January 18, 2014

Giveaway with...my Dad! :O) And a heartfelt request.


My dad takes pictures.
He has as long as I can remember. In fact, for years I knew Costco as "the place you drop off all the film". (film! remember that?) He hasn't ever gone to school or taken classes, he just has an eye and a passion and I've always admired it. When I was about 12 or so I started looking out the window during car trips and taking pictures of the scenery with my mind. Sometimes I would see something so beautiful that I wanted to make my mother stop the car just so that I could look at it longer. I love my dad for helping me to see how beautiful the world is. I'm not sure if I would have noticed if not for him.
My dad is generous.
See this blog? You can thank my dad for a large part of it. Not only do I share pictures with you because he passed down his love for photography, but also because he passed down countless pieces of equipment. Cameras body upgrades, lenses (if you don't think that's generous, have a google and check the price of a lens real quick!) tripods, bags, and oodles and oodles of valuable knowledge. All I have to do is casually mention a problem I'm having with my pictures and he's planning a trip from Yakima to drop something off to save the day. By the way, he's also my generous benefactor in the computer/iphone equipment as well. His kids are quite spoiled that way. :o) All my life I've seen him give of himself and his possessions so generously, even when he really can't afford to. His example to me is absolutely priceless.
My dad is positive.
He has a worldview that I don't see very often in the adult world. He has a faith in humanity and people that is downright inspiring. Sometimes talking with him makes me want to jump off the couch and start a campaign to make everyone hug each other! Or, you know, something like that. With all the negativity in the world that assaults my mind at every turn I really cherish his positive influence.
all photos: Michael Wardrip

It's mostly that third point that I wanted to talk about a bit today. I'd mentioned to my dad that I wanted to somehow add some more inspirational content here for you all and it just so happened that he was working on something along the same lines! I wanted to share it with you all and humbly ask for your support for him. He (along with some help from my two older brothers) has put together an ebook for itunes (with more to come) marrying his gorgeous photography with lovely and inspiring quotes and thoughts to get people thinking in a more positive and communal way. It's called "Inspiration of the Water: Volume Two, Thoughts from Our Oceans" and I love it. It took my breath away! You can see more about each e-book on his website: inspirationofthewater.com  You can purchase the book in itunes, here!

So, how can you help? Well, buying the ebook of course would be helpful! And it's only $1.99, so you wouldn't even have to skip your english toffee mocha today! :O) But since he's just getting things off the ground, we were really hoping to find some lovely volunteers to leave a quick and honest review for the book on itunes. I have ten promotional codes to give away for "Thoughts from our oceans" so if you'd like to help with a review(or just want a free copy!), just leave a comment on this post and I'll pick ten of you to get a free copy! And if you don't win and would still like to leave a review I could probably swing something. You know, since I know the author, wink wink.
 He also has two other ebooks which, while not specifically focused on inspiration, are absolutely stunning photos he's taken of the pacific northwest.
Secrets of Columbia Gorge
Dialogs With Water & Earth: Volume One

To view/download the book, you must have an ipad or mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

With my dad supporting my blog so much for the past few years, it would really mean the world to me if you would take a few minutes to support him as well. He really deserves it. :O) Thanks in advance!

To enter to win a copy, just leave a comment here! Thank you guys!! I really appreciate it.
Love,
Disney

40 comments:

  1. Your Dad's works are truly stunning, what a beautiful capture of life! I would love the opportunity to win a copy, and if I don't win, I am strongly going to consider buying a copy for myself :)

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  2. What a gorgeous eye your dad has. Those images are absolutely stunning, he should really consider turning his wonderful images into a calendar or something - I would buy a few!! I'd love to have the chance to review your dads ebook, the photography is absolutely stunning and I would love to lend some support! xo Danielle

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  3. is there any way he would sell prints, or files big enough to do prints? we are looking for a picture to Hang in our living room wall, and some of the pictures in this post might be really nice! Julia

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  4. I wanted to say these pictures are absolutely stunning. I am not running a mac, so can't download the book but these are so gorgeous I just couldn't not comment. And I think you have inherited a lots of the awesome qualities you talk about seeing in your Dad.

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  5. I absolutely loved reading about your dad. I can't download it (our iPad won't update past iOS 5 because it's OLD) but it sounds lovely :)

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  6. Amazing. I would love buy a print. My mother would love one.

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  7. His work is breathtaking. I don't have an ipad or a mac, but just wanted to leave a comment. Beautiful.

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  8. Those pictures though... OH MY GOSH! They're stunning. I cannot believe it. That is the type of pictures you see in National Geographic. WOW.

