A Tribute to 2 Furry Family Members – Smokey and Chief


It was a tough 90 days for me and started on the December 19, 2009 the day I lost Smokey after 13 great years together!  Then on March 25, 2010 I lost Chief!  Both to cancer, but different types of cancer.  I miss you guys but I know you are still with me in my heart and soul! 🙂  See ya both again someday at the “Bridge!”  In the meantime, have fun playing together!  🙂 

Smokey my fuzzy, sometimes goofy bestest friend ever, will always be with me and he has truly touched my life in a very very special way!  From the first time he looked up at me he instantly won me over with those wonderful eyes of his and that special loving look of his! :)  If you care to read more about Smokey, you can do so here:  http://wp.me/Pr4IS-bl

Smokey

Smokey

This is one of my favorite pics of Smokey!  🙂

Chief was a very special dog, companion, friend, teacher, mentor, family member, who I shared a very special bond with! He lived a great life for 11 1/2 years, he touched a lot of lives, and was loved by all that met him! Both my son and myself fell in love with him the first time we met him. This was so common, he was just one of those dogs that you instantly fall in love with, not because of the beauty he was graced with, and he was beautiful, but for that wonderful energy he had about him!

Chief in his lifetime got to do and see so much, more than lots of dogs and even more than some people get to experience. He was a Therapy Dog who helped a lot and I mean a LOT of people.

Chief had such a wonderful calming and healing energy to him! He got to work with cancer patients, elderly in nursing homes, adults and children alike! He helped many to retrieve their lives by giving them hope and love! He was just that way! Always giving what he could give!

You can read more about Chief here:  http://wp.me/Pr4IS-jk

Little Chief Timber Wolf

My favorite picture of Chief, where he liked to be…out in the snow and the deeper the better!  LoL

And this next couple pictures are very special to me also!  🙂  

Smokey and Chief together, they became really good buds!!

Chief and Me on the left
Smokey and Me on the right
The whole "pack" in the middle with Mia out front.
photos by Greg Frieden
Layout by me.

As always, hope you are having a great day! And stay positive! :)
Carl
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Merry Christmas!


To all my family, friends, clients, and followers…….I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas full of joy, hope, peace, and happiness!   Thank you so much!

I am very grateful to have each and every one of you in my life!

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! :)
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483

carl@visionsphotography.net
www.visionsphotography.net

You can also see more of my work at the following sites.
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4th of July Fireworks at Ellis Park


4th of July Fireworks at Ellis Park in Cedar Rapids. 

Calling this one………. “And Then There was One”  😉

Just messing around on this one.  Taken while waiting for the “show” to begin.  Zoomed the lens on a bulb exposure and just happened to catch Stubby in the bottom  right.  Would love your thoughts on this one, good or bad!  🙂 

 

 

The Phoenix Rising?  😉

Notice the “face” in the bottom part of this one?  😉

As Always have a great day and Stay Positive! 

Carl
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483

Granddaughters


My beautiful granddaughters from the 4th of July weekend!  🙂    These are all just candid shots of them, no posing just them being them!  Oh and the blue eyes are totally them, no postwork magic was done on them. 

All were shot 100% in natural light.   🙂 

As Always have a great day and Stay Positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483

Linn County – Relay for Life


If it involves fighting cancer you can bet I will be there!  Cancer has taken my father, two great friends, and two furry family members from me.  

I hope you enjoy the slide show and that it makes you want to help with the battle against cancer!   Please give what you can! 

After the slide show scroll down and see some of my favorite images from the walk and as always let me know what you think. 

I know at first glance this is just a crowd of faces, but look deeper, study the faces!  If you do so, you can see that cancer has touched the lives of each in the crowd.

This one speaks to me also!   To view these luminaries once lit and to see the sheer number of them, it is just incredible to me how many lives have been affected by cancer.   Each one represents a victim or survivor of cancer.  Each day cancer finds more victims! 

  This shirt says it all!

  No One Fights Alone! 

As Always have a great day and Stay Positive! 

Carl Bromberg
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483

An evening with my Granddaughters


My granddaughters came over for a few hours the other day, I always enjoy getting to see them!   I’ve said it before, it’s just cool to watch them “explore with such open minds.”   They make you stop and think, “yup, this is what it’s all about.”  🙂   

LoL, sometimes you only get ONE shot so you have to make it count! 

 The “one shot” was the one above, she apparently doesn’t like the camera anymore.  😮  It was “oh no, is he pointing a camera at me?”  The one below is “Yes he IS pointing a camera at me!   LoL this HAS to change!  j/k  🙂  Anyway I put the camera away and just enjoyed spending some time with them!   BTW these are her real eyes, no enhancements were made to these wonderful set of eyes she has! 

 

On the other side my oldest granddaughter is a big time camera ham and always has been!  LoL Go figure!  🙂

As Always have a great day and Stay Positive! 

Carl Bromberg
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
 

Artistic Adventures 4


Once again, it’s been a while since I posted some personal work, too long!  LoL 

The weather has been getting warmer and it reminded me of trips out to the blind and that I hadn’t posted any of these images yet. 

Late last fall, I went out to Lake MacBride Raptor Center with Greg Frieden and Stubby Webb, two really good friends of mine.  What a great place! 

