This one is from 2004. In all honesty, I have no idea what dive trip we were on, except that it was somewhere in the Caribbean and taken by my good pal, Kayce Baker. I wound up calling it "Skip's Turtle" which is hardly accurate since this guy let a few of us swim with him. However, an encounter with turtles, dolphins, eels or any big sociable critter in the ocean is one of those very special things that keeps you diving.
Every Throwback image always brings out stories. This one, in particular, got me thinking about friends I haven't seen in a long time, which prompted me to share a few great stories with Sheila about the dive trips we used to do. At one point, we probably had twenty divers on the "call list" any time when a trip was being put together. In fact, in the early 2000's we did a lot of diving with the Aggressor Fleet. As a result, they treated us like a retail dive shop, not just with the discounts, but often with control of the schedule and itinerary for the trip.
Tim Walden, in a recent podcast, talked about the value of an image, in this case, a fine art portrait. He and Beverly don't sell fine art prints; they sell family heirlooms destined to be handed down to future generations. If you haven't listened to the podcast, just click on the link below. It's a pretty remarkable approach to establishing a higher value for your work.
While "Skip's Turtle" is hardly a family heirloom, it still helps make the point. Take a few minutes this morning and go through that box of old images. Then, share the story on your blog for your clients to read. It's great content and the perfect reminder of the magic you bring to their lives along with the power of every image.