Trip down memory lane

Yesterday I came across a video that really threw me for a loop.  I mean, it was one of those life changing, “holy cow” kinda moments.  Have you seen the “One Second Everyday” video yet?  If not, you have to check it out after this.  It’s a video by Cesar Kuriyama and he shares his experiences with a personal project  to take a single one-second video everyday and piece it together.  He did it, in part, because he realized he would forget so many moments in his life and it really bothered him.  That’s cool enough, but he plans to do it for the rest of his life!  At some point in the future he is going to have a five hour video…five hours!  I started thinking, I’m “that guy”.  I’m the guy who is going wake up someday and realize I can’t remember all the the little moments that make me what I am…wow.  You guessed it, first thing this morning I was digging through my hard drives and surfing through the countless folders of images I have.


I must’ve spent an hour laughing at some of the good times and…well, remembering some tough moments too.  LCpl Clinton Miller, LCpl Budd Cote and Cpl MattDillon…Semper Fidelis, Brothers.



Picture This one made my shoulders ache.  Yeah, I know, photographers are supposed to take awesome photos every time we pick up the camera and this one is far from perfect.  The thing is, that wasn’t the point and I didn’t even care about the imperfection in this shot.  All I thought about was my baby sister took me indoor rock climbing a couple of years back and I had a freakin’ blast!  Seriously, it was one of the most exhausting and incredible afternoons I’ve ever had.  Yes, she’s upside down by her fingers and toes and yes she’s pretty kick-butt…and yes I’m going to pay for the baby sister comment.  Bring it on, Sis.


I can still hear this little guy’s infectious, genuine laugh.  I’m smiling now, years later as I’m typing this out.  That is the power of his laugh and this photo.



Powder therapy after one of the trips overseas.  That night, while we were dancing on very tired and stiff legs, I looked over and saw a guy dancing in a 6′ tall bear costume.  Why?  Who knows, but you go Mr. Bear Costume wearer…you go.

Picture My hiking partner came around the corner and I was sound asleep on the most comfortable rock you’ve ever seen.  Guess that’s what happens when you don’t sleep because you’ve been out all night…but what a night.





The AWESOME Susan D on the photoshoot for the home page images for Sean Purcell Photography.  Yep, you guessed it, I was sitting on those tracks about a minute before the train came around the corner.  Susan doesn’t place any pressure on her subjects at all.


Picture I was a personal trainer while in Florida.  The lady beating me on this sprint is Elsie, my mentor and the most intense workout partner I’ve ever had.  Those rock stars in the back?  They had just finished one of our boot camp style workouts, and this is what happens when I taunt them with “If I can do it, you can!”  Yeah…I had to do it.  Ugh.

Probably one of my favorite location photos from 2012.  This was right down the road from the shoot location the London Ballet Company’s advertisement shoot.  They were awesome!  I’m pretty sure I saw them actually levitate a few times.  I still have no idea how people can jump that high or bend like that.

So maybe I do have a tendency to move a little too fast and sometimes let life zip by a bit too quickly.  Maybe, but that’s something I’m going to make a point to work on from here on out.  In the mean time, I’m so very thankful that I have these images (literally thousands of them) to look back on as little reminders.  Okay, if you’ll excuse me, I have another whole folder I just found.  See you next time everybody.



Just a little patience …. yeeeeeeeah.


1.  The question has been popped, you’re on cloud nine, can leap tall buildings in a single bound and maybe even fly, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean your income has super powers.  It’s normal to get caught up in the moment and tell your Maid of Honor that you’re going to cover everything and you just have to have her there.  Careful, these expenses can really add up.  Having to cut someone from the list when you realize you can’t afford everything, may lead to confusion and hurt feelings.2.  Sure, the two of you fell for each other at first glance, but that doesn’t mean you should do the same with your wedding gown…or even your ring for that matter.  This is your day and you’re going to want everything to be perfect.  So take your time and make sure you’re really happy with everything before dropping down that credit card.  Oh yeah, on the topic of engagement rings.  Let’s face it, guys are guys.  We mean well but sometimes it’s an accomplishment when our socks go with our shoes.  It’s not uncommon for engagement rings to be exchanged for something more…more you.  Here’s a little guide to help you with this sometimes delicate situation.

3.  Hold off on inviting your entire address book.  Decisions like location, style and budget are still up in the air and can have a huge impact on that guest list.  You might not be able to squeeze everybody into that perfect chapel on the hill at sunset.  Once you invite your High School friend from second period English, she’s on the list.  Kinda tough to un-invite her.

4.  True, you could stand on a tall building and shout it out to the whole world and yes, the grumpy neighbor two floors down is probably going to love it, but let’s keep this ace up your sleeve for now.  I’m not telling you to hold onto it forever, but break out your creative hat and start to think of all the dramatic and exciting ways you can release this for mass enjoyment.  This is the perfect time to reach out to your photographer and start talking about planning an engagement session for save-the-date images.  Here are a few more fun ideas to help make sure you stand out.

5.  Everybody is going to want to hear all the details and you can’t wait to share but you still have to lead a normal-ish life.  You know, go to work, eating breakfast, showering, maybe even going on a real date with your special someone.  There are still only 24 hours in the day and all the well wishers can completely consume those hours.  Many relationships have taken serious hits during the engagement planning crush.  Consider starting a blog to document your wedding planning journey and make your first blog the story of how amazing your proposal was.  Ahh, social media efficiency at its best.

6.  You’re going to have a LOT on your plate.  I once heard it described as “drinking from a fire hose”, but you don’t have to be overwhelmed.  The world is full of resources.  Your newly married friends, your photographer, your family, all are a great sources of information and believe me they’re going to want to share their stories with you anyway.  Just take it all with a grain of salt and remember your day isn’t going to be like anybody else’s.  Now if you really want to get it right, you might want to consider reaching out to the real professionals.  These are the professionals who know how to take all your whimsical ideas and sticky notes and turn them into a day you’ll never forget.  If you’re in the Phoenix area, you’re in luck.  The fabulous Mrs. Hancock has some great ideas to help you out.

Have a great tip or lesson learned?  That comment section below is just calling your name.  Let’s hear what you’ve got.

Colors and vintage .. it’s ALL in this year!

Picture  Fall 2012 saw the vintage trend hit full stride and for the brides-to-be out there, 2013 shows no sign of letting up.  Check out the beautiful Ashley from a 2012 Pure Photography wedding event in Salt Lake City.  I was lucky enough to help photograph her big day and believe me, she knew exactly how to pull it off.  Yeah, she was just that cool.  But don’t let the winter blues get you down, not everybody has abandoned bright colors this season…hint, not everybody is wearing white.  Check out this great article with some designers that are bringing back the bold colors and flare for 2013.  I can’t wait, it’s going to be a great year to be a photographer!