The Scouting program is the most prominent in the United States and most well-known around the world. It has taught millions of boys and helped them to become men. The program also teaches life-saving techniques. Aaron and Tim talk about one story of …
The Scouting program is the most prominent in the United States and most well-known around the world. It has taught millions of boys and helped them to become men. The program also teaches life-saving techniques. Aaron and Tim talk about one story of a Boy Scout who did just this.
Note – the new program is called Scouts USA which allows girls to join in separate troops to enjoy the same valuable program.
Happy Fourth of July America! Today, July 4, 2018, we celebrate our strength in unity. Great Americans throughout our short 242 eventful years have literally changed the world. Review just a few American leaders who have made the Earth a far better place to live. Enjoy what this country has to offer, whatever your perspective, … Continue reading “Fourth of July, 2018”
Happy Fourth of July America! Today, July 4, 2018, we celebrate our strength in unity. Great Americans throughout our short 242 eventful years have literally changed the world.
Review just a few American leaders who have made the Earth a far better place to live. Enjoy what this country has to offer, whatever your perspective, and contribute your best to make America a better place.
Thanksgiving 2017 What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving in 2017? Everything seems to be so terrible when the news reports things. When I speak to audiences, I gently remind people that if you look with negative glasses (TV), everything looks dark and gloomy. But if you look with a perspective of abundance and … Continue reading “Thankful on Thanksgiving 2017”
What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving in 2017? Everything seems to be so terrible when the news reports things. When I speak to audiences, I gently remind people that if you look with negative glasses (TV), everything looks dark and gloomy. But if you look with a perspective of abundance and blessing, things actually look pretty darned good!
What are you thankful for?
I’m thankful that…
I woke up alive and uninjured this morning. People in war-torn Syria didn’t.
I have my health. People will lose loved ones today to cancer.
I have people who love me and care about me when I travel to some crazy places. I went to school with people who had parents that didn’t care one bit.
I have a successful speaking business.
I have a successful publishing business.
I live in a country where I’m free to do just about whatever I want. People in North Korea would be executed for the freedoms I enjoy.
I have a new-ish Toyota Tacoma. People in backwoods Columbia have one bicycle for an entire village.
I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. See the above picture.
My Grandfather is still alive at 90 years old. He was in the WWII Japanese interment camps. I’m thankful I didn’t have to go through that, but I’m thankful for the strength he taught me from the experience.
I have both of my parents. My girlfriend lost her mother decades ago. Many my age don’t have one or both parents.
I actually know my parents. Many who have been adopted or orphaned have no idea.
I have a powerful computer that enables me to reach out to the world. The Massai village I visited in Tanzania last year uses torches for light at night.
We have a stable government that we can disagree with, dislike, but is still one of the best deals on Earth. I remind myself to try the government in Sudan when I think mine is bad.
I have a warm, comfortable place to live. I saw people who live in rusted out corrugated steel shacks in Guatemala trying to make a living by selling pineapples on the side of the road.
I’ve been gifted with the friendships in the Teton Photography Group.
I have friends from junior high and high school that care about what I’m up to. I know those who were terribly tormented in middle school and are still struggling to forgive and walk beyond.
I have a brother, sister-in-law, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and a whole gaggle of people who care about me. People trying to escape Ethiopia to Saudia Arabia have nothing but death in their desert.
We have a world given to us by Him, who blesses us with everything we have.
I will be speaking in Driggs, Idaho, on August 9, 2017, at 7pm about the total eclipse in eastern Idaho. This eclipse will streak all the way across America. My inspiring talk will focus on photography, viewing, and safety.
This won’t be a boring science and photography talk. Instead, I will entertain, educate, and inspire the audience.
Why does toilet paper matter to someone watching the total eclipse on August 21, 2017? Attend the talk and you’ll find out. It’s more important than you think.
I’ll add fun, laughs, and guidance to what the totality will be like. Plus, I’ll provide plenty of pointers on photography and viewing.
In the News
Read more about my talk in this Teton Valley News article.
I’m excited to be speaking in Driggs, Idaho on August 9, 2017, at the senior center. I’ll talk about how to view, photograph, and enjoy the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. You want to make sure to attend this talk if you’re in the area. How will you safely view the eclipse? What’s the … Continue reading “Speaking in Driggs”
What inspired you today? What made you get up and do your best with what you have, not wishing for things you don’t?
Wishing isn’t doing. Doing is doing.
Be inspired by Hans Zimmer, one of the greatest composers of our time. In two notes, he created the sound for the Batman trilogy. Just two notes! It’s all about how they’re presented and they’re emphasized. That means everything.
Through this promo for his music master film class, I was inspired. Even though I have no musical skill, he made me feel like I could create something. I’m not going to delude myself by buying an instrument and trying to make something, though!
