February 18, 2008

Cache Valley: my true love

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These were taken in a shoot I did telling the story of Hyde Park, Ut where my wife grew up. I shot both of these on film. I hadn’t shot a roll of film in almost 4 years. In the early years I shot a Mamiya RB67 medium format and a Nikon n90s. There is definitely a magic to film. I am still waiting on some more to come back and I can’t hardly sleep because I can’t wait to see it.

Cache Valley is my true love! My dad grew up there and I have always had a nostalgic feeling about the whole valley. When I tell people of my love they say, “Oh but it is so cold up there!” As if it is warm in Salt Lake. When it is cold anywhere does anybody go outside anyway? If it is summer they say, “Oh it is beautiful up there!” There is a trade off anywhere you live even Hawaii. They don’t get to experience the exquisite newness of spring. I would go through two winters to experience spring. Maybe. These images I took don’t really help my case against it being cold in Cache Valley.

February 12, 2008

Jack

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Jack and I spent the whole day together today. He has got some serious personality. We have always said that it is much easier having multiple kids than it is having only one. When the others are gone we don’t know how to entertain this young man. We can keep up for an hour or two but our daughters do a much better job.

February 9, 2008

Jackboy

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Jackboy has got the whole house to himself. His two sisters are at their cousins for the weekend and he is loving the attention. It always gives me some time to do some one on one photos with him in his element. Our first kid got plenty of solo documentation so I try to balance it out and get each kid individually as much as possible. They are each so unique and fun and childhood only happens once and I want to remember it.-Casey

February 8, 2008

Simone

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My niece is featured in this photo. She thinks that I put chicken in my spaghetti sauce. It is really tuna. When I mention to people that tuna is used regularly in the authentic Italian diet they don’t believe me(think Mediterranean). My wife forbade me to put tuna on pizza once when we had company coming over. This was hard for me to handle because for one I love tuna and for two I love to cook and the best time to experiment is when company is coming over. The pressure is on and you learn so much quicker! Let me know if you want any incredible tuna recipes. I am talking about fresh tuna, the steak kind not the can kind (although I do like albacore). I once read an article about a tuna that sold for $90,000 in Japan. This isn’t carp folks.

October 1, 2007

Sanpete County

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This past weekend we went down to Sanpete County. For those of you who don’t know where it is think Ephraim, Manti, Moroni, Turkey country. I attended Snow College in Ephraim in 1995-1996. I had never heard of Snow College until my best friend recieved a scholarship for building construction for 1995. His highschool girlfriend’s dad was the “Woods” teacher at Bingham High School so Ivun figured it was in his best interest to become well acquainted with wood. So his first two classes in the morning were wood working. I had 3rd period English with him. One day he came to class and said he had just received a scholarship to Snow College and that all he had to do was raise his hand when the Snow College Rep asked if anybody wanted one (I think his girlfriend’s dad may had some part to play in it). Ivun asked me if I wanted to go. I said yes before I even knew where it was. I met my wife the first night down there. It was September 23, 1995. Ivun met his wife a little later. He saw her singing at an event and came home and told me that he was going to marry this girl that was singing. He had to break ties with his old girlfriend but low and behold they are married with 4 kids today and are here represented in this photo I took this weekend. What is unique about this photo is that it was taken on my friend Ted Dehaan’s 10 acre parcel of land in Mt. Pleasant. It is a beautiful spread. I have attached a picture of their home as well. We spent the night and went fishing and shooting in the morning. I caught a few mountain rainbows.

Saturday night we sent into Ephraim and Snow College and drove around remembering how much fun we had that year. It truly was the best year of my life. Ivun and I were roomates and we were very low on cash that year. I went and got my fishing license to bring home food for us. I used to go catch my limit at Urn Reservoir up Manti canyon. Unfortunately a limit of 6- 10 inch trout doesn’t feed many people. So Ivun went and got a deer tag and shot a deer. We stayed up till 5:00 am cutting up the meat on that thing. That fed us for a while. I think if you plan your life out too much you’ll miss out on a lot of the adventures that happen with spontaneity. That decision to go to Snow College was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I could go on with many more details but it would bore you so I’ll just tell you we had a good time.

September 23, 2007

30 years old!!

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In my family it is custom to announce to the world that it is your birthday. My mother is the queen of birthdays. It is not uncommon to pull up to her house on her July 8 birthday and see a sign in the window saying that it is her birthday. I am not joking when I tell you that my parents actually have a marque in their front window displaying such messages. Last year my mom wore a party hat that said, “It’s my birthday!!” So I will take this opportunity to beller and cry to the world that tomorrow is my birthday. I will be a smooth 30 years old. It is a new beginning. This will be the best year of my life as have all the rest of them. I can’t wait for this decade. My kids will grow tremendously, we will have some of the greatest times of our family in this decade. My BFF and I are going fishing at 4:30 am. That is all I want for my birthday is to catch my limit. Anyway, tomorrow will be a good day. Over and out!

September 20, 2007

Family Documentation

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I have been on cloud nine for 36 hours now ever since I went fishing to a local water hole of which I will not name and absolutely had the best fishing day of my life. My uncle Michael and his son Mason took me. At one point Mason brought in a nearly 5 pound rainbow whilst I pulled in about a 3 pounder. We cooked that one up for dinner tonight and it was THE best fresh water fish I have ever eaten. Anyway lately I have been really excited about what I consider family documentary style photography with style. Here is an image I took last week of my buddy Greg and his son playing basketball. I spent nearly 9 hours with his family last week and had a blast taking over 1500 images that they can have forever. What is more important than this? Greg is an awesome mentor to me. He wanted me to take these shots of him with his boys doing their alone time together. He spends most of his free time doing what his kids want. What a huge idea! Most parents spend 2 hours watching TV a day. He spends 2 hours a day with one of his four boys following their interests. Do you think they wonder if he cares about them? Do you think they will find meaning in this life? He has made me rethink the way I interact with my own children.
Anyway,the only sad part about this photo is that Greg missed the dunk.