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Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal 08 Feb 2009 1 comment

Okay, I didn’t want to publicize this but my wife did such a great job at:
1) surprising me (my real bday is February 11th, but it’d be way too obvious to try to surprise me on the actual day),
2) making a significant celebration not a downer (she’s good at that),
3) doing the little things that made it really cool (check out the picture board after the video, yes, that’s my hair in all of it’s 80′s waviness).

To top it off, the card I’m reading toward the end contains a gift certificate from her for a lil’ skydiving action (she actually found something I hadn’t experienced, yay!!).

So, I grabbed a bunch of friend’s pics from Facebook (thanks Jen & Kathy) and made a slideshow to share my special time.

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Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal 05 Feb 2009 0 comments

Last weekend, I took my wife on a date and we saw Slumdog Millionaire. Very interesting movie. I love good storytelling and it simply was a good story. One song just captivated me, Jai Ho. The composer, A R Rahman, is the first Indian to win the Golden Globe for the best original music score.

I’ve heard that it’s quite captivating to Indian ears but I think it transcends culture to a degree. My ears perked up as well since I speak Spanish and there’s a verse in the song that mixes in Spanish with the Hindi.

If you haven’t seen the movie, check it out. It wasn’t until it started getting nominated for awards that our local theaters had the guts to release it locally. The translation I’ve found online is beautiful:

Jai Ho = Something between “Hail” and “Hallelujah”

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

Iota by iota, I have lost my life, in faith
I’ve passed this night dancing on coals
I blew away the sleep that was in my eyes
I counted the stars till my finger burned

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

Taste it, taste it, this night is honey
Taste it, and keep it,
It’s a heart; the heart is the final limit
You dark black kohl **
It’s some black magic, isn’t it?

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

For how long, how very long
It’s been on your lips
Say it, now say it
The eye is downcast
Such lit up eyes
Are they two lit-up dimaonds(?) ?

Come, come my Life, under the canopy
Come under the blue brocade sky!

the Spanish part is:

Baila! Baila!
(Dance! Dance!)

Ahora conmigo, tu baila para hoy
(Now with me, you dance for today)

Por nuestro dia de movidas,
(For our day of moves,)

los problemas los que sean
(whatever problems may be)


Baila! Baila!
(Dance! Dance!)

** Oh and in case you thought I was thinking of a department store when I typed that word, kohl is a kind of makeup used especially in places like India and the Middle East to darken around the eyes.

Thanks to http://inkspillz.blogspot.com/ for the Hindi translation. My Hindi is quite, well very, limited.

Posted by: In: Conversation, Fun, Journal, Photography 23 Jan 2009 4 comments

1x1.trans a completely new website... and new blog design too.

Yes, I can’t believe it myself. We’ve got a new website. When you design it yourself, there tends to be lotsa time between redesigns. But I think you’ll like it. Let me know what you think, well, only if it’s good, lol. There are a few little things we’ll be taking care of in the next few weeks but it’s 98% ready, and as it stands in a crazy, busy thing we call life, that’s all good.

Posted by: In: Conversation, Journal 20 Dec 2008 0 comments
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Okay, we’re facing up to it. This blog is hurting for some love. It’s on the way, and how! And by the way, a new website is moving quickly along the path as well.

Posted by: In: Conversation, Photography 16 Oct 2008 0 comments
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At Mark Umstot Photography, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ok, so we know we’re a little early, but there’s a good reason for that. We think your holiday season should be a relaxing one, filled with lots of love and family – not stress. This year, we’re excited to announce our Christmas Special, something we created just for our treasured clients, in order to bring you more holiday cheer and fewer bah-humbugs. It’s our gift to you – check it out below.

Every year, clients come to us with the same question:

“Can you make Christmas cards out of our family portraits, and can you do it before next week?”

Of course we can. We love to take the images we create and pair them with original design and a heartwarming message. Normally, this process would take at least three weeks.

But as we’ve done in the past, we’re going to make it easier than that.

Many of you and your friends have used our Christmas Cards in the past. Ask around if you haven’t seen them, your friends will tell you how cool these are. Yes, you can go to ***mart and get those mass-produced things that half the country uses. And believe it or not, I understand that times are tough and if that’s the way you’ve got to do things this year, you are still considered our special clients.

So, with all that said, by popular request, we’re doing our Christmas Special again!

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As you can see, we produce all sorts of press-printed items. But this is for Christmas. So, simply book your Christmas Special Session. But you need to call NOW – there are only a limited amount of sessions available, and our Special is only offered for one week!

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Here’s how it works:

1. Call us ASAP at 806-239-3657 and set up your appointment for sometime in the week of November 10-14.

2. Come to our studio at your appointed time, dressed and ready to go.

3. You’ll browse through and decide which one of our fabulous, cool, and completely non-cheesy templates you’d like us to customize with the images from your session.

