Prepare the way . It will come.

When I first got into graphic design I had zero dollars to my name to invest into becoming a designer. I would drool over this amazing piece of technology they called “Photoshop” and dreamed of all the award winning design pieces I could create within it (I may have been a little delusional).

I didn’t realize it at the time but I was going to learn a valuable lesson about what it meant to start preparing the way.

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The Lacks Northwest Adventure

Corona Arch

After a 2 mile hike through the desert we make it to the Corona Arch in Moab, Utah.

Lacks Northwest Adventure

We parked our car at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone located in the Northern area of Yellowstone National Park. Since dogs are not allowed on the pathways in Yellowstone, we had to leave Max, our 85lb Australia Shepherd/Blue Healer mix, behind to wait in the car.

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Kelly Ford CD on iTunes

Singer Kelly Ford

My goodness this music is so good. I’m listening to it right now as I write this. Everything came together so well for this shoot and CD cover design. Please Please Please go check it out on iTunes and buy it. Gift it. Whatever. Just make sure you get a copy. It sounds almost as if he’s singing it in that empty church because the acoustics are off the walls. iTunes link

Cover design by Hampton Creative just amazing people.

A Boys Desire for Adventure.

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The 5 of us have been hiking for 1.5 miles to check out this waterfall and we finally arrive. I lift my two year old son off my shoulders and assess the scenery. I need to get down close to the water to get the best photo I convince myself. The water is 200’ beneath us and I’ll have to navigate some scurry and boulders. No big deal! I do this kind of thing all the time. I make it down and snap a few photos, but when I make my way back up to the top my oldest son, who’s 9, has that longing look on his face. Dad? He says. Can I go down there too?

My immediate answer was NO WAY! It’s dangerous. BUT, as I look at him I see the deep desire for adventure that every boy needs. I say yes reluctantly and sit him down to go over the rules. You step where I step, keep low, and try not to kick any rocks loose. He nods understanding.

We begin our way down excitement abounding. He slides once but I put my hand in front of his foot and stop him. I see the rush of adrenaline flood into him and smile. We make it down to the water and our mission was accomplished, but then I spot another objective. We hike our way up the water line traversing boulders and hopping from rock to rock. Then we’re met by these three large boulders that lead into the middle of the waterfall rapids. I turn around and say lets go for it and jump to the first boulder. I look back and extend my hand out and he jumps to me. His eyes are the size of saucers and a huge smile on his face. Get low! I yell over the noise of the waterfall. I jump to the next one. Come on! I reach out my hands again and he jumps to me. Last one! We’re nearly in the middle of the waterfall rapids and I jump. You can do it! Done.

There’s a rule at my house. You may never touch Dad’s cameras. I reach into my camera bag, pull out my camera, and tell my son. You worked for it you deserve to take the pictures. Speechless. He grabs my camera, turns and begins to snap photos of the waterfall. I don’t know if I’ve ever been more proud of my son than at that moment.

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And here is a photo he shot.

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He handed the camera back to me. I stowed it away and took one last look before we made our way back to shore. In getting back to the rest of the family we did a four point climb up a rock face and ended up 500’ above where we started. Adventure!

Everything in me wanted say no, but then I realized it’s my job as his dad to show him the way…

How I got the Shot: Confessions: Animal Hoarding

My feet squish in rabbit urine and feces with every step I take throughout the ‘home’ and the 6 inch hay barrier that covers the floor is due for another layer because you’re now able to see the rotten carpet peaking through some thin spots.

This can’t be healthy, I think. I’ve been surrounded by 250 rabbits for the last six hours, the smell of ammonia is overwhelming, and I’m just waiting in it.

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