@thiswildidea - Theron Humphrey

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We were camping 100 feet from the ocean and almost didn’t make the sunrise business meeting
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We were camping 100 feet from the ocean and almost didn’t make the sunrise business meeting

Some days it feels like I forgot that this is where I was born. The sand and wind and salty air was me. And still there is something sweet about even trying to go home. But we can’t go home, like Steinbeck, I didn’t change with this place. ⁣
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But I’m glad to show Maddie here and I’m grateful for her funny sits and sunsets all the same
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Some days it feels like I forgot that this is where I was born. The sand and wind and salty air was me. And still there is something sweet about even trying to go home. But we can’t go home, like Steinbeck, I didn’t change with this place. ⁣ ⁣ But I’

Y’all don’t even know what it’s like living with this dog. For the past 9 years it’s been constantly cute and I’m the one that has to to deal with wanting to squeeze it all the time
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Y’all don’t even know what it’s like living with this dog. For the past 9 years it’s been constantly cute and I’m the one that has to to deal with wanting to squeeze it all the time

Hm. Apparently this dog does what it wants when it wants. I like its style.
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Hm. Apparently this dog does what it wants when it wants. I like its style.

Pretty big morning over here
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Pretty big morning over here

Everyone gives their dog a bath while taking a shower yeah? Thought so
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Everyone gives their dog a bath while taking a shower yeah? Thought so

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Finally made it home ! Transition from road life to sitting still is always hard at first but it’s so good for me to be in this home and city.⁣
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Next few weeks are gonna be full of all the little photo life details, mostly building out a website and sending out promo cards to agencies Drop me a line if you happen to work at an ad agency and want a card pack! Would be happy to send some your way
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Finally made it home ! Transition from road life to sitting still is always hard at first but it’s so good for me to be in this home and city.⁣ ⁣ Next few weeks are gonna be full of all the little photo life details, mostly building out a website and

Possibly the two sweetest beings to ever have graced us
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Possibly the two sweetest beings to ever have graced us

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Gotta get in those outside naps while ya can
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Gotta get in those outside naps while ya can

A not so fun Colorado thunderstorm sent us towards a hotel last night but now it’s all blue skies and big ears
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A not so fun Colorado thunderstorm sent us towards a hotel last night but now it’s all blue skies and big ears

We got a back porch y’all! These folding stairs are so lovely  I haven’t been letting Maddie jump in and out of the adventure rig for a few moons for the sake of her joints, so being able to just open the door in the morning and she can just trot out on out feels like a dang dream!
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We got a back porch y’all! These folding stairs are so lovely I haven’t been letting Maddie jump in and out of the adventure rig for a few moons for the sake of her joints, so being able to just open the door in the morning and she can just trot out

Making better friends in Nebraska ⁣
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This is likely most difficult photograph I’ve ever taken! It’s also everything I love about photography, a spark of an idea and tons of hard work, and then a 1/60th of a second later it all compacts into a single frame.⁣
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The past few days I’ve been driving through some of the smallest map dots across Nebraska and I’ve truly loved it. These midwestern states don’t get as much love online as the epic mountain peaks and California sun but they are honestly lovely and worth seeing. If you ever have to drive across our amazing country I encourage you to take the smallest of roads, those winding ones that curve with the land, those sort of roads that hit all the little spots you haven’t heard of yet.⁣
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And if by chance you happen to be on the city council in one of those map dots, I’m talking the countless towns with populations of 300 folks, I hope y’all open up to Overlanders! I passed by so many cool abandoned ball fields and such that I would love to have camped at for a night and grabbed a brew in your town but there’s no where legal to stay in your town! I truly believe that’s a low cost way to grow tourism in these little spots, welcome travelers and use land in a fresh way. (Some larger population towns do this already, towns with a chain restaurant, but they often want $15-30/night)
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Making better friends in Nebraska ⁣ ⁣ This is likely most difficult photograph I’ve ever taken! It’s also everything I love about photography, a spark of an idea and tons of hard work, and then a 1/60th of a second later it all compacts into a single

