So, I'm working on a project at work that requires me to look at lots and lots of Twitter accounts. Most are boring, some are less so.
I came across this one and I thought it was really great. It apparently comes from the song "Going Back to Georgia."
"A fool who drowned in his fountain of youth."
A MOMENT WITH JUDY AND SNAPSHOOTER
Judy and SnapShooter at home
Texas. The Lone Star State. The 28th state. The second largest state. Meaning friends or allies in Caddo, Texas is 268,820 square miles and contains 24.7 million residents with 24.7 million stories. This is the story of 2 of those residents: Judy and SnapShooter.
I caught up with the couple one sunny afternoon while passing through the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. SnapShooter suggested we meet in the park behind their home between the saber tooth tiger and the wooly mammoth. Fortunately, Judy overruled this idea, and instead we met at The Museum, their cozy home, which they built 38 years ago. It's tastefully decorated with all sorts of curios. They still have their 30-year old refrigerator hanging around. I saw an ancient radio (that's the original way to receive information wirelessly for you kids—and no, it doesn't have a touch screen, it has a dial you have to turn, and it used tubes instead of microchips) that belonged to SnapShooter's grandmother. All around are all sorts of trains ranging from G to O and an N or two in-between. Sitting on the side table next to the chair I'm sitting in is an old buggy lantern. It's glowing faintly, and I can't really tell if it's the way the sun is hitting the lens or if there is a candle or bulb inside. The kitchen door is propped open with an old cordless iron. I wonder if they heat it on the Harvest Gold stove they still have.
We've been talking for about an hour, mostly about trains, photography, and Aunt Millie's button up shoes, which sit in the corner near the stairs. It was a nice relaxing afternoon, the kind that you enjoy because when it's all over you look back and feel that it's lasted hours longer than it really has. It felt like it must have when the Jews fought the Amorites and Joshua stopped the sun from moving across the sky. I learned a lot about this photographing couple.
JC: Let's start with the basics: what does your username mean?
SS: I take really great snapshots.
JC: What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
SS: Only one…Perfect!
J: Happy, positive, married to Perfect!
JC: What was the first camera you owned?
SS: I honestly can't remember. It was most likely a Brownie.
J: I believe that that is true for me as well.
JC: What do you shoot with?
JC: And what would your dream kit look like?
JC: How did you become interested in photography?
SS: My mother was interested in photography, and I guess I inherited it from her.
J: Are you kidding? I'm married to SnapShooter! Seriously, I've always enjoyed taking what I've always considered to be snapshots…until 3 years ago anyway. One morning after we had a little rain shower, I took my Sony P&S out of my purse and took some close-ups of my roses. Then I emailed them to our daughter. I quickly received a reply saying, "Mom these are as good as Dad's!" Well, after I picked myself up off the floor I took another look at them. They sure didn't look like anything I had ever taken before! Thus The Father's Creations was born!
JC: I'm sure that it was love at first sight. So, Judy, how did he propose?
J: Actually he didn't. We just talked. Actually, SnapShooter says that I talked and talked about getting married. But I think we knew we were going to do it.
JC: That's very sweet. Sort of like me and my wife. We sort of knew after our first date. So, SnapShooter, you said that you transferred from PA. Where are you originally from?
JC: And Judy, do you hail from somewhere other than here.
JC: Getting back to photography for a moment, what's the dumbest thing you've ever done to get the perfect shot?
SS: I have no idea! I’m dumb 24/7. Can’t help myself! :)
J: I guess I'm still waiting for that perfect shot!
JC: What's your favorite stuff to take pics of?
J: Nature, Nature, Nature!
SS: Aside from my grandkids, about anything with a motor (lawn equipment excluded).
JC: So, SnapShooter, I'm always curious how people find their hobbies. How did you get into trains?
JC: Do you consider yourself a trainspotter?
SS: Heck NO!
JC: OK, great. I feel like we're really getting to know you, but I think a great way to get to know people is through word association. So, when I say, "Spring," you say…
JC: Smoke box
SS: Steam locomotive
SS and J: [at the same time] Paradise. Heaven on Earth
J: The Father's Creations is the name of my photography business. Nature is God's canvas for His masterpiece! I have always loved nature…trees, flowers, clouds, water, mountains, green grass, butterflies, etc, etc…and as I grew so did my love for nature! Thus The Father's Creations. I take photographs of nature, add scriptures or inspirational messages, and frame them for sale. These are beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that make lovely gifts or additions to your home or office.
JC: Who would you say your greatest hero is?
