Thursday, November 27, 2008

thankful for my family (all 24 of them)

(more pictures soon)

Sunday, November 23, 2008


besides being my favorite vocalist and a good friend, ashley spurling also has a beautiful family. we've been talking about doing some photos for awhile, finally got around to it last week. more photos here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

baby jack, part II

baby jack is one year old. I went and took some photos of his family last week, and I was actually there to catch the moment when jack first pulled himself up to a standing position. he was crawling up to his dad, evan, and then just pulled himself right up. it was beautiful.

even more beautiful considering jack's condition, one year ago, when I went to visit him in the NICU.

thankful for good friends, for good pictures, and for stories that I am able to be a small part of. and thankful for babies like jack.

huffstetler photos

I've been getting a lot of requests to do family photos lately. this was one of my recent favorites. more from this shoot here

Monday, November 17, 2008

red mountain party

more photos here

Thursday, November 6, 2008

thank god for biblical foods

I would like to thank alert-reader larry, from austin texas, who recently turned me onto my latest food fetish: old testament tortillas. I've basically been looking for these my entire life. Up until now, I've been eating mostly secular tortillas and they have been bringing me down. now that I have found this more christian alternative I can finally eat my burritos in peace, knowing that after I finish dining, I can also biblically beat my children to death.

holiness has never tasted quite so good.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

interview with barack obama

I was very fortunate to get to interview barack obama just this morning. amazing, considering his busy schedule. here is a transcript of our conversation:

BTM: thanks for meeting with me barack. I wondered if I could ask you a few questions.
BHO: no problem. glad I had some free time. I always enjoy talking to you.
BTM: thanks, funny you should say that since last time I saw you I almost got murdered by your security.
BHO: I don't know what you are talking about.
BTM: oh, cool. no worries. so, what I am wondering is, what are you going to do for me now that you are president?
BHO: well, I'm not president yet. george bush is still in office.
BTM: thanks for the political science lesson. please answer my question now.
BHO: well I was thinking I would take all of the money away from everybody and give all of the money to the poor.
BTM: weird. that's EXACTLY what all of my republican friends said you were going to do. amazing how right they are. I should start listening to them.
BHO: yes the conservative right is so wise, I have been saying that all along.
BTM: awesome. so, how are you going to take away all of the money from everybody?
BHO: well first I am going to stab all of the people with a knife, and then I will take their wallets as they are bleeding, and then I will just hand out the cash to whoever seems like they need it.
BTM: this is totally unexpected! everybody is expecting you to raise taxes. they won't even see it coming. genious.
BHO: you misspelled "genius".
BTM: one more point for you. good job. okay next question. what are you going to do about the war in iraq?
BHO: I am going to immediately withdraw and create total chaos and embarrassment for the united states.
BTM: oh, so the embarrassment will be on you, not on bush, who bombed babies and started the war in the first place?
BHO: exactly.
BTM: you are so humble. I love you.
BHO: thank you. I love you too. (at this point we are holding hands)
BTM: okay next question. what are you going to do about the economy?
BHO: as I have always said, I am going to create accountability in washington and wall street by setting up an oversight committee to look into how every person in america spends all of their waking moments, which will include a giant laser beam in the sky.
BTM: actually I don't think you ever said that.
BHO: no I always talk about the giant laser beam in the sky.
BTM: no, actually it is me who always talks about the laser beams (at this point we have stopped holding hands)
BHO: oh. well, these are the details. the point is there will be a giant laser beam and it will shoot people in the brains if they overspend.
BTM: this is genius. another point for you.
BHO: I have so many points.
BTM: yeah. okay. one last question: can I be secretary of state?
BHO: I thought you'd never ask. but no, you can't be secretary of state.
BTM: okay well I'm out of time barack. good luck with all of the planning and whatnot. congrats on the big win last night. let me know if I can ever help you out for maybe a special project or something.
BHO: I will definitely be calling you.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I went to mississippi and took zero photographs

middle of last week I get a call from chris miner asking me if I want to come to a party in northwest mississippi. it's a one-year anniversary party for chris and his wife, and there are going to be about 40 people there that I will definitely not know. I thought about it for a few hours, then called chris and said "I'm in".

so after the stellar halloween extravaganza at clint and liz's place where I dressed up in disguise and nobody recognized me (that's me with jon black), and their front porch tragically collapsed, I went home got a few hours of rest, and hit the road for clarksdale, mississippi.

it was a good weekend. it was a lot of work, spending a weekend with people I do not know. but chris has interesting, thoughtful friends, and the weekend was full and went by quickly. I was in the most amazing place. this old cotton gin in the middle of the mississippi delta converted into a sort of motel. we slept in the old shotgun houses that lined the property, and I spent the night by the fire, looking up at the millions of stars that I never usually see.

the mississippi delta is an eerie, haunted place. this time of year, the roads are hemmed in by cotton fields in full harvest. it's as if a light snow just hit the entire place. the fields that used to be work for thousands of people are now ravaged by massive machines, loudly and awkwardly shredding their way across the endless rows of white.

I saw all these great images. the empty towns where the people have left. the homes and barns, abandoned and falling into ruin. the giant machines eating their way through the fields. the cypress trees in the swamps. the endless, straight highways and the expected crossroads where two lonely roads collide.

for those of you who don't know who chris miner is, he is an artist who lives in jackson. he's been all over, done all sorts of work, but what he is largely known for in my circles is his music. we sing a lot of his songs at red mountain. I sing a lot of his songs to myself.

it was a good trip. I'm glad to be home. zed missed me.