It feels so good to finally have some beautiful camp chairs in my life
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It feels so good to finally have some beautiful camp chairs in my life

Edward Abbey had it so right when he wrote that wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity for the human spirit.⁣
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I hope if y’all take away anything from our little bit of time together over the years is that dogs make life better & public land is worth protecting! Public land is for us all! It’s for us all to project, enjoy, love, and hopefully become better stewards of.⁣
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We can all wake up to views like this because folks before us were wise and knew we had to keep land off the private market. You’d need millions and millions of dollars to get a view like this, but public land is for all! Today we can give thanks that the gate isn’t locked. ⁣
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We must keep protecting what is for all and not the few
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Edward Abbey had it so right when he wrote that wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity for the human spirit.⁣ ⁣ I hope if y’all take away anything from our little bit of time together over the years is that dogs make life better & public land is

We stopped for lunch on some BLM land yesterday that a few cows were munching on and after a few  I couldn’t find Maddie...she def is the sweetest & most stubborn dog ever
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We stopped for lunch on some BLM land yesterday that a few cows were munching on and after a few I couldn’t find Maddie...she def is the sweetest & most stubborn dog ever

Only pizza holder I trust  I adore going into the back country and finding an amazing camping & hiking spots, but some of my favorite moments and images come from the everyday, maybe even the mundane. Like sitting on a stoop eating pizza with friends, hard to beat
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Only pizza holder I trust I adore going into the back country and finding an amazing camping & hiking spots, but some of my favorite moments and images come from the everyday, maybe even the mundane. Like sitting on a stoop eating pizza with friends

Hot sprangin’ with the locals
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Hot sprangin’ with the locals

My best pal @reallykindofamazing has been on a vintage tear recently and just found this amazing rug! I love it so much. I don’t think he’s letting go of this one but a bunch of his collection is over on his Etsy. ⁣
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A few of us in the photo world have been feeling slightly burnt out on creating images for the past few, I mean I’ve been at IG for nearly a decade and shooting professionally since 2005! And before that I was a photo major in 2001! Phew. It’s been amazing and wonderful but also exhausting. Even a one degree shift like my pal getting into vintage hunting feels like new life. My heart is deep for photography but I’m on the hunt for that new fire too. I’m thinking it might look like a fly fishing reel
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My best pal @reallykindofamazing has been on a vintage tear recently and just found this amazing rug! I love it so much. I don’t think he’s letting go of this one but a bunch of his collection is over on his Etsy. ⁣ ⁣ A few of us in the photo world h

Being in California makes me day dream about The Grapes of Wrath, I can almost just barley feel that journey all those Okies took down Route 66 in the hot sun. In all their hard days I hope they found a few sunsets filled with little moments like this. ⁣
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The story of Okies migrating to California is a long and winding one that I can’t type out fully here, I figure most of y’all wizzing by on daily scrolling would nod off! But I can simply say at the time Okies migrants were met with disdain (once the crops were harvested, or too many showed up) but ultimately they injected California with a needed shot of culture. ⁣
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You can thank an Okie today for that beautiful country music that came out of California. Like Merle Haggard to Jon Pardi today
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Being in California makes me day dream about The Grapes of Wrath, I can almost just barley feel that journey all those Okies took down Route 66 in the hot sun. In all their hard days I hope they found a few sunsets filled with little moments like thi

Grateful to be back on life’s journey with my dear friend @jaredchambers. The way this guy sees the world is a gift and him being around makes life better. ⁣And I’m grateful to give him a giant rolling ladder for his amazing photographs. ⁣
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If anyone bumps into this caption I do have a small encouragement today: take a moment a look at yourself in a mirror, look into your own eyes, and tell yourself everything you need to hear. I tell myself that I am enough, I love you, you deserve love.⁣⁣
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I promise you that’s not easy to do but it drops me to my knees every time. When we finally love ourselves we can love others deeply ⁣
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Grateful to be back on life’s journey with my dear friend @jaredchambers. The way this guy sees the world is a gift and him being around makes life better. ⁣And I’m grateful to give him a giant rolling ladder for his amazing photographs. ⁣ ⁣ If anyon

