Christmas Gifts

For Christmas Laura and my Uncle purchased me an Olympus voice recorder along with a Sony microphone:

I’d asked for the gift because I’d like to start recording some ambient sound to go along with some of the photographs I take. This afternoon was the first time I’d really gotten a chance to sit down and fiddle with it. I figured why not have a beer while I test it out and ended up coming up with this:

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So far I’m using Winamp to convert the sound files into wav format. Then I open the wav files in Audacity which allows me to edit the sound bites and make one final mp3 file. I then can upload the sound file along with my photos in Soundslides where I can arrange the photos and create the show you see above. Hopefully I’ll have something with a little more content next time. 🙂

Our wedding slide show

For Christmas Laura and I gave our parents photo albums as well as a DVD slide show of our wedding photographs. I know many of you would also be interested in seeing them so I created a web slide show to view them online.

A big thanks to our friend Blake Darst for photographing our day as well as my Uncle Chuck for taking some photos of the guys and I getting ready.

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Tom & Lindsay Pihl

I met Tom and Lindsay through my brother and got to know them better while living with Mike Prince and Mark Hrouda in Mike’s house. When they got engaged and asked me to be their wedding photographer I was excited because I already knew that Mike, Mark, Matt Leifeld, and my brother Sam were all going to be in the wedding party as well.

The wedding was absolutely fabulous. It was a balanced mix of the couples laid back style and the over aggressive nature of the wedding planner that came with the church they used 🙂

Christmas Party 2006

I believe this is the third year now that Laura and I have hosted a Christmas party at our house. The faces have remained mostly unchanged except this year we were missing Slim and Nel, who had a prior engagement, but were joined by Laura’s brother Kevin and his friend Veronica.

The main attraction of our is the little gift passing (which after watching The Office to much I have dubbed ‘Yankee Swap’). We do a nicer 10-20 dollar gift and then also do a gag gift passing.

We had three beers on tap at the Haraldson Family Brewpub and plenty of good food to go around. Click next page for the rest of the photos.