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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Day 8 of Thankfulness: albuquerque photographer

I’m not a connoisseur of fine wine; I couldn’t tell you the difference between a cabernet and a chardonnay;I don’t know how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe, and don’t even get me started on apples. I know there are an endless variety but to my mind there are only two kinds: red or green.

But the one thing I DO know about is a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

The RPBC is my favorite candy and I need one like I need another hole in my head. They are packed with sugar and fat…and that’s probably what makes them so darn delicious. It was a genius who thought of combining those two flavors together: “Two great tastes that taste great together-Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.” (I actually sang the jingle from the old commercial as I typed that.) But buying one is usually a gamble, as there is no way to tell the freshness state of a RPBC.  But I can tell you, as a long time connoisseur of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup,  that the best time to buy them is during the holidays. If they are in the shape of a pumpkin, tree or egg, odds are good you’ve got a fresh one.

And sure, there have been the times when I’ve opened a tree shaped RPBC and found it to be a little stale. And yes, of course, I still ate it.

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This was left over from Halloween. It was a little old. I still took great pleasure in eating it. Thankfulness has no expiration date.

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COLOR: Day 7 of Thankfulness: albuquerque photographer

COLOR.

My favorite color is green. It represents life and growth and good things. Unless it’s mold on cheese, and then it represents the fact you need to clean out the fridge.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like color, but we all have our own preferences when it comes to tones and shades and vibrancy. And the great thing is-there is no right or wrong. Some like soft, muted pastels and then there are people like me, who prefer their colors as rich as the world around them.

Color is always the second thing I look for when creating an image, it’s importance proceeded only by Light. Now, if you’re not from New Mexico, you might think we are a state with only the colors blue and brown to our name, but nothing could be farther from the truth-we’ve got it all. But sometimes, you have to go find it, as anyone who has tromped around the forest or through the city with me will know (“Frank, how much further?) You have to go to where the color is but it’s always worth the trip. Nature has a wonderful way of rewarding those who seek out her beauty and tends to hold the most richly colored places for those willing to work for it.

Yes, I don’t know if anyone can really explain what draws us to the colors we love. I happen to think it’s more that the colors pick US than the other way around.

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Days 1-6 of Thankfulness: albuquerque photographer

Yes, I’m taking the 30 Days of Thankfulness Challenge. I think the real challenge is going to be how to limit what I’m thankful for into just 30 days.

Days 1-6: Family

No, this is not an attempt at cheating; I simply can’t assign FAMILY just one day. I can’t do it.  For when all of life boils down to it’s most basic element: when the trappings of every day life: bills, work, worries are all peeled away, what we are left with is that one thing that truly matters. To me, that is Family.  It always has been.

I’ve been married for a long time (my wife tells people she was a child bride, married at age 5, which makes her 29. Every year, she’s married at a younger age. Pretty soon she’ll be in negative numbers. She’s good at “creative math.”) and yet, I still pinch myself that I am married to this woman. She is a creative, energetic, positive, extremely talented, unorganized mess and I love her with all that I am. I tell her often “Thank you for marrying me.” And she gives me a grin and says, “Thank you for asking me.” And then we watch our kids roll their eyes and act like they’re going to vomit.

Speaking of kids, I had no idea how great life could be until I had mine. I’ve been called a lot of things by a lot of people, but there is nothing, no accomplishment or degree or title that holds the same meaning as the word “Dad.” None. I am prouder of them than anything I’ve ever done in my life, or will do. It’s funny-when they were born, I had many people tell me, “Oh, just wait til they become toddlers. It’s awful.” And then the toddler years came, and they were great. And then it was, “Just wait until they hit school, especially mid school.” And then, “Ugh. The high school years.” But, I can honestly say that I have never encountered a stage or age I didn’t love. Being their dad is the greatest honor I could have. And if they are reading this, it does mean they don’t have to clean their rooms or do their chores, because they still do.

Yes, FAMILY is everything to me and for it, I am so extremely thankful. I don’t know what I did to deserve them, but like the song from the “Sound of Music”: …somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.

 

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The Tiniest Fairy: albuquerque newborn photographer

Kelsie Iris is 7 days old.

She doesn’t know yet how wonderful her family is, but then, maybe she does, for she held out in her mama’s belly as long as she could. When she finally decided she was ready, she made her entrance into the world in a hurry. She has a shock of black hair, but I suspect, like her brother and two sisters, that will do a 180 and turn golden in no time.

Her brother and sisters had a recent session in the mountains (Click HERE ) but Kelsie was still in her mama’s tummy and so while she was there, she wasn’t able to engage in fairy activities like her sisters. That all changed yesterday when under the yellow leaves of a huge Cottonwood, little Kelsie got to be a fairy for the very first time.

And lucky me, I was there to photograph it.

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Frank Frost at Lovelace Health System: albuquerque photographer

When Lovelace Health Care System asked me to provide landscape photographs for the walls of their facility, I was thrilled-not just to help decorate their walls, but because I got to stand on a loading dock with a crowbar in my hand, opening the huge crate that housed the canvas prints. I felt like the dad from the movie “A Christmas Story.”

I spent an afternoon along with my friend, John, hanging the canvases on the wall. John and his wife, Jan, own The Art of Framing in Albuquerque, so when he agreed to help me I was thrilled, as I knew those prints weren’t going to go anywhere once up on the wall.

I was interviewed recently for Lovelace’s website and since they were kind enough to go to the trouble of giving me a mention, I thought I’d share it here:

http://www.lovelace.com/news/blog/showcasing-new-mexico-landscape-lovelace-womens-hospital

And a little more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151791922045369.1073741861.151655070368&type=1