Friday, July 29, 2011

A Kid at Heart

This little guy was so jacked to be playing with a soccer ball
Me? I'm a hopeless romantic, I worry about everything, I love my family, I'm an optimist, I love adventure, I'm a geek, I play video games, I'm a Star Wars fan, I dig technology but don't understand most of it (yep, just used the word "dig"), I love playing sports but dislike watching most of them, I am many things but one thing I hope I never forget is how to be a kid at heart.

Remember to back to when you were a child. Everything was exciting, the smallest outings seemed like the biggest adventures! Cheese and crackers tasted like the best food in the world! You didn't regret the past or worry about the future, you enjoyed the present! And if you made a friend, they were your best friend in 5 minutes and you were having the time of your life in 10!

There is something very universal about children, they are happy. For as much knowledge as adults have there is so much that we can re-learn from children. You can learn to be silly, to let go and be yourself - regardless of what people think because that is what makes you happy. You can learn to take joy in the little things in life and to get overly excited about things.

Although you grow older, let your heart stay young! Happy Friday!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


When is the last time you thought to yourself "What are my dreams?", and if you do know what your dreams are, what was the last step you took to living your dream?

I find far too often people don't share their dreams and even worse, don't strive to live them. People talk of their dreams like they are unachievable, that they are a fleeting thought not to be taken seriously. A dream is not something you should be ashamed of or embarrassed about, it is something that you should be proud of. Know that your dreams are your own, they are special.

Take a step towards your dreams.

“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” - Tom Bradley

Friday, July 1, 2011

Random Photo Friday #1 - "Walking Tall"

"Walking Tall"
I have always wanted to do a weekly blog series that had a catchy, yet regrettably corny, title that showed different works of mine anywhere from a shot I took back when I used 35mm film or even an iPhone snapshot and also to include some anecdote, insight, or thoughts Ive been having.

So here it goes, the first installment of "Random Photo Friday" (I told you, corny right?).

The image you see to the left, which I titled "Walking Tall", is one of my favorite shots Ive ever taken. Not because of the technical aspects of the shot, but because of the subject and the emotion this photo evokes in me. For me it symbolizes power, wisdom, strength, leadership, and adventure. Yet every time I look at the image I feel something a little different each time.

This photograph is of my dad. I took this photo back when I was shooting 35mm film (I didn't shoot a lot, maybe 10 rolls before going digital) and I was just getting into photography. I think this shot is when I realized that photography was more than just a picture, its telling a story, recreating the feeling and emotion in that moment you took the photo. For me this shot will always remind me what an amazing father I have and how lucky I am to have him as a roll model and as a best friend. He is such a big part of who I am today.

One of the best pieces of advice my dad ever gave me and sticks with me to this day, and I hope you people can use this when you get in tough times - "Don't worry about the things you can't change, and do something about the things you can".