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“There is no use trying” said Alice, “One can’t believe impossible things”.
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice” said the Queen. “When I was your
age, I always did it for an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many
as six impossible things before breakfast.”

—Lewis Carroll—


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The Buddhists call it Monkey Mind. Seth Godin writes brilliantly about it here. Most of the guys I meet are experts at it. Contradiction. Distraction. Second guessing. Mixed messages. The art of sticking to your story is HARD. Go with your head, or your heart? Move ahead with that original idea, or reign it in because it might alienate your customers/friends/community? Chicken or fish?

How much tenacity is too much? I always thought that if you followed your instincts, if you went with what felt right to you (exogenous factors notwithstanding), you’d always come out proud. It’s not that easy though, is it?

January makes me think too much.

Here’s something I don’t have to think twice about:

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Love the idea of big prints and a photo wall, but still want to be able to show the photos to grandma? Albums. Books. Deliciousness.

Leather flush-mount albums:

True lay-flat, no gutter!

Not into leather? Press-printed hardcover books are wicked fun.

Expertly designed. Choose as many or as few photos as you like. They’re fun! They’re portable! Go ahead, ask me how you can get one!

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…well, you probably are home. Staring at blank walls, wondering why you ordered that 5×7 that just disappears. It happens all the time. I’ve had clients call me the same day their photos arrive and say “I should have gone a little bigger…” I’ve always held my tongue, but since when has that done me any good? Let’s get BIG.

I’m all about the canvases; sleek, contemporary, and no framing required. And look how great they are clustered together!


displays by Anna Mayer and Angela Weedon.

One canvas, many photos:

Photos from Design Aglow

For those of you afraid to commit to larger prints, wouldn’t something like this look so great in your hallway? (photo by the amazing Melissa Jill.)

Make this the year you get inspired to do something creative with your photos. Your kids, your families: they’re gorgeous! Let’s get them out in the open where people can really see them. POW!

(Or you could always put something like this on the wall. I would. I just might. It makes me laugh like an idiot.)

You can see more work from the wonderful Marc Johns here.

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That’s Sunday at my house. Of course, the creativity part is usually me fawning over someone else’s brilliant ideas. Case in point:

Rethink Scholarship at Langara 2010 Call for Entries from Rory O'Sullivan on Vimeo.

Thank you Rory O’Sullivan for sharing this video.

How did we become so mired in safety, in predictability? Why do I always follow such rigid parameters when I try to make art, or to live authentically? Even my most daring attempts to break free usually end up getting reigned in at the last moment for fear of losing the audience. Eleanor Roosevelt encouraged us to “do one thing every day that scares you” — according to the ubiquitous Quotable Cards and magnets on people’s refrigerators and bulletin boards, we should all be jumping out of planes and creating installations a la Marina Abramovic — but mostly, at least for me, that one scary thing is just willing myself to hold on. Status quo.

{yawn}

How do you push your ideas? I’d really love to know.

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(To be determined.)

This is Sam. He’s only six days old, so his culinary preferences have yet to be defined, but his mom is a tremendously good cook, so my guess is he’ll like most things. He definitely does not like being naked. No wrinkly bum shots today, folks. However, Sam is so darn cute and was such a good boy (as was big sister Stella) that I think you’ll like what you see.

Dreaming that he’s Superman:

Stella was very serious about posing with her little brother:

I’m looking forward to going back over and over again to capture this little bugger. He’s a treat!

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The InterWeb Gods are no longer laughing at me. Well, at least not to my face.

The kids and family site is finally up and running again with new photos, new pricing and packages, and new music for those of you who asked for it. The companion wedding site should be live in another week or so. Thanks to those of you who emailed or called with your technical support, and thanks to everyone for their patience! I look forward to working with you soon; right now I must finish my nervous breakdown.

Spring is coming, right??

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That’s the word of the week for me as all of my files on both this blog and my website have suddenly disappeared. If you are currently a client, have no fear! All images are safely backed up; this outage only happened on the blog. If you are visiting me for the first time, please know that I am working to have all sites up and functional in the next 24 hours, so I still welcome your inquiries!

Thanks to everyone for your helpful support =)

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I am in the process of updating my site, this blog, and moving all of the accompanying files from one host to another. I may lively largely in my own head, but it appears I spend most of my time in the right-brain, as I am woefully mired in SQL databases and faulty connection strings. The poor folks at Go Daddy tech support are likely ready to burn me in effigy. My apologies to anyone who visits my site and gets a blank page or missing information; all should be up and working (and brand-spanking new!) in a few days.

(fingers crossed.)

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