I love his quote:
“The interesting ideas come from some kid in a garage in the Bronx.”
Hans Zimmer’s promo video
Watch his Youtube trailer and be inspired.
“If you have a story, you can do whatever you want to do.”
What’s your story? What’s your skill? I’ll bet you have something lurking inside that’s just waiting to burst forth and shine. What’s stopping you from sharing it?
What do I do?
Instead of trying to compose music, I perform the music in my heart. I have a conversation with audiences, sharing my experience of risking everything to pursue a dream.
They see a guy who doesn’t look like someone who could drag a refrigerator across a continent. experience how a software engineer became the second only American to successfully ski to the South Pole against all odds. That’s what I do.
People learn my improbable story in Antarctic Tears. They see a guy who doesn’t look like someone who could drag a refrigerator across a continent standing in front of them. Audiences experience how a software engineer became the second only American to successfully ski to the South Pole against all odds. That’s what I do.
What Will You Do?
You were put on the Earth to do something, to share and use something special inside of you. Do you use it? Are you afraid of it? That’s okay, so many of us are afraid to fail. But really, what’s the worst that happens? You learn something that doesn’t work. That’s okay. Failure is a necessary path to success. Failure and failing doesn’t mean you’re a
That’s okay. Failure is a necessary path to success. Failure and failing doesn’t mean you are a failure. It only means you gained more knowledge than you have before. And the next time you’ll be better for it.
Thank you to Adrian Hackett for hiring me as the keynote speaker for the West Tennessee Boy Scout Council’s annual fundraising dinner. The goal of this event was to raise funds for the Boy Scout program. The objective of my talk was to integrate scouting with my message of building grit and courage while keeping … Continue reading “Keynote Speaker Testimonial”
Thank you to Adrian Hackett for hiring me as the keynote speaker for the West Tennessee Boy Scout Council’s annual fundraising dinner. The goal of this event was to raise funds for the Boy Scout program. The objective of my talk was to integrate scouting with my message of building grit and courage while keeping a positive attitude in the face of adversity.
Watch Adrian’s testimonial on what he thought about Aaron as the speaker for his event.
Keynote Speaker Testimonial Adrian Hackett
Working as a Keynote Speaker
I wanted to make sure I delivered the message the council needed to achieve their objectives, in this case raising funds. As a speaker, it’s important to communicate exactly what a client needs for their event. My goal is to be as easy as possible to work with and to provide the best value for a client’s investment in my program.
If you have taken many photographs but aren’t sure how to process them to get them to the next level, this is the event to attend.
Many photographers take shots and then just email/print/post them as is and they receive a tepid response. Why is this? Because they aren’t sure what their final image was going to look like when they took the shot. Visualization of what the final product is going to look like is of the utmost importance when photographing. Otherwise you end up with shots looking like they were taken in a parking lot.
You will be motivated and excited by the speakers, as all of us have experience in how to make images better. But it’s not about our ability to make images better, it’s about us teaching you how to make YOUR shots better. All of the speakers are entertaining, educational and, most importantly, accessible. We do our best to answer questions and to help guide you through the labyrinth of photo editing.
This symposium will cover some shooting and composition with respect to post processing, that is, what you do after you click the shutter. How do you use Lightroom, what’s the best way to edit your shots, and more advanced techniques for:
Panorama multi-image shooting
HDR (high dynamic range) images
Black and white processing
These symposiums have been very well received because attendees get a lot of education for their time and the nominal cost. If you have ever wanted to learn the basics of how to make your photographs look better, this is the event to attend.
Thank you to the Teton Photography Group for having me as one of their guest speakers at their Basic Digital Photography Symposium on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014.
Sponsored by the Art Association of Jackson Hole, the Teton Photography Group now sports over 170 members, one of the largest and most successful photography groups in the Rocky Mountain northern territory.
The symposium featured four different speakers, each a professional in his own right:
The 40 attendees of the 5 hour talk received instruction on different topics of basic photography, such as composition, framing, how to use the histogram and selecting different lenses.
At the break, several of the attendees began questioning me on the subjects I presented:
How not to ruin a photo
Manual vs autofocus
and we had an impromptu discussion demonstrating some of the techniques with their individual cameras. Those questions prompted me to open my private photography tutoring course. The need for individual lessons is higher than I thought in Jackson Hole and, as such, I created the course offering. As several people also had questions about their Nikon camera, I will also offer Nikon-specific private tutoring sessions as well. Some of the functions of a modern DSLR are esoteric but have a huge impact on the quality and performance of of camera.
As I am a motivational and inspirational speaker, I always enjoy standing in front of a group of people and presenting on different topics. Based on the feedback the director of the Teton Photography Group received, all of the speakers were well received and provided valuable information.