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…just because you want to

Sometimes, as a photographer, it’s ok to shoot something just because you want to.

Wait. It’s MORE than ok. Sometimes, as an artist, it’s NECESSARY to capture something just because you want to.

One of the most important things about our partnership is our ability to tell each other what we need… in life, in art, in our business. I’ve been blessed that Mack has ALWAYS done whatever he had to do to help me get what I needed. So when he said, “Hey, I’m going to stand out in the cold all night to capture this star-pattern image I have in my head, but it means I’ll have to sleep on the drive to San Antonio the next morning”… well, it’s a no brainer. I’m happy to be his chauffer for a change, if it means he’s this giddy-excited about the creative process.

And then, the next morning, when he showed me what he accomplished?? WHOA. I’m hoping you’ll have the same jaw-on-the-floor reaction I did. 🙂

(This is a composite of 200 30-second exposures over 90 minutes. The stars moving in their natural patterns, with their actual real-life colors. SO COOL.)

Sometimes, in photography, it’s important to just do something because you want to.

Wait… did I say “photography”?

I mean LIFE.

  1. Geanna Chisholm

    March 12th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Yep, my jaw hit the floor….and I actually tripped over it. Way to go Mack!!

  2. maggie

    March 12th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    so stinkn cool. way to go mack.

  3. Amber B.

    March 12th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Jaw hit the floor and I had to pick it back up!! That’s truly amazing!! Way to go! I’m sharing this blog so others can see how cool y’all are!!

  4. Emma

    March 12th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    What makes this photo even better (which is difficult) is that it was taken in Erath County! 🙂

  5. Marybeth

    March 12th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Wow! I did not see that coming. I was expecting some pics of the night sky. Incredible!

  6. Amy

    March 12th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I have been sitting at my desk speechless trying to figure out what to say about this picture, awesome, fantastic, PHENOMINAL!!!! I love it! Way to go Mack

  7. Caty

    March 12th, 2013 at 11:44 am


  8. Danielle

    March 12th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    That’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! I kinda (ok, I REALLY) want this in my house! Awesome idea, Mack!

  9. Mandaroo

    March 12th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Seriously, that’s absolutely amazing! God is amazing to have created something so beautiful!

  10. Angie

    March 12th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    This is SO neat!

  11. megan gray

    March 12th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    wow. just….. wow.

  12. megB

    March 12th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Dude. I saw a sneak of this last week on Eric’s IM – but holy WOW this is awesome! I don’t even begin to understand how in the world (or out of this world?!) you did this, but I’m SO glad there are people like you/y’all who have the vision and talent to make beautiful things like this. KU-DOS.

  13. Sarah

    March 12th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Totally awesome and very groovy.

  14. Nicole

    March 12th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Mack…two words…YOU ROCK!

  15. Tiffany

    March 13th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    That is stunning!!

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