I simply love to travel. I want to do it much more. I am adding to my travel portfolio by doing some traveling this year just for portfolio work.

On the agenda is: Vancouver and Western Canada, Toronto and Eastern Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, South Korea, Spain, Poland, and Italy. In-states travel includes a lifestyle shoot in Santa Barbara, and up the Big Sur coastline, CA Central Valley, Mono Lake, Bishop, and a trip across the hot deserts of Barstow and Kingman.

I follow Chris Guillebeau at his Art of Non-Conformity Blog, and simply admire his ability to travel and work from anywhere. I am working on a plan that may make this kind of lifestyle much more workable for me. I have kids, and one is still at home, so it has to be worked in with careful attention to the details of family.

But I will get there, I usually do. Once I set my mind to something, I find ways to get it done.

BTW – his book,
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Futureis one hell of a great read. I have it on my Kindle, but I just ordered a hard copy one so I can make notes and mark it up.

Yeah… It is that good.

Whether you are thinking about changing your lifestyle, or simply want a good read to stimulate what you are doing with your current business, this book is well worth the purchase.

Also worth taking the time to read is
The Power of Unpopular: A Guide to Building Your Brand for the Audience Who Will Love You (and why no one else matters)by Ericka Napoletano. She has a pretty saucy, but real way of communicating ideas – and the idea that you can be all things to all people (clients) is non-sense. She shows you why.


Isn’t free.

Recently the DOJ issues strict and very easily understood orders to police agencies all over the country. The basic, easy to grasp message was “It is entirely legal to be photographed by civilians or anyone while on duty and doing their job.” There are caveats about being in the way, creating a disturbance and hindering the duty of the officer, but those are no-brainers and are already covered by statute.

But not everyone is getting the message:

The way this ‘officer’ treats the public and the media says so much.

Listen to them being polite, and willing to comply with legal requirements. Listen to his profane laced babblings about his ability to suspend Free Speech, and incoherent discussions of lawsuits.

It isn’t supposed to be this way. It cannot be this way.

I hope he gets sued, his watch commander gets sued, EVERY COP who was there and ALLOWED an illegal detention to occur should be sued. No pension, no career, no home, no money.

Because if we continue to let thugs control our lives, they will enthusiastically take that as permission to rule our lives.

‘Nuff said.


Damn I am so tired of it already – and we are just getting into it.

But here is a thought… unless you have all the work you need, it may not make much sense to tell the ‘other side’ you think they are all morons and shitscrement.

Ya know.

I don’t care what ‘side’ you are on, spewing hate speech simply gives more information than one should have when thinking about hiring you.

Just think about it. A possible client hits your twitter and sees “Fkn ______ : They ALL hate ______ and are so fuking stupid that I want to hurl…”

Great. That gets you some followers. You get to be all big and bad for your cronies.

But what about the client who may be a member of that group, or party, or affiliation? What does that person then think?

You said “ALL” and that includes her.

Good business practice?

You gotta be kidding me.

I know that a few gigs have not gone to people who have professed undying hatred toward ME in these over-reaching hate-filled diatribes. I work with a lot of people I do not politically agree with. We simply do not discuss it.

I also do not discuss their religion or mine.

What happened to the societal code of not discussing politics and religion with prospective clients and business partners?

So just think about it the next time you want to declare all liberals as mealy-mouthed asshats or all conservatives as brainless zombies… some of those people may be waiting to give you work.

Or… not.

(And, BTW, you are simply wrong to state such garbage anyway. It isn’t true. Not ALL anyone is anything.)

Donna Summer

Damn I loved Donna Summer. She was a class act. She was hailed as the Disco Queen, but in fact her talents stretched way beyond the mindless world of disco. She was a singer… a singer’s singer.

Here are a few Donna Summer tunes I have always loved.

We miss the class and glamour of this wonderful lady. Time for the Last Dance.


I have been asked back to creativeLIVE to do a workshop on Table Top Product Photography. You can see more at their site. Dates are June 21, 22, 23, 24, 2012. Register for free and watch all weekend!

I was recently on creativeLIVE and have received some rave reviews of the workshop. If you are interested in taking a look at the workshop, you can find it on creativeLIVE’s web site here. I think it is a tremendous value and if you are unable to attend any of my workshops, this may give you a ton of information you will want to have to push your photography to the next level.

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