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Vince and Angeline’s Winery Engagement Session

To bring you up to speed via HBO series pre-show style, here’s a quick refresher for today’s post:

-Met Vince and Angeline over a glass of wine to talk wedding photography.  Got overly excited, started planning engagement session even before booking

-Said they met at the beach, are now wine club members

-Wanted to make a tailored engagement session, decided to do 2 half sessions since locations were far apart

-Shot a kick-ass engagement session at the beach

And now…to tell the story of what they enjoy doing as a couple.  I know we could have probably done a session at Syrah or maybe a restaurant then tie in some wine & cheese platter to play off the idea…

But that wouldn’t be the *best*.  And I’m a firm believer in that if you’re going to do something, do it the right way, and do it the best way.

So we went to the vineyards.

 

As you’ll see in the photos, I try to get as much variety as I can during a session.  Close up, far away, silhouette, serious, and playful expressions.

 

 

Loved tying in the barrel room for these photos.  Used some off-camera lighting to separate them from the background and give some dimension to the shot.

 

 

You know me and my silhouettes.

 

 

There’s a badass orchard right outside one of the wineries up in Temecula, so we took a few photos along one of the rows of oranges.  Really happy with how these came out.

 

 

Ange giving “the look”, and Vince throwing an orange.  Love it when we can break from the norm and do these kind of fun photos during a session.

 

 

They asked if they could bring their dog Cali in for part of the shoot, and of course I said yes.  I love dogs, and consider them to be family.  Here’s one of my favorites of Cali posing for the camera.

 

 

While I really like this photo on it’s own – there’s a story behind it that makes it even better.  When Vince and Angeline were first dating, there was a day where they had been walking for quite a bit, and Angeline’s feet started to hurt.  So he picked her up and carried her!

Making photos like these that tell a personal side of the story make my work *that* much more meaningful.

 

 

Closin’ it out with the sunset silhouette.

 

Lawrence Bredenkamp - Nice photos.
Your use of light and depth of field portray the perfect mood.August 25, 2013 – 5:17 pm

Jennay - Loveity love love looooooove. Love.August 22, 2013 – 4:40 pm

Vince and Angeline – Pacific Beach Engagement Session

When Vince and Angeline initially inquired with me, I sat down with them over a glass of wine to talk about how I approach wedding photography differently than others.

And before we knew it – we were talking about concepts, ideas, and potential photos that could be made during their engagement session.

During our conversation, I learned that they initially met at Firehouse, and spent a good amount of time during their early relationship at the beach.  Nowadays, they’ve developed a keen appreciation of wine, and are members of a few different vineyards in Southern California.

With each of my engagement sessions, I try my best to bring out the personality and history of the couple.  And while hitting Temecula AND the beach during the golden hour weren’t possible, we made it work.  Instead of doing a normal 2-3 hour session, I was willing to split their engagement shoot into 2 single-hour sessions since the 2nd location was walking distance from my house.

Now, planning a photo session at the beach isn’t always the easiest or most cooperative in regards to weather – as you might have noticed from my post the other day.  However, Vince and Angeline gave me their complete trust on this portion of the shoot and I can’t thank them enough.  I think we may have rescheduled 3-4 times due to the weather not being exactly on-point, and I was afraid their patience was being tested!  I didn’t want to keep delaying the shoot – but felt it was important to make sure they got the very best conditions for their photos.

On the day of their shoot, a few clouds threatened to affect things…but I could tell that they weren’t strong enough and conditions would be perfect for the lighting.  We went for it and came back with some pretty awesome shots!

I’ll split their session into two posts for the sake of variety, and begin with their beach session since it’s the story of how they started out!  (Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow)

Dig the shadows on this one.

This is probably one of my favorites as it’s so “telling” of the beach.

And closin’ it out with the sunset silhouette!

Jihan Cerda - Kick ASS job, as always, Mr. King! :)August 19, 2013 – 6:50 pm

Danielle - Love the shots! U do amazing work! I would love to collaborate in the future :)August 19, 2013 – 2:32 pm

Phil Lambert - Love the reflection in the 4th shot, amazing as usual Tim.August 19, 2013 – 1:57 pm

Vince - Nice shots Tim! We couldn’t be more happy with the pics.August 19, 2013 – 12:17 pm

Mark Gonzales - You already know what photo I love out of this set. ;) Great Job Tim!August 19, 2013 – 12:08 pm

Case of the Fridays – Illusionist Nick Ivory

I’ve chosen Illusionist Nick Ivory for today’s interview for “Case of the Fridays“.  Nick delivers performances at venues or private events during which he will showcase a variety of illusions or “magic tricks” to a crowd of entertained guests.  I’ve personally seen him in action and he’s never failed to bewilder me with what he does.  His career is fascinating to me in the way that it delivers such entertainment and curiousity – and frankly, I thought it would be really interesting to hear more about his perspective about what he does!

