|(Top left) No one
was more proud in being a father for the first time than I. On my daughter's 6 month old
birthday, I carried her into the photography studio and shot this self portrait. It was
Shiela's first formal portrait - with Dad or otherwise. And there's little doubt about the
family resemblance (poor child). But over these last 20-plus years, I have lost the
negative and been worried about losing the one and only 5x7 B&W photograph. Which has
been up against glass (I know better than to do this to any photo) in a junky frame for
all these years. So to mark my 50th birthday in 2003 - a once-in-a-lifetime event - an
artistamp was in order to commemorate both occaisions. And to preserve an old photographic
image for future generations.
During the summer of 2004 at a local event, a friend asked
if we would photograph her two daughters (top of page), since they were
all dressed up and they had never had their portraits made together. So we were honored to
make hasty preparations for a memorable portrait of the girls, to be cherished on an
artistamp for family and friends.
A friend from my hometown sent a photograph of his son, Cooper, grinning from
ear-to-ear (top right) taken immediately following their first,
successful father-and-son hunting trip. The Olathe Poste made stamps as a surprise
Christmas gift for Cooper. Besides being able to share his special moment with current
friends, Dad framed a sheet for safe-keeping, which will serve for many great memories
when Cooper plans a hunt with his son in the future.