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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Hello friends.

I know it’s been such a long time. I apologize!  I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Life on my end is busily-fantastic if that makes any sense.  We had a wonderful Christmas with the kids and family.  It is truly a joy to watch toddlers open presents from Santa.  With the craziness of the holidays and a bout of sickness it’s been a little hectic at my house.  On top of that I started a photo of the day project on flickr that’s proving to take more time than I anticipated.   The title of the project is aptly named “Project Eighty-Five”.:)  You can find a set of my selected photos of the day HERE.  Start at Day 1 if you want to get a feel for the timeline.  Be sure to read the descriptions as some of them are interesting to say the least.

The requirements of the project are to shoot a photo of the day with an 85mm lens for 85 days.  I’m currently on Day 28 and the reason why I’m writing this post tonight.  For those who are not following the project I wanted to upload some photos to share (see below).  As a bonus, for every photo I shoot for the day (that requires flash) I provide my setup and camera info in the form of lighting diagram(s) technically called “Strobist Diagrams”.  I do this to help those wanting to learn more about lighting and how I made the particular shot. You gotta give back!  Don’t be just a taker.:)  Seriously, once you see the diagrams you’ll mistakenly think I’m some expert on off-camera flash / lighting. I’m not.  I’m still learning the ropes myself.  It’s just fun stuff I truly enjoy doing.  

I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I have shooting them and I hope you’ll follow along. 

Oh, before I go I would like to remind everyone I will be leaving for Haiti in February on my first ever Mission trip.  I am so excited to see what God has in store and how He will use me for His glory in helping the Haitian people. I will be taking the camera gear along to document at every opportunity and can’t wait to share those images and the stories I know will accompany them. Hopefully some of you will be inspired to consider a trip as well.

And finally, I know I mentioned a big “official” announcement (blog post) several weeks back.  Again, I apologize for not making it yet.  The core of that announcement is that I am now donating 50% of all jimservies | photography profits to mission related efforts / causes. When you hire me as your photographer you are helping to proclaim the Gospel both locally and at the global level.  Truly worthwhile. I’ll detail the “why’s” of this decision in the “official” post. So if you’re interested in a beautiful, professionally done portrait or have a commercial need please keep me in mind.  And as always we’ll have a fun time doing it. I promise!:)

I wish you and your family all the best in 2011.

Sincerely,

Jim

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Mr. M … A Bundle of Blessings!

Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph my new buddy “M” and his wonderful parents, Gail and Derek.  I’ve been blessed to photograph Gail and Derek previously and just as before we had a blast. Only this time around we made sure it was much warmer outside to insure my Texas blooded friend (Gail) didn’t literally shoot me. Boy, was it bitter cold last year! :~)

Derek and Gail are proud parents of a healthy and beautiful 2 month old which we’ll refer to as “M”. What a blessing it was for me to photograph “M” and his awesome parents. Amazing!   Rather than me go on and on like I normally do just see for yourself how beautiful this family is. But before you do please take a brief moment to share in some exciting news and how your support can change lives worldwide as Derek and Gail’s will.  

Although the official announcement is forthcoming (new blog post soon) this was my first shoot where 50% of all jimservies | photography profits will go to either personal mission work / trips or sent to approved mission organizations locally and/ or worldwide.

Since finishing the book  “Radical” by David Platt (2nd time through), I have been blessed (beyond measure), convicted and liberated to finally find His purpose for my photography; spreading the Gospel to the remote corners of the earth, feeding the poor and whatever is His purpose and will.

My experience comes after a lot of soul-searching and patiently (sometimes not so patient) and prayerfully waiting to hear God’s word.  And now that I’ve realized “my / His purpose” the question that keeps coming to mind is – Isn’t serving God and His command to “Make Disciples”, share the Gospel, feed the poor, take care of orphans and widows the most pressing matter and purpose in our lives?  I think so.  But enough for now, stay tuned for the official “Radical” announcement. 

Gail and DerekThank you so much for the opportunity and to meet your bundle of blessings.  I am so honored you chose me for such an important milestone in your life.  I am equally honored and thankful for your friendship and support of my efforts of faith. I know without hesitation you both will be / are awesome parents. As a parent with toddlers, I totally understand where you are – busy and sometimes stressful lives and a new baby.  Just hang in there and trust God to help you through those sometimes frustrating and difficult days.  All it takes for me is that sweet smile or hug and everything’s put in the proper perspective.  Our children are His and on loan to us for a very short time … Enjoy every minute of it!

Now go enjoy the photos of precious M.  If like me, you’ll be blessed indeed.  Thank you so much Derek and Gail! – Jim <><

Enjoy!  

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Gracie Days

 

What I failed to mention in last night’s post -  Letter to Eli – I now have the opportunity to spend some quality time with my little Gracie – one on one.  Something I’ve not had the opportunity to do until today. 

Right now, Gracie and I are spending the morning playing with dishes, making pudding (pretend) and her’s and Daddy’s favorite – gravy and biscuits.  Mmmmm good!  This afternoon she just told me she wants to go outside and play ball.  Definitely, my girl!

