|A grouping of Tulips by a government building in Toronto. Something beautiful that I would have just walked by and not "seen" if not for photography.|
I see the world and light in a whole new way
|Jessica Steffens (USA Water Polo Gold Medalist and now Friend) and me|
The camera helps me meet amazing people
And it is not just people who I am meeting face-to-face, it is the chance to interact with all of you. I get numerous emails every day from blog readers, people on the Facebook page, and others who want to share images or ask questions. I was very lucky early in my career to have so many great photographers willing to share their knowledge with me. I like being able to do the same for others now.
|One of the last photos of my mother, and one that helps define my photography.|
I get to capture family history and memories
I will also tell you that there is nothing that makes me happier than to walk into a friend or neighbor's house and see, on their walls or mantle, countless family photos that I have taken for them over the years. Did I charge any of them for those photos? Nope. But I feel like I was well paid, in their sheer appreciation for the photos.
|Brooklyn being a 3 year old|
|This is better than any check I have ever cashed!|
Note: I wrote this blog on Saturday morning, and then headed out for a day of fun with my family other family friends. When we got to our friend's home, we were happy to see that their granddaughter was there as well. Since I had my camera with me, I thought it would be fun to take some photos of Brooklyn in their backyard. I shot a whole bunch of photos of her, and then at the end of the evening, she came downstairs in her pajamas and handed me this thank you card. It just melted my heart, and, I thought to myself, "this is exactly what I just wrote about in the blog!"
|My daughter learning to shoot at the early age of 8 years old.|
I can inspire and teach others
|A recent family portrait for our close friends, the Ikedas.|
I get to share photos with others
|The Sydney Opera House. One of my favorite places in the world.|
I get a chance to travel the globe and experience so many amazing things
|My son and two nephews having fun with me and my remote flashes.|
I get to give back
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