I have been blessed with some great weddings over the past 11 years, but it’s time to set this gig aside for a while. Sometimes I forget how much work and effort goes into photographing a wedding — planning and preparation, the day of the wedding, the hours of post-production, the album design, etc. When I do something, I put everything I have into it, and I can honestly say that I put my best effort into every single wedding I photographed.

The turning point for me in making this decision was knowing that I could be at every one of my son’s Saturday soccer games this fall. It was knowing that I would have time to work on some personal projects that I are on my to-do list. It was knowing that I could spend more time with my family and friends.

Photography is as much a part of me as by love of riding a bike — instead of brides and grooms, I’ll be chasing kids and dogs and whatever else catches my eye.

This is the beginning…

Visual thoughts. A proper title for what I do. I’m a photographer by training and therefore a very visual-minded person.

The purpose of this blog is to give me a chance to catch the ideas that flutter through my head before they disappear like a cool summer breeze. I hope to share my knowledge in the tips section, pointing out quick hints that will help you make better images. The critiques section will be a chance for me to examine some of my work in detail and have a discussion about what makes an image great and what the meaning behind the image is. Similarly, the computer interface section will discuss how we interact with computers. Finally, the equipment section is for the gear heads out there. I’m sure I’ll be adding categories, but that should give me a start and some direction with this blog.