I am a photographer.
I am a writer.
I am a storyteller.
I am a "Curious George" (as my wife would tell you, worried that every mystery will send me to Google to resolve)
I am a Gratitudaholic.
I am a free Spirit, that LOVES to know that all things are in order, so that I can tune into my instincts and follow the wind while not working.
- As a retail manager, I discovered my inner-industrial-engineer. A systems junkie, I eliminated every time-sucking task that prevented me from getting home to my life.
- As a photographer, my primary function has been to see deeper into the story of my subjects. Beyond "what they look like" and deeper into who they really are.
- As a parent, I get to share the benefits of organization so that my kids have more time to play. Eliminating distractions for a balanced life that allows them to flourish in their future.
- As a writer and speaker, I enjoy pulling these worlds together to show you that you are not psychotic! We're all overwhelmed with "#1 Priorities" that can fill a page on our "To-Do List".
Okay - I'm also a happy, loving husband, parent of five kids (combined), that is active in my community with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and using my gifts to help entrepreneurs thrive. (often, just by eating at their restaurants)
In sum, I am a Gratitudaholic, unafraid of the Ultimate Graduation from this life of educating myself into all that I can learn while I'm in human form.
I hope you will find something of use on this site, to help you do the same.
CLARITY THROUGH RETROSPECT:
"We are either be pushed by pain, or pulled by a vision." - Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith
At 15 I had mowed nearly every lawn in my neighborhood on the outskirts of Pendleton Oregon. By 16, I earned enough to buy my first car (I confess a green Chevy Vega wagon). It was big enough to load my mower and reach more lawns, as well as my new primary job in a grocery store.
This is where I discovered my inner industrial engineer.
Redundant tasks, disorganization, and other inefficiencies drove me crazy enough to work off-the-clock (shh) to reorganize work-spaces to maximize on time. My goal was not to be better than anyone, it was more selfish than that by far. My passion for photography was so strong, that I just wanted to get out of work faster to allow more time doing the things I really enjoyed.
This behavior started earning me more hours, more money, and journeyman wages by the time I was 19. My college savings bonds and savings had been used to help my family. I attended a few classes at Blue Mt. Community College in hope to help me clarify my direction. Motion picture, psycholog and photography were my only career interests.
Motion Picture: A road trip to Hollywood in 1983 ruled out motion picture after watching a pimp smacking around a hooker just outside of the school.
Psychology: As much as I loved this study in high school, I felt I had too many of my own problems to overcome. It just didn't feel right to buy the education, when perhaps all I needed was the service! A few female friends referred to me as BriAnne Landers, for always having the right answers for them at the right time, but for my Self... It was always easier to see things for others than it was for my own person. I was extremely introverted, LOVED to listen, and then play back what seemed obvious - always wondering where the wise words came from, after discovering they were helpful.
Photography: At an impressionable age of 16, I was told to "never turn your hobby (photography) into a career, because then you'll have to do it, and won't enjoy it any more" Not raised around the principles of civil disobedience, I allowed that advice to keep photography on-the-side while I continued to pursue.
Enter Louis M. Ver Baere, photographer extraordinaire!..