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Photographs and Memories…

Salt Lake LDS Temple

I love the song Photographs and Memories by Jim Croce. This photograph is one that brings back great memories for me. It is where Christeena and I were married over 20 years ago. We have had a great life together and I look forward to an eternity of happiness with her!

Making photographs is one way that we keep memories alive. Not every photo is a masterpiece or a work of art, nor need it be. Often, as a photographer I have a hard time taking “snapshots” because I have it in my head to make every shot count. I slow down and think too much when I should be shooting away, and before I know it the moment is gone. For this reason, Christeena takes most of our snapshots. I need to change. There is a time and a place for the artwork, and a time and a place for snapshots, and I need to learn the difference.

Sometimes a photograph can create great memories and be a piece of art at the same time. This image was created years after our marriage while on a family trip back to the Salt Lake area. While helping the younger kids at a drinking fountain I looked up and saw this image. I had wanted to make a photo of the temple that was different than all of the others I had seen, and this just happen to be the one. Fortunately I had my serious camera with me and I quickly set up and made the image. A 20×30 print hangs in my house as a reminder of that wonderful day more than 20 years ago.


  1. that is so funny! About 8 years ago, I took a shot on my Pentax ZX-90 from nearly that exact spot. I may have been getting water for my baby’s. I looked up and said, “Stop, Look!!!! CAMERA, NOW!”
    we have it hanging in our living room. love the story! love the tutorials on here as well….I’m learning, Teach. Thanks!

  2. I’d have to look, but I think this was 8 or 9 years ago too. Glad you are liking the blog. I appreciate the comments!


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