You can not only get up close and personal with the raptors that are in their care, but they also have a blind.  The blind is SUPER for observing nature and birds and wildlife of all types.  We were able to observe deer, cardinals, raccoons, finches, and woodpeckers all while sitting in the blind. 

Great way to get away from everyday life and just enjoy being alive!  You can really learn a lot about life just watching nature.  

 

As Always have a great day and Stay Positive! 

Carl Bromberg
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
 

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays to all my family, friends and clients who all helped to make 2010 a very special year!

I wishe all of you the very best for 2011.

We again will be offering you or very finest quality and service. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you !  
 

As Always have a great day and Stay Positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
 

Image selected as “Assignment Image of the Week”


For those that may not already know me, I’m also into creating fine art images.  I’ve had 5 images selected to show in 3 gallery showings in the past two years, three images at Chait Galleries in Iowa City, and two images at two different shows at Watson Gallery in Texas. 

The image below was one of two images selected as Assignment Image of the Week on www.photoworkshop.com and will be published in Double Exposure Magazine for the next week.  http://www.doubleexposure.com/WA.shtml  The assignment topic was: “glass reflections”.

For those out there that are into photography, Photoworkshop is an online community of photographers of all skill levels.  Each week they have an assignment that must be completed within a 1 week time frame.  The assignments are “judged” by Judith Farber, a very accomplished fine art photographer who has studied under both Ansel Adams and Yousuf Karsh.   She is our “Photoworkshop Mentor”.   http://interviewwithanartist.com/?p=166  and http://judithfarber.com/.

If you are a photographer wanting to improve your skills, I highly suggest signing up with Photoworkshop.com.  The weekly assignments are a great way to improve your skills as a photographer.  They force you to see things in new and different ways. 

Speaking from personal experience, Photoworkshop.com has helped improve my skills by leaps and bounds over the last 6 years!  In addition to the weekly assignments, they have a wealth of information, including a critique page where you can post images and receive feedback from some awesome fellow photographers.  This isn’t like some other photo sites where every critique is “awesome shot” but real honest feedback on what you did both right and what can be improved. 

In addition there is  the photoworkshop book series, the books are full of tips on 10 different types of photography, you can practice what you learn, then post your results on the different book forums and receive critiques and feedback on how you did.  I’ve just touched the surface of everything that is available on Photoworkshop.com, check it out, you will see what I mean! 

Overall, it’s just a fun and very effective way to improve your skills as a photographer.  

A special thanks to Olivia for allowing me to grab this shot during our senior session last week.  See previous post.  https://visionsphotography.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/olivias-senior-portraits/

As always have a great  day and stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, You Deserve Something Special! 
319-286-8483
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carl@visionsphotography.net
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Wild Things!


I’ve never seen a wild thing feel sorry for itself…DH Lawrence

I LOVE this quote and it is SO true! 

In the last 90 days I lost two beloved furry family members, Smokey and Chief.  In both cases, even toward the end, I never once saw them feel sorry for themselves.  They both let me know in their own way it was time for them to embark on a new journey!  And they let me know they were ok in very different ways after they had left this life and embarked on that new journey!  

It was a lifechanging experience for me, not in a bad way, but they showed me how to communicate with energy, with positve thoughts, they showed me how important it is to take a moment everyday and just enjoy and be thankful for the little things that life can offer us if we are open to it.  They opened my eyes, my mind, my heart to my surroundings and what Mother Nature tries to tell us everyday!   Enjoy life, be happy!   Being happy is after all up to us as individuals through the choices we make on what we focus our energy on. 

We can learn a lot about life from studying animals, pets and wildlife!  They live in the moment, they don’t care what happened 5 min ago and don’t worry about what will happen 10 min from now. Only this moment is what counts. 
      
Yup I can now here some saying, “but they have no responsibilities”. I disagree, they still have to find food, they still have to care for their young and provide those young with food. They still have to teach and nurture the young. They also need homes and have to build their own homes.
    
They can help us on our own paths through life, they will communicate with us if we are open to that communication, they don’t speak in words, but they speak with energy!
                               
There is a wonderful book called “Animal Speak” by Ted Andrews that is an awesome guide to learning what Mother Nature is trying to tell us, but we have to be “open” to that communication! 
                             
An excerpt from the beginning of the book:  ”  Many ancient myths and stories speak of a magical time and place in which there were no boundaries between humans and animals.  Animals and humans spoke.  Wild and tame had no meaning.  And always the divine revealed itself in nature.
               
The natural world and the animals within it speak to us everyday:  by their appearances, behaviours, movements, and characteristic patterns.  When we know what to look for, we can use them as omens—not in a superstitious sense, but in the development of true prophecy and higher perception.
                    
Through this book you will realize how intricately every aspect of nature is woven into your life.  You will awaken to the ancient knowledge of spirit animals and how to determine their roles within your life.  They will touch a primal part of your heart and soul—and stir long dormant embers.  They will become your friends, your teachers and your companions.”
         
           
    
    
    
    
    
    
                                     
As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-286-8483
319-270-7371  cell
carl@visionsphotography.net
www.visionsphotography.net