19 September 2018

This wild and crazy world....

So I have finally started year 21 of teaching and still loving the challenges and learning I experience every day.  There is a LOT of potential for changes in my life right now but looking forward to what these changes will bring.  I love photography but lately I've been actually doing what I have said I would do for years, which is to pick up a pencil and some art supplies and create some art.  I added a link to my website to showcase my creative side more.  It's felt good to mess around with art and create without the camera.

I am trying my best to not worry about the world but it's been crazy.  Make America Great again and it looks like a dump.  The climate change that so many try to ignore is looking quite real.  So many terrible storms and wild fires.  It's tough to stomach news lately with the nutty things happening.  I am thankful for art, music and creative people.  Thankfully there are people trying to make the world a better place with their talents.

I will drop a few pics here of recent things I've been doing with my camera.  Gonna try and share more art as well.  Stay tuned and if you're reading my BLOG a huge thanks as I am a terrible writer and hoping posting a blog or two will help with that.  The photos in this blog feature a model I love working with: DESTINY and we shot them late summer out in Vegreville.  It's always fun to collaborate with her.  She's always been a great model and friend to work with.  She got me some amazing Oiler players to give me autographs!!! Spoiled photographer here!!!!


~ Destiny ~ ~ Destiny ~ ~ Destiny ~ ~ Destiny ~ ~ Destiny ~ ~ Destiny ~

17 September 2018

It's BEEN Forever!!!

I haven't written much in ages.  I guess I could start this blog back up again.  I do enjoy sharing work on it.  I really had this connected with my FLICKR account and it was a lot of fun to post work.  I think I will give this a try again.

It's fall time and so far it's been pretty NOT fall weather.  Mostly SNOW and lots of rain!!  I do love winter but it would sure be nice if there was some fall to be had.  I love the colors of fall and capturing the different colors of the leaves.

Here are some blog photos of a recent shoot with a model from Edmonton named MJ.  She has been so fun to shoot with.  She is also a talented photographer and has a really cool instagram.

~ MJ ~ ~ MJ ~ ~ MJ ~

30 August 2016

~ End of Summer 2016 ~

I almost never got to shoot my END OF SUMMER 2016 edition.  Really busy getting back to work so I will share some of the quick shots I got of the model.  Thanks to Angela who met me in Sherwood Park after her work and on a cloudy and rainy evening.  Here are the shots, hoping to blog some summer work from summer including the Wil Yee wedding in BC!!!!

Thanks for stopping by to check out the BLOG!!!!
~ Portrait ~ ~ Portrait ~ ~ Portrait ~

29 April 2016

~ Mini Shoot in Edmonton with Craig ~

Shooting With Craig

Last night I met with a male model in Edmonton for a mini shoot.  We did a shoot for about an hour.  I don't often get to work with male subjects so it was a blast capturing pics of Craig but really the gender of a subject does not matter it comes down to light and just shooting cool locations and making the best shots possible.  Here are a few shots from our shoot:

~ Craig ~ ~ Craig ~ ~ Craig ~ ~ Craig ~ ~ Craig ~ ~ Craig ~

28 April 2016

~ Some new Black and White Shots for 2016 ~

Thursday - APRIL 28th, 2016 - Trying to Get Back To Blog Life

I have hardly been updating this blog....I need to refresh my photography blog and hopefully try and do an update once a week.  I really do love blogging.  I never really know who is reading what I write nor do I much care as it's just fun to share random thoughts and ideas and never know where they end up.  More important than my writing is being able to share the photography I do.  If it wasn't for people I would not have much fun doing photography.  People are interesting subjects and I find each portrait I shoot a new challenge to get images of a person that they appreciate and will value.  Life is so short, I want people to look back fondly at an image of themselves and remember that was them at a certain point in their life.....or even more special have my image be a lasting memory of that person for generations to come.  I just created a new black and white gallery on my FB photography page.  Black and white images are so timeless and really show the beautiful contrast of shadow and light.  I love to shoot in RAW format and then edit a shot to color or black and white.

21 January 2016

~ New Year 2016 and a blank canvas ahead ~

New Year is in full swing now and lots of people have already broke their resolutions which is why I don't like to make them.  I do enjoy thinking about the future and the creative opportunities that may come my way this year.  Every year is exciting to think what images I can capture from life.  I do love art and I am going to try and continue with my 52 week art challenge.  So here are some random things off the top of my head I am considering for 2016....

  • working on putting together my art and photography to possibly have a showing of my work at a venue some where 
  • PAINTING, I say it every year but I want to get the paints out and finish a few of these 
  • This one is the same every year, but shoot some new faces and collaborate with some new creative people (photographers, artists)
  • Game!!! I need breaks from the camera, I like to play some MTG (Magic) or course hop on the console (xbox one) for some fun.  My gamer tag is Phocus on xbox live if you wanna add me.
  • Get stronger spiritually, doesn't have to be church all the time but I want to spend more time connecting to my God and building that one on one connection to Him
I have not really shot yet in 2016 so I'll post some recent edits from a shoot with the beautiful Russian Canadian Galina!!! :)

~ Galina ~ ~ Galina ~ ~ Galina ~ ~ Galina ~

07 December 2015

~ Missing you Mully - sad ramblings for my lil Mulder kitty ~

Feeling a very heavy heart today as I came across some photos from my iphone last year around this time when we welcomed Mulder in to our lives.  He was a young kitten with a world of bad experiences that were so ugly and dark.  He experienced some of the worst of humanity and had some health related challenges that he eventually over came.  We loved him so much and he just became part of our family.  We never knew, never imagined his time would be so short with us.  We got him just before Christmas 2014 and by summer of 2015 he was diagnosed with a fatal virus.  Saying goodbye crushed our hearts and my wife and I miss him so much.  For those of us with pets and animals we know that unconditional love and those lessons about life that we learn from our pets.  That connection is so amazing I consider it a precious gift from God.  I do love technology and video games but mankind cannot compare to the creative talents of God.  My cats did not just evolve in to being these amazing little creatures.  They were created by God and no one will convince me otherwise...that is the power of my faith.

When I said goodbye to my cat Scully I felt such an deep sadness but a renewed feeling of faith and belief that I will some day see my lost pets and family.  Heaven to me is real, it exists in my heart and to me gives me that much needed hope for something better than this world.  Mulder experienced some pure evil from humanity and I know God didn't create us to treat his creations that way.  I am thankful we were able to love him and create a home for him that surrounded him with love.  As christmas 2015 comes I will feel sadness but also a calm for knowing he was here to teach me and I was here to love him.  Not really caring who reads this....this was written for Mully and for me.  I love you lil dude....I know you're gone but you live in my heart and I know God will reconnect us one day.
Your tall cuddle buddy Randy! xoxox

My new kitten. So far he haz no name. I am voting for Mulder. Mully for short.