Nick travels the country for events including Las Vegas and New York, but resides in America’s finest city.  If you’d like to meet him in person or catch a live demonstration of his work, you can see him at Syrah each Saturday night 7-9 PM.

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I met him for our interview at his home here in San Diego.  I particularly like this “visual” photo of us because of the shadow cast upon him.  There’s an element of mystery to his personality, and I feel like this photo brings a bit of symbolism that represents that certain quality about him.

 

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What is your name/age?

 

Nick Ivory is my business name (piano longer than magic, hence the “Ivory”), my real name is Serbian…”Nenad Plavsic” and I’m 33

 

What is your occupation?

 

Illusionist – I feel conveys more of a sense of mystery than the term “magician.”  People think of a guy taking a rabbit out of a hat when they hear that.

 

Where did you grow up?

 

Chicago, Il

 

What level of schooling have you completed?

 

I got an associates degree in the business program in web development, and I studied piano at Sherwood conservatory.

 

How long have you been doing what you currently do?

 

About 20 years – right around junior high age I started doing it for my friends.

 

I started making money when I was 16 – cruising around restaurants/bars – my parents were against it and told me to “get a real job.”

 

I moved out to Vegas when I was 21 – I thought that’s where magicians were supposed to go.  When I got there, I was like “Holy Shit there’s a lot of magicians here.”  And there’s a lot of competition – and mediocre competition at that.

 

Did you have a 9-5 job before that?

 

I’ve had a few – I worked at a gym, a furniture store, all sorts of odd-end jobs.  Not your typical office cubical 9-5 – I’ve never done that, and I don’t think I ever will.

 

How did you become involved in the work that you currently do?

 

In Elmhurst – there was a magic shop.  I would always ride my bike up there and buy a trick or two.  The shopkeep eventually hired me to work there and it felt like Harry Potter.  A lot of pro’s would come in and I’d absorb as much as I could, learn as much as I could.  I felt like a human sponge.

 

In vegas I apprenticed for some big pro’s – menteed with some big names in the magic industry (not ones most people would know…a lot of underground guys) but big in the magic community.   If you absorb from the best of the best, it can truly help.

 

What is it like working with other magicians?  In my industry, photographers refer work out when they’re already booked for a certain date – is it like that in your line of business?

 

Magicians are very competitive and very secretive.  They come up with a trick and want it to be theirs so they can be as original as possible.  We do share and refer out, but for the most part, magicians don’t really like each other and they compete.

 

I heard there are magician conferences…is that true?

 

Yeah, totally.  International Brotherhood of Magicians, Society of American Magicians, the Academy of the Magic Arts in LA which is the Magic Castle (Neil Patrick Harris is actually the new president of Magic Castle – he was a magician before he was an actor).  And then there’s FISM – a magic competition in Europe.  That’s always a lot of fun.

 

A lot of magicians, a lot of dealers, a lot of people selling their tricks, selling DVDs.  People want to be known in the community – so that’s a quick way to get known.  We have scientists and psychologists that come in and talk about how the brain works.

 

I was at Magic con last year here in San Diego, met the author of this book “Sleights of Mind – What Neuroscience Reveals about Deception” and heard them talk about how the mind perceives things – and how we can affect someone’s reality.  Perception is reality, and we can bend that significantly.

 

“Perception is Reality” has a great deal to do with marketing and how the public perceives you…where do you draw the line?

 

I never claim to have a paranormal ability, etc.  I don’t want to mislead the audience too much.

 

How much longer do you envision yourself working in the field that you’re in?

 

Forever.  I’m never going to retire.  There are magicians in their 80’s that still perform.  And it goes back to “if you love what you do…you don’t work a day in your life”

 

What is it that you love about your work?

 

Everything.  I love the creation, the performing, the social interaction of it all.  I meet thousands of people per week.

 

Now that I get to mix my piano with magic, it makes it even better.  I can take my passions and make them into one.

 

You mentioned you meet thousands of people each week – do you ever have trouble remembering people’s names? 

