To Cold for the Heater

To Cold for the Heater

It is too cold for the heater.  My little 1500W heater normally keeps my office quite warm.  However, today, it just can’t put out enough heat to combat the 7 to 12 degree cold outside.

I have a portrait session at 2pm so I started the big heater in the studio early.  It too was struggling to get things warmed up.  This is a bad cold snap and I’ll be happy when temperatures get back to normal.

I don’t mind working in the cold as long as my toes and fingers are warm.  However, I don’t want my clients to feel uncomfortable.  It makes for a bad experience if you’re shivering or have goosebumps.  It doesn’t make for a good portrait.

The Session

The session was fun.  Matt and Becca put a lot in to their wardrobe and planning.  Becca’s hair style was PERFECT, and Matt looked like a General Authority from the 1950s.  I hope they had as much fun as I did.

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Matt and Becca Baker

Matt also bought a fedora to wear.  Boy, when he put that on I thought I was looking at Harold B. Lee (without the glasses).

I looked at a lot of 1940-1950 pictures of movie stars (like Bogart and Bacall) to get ideas for the poses and lighting.  This next one is one of my favorites…

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Matt and Becca Baker

Israel Calling

Israel Calling

Do I hear Israel calling?  I do.  I hear Israel calling my name, “Come to me… Come to me…”

So, I’m going.

I have some wonderful friends.  Some how it was assumed I was going to be somewhere, or something, but anyway, I’m pleased with what happened.  Here it is in a nutshell…

John comes to pick up some portraits.  He says, “I understand you’re going to be joining us in Israel.”

Me:  I am?  (I’m really kind of confused at this point because I had written it off for early 2017.)

John then got confused and I basically told him I would if I could swing it.  Then, a couple hours later Matt calls, “Hey, buddy,” (which is how he always starts his conversations with me).  He then apologized for any confusion and invited me to join them in Israel.

I asked him to email their itineraries and if I can, I will.

Good Fortune on my Side

Good fortune is on my side.  I give God credit.  (And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments. — D&C 59:21)

When I checked the other day, the week was sold out at the one hostel.  Not only did they have a room, it was about 1/3rd the price.  The same thing happened with the other hostel.  Then, when I went to book a flight, while it was a tad bit more than before, the savings on my lodging more than made up for the difference.

I’m so excited!!!

One of My Plans

One of my plans while I’m there is to take some of my Book of Mormon Action Figures (Lehi, Nephi, Laman, Lemuel) and photograph them at various locations in the Holy Land.  While this may sound strange to you, I’m jazzed about it.

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Lehi, Laman and Lemuel

I don’t plan to do a lot of them, just a few.  After all, most of the Book of Mormon stories take place here.  It’s only a few that take place in the Holy Land.

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker

We just returned home from the temple when the phone rang.  It was Becca Boulware informing us that Heidi Baker passed away a few minutes earlier.  I talked to Matt, Heidi’s husband, and he invited me over to help give him a priesthood blessing.

I got there and found Matt, Sarah, DD and Sue Harris there along with Becca and her sister (DD’s daughters).  Understandably, Matt was quite torn up.  We sat around and talked until Don (one of Matt’s co-workers) came over with his wife and son, Noah.

Don, DD and I gave Matt a blessing.  Around that time the guys from the funeral home arrived.  They were loading Heidi’s body in to the hearse as I was leaving.

About Heidi

From her obituary…

Palmyra: Passed away, with her family by her side, on Tuesday evening March 21, 2017 at the age of 50. Heidi was born to James and Georgia “Smith” Hippen in Murray, Utah on June 30, 1966. She is predeceased by a nephew. She is survived by her spouse Matthew J. Baker; parents, James C. and Georgia A. Hippen; siblings; Lyle (Marcia), Eric (Ginette), Heather (Nathan) Merrill, Holly (Rob) Monson, Hillory, Seth (Karalenn) and Hanna (Eran) Bair; son, Scott O. (Emily) Miller; daughter, Sarah T. Baker; eleven nieces; eight nephews; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Heidi, Owen and William; extended family and friends.

Heidi had been a resident of Palmyra for the past eleven years. She graduated with her major in English and went on to obtain her master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University. She loved to write and enjoyed literature. She loved drama and enjoyed going to shows with her husband Matt. Heidi was a member of the LDS church and had been a missionary in Georgia. She had a passion for education. Heidi was also a homemaker and enjoyed doing crafts. She researched duct tape crafts and found instructional video on youtube. Wallets, purses and flowers were some examples of the projects she had with duct tape. Heidi fought kidney disease from the time she was in her late teens. She survived three kidney transplants. Heidi will be missed but she has left behind a legacy that will remain with her family and friends for the rest of their lives.

Times Like This

Times like this it is natural to be sad, but we are also relieved that Heidi is finally unbound from her mortal body.  She was such a fighter there were times I thought she might surprise us and outlive many of us.