Monday, January 16, 2012

Bright Eyes

This little guy was dressed up for church on Christmas Day.  I bet you didn't know that he could tie a double Winsdor.  I like how his bright blue eyes match his shirt.  He's a good looking young man.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Probably Worth Double

Here's Spee with his stuffed Tabby cat named Toby, or is it his stuffed Toby cat named Tabby?  Either way it's his little friend which he loves.  This picture was taken a few days before Christmas and you can almost see the excitement in his eyes.  With Christmas over and only a few months of cold in front of us, it would be wise for each of use to snuggle up with our Tabby cats, stuffed or the real deal.  
I don't usually include pictures of the man behind the camera, but when I do, I make sure my sister-in-law does a whizbang job.  And she did no less than that here, good job Kristy.  I find a lot of joy in photography.  One of the things that I really like about it, is the ability to document a person, time, event, feeling, or anything else that matters to you for not only yourself or your facebook friends, but your posterity.  I like looking through pictures of my grandpa, who I never met because he died a month before I was born, and wonder what the story is behind the picture.  A picture is worth a thousand words, but the background of the pictures is probably worth double.  I find my self looking back at my own photography and remembering the good times of each pictures.  I remember the good memories of family and friends.  I was just looking back at some pictures from the Utah State Fair a couple of years ago and got quite emotional.  It wasn't because of the butter sculpture or the big yellow slide, but because of the people I was with.

In 1932, a man named Goro Yoshida in Japan had an interest in photography and marveled at the exuberant cost of a camera--nearly a half years wages of a decent man's pay.  Leica and Contax were the main camera companies of the time and were both the pride of Germany.  Mr. Yoshida saved up and bought one of these cameras just to disassemble it to see why it was so expensive.  To his surprise, he didn't find any diamonds or gold that would justify the high price tag, but only brass, aluminum, iron, and rubber.  This made him pretty angry.  From that, he started a little optics laboratory on the third floor of a quaint little apartment complex and within a year released the Kwanon prototype camera--the forerunner of Canon (source).

I share that because many times we can't put a price on photography that impacts us in such an emotional way.  The first thing that goes in a breakup is usually the pictures because it vividly reminds the couple of the good and bad times together.  Good photography is worth a premium price.  Probably not a half years salary like the cameras in Japan in the early 30's, but whether that price is monetary or emotional it will mean a lot to you.

Now, I'm not saying all this because I want you to invest in a pricey package.  I don't have any pricey packages, in fact I don't have any packages at all.  I'm happy if I can take a picture that you hang up in your home or set as a background on your computer or make as your profile picture.  It means a lot, and to you I say thank you.  This blog contains four years of pictures of family, friendships, and events.  I hope it will contain many more years of family and friendships (new and perhaps reformed) and events that not only look nice on screen or print, but contain emotions and feelings of times worth remembering.

Friday, January 6, 2012

It's a Good Thing

As the first post of the new year, I thought it would be appropriate to put a picture of these good looking dogs: Simba and Kali from Dallas.  Even if you're a casual follower of this blog, you'll know that I love the pictures I have of these dogs.  They are happy animals that instill hope of a good year in their eyes.  Do you see that?  They are looking to the right of the picture and see something that we don't.  It's a good thing, I'm sure it is.