 

Totally.  Haha.  But sometimes I’ll actually incorporate that into my work and ask someone that looks familiar to write their name on a card, and I’ll start a trick – so that way I know their name again, haha!  It works pretty well, and avoids any embarrassment.


Have you ever had someone react in a strange way to one of your tricks?

 

Well, there’s that really analytical type of person – engineers especially…they get so frustrated because they figure EVERYTHING out.  And of course they get pissed off because I wont tell them how I do it.  Some people actually call me the devil, or religious people that have taken it very seriously.  One guy got set on fire in the Dominican republic by religious fanatics because they thought he sold his soul to Satan.

 

What is your least favorite thing about your work?

 

I think my least favorite thing is when a client contacts me and is all excited, and then they just DON’T contact you back.  They don’t respond…or don’t follow-up.  It can be frustrating.

 

I suppose that’s the only thing though, so that’s not too bad!

 

What are some of the advantages of your job compared with the regular corporate career?

 

Flexibility for sure.  It’s not 9-5, I don’t have to be at work right now – I make my own hours…my gigs are a couple hours, and I make sure to set some time aside to focus directly on piano or magic – I really work well with schedules.  Everything has to be penciled in at a certain time frame.  I like to be very organized.

 

What are some of the disadvantages compared with the regular corporate career?

 

Benefits – insurance.  I have to pay for all that on my own.  I guess that would pretty much be it.

 

How different is the dating scene for you?  Is it easier/harder to make time to be with your significant other?

 

Well I’m single so it’s fantastic.  It’s easy for me to make time.  If I want to take a day off and go do an adventure – I can do it.  Right now I do 8 venues 6 nights a week, so I’m pretty busy.

 

Do you tend to prefer to live paycheck to paycheck or with a savings plan accounted for?  Is your income predictable and regular, or entirely dependent on what you produce?

 

Savings, budget, bills paid one month ahead – you CAN’T live paycheck to paycheck.  It’s very uncomfortable, very stressful.

 

How do you imagine your retirement, or lifestyle past 60?

 

Still performing.  Still playing piano in some of the biggest venues in the world.  Copperfield’s still goin’…Magicians, or musicians never retire.

 

Do you see your career facilitating a lifestyle suitable for a family, or do you have the desire to have a family?

 

Eventually down the road, yeah.  Right now I really don’t have time for a family.  It might sound selfish, but “you gotta do what you gotta do” to provide for a good future.  If I had kids and a family, I wouldn’t be able to work the way I do right now.

 

What are your top priorities in the ‘big picture’?

 

Helping people – I love to see that what I do put smiles on peoples faces.  I get a lot of people getting in touch wanting to know how to get started because they love seeing me do what I do.

 

There’s a group of kids that comes in to see me at one of my venues each week – and their mom tells them that “only if they’re good in school, can they come in and see me perform” - and that’s awesome.  That really feels awesome to bring that kind of highlight to these kids’ week.

 

If you had any advice to someone just graduating college or thinking about switching careers, what would it be?

 

Everyone has a passion and a dream – and it might sound cliché, but you should go after a life of your dreams.  Shoot for your passion in any way possible.

 

If someone wanted to do your job, what is important to maintain a position?

 

You have to be very social.  There are a ton of magicians that are fantastic, but you put them in front of a crowd and they just can’t entertain.  The psychology of how to figure out how to control where people look and what they think.  You build a personality out of that.

 

Who inspires you?

 

Lang Lang – a classical pianist.  A couple underground musicians inspire me.  Musicians.  I get inspired by everything.

 

The bujikan martial arts.  I go once a week.  I wish I could go more.  I try to be as disciplined as I can.  I focus on learning about self defense, protection, maintaining health, eating healthy.  I’m now 100% vegan.  Got rid of meats (that was tough).  Now I can notice the difference in terms of clarity, quickness.

 

What do you think of authority?

 

Necessary.

 

 

~FUN QUESTIONS~

 

 

What did you want to be when you want to be when you grew up?

 

Magician.

 

What are some of your favorite sounds?

 

The sound of a piano, violin.  White noise.  Music, sound, classical music.  Anything with orchestra.  My favorite classical piece is “Franz Lizts – Liebestraum (dreams of love).”

 

What’s your favorite curse word?

 

It’s in Serbian – my brother and I speak fluent Serbian – what it would translate to in English would be “what the fuck?”

 

What’s your favorite memory from your past? 

 

Fishing with my dad, and camping with my parents.  I love outdoorsy stuff.  Now that they’re getting old, and life is getting old – I miss that more.

 

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be, and why?

