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!
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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! 
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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!
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Wow Wow and Wow! Positive Energy!


The power of positive energy! The final gift Chief, my beloved Siberian Husky, recently gave me before going to a better place.

Everyday the universe puts something good in front of us. Enjoy it, Embrace it, Let the other things slide off your shoulders!

It might be something as little as a cardinal’s song, or enjoying the warmth of the sun, or the magical colors during a sunrise or sunset, or maybe just a smile from your child from a special moment shared. It’s those little things in life that all add up. Take a moment out of your day to enjoy those little things!

Just taking a few moments from your busy lives to enjoy these things can start you on the journey toward positive energy. It can take your life and reverse its direction 180 degrees. Embrace these little moments, give thanks to them, smile about them, keep them in your heart throughout the day, if stress comes up, take a break to remember them. The stress of that moment will soon pass and a new moment will begin, a better moment. A more positive moment! 🙂  

Believe me it can be life changing if you keep it up!  It takes a little practice, but if you force yourself to stay positive, that energy will come back to you many fold!   Positive brings positive, negative brings more negative!

Since Chief taught me this, I can’t begin to tell you how many positive things have come my way.  You can find allies in the most unusual places, all you have to do is “SEE” them, let your mind be open to them!  And thank the universe for bringing them to you!

Thank that cardinal for that special song, thank your child for that special moment, thank a friend for just being there….Thank you Miriam and Stubby and my son Joe and his wife Jenny, and my granddaughters Raven and Raquel, and thank you Greg!  Thank you Rick and Pat, Thanks also to Ed and Stephanie!  Thank you Mia!  Thank you Smokey!  And thank you Chief, I’d be lost without the gifts you gave to me!  🙂

Remember it is impossible to frown if you are smiling!  🙂

Stubby in the moment! 

 Chief and I……………………………………………………………Photo by Greg Frieden

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
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In Loving Memory – Little Chief Timberwolf


Little Chief Timberwolf was his full name, a descendant of Balto, Chief was a therapy dog who helped a LOT of people!  He 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!  

He recently started to lose weight very quickly, we battled but lost the fight on March 25, 2010.  The vets think it was cancer. 

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. 

One of my favorite stories about him was a woman who hadn’t spoke in a long time.  Chief was brought in to see her and within 5 minutes she was talking to Chief, the nurse was amazed!  The nurse said the woman hadn’t talked in like 2 years! 

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! 

I mentioned he was a mentor and teacher to me.  He taught me a great deal about life, love, caring, giving, patience, and his most recent gift to me during these past few weeks was a lesson on positive energy and it’s power!  Something I have been struggling with, and a precious gift I will never forget and will cherish for the rest of my life!  Because of him I can now feel energy like I never have before!

He LOVED going on walks, looked forward to them everyday!  Once out on the leash he had this little “strut” to him that I called the “Chiefy Strut”, it was just so cute to see!  He was such a happy dog!  LoL even strangers would be attracted to him and ask to pet him when they saw us out and about!  They would always walk away with a big smile on their faces. 

On Thursday morning, March 25, 2010, he was fine, spirited, spunky and eating.  He had actually gained 1 lb back in the last week, may not seem like much but it was progress!  About 1pm he came up to me while I was working on the computer, sat down beside me and I started petting that loving head, and scratching those great ears of his, while looking into those wonderful multi colored eyes, one blue, one brown! 

Well, soon I was on the floor and he was snuggled up to my leg wanting his belly rubbed.  Pretty soon the energy took over in an indescribable way, it was like our energies merged into one very warm, calming, healing, and loving energy orb!  This lasted for about 45 to 50 minutes and once again was just an incredible experience!  I will forever cherish those minutes.  He got up and walked to his room and rested for a while.  He got up suddenly around 2:45 like he was about to get sick which had happened a few times over the last few weeks, but this time he sounded like he was in pain.  He looked at me and told me it was time!  Both his original owners, Pat and Rick, as well as my son and myself were able to be there for him!  I think the vets were a little freaked out that so many came for him.  🙂

I loved him so much, I recently had him tattooed on my back!  He will truly be with me for the rest of my life, he touched my heart and graced my life in a very special way!  He touched a LOT of lives in a special way, he was a healer, mentor, teacher, companion!  I’ve had clients want to get pictures made with him and he was always willing to accept their request.  He truly touched the heart of all that met him!  He will be missed by the MANY that loved him!  He was so loved my many many people!  Such a special, sometimes goofy guy!  🙂  He will live on in my heart and in the images I have taken of him, and in the hearts of all that knew him! 

