Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. -Ranier Maria Rilke This brings peace to my soul. There are so many questions without answer. Live in the tension. Carry the questions like a compass, that can tell you which way is north but not the best way through [...] Read more – ‘Love the Questions’.
6 months and 23 days ago I had a going away party in Columbia, MO. Below are some of my favorite images from the event. I told myself I would wait a few months before coming back to these photos and I am so glad I did today. It’s hard to put exactly into words [...] Read more – ‘Friends – A Look Back to 6 Months Ago’.
I got the email today announcing VSCO Film Pack 3 today. Because I’m unabashedly hooked, I went ahead and got it (holler for the loyalty club). I’m already hooked. Check out this quick sample from below. Also note, this is a sneak peek at Amanda and I’s engagement shoot that we did all by ourselves [...] Read more – ‘Already Hooked on VSCO Film 3’.
One of my best friends, Trevor, had his first child last month. After about a thousand hours of labor, his wife, Alisha gave birth to a healthy baby girl with a whole ton of hair. So much hair. I used to be really freaked out by babies. They just seemed so fragile and I felt [...] Read more – ‘Baby Allison’.
The blog has been quiet, but my life has been everything but. I’m still alive. Trust me. Maybe more than I’ve ever known before. I thought I’d put up a little update. First of all, photography for October was pretty crazy. I shot three weddings in three weeks. The first one was in Kansas City, then [...] Read more – ‘I’m Still Alive… Maybe Even More Than I Have Been Before.’.
I know that you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to over the past month… so let me tell you. I hit the ground running over at City Leadership, as soon as I was available, I was put to work. I’ve got two really big web projects that will both launch next month, so stay tuned. [...] Read more – ‘The Last Month’.
Today is my parents’ 29th wedding anniversary. As a wedding photographer, I have a certain affinity for love stories. It probably has to do with the fact that my whole upbringing and home life was one that was rooted in love. From the ways my parents looked after me and my sisters and taught us [...] Read more – ‘29 Years of Life and Love’.
If you are on my blog, you probably already know I’m moving to Memphis. If you don’t, check this out. When I first started telling people I was moving to Memphis it usually went something like this: “Well, I want to pursue freelance photography and need to move to a bigger city to do that. [...] Read more – ‘“Life’s too short…”’.
Today I attended the funeral of a woman I had never met. She was a coworker’s mother at 9am this morning, but by time the funeral had passed at 11:30am, I came to realize that she, Mary, was so much more. It feels odd to to sit in a church you’ve never been to and [...] Read more – ‘Only Love’.
There’s not real good way to intro this, so, I’m announcing a huge change in my life: I’m moving to Memphis and I’m both scared and excited in ways I have never been before. As news has trickled out to friends and family, I’ve received an overwhelming amount of encouragement, and I cannot begin to [...] Read more – ‘Update: My Life Edition’.
Originality is a lie. Which is funny, since we live in a society hell bent on originality. Even if you speak a sentence into existence that has never been spoken before, you construct it in a system that’s been around for hundreds of generations. If you paint, draw, sculpt… you’re combining elements created by someone [...] Read more – ‘Everything is a Collaboration!’.
A poem, from Sir Francis Drake: Disturb us, O Lord when we are too well-pleased with ourselves when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, O Lord when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the [...] Read more – ‘Disturb Us, Lord…’.
Spring is here with all the things spring brings. Burning eyes and an itchy mouth roof pitted against the beauty of nature revealing itself. It got warm quick here in mid-Missouri, and that’s not a complaint. These pictures span from downtown KC to Lee’s Summit and back to Columbia. It’s been an interesting past couple [...] Read more – ‘Spring Daze’.
I spent some time at the zoo last week with a close friend of mine. We were pretty busy overhearing parents explain things to their children in odd ways, listening to children say highly offensive things without realizing it, taking pictures of people taking pictures… those sorts of things. If I had to choose what [...] Read more – ‘The Zoo’.
My good friend Matt posted on his blog some quotes from Hafez, a Persian poet. I read this almost a week ago and it is still stuck on repeat in my mind. This is hauntingly beautiful. I wanted to post thoughts afterward, but there is nothing that I can add to this. “Your love should never [...] Read more – ‘Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive’.
I’ve been thinking about the idea of polarization lately. Democrats vs Republicans Conservatives vs liberals Mizzou vs kU Christians vs Atheists Prolife vs Prochoice Anything! Everything! Every issue can become so easily polarized… so easily binary. This or that. Me vs you. I know that there is a “moderate” safe ground between a lot of [...] Read more – ‘Polarize Everything!’.
Merry Christmas! I’m blogging right now as half my family is asleep in the living room from Christmas Dinner Coma. What a blessed day. The warmth of being around family and the remembrance of Christ’s birth. Earlier today while driving around, I listened to what I consider the mewithoutYou Christmas song: There’s something I really [...] Read more – ‘Christmas 2011’.
Here is a TED talk from Brene Brown titled “The Power of Vulnerability” Some quotes I pulled (with added thoughts): -”Life’s messy, love it.” vs “Life’s messy, clean it up.” – I think this is an interesting thing to think about. I definitely fall more on the “love it” side, I mean, you kind of [...] Read more – ‘The power of vulnerability’.
If you’ve talked to me anytime, for any length of time, in the past three months, we’ve probably shared at least a few words regarding #occupy. I am so intrigued by the movement! It has taken me a long time, but today I think I came a lot closer to understanding my fondness of it [...] Read more – ‘99%’.
2 years ago I posted this to my blog: It was 5 years ago, maybe to the minute, that I sat in an office building that was full of candles and tears. I dont think I cried in that office building though. I cried that day. I was confused and uncertain. Earlier in the day [...] Read more – ‘Tylor Tayrien’.
Yeah, I go Black Friday shopping. Whatofit? If you haven’t, you should. Just once at least. You’ll learn more about our culture in one night if you keep your eyes and ears open than you will over an entire season of Jersey Shore. I have to say that there is a tragic irony in the [...] Read more – ‘A Dark Friday’.
I think I’ve concluded that thankfulness must drive us to humility. Without that, it isn’t true thanksgiving… it’s more entitlement with recognition, or something of the like. There is no independence. We are contingent upon one another… and for a reason. Here is a glimpse into my family’s Thanksgiving. My nephew takes baths in the [...] Read more – ‘Give Thanks’.
Check out this article from the NY Times. My coworker mentioned this article to me and my initial reaction was that it sounded like we are giving Paterno a pass, letting passivity win because we are all, at root, passive. I felt that way half way through reading the article too but toward the end [...] Read more – ‘Let’s All Feel Superior – NYTimes.com’.
Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo. This quote from Ira Glass has been floating around the internets a lot lately: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But [...] Read more – ‘Taste!’.
Previously, I had my photography blog and I had a “thoughts” blog, and I kept them separate. Why? I thought that keeping my Christian views and work separate would be best. Keep my faith out of business… and let my work speak for itself. I’ve come to a point where I don’t think that makes [...] Read more – ‘Where to From Here?’.