 

I would be a cat – nimble, quick, sly.  I got a Persian here, and a little dog Ralphy.

 

What are some of your favorite smells?

 

Cleanliness.  Clean.  Fragrance.  A woman’s smell.

 

What did you get into the most trouble for when you were young?

 

Being a smart ass and having a temper.  Now that I’m older, I’m still a smart ass but it works to my advantage.

 

If you were a character in a famous movie, who’s role would you play?

 

Merlin from the TV show “Merlin.”  It had cheesy special effects, but it was about Merlin which is cool.

 

If you could go back to any point in history for a month, what time period would you visit?

 

Absolutely classical era…the romantic era – when Chopin was around.  ”The harpischords with the big dresses and suits.”

 

If there was one celebrity you’d like to punch in the face, who would it be?

 

Criss Angel.  I’ve had a lot of friends work for him, and I’ve just heard a ton of stories of how he’s a dick.  All his stuff he does on TV is all stooges stuff.

 

If you had to obtain $1m illegally, how would you do it?

 

I’d turn 1’s into 100’s until I had a million.

 

Which long lost childhood object would you most like to find?

 

The first piano I played on – it was a blue Casio…didn’t have any feel to it, every key made the same sound…but that’s where I started.

 

What age do people become “old”, what’s the secret to staying young?

 

I always think you’re young at heart – my grandfather was 87 years old and he was like a kid – he was always young at heart.

 

With people working later and living longer – I’d say 80’s or 90’s.  Be happy, be social.  You gotta socialize with people…

 

What’s your favorite quotation?

 

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein

 

If someone wanted to get in touch with you and ask you more about what it takes to get involved in your career, what would be the best way?

 

Absolutely.  I don’t teach, but I’m always willing to point people in the right direction.

 

NickIvory.com is the best way to find out more info on how to get in touch – I’m also at Vin de Sarah downtown every Saturday at 7 PM if anyone reading this wants to come by in person.

 

On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to get back to them?

 

10.  Usually within 24 hours.

 

***Bonus***

Here’s a video of Nick demonstrating some of his work on live TV. Hope you enjoyed the interview, and have a great Friday!

#Throwback Thursday: My first engagement session ever

Throwback to 2010. My career as a nightlife photographer was thriving, I was making the big bucks…you know, $150 a night vs. the average $75 that most other club photographers were making at the time.

In my eyes, I was “living the life.”

A client of mine, Evan – approached me to do an engagement session for him and his fiancé.

(A little bit of background – Evan regularly hired me to shoot photos for a local “scene” magazine.  That consistent work contributed a lot towards helping me sustain my career, and allowed me to use that money to invest in myself when it came to learning, practice, and upgrading my equipment.  And for that, I’m forever thankful to him.)

In response to his request, I said “Sure!  Why not?”

At that point, I was doing almost everything under the sun when it came to photography (architecture, families, sports, cat fashion shows) and I figured I could just “wing it”.

They requested to go to La Jolla cove for the shoot – assuming there would be some awesome photo opportunities as it’s one of the most popular tourist spots in town.  And granted, there were *would have been*.  (I crossed out “were” because had I known back then, I would have scouted the area beforehand and made sure the weather & conditions were optimal to get the best out of their shoot.)

But I figured I could “wing it” and everything would work out.

Long-story-short, we did the shoot in stormy weather and my posing came off-the-cuff.  As the saying goes, “a blind pig will find an occasional truffle”.  There were a few good photos from the set, but he didn’t end up hiring me for his wedding.  And I’m not surprised either.  Looking back, I noticed fly-away hairs I should have corrected, lens distortion on close-ups, people in the background, awkward posing, and several other characteristics that a beginning photographer would be oblivious to.

**My Lesson Learned**

When it comes to someone’s wedding, photographing such an important event takes on great responsibility.  And as my experience above can serve as an example, it makes me cringe when I hear of a couple that has a friend or family member with a ‘nice camera’ and just figures they can “wing it” on their big day.

It’s not just weather conditions or posing that your photographer should be familiar with, but several other factors.  They should have a STRONG grasp on their camera, settings, off-camera lighting, composition, ability to anticipate a moment, on-your-feet problem-solving, attention to detail like fly-away hairs or exit signs in the background, and very importantly – have a sociable attitude.  A lot of times the bride is with their photographer more than their fiancé on the day of their wedding.  Better be sure they’re not an “Andy Warhol” who creeps out your bridesmaids.  And bonus points if your photographer takes the time to scout your venue for the best locations, light, and variety for portraiture.

