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Billings again

Today was the day to go fetch Steve from the Billings airport.  Once again I left my camera at home.  A BAD thing to do because that’s when one will always find those perfect picture moments.

How does one describe in words what a picture can convey?  Well for me pictures can say things far better than I can in words.  Never was gifted at that, but I’ll attempt here in this post.  By the time you’re done reading, if you do, you’ll probably wish I did have the camera too.

Sure enough, I saw quite a few perfect pictures.  One was of the river valley outside of Belfry.  The fog coated all the bushes, trees, etc….next to the river with all its white glory.  Then the river had steam rising up in the cold air.  There were quite a few places that would have composed a GREAT picture.  Alas no camera…so I guess I’ll have to keep the image in my mind till it’s replaced.

Then there was an area that had at least two dozen black ravens all together.  They were feasting on a road kill.  It was quite the site because I don’t think I’ve ever saw more than three together in one area.  Made me appreciate my own method of eating in the comfort of a warm home.  Then I saw numerous hawks perched here and there.

Coming home, I thought I saw a wolf.  So we pulled over to view it.  Of course it knew that wasn’t normal, so it immediately ran off.  We watched it run across the field from a distance and tried to figure out if it was indeed a wolf, maybe a coyote or fox.  Regardless, that would have been fun to try capturing.

When seeing animals while traveling like this, it’s hard to capture those pictures, because by the time you stop, pull out your equipment, etc…the animal is long gone.  So I try to console myself by saying I wouldn’t have been able to get it anyway, but then that is the fun and challenge in trying.

In the end the trip to Billings this week may have been well worth the time, even if I didn’t capture those pictures, because their are some positive possibilities on the horizon for Steve.  Now, that would be the most perfect picture!  Yet I’m not sure if words or pictures can capture the deep feelings involved in that moment when it indeed becomes real.   Just hoping those possibilities don’t die as the others have.

What a Family

Yep, this is one great family!  They know how to have fun with each other.  I love seeing that and capturing it through the camera lens.  These photographs capture that fun.  I’ve known Peggy for a long time and she is one of the most devoted mothers I know.  These pictures were taken the day after Thanksgiving and I’m now just getting them posted.

Billings Trip

With only one working vehicle I ended up taking Steve up to the Billings airport yesterday.  (It was a bit scary because the car doesn’t do well on bad roads.)  A company bought him tickets to come meet with them about a project.  Hopefully this will net him a nice contract job or a job.  We’ll soon find out.

Anyhow it was very cold out.  When I got up that morning (4:30AM) our thermometer said it was seventeen degrees below zero.  It was cold.  As a photographer I normally take my camera everywhere except not on this trip.  There were two reasons why:  1) I just didn’t want it sitting in out in the cold as I shopped.  2) There wasn’t going to really be room for it in a safe place.

Yet I did regret not taking the camera because as we came down off the heights from the airport it was an awesome site to behold.  That cold air was heavy and so dense.  Then there were the warm puffs of air rising from all the various buildings and then the sun trying to peak through all those layers.

Then it would have been nice to have the camera to take a picture of someone stealing a coat from Kolh’s.  I tried getting the plate numbers of the red pickup but it was too small and hard to read.  If I had the camera I could zero in on that spot and maybe read it.  It’s sad that people steals.

I was able to get a few things I needed for Ryan’s wedding yet there is more to go.   It was nice spending the day with my daughter Amber.  It might have been fun getting pictures of her shopping.  I think she enjoyed it.

Well that is the photographer minded person for you where so much of the thinking revolves around picture moments to preserve.

A Brave Family

It’s Christmas season!  The orders are coming in and so I’ve gotten a behind on posting to the blog.  In fact I need to post some of the pictures I’ve taken recently…sometime.

For now I’m going to show the most recent family pictures.  I have to say they were Brave.  Why?  Well because it was cold out.  The wind came up which made it feel colder.  So we ended up taking the pictures inside a barn.

I love these kids…they are so cute and got personalities that match it.  They did great considering all the circumstances of the session.  The parents are awesome too.  They showed alot of patience with the kids and of course me.  hee hee.

Ordering Pictures for Christmas?

This is a friendly reminder to all my customers who would like to order pictures for Christmas.  I usually get lots of orders and get backlogged and then the lab I send them to has the same problem.  So it takes longer to process orders at this time of the year.  So please get those orders in soon if you want them in time for Christmas.  This becomes even more inportant if they are to be mailed elsewhere.

Also I would like to THANK all my customers.  It’s certainly a joy to work with each of you.

Family Pictures

Tanya was so amazing!  The decision to get family pictures was made at the last minute.   Of course, we were loosing light quickly as it was getting to be dusk.  She was able to get everyone moving, changed, and ready in such a short time.  To top it off she she even had matching shirts on hand.  Fortunately they cooperated so well and moved so quickly that we were able to get several different family poses in!  Way to go Kevin and Tanya!

In these samples I thought it would be fun to show you different borders and how they can look with a photograph!  The right borders can really add to the photograph!  The same goes with a digital scapbook layout.

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Kevin & Tanya Cortrights Family Picture

 

SumPhoto Specials

SumPhoto is offering a special discount on all outdoor sessions (families, seniors & Children) which includes all digital images on a CD/DVD for $150 (not including sales tax).  This special is good till December 23, 2009.

The other offer that is going on right now at SumPhoto is a FREE Indoor Children’s, newborn, & Baby Portrait session.  This special is good till Sat December 19, 2009.  The special package deal includes a 1 (8×10), 2 (5×7), 8 (Wallets) for $24.  If you can get 2 other families kids signed up for the same day then you get one FREE package.  After November there is no guarantee that delivery of products can be made before Christmas.  For an additional fee we can put a RUSH order in but this ends a week before Christmas.