I hope they like what they see -'cause I have no idea what their photography usually looks like.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I hope they like what they see -'cause I have no idea what their photography usually looks like.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Then after about 3 weeks my laptop gave up the ghost. I was so-o-o upset. I called a neighbor who is in the Tech biz. He came over, checked it all out. That took a good part of a Saturday afternoon. His conclusion - either a corrupted file or the hard drive was shot. He suggested getting the disk to Re-load my operating system that way I'd know one way or the other.
The following Monday, I called my Warranty provider... I figured that I had purchased that Guarantee for peace of mind, so why not use it. The best part was that I could do it online, no need to deal with those ridiculous phone menus - "Please press 1 for English, press 2 for Spanish, press 3 for a person on the same continent as you, press 4..." well you know exactly what I mean.
I had never had to use any warranty protection before, so I was glad to have the chance to make up for all those other wasted purchases of peace of mind. I logged on to the Square Trade site. Filled out all the information and got the message - Claim Denied. WHAT!? I'd only purchased the warranty 3 weeks ago. There musta been a mistake. I tried again - the system blocked my attempt to try again. Well, I could always call their customer support line and use the awesome phone menu.
I went through all the options, pressed a dozen numbers, listened to umpteen messages and then got put on hold. Fortunately I was able to spend some time listening to some soothing music over the phone while I waited.
Finally I got to speak to a very friendly sounding dude, who promptly told me that there was NO MISTAKE! I had purchased a used computer, those warranties don't kick in 'til after 60 days had passed. Oh, thanks for the update. I told him that no one had told me that when they so eagerly sold me the "Peace of Mind". Actually, he told me, it is stated in the agreement where you clicked the I Accept button at the time of purchase.
I love these people.
I figured that my next option was to call the company that I bought the laptop from - CRS Technologies. I did this and they put me through to a very helpful man named Paul who spent as much time as I needed trying to determine the problem. His diagnosis: likely a corrupted file.
He said that he would quickly send me a set of disks to re-install operating system. Thank you Paul - that was very nice of you. He also stated that if that didn't work, that he would do what it took to make my computer work. WOW! Customer Services lives!!
Eight days later - I was still waiting for my disks. I figured that Paul had either forgotten to mail them or was giving me the brush off. I shot him off a quick email - he responded stating that he'd get a new set in the mail - sending them Priority this time. He also said that he was surprised that the disks hadn't gotten to me yet - he had sent them.
The next day I got my disks - two sets on the same day. One took 9 days because it was sent by Media, the other less than 24 hours because it was sent by Priority.
After that long wait, I spent a whole day loading the operating system - it failed three times. So I gave up at 3:00 am, and went to bed. First, I shot off an email to CRS Technology, explained the entire scenario.
Paul responded and told me that a new hard drive was on its way to me. I received it yesterday, installed it and believe it or not, it worked. Thanks again Paul! I was very happy with the results and would recommend that anyone looking for a good Laptop or four - should definitely bid on them at CRS Technologies site. They sell great products and give customer service a good name.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
My computer crashed sometime with-in the last week and a half. Ouch that hurts! It just went black and never came back. I exhausted my entire personal computer knowledge base, which consists of pressing buttons, turning off the surge protector and unplugging it while slowly counting to 25 (which equals almost a minute). I did this about 30 or 40 times, a few of my kids gave it a try - but to no avail - still no start.
The first thing that I did was to call the wise guy who custom built this box for me. I called - the phone just rang... no answering machine. I called, and called, and called. It rang, and rang, and rang, My wife asked why it is that there are so many business in this town who have no answering machine... especially a very busy tech type dude. I mean he has ear rings, tattoos and other post mod trappings - why not a little box to leave a message in.
I drove to his cool little shop on Main St. The door was locked - which was understandable since it was lunch time. I also remembered that he did have a contract with a local hospital which took up a couple of days a week. The last time I was at his shop I had seen his hours and a cell phone number listed on a sign. I couldn't see them on the doors or windows. Maybe it was on his big sign above his building.
Since it is extremely cold, I got into my snazzy passanger van and drove accross the street so I could write down his cell number. After parking so that I could get a clear view of his building and sign, I noticed somthing strange. His sign that was there a few days ago was now GONE!!!! I didn't throw a fit.. cause I'm a grown up with kids. I drove to his lot and got out, empty building.
I drove around downtown to see if I could spot his new location. I asked a few local business owners - they had no idea where he vanished to Chanber of Commerce - no help either. Hmph!?
