While mountain biking at nearby Avimor, just I came across a sunflower that caught my eye. My initial thought was to capture a simple to grab image while still straddling the bike. I took my iPhone out of my pocket and grabbed this image.


It was an “okay” photo but I wanted more. Being late in the day, the sun was near the horizon, so I got off the bike and low to the ground to get some sky in the image. Then I wondered what it would look like with the sun directly behind the sunflower. I like it much better than my original image.



Our Dog Jamaica

A couple of weeks ago we adopted a new dog into our family.  This was a hard process emotionally since we lost Alle a couple of years ago, but the time was right.  Her name is Jamaica and she is a Havanese dog.  She is definitely a puppy with lots of energy and a small bladder.  She is currently about 15 weeks old and weighs in at 7 pounds.  There will be many photos to come, but we wanted to start the stream with this one of her playing in our back yard.

Say hi to Jamaica.



This is not my normal “photography” post,  but I thought it would be good to help raise awareness of something we should all do on a periodic basis.  That is changing your passwords.  What makes this even more appropriate is that it is Change Your Password Day which was started a coupe of years by the folks over at Gizmodo.

With all the news about web sites being compromised and user credentials stolen, it is a great idea to follow some simple steps to keep your various online accounts out of the hands of the bad guys.

  • Change your passwords frequently
    • This could be on an annual, monthly or even weekly basis depending on how important the particular account is.  If you hear on the news of a data breach at some big company, then maybe it is time to change your password, especially if it is with that particular company.
  • Use unique passwords on ever site
    • If a bad guy has access to one of your accounts, you don’t want him to have access to other ones by using the same credentials.
  • Use a password manager
    • There are a many password managers that keep track of all your unique passwords.  This allows you to keep track of all of them without keeping post-it notes all around your computer screen.  Here are links to a couple of my favorites:
  • Use complex passwords
    • After some of the recent data breaches there have been many articles written about passwords that people use.  You’d be amazed at how many people use things such as “123456,”  “qwerty,” or even “monkey.”  Some people even think they are being more secure by adding a number to the end of their password that matches the number of the month (monkey1, monkey2, etc).  BAD IDEA.  Instead, use passwords such as “!MAOk5^dSh6#RbC!” if the web site will allow it.  The longer and more cryptic the password the better.  By using a password manager, you can let the computer remember all of these cryptic passwords for you.

Online security should be on everyone’s mind.  Have a happy “change your password day!”



For the past several years we have created a photo book showing our experiences of the year. It is fun to look back at these and see just how the Lord has had His hand on our lives. We’ve always concluded our book with a portrait of ourselves.

It isn’t often that I’m both the photographer and the subject, but that is the case here. I set up the camera with a remote trigger and pushed the button with every new pose. This is the one we liked the best.


My Lovely Wife

Every once in a while I’m allowed to get serious about capturing a portrait of my wife, Kelli.  Well, today was the day.  She is the most excellent guitar teacher here in Boise with the Childbloom Guitar Program and was in need an updated photo for her web site.  It was a gorgeous autumn day and went outside and captured a few images.  This was our favorite.



Another fun portrait session, this time with Tara, a delightful young lady who is just fun to be around.  We have known her and her family for many years and it was a privilege to be selected to capture images of her. We ventured into several places near the river in downtown Boise for these images.


Thanks for the opportunity of capturing your senior portraits, Tara.





This is my second time photographing Nico.  It seemed like only a few short years ago he and his family were posing for me in the park for some family portraits.  Now Nico is all grown up and I captured images of him for his senior portraits.  The image below was taken in “freak alley” in downtown Boise.  All the colorful artwork make for some crazy, but cool backdrops.


The best to you in the future, Nico.



Portrait season is upon us.  I should say the autumn portrait season with vibrant colors all around.

This portrait is of a longtime friend of ours and her mother, both of whom are very nice people and great subjects for a lovely portrait.  This image was captured at the Boise Train Depot.



I’ll conclude this week with a portrait of the mother.  The detail of her feathers is amazing.

It is fun to watch the mother ducks as she protects her young as they grow.  She is quite often found at attention, on the lookout for anything that could cause her chicks harm.