Fuzzy Posters and Swing Sets

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Yesterday I swung on a swing set and colored a Spiderman fuzzy poster. Remember those as a kid? Those awesome fuzzy posters that come with four colored markers that don’t go at all with your picture. Well, for only $1 at the dollar store, a grown man can stay occupied and thrilled for about an hour. Yesterday was blissful; today it’s back to work.

Why was I doing such kid things yesterday that I haven’t done for a long time, you ask? Do you ever wonder why kids have such imaginations and grownups tend to get so boring and serious that they can’t even get creative sometimes? Well, I was reading in some studies, (and I would reference them, but that would require searching on the Internet…so just take my word on it), that creativity for adults or creative thoughts often happen in the shower. This is because when your mind is overworked for long periods then you take a break and don’t think about anything, your mind starts to connect past ideas with current ideas–thus creating some sort of creativity. Our problem as adults is that we go go go, and dont give time to allow the oxygen to travel to our brains.

After all, aren’t most creative ideas a mixture of past and present ideas blended together to create a fresh and vibrant new one? Well, the same goes for kids as it does for adults when they go and play outside in the fresh air. A simple thing such as swinging or coloring a fuzzy poster is enough mindless fun that your mind can start being useful in the creative area again. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to go play a round of hide and seek, or sing a little in the shower this morning instead of thinking of your grocery list and your to-do’s for the day. Who knows–maybe the next $1 you spend might give you a million-dollar idea!


That Was Last Year

How does one sum up a year in one blog post? Personally I don’t think it can be done, and sadly I might be leaving out big things, even important things. But if there is any take away from this let it be that when you fix your eyes on Him, start loving others, and trust Him you just might have an epically, amazing, awesome year!  

I moved back from Florida in November 2011 and started doing wedding photography full time. I would lie if I didn’t say I was scared at times or even didn’t trust that I would make next months rent. The winter was scary but the summer was exciting. When the summer hit it really felt like a job, like I was doing something. Some people were referred, some people were friends, some people were recommended, and some people heard about me on craigslist!

The Piano Fort was an awesome music venue I went to a few times last year.

One of my adorable nieces


I not only got to meet this awesome photographer, but I also was able to shoot a wedding with him!

Publically I would like to thank God, family, and friends for believing in me, challenging me, and pushing me to go further. Also the different bride and grooms that allowed me to tell their wonderful stories, so many weddings this year were so encouraging to see and be able to document!



Got excited at the beach.

Dominated at most pushup contests...


We had lots of fires, but I don't know if we had enough.

Me and a bunch of cool people I climbed St Helens with.

I took pictures of food and ate it ;)

I visited family in Cap Cod

I was on a boat.

My crazy but beautiful sisters, and mom

My grandfather turned 90!

Me being the youngest dork in my family.

Branden Harvey is another cool guy I met this year. He lives an awesome life by actively loving the people around him. He might be one of the nicest and genuine people I have met!


I photo bombed an awesome family's Christmas photo!

I am making photo bombing cool again.

I hiked Saint Helens, I traveled, I played games, I watched all the Lord of the Rings in 24hrs again, I fell in love with reading, I shot guns, I failed at planting a garden, I made copious amounts of pizza, I cut down my first Christmas tree, and I just wrote a really long sentence. I also fell on my face (literally and figuratively) and know some amazing people that helped me get back up. Here’s to 2013 (the year with 0123 in it), the year of more trusting!


I want to end this with something my friend found on the Internet that was very encouraging:



1. Constantly compare yourself to other artists

2. Base the success of your entire career on one project

3. Stick with what you know

4. Undervalue your expertise

5. Let money dictate what you do

6. Bow to societal pressures

7. Do whatever the client asks

8. Set unachievable/overwhelming goals to be accomplished tomorrow