Here’s a photo from the session that I feel best represents my mindset at the time.  Here I am trying to be all “artistic” with all that negative space on the left.  To add to it, I thought, “Hmmm – let’s have you guys go back-to-back and look up towards god.”

To Evan – thank you so much for all your help early on in my career.  And thank you even more for not hiring me for your wedding – because looking back, it would have been a mistake.  You hired someone more competent and more experienced – in the end you received better photos.  And as a result, I have this experience to look back on and share as an example to all those out there thinking about hiring someone novice for their wedding day.

PS – I’ll be posting a current example of what a beach engagement session looks like with me on Monday – so stay tuned.  In the meantime, enjoy tomorrow’s Case of the Fridays.

Lisa - Yes. Why haven’t you posted Cat Fashion? Who isn’t interested in that?August 25, 2013 – 8:38 am

Phil Lambert - PLEASE tell me you saved some images from your “Cat Fashion Show” days?August 18, 2013 – 9:48 pm

How to make a bucketlist

2 years ago, I was sitting at an office desk in Madrid – distracting myself with plans to visit one of the surrounding cities.  I was working 9-6 Monday-Friday, so I wanted to be sure to “make my weekend count.”

I came across the city of ‘Pamplona’ during my search, and got carried away into reading about one of the cities most well-known traditions.

The running of the bulls.

I had always wanted to do this.  However, for some reason – it always remained in the back of my mind as an idea I would do “someday“.  It never set in as a REALITY of something I would actually ‘do’ at some point.

Maybe it was the fact that I was in Spain at the time…maybe it was the fact that it was only 5 months away…I’m not sure what it was.  But I decided right then & there – I was going to do what I had always talked about.  THAT VERY SAME YEAR.

So in a heat of inspiration, I jumped on Facebook and made an announcement to my friends to invite them to join.  (There’s something about telling the public that you’re doing something that REALLY puts the pressure on you to make it happen.)

How to make a bucketlist

 

With plans set in motion, a strange sense of accomplishment kicked in.  It felt good.  Committing to something that was a goal of mine for SO LONG…and finally putting it into action gave me a high.  A high that motivated me for MORE.

Over the next week, I went on a spree of searching online about “how to make a bucketlist” and “the best bucketlist ideas” so that I could make my own “BEST OF THE BEST BUCKETLIST IDEAS!”

And I found that when I posted my final list online, several people offered their resources to help me accomplish some of the goals.

Who knew doing awesome stuff could come so easily??  Just tell people what you want to do and see how eager they are to help you achieve it!

So with that…here’s how to make your own killer bucketlist!

(Note – I’m not claiming to be the expert on bucketlists or anything like that, but I’ve achieved a lot of success with crossing items off my list – and am happy to share the insight that I’ve gained during the process.  Don’t take my way as being the ‘ultimate way’, but rather a suggestion on how to make it the best – coming from my point of view)

1.  Find resources to start compiling your list

I strongly feel your best references will come from people you know and admire, and who’s experiences you’ve heard about on a personal level.

Think about the people in your circle, and make a list of the ones that are highly experienced in the different areas you’re looking to include in your list.  Ask them for recommendations of their most memorable experiences, and jot down some notes on what they say.  Most importantly, ask those that are interested in the same kinds of experiences as you.  

Are you into art?  History?  Maybe going skydiving over Everest isn’t in your bag of fun, but it is in someone else’s.  Are you into thrill-seeking & adventure?  Maybe going to the louvre and visiting the Anne Frank house wont be as exciting for you.  It’s important to get recommendations from people who lead a similar lifestyle, (or a lifestyle you’d like to experience) so that you don’t end up with a life full of unfulfilling adventures.

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Here are some great lists that I’ve come across that’ll help you get a good start:

-I’m guessing that if you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you like the things I do.  So first and foremost, here’s mine.

-My friend Bryan made a list categorized by continent.  He loves to travel (maybe even more than me), and it makes a lot of sense to try to knock out several on the same trip.  While you may not be interested in travel as a main priority, perhaps it will give you some ideas on how to categorize your own in a different way.

-1000 Bucketlist Ideas - it’s a bit overwhelming and diluted in terms of significance, but has some good ideas to get you started.

1000 Places to see before you die - my girlfriend got me this book and it has a lot of lesser-known places which aren’t so commercialized already.  I feel like the well-known landmarks are over-commercialized & their value is diminished as a result…so this is perfect for me.

