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It takes a few days for a major website change to propagate throughout the entire world. Each company or ISP (Internet Service Provider) has to update their records. So, while we sit here looking at this little posting by this Lubbock photographer, me, somebody on the other side of the world is still looking at the old version of my website. Just a wee bit frustrating!

But all well and good. If you’re reading this, then no problema! As a matter of fact, shoot me an email and let me know what you think. The reports from my regular clients are rolling in with rave reviews. Especially on speed. Go look at the galleries in my portfolios. They should pop right up. However, I can’t be held responsible for a generally-slow internet connect, lol.

Mosaic Church in southern California is one of the six finalists in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Commercial Contest. Three of the six will air during the big game. They did a great job, not just artistically but in execution as well. They deserve to win! I love creativity, especially with humor.


1x1.trans Addiction | Lubbock Photographer

I think I have to confess that I have an addiction… to mustard. Yes, it’s weird but I can’t seem to help it. Okay, I might need some clarification on the exact nature of my dependency because it always seems to go along with pretzels.

So, tonight, the craving was too much. I looked online for pretzel recipes. Although all the ingredients are here in the house, the time to completion would be 2 hours. Yipes! Way too much time. So, it’s time to find another dealer for this craving.

Yes, it’s way frigid outside. The cold front had come in and no one in their right mind was going out. Except for those of us with needs. I found out Target carries the frozen SuperPretzels. I bundled up, put on my gloves, and headed out. Probably only 5 people in Target. But I headed straight to the frozen section. There they were. I splurged and bought two boxes. 12 total pretzels. $4.35. Yes!

Home to the oven. Pretzels soon were warm and toasty. Holy cow! Like a burst of tartness upon my tongue. Mmmm!

Don’t worry trying to help my addiction to condiment that condiment. I know some would like to wean me on to something softer, like cheese, but I’m too far gone.

Go ahead. You need some now. Indulge. Feed that longing for all the mustard-y goodness.

1x1.trans Time for Another Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock

We had such a wonderful time at our first seminar and had to turn some away, so we thought we’d offer another chance to everyone. We’re probably going to limit the numbers on this one (maybe more so than the first), so if you’re interested, book now! Read more…

1x1.trans Remembering That Day... | Lubbock Photographer

Standing there in NYC on 9/11, stunned, not really understanding the full implications. Knowing that people were still in the buildings as we watched them fall. Knowing that I was watching people die and here I stood seemingly safe from less than a mile away. It’s strange. Still haven’t put it all together, what I feel, what I believe changes regularly. Thinking. Remembering.

1x1.trans A Great Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

We had a great time this last Saturday. I took off one of my normal wedding dates and decided to have a “Getting Beyond Automatic” seminar for about 20 great people.

See a previous post for details but I overwhelmed them with everything they needed to know about taking control of their cameras. And guess what? By the end of the day, we’re all shooting in manual mode. We had a great model, Bess Caldwell, with whom we practiced our newfound skills. Thanks Bess! Read more…

1x1.trans Getting Beyond Automatic | Seminar with Lubbock Photographer


Learning How To Take Great Pictures with Mark Umstot Photography


When: Saturday, August 1, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock
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1x1.trans The Craziest Weather This Lubbock Photographer Has Ever Seen

Just 45 minutes ago, I experienced the craziest weather phenomenon I’ve known. I have a bit of a background in meteorology, been in tornadoes, etc. Love studying weather. Read more…

The boat I travel in is called Surrender. My two oars are instant forgiveness and gratitude—complete gratitude for the gift of life. I am thankful for the experience of this life, for the opportunity to dance. I get angry, I get mad, but as soon as I remind myself to put my oars in the water, I forgive.

1x1.trans One Part of the Symphony | Lubbock Photographer

I serve. I do the dance I must. I plant trees, but I am not the doer of this work. I am the facilitator, the instrument. I am one part of the symphony. I know there is an overall scheme to this symphony that I cannot understand. In some way, we are each playing our own part. It is not for me to judge or criticize the life or work of another. All I know is that this is my dance. I would plant trees today even if I knew for a certainty that the world would end tomorrow.

Source: Planting Love One Tree At A Time, from Heron Dance, Issue 11

I have a bit of a meteorology background (one of about 15 zillion hobbies I pursue), by no means am I an expert but weather fascinates me. Lubbock’s weather is actually pretty predictable and earlier today it looked like we were going to have some bad weather. And… we did.

I cut short my previews schedule at the studio and headed home to let our four dogs inside. They tend to panic with this kind of weather. Read more…