Man Proposes to Woman 148 Times. She Notices Once.

Ray Smith of Grimsby, UK knew he wanted to marry his longtime girlfriend, Claire Bramley. He also knew he wanted the marriage proposal to make an impression. “Originally the plan was to get engaged…in a hot air balloon. But then we found out the news that the little baby was coming along, so that put a spanner in the works.” –Ray Smith So instead of renting a balloon, Smith made a laminated card that read Will You Marry Me X-heart-X, carried it with him everywhere, and under the pretense of documenting the pregnancy, used it to clandestinely photo bomb his own selfies. For five months. He also loaned the card to family and friends and asked them to do the same. The plan wasn’t without its risks: like, who doesn’t want to see the picture after it’s taken? Claire did. So Ray would take a couple, then show her a redacted version. So fun. The long windup started in June, with Ray proposing Christmas Day. Here’s to a redemption of the selfie, and Congratulations to both! See the lovely tribute video that Ray put together (including all 148 photos) at the bottom of the page here, as well as an interview… Continue reading Man Proposes to Woman 148 Times. She Notices Once.

How Mylio Helps Keep This Photographer’s Work and Life Balanced

Our Story: My wife Caroline and I run Quiver Tree Photography, based in Washington, North Carolina. We weren’t always in the photography business – we were doing missionary work in Scotland when we got married, then moved back to my native South Africa to start a non-profit. That’s when taking pictures  started being more than just documenting our growing family: when you run a non-profit, you’re the CEO, you’re the Secretary, and unless someone else steps up to do it, you’re the photographer, too. By the time we moved back to North Carolina, we were, to be brutally honest, struggling financially. I needed to make something work to put food on the table for my family. Fortunately, a professional photographer invited me to second shoot a wedding, and on the strength of that experience, my wife and I decided to start Quiver Tree. We jumped in with both feet, opening a gallery, and offering lifestyle sessions — basically chasing two- and three-year-olds around in the humidity, trying to capture something. (Being from South Africa, I’ve had plenty of practice shooting wildlife in the heat. This was a lot like that). Things were tight at first. If you’d asked me then… Continue reading How Mylio Helps Keep This Photographer’s Work and Life Balanced

Back On Great Daddy’s Beach

My great-grandfather — Great Daddy to me — was the owner of the general store in Louisville, Alabama, and spent his weekends at the fishing cabin he built with his brother a couple hours east in Grayton Beach, Florida. That area’s called the ‘Redneck Riviera’ now, but in spite of (or maybe because of) the unfavorable nickname, this quiet little beach town made for the perfect family refuge. This is where Great Daddy taught his daughter — my grandmother — how to swim, water ski, and catch blue crabs. This is where my grandmother relaxed with her own children. This is where my parents fell in love; it’s where my husband and I recently got married. That’s me on the beach with Great Daddy, though I surely don’t have an actual memory of the day. Still, I’ve looked at the photo so many times that I’ve recreated it in my mind: That summer, the shoreline was so flat you could walk out for yards without having to swim. I’d just learned to run, and was chasing the beach ball towards the water. Smitten by my excitement, Great Daddy followed me into the water, still wearing his dress shoes and slacks.… Continue reading Back On Great Daddy’s Beach

Before-and-After Street Portraits 40 Years in the Making

All through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, paramedic and amateur street photographer Chris Porsz roamed Peterborough, England, capturing images of working-class locals who caught his eye. “My favourite style is candid, that is natural and unposed where possible. Mainly people, old characters with weathered faces, walking sticks up against the elements and adversity. I would mainly roam the city centre, where there was lots of activity… this great cosmopolitan mix, rich with characters that make great photos.” –Chris Porsz Without meaning to, Porsz had been documenting a social record, and in 2009 decided to see whether he could track down some of his subjects, and see where the arcs of their lives had taken them. Which sounds like an impossible task: find subjects from hundreds of candid street portraits, persuade them to pose again – in the same location – then tell their stories. It took seven years. The result: his new photo book Reunions, which includes the stories behind the pictures as channeled through writer Jo Riley — stories of growing up, growing apart, and, above all, change. “It has been enormously satisfying to do so many reunions and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they met up… Continue reading Before-and-After Street Portraits 40 Years in the Making