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  9. His pics are amazing! I would love to have a copy of his new book! Even if I don't win, I am going to buy one! Loved hearing your memories of your dad. He sounds like an amazing person......wish I could meet him :)

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  10. It's amazing how sometimes God knows just what to do... I was feeling so horribly homesick for Oregon down here in coastal Georgia. With my husband deployed, sometimes I feel more than just the 3000+ miles away from home. Your dad's pictures really made my day.

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  11. I can't buy one, because my Mac is just a bit dated, but I lingered over the pictures in the post, and felt the peace and awe he captured. I fight depression, and I think this book would be great to help me remember how much goodness there is in the world. Thanks for posting this.

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  12. My husband is an avid photographer too....you can see his work on http://jdease.500px.com What a gift it is to see the beauty of life thru the lens of the camera. I will be sure to check out the ITUNES link and send it to my husband too. Tell your Dad that his work is an encouragement to me. XXX

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  13. You are a sweet daughter,and your dad is amazing.I just recently started following you,and so glad at the time I did find you.I love and miss getting out in areas where you walk and hike,I am now disabled with MS,it finally caught up with me,but I am not a quiter,lolol keep these post coming.

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  14. I would love to win the ebook. I will go to his site and look into it. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  15. This sound *amazing*! I would love to win or leave a review to help your dad out. Either way! I have a serious love affair with the ocean so will definitely have to get this app.

    He's definitely passed on his generosity to you, sweet Disney. :-) I received your package this week (love love love it!!) and will be sending one your way asap!

    love, kristen

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  16. Hi Disney!
    Your father's photographs are absolutely stunning and your love and desire to support him is inspiring. I would love to be able to help you and your father!

    Love,
    Kelsey H.

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  17. So beautiful. He's so talented and I love the color in the pictures. I'd be honored to leave a review :)

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  18. I would love to read his book and review it. Gah, all of those photographs are stunning!

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  19. Any chance he'd be interested in making it for Android devices? I don't own any apples products but I'd love to buy his book!

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  20. You know when you see something and it makes your heart stop, just for a second, and your breath catch in your throat because it is simply that beautiful? That's what those pictures did to me. They are amazing and your dad is truly talented. Unfortunately I'm not Apple compatible but I wish him all the very best in his endeavours. God has given him an amazing gift.

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  21. Beautiful! Your dad has an amazing eye for photography. I'd love to review this and I'd be happy to post about it on my blog.

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  22. Man's got skills, no denying! Love thinking about the skills/talents parents can pass on to their children. Crazy that we ended up with so many great things from them (not that we ooze talent :)). They have truly succeeded in being good parents. I love that you ended up with an eye for capturing the subtle, often overlooked beautiful things. I am so proud of you both!

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  23. Oregon brings me so many happy memories and your dads gorgeous pieces capture why I love Oregon so much and bring me back. simply breath taking!

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  24. Wow, Disney! You've been holding out on us! So glad that you have shared his amazing talent.
    I especially love the ocean wave and the winding path with leaves. Love them!

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  25. We would love to do this for you!! (and your Dad) As the daughter of another amazingly inspiring Dad, I get it!! My hubby is also a very natural eye for photography, and maybe this would inspire him to do something similar!

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  26. We don't have the right kind of technology to get your Dad's book, but his work is gorgeous!

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  27. Love the photo's and would be happy to review for you with the code option. If not maybe I'll just get it anyway. :)

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  28. You aren't kidding, his photographs are amazing. Now we know we're you get not only your photographic eye from, but your kindness and positive attitude too.

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  29. Nothing like capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest....there is no place I'd rather live! Your Dad did an amazing job and I feel like I can step right in to the scene. He needs to market his art to PNW companies that put out an annual calendar for their customers. His artistic eye truly captures breathtaking scenes that I would love to show friends why I choose to live in the rainy PNW.

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  30. Beautiful pictures! The forest and waterfalls remind me of my home near the Fingerlakes in NY... they have a ton of waterfalls around that area from back when the glaciers receded eons ago. Never been to the Pacific coast before, but it does seem very different from the Atlantic coast over on this side of the country :-) I hope he travels a lot since it seems like every corner of the world is different from the last - which makes for great photo opportunities.

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  31. Theses pictures are absolutely stunning. What an amazing eye! My favorite is the waterfall picture. You should do, or have your dad do a photography tips & tricks post! Anyone out there (like ME) wanting to learn more would love it!

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  32. Amazing photos. I took the Secrets of Columbia Gorge sample & like the others say...amazing. Love the close ups & framing. I'd review just because it is worth it.

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  33. Waoawww ! His pictures are fantastic and amazing !!! Your dad is really talented and very nice indeed !!! I am sorry but I can't help you, I would love to but I am not the lucky owner of any Mac items (which I would love to but I can't afford them...) so I just have to congratulate your dad for his work and his so gorgeous pictures and hope that he will get a lot of support because he deserves it !! sincerly, Natalie from France

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