If you looked up wisdom in the dictionary you would find this photo next to it. Tim hails from the great state of Colorado with a heart as big as the rockies and an appetite for smoked meat and good whiskey. In fact, the first time I ever tasted scotch was with Tim on his back porch. Tim, along with his beautiful wife Laurie, have been journeying with my wife and I for about three years now. Our relationship is like fine wine, it only gets better with age. If there is one thing I have learned along the way knowing Tim it would be this; the keys to the kindgom aren’t found in any book, building or bullet-point list, but only in people.
Aaron is a wonderfully talented musician/songwriter, but that doesn’t define Aaron. Aaron is a great visionary. He sees this world in a greater way. He has such a heart to help and serve people. I remember when my wife and I hosted Aaron, along with Karla and Gary Adolphe, last year and I got a chance to listen to Aaron talk about a new season of life and all the questions and struggles that come along with hearing the Lord through it all. I remember sitting across the table at a tiny breakfast joint in Denver sharing pancakes and delicious coffee talking about life and all the beautiful things God is doing. This photo was taken shortly after that meal.
This photo was taken on the day I first met Mo back in January during my travels to San Francisco. I think we had met through our mutual friend Paul Octavious on the Instagrams. Like me, Mo is a designer by trade, but his eye is well trained for some beautiful picture taking. Riding around the city that day with Mo was one of my best memories I have from that trip. From the top of twin peaks to eating sushi to the gorgeous sutro baths along the coast, Mo was the perfect photo tour guide. His passion for people really shines through his work. I am happy to have Mo as a friend, and am very excited about working together with him in the future.
I want to introduce you to one of my dearest friends. Matt is really more like a brother to me though. We have now known each other for more than half our lives. Through every major change in my life (from the military to getting married) Matt has been there. Matt is one of those guys who can do anything. He is super encouraging and motivating, but he is also full of love and compassion. Matt is the brains behind team Folly. Best of all, Matt is a soon to be father. I am excited for him in this new journey of uncharted territory that awaits him, but if I know Matt I know he’ll make for one heck of a great father.
We Are 1976
It’s been over a year now since I first met Vynsie. It must’ve been the end of 2010 because I was still wrapping up my 52 Profiles project. I had gone in to the shop to introduce myself and leave some flyers for my upcoming show. But that was just the beginning. Since my first visit to the shop I knew it was something special. The people and all the great art keep me coming back. Just this past September I was invited to be a part of their “Fallout” gallery opening. Vynsie is truly awesome. Her love for art and the artists shines through in the shop. She has a huge heart for local art(ist). Vynsie’s brother Derek is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. He’s just one of those guys that makes you feel welcome and want to come back again. Jully is the quiet one, but don’t let that fool you. She is equally as awesome. If you live in Dallas and haven’t been by the shop, do yourself a favor and go visit them. You can also follow them on twitter @weare1976.
I don’t really know Jeremy that well. In fact this photo was taken only the first time ever meeting him. But I can say this about Jeremy, he doesn’t feel like a celebrity. His heart is grounded. Listening to him talk about his adventures and the doors that have been opened to him was like sitting around the dinner table at a family reunion. Now you can only tell so much about a person the first time you meet them, but I feel like Jeremy is the real deal. We are all books with intricate story lines and typos. I only got to read the introduction of the book that is Jeremy Cowart. Maybe one day I’ll get to read a little more. Until then, you and I can both follow along with him on twitter @jeremycowart.
It must’ve been a Wednesday night, that’s usually when church has youth/college group, and that was the first time I remember meeting Nathan. That was 2001. Fast forward 10 years later and we’re hanging out eating pizza in Chicago. The past ten years had brought about many changes in our lives, but we still remained in contact through it all. That’s what I love about Nathan, he’s committed. To work. To life. To love. Watching him progress over the past decade has been a true joy to watch. If you have’t seen his work already, don’t delay, check it out. And while you’re at it, go ahead and follow him on twitter @nathanmichaelis.
Where do you begin with someone like Tim Coons? For one he’s a musical genius. I remember the first time I heard the rough cuts of his “Chair and Microphone” album my jaw dropped. His voice is so uniquely refreshing. But it wasn’t until I met him face-to-face 8500 feet above sea level in Divide, Colorado the summer of 2010. I think that’s when the real magic happened. Getting to meet his wife, Betony, and daughter, Lucy, was a real joy. Tim’s affection for his family is inspiring. You can really tell they support each other living out the dreams of their hearts. So if you’re tired of the same old tunes on the radio then please do yourself a favor and check out Tim’s music. You can follow along with him on twitter @timbo30.
Light-hearted. Whimsical. Passionate. These are a few words that come to mind when I think about my friend Sara. We met through a mutual friend when she came to my house to photograph me for her “People I Know” series. Since then we’ve had the chance to hang out a couple times. She was part of our mini instameet a couple months ago. This photo was taken inside the Bishop Arts District after an afternoon of good food, conversation and dreaming up a future collaboration. If you haven’t seen Sara’s work yet, I highly recommend you check it out and follow her on twitter @sarakerens.
Fewer friends I’ve met who are insanely genuine as Andrew here. I remember the first time I met him I didn’t know it was him. We were all just hanging out at a friends house who was brewing a new batch of beer. Funny the things you choose to remember. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that we met up to ride our bikes in the aftermath of a Texas-sized thunderstorm. Our backs, and bikes, were soaked in the grit and grime off the street. But the ride home that evening was cool and calm as we got a chance to talk and know one another. The morning this photo was taken I met Andrew for some coffee and the best breakfast tacos in town. I am excited about getting to work with Andrew on some future projects. Follow him on twitter @andrewshepherd.