I am a family man. I have been married for close to 7 years and I have a 14 month old son. My family is very important to me and I believe a home is where familial bonds grow strongest. For this assignment I used a lot of materials from every day life and set up most of the photos at our home. I also received assistance from my beautiful wife with the light painting. One of my favorite techniques in photography is long exposure and today I got to experiment with it a lot. I worked a lot inside with low light so I had my camera set to relatively slow shutter speeds and kept it mounted on a tripod to reduce vibration. I got lucky with the lightening tonight and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include it in the assignment. One thing I would like to think I do for the people who view my photos is inspire them to look at the world as a beautiful place. There is a lot of negativity flowing through the world and if I am able to help someone turn a bad day into a good one I will have accomplished my mission. I think photography is an effective way to accomplish that goal and it’s also the reason I chose to use some of my son’s toys as subjects for this assignment. Hopefully seeing the “100 First Words” book or the small truck will lighten up the mood and make someone chuckle.