out there. finds error or out-in-out lies in the ads, speeches and debates of candidates. Everyone but Fred makes their list consistently. We need a president with integrity and strengh. Fred Thompson show that! Thank you Collin for the great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Alo KonsenJanuary 10, 2008 - 2:02 pm

    How can I obtain permission to use one of these photos on my blog?ReplyCancel

  • Karen MahaffeyJanuary 10, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Wow! These are terrific. I wish you could go with them on the bus and post these regularly. These make me feel like I was really there and Senator Thompson looks great in your photos. You are one good photographer.
    Thanks, thanks, thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Julie, Robert and LukeJanuary 10, 2008 - 8:45 pm

    Oh my goodness! These pictures may make history books one day! I am so proud of you CMS! Great Job. And I TOTALLY agree about Fox News. By far the news channel that we watch the most around this household! What a special opportunity. Great shots! Way to go!ReplyCancel

  • Brian EdwardsJanuary 14, 2008 - 2:41 pm

    These are great. I am a huge Fred T supporter!
    Brian E.ReplyCancel

  • HeidiJanuary 15, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    We’re sorry to miss all the excitment in SC this political season. Very cool Collin! Fox News is all we watch at our house. 🙂ReplyCancel

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