I have to admit I was a little sad when Eli left for his first day of preschool this morning but about an hour later Gracie made it “all alright”… 

Gracie and I were sitting on the bed watching a few minutes of Clifford (one of her favorites and hey, it’s a special day so a little extra TV time is ok).  Anyway, as I’m gently scratching her back she stops watching and immediately leans over, gives me the biggest hug and in an ever so gentle voice says “Dad… You’re the best Dad ever!”  No, I’m not making this up. I can’t help but think the good Lord was watching over us this morning and gave me that priceless moment.  Blessed indeed! 

So I’m off now to go play with my little angel.  Have a great day!

Jim <><

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Letter to Eli…

I wanted to share a little of my life with you today since this blog is aptly titled “[mylife & yours]” so here goes…

Tonight, like most nights, I’m sitting at the computer. Except tonight I’m not editing photos or answering emails but sitting here staring at the screen with a little sadness in my heart trying to figure out what to put on this page.  

Tomorrow morning, my very best bud, Eli (my 3 yr. old son) will start his first day of Preschool.  He is so excited, as am I for him.  I know I sound silly and it’s “only preschool” but for some odd reason an overwhelming rush of emotions hit me this evening.  Partly, I guess is because unlike many Dad’s, I have been blessed with the good fortune to keep our kids full time two days a week while Mom works.  So, I guess the reality of him not being here on “my days” sunk in?

The last three years have been the most rewarding and exhausting of my life.  Two babies fourteen months apart, will do that to you.  Side Note: NEVER in a million years would I ever imagined I would spend the majority of my daytime hours raising Eli and Gracie in the bathroom! :~)   I can hear the Moms laughing out loud right now.  You know what I’m talking about. 

I have a true appreciation for those of you with one, two, three or ten kids and especially you single parents out there.  God bless you all!   I can’t pinpoint what it is, maybe being older, ex-military, a male or spending the previous 14 years running a corporation and working 60-70 hour weeks? But, something made it a little more difficult for me to adjust to being home full time those two days?  The combination or whatever was definitely an adjustment for me.  Probably something about “being in control” is partly to blame too?  

Anyway, tomorrow is a very exciting day for both Eli and myself.  Yes, I’m really-really going to miss my best bud tomorrow but I know in my heart it’s the best thing for the both of us.  So…

To Eli:  One day you may come back and read this and when you do please know Dad will miss you immensely tomorrow.  I love you more than you’ll ever know and I’m so very proud to be your Dad.  You truly amaze me with your abilities (at such a young age), and especially your kind-heartedness and good manners. I know your teachers, like your mother and I, will find you a joy to be around.  Go have a the best time tomorrow and knock them out with your beautiful smile and personality – like you have me the past three years.  Son, you are a true gift from God and blessing in my life.

I love you!,

Dad <><

To my readers: Thank you for sharing this moment with me.  Enjoy the photos and thanks for the ear!

 UPDATE: Of course, I got up early and snapped a few photos of Eli getting ready for school.  See the last photo below for the collage. 

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Gate to Unknowns | Two-Part Series

Today’s posting are two photographs and descriptions I posted on my Flickr Photostream last night.   The descriptions for both uploads are below, hence the two-part series title. 

PART I | Gate to Unknowns

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After four days inside with two toddlers because of a recent snow, cabin fever was getting the best of all of us.  My son, Eli (3) wanted to take his toy camera (which is actually a working digital camera clad in a thick rubberized material) and go shoot with Dad.  I was flush with joy to say the least. 

As a Veteran, I have great respect for the men and women that serve in our Armed Forces so a trip to Knoxville’s National Veteran Cemetery seemed like a good choice.  This choice proved beneficial not only as a unique venue and chance to share time with Eli but more importantly, a wonderful teaching opportunity.

This photo is the entrance gate to the Cemetery. Upon entering, what I immediately found so surprising was the vast number of Unknown Soldier markers.  A realization that hit-home and was definitely a teaching moment for me too.

Today, I ask that you please remember our courageous and dedicated men and women that serve and protect the freedoms we enjoy and often times take for granted.

Thank you for viewing.

Jim

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Gate to Unknowns

Gate of Unknowns Camera Info: Nikon D300 | Nikkor 85mm ƒ/1.4 (1/5000s @ ƒ/1.6) | ISO 200 | Handheld

PART II | Unknown … Not Forgotten

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For the photograph below I chose a darker sepia tone with a tint of red. Personally, the sepia symbolizes an era ago and the tint of red symbolizes the ravages of war which is wrought with blood, sadness and sorrow. 

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Please keep the courageous men and women serving in our U.S. Armed Forces in your thoughts and prayers, especially as we all enjoy  immense freedoms.

Thank you for remembering.

Jim

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Unknown … Not Forgotten

Unknown ... Not Forgotten

Camera Info: Nikon D300 | Nikkor 85mm ƒ/1.4 (1/8000s @ ƒ/2.0) | ISO 200 | Handheld

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