So What’s in a Word

This Month I have been taking a picture a day (Okay, I forgot a couple of days) from a list of subjects given for each day.  It has been so much fun trying to think outside the box for each subject.  Today’s subject:


I have not thought much about What’s in a word.  And then I realized that words are powerful.  And there can be so many ways to interrupt a word even when it has only so many meaning listed in a dictionary.  Or maybe I should say that last sentence this way.  There are so many different ways to “Feel” a word even when it has only so many meanings.  And so my WORD today is…..Wait for it….


Nama – Bow

As – I

Te - You

“Bow Me You”

More Westernized – The Divine Light in Me Honors the Devine Light in You.

As a Christian who deeply believes in my One God in Heaven, who is Divine in my eyes, this word stirs deep feeling within me.  Is it okay for the God in me to bow to a God in you?  Certainly I could say that there is no way that I will bow to you because I only bow to my One God.

You see, how far could I let myself go down this road of “Justification”?  So I stop myself right there.  This is what this word means to me.

  • It is an opportunity to say that I honor and respect you.
  • In my travels to India, it was an opportunity to say Thank You for taking care of me.
  • At the end of my Yoga practice it is an opportunity to say, if only in my mind, that I wish for my One God to bless each of you and hold you.

Namaste to EACH of you who have stopped by to spend time with me in my Blog.



The two Hardest Shoots I have done to date – And for VERY different reasons

What will someone think of me?

What will it be like to photography a man that is dying?

First, what will someone think of me?

I think I have stated that one of my favorite authors on photography is Chris Orwig.  One of my Christmas presents is his latest
Book “People Pictures, 30 Exercises for creating authentic photographs”.  Well I knew I was in trouble when the very
first exercise was to take 10 portraits of the same person in 10 minutes with natural light only.

So I am sitting at my favorite coffee shop this past Friday afternoon and in walks this stately woman that I have never seen before.  Immediately
I know she is the one that I must take the 10 portraits of in 10 minutes.  But I just sit there, rooted in my risk, unable to move.  She gets her tea and
starts in on her writing and I know that if I procrastinate long enough she will leave.

Finally I just get up and ask her for a favor and she agrees to have her portrait take by me.  So I run out to the car, throw on my 50mm lens and walk back in and sit in front of her.  By this time I am sweating up a storm but I just start talking with her about who she is.  Even before I took my first shot, I knew she was a beautiful soul.  12 shots later and 10 minutes full of conversation, I thank Jackie for her conversation and head back to my table.

What will people think of me?  Not just Jackie, but all those in the coffee shop watching me.
That doesn’t matter now that my risk paid off in giving me great conversation, in meeting a beautiful soul of a person, gaining great photos and
giving me that much more confidence for next time.

What will it be like to photograph a dying man?

An hour later, I am standing in the ICU of a hospital to photograph a man and his wife as the two of them are anointed before God.
While he knew what was going on, he was unable to talk to us or really open his eyes but for one fleeting moment.

I photographed their children’s baby dedication 4 months ago.  This dedication lead the two of them to study for baptism.  But the cancer cut his time
short and so an improvised baptism was held for the two of them in his ICU room.

Prayer for the two of them is mostly what has been running through my lately.  If you all are willing, I ask that you pray
for them and their three small children.

The two hardest shoots, one built on MY risk, the other built on a losing battle of life.

My risk so pales in the comparison.


I am thankful this Christmas that I am not an Invisible

Our house has a tradition very holiday season.  Dad, yes that’s me, takes his girls to San
Francisco for a day of Cable car riding, good food and to see all the lights
and beautifully decorated store fronts.
This year, my middle daughter turned 5 so it was her first trip.  She was so excited.

Chris Orwig states in his book “Visual Poetry” that to take
good photographs; one has to be aware in a deeper way of their subject.  So I went this year to San Francisco with the
intention of capturing how invisible the homeless are in such a huge crowd of
people.  With this intention, I noticed
the homeless in a different way.  I
noticed their struggle, loneliness, hunger, fear and despair.  And what stood out was that they were going
though this in a CROWD.

I thank God that my family is not invisible and while I
understand that I cannot change the whole world, I have been moved to serve
those who are down and out.

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of
these brother and sisters of mine, you did for me – Matthew 25:40

May you be blessed this Christmas season and in the New Year
to come and may your blessing be spilling over to the world around you.

Merry Christmas – Todd

Holiday Collections – Tell us about yours

The Holidays seem to be full of collections.  I have plenty of them.

Memories – Of holidays past and stories of family members that are no longer with me but so much apart of me

Lights – Oh did I say lights?  I meant LIGHTS  Too many to count.  Just wish they all worked :)

House decorations

And of course, tree decorations.  Our tree has collections of the old (think my first appartment), collections of hand made items by our kids, collections of expensive Radco oraments and collections of of items pasted down.

Here are a few of colection for you to enjoy.

If you are so inclned, we would enjoy hearing about the collections you hold dear to you in the holiday season.

Merry Christmas.

Hi There, Welcome to the Roll-out of my New Todd Petrik Photography Blog and Site


For the past six months I have been thinking day and night of my blog to be.  Today it is a reality.

Over the past four years as I have grown my photography business I have come to see POETRY every time I look through my lens.  I see love, relationships, tough times, good times, sadness and happiness as I stare down the lens of my camera.  Each of the people I take pictures of writes the lines of their poems in a unique way and I LOVE that.  I feel so blessed to be invited to capture those lines in pictures.

This site could not have e without the sacrifice of several people in my life.  First, I thank my wife for her patience in allowing me to disappear in the evenings.  Second, I would like to thank Heather of Lovebugs Photography Design.  Her patience and hard work is what brought this site together.  Heather, bless you for making all of my crazy ideas a reality.

I leave you for now with a story of my latest inspiration.

Everyday I seem to rush on by.  It is the colors of the trees that stopped me in my tracks.  Each morning as I drive out of my neighborhood, those trees were screaming ”Look at Me”.  So I did.  I stopped at this intersection just as the sun was coming up and captures the lines of their poem.

I wish for you all the opportunity to be stopped to see the poetry in your lives.

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