Monday, July 27, 2015

Style, humor, compassion and passion.

Staring straight into whatever lies ahead being true to yourself.........honestly, it's the best thing to do.  It might be scary, but if you dive in with the right mix of your assets, there's nothing that can really stop you.  As Maya Angelou said, "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style."

I love Topher's passion for life.  His compassion for many of the projects he works on and the people that he chooses to work with.  Topher laughs each day, whether it be as the photographer behind the camera making his subject feel comfortable or as the fantastic Dad to his children.  He's got his own style and approach and Lord knows, I wouldn't change him for anything.

Be passionate.  Show compassion.  
Laugh out loud and always, always let your style be known.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Each day, it's all about finding the right way to approach life. 
Work, family, friends, fun.  Lots of pressures and many pleasures, but can you make the pressure more pleasurable?  Of course.  

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, it is all about your choices and approach.  Finding your balance could be as simple as how you decide you want to approach your life.   Surround yourself with like-minded people.  Make a cognitive decision to work with people that hold the same morals and ethics.  Foster the right opportunities to put yourself in the right place so great things can happen.

Choose to find balance.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Another Day. Another Mountain.

Basically, aren't you being challenged every day?  Some days, the challenges are a bit more than others.  Most of the time, it is about staying focused and staying on track.  Accomplishing something, not merely existing.

I think we all need to recognize that each day provides us with choices.  What work we want or have to do and how are we going to approach getting those things done.  We can choose to just execute OR we can choose to execute with people that we want to be with, people that we believe in and people that we can count on.

Choose wisely.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Relish the moments............ because they can be AMAZING!

What an amazing game, last night, and basically - all the time.  Soccer (Futbol) is such a great game to watch.  Little moments that make a full game so hard to pull away from.  I simply could not leave my couch last night for fear of "missing" something.  Now, many of you might say, c'mon - USA women were up 4-1 before the half.  Why would you still worry?  If you have ever played sports, it is NEVER over, till the last whistle blows.  Just as quickly as Carli Lloyd put in her hat-trick, Japan could have come back with multiple goals.  A skilled, capable team is one that you never doubt.

Similarly, a photographer and a great production crew is one that you must ALWAYS have when you are working on an important job.  Have you ever had a team that really didn't meet expectations?  I'm sure you have either worked with people or watched a game where someone just wasn't up to the task.  Even more of a reason that when you have the chance to bring on the right people, work with a crew - select the best.  Don't go for just the easy solution.  You need to bring home the product and you need someone solid to work through the whole project.  Go for the one that will bring home the job with flying colors.

A moment or two is all you get, so make the moments count.  Consider a solid team that will understand your needs, work hard to make it happen and capture what you want.  Don't take chances, make every moment count.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

It's all about perspective.

We are all fortunate and get to "see" things from our own being.  Some of us see, some of us feel, some of us hear, some of us think.  We all do it differently, but it is all about using our senses and grabbing pieces of information and having a take-away.  Whatever that take-away is.  There is something about Joshua's "perspective" that always draws me in, wanting more.  I just read a comment from one of his followers and she said, "Your photographs are beautiful.  I feel better just looking at them."  I do too.  I also love that with each one, they allow me to create an incredible story in my head about what was happening and what else he must be seeing.  It's all about your perspective, isn't it?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Adventurizing has never looked SO good!

How amazing is this view?
How beautiful is the blue-green of the water?
How lush are those trees?  Shots like these are not few and far between for Joshua, as these are the views he works to find.  Those spots that aren't so easy to get to and are exceptionally hard to get.  Joshua knows how to "get out there" and does it ALL the time.  I actually have a hard time trying to edit many of his landscape images because each of them seem to have a different story they are telling and each story is one I want to hear.

What about you?  Have a story to tell?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Passion Needed.

Are you passionate about what you do?  

How you live?  

Who you spend time with?

If you are passionate, then you have found the key to being fulfilled.  If not, then you need to lasso that passion.

I came across a quote today by Gilda Radnor, "I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end.  Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next."

So, why does that tie to passion?  I say it does because you have to have something deep inside you that makes you tick for the right reason and keeps you going. 

Eric Kulin is a guy who is passionate.  He loves his family.  He loves to fish.  He loves to shoot.  He loves to enjoy life and to make things happen.  What an incredible zest for life and he does not know what's coming next, but he certainly enjoys himself along the way.

May we all be passionate, not knowing what is coming next, but embracing it and making the most of it!  Carpe' Diem!