Public Display of Affection

Getting-Away

I love photography and unfortunately sometimes life and all its demands create an imbalance and I do not get to spend enough time on personal projects. So last week, I actively looked for photography opportunities in the area.

I saw that the Longmont Rhythm on the River was happening and they had a Hot Air Balloon launch scheduled for 6:30am.  Well, I did not awake immediately to my 5:45 am alarm and found myself lying in bed at 6:15 contemplating whether I should get up for “one stinking balloon”. However, I looked outside and saw some wonderful clouds so I decided to throw on some shorts (appreciated by many) and head on out.  I did make it down shortly after 6:30 and I am sure glad I did.

Upon my arrival, there were at least eight balloons in various stages of being inflated in a very small area. I spent most of my time following two balloons that were touching each other on the ground as well as when they headed off.

 

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As I followed those two balloons, a small girl next to me said, “Hey, Mom those balloons are kissing”.

What a perfect way to start a day – with a kiss.

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Put Life in Focus

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I have been actively involved in Boy Scouts ever since my son joined over eight years ago. I have seen so many wonderful things and understand the “true” impact that Scouting has on our future. I also believe in the organization so deeply, that I see that I will be involved in some manner for the rest of my life and the organization is even in my will.

Thus, I have decided that if any young man earns the rank of Eagle, I am willing to take their portrait and provide prints celebrating their wonderful achievement for free. This week, I was fortunate enough to do my fourth session. As a reminder to those unfamiliar with Scouting (besides the media portrayal), to cap off the many requirements to earn your Eagle Badge, a Scout is required to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or community. Between, these four young men, over 500 volunteer hours have been donated to the Longmont community. Thus, my gesture is small compared to the impact these young men and the Boy Scouts of America is having on the community.

I also get a kick out of seeing the Scout’s and their parent’s expression when they see the final product. With the proliferation of cell phones, digital cameras and social media outlets, everyday moments are captured by the millions every second. People do not care about what goes into a good picture such as the framing, the depth of field captured, background clutter, the use of negative space, or even if the picture is in focus. The last one drives me crazy as some of the pictures I see memorialize life events such as newborns, graduation and once in a lifetime family gatherings. For such events, I not only like to post them to my particular social media outlets of choice but I actually get them printed out, framed and displayed.

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Many of these events have required such hard work and dedication that they deserve better than an out of focus photo with the wrong date stamped in the corner. So, if you or someone you know has achieved something that should be properly documented give me a call and we can work something out.

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Living the Dream

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The other night, we were wasting time as a family and flipping through the channels and I stopped at the reality show, The Moment hosted by Kurt Warner. The premise of the show is to give people a second chance at their lifetime passion/dream. This particular episode centered on a women that wanted to be a sports photographer but gave that up due certain life challenges that were presented her.

During the show, my son asked me what magazine I would like to shoot for but I could not narrow it down to just one specific magazine. At the next commercial break, I stated something along the lines that while I would definitely want that opportunity to shoot for SI but what I was truly jealous about is that to prepare her for her opportunity (one of the premises of the show) is that she got a world class mentor that help “prepare them for an opportunity of a lifetime.” Two weeks of intensive training would be great opportunity and worthy of being jealous.

Thinking about that for the last couple of days, I realize in today’s world of abundant information, I have no excuse not to get better, get mentors, and advance my craft. So, after watching my daughter and son’s soccer game, I decided to stay for the next game, take some more photos, and take advantage of my learning opportunity at hand. Here are some of my attempts to take advantage of my opportunity of a lifetime (to do something I love)…

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Spring to It

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While I love being a photographer, I do not like the way I am captured by the camera. Like most people, I see the 10 extra pounds (who am I kidding, it is more like 20lbs) and I don’t like my chipped, coffee stained teeth and crooked smile. However, due to a quest to get better at my craft daily, I take quite a bit of self-portraits. Your probably thinking to yourself “Yea but Grey, everyone takes self portraits, evidenced by the infamous holding the camera out front with one of your arms pose.”

You are right but I capture a deliberate photo that is thought out, well lit and in focus while most photos taken today are a blurry snapshot that merely provides evidence of being somewhere at some point in time. No offense intended but there is a difference, especially in the years to come.

These are some Easter photos that I took Sunday. While the weather was quite nice, nothing has started to turn green so the traditional “Spring” photo will have to wait a week or two.

If you want and I would argue that you need a portrait that you will cherish for years to come, give me a call.

 

 

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Not 99, but maybe someday…

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