My list of 8 signals it was time to retire.

I am retiring from one aspect of what I have enjoyed doing, creating, and playing with for 45+ years.

How did I know it was time?

1. When I found myself lacking enthusiasm for the next “work day”.
2. When the effort to physically do the work with ease became a challenge rather than a delightful journey.
3. When I found myself not enjoying answering a question for the thousandth time even though it was the first time for the questioner.
4. When the list of things I wanted to do all included the requirement of “uninterrupted by having to stop and go to work”.
5. When I reached the point that I wanted each and every day filled with that magical flow of synchronicity.
6. When I was willing to let go of relationships based solely on money.
7. When the activities I wanted most to participate in were consistently on “work days”.
8. When I realized that the relationships of family and friends that I value so highly and love so deeply were being stifled and relegated to remain “round tuits”.

When are you retiring?

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Hypothesis: The world has changed and people…. not so much!

I was having a discussion with my dear friend, Connie, about the current weather-based hysteria. She informed me that our discussion left a hypothesis on her doorstep during the night.

A Feature Trophy B Mears Simple

Here it is, with her permission, of course.

“hypothesis: the world has changed but people…. not so much.”

“Whether we’re transmitting info hut to hut with a torch, or trending-tweeting-chirping-pharting-whatever…we’re still a wildly tribal people. We want to know. More than that–we want to know what everyone else thinks about what there is to know.. We want to tell everyone else what our twist is on what they think, and stuff spirals out of factual orbit.”

“I say that if modern humans were plucked up & set down in turn-key medieval times [after a very short time of cultural decompression],  they would build the same Catholic church, fight the same wars, make the same choices, on the same stage.”

“Stairs in a Frank Lloyd Wright/Stairs in a pyramid: their nature through history hasn’t fundamentally evolved.” by CL Gilpin

Link to all kinds of historic items she has for sale on ebay!

I think she got it right on. What do you think?

I Don’t Like Having My Picture Taken

Does this statement describe you or anyone in your circle of friends and family? Do you like everyone else in photos except yourself? Portraits of yourself are not for you, they are for others in your life to enjoy and remember moments of connection with you.

Here’s part of a story that was in the news today:

Jennifer Colandrea of Beacon, N.Y., complained to the Federal Communication Commission after she lost more than a half dozen voice mails from her dead mother while inquiring about a change to her Verizon plan. Those included a message congratulating her daughter on giving birth to a baby girl and some funny messages she had saved for more than four years for sentimental reasons.

“She did not like being videotaped. She did not like being photographed,” Colandrea said of her mother. “I have very little to hold onto.


My own mother passed in 1983. She took me to studios to have my portraits made starting when I was 2 years old. Do you think I have any photos of her during those times? She was a beautiful woman and yet did not want her picture to be taken and so I only have a few snap shots of her and one professional portrait when she was 12.

Portraits of you are how you are seen by others. Please let go of any judgements of how you may appear to yourself.

Famous People I Have Shot (at Nashville Image) Part 1

Here is a new idea I have of showcasing my fabulous clients and their time-travel adventures. These are the absolute most fun clients in the world.

You will see Weddings, an actual surprise Wedding Proposal, Wild West, The 20’s, Titanic, Civil War, kids, couples, families, groups of Wild Women – friends, sisters, mother-daughters.

The two-minute travel back in time for the month of September at Nashville Image:

A Silent Movie

Really big news Part One

I have a couple of really big news items to share.
One is that the Brown County Almanac is doing a story on Weddings in Brown County Indiana and Nashville Image and my wedding ministry is going to a part of the article.
It is wonderful to be seen!
Of course, I love my Wedding couples and am always so honored to have been a part of their commitment to creating their loving relationships for life. It is also an honor to be able to use my 40 years of professional photography to create some photographic memories they will treasure for all time as well as their generations to come.
What is the second big news, you ask? It may seem like trickery but I am so excited about it I just had to mention it existed because I can’t tell you more about “it” yet…right timing is so important AND FUN!
Check back in a couple weeks and I will have Part Two with the details, website, and pics.
Have a great life…I am.

11-11-11 Brown County Weddings at Nashville Image

11-11-11 came and went and WHAT A GREAT DAY filled with magic and wonderful, loving couples and their gracious friends and families.

I am so blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to their memorable days with not only the Wedding Ceremony itself but also the portraits that will let each see just how beautiful, radiant, loving, and special they each are individually and together for all time.

Here is an email I just received from one of my wedding couples. It touched my heart and I am sharing it here.


Thank you SO much for being a part of our special day, when I first contacted you I had no idea how well you fit into making this the greatest day ever!! Your outlook on life is alot like ours and that was extra special. You made all of feel extra comfortable and we had a great experience! The kids enjoyed it as much as we did, and usually that is not the case when taking children to a ceremony and to get pictures done, but you made the impossible possible:) We will be back many times to come! We have decided you are are yearly go to place for family pics every year! Everyone I have showed our pics to absolutely LOVE them and love the unique spin on a wedding. You helped make our vows so much more meaningful than we could have ever thought of!  Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts! I didnt think that our officiant would have such a great impact on how great our day was! Cant wait to see  you again! Oh and FYI our portraits are already on the walls and forever they will stay, the framing was spectacular!!

 Sincerely, Stephanie and Richard Smith:)

New brown county weddings and Nashville Image video

This is so exciting to have a video on youtube about Nashville Image and Brown County Weddings in Indiana.