These 54 Vintage Puppy Pictures Are Just What the Doctor Ordered

Times are troubled. And though we’re actually not doctors (not even on Halloween), we have seen, first-hand, the remarkable healing properties of puppies. So here’s a vintage, virtual assortment — from times of war, epidemic, and hungry, dustbowl hardscrabble — from which to take your pick. See all the smiles? Images via Vintage Everyday

Ode to the Photographers Who Risk Life and Lens to Get the Shot

So here’s a little love song, in pictures, to all the professionals, the hobbyists, the amateurs, and the friends-of-the-happy-couple-with-the-nicest-camera who do what it takes to get the shot on one of the most drama-filled days of anyone’s life. Yours is the gift that will long outlast the Cuisinart; may your eye be clear, and your batteries be ever fresh.   Images via Bored Panda

From Kitchen to California: How Mylio Keeps My Family Connected

My Story: I’m a Microsoft software engineer who uses Mylio to keep my family connected via photo sharing. I’ve been tracking Mylio from the start because a good friend of mine, JP Duplessis, is part of the company. So I’ve been using the product from its first Beta up until today – giving lots of feedback, and loving it all along. At first, it was just me using Mylio on a single PC, mainly because I was tired of the old, boring, feature-limited Windows photo apps. The family connection came because I desperately needed Mylio to solve a problem common among tech-savvy households: syncing information across multiple devices with multiple platforms. My wife uses Apple products, my son is on Android, and I’m on Windows, Android, and Linux. So you can see our challenge. For the longest time, I couldn’t get photos from my wife. Sharing from iCloud was out since she doesn’t believe in using the cloud, and doesn’t use Facebook either. Then, she lost the photos on her MacBook – twice!  — once when her laptop crashed, the second time when it was stolen. That was a wakeup call!  Oh man, I thought, I gotta get our photos… Continue reading From Kitchen to California: How Mylio Keeps My Family Connected

Transforming a Passion to a Hobby to a Job with Mylio

My Story: On the face of it, I’m a pretty successful photographer — I have a number of clients here in Switzerland, including professional sports teams. My work is published, I put together custom, one-of-a-kind photo books, and people come to me to buy images for their homes and offices. But the truth is that I have a day job (I’m a Worldwide Channel Manager in the IT Industry), and photography is my hobby. A hobby that keeps me very busy. It started to get serious when I bought myself a really nice camera for my 40th birthday. I was in love with photography as soon as I saw the pictures that Zeiss lens produced, and wanted to learn more about the craft. A year later, a neighbor suggested I enter a photo contest for a local foot race; my photo won first prize for ‘Ambience and Emotion’! That was just the beginning. At one point I’d advanced to taking pictures of the local Junior soccer team, and someone (Scott Kelby, to be exact) suggested I propose shooting for the professional team. I requested a credential for one game, but was refused: the team owners said they’d rather I shoot… Continue reading Transforming a Passion to a Hobby to a Job with Mylio

15 Whimsical Before And After Photos of Mothers-to-Be

Our time lapse series, inspired by the wormhole-like possibilities of our Life Calendar, explores the magical intersection between time and photography. Pregnancy is a particularly, well, fruitful kind of time-magic; a point these images, brought to you by the folks at Bored Panda, plainly deliver.  

Goodbye Buddy: Touching First and Last Photos of Beloved Pets

Though we burn a fair number of brain cells here at Mylio thinking about how to make great photos, every so often we’re reminded that a technically great photo is kind of beside the point. Golden hours and yummy bokeh aside, photos are at their most powerful when they capture pivotal or pregnant moments. And when these small moments expand — say with time, or reflection on what-we-know-now-that-we-didn’t-then, well, that power only grows. Photos of beginnings and endings have this power in spades. And if you can span time and bookend the two, you get spades squared. Here are 19 examples of that effect in action, 19 first-and-lasts, brought to us by The Dodo: “I had to put my first dog down last week after 14 years of wonderful companionship. RIP Docker.” “Our beautiful bossy Cassie died suddenly three years ago today. We still miss her.” “My dog passed away yesterday. These are the first and last pics of her … “ “Our first day and last day together.” “The first and last picture of my cat, Steve Holt! I’ll miss you so much, buddy.“ “Thirteen years ago when I first met my dog. Here he is at the park. We took him one last time and let… Continue reading Goodbye Buddy: Touching First and Last Photos of Beloved Pets