I love the Holiday Season, and like many of you, spend it with family and friends enjoying good food, good times, and looking forward to a new year in anticipation of what it will bring. Certainly we are in a very tumultuous and difficult period in terms of the economy and political environment, but I am optimistic about the future, and remain motivated to continue working as hard as possible to achieve the many goals I have for myself. I encourage all of you to do the same.
As important as all of the landscape photographs I have made through the years are to me, I would gladly give them all away to keep the images that truly matter most to me, and this one I made of my son Bryce on Christmas Eve is certainly one of them. Seeing him grow and discover the world each day has taught me the value of appreciating each moment without taking any for granted. Watching him read a “letter” from Santa Claus is one I will never forget.
We are so fortunate to to have the technology to capture these moments in so many different ways and with relative ease, that there really isn’t any reason not to take advantage of it to the fullest. Take time to record these moments with your loved ones, and more importantly, learn how to manage all of this media so that is is accesible to you in the future and doesn’t get lost in the digital “shoebox” or worst yet, disappear because you didn’t have a backup! (My online backup recommendation).
Life is difficult at times, and we all struggle to get through each day it seems. Yet it’s the simple things I’m most grateful for that make the biggest difference. Whether the simple questions Bryce has asked me, yet I found so difficult to answer, or the magic of making a photograph that I know I will treasure for a lifetime. Those are the things I’ll remember most about 2008.