Follow the Matador Network and The Coolhunter on facebook for original ideas and inspiration to help you continue your list.

 

2.  Organize your bucketlist

Most of the bucketlists you’ll find online will be divided into categories to help suit readers from all backgrounds.

The most important thing is that you make your items SMART.  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.  Having vague goals or something on-going won’t give you a *definite* point to consider something ‘checked off’, so doing it this way makes the list easy to conquer & celebrate.

To give you a general idea, most lists divide items into the following areas of life:

-Health.   Think marathon, specific body composition, or how many pushups you can do in a row.  Goals like “eating healthy” or “do archery 5 times a week” don’t give you a certain point to look back on and say “I did it!” – so make sure it’s concrete and has a clear point of accomplishment.

-Travel (specific places/countries, a road trip across Canada or sail from Denmark to Sweden, run across the US like forrest gump)

-Work/wealth (earn a certain level of income, speak at an international convention, run your own business)

-Thrillseeking/experiences (skydiving, running of the bulls, bungee jump, swim with sharks)

-Relationship/family (get married, have a child, throw your parents a surprise vow-renewal ceremony)

-Learning (learn a language, learn how to play piano, learn how to stunt drive a car, learn how to dougie)

-Food (eat NY pizza, eat at IN-N-OUT, eat a foreign delicacy like guinea pig)

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3.  Write it out

When you write something down, it creates a difference in the way you perceive it.  It’s out of your mind & on paper, and taking it’s baby steps towards *action*.

My roommate wrote his out on paper and hung it up in his office to look at each day.  The feeling of ‘actually’ crossing off an item with a physical pen adds a little bit of satisfaction that you can’t get online.  (Someone told me about a pen that you can have custom made to include your own blood in the ink – if you can find it, let me know!)

I wrote mine out online so people can share along the journey with me, and use it as a reference point (such as this blog post).

Which brings me to my next point…

4.  Share it

Sharing your goals online often motivates others, and what better way to accomplish goals than as a ‘team’?

When I first set out to do the running of the bulls, I didn’t realize it – but 2 awesome friendships really grew as a result of the experience.  While I had known Bryan and Jason prior, we hadn’t gotten to know each other to the extent that we did on that trip.  Running for your life from 2,000 lb animals creates a certain bond you don’t find other places.

Since that trip, we’ve also gone to Iceland, Sweden, Peru, Chile, and Argentina together.  I actually photographed Jason’s proposal to his fiancé this past June.

Who knows what will come from you ‘putting it out there’…but I’ll tell you this – it’ll only be GREAT things.  I’m excited to see what you come up with, and I’d love it if you’d comment & link to yours once you have it posted.

An important note - while revising my current bucketlist, I realized that after having experienced certain things – my perspective has changed.  I no longer want to visit certain destinations and my priorities for what I feel will value ‘most’ in my lifetime have also changed.  And if your list changes after the first go-round, I’d be surprised if it didn’t!

Caroline - I’ve started a bucket list here : http://bucketlist.org/list/carolinephoto/August 29, 2013 – 7:57 am

Fiona Campbell - Good post! You have made me think differently about bucket lists, which I’ve always rather dismissed. I might even make one! In the meantime, I’d like to hear how the running with the bulls went??August 14, 2013 – 5:38 am

Vanae - Great suggestions for bucket lists! I’ve had my bucket list for a few years now and posted it on 43things.com so that I can keep track of them easier. Love it! About to cross off “travel to Iceland” off my list!August 13, 2013 – 9:59 pm

Phil Lambert - I really just want to know if Law actually went???? I had started my bucket list at the end of turn of the year, I’m not getting any younger. My first item, that I will accomplish mid spring next year, is the Isle of Man TT race. I have wanted to shoot this event and found it to be a possibility and I am DOING IT! Your posts/blog is always inspiring sir, I wish I would have had the drive for my photography years ago and not the drive for retirement from a career. Thanks for keeping us looking up and not settling for a mundane life.August 13, 2013 – 8:26 pm

Jason Kirby - Great post and it is funny because I make it a lot into your blog posts, usually regarding bucket list type things, but yet, I do not have one. For me, life brings opportunities (or sometimes it’s Tim) and I don’t like to say no to opportunity. I could make my own opportunities by putting together a list, but I feel I have crafted a life surrounded by awesome people that I will get to do most of my what-would-be bucket list items with the people I care about. Maybe I will eventually create one, but for now…I will just keep saying yes.August 13, 2013 – 8:03 pm