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Dearly Beloved…

Reminded again today how precious Life is and how quickly it changes. We get caught up in the day-to-day of Life and all its little grumblings and irritations (“Where is all this traffic coming from?” “The Starbucks line is so long-this is going to take forever.” “What do you mean, I can’t get in for a hair cut for two weeks?”) and we allow it to zap the joy.
So with that in mind, a little reminder:

Live every moment.
Don’t confuse problems with inconveniences.
Hold your babies close, no matter how old they are.
Be careful who you admire.
Believe in yourself but be honest with yourself.

Pick the shortcut only after you’ve mastered the regular route.
Speak your truth.

Never stop learning but remember that no one has all the answers-the most important lessons only experience can teach you.
Hug your friends.
It’s a carb, not poison. Just eat it and enjoy it.
Stand still and watch the sunset
Go ahead and drink the juice from the carton.
Don’t fall victim to flattery.
Be kind to animals.
Laugh some more.
Say “yes” as much as possible.
Nobody but you cares how you look in a bathing suit.
Perspective is everything and can easily get out of whack. Guard against that.
It’s no big deal if there are dirty dishes in your sink.
Be weird.
Take pride in your accomplishments.
Take pride in your weirdness.
Take this life and squeeze from it as much as joy as possible, because no matter how long it is, it’s still too short.
And last but not least, make NO EXCUSES.
When the thunderclouds of Life open over you, and the rain falls down, stand firm in your confidence, look trouble in the eye, and like Prince performing at the Superbowl say, “Can you make it rain HARDER?”


New Mexico True…and Proud of It

I have lived in New Mexico for a very long time. We moved here from Michigan when I was just a boy, and, like most children, I didn’t appreciate the beauty of my new surroundings. They were oh, so different from what I had known. I had come from the Great Lakes region filled with water and green farmland to the desert southwest, filled with mountains, open mesas, and sky.

But all of that changed when I became a photographer.

See, there’s something about New Mexico that’s different: maybe it’s the quality of light; maybe it’s the way you can see for miles and miles; maybe it’s the way we go about most of our days under a cornflower blue sky and because of the elevation, so close to the clouds you feel as though you can touch them; or maybe it’s the warmth and friendliness of the people who are lucky enough to call this place Home.

And don’t even get me started on that Hatch green chile.

I’ve yet to put my finger on exactly what it is, but I still pinch myself every day that I get to photograph such amazing people in such an amazing place.

I am proud to be New Mexico True.

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Call Me “Mike”

I have been called many things over the years by children: Jack Frost, Fred Frost, and my personal favorite, by a little girl named Rae, “Frankenfrost.”

But yesterday was a first for me, and it was from the lips of a 3yr old little girl named, Haylee. Haylee and her big sister, Taylor came with in with their mom and grandmother for a studio session. They were dressed with bows in their perfectly curled hair, red tulle skirts and sparkly silver shoes.

Cheri dropped to the floor and began doing her Cheri Thing: asking questions and being silly. She asked Haylee if she liked bubbles.

“Yes,” Haylee replied, “PINK bubbles.”

As luck would have it, our giant bubble jar is pink.

And as playtime began and Cheri began conspiring with the girls, as to just where those bubbles were going to be popped, I heard Haylee say, “Pop it on Mike.”

“Who?” Cheri asked.

“Mike!’ Haylee answered excitedly, and pointed to me.

“Alright then,” Cheri replied with a laugh, and then turned to me and said, “Get ready, Mike.”

Where “Mike” came from, nobody really knows, but for the rest of the session, I was Mike Frost. I hope this doesn’t mean I have to change my logo. But for Haylee, I’d consider it. <grin>

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                  With faces so sweet, they can call me Mike anytime they want.

Farewell, Bran Muffin

Found out this morning that Satellite Coffee stopped selling their bran muffins.
Now, we LOVED Satellite Bran Muffins. It’s not that the other muffins aren’t good, because, hello? EVERYTHING is good at Satellite. It’s just that some of those other muffins enter firmly into dessert territory. All they need is a little frosting and they might as well be cake. So, in a quest to eat the healthiest muffins, we would always get the lower fat bran muffin.

Until today.

I found out earlier, but Cheri didn’t find out until this afternoon. She let out a loud, “Nooooooooooo!’ upon receiving the news while at the drive thru window. I”m pretty sure she freaked out the car behind her. The Satellite employee responded with, “I’ll give you a moment to grieve.” 

Farewell, Satellite Bran Muffin. You will be missed. 

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Family Photos and Frozen Custard

I’m not sure that I would go so far as to say that I am a connoisseur of frozen confections, but I sort of am.
If an entire dessert buffet was laid before me, filled with every dessert your mind could imagine, I would pick ice cream. I have my favorite flavors, sure, but to this day, I have never met an ice cream I didn’t like. If it is dairy and sweet and frozen, then I will love it.

Which is why I am SO glad that Albuquerque now has Rita’s. Rita’s frozen custard is smooth and creamy and velvety and tastes like MORE.

If frozen custard isn’t your thing (and really, why wouldn’t it be? It’s FROZEN CUSTARD) Rita’s also offers smooth Italian Ices made with real fruit served within 36 hours of mixing; Gelati, which is Italian Ice with custard on top for those of you who can’t pick, and…wait for it…custom donuts.


I know, right?

Rita’s takes a fresh donut and allows you to pick the glaze and the topping. It’s genius. Someone should be awarded a nobel prize for this idea.

But even better than ALL the offerings on Rita’s menu, is the wonderful family behind the Albuquerque business.  I was so thrilled to photograph The Gauldens at their store recently. They are a warm, wonderful family who loves their business and the people who walk through their door. And those little Gauldens are as cute as they come.

So, as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, do yourself a favor and pop into Rita’s. I might just see you there. I’ll be the guy in the corner with the camera and the frozen custard.

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