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Everybody You Meet Is For A Reason

There is an old Buddhist quote that says, “When the student is ready, a teacher will appear”. I’ve learned that we are all students, and all teachers, every waking day of our lives.  Whatever we do, we set an example (we teach).  Whatever others do, we observe (we’re students).  So therefore it makes sense that whenever (whoever) […]

The Inside Of Suicide

So hard to hear this news. One of our top photographers and educators has died. I have not heard directly to confirm that he took his own life, but this is what is being said. You will also read that he was distraught by how his professional photography business added to his unbearable pain and […]

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Switching from iPhone 6Plus to Sony Xperia z3 Android

I am not a Sony endorser.  I have no formal relationship with Sony but it sure looks that way to many people because I have switched all of my photographic gear to Sony. And now, with a sheepish expression, I’m about to discuss why I have set aside my Apple iPhone 6 plus for the […]

Revisiting The Site Of The Fire (by Melissa)

From Gary:  I had very strong thoughts about not visiting the burn site.  I wanted to remember our home the way it was when we last saw it, as we closed the door behind us for the last time.  Looking back on my life, no “last time” ever stands out as significant.  Everything is fine and normal, […]

A Beautiful Post From Melissa

My wife Melissa wrote this beautiful article about an item that is terribly important to my son.  She is a stunningly beautiful woman on the inside as well as the outside.  I don’t know who is luckier, my kids (who have such a wonderful mom) or us, having such beautiful kids.   I have quite […]

The Beverly Hillbillies

Denis Reggie taught me my standards for ‘class’.  We always tease each other, he’ll say, “Gary you are ALL class, and all of it is low.” But he was right.  When I first started hanging out with him at his duplex at the Atlanta Four Seasons Hotel,  I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to put your […]

My Logo and the US Department Of Transportation

(UPDATED AFTER COMMENTS 3/28) I don’t think many of you know this, but my company started spontaneously and with literally no notice.  Super short version of my story, I had retired from photography, invented a lighting device, and it wound up selling quickly.    I didn’t have a business plan, or investors, or anything.  I […]

Absolute wide-eyed wonder

We took the kids to Disneyland, and on the California Adventure side there is a theater called, “Frozen Singalong”.  During the event, they had snow falling from the ceiling and the kids all loved it.  I am so glad I had my Sony Xperia z3 with me to catch this moment.   Kids are so […]

Letting Yourself Go In Character

I always have envied actors.  People who could pretend to be someone else in another situation in front of a camera, and not feel all silly inside.  I have been on movie sets and have been amazed at how people can instantly become something else once the director yells, “action”. In mid January, my friend […]

WPPI Center For The Performing Arts

Our big trip to Las Vegas for the yearly WPPI Convention is over, and the whole thing was surreal.  It was overwhelmingly too great to absorb.  I got to spend a week with my team, Justin, Kyle and Sadie.  Sadie is our new Social Media Marketing Director, and it was a great opportunity to put […]

Family Cinematography

Throughout my entire photography career, I was inspired by filmmaking.  In fact, I was always pretty frustrated by the static nature of still images. To be a great still photographer, you have to be able to grasp the peak of emotion.  That requires that you unite technical skill with anticipation and timing of the big moment.  That […]

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