26 December 2008


i am testing some principles and am excited to share more about what i am learning. but first i wanted to offer up an experiment. would you consider taking a moment to play?

23 December 2008


here is the video that was shared at my church that inspired our previous post... pretty powerful.

The Advent Conspiracy Promo Video from theadvance on Vimeo.

15 December 2008


a couple months ago, i stumbled across the story of stuff while browsing my friend dane's blog. and then yesterday morning, i was hit again pretty hard.
do you ever get excited about something? convicted about something? maybe something you feel you need to change... but, it doesn't make it past that feeling stage? well, yesterday was a bit different. yesterday moved past that feeling for me.

you see, i was faced with a couple of staggering stats in regard to our consumeristic identity, like: the usa spends about $450 billion per year on christmas, and the usa has consumed more goods & resources since 1950 then the entire world has consumed from adam & eve up until 1950, and it would only take $10 billion to make sure every person in the world has access to clean drinking water. but the stats weren't convicting enough. what was convicting was that i realized i was part of the problem.

the story of christmas, the spirit of the season, is not about stuff. yet, i make it about stuff. i feel good when i give & receive. i feel bad when i don't. but again, that's not what its about. so, carlie & i have decided to change.

this year we are focusing on single-gift giving. instead of the usual barrage of meaningless gifts that end up in some landfill by the following christmas, we are looking at giving gifts to our family that will help bring the family together. and since we are limiting the number of gifts, we are forced to be more intentional in our purchasing and giving.

with this kind of giving, even in a down economy, that leaves some unspent money on the table. and carlie & i have decided to give away three times the amount we have spent on gifts, to organizations that are solving real problems: thirst, aids relief, and education. please don't hear me wrong... i don't say this to give a righteous impression. in fact, our giving, dollar wise, won't really be that large. but, we are committed to share what we are doing, because...

...what if a couple other people changed their perspective on christmas, before the rush of the season is over, and actually acted on it? maybe, just maybe, we could learn a little more about that cliche "true meaning of christmas" and at the same time, make our world a better place.


08 December 2008


i needed a fun girls day. and who better to share that day with than ashley. ashley can light up the room, any room. ashley is full of grace, strength, compassion, elegance and beauty.

i met ashley in 2004 at paul mitchell cosmetology school. ashley remembers our first conversation about an eyeshadow one of us were wearing, but i remember things a little different. i was a hair model for class. actually i was a hair dummy. to this day i still dont know why i eagerly held my hand up in class other than the fact that our teacher was quite attractive. ok ok he was extremely attractive and i couldnt resist! ashley was in my class and begging me not to do it. did i mention he was about to shave my hairline? here i was torn between a hot hair butcher and a girl who i had never met who who cared about my hair. haha, that sounds really superficial but seriously, when your in hairschool you want to have cool hair!

ashley has been one of my best friends ever since. she was brought into my life to help me through some of the hardest times. her friendship and love have helped shape me into the woman i am today and for that, i am forever thankful.

isn't she stunning!!!



does this dress look familiar to anyone??








ashley freelances for motives cosmetics which i absolutely loved.



my favorite!!

07 December 2008


this is my wife. she is not my assistant.

although, if i had to choose an assistant, and she were to accept the offer, i would most definitely hire carlie renee. the truth is... she pretty much runs this ship. hey, at least i'm honest.

06 December 2008


batteries charged, shootsac packed, and i am stoked to be heading out the door to shoot today. but today, i have the privilege of being the tag-along. today, i get to shoot with jeffrey. here's a quickie from the last time i shot with jeffrey.