The 'Cat' will play...

Well, Mike is off camping with our youngest this weekend and the boys had other plans, I actually had a free evening and was bored with my "to do" list. I borrowed Mike's 5D and took some shots of my best friend and her twin daughters playing in our front yard.

I have spent the last few hours playing with Creative Memories' Memory Manager software, cropping and editing some of the better ones. Here are my favorites, enjoy!

Someone asked about our logo and the story behind it. Well here's my version (Mike's may be different!)...

The leaf is 'colored' with a photograph of fall leaves as Mike and I met in the fall and have always loved that time of the year. Our first dates were outside, hiking and camping and the leaves remind me of those first weeks as we discovered each other!

When we were thinking about doing something creative "falling leaves" just needed to be incorporated somewhere so this is what I came up with for us.

My Latest Creation

I am so excited about a new product! (not new to the photographic community, but new to Creative Memories) They have introduced StoryBooks, created with free software and printed by CM's photo center. I received the one Mike and I made to showcase the product and some of our favorite photographs, the quality is fantastic and I am sold. I can't wait to show it off to my customers!

Here's a peek inside! (for more detail - see my blog at

"Honey, get up. Its 5:30 and the sun is rising, I thought you wanted to do some practice sessions while we were here?" So with one eye propped open, and no coffee, my wife Catherine (ShabbyCat) pushes me out of bed and we head down to the beach with our 8yr old daughter for the sunrise and a practice e-session type shoot. Striving for an all natural light session with no help from flash or reflectors, these are the results of our fun morning at the beach! Hope you enjoy!

Mike's a hard act to follow but an easy one to encourage, support and love. He has been a blessing to me since we met 10 years ago.

I am an artist at heart and have always dabbled in way too much. Blame my mom, she NEVER said don't try it, but pushed me to master what ever I chose to try. My resume is quite interesting to read because I have so been so many things in the last 20+ years, among the favorites and the ones I draw on most are costume designer, stage manager, graphic artist, sales clerk, cake decorator and teacher.

The last 7 years I have worked as a lactation consultant helping mothers learn to nurture their babies and I work with clients as often as I can. I love seeing the interaction between the mother and newborn and have recently begun to photograph them.

A year ago I had a life changing medical crisis that made me realize that our family needed to be my first priority. I had to do something different, to go back to my art roots, work for myself and help Mike realize his dream. (he supported, encouraged and did all he could for me when I was working to become a lactation consultant and while I worked for the practice, being on call 24/7 and working odd hours)

So here we are a year later, I am a consultant for Creative Memories using my talents to showcase my 'snapshots' and family stories and Mike's "Pro Pictures" (some of mine too) using CM's tools and albums! (I also teach my friends & customers to do the same) Mike is pursuing the dream to return to photography and I have even started to pick up the camera