Enjoyed the creative freedom on this project with @Walmart and @BlueBuffalo, and for sure always enjoy the process of capturing Maddie in her element. And I’m def still digging the curb side grocery pickup. Make your order online, pick a time, swing by and grab it. Works great for us! #sponsored #BlueBuffalo #WalmartGroceryPickup
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Enjoyed the creative freedom on this project with @walmart and @bluebuffalo , and for sure always enjoy the process of capturing Maddie in her element. And I’m def still digging the curb side grocery pickup. Make your order online, pick a time, swing

I like when photography can feel more like a poem scribbled down than a documentation of facts. When the light hits the world just right at the end of the day how can I not feel Andrew Wyeth and Steinbeck right there with me?
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I like when photography can feel more like a poem scribbled down than a documentation of facts. When the light hits the world just right at the end of the day how can I not feel Andrew Wyeth and Steinbeck right there with me?

The other night I was wandering down Abbot Kinney heard someone yell my full name out a car window, which felt weird cause folks normally yell Maddie! Or holler at my pal @reallykindofamazing thinking he’s me. But it was my dear friend @amyrad! It’s neat how pathways intersect in the universe when they are suppose to ⁣
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Way back back in 2012 I randomly crossed paths with Amy in Arizona when I was out shooting a 50 state documentary. We’ve been pals since and I deeply enjoy her presence. She’s been a model in a bunch of projects I’ve shot over the years and it’s always a joy to see her. ⁣
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She doesn’t have a cell phone plan so it’s crazy hard to find her, but if wanna be intentional it’s best to just wander around and let the universe connect ya
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The other night I was wandering down Abbot Kinney heard someone yell my full name out a car window, which felt weird cause folks normally yell Maddie! Or holler at my pal @reallykindofamazing thinking he’s me. But it was my dear friend @amyrad ! It’s

Morning commute
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Morning commute

Been a wild ride for my wild heart but I made it to 36! Feels like I only started to wake up 2 years ago, took awhile to find me. If you want to give us anything today give yourself love, gentleness, and healing. I kept that good stuff away from me for way too many years and life is a lot better when you let it in. What protected us as children often doesn’t serve us well today. Trust me, that journey of connecting mind and heart is worth it ⁣
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What are we up to today? Eating banana pudding and pitching TV shows. Feels strange to type that (not the banana pudding, that’s my birthday cake) because I feel like the least LA person ever. But I’m ready to do something totally different and challenging. And if you swirl in the creative world you know everyone is quick with a No but it’s good to put it on the line ⁣
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Here’s sweet reverence all my loved ones
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Been a wild ride for my wild heart but I made it to 36! Feels like I only started to wake up 2 years ago, took awhile to find me. If you want to give us anything today give yourself love, gentleness, and healing. I kept that good stuff away from me f

It’s easy for me to let gentleness slip away, especially towards myself. Feels like that’s why Maddie is so important in my life, feels good to be loved ⁣
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If you’ve never made it Malibu is one of the most magical places in the country. And by all the traffic everyone else feels the same way. But it’s still worth it.
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It’s easy for me to let gentleness slip away, especially towards myself. Feels like that’s why Maddie is so important in my life, feels good to be loved ⁣ ⁣ If you’ve never made it Malibu is one of the most magical places in the country. And by all t

When your best friend brings you the best beer 🦄⁣
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Spending our summer adventuring out West with this delicious new lager (truly a big fan of it) from my friends at @BallastPointBrewing. I highly recommend taking a bite from a grapefruit and then trying this one, stumbled into that combo and it’s a gem. This easy drinking and refreshing craft brew is the quintessential beer for your summer activities  #BallastPointPartner #For21+
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When your best friend brings you the best beer 🦄⁣ ⁣ Spending our summer adventuring out West with this delicious new lager (truly a big fan of it) from my friends at @ballastpointbrewing. I highly recommend taking a bite from a grapefruit and then tr

