Tag Archives: Candid Portraits

Enjoying the Holidays

John enjoying family time

John enjoying family time

We returned to home on Saturday evening after enjoying time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday. We had great weather in Phoenix and of course great food. What was most wonderful was all the laughter and conversations. πŸ™‚

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Love Her Smile

Love Her Smile

Love Her Smile

I had the privilege to share a conversation with this young lady at one of the local coffeehouses this past week. At times I felt like I was talking with someone much older than she was. There was a confidence in her voice about who she is and no need to try and play some role to impress others. There was enough comfort in our short time together to ask for a portrait. How about that smile!

 “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
ThΓ­ch Nhat Hanh

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The Confused Look

The Confused Look

The Confused Look

This is an image from 2008 during an overnight in New York City. I’m not sure where they are from but something in their faces tells me they are not from the city. 

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Intense Eyes

Intense Eyes

Intense Eyes

… in case you didn’t notice! πŸ™‚ Happy Friday! 

Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Nothing limits you except your fear. Nothing controls you except your beliefs.
Marianne Williamson

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Being a Regular

Mocha latte at the Bean Cycle. I'm in the loft looking down on the coffeehouse.

Mocha latte at the Bean Cycle. I’m in the loft looking down on the coffeehouse.

I can walk into several coffeehouses and be greeted by my first name. That feels good. πŸ™‚ I also know several of them by name. At some locations I can even have the baristas call out and say, ‘The usual, Monte?” These young people and the coffeehouse can easily become an extended family. We will almost always have some sort of conversation whether started by them or me, asking questions such as, “How was your weekend?” or “What have you planned for the day?” I find it comforting  when they let me know I’m a person and not just a customer with money in his wallet.  Continue reading »

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A Little Jazz Music

The music is in His Soul

Jazz musician near Bourbon Street in New Orleans

“More photographs of beautiful moments have been lost by looking at our cameras than will ever be lost to missed focus or poor exposure.” David duChemin

I took this image of the musician near Bourbon Street in New Orleans back in 2008 while I was still flying (working). There were perks with that job and one was the photographic opportunities offered on the longer overnights. 

Through those long overnights my interest in street and documentary photography was discovered. My camera equipment changed as the smaller mirror-less gear was more to my liking and much easier to travel with. The “decisive moment” began to take on more importance, knowing I could not come back and retake an image if I missed it.

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Nothing to do

It's a Good Book

It’s a Good Book

Took this image last week at a local coffee shop while sitting on the outdoor patio, enjoying the nice sunny weather. However, this morning has presented overcast skies and 50 degrees. But, we call that good out here in Colorado. My to do list has nothing listed and plan on keeping it that way. 

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