One of the luckiest parts of my role here at +onOne Software is getting to work with photographers whom I’ve admired for a long time. More often than not, I get to develop a personal friendship with them. I consider myself very fortunate to call folks like +RC Concepcion, +Matt Kloskowski and +Scott Kelby personal friends despite our friendships forming through more business-ey channels.

The other day, Canon Explorer of Light, Ken Sklute, came by the office and we were heading out to dinner. Now, I’ve been a long time admirer of Ken’s work, specifically his time-lapse and Infrared compilations. I mentioned that there is a pretty cool view of the city and Mt Hood (on a clear day) from the balcony of OHSU. His eyes lit up and he asked if I could take him there. How could I not oblige?

I originally planned to shoot with Ken and my good bud, +Jeffrey Yen, but it never happened due to a long day at the office. Still, Ken was resolute and we managed to dart out to the OHSU balcony for a quick 20 minute shoot before returning back to the office for more work. It was a looooong day.

In the end, as I was driving home, I reflected on how lucky I am. I enjoy to be retrospective, even if it’s just looking back a day or two. I think it’s healthy to take stock of all the good things we have in life, especially when the world appears to be so chaotic.

I don’t share this for any boastful reason. I share it because I think it’s so important to simply appreciate what you have in your life. It’s easy to see all of the amazing work and adventures that everyone shares here on G+. It’s easy to fall into a trap of beating yourself up over not being able to get that shot or visit this place. But what it boils down to is, what do you end up doing with the things that you have in your control?

What I try to remind myself is that things can always be better…. but you can be damn sure that they can be a lot worse, too. Ride the highs, tough out the lows, and do what you can to be a good person. Other than that, don’t forget to pay your taxes. :)

Life is nice, no?

In album Pic Picks Over The Years (111 photos)

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