4. Then we’ll do, what we like to call, a Quickshoot (which means we’ll be shooting for 1-4 specific images) and once we’ve got some cool stuff, the hard part’s over!

5. After your Quickshoot, you will see an instant digital preview of your pictures (they will be unedited, but not to worry, you think we’d let something out without our signature style?), and pick the very best in the process. After you’ve confirmed your design, you’re finished!

6. You won’t need to proof your Christmas cards but you will get another chance to view the great images we’ve created together. And we’ve got a special discount on wall portraits created from that quickshoot (see below).

7. Finally, your cards will be printed at the best press in the country and delivered to us before December 1st.

We’ve made it so easy, all you have to do is show up! Well, you also have to come pick up the cards once they’ve been delivered, but that’s no big deal.

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So, need the final details? Here they are:


* Digital QuickShoot in our studio.

* Immediate In-Studio proofing followed by custom design of your Christmas card.

* 24 5×7- inch Press Printed Greeting Cards available in gloss, watercolor, or linen heavy-weight paper

* 24 Envelopes

* Receive 15% off a canvas wall portrait featuring the image from your Christmas QuickShoot. You can also order anything else you’d like using our standard packages.

This package price is worth well over $200, but for these sessions only, we are offering it for only $120 – half the price! You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase more cards at the following discount pricing.

“What if we’d like to use an image from our previous portrait session?”
Sure. We’ll give you everything in the package minus the Quickshoot for just $75.

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(these are canvas on masonite heirloom-quality portraits)

16×20 for only $204
20×20 for only $272
20×24 for only $272
20×30 for only $323
24×30 for only $383
30×30 for only $383
30×40 for only $502

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24 – $76
48 – $151
72 – $219
96 – $292

Need more than 96 extra?
Just add $70 for every 24 more.

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We are now booking these Christmas Special Sessions only during the week of November 10-14, 2008. We’ll have the cards in your hands before December 1. Plenty of time to get your Christmas cards in the mailboxes of your friends (remember when we had to send out Christmas greetings before Thanksgiving to even have a chance of being delivered before Christmas?)


Or if you hate using the phone, just email us at mark@umstot.com

Posted by: In: Fun, Journal 19 Sep 2008 0 comments

1x1.trans International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Avast! For those o’ you who didn’t remember, today be International Talk Like A Pirate Day. So, don’t be a land lubber, say, “Arrr!” and join us in the frolicking.

Having trouble knowing exactly how to do it, check out this website.

Posted by: In: Photography 12 Sep 2008 1 comment

Our city, Lubbock, TX, was inundated by an incredible amount of rain over the last few days. Flooding like I’ve never seen around here. The playa lakes are filled to overflow. As we were driving around near the house tonight, we were looking at this incredible amount of water. At times, we go walking around the perimeter and at least a third of the track is under water. Mitzi noticed this incredible view of a tree that I had to photograph. Check out the reflection.

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Posted by: In: Conversation, Photography 11 Sep 2008 1 comment

Seven years ago, I was there. It’s an interesting feeling. I’ve always thought about sharing the pictures I took of the impending destruction. But no, not today. Let’s be hopeful.

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Posted by: In: Alex, Photography, Taylor 25 Aug 2008 1 comment

My girls, Alex and Taylor, headed off to school this morning. Alex to the 5th grade and Taylor to the 3rd. And they, once again, put up with dad chasing them with the camera. So, follow along as they go to school.

Alex ready to go!

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Taylor’s almost ready. Mom had to do a little bit of work on the backpack.

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Single file.

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We get to go in the back door this year.

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So, it’s a trek across wet grass.

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Greeted, as usual, sweetly by a probable copyright violation. LOL.

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Alex heads to Mrs. Davis’ class.

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Her class is in a portable this year. The air conditioning is great since they have their own unit.

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She’s ready.

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Sit down and get right to work. That’s what happens when you’re in the 5th grade. They know the drill.

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Taylor’s off to Mrs. Bass’ class.

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And it says it all.

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Checking out the supplies.

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A quick pose with a great teacher.

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Posted by: In: Christianity, Fun, Photography, Video 24 Aug 2008 0 comments

Just spent the weekend in Abilene at an event called Stop the Violence, Start The Love. It was envisioned by Chad Mitchell and his team/family/friends at Mission Abilene after multiple drive-by shootings, a few murders, and even a husband setting his ex-wife on fire. It was incredible. Especially considering it was the first year. There were tattoo competitions, a car and motorcycle show, and even a graffiti contest. I did a little shooting and then mixed my images in with others taken and produced a little show that was presented this morning at the Mission. So, it’s with that I present this, with all the best for the whole crew.