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    offering up my heart.

    Cold Sisters Cuddle, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. Last week on my monthly trip to Ikea, Dan was rambling about how he was going to do this thing where he hooks up his old phone to speakers and streams Pandora. I didn’t understand how that would work because those phones are not activated. He said they didn’t have to be, as long as I had WiFi to run them on, they still work, just not the calling option. Really now? I have never kept an old phone before because it usually had Tide detergent filled water seeping from the cracks. The last one that had to be…

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    Scouting for Fall

    Scouting for Fall, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. Yesterday I was in the place to watch an all day marathon of OWN television. It was that show Ayana Save My Life or something like that. I think I watched 3 episodes and slept through the other 2. During each of the episodes the key to fixing the problem was communicating. This one episode really resounded with me because of the words that were used. I wish I had a closet of all the words I have heard that have moved me through the years. I would hang them up and on days when I needed them I…

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    Booked.

      It’s been a good long time since I have sat down and wrote anything. Even as I write I feel guilty because I have about 10 plus blog posts I need to write for my photography page. I’ve been booked solid during the weekends for the last 9 weeks.  Once I decided to start my business again, I have been getting calls and booking portraits and weddings left and right. I was happy to get back in contact with a few brides I had shot their wedding in the past. They said, “I’ve been waiting for you to get back into photography so I can get my families pictures…

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    Where has the time gone?

    My favorite thing to take pictures of. My daughter asleep next to me., a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. I sometimes think, “I should write…” and then I get overwhelmed with all the shit I have to do. It’s been a busy month for Four Stone Photography. I shot my very first same sex marriage. Held up great until it came to the part where they were signing their marriage licences. Tears started coming down. The bride looked at me and smiled. She said, “Thank you.” She knew I got the impact this moment had. I usually try not to book too much after a wedding because of…

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    Trail of survival

    Cow looking back at the smoking semi it just got out of, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. I told you about the guy that told me to put out into the universe what I wanted, right? It’s working…not only is it working, I am getting other people’s requests for what they want. I met this woman at the gas station and we started talking and she said, “I prayed for you today. I prayed I would find hope somewhere and to get me feeling different than I do.” My heart melted because in my life I have met people that have turned me around from the sad…

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    Figuring it all out….

    3, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. I love light. I’m that person that will see light in a weird spot and point it out to people and they just look at me like i’m weird. Well, friends that aren’t photographers. When I went out shooting with my friend, Tammy she took a totally different approach to light and went about it fearlessly in her work. For her, the shots came out beautifully. I took a few identical shots and I liked the effect, but missed the deep, richness I tend to aim for. No two photographers are alike. I am now seeing this by studying the things…

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    Run for the Fallen

    Run for the Fallen, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. I went out to Elk Grove to help Victoria and her mother put on a dinner for the runners, Gold Star Families, Firefighters and the Patriot Guard riders who all participated in the Run for the Fallen today. What an incredibly emotional event. Victoria lost her brother in 2007 while he was stationed abroad. The strength this family has amazes me every time I do an event that honors her brother and others that were killed at war. I am sore, tired and emotionally drained and it was worth it all.

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    visit

    visit, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. I was in the middle of an Andy Katz class and someone in the class said, “I notice you don’t follow the rules. You put your subject in the middle and don’t follow the rules of thirds.” I have been drawn to his photography for awhile, but I always thought it was the clean lines and soft romantic feel. He said something like, I hate rules. I like what I like and this is how I like it. I think lately I have been noticing more of the technical aspects of photography; the rules of 3rds being broken, the negative space…

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    Muddy Waters…

    ,, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. I’ve spent the last couple of days watching photography symposiums, lectures and classes and I am so full that I am exploding. When my teenage friends use to ask me why I felt I needed to go to church, why not just worship at home? I would always tell them that the fellowship I got from being with like minded teens couldn’t be reproduced by just reading my bible at home alone. As I got older and I stopped going to church and surrounding myself with people with that worshipped regularly, I found that I would ask that same question about…

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    love my new monitor!

    love my new monitor!, a photo by Random and Odd on Flickr. I finally caved in yesterday and bought a new monitor. I haven’t had one since 2009 and to be honest, I didn’t really miss it. For the small amount of weddings and family portraits I was doing I didn’t need it. Sitting on my bed working on pictures while watching DIY is the American Dream. I’ve been aware that my days were limited and I would have to figure out a way to get back to a desk and start putting all my free time back into this just like I did all those years ago. Yesterday was…