Little Chief Timberwolf, September 13, 1998 to March 25, 2010! 

In loving memory, you will be missed!  Thank you for gracing my life with your presence and for all the lives you touched and brought joy to!  RIP my friend!  I’ll see you again at Rainbow Bridge, until then enjoy playing with your former pack members, Shasta, Bear, Shadow, Tasha and Smokey!  

Thank you to my son Joseph and his wife Jenny for bringing Chief into my life, he was a true gift, and a great friend!

These are some of my favorite images of him!  🙂  Ahhhh the good times!  Balto himself would have been proud of you! 

Puppy Chief….Yes he had big ears, but he grew into them nicely!  🙂

His former pack.  Chief is on the right in the picture above.  Notice that everyone is on the same foot!  Now that is a pack! 

Chief is in the middle, LoL always next to the human!  🙂 

Another shot of his former pack.

The next couple shots are people Chief helped as a Therapy Dog!  🙂

The above picture was just taken 1st of Feb. 2010.  Just 8 weeks ago. 

I was out front shoveling snow when I noticed Chief through the fence.  He almost looks mean in this, but he was super gentle and the best trained dog I have ever owned.  🙂

He truly loved the snow!  No surprise being a Siberian!  🙂

A shot taken last fall of Chief and his buddy Smokey!  Both gone but never forgotten.  They became really good buds and in Smokey’s last days  Chief was right beside him the whole time! 

Chief, Me, Smokey and Mia.  Chiefs latest pack!  This photo was taken by Greg Frieden.

Chief and myself!  🙂  Thank you Chief for all the gifts you gave me!  Photo by Greg Frieden

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The time comes. 
A Siberian Husky lifts up its head. 
There is an untested adventure beyond. 
Time to go. 

Across the Rainbow Bridge is a place for all dogs. 
A river runs wide and shallow with tennis balls that fly with their own wings; 
That is the place for a Labrador or a Golden to await its master’s arrival. 
The Siberian is not content here. Northward is its trail. 

There are soft pastures for Aussies and Border Collies, with sheep and geese to pen. 
Agility equipment grows like trees amid Frisbees and fly ball. 
But the North continues its sure wild call, 
And the Siberian’s journey continues. 

Now the air is colder. Now the moon is always full. 
Now the light is silver and it breaks and shimmers on fields of bright snow. 
Now there are no roads, no walls, no pens, just endless space to run. 
; This is where Siberians gather, North of the Rainbow Bridge. 

They wait in this beautiful place, happy, but not complete. 
Suddenly, a howl begins, as one dog senses someone coming, someone very special. 
All the Siberians raise their heads and join in the ancient chorus. 
They dance like moonbeams and sing like winter winds. 

There are red ones like dawn streaks, black ones splattered with many colours 
And silver ones like the first strange hour before light. 
They line up as if in harness and run together, 
In a scintillating, many-coloured streak. 

The leader of the team guides the others past the fields and river, 
With racing feet and racing heart. 
They rush to greet the new arrival at the Rainbow Bridge 
Where the leader is rejoined with its beloved person, never to be parted again. 

The glory of the reunion is celebrated by all the Siberians dwelling beyond the Bridge, 
A glimmering, multi-coloured team leaping and whirling with joy.; The light from that scene is
what we see on magical evenings in the northern most parts of this Earth: 
The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights beyond the Rainbow Bridge. 

 

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As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive!  🙂
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
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Recent Randomness – “Artistic Adventures”


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I love to sometimes go out with just my camera and maybe a close friend or two or five to photograph whatever we happen to see.   Whether it’s something in nature, street photography, whatever it might be. 