It’s official! It’s summer
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It’s official! It’s summer

Catching that last bit of light with my pals
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Catching that last bit of light with my pals

Left snowy Telluride yesterday looking for a bit of warmth, haven’t found it yet but I have a feeling in a week we’ll be complaining about it being too hot! ⁣
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Mountain film festival was amazing and beautiful. It’s hard not to leave not feeling inspired. My takeaway: arm yourself only with friendship
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Left snowy Telluride yesterday looking for a bit of warmth, haven’t found it yet but I have a feeling in a week we’ll be complaining about it being too hot! ⁣ ⁣ Mountain film festival was amazing and beautiful. It’s hard not to leave not feeling insp

Slowing down ️
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Slowing down ️

Life and traveling ends up being so much sweeter when I think about all the places I wanna go and create and not all the things I want to avoid
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Life and traveling ends up being so much sweeter when I think about all the places I wanna go and create and not all the things I want to avoid

Morning coffee, editing photos on the lovely 17” #LGgram, and furry hound noses. Good start to the day. For sure have come to appreciate the big screen for editing on the LG #laptop. @lg_tech.it
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Morning coffee, editing photos on the lovely 17” #lggram , and furry hound noses. Good start to the day. For sure have come to appreciate the big screen for editing on the LG #laptop . @lg_tech.it

The joy of camping in the desert is that it is a physical reminder that no man is an island. Thomas Merton said it so well: The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.⁣
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These simple journeys are so important and difficult. It just might be that our greatest challenge in life is to simply show up as ourselves.⁣
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The desert is a good place to think and ramble and be
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The joy of camping in the desert is that it is a physical reminder that no man is an island. Thomas Merton said it so well: The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our ow

Waiting out a surprise Arizona snowstorm! Kinda amazing the places you can find 4G service these days, the closest paved road is a 2 hour drive but for whatever reason there’s a little pocket right here
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Waiting out a surprise Arizona snowstorm! Kinda amazing the places you can find 4G service these days, the closest paved road is a 2 hour drive but for whatever reason there’s a little pocket right here

Something to behold
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Something to behold

Don’t let this face fool you. This dog is a trash can knocking over queen.⁣
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We’re wandering around Overland Expo today, drooling over trucks we can’t afford. Say hi if ya see us
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Don’t let this face fool you. This dog is a trash can knocking over queen.⁣ ⁣ We’re wandering around Overland Expo today, drooling over trucks we can’t afford. Say hi if ya see us

Bye casa  see ya in a couple of months. I hope all the Airbnb guests that float through love it too, it’s such special place right in the city.⁣
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Sadly my upper windows got delayed in production until June, but I’m deeply grateful to have my house fixed and improved. It was a mind blowing amount of work but it’s better than ever and good for a lifetime now. ⁣
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This little slice in the world is so dear to me, I love this place right in the middle of me ️
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Bye casa see ya in a couple of months. I hope all the Airbnb guests that float through love it too, it’s such special place right in the city.⁣ ⁣ Sadly my upper windows got delayed in production until June, but I’m deeply grateful to have my house f

I’m hitting the road today, all those tall mountains out West are calling my name. But for the first time I’m feeling the loss of leaving friends, community, and the South. There was a season in my life that I thought I’d forever roam, forever be single, and never running out of new roads to find and spots to camp. But I truly adore hanging out in Nashville with my dear friend MPJ’s three girls. Being with them and watching them run around my yard for sure has awoken that dad gene in me.⁣
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Warmth and feelings and connection with self has never come easy for me. My nature is hard work, projects, and getting things done. To slow down and sort out how I’m feeling takes an immense amount of energy.  But one of the gifts I’ve found of having the spirit of kids around is it helps me check in with my self more often and for that I’m grateful.⁣
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It’s the right time to hit the road and find new adventures, my bones are craving dusty roads, but it will also be just as sweet to come back home
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I’m hitting the road today, all those tall mountains out West are calling my name. But for the first time I’m feeling the loss of leaving friends, community, and the South. There was a season in my life that I thought I’d forever roam, forever be sin

