I just love my job. I have photographer friends from all over the world. Two of my favorite Canadians have just become even higher up on my list. Rich and Louise of lulufoto came to my rescue. This whole ordeal with the Peter Pan peanut butter recall left me searching for a jar of the unhealthy stuff. All I could find was the natural peanut butter, which just left me feeling a bit grossed out. I know, it’s better for me and the oil separating out is easily remedied by simply stirring it back in. I don’t care. I didn’t like the taste of it and felt as if I was out of options. I walked through our grocery stores and found empty shelves with a few jars of the kind I just couldn’t do. Then, today…. like magic…. a beautiful gift from Calgary arrived. And it’s even got the cool French writing on the jar as well. (yeah, I’m easily impressed)
So, thanks Rich and Lulu. Much appreciated. You are my new heros.
Now, this one received a bit of help from Ian. He brought in a couple of his muscled up Batman action figures to help show off our new jar of peanut butter. I think they really toughen up the image of the tasty little treat.
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Today, it’s just me and Ian hanging out at the house and I’m getting to relive my childhood again. For a couple of decades a lot of my stuff sat in boxes in my parents’ attic, just occupying space. Of course, I thought some of my toys would some day be really valuable and I’d make a killing with them. Numerous times since then I’ve realized the true value they hold.
This afternoon, just before his nap time, Ian and I were in the floor playing with a odd collection of action figures. These guys ranged from 25 years old to practically new. Original Star Wars action figures to the ultra-muscled Batman figures that are available today. While playing with Ian, I realized just exactly where the true value in old toys exists. It exists in those little moments on the living room floor when I get to play with my kids. It’s possible that some of the original action figures might be worth a few bucks, but not enough to replace the fun we had today.
Here are a few of my original guys from the first three Star Wars movies,,,, and this is really only a mere sampling of the collection I ended up with. Their appearance had gone down a bit, but that’s what happens when you play hard with them… just ask Ian.
Now, this one… the poor thing. I’m not sure where the rest of it is. It doesn’t matter I guess, as it still seems fun to play with.
jb (kid at heart)
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I get clients from all over the country, and these clients have family all over the world. I’m interested in knowing where you are when you are reading the JB blah blah blah blog.
So let us know. Click the map below and you can locate yourself and leave a marker. I’d love to know where everybody is.
By the way, I wish I could say I’m a genius… but alas,, the truth is I got this idea from a fellow photographer in London.
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Today we’re going all the way back to May 22, 2004, when I had the pleasure of photographing Michael and Tiffany in the Kansas City area. The ceremony was at a family member’s home on the back lawn. Their lawn was something to be seen. Made my yard look completely pitiful. Then again, they didn’t have 4 kids worth of toys scattered around.
Anyway, beautiful wedding and I wanted to share just a few shots from their wedding. One of my favorites, still, is where during the cake cutting, a piece of the cake fell down the top of her dress…. and like any loving husband, Michael was quick to help her out by retrieving the offending cake.
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May 19, 2005 I went to Hot Springs, Arkansas to photograph a very small, intimate wedding that took place at Garvin Gardens. This was one of the most beautiful locations I’ve seen for an outdoor wedding. The humidity was a killer, but the resulting photos were worth it. Both Lauren and James seemed to be so at ease in front of the camera and she had a fabulous smile.
I look back at their photos from time to time and remember how much fun we had with them. Here are three random shots that I really like from their wedding day.
We started the day at The Arlington Hotel where the wedding party got ready. The Arlington is one of my favorite hotels, and with its old architecture, it lends itself to great photography. Plus, it’s simply a beautiful place to visit.
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