It helps me to refresh my creativity and I usually stumble across a great new location for my portrait work.  Not to mention just spending time with great friends.   I like to call them “Artistic Adventures.”   

The images I’ve posted here are some of my personal favorites that I’ve taken since September of 09. 

Oh and btw, ALL fine art prints are available for purchase.  Each print is limited in edition to 20 prints, signed and numbered, mounted and framed!   Prices start at $200 for an 8×12.  Larger prints available.  But no matter what size you order, only 20 prints will be made from each image. 

Call 319-286-8483 or email carl@visionsphotography.net for details! 

As always, hope you are having a great day!
Carl
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Photography is Art, Art comes from the Heart! Part 1


Hope you enjoy my “ramblings” and the slide show I put together at the end.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think!  I always value your feedback and thoughts! 

Art comes from the Heart!  I first heard this from a great friend of mine.  Her name is Stephanie or “Stubby” as those of us that have the privledge of knowing her call her.  All things happen for a reason and I met Stubby through a mutual friend and have been inspired by her ever since.  She says I inspire her also, I hope I do so as to pay back the inspiration she gives me.  More on Subby in a coming post!  🙂  Subscribe to our Blog and you won’t miss it or part 2 of this series!

Photography, what do you think of when you hear the word?  Getting a portrait made is so much more then taking a snap shot, or going to a chain studio and being rushed through.  Photography is Art or it should be anyway.  A craft studied and perfected over years of dedication, passion and practice.  It’s understanding light and how to record the light, how to manipulate it.  More important, a great photograph should move you, it should speak to you, … composition,  light, subject all come together for that one special moment.  

Not the moment before, not the moment after, but that one special moment, that defining moment, an heirloom caught in time to be cherished for generations to come.  And like any art, that Art should come from the heart!  All great art originated from the artists heart, All great art touches the heart of the viewer!  

A great fine art photographer, friend, and mentor,  Judith Farber once said…”A great photograph should keep your attention for at least 5 seconds.  Judith once studied under Ansel Adams and Yousuf Kirsch at the same time!   http://interviewwithanartist.com/?p=166

Think about this for a moment, think about some of the great photographs of history that you will always see in your minds eye.  The image of that little girl in Vietnam fleeing her village after a Napalm bombing.  The image of the fireman holding that still baby at Oklahoma City.  How about that famous image from WWII the taking of Iwa Jima, the soldiers planting the flag.  Or the one of the sailor kissing that girl in the street on D day.  How about the image of Winston Churchill when the photographer, Yousuf Karsh took his cigar away, a classic image.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/monkeyc/95191971/    How about the candid images produced by Henry Cartier Bresson all of which are defining moments in time. 

The technical perfection in the work of Ansel Adam’s, his knowledge of light and composition, the many many images of his that are all masterpieces, he spent many hours in a darkroom perfecting them not to mention his patience in studying the scene at hand to capture the image the best he could IN the camera, watching how the light would unfold over the scene, and capturing that scene at the perfect moment. Dedication and passion produced so many fine images, capturing those moments forever! 

Yes there are thousands of images out there that strike an emotion and speak to us, but the one thing in common, other then being in the right place at the right time, the image, the art, came from their heart!   All these images capture our hearts and imagination as viewers for at least 5 seconds, we find we can’t take our eyes off them, something about them keeps our atttention.  That emotion, that “heart” that was put into them by the artist. 

You won’t get these types of images by just going out and buying a DSLR, and calling yourself a photographer.  It takes years of experience to anticipate the moment, to capture it the way it unfolds.  It takes knowledge of light and how to manipulate it for the best possible results.  You have to be able to anticipate that moment, know when to snap the shutter….then you must be able to “see” the entire scene for the best possible composition of that moment.   And it all happens in a fraction of a second!

More abour “Art comes from the Heart” to come soon!  Subscribe to our blog and you won’t miss a post!

Enjoy the slide show, it’s about 4 min in length. 

As always, hope you are having a great day!
Carl
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
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