Frank Harris, owner of Harris Landscaping and Irrigation, spends most of his week tending to the needs of customers' lawns, irrigation, and a host of other ground-related issues.
Weekends, though, are another story.
Harris' hobby - aerial photography - has him jumping out of a plane to get his shot. He got interested in aerial photography about six years ago. At a church softball game, he expressed interest in skydiving in a casual conversation. "I always wanted to jump out of a plane just to say 'Hey, I did it,'" he said.
The conversation planted a seed. Harris and several members of First Baptist Church Concord were making plans for a dive when his 16-year-old daughter Anna expressed an interest as well.
The group arranged to go to Raeford Parachute center in Raeford. "We all got together to go tandem sky diving, and when we hit the ground I would have been OK with one jump, but my daughter was saying, 'I love it daddy; I love it. I want to do it some more.'"
Harris told her that if they were going to continue, he would only agree to do it without being strapped to someone. He and Anna starting taking Accelerated Free Style courses.
Anna, after her eighth jump, decided she was not enjoying it. Harris already was hooked.
"Once I got licensed after 25 jumps, I started competing in four-way formation skydiving in the Carolina Skydiving League," he said. Harris also competed for three seasons and went from team member to videographer.
"The coach saw me getting interested in the photography," Harris said. "As a kid I had an interest in photography, but never really pursued it." But when he was asked to shoot the team, he was excited to be trained as the fifth member of the squad. When not with the team, Harris does tandem videos for beginners.
When jumps with the team, he shoots from air. "When you have a four way skydiving team you actually have five members: Four are the jumpers and one is the videographer."
The photos are used for training. "Skydiving is all year around in the South," Harris said. "The league picks up in April and we have four meets this year."
Last year, his Carolina Skydiving League team went to the championships in the intermediate division, competing against 34 teams.