J: Actually, I would say SnapShooter is! He is kind, loving (most of the time anyway) , generous, a hard worker, and a perfectionist in his work. He is a great father, adoring PawPa, loving husband, and my best friend. No, contrary to his belief, he is not perfect; but, he does get closer each year! He is a man of integrity and he really is humble (although you wouldn't know it from his answers!) I think he is a fantastic photographer, but he doesn't! I don't think that he really knows what great photos he takes.
JC: That's a very sweet thing to say about your husband. So, who has inspired you most in life?
SS: I guess I'd have to say it was my maternal grandmother.
J: My wonderful mother!
JC: How about your favorite book?
J: The Bible
SS: Any old B grade western.
J: The Sound of Music
JC: Sports team?
J: Grapes and watermelon.
J: PINK…all shades!
J: All good ones are dead.
JC: Aggies or Longhorns?
J: Longhorns…have to support my grandson's school!
JC: Pen or Pencil?
JC: Cigar or cigarettes?
SS: Gave that garbage up 45 years ago!
J: I quit for good 10 years ago!
JC: Hymns or Psalms?
JC: What's your biggest pet peeve?
J: Snobs, hypocrites, rudeness, and definitely negativeness! They all actually go together as far as I'm concerned!
SS: People who can’t keep appointments! People who can't be on time!
JC: After photography, what's your next greatest hobby?
SS: Family. Then things that have motors (lawn equipment excluded).
J: My Granddarlings.
JC: If you had the opportunity to write a book, what would the title be?
J: Thru My Daddy's Eyes!
JC: What is your dream vacation?
J: To go all around Texas capturing the beauty in all the different areas of this great state.
SS: Tour the USA.
JC: What do you still most need to learn in photography?
SS: Composure…perhaps, but that isn’t terribly important to me.
J: Everything my camera does!
JC: If you could be a YPF admin for a day, what changes would you make?
SS: I think I'd make the “Edit” button on a member's own post last permanently and not disappear after a bit, as it does now!
J: Like SnapShooter said, the "Edit" button would always be available to use on your own post and also a 'delete' button in case you post the same thing twice!
JC: What words of wisdom do you have for newbie photogs?
J: Be yourself! Don't try to copy and imitate any other photographer. God made you unique! Look and see all the beauty in everything around you and capture it with your camera to share with others. I like vivid, vibrant colors and my work shows it. Some think it is too saturated, but I like it and it's my style. That is the way I see the world! Trust your eye and what you see through your viewfinder and how you see it. Be yourself and trust your instincts. We all can look at the same thing and see it differently. I am not a "technical" photographer, I like a photo that tells a story to those who see it. I want others to get some kind of 'feeling' from my work. My prayer everyday is, "Lord, please let me see the beauty around me that You created through Your eyes." And He does!
SS: Do your own thing, and don’t try to mimic someone else’s style.
JC: And finally, what insight into life can you offer anyone who's willing to listen?
SS: You are unique. So be yourself. And don’t concern yourself about what you think you are or aren’t.
J: Life is all about choices. It is our choice what we make of it! Do you see the glass ½ full or ½ empty? We can choose to be happy or miserable. We can choose to be positive or negative. We can choose to love or be indifferent. When we choose happiness, love, positiveness, optimism and hope, we will have a full life and be able to bring sunshine into others' lives. The words you choose to speak are what brings things to pass in your life, so speak words of hope, blessings, love and positive not negative words! And always have lots of laughter in your life. Laughter truly is the best medicine, and it so easy to share. Don't judge others; you don't know where they are coming from or what is going on in their lives. Just love them. God says we are to love others, but He didn't say we had to like them or their ways. Just think…a smile doesn't cost you anything, but it is the easiest thing to share and you can brighten someone's day in one quick moment. When you share smiles you reap a healthy harvest of sunshine.
With that final, positive note, I closed my notebook and switched off my recorder. I gave a good long stretch, just as Serena, their cat, did. Unfortunately, I accidently kicked Saydee, the dog, or was that Bitsie…they all sort of look the same to me. I got up, shook hands with my gracious hosts, and walked to the door. I noticed that Dolly, yet another dog—or was that Dudley? Seriously, they really do all look the same to me—was following, trotting along in that dog sort of way. As I got into my car, I turned and waved goodbye to Judy and SnapShooter. It was a good day, and I couldn't believe that the sun was already sitting low on the horizon, casting long, lazy shadows on the streets. I felt good. I got to meet more members of the YPF family, and they were good people.