we went back to the tulips again.


I stumbled across these videos belonging to Chase Jarvis today.

They amaze me. Their content is inspiring (especially this first one) but the cinematography…holy moly. I dig it.


On Planning:

I love that each decade of her life was like a new birth, a new place for her. I love the feeling I get of enjoying all of life’s stages. It’s so easy for me to spend all my time anticipating – looking forward to when this happens or that. This film makes it so much easier for me to rest in the idea of space – space for living, for enjoying what you’re doing right now. For learning from what I’m currently working on and taking it forward. I won’t always be in this same space. Not with my kids, not with my photography, not with what I do day to day that comprises my life. I love the reminder that life is long and full and exciting. And even if it’s not long, I want to live as though I’m enjoying every moment – I’m not worrying about fitting it all in, or about what I haven’t done yet, but living fully in the year, whatever it might look like. Whether it’s a year of diapers, or new cameras or raising chickens or learning a new language or becoming an amazing photographer.

I know it’s an ad. I know. But holy moly I dig this kind of ad.

On Risk:

I love that this man is 40. And that he’s been skating for as long as he can remember. That he wasn’t instantly good or instantly safe or confident. But that he’s safe and comfortable (at least not stiff) because of all of his experience. I tend to want to get all my experience in as quickly as possible. I don’t like to allow myself enough time to make sure I’m practicing, learning my skill until it’s second nature.

And on Risk again:

And on this one I love that she knows she’s doing something risky (putting everything into an art business) and that she’s planned it out so it’s a calculated risk. I’m not so much a risk taker. I’m much more of a do-it-if-its-safe kinda girl.

If this is what commercials are becoming I might start watching them again.

And (some of) how it’s done:

Nicely done Chase. Can’t wait to see the remaining two.

tulip love

We went to see the tulips today.

I don’t seem to be having any trouble playing with the altering and enhancing buttons today.

But then again, I really do like the original too.

I admit it. I’ve been looking forward to dandelion season for several months.
I love dandelion pictures. they’re so delicate and fluffy and just lovely.


I can’t decide if they should be left alone, and appreciated for what they are, no more and no less…

or if I should enhance them, make them even more beautiful.
I don’t know. It’s kind of a slippery slope for me.

I just lost you, huh? Dandelion enhancement, slippery slope…what? I know.

I just think there’s so much emphasis on pseudo reality and on enhancing and beautifying and making things bigger and better than what they actually truly are. And I’m not just talking about pictures and Photoshop. I’m thinking of people, of how they feel about their appearance. I’m thinking of the stories we tell, how we feel it necessary to make them just a bit bigger, a bit more dramatic, a bit more interesting.

I want to recognize and look forward to reality. To what actually is, minus superficial enhancements.

The problem is that it’s mundane. We’ve all seen it or heard it before. Interesting stories are unique – they have a component we didn’t expect or haven’t experienced ourselves. Beautiful people stand out in a crowd. They look different than everyone else.

I hate that. That’s no good. Maybe I hate it because I’m wrong. Or maybe I hate it because I recognize it to be true.

Photoshopped pictures stand out because they are amazing – they’re not something we’ve ever experienced through our naked eye. They’re not reality. And that draws our attention. We want to take a closer look at that sunset with amazing unreal color.

And yet they can look so darn good.

Slippery slope.

(hmmm. I gotta say I wasn’t expecting any of that. I was expecting to write about dandelion excitement. Interesting.)

Things have been rather insane lately…insane in a good way, but not really a share-able way. I’ve been working on lots of projects, but none of them are really blog fodder. Sorry.

I so appreciate all of you who offered to let me come practice my “Finding the beauty in the craziness of everyday normalcy” skills – I’ve finally gotten myself organized and sent out an email to everyone that responded. I’m working on pulling a schedule together, so if you told me you want to participate and haven’t seen an email yet, check your spam filters…


So I’ve said time and time again I’m not a studio photographer. And yet, this past week the oppurtunity arose for me to borrow some studio equipment. I took it. I freely admit I don’t fully get it. But I do enjoy having no distracting background.

That I do like.