Kids

New Life New Era

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Not only is it a new era for the Crooked Horn Ranch going from breeding rodeo bucking stock to breeding organic beef cattle, but it’s getting close for a new addition to it’s staff.

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Sometimes I like “Nothing”

Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in mid-nights, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife? Hmm, a year in a life.

In an age where time is rapidly increasing, we seem to want everything faster! I just took my infant, 4-month-old computer in for an upgrade because it needed to run faster. Employees at Chick-Fil-A are greeting us personally in the drive-through to pre-order our already “fast food,” pushing us through the line faster than “fast.”  I DVR television programs so I can fast-forward through time-consuming commercials. It’s only the beginning of September and Christmas decorations are already displayed throughout the stores.  Why? Because we can’t wait! We need the future to get here faster than it’s pace! Faster! Faster! Faster!

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Life is a Gift and Time is Precious

Welcome to the world Luke Edward, we have been awaiting your arrival. I love itty bitty babies. It was not so long ago that Ms. P was born and it seems that the small time goes way to fast. We are always rushing to that next big achievement in their lives and the next big thing is that they are growing up and out the door. Jayce Chandler, my oldest just returned from a 10 day mission trip to Brazil and I just think how I wish I could have those moments back. Photographing Luke just reinforced the urgency to make time  for our children. As adults we think we can’t afford to take off from work or make time for our kids. The fact of the matter is you can’t afford not too. Life does not respect who you are or what you are. It does not care how much money you have or how big your house is or what kind of car you drive. Unlike the  car wash or laundry mat you can never purchase more time, it just keeps on going. Life is a gift and time is precious. Make sure you hug those babies today and look them straight in the eyes and tell them you love them…

Peace Out!

 

 

UC Special Forces

We have been cheer groupies for a very long time sometimes following our girls out of town for about a 60 second show. Earlier this year we got a chance to see one of our favorite girls do her thing at the Cheer Power National Competition in Galveston. Reagan is a member of Universal Cheer Company’s Special Forces team. Reegan and her team worked very hard and many hours for a short routine and they were rewarded with a 1st place finish. Congratulations Reegan and whole special forces team. We love you very much~

Peace Out Girl~

 

 

Help Portrait Session One

Project Giving is underway! As I mentioned in my previous post, my goal, vision, or whatever you choose to call it, is to give this year. I have decided this year I will actively be involved in the Help Portrait Program. But instead of just one day, December 8th , 2012, I have chosen to do it the whole year and just so happened that I had the perfect candidates. To kick off the giving this year I choose a family that is dear to the Williams family’s heart.

This family consists of a single mom and three gorgeous children. The mom taught my son in grammar school and they adored each other. Our families grew close throughout the year and we have kept in touch all this time.

Recently the mom was involved in a violent car accident at no fault of her own. As she sat waiting at a train crossing, another vehicle tried to maneuver through the crossing when the car was stuck and collided with the mom’s car. She was taken by life flight to the hospital with serious head trauma. After some time in the ICU she was moved to normal room and later discharged. The recovery will be long but she is making tremendous progress. She will be out of work for an extended period of time until her condition improves. This very independent lady now has to depend on others, and that can be a tough pill to swallow. But this I know, FOR sure, that what the devil meant for evil, God can turn to good. I know that sometimes we can not see the plan before us because the circumstances are so huge. This is the time we have to learn to let go and let God.

Anyway, Misty, my wife, and I thought that it would be a perfect gift to photograph the kids and give Mom a wall portrait to remind her how blessed she is. These kids are so hilarious and we had a great time with them. What a blessing to us to be able to do this for them.

I thank you, Lord, for the gift of photography you have given me to bless someone else. Help me to use its full potential.

Peace Out!

J

P.S. Keep it a Secret! If you know who this is, please don’t speak of it because we have yet to deliver the images to

Perkins Family

Last month I had the awesome opportunity to shoot the Perkins family just before Christmas. I totally loved working with them and it was great therapy for me after working 7 day a week for so long. I felt very dull and little apprehensive before shoot because I have not shot in so long plus I am trying to venture a little out of the high school seniors market and shoot more families and children. However the senior market will always be a passion for me. As the shoot started I felt an element of freedom and it was a great start to new beginnings. I believe the freedom made us all at ease and we were able to capture some great shots.
With Grace,
J
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