Category Archives: Jen

The Postcard Recreation Project – Teddy Roosevelt

A few months back Jen sent me a text message out of the blue suggesting that I should try to recreate (update) old postcards. It seems like a perfect fit for me, since I might be the last person on the world who really loves postcards and even occasionally sends them and loves to get them (hint! hint!).

I made sort of a test run recently of the Teddy Roosevelt statue in McHose Park. Have a look:


Teddy Roosevelt Statue - McHose Park - Original
The Original

Teddy Roosevelt Statue - McHose Park - Recreation
The Recreation

I’m not going to toot my horn that this was a resounding success. I do have a 100% commitment to the truth, but I did learn a lot from this first run. I’m excited to put this new knowledge to the test in the nearish future.

Dog Face

I have a considerable backlog of images that I need to edit. Part of the problem is that I edit photos in 2 separate distinct locations and it is often difficult for me to figure out what I have edited in one location, but not the other. I have begun the process of mirroring these images in both locations so that I can actually make real head way on my back log. Plus, it should free up some valuable hard drive real estate in both locations.

Not to bore you with too many details, but the first step in this process involves tons or robocopy scripts AND an external hard drive.

And with that, here are some backlog images of Naima from February.


Bunny Tracks

Naima - February 2017

Naima - February 2017

Naima - February 2017

Naima - February 2017

In addition to trying to get a better organizational grasp on my images that are physically in my possession, I’m also trying to get a better organization to my images that are in the SmugMug Gallery.

While it doesn’t help that effort, it is part of a slight re-design of the website. If you’ve been on the website lately you may have noticed some slight changes.

*The base color remains purple. It will always be purple. However, I got rid of some gold and green accent colors and replaced those with a silver and a light blue.
*I completely replaced the old headers with new headers.
*On the homepage, gone is the slide show of recent pictures added to the SmugMug Gallery. It has been replaced with a slide show of images submitted for The Weekly Photo Challenge.

There are some more changes coming, eventually. I’m looking to re-design every page from the About page to the Products page. I might even add a services page where I quote my prices. Like $75,000 to do a wedding on a Saturday that is an Iowa State home game. I hope you don’t think that prices me out of the market.

Here are a look at the current rotating headers on the website:


Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

Header - 2017

In the end, I hope to add about 15 more rotating headers to the slight website redesign.

Won’t Take that Credit; I know Where We Get It; Them Blessings Be Comin’ from God Above

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Rather than my standard picture of an inflatable turkey, thought (with apologies to Lecrae, I’d give thanks for some of the many blessings in my life.

Count it up, count it up, count it up.
Line ’em up, line ’em up, line ’em up.


Bennett 2017 Family Photo
Blessed with a tremendous biological family. Blessed to share DNA and a life with these people.


Blessed to be a part of Olivia’s family. Blessed to learn a new definition of the word “family” from Shorty and Doris.

Mission Trip  - Day 0
Blessed to be a part of an incredible church family. From Youth Group to Methodist Men to the people I see in the pews on Sundays.

Thanksgiving - 2017
Blessed to have a job and double blessed to have a great work family. 7 AM comes pretty early, but so many of the people I work with make the struggle worth the effort.


Blessed to share a life with this band of brothers. Not one of us has any fashion sense, but I’d still take a bullet for any of them.


Blessed to fit in with this band of sisters as well.

Movie Club
Blessed to be able to share my love of weird cinema with like minded individuals once a month.

October 28, 2017
Blessed to be a Cyclone and double blessed to have somebody to share so many trips to Jack Trice (a spiritual place for me) with.


Blessed to have a roof over my head that belongs to me. Blessed that I can extend that roof over friends and family when their life needs it. Blessed that when I say, “Want to help paint by house?” 20+ people show up.


Blessed that friends from past jobs are still important pillars of my current life.

The Howard Children
Blessed that people that aren’t related to me consider me an uncle to them.

August 15, 2017
Blessed to have a car that I can drive out of town and not worry about the tire falling off.


Blessed to have so many people in my life that when I say, “I’m coming to your city”, they say, “You’re staying with us right?”

