October 6, 2010



{Yeah, I know, I just got geeky with you about fonts...guilty as charged. But if you know me, it is so appropriate it is not even funny.}

I don't even know where to start when I talk about the word "grateful". I have so many things I am grateful for : my super-woman wife Callie, my utterly amazing 5 kids, my extended family, my friends, my assistants, my clients, you the readers...the list goes on and on and on and on and on...

I am extremely grateful for my life and all that it entails (and it entails A LOT).

That being said, today is my 35th birthday. As you read this, I am in Park City, conducting the last day of my workshop FILM IS NOT DEAD. I can not think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to share my love of film with others.

Had you told me at the age of 19 when my dear friend, Eriko, put a Canon AE-1 in my hand in Tokyo Japan, that 16 years later this is where I'd be, I'm pretty sure you would have to have had some depends for me. I've had a lot of people ask me what your best year was, and my answer never changes. It is the current year. Each year is better than the last and I am confident that even though 2010 has been the best year of my entire life, 2011 will be even better, followed by 2012 and so on.

So, to celebrate my 35th birthday, I'm giving you the reader a present. Here is how it goes:

I'm giving 35 peeps (YEAH YOU READ RIGHT 35!!!) a 8.5x11 fine art print of their choice from this blog.

To qualify for the print you MUST do the following:

1. comment below with the EXACT image you want (you must put the link to the image in your comment. no link, no free print. and NO I won't choose it for you!)
2. if you are one of the 35 peeps (you'll have to figure that out yourself by reading through the comments), EMAIL me your address of where you want the print shipped to along with said link you put in the comment.

If you are one of the first 35 people to do the 2 things above, viola, a print will magically appear to your house, delivered by a unicorn ridden by a leprechaun.

Said prints will be mailed within 2 weeks and on your walls within 3 :).

I can't thank you all enough for reading/viewing/linking/following/perusing this blog. I truly, truly am grateful.


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Isabel said...

Happy Birthday!! Love your work!


The reeds picture, please that is above the shingled building. =)

Angela said...

I am SO excited! Now I'm glad that I check out your new post everyday! =) Happy Birthday! I hope it's amazing!


I love this image!

missy said...

Oh wow, what a nice thing to do! I love this one!
Happy birthday!!

Anonymous said...

That is such a awesome idea. Big 35 Happy Birthday.


Courtney said...

Surely can't have made the 35, but I love the 4th to last shot on this post:

happy birthday from the mangums! (back in '05 you shot our wedding-- still huge fans!)

aaronsbjames said...

We love the one on the right! Happy birthday!


Rhonda said...

Happy happy birthday! Hope you have a great day! :)


I totally dig the 'do not climb on railing' picture.

Lindsey Orton said...

I tried leaving a comment earlier but for some reason it didn't post.
I would love this shot: http://canlasphotography.blogspot.com/2010/09/2-views-of-nyc.html (the second one)

Happy birthday!

Ksenia said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

This is so nice of you to do. This image makes me happy: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_fHt1JYhaJAE/SxfykxthtbI/AAAAAAAAj10/1BcmeVVMKoU/s1600-h/10.jpg

it was hard to pick.

david crandall said...

Holy Crap! I can't believe how many comments there are. I guess I am not getting a free print.

Jen Berry said...

Happy 35th!!!!
What a generous gift.

The last photo in this post of the
ocean waves is powerful and inspiring:

Thank you for the opportunity.

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

I love that last photo of your beautiful dog :)

Sarah said...

I looked and looked for the horse picture that you took in Santaquin! Couldn't find it, but I know it was one of the ones you did for the benefit for sarah...hope you had a fantastic birthday! Love you!

Shannon said...

happy birthday! you are an amazing photographer, I love reading your blog and seeing your work. keep it up!
(the one on the left, of the shed)

justine | lovemaki said...

ooh! you have the same birthday as my 2 year old! and funny, i'm doing a giveaway in my blog too (of course, it's not as exciting as yours).
it's a sign! you have to pick me:P

i want this one:


the giraffe pls!!!!

happy birthday jonathan! libras are the best!

ryan hoffman photography said...

Happy B-Day

I would love the second shot of NYC with the bridge. Stunning exposure.


KatieNealPhoto. said...

Judging from the fact that I'm comment #217 I'm not even gonna include a link (and about 150 or more of the most recent commenters must've not paid attention that they'd have to be one of the first 35??). But this is a rad flippin giveaway. So cool of you! You're gonna make all those peeps want to shoot film once they see it printed!!

Unknown said...


I love the one with the Farris wheel in it.

Adam Sitcoscy said...

Happy Birthday! Love your stuff. If I'm still a candidate, I'd love one from:

It's the 4th pair down; the one on the left. The statue looking up to the building. Thanks!

Ashley Gillett said...

Happy Birthday!

I choose the Jesus statue photo. :)


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