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This week’s prompt is center. I can think of a number of ways to interpret this prompt.

  • Psychologically: How do you center yourself?
  • Fitness related: how do you strengthen your center?
  • Priorities: What’s the center of your world right now?
  • Cosmically: the sun is the center of our galaxy.
  • Photographically: Put your subject in the center of the frame.

I can’t wait to see what you shoot and share this week. I know I need some mentally centering so you might get seven days of green tea images from me :)

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I know some couples pick their wedding date based on numerology. Well the numbers could not have been more aligned than on 1/5/2015 at 15:15, for Pilar and David to get married at San Francisco city hall.

I met Pilar in 2002 working at Milberry fitness center at UCSF. We used to sit a cube away from one another in a tiny office space that crammed in three other people plus a giant copy machine and had five doorways . We were in close quarters which meant we got to know one another pretty well. But David and Pilar have know each other a lot longer. They originally met in high school where their friendship led to dating. But life took them in different directions until they reconnected on December 26, 2008. Seven years later… David planned a special day for his bride. Although, Pilar knew that her sister, dad, son and step son were going to be there, she didn’t know about the two surprises David had up his sleeve.

David arranged to have Pilar’s close childhood friend, Jackie perform the ceremony and hired me to capture the day. I arrived early to scout possible shooting locations within the iconic building. As I was walking the fourth floor I spotted David and Pilar below. I made my way down to the ground floor just as David came around from the behind the staircase with his two sons and told me where to go to find and help Pilar into her dress.

I found Pilar getting ready. She did a double take when I walked in.

“What are you doing here?” she exclaimed as she buckled her heel.

“I’m here to shoot your wedding.”

“What?!” She was a bit shocked.

Moments later Jackie walked in and Pilar was even more flustered. As Jackie had told her she couldn’t be there due to work obligations. Ha ha. Yes another great surprise.

The rotunda was quickly filling up with other couples and guests who also wanted to get married at 15:00 hours. We found a quiet spot on the fourth floor for our small group to gather. Jackie had been ordained the week before to perform the ceremony. We waited for the clock to strike the magic minute for Jackie to start. Pilar and David held hands and Jackie had them repeat the vows. Once the ceremony finished we found pockets around the building to take portraits and capture this magical day before heading down the street to enjoy an intimate dinner and cake, of course.

 

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Twelve days into the year and the joy and excitement of a fresh start, a new year, a chance to reflect and renew is getting a little lost. It’s a bit like the “Monday Effect”. It’s what happens after you attend a conference or an inspirational talk and wake up the next morning not knowing how to implement what you learned or harness the inspiration you gleamed. Your high from the day before disappears leaving you sad.

So, to avoid the Monday Effect, this week’s prompt is focusing on what today is. Today is _______ ; hopefully, sunny, inspirational, a new beginning, a workout day, a birthday, a chance to look at the glass half full. You fill in the blank. And yes it can be gloomy, blustery, non productive but each day we have the chance to start anew. We don’t need to wait for January to restart our routines.

There is an EXTRA challenge this week, if you choose to except it, take a photo every day (all 7). Remember post images to Instagram with the #wpmyview.

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Robert Frost Poem Road not taken

With 2015 upon us, I, like so many, am taking stock of what transpired last year. Where did all those days go? How much closer am I to the dreams I want to achieve? Did I spend my time well, doing quality things that inspired me and filled my soul with joy?

As I reflect, it causes me to look down the path ahead of me for 2015. What’s my chief initiative this year? The one larger than life, oh my word, hairy-scary goal that I want to accomplish? It is this goal that will pave the path I wander down.

To start off week 1, let’s hone in on our paths, both physical and metaphorical. And let’s begin our Seen From A Different Angle journey with Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


What’s your path look like? In the comment section below tell us what’s one thing you want to accomplish this year? By stating it, gives you conviction and make it more real for you and allows for all of us to support you in striving your goal. I’ll start first, so head down to the comments.

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I already posted the sneak peek from the service, so now we get to enjoy the entire day when Eli was called to the bema for his bar mitzvah at Temple Solel, from the service to the baseball inspired celebration that followed. Mazel Tov Eli!

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