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So. Many. Pictures.

Our lives are overwhelmed with pictures. A cell phone holds thousands. We take them haphazardly, in passing. Thousands and thousands of pictures. Our food, our drink, a blurry sunset.

We take them not because they are important; we take them because we can.

And when our phones are full, we delete the food, the drink and the blurry sunsets. We might even wonder, as we look back, why on earth we took that image to begin with.

And once deleted, we will never miss it, because it didn’t really matter.

A portrait is different, because it is made with purpose. It is made to mark a time in history; a moment in life. There is nothing haphazard about it. It is special because of the people in it. It is made with care…

it is made to be remembered. It is made to last.

Not every occasion in life will require a professional photographer….
Only those times that really matter.

© 2016 Frank Frost Photography

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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.
Laugh.
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.