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Rambling about a Photo

Posted Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 12:10 AM

So, I took some more Senior Photos this week. The one above I'm especially happy with -- it's of Nick Meissner, a Senior at McCook High School. Nick is a great person and works part-time for me at Divine Productions as a DJ and we share a common interest in video games and card games -- evidenced by his Game On shirt in the picture. We were taking his senior photos and had the idea to do something like Superman with the suit he was wearing and one of his Game On shirts and I think this picture just captured that action wonderfully. We have a few more with the traditional pose of ripping the shirt open and looking off into the sky, but this one grabs me just a bit more than that one.

I post this picture for many reasons. The first of which is to mark the end of Senior Photography for the year. I still have plenty of editing, orders, graduation invites and things like that, but I am now done with actually taking the photos. This is one of the last pictures I took of this years crop of Seniors and I can't be more excited about the image. I think it captures where I am at in photography and where I'm going. I am right on the brink of offering a world of new services, but not quite revealed everything yet. I am more than a bit caught up in the middle of change and its an exciting time for the studio. I also post this picture because of Nick. Nick started working for me over a year ago and has been one of my best employees -- hard working, honest, dedicated, responsible and trustworthy. Not to mention, the guy has become a good friend. I post this picture as an excuse to mention these things about a most worthy person in a sea of employees that seem to just want to get by for a paycheck.

Lately, I've been quite dissapointed with the general attitude of employees everywhere I go and I think it's a shame that people don't respect the jobs that they have. I know of more than a few people that have felt the sting of unemployment and the difficult decisions and circumstances that come with that in the past year. I've also experienced the attitudes that go along with collecting unemployment that run from trying to stay on it as long as possible to filling out applications everyday trying to get a job anywhere. I applaud those who don't take advantage of the system and do what they can to provide for themselves and their family. I also applaud all those workers who do thier job to the best of thier abilities and don't just stand around in hopes nobody will ask them to help or do something. And for the record, no, I'm not talking just about teenagers at restaurants but mostly adults.

Well, I've already complained enough for one blog post. Happier things are brewing such as the release of UP on DVD. UP was the latest Disney and Pixar animated masterpiece and I really enjoy this flick -- bought it on Blu-Ray and have already enjoyed the heck out of it. If you haven't seen this gem, go out and rent it immediately! Another great release this week was The Ugly Truth. While not exactly the most original film -- it had some great humor and was a great time waster that managed to make a chick-flick much more entertaining than normal -- I blame this squarely on the R rating. Cinema 3 is getting a couple flicks this week including Paranormal Activity. My cousin watched this film and scared the crap out of him so I'm not watching it. It is supposed to be quite good and if your in the mood for some scary paranormal activity then Cinema 3 has got the movie for you! I will most likely end up watching the new flick, 2012. This one is all about the end of the world according to ancient civilizations and thier crazy calendars. It's a disaster flick and will be good for some passing entertainment plus I have a soft spot for Roland Emmerich (the director) ever since he made one of my favorite movies of all time -- Independance Day. Seriously, who here doesn't enjoy some Independance Day?

Last blog I complained about the early start of Christmas and just tonight -- my wife, my mother, and my grandmother all chipped in and helped put together a Christmas background for Divine Productions Quick Takes Sessions this weekend. So, I guess I can't really complain about Christmas anymore especially since we managed to put up not one, but TWO Christmas trees already. So, if you want some Christmas themed pictures taken of your kids, your family or whatever -- give us a call at the studio -- we've still got some limited times open on Sunday the 15th and Monday the 16th. It's gonna be a fun time and an easy way to get some Christmas Cards plus the sessions are free!

Well, that is what has been on my mind this week, but looking forward -- I'm getting excited for the New Super Mario Bros Wii game that releases this Sunday at Game On. I'm looking forward to Disney on Ice at the Kearney Events Center next week and I'm really looking forward to First Night that the McCook Youth League is going to be putting on for New Year's Eve. It's gonna be a lot of fun for the whole family and involves absolutely no alcohol. Wanna be a part of it or help out in some way? Then send me a message at cody@divinefilms.com.

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.