I’ve always been drawn to fields over golf lawns, a pasture feels like home, so this spring I’ve been throwing out clover seeds to take place of my grass. Bee’s love it, clover needs way less water, and stays green
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I’ve always been drawn to fields over golf lawns, a pasture feels like home, so this spring I’ve been throwing out clover seeds to take place of my grass. Bee’s love it, clover needs way less water, and stays green

Feels good to love each other
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Feels good to love each other

Oh still out here painting! But we’re almost done! And then I never want to paint again
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Oh still out here painting! But we’re almost done! And then I never want to paint again

My fav weird dog  Have y’all watched the Brené Brown special on Netflix? Her words and ideas have slowly been transforming the way I speak to people online and in person. It only takes that 1 degree adjustment in how we approach folks to change the place we land with them
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My fav weird dog Have y’all watched the Brené Brown special on Netflix? Her words and ideas have slowly been transforming the way I speak to people online and in person. It only takes that 1 degree adjustment in how we approach folks to change the p

For our spring adventures I've teamed up with @BlueBuffalo and @Walmart, and we'll be taking advantage of their grocery pickup service as we head out West. I'm real fond of Blue Buffalo's grain-free food for Maddie and we can even order ahead on Walmart’s grocery site and pick it up right in town. Love that Walmart is carrying products that we enjoy ⁣⁣
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#sponsored #Walmart #WalmartGroceryPickup #BlueBuffalo
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For our spring adventures I've teamed up with @bluebuffalo and @walmart , and we'll be taking advantage of their grocery pickup service as we head out West. I'm real fond of Blue Buffalo's grain-free food for Maddie and we can even order ahead on Walm

My house still has a tarp in it! But hopefully my last and correct door is gonna show up tomorrow. If I’m real honest the project was more massive than I envisioned. It’s real easy to say the words that I’m gonna take the entire front of house off, replace wood with steel, and reinstall new gliding doors but to actually dive in and live it out was exhausting. And amazing. And I don’t want to ever do it again! ⁣
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But now my home is all properly supported with steel and it feels so good. And I have MASSIVE 8’ tall sliding doors across the front now, totally transformed my home. And everything is so well sealed and flashing properly done I hope it’s good for the better part of a lifetime.⁣
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This little slice right here is one of my favorite places in the entire world. I don’t like to say I own it, I mean, do we even really own anything? Feels more like we get to be caretakers for the little bit of time we get
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My house still has a tarp in it! But hopefully my last and correct door is gonna show up tomorrow. If I’m real honest the project was more massive than I envisioned. It’s real easy to say the words that I’m gonna take the entire front of house off, r

Ain’t it lovely how beautiful a humble winter cover crop can become?
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Ain’t it lovely how beautiful a humble winter cover crop can become?

Happy to announce a partnership with @LG_tech.it, these days were editing all our photos on their new #LGgram 17” laptop. It's light and bright and it's been fun taking our editing workflow onto a new platform 
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If you see any of the photos we shot out in the world let me know!
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Happy to announce a partnership with @lg_tech.it , these days were editing all our photos on their new #lggram 17” laptop. It's light and bright and it's been fun taking our editing workflow onto a new platform . If you see any of the photos we shot

Who else hates painting? I do so much! I literally have to focus everything in me to do it. I’d rather be outside driving tractors.
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Who else hates painting? I do so much! I literally have to focus everything in me to do it. I’d rather be outside driving tractors.

Alway feel the loss like when I part ways with this fella. Only way I know how to hit pause on life is to take photos along the way. He’s off to shoot some fancy photo project in NYC but I’ll see you again soon G.
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Alway feel the loss like when I part ways with this fella. Only way I know how to hit pause on life is to take photos along the way. He’s off to shoot some fancy photo project in NYC but I’ll see you again soon G.

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