Thanks for taking a picture of me Jana! You are amazing!



Well, it's me of course! Hi, I'm Scott, just an ordinary guy who loves life and all the little nuances that it brings! Simply put, I'm a father to a wonderful son, a husband to a beautiful wife, and an amateur photographer who enjoys looking at the world through a piece of glass! I took up photography a couple of years ago, after having gastric bypass surgery. Since 12/07, I have lost 180 pounds, but found a real passion for documenting life with my camera. I could say that the big names out there have inspired me, and they have, But my true inspiration comes from the people I meet everyday who share the same thoughts and zeal I have for photography. We are truly blessed with some really great photographers around Nashville. So, what are you waiting for.... ...grab a camera, snap some pics, and enjoy life to the fullest!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A walk in the ...

What a beautiful weekend we have had here in Tennessee! Yesterday morn, I was awakened by a cute little cardinal siting outside my window whistling, "Wake up Scott, come and take my picture".

As much as I wanted to sleep, I got up and went outside. I did sleep in though, I did not get up until 5:00!
At that point, I knew I needed to go somewhere, I just did not know where! Then I remembered all the hoopla on TV this week about Bells Bend and the Maytown community!

So off I went, with camera and protein coffee in hand.

When I found the park, the sun had not yet risen. Fog covered the area, and I thought the morning would be a total waste! Little did I know!

The sun finally rose and I could see the dew on the spiderwebs. What a magical experience! Majestic is the only word I could use to describe what was surrounding me!

To be surrounded by a symphony of praise from the areas inhabitants was refreshing! No one was worried about weight loss or regain. No one was complaining about their fellow co-workers. No one was complaining period. Well, maybe this one guy who found me intruding on his domain.

I guess the best thing that came out of yesterday was the refreshing spirit that only nature can bring. Oh yeah, I did get lost and my trusty pedometer said I walked 4.5 miles over the hills and through the woods to grandmothers house I went! I definitly could not do that a year and a half ago!

Click here for the entire set of photos:

Have a great day!


When you look at the following picture, what do you see?

Do you see white dots, or black dots? Or do you see both?

Now, when you look at this before and after picture, what do you see?

Do you see a guy who has lost a lot of weight? Do you think this guy is the perfect weight loss patient? Maybe you see someone who is eating all the right things. Someone who puts a lot of thought into what he eats? I see something totally different than you...I promise!

Visual perception is something that all of us suffer from. In the first picture with the black squares, did you know there are only white circles. The black ones are tricks, that our minds eye plays on us!

The same can be said by my picture!

You see someone who has lost a lot of weight. You see someone who thinks about what goes in my pouch. I only wish that were true! You see, I have gained a few pounds back. Like I said a few weeks ago, I’m happy where I’m at, but I have to be very careful!

In the past few months, old habits have re-surfaced. From what I’m hearing from friends, this is happening to them as well! The bad thing is, they are afraid to seek some help. They’ re afraid that people would point their finger and say, “See, I told you so”. The problem is, they are right! And the really unfortunate aspect is, the people pointing fingers are the ones who should know better! Friends who have had weight loss surgery themselves!

Support is something we all need. We need it when we are climbing that mountain of weight loss, but we also need it when we have crashed in the valley below! We need support to cheer us on, but also to build us up!

Right now, I need support and prayers to help me stay on the straight and narrow. I’ve not come to far to just give up and head in the wrong direction! I guess what I’m really trying to say is this…the next time Charlie Rich starts singing “Behind Closed Doors”, I need to open that door quickly! I don’t need to be a perception puzzle, my life needs to be an open book! No more hiding behind closed doors and eating junk!

I think it's time to be honest, I need an accountability partner! Any takers?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ren Fest Pics...ENJOY!

TN Renaissance Festival 2009
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

The story of Betsy and Betty! Czechoslovakian Sisters!

I really am proud of this boy!

When he started playing cello I was kind of taken back. Here was this boy who loved him some football. I mean his exact words were, "I get to hit something when I'm mad, and I don't get into trouble". Then at the beginning of school year he brings home Betsy, a mid-sized cello!

Now, the story of how Betsy came home is really cute! At RJ's school, they have extra-curricular activities that you can sign up for. Since football season was in full swing, he decided to sign up for inter-mural flag football. Well, when he got to the head off the line, the teacher looked at him and said, "WOW, you have the best hands I've ever seen!" RJ immediately asked, "You mean I can carry the football?" "I'm too big to carry the football on my other team, this is great!" Boy, was he excited!!!!
The teacher looked at him with only those eyes a confused teacher can have. You know the type of look I'm speaking of. It's that look when they ask you something like... "What do you mean your dog ate your homework?" You get the picture, but her response something like..."No honey, not for football, but for the cello!" Hence, along came Betsy!

Now at Christmas, things became a little stranger. RJ received something you would not believe. A gift from his grandparents that he politely and quickly named Betty! That's right, Betsy's big sister, a full sized cello named Betty!

Hey, wait a minute, where did my smash mouth playing, tackle making, line blocking son, who we called "TANK JR", go?
That's right, he is now playing cello all the time. He proclaimed to us that his arm and wrist hurt too much when he was playing football. So he's decided to take up cello full time.
He will be taking private lessons this summer, along with attending a 3 week strings camp put on by Metro Schools!

I know I've said it before, but I'm gonna say it again...I really am proud of this boy!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

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Incoherent ramblings of an "Amusement Park Wannabe"!

I guess I had the worst day since my weight loss surgery on Friday.

I had the privilege, nay the pleasure, or better yet, the "experience" of chaperoning 150 fifth graders to Beech Bend amusement park on Friday. Now, I only had 2 kids to wrangle, but this is what the teacher told me..."Your 2 kids are like 15, GOOD LUCK!"
The bad part, one of them was mine!

I had no problem with the boys! I guess you can say the only mishap of the day was when RJ and Will decided to see who could get the bloodiest cut on thier head while driving go-carts! That's a whole nother story that involves the first aid trauma center and blood! But I digress, Will won and recieved a new Beech Bend shirt for his troubles. Although he wanted to wear his "bloody shirt" as badge of honor!

These are my 2, RJ & Will!

After the second thrill ride, I called my wife. Click here for what she shared with my weight loss buddies!

I can say this, I pulled out my best Gloria Gaynor impersonation and started singing.

I did survive, barely! The boys laughed till they cried, the parents commiserated, and the park employees were ready with mop and bucket if needed! Luckily, that did not happen!

I did get extremely woozy, and turned a few shades of green, pink and purple! The good news is I did not share my breakfast with the people to my right, left, above or below me!

I really would like to blame how I was feeling on my weight loss surgery. It just seems a natural explanation! Dr Dyer must have removed that portion of my anatomy that allows me to be turned, twisted, and tumulted at ungodly speeds, when he did my surgery. Or maybe my pouch just couldn't handle going one direction when my body went another?

Unfortunately, I must confess, I believe that "old age" has finally caught up with me. Now I know there are others that are older than me, who can do all of this without experiencing extreme nausea, good for you! I'll let you chaperon the next trip to an amusement park!?

Until then, let me show you what a 50 year old gastric bypass patient looks like after riding just "2" thrill rides:

All I can say is time I'll sit on a bench under a shade tree holding the purses!

I'm a wimp!!!!!!!
C Ya!