I was reading Joe Photo’s blog this morning, and came across this story and thought it was worth sharing:

A son and his father were walking on the mountains.
Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams:
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating,
somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”

Curious, he yells: “Who are you?”
He receives the answer: “Who are you?”

Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!”
He receives the answer: “Coward!”

He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?”

The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.”

And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!”
The voice answers: “I admire you!”

Again the man screams: “You are a champion!”
The voice answers: “You are a champion!”

The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO,
but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.

If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life;

Life will give you back everything you have given to it.
Your life is not a coincidence. It’s a reflection of you!

– Author Unknown


I’m always inspired/pushed/provoked by stories & writing like this. I’ve often wanted to write and share similar things, but have yet to do it. I’ve been considering either starting a new blog or creating a separate section of this one where I can write/share this type of thing. In addition to that, we also get lots of emails from other photographers asking questions about how we do things, etc. I always try to get back with everyone as soon as I can, but as more emails come in, and as we get busier and busier, sometimes things slip through the cracks or it takes a long time to respond. Because of this, I’ve also been kicking around the idea of creating a blog for photographers. There are probably a few other things I’d like to write about as well, but I don’t necessarily think I should just start cramming it all on here!

I will eventually find an outlet for these things that I want to do at some point; but if I knew there were a lot of people interested right now, I would make it happen faster. So that brings me to the question: Are you interested?

Below, I’ve created the super easy, handy poll for you to use. It would also be helpful if you left a comment or sent me an email with things you might specifically be interested in, or not interested in. Depending upon the response, I will make something happen. It is up to YOU!


  1. esm on November 25, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I am looking forward to this new blog. I would enjoy seeing a list of books, stories and quotations that you and the blog participants consider to be motivational, inspirational, enlightening and all out positive.

  2. brianne on November 26, 2007 at 8:00 am

    i yelled out into mckay’s mill this morning for an answer to whether sean could sustain a new blog with you all’s current work schedule and the echo said “you’ve got to be joking” :) just kidding. you all are funny and can’t wait to hang out again – seriously need to have you all over.

  3. david&kimi baxter on November 26, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    can pavarotti teach us to sing like him?
    At the McLellan Center For Photographers Who Can’t Take Pictures Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too, they teach you that there’s more to life than being really, really good looking.

  4. Melanie Watson on November 26, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    who wouldn’t want all 430 parts to knowing Sean’s 430 parts to being a master photographer!?! I loved that story by the way… very inspiring.

  5. Bradford on November 29, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    … wait… you can’t give away all your secrets! But if we act now, we can get all your secrets.

  6. Sean on November 29, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    Good stuff, B-Rad. For those that might be wondering what that might be a reference to… This is too funny to pass up:

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