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If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a little crazy.  I do so. much.  You know me as a photographer.  But I’m also a musician, writer, software developer, anime enthusiast, and cat lover.  I love getting outside – bike riding, skiing, camping, hiking, and now backpacking.  I travel and read.  And I don’t know how to say no to an opportunity.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017
Chasing bears in Alaska

I experience life largely through my camera.  I get a thrill from capturing a compelling image, and I love looking back at the memories forever preserved in pixels.  There was a time when I got more enjoyment out of simply taking a photo than I ever did reviewing it, editing it, and sharing it.  This is probably why I have a swath of old photos I’ve hardly glanced at.  Blogging broke me of that; I’m constantly drawing from my recent adventures to share stories with you.  And now we use these photos in our Christmas cards each year – a review of our wild lives.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017
Waterfront sakura

When I want to remember something about a trip we took, a concert we attended, or a cosplay I donned, my first instinct is to open Lightroom and review my photos (conveniently organized by date and event).  And I’m always amazed at how many things we’ve actually done… in a single year.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2016
PDX Snowpocalypse

Here’s a small sampling of my life thus far this year (and we’re only halfway through) – a collage of craziness.

I took only one photo from each event, and this still can’t express everything we’ve done this year.  And can you believe there’s more I want to squeeze in but simply can’t?  (Yes, I surprisingly do have a limit.)  Life is swarming with new experiences just waiting to be had.  It might be a crazy existence, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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