Tenderloining at Nick's
Blessed to have so many people in my life that fill gaps.

Selfie Project - March 5
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still healthy enough to still ball. Although pretty poorly these days.

Selfie Project - January 27
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still have people in my life that keep me young.

Selfie Project - January 21
Blessed to have people in my life that want to change the world for the better, when I get cynical.

Selfie Project -January 14
Blessed to have art in my life.

May 25, 2017
Blessed to have a beautiful beard. Even if the old guys at my church hate it.


Blessed to have people who will help with projects like this, no questions asked.

Photo of the Day 0003 - May 5, 2014
Blessed to share a life and a domicile with this crazy beast. Teaches me about selfless love every single day.

June 28, 2017
Blessed to have a chance to spread my blessings to others, sometimes, with some of my favorite people.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of my blessings. But I don’t want it to start to sound like I’m bragging.

Valley Lodge is Closed

Since a few people have been asking, I am making a formal announcement.



THERE IS NO CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AKA BENNETT-FEST THIS YEAR!


The reasons are multiple and complicated, but it is probably your fault. If you search your heart, you know it to be true.

So there will be NO:

– Baby Got Rack Award Winning Barbecue
– Hardcore Firetub Action
– Bubbles
– Sidewalk Chalk
– Golden Retriever
– Master’s Playlist
– Cornhole
– Tent
– Stimulating Conversation
– Catching up with old friends
– No photos like the ones below







2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

2016 Birthday Party Photo Booth

Better luck in 2018. I have the idea for that year’s invite. I just need to find some volunteers and some costumes.

A Basic Human Right

If we pretend that I posted this on the day that I’m pretended I posted this picture on, this sign from the Women’s March would be apropos.


A Basic Human Right

There will probably be a big dump of the rest of these photos coming soon. In 2 weeks, I predict.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: Sony SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 70mm
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/160
DATE: 01/21/2017 – 12:21
LATITUDE; 41.59059°
LONGITUDE: -93.60603°
PHOTO ASSISTANTS: Shawn, Jen, Sara, Evie, Layla, and Gretchen
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: WELCOME TO AMERICA by LeCrae from “Anomaly”

Happy International Women’s Day!

I figure that there is no better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with another photo from the Women’s March in Des Moines back in January.


Rebel Women Unite

I love this picture even though the STAR WARS franchise is just one below average to middling movie after another.

If you don’t know what International Women’s Day is, it can be best described thusly:

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

This year the organizers are calling on people to “#BeBoldForChange… to help for a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world.”

Sounds good to me.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: Sony SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 24mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 1/100
DATE: 01-21-2017 – 12:11
LATITUDE: 41.59140°
LONGITUDE: -93.60542°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Gretchen, Evie, Layla, Jen, Sara, and Shawn
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “This Land is Your Land” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings from NATURALLY

Both

Here is another one of my favorite images from the Women’s March back in January.


I Support Both Moms

I’ll probably bust through all those images in a couple weeks when I have some time taken off from work.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 20mm
APERTURE: f/7.1
EXPOSURE: 1/200
DATE: 01-21-2017 – 12:48
LATITUDE: 41.59009°
LONGITUDE: -93.60512°
PHOTO ASSISTANTS: Sara, Shawn, Gretchen, Jen, Evie, and Layla.
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “ALL I HAVE” BY NF from MANSION

You Might as Well Question Why We Breathe

Last Saturday it was my great pleasure to attend the Women’s March in Des Moines with Jen, Sara, Shawn, Evie, Layla, Gretchen and 27,000 other people.

I believe this to my favorite picture from the day. But I’m only getting the editing process going.




I don’t get very political on this blog, but there will be lots of pictures from this March in the future. So I don’t know that things won’t get political from time to time in the future.

Freedom of the Press, right? As long as you own the press.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 70mm
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/160
DATE: 01/21/2017 12:54
LATITUDE: 41.59000°
LONGITUDE: -93.60516°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: The sweet pussy hat that Jen made me.
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “The Struggle” by Tenth Avenue North