I then thought about googleing to locate another local Computer genius. That didn't work with out a computer. So I did something that I rarely ever do. I cracked open the yellow pages and searched. I called every computer guy in the book and found that most did NOT have answering machines. 2 did and only one returned my call - he was at least twice the price of another guy that I found and liked right off the bat.
I liked him because he answered his phone and talked to me. He asked me questions. He didn't jump to conclusions - so I took it to him. Jesse @ 701-320-2952. Jesse called me back at 7:30 pm and said that it would be almost as cheap to buy a new one as it would be to replace all the inferior parts that my former guru used when he built the old one. Gr-r-r.
So as I am awaiting the arrival of my new laptop - I am using the computer that is allocated for family/personal use. I will not load any photos on this unit - thus you have no images to accompany this posting. Fortunately Jesse was able to recover most of my data. I'll not be starting from scratch when I get the new one up and running.
Technology - can't live with out it... can't shoot it.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
There was twirling and spinning and jumping. Solveig (6 years) was very graceful and fluid - as if she had years of training.
Gwenna is always a real showboat, and a great preformer. Like her father she likes to be the center of attention, and is a bit of a goofballl.
Thank you ladies for the FUN evening. You made this long cold winter a little bit warmer.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Well, after months of planning and thinking and deliberation - I have finally launched my Website. All good things come to those who wait.
I am very excited at the results. Often things look good in our minds but not so much in reality. This outcome is the opposite. I'm thrilled. Really!
If you check it out, you'll see more images of the Bride in Red, and many other images of many other people. You'll hear some funky music, which you can shut off if it drives you crazy. I love photography sites with music. My sister-in-law, Mary on the other hand hates them.
Thank God we are all different. I may post more images of Ashley in her RED wedding gown - if I get enough requests. What a cool Christmas wedding!
Check it out Baby!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Why indeed? The number one reason is the sub-title:
"10 ESSENTIALS FOR ACHIEVING SUCCESS AS YOU START, OR MANAGE A BUSINESS".
It drew me in. As a photographer, I am both an artist and a business owner. Anyone who runs a business MUST constantly be improving, and building on their knowledge base.
I make it a habit to read, research and study. I strive to hone, both my photography skills and my understanding of business and what it takes to be the best. Success demands that we never rest on our past accomplishments.
Martha is an authority on being the best... her book convinced me! she really understands not only home- making, but the entrepreneurial spirit and offering above-average service.
This book is what I am about as a wedding photographer. It is about quality, passion, big ideas, taking risks; not chances and... "Make it Beautiful".
That's what it is all about, especially in the art of the wedding photography business. We make it beautiful. We take an already lovely bride, and through composition, lighting, unique angles, correct focus, capturing just the right mood & emotion - we make her even more Beautiful!
In all that I do as a Wedding Photographer - my goal is Beauty. Make it beautiful and offer quality finished products that are not available to the average person.
I have read this book and was so inspired by it, that I'll definitely read it through a few times in this New Year!
Monday, January 28, 2008
No two couples have the exact same relationship - there are unique and intimate qualities that no one else will ever posess.
A good wedding photographer is able to capture some posed moments that record what you look like - but not who you really are. A truly GREAT wedding photographer is able to see beyond the surface - to transcend the standard trite poses and capture your relationship as it is.
It's about you - a newly formed couple - what makes you unique - what makes you smile, laugh, dance, sing and play? This is what a GREAT wedding photographer is able to intuitively discover and record for you - your families - your friends - your bridal party - your children.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Our family traveled to Chicago for a little business and a lot of FUN!
My two youngest girls that were with us were not very thrilled by all the "dead people" (mummy's) on display. In fact, they were in a hurry to just get through the Ancient Egypt display. The older kids loved it.
The little girls were fascinated by the dead animals. There were fish bigger than both of them put together.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
It is our old country sir name. The closest you can come to it in American English is to say Yarma - but kind of roll your tongue while saying the R - at the same time gargle a bit. OR, you could call me Paul.
Well, fortunately God has given me a gift, and I'll use it in various ways as opportunities arise.
This particular shoot came about through my good friend, and graphics guru: Peter Gloege of http://www.lookoutdesign.com/.
He is one of the finest book designers in the world, and I knew him when...
The book is about 3 women friends; who are very close and meet frequently at a classic NYC diner. I'll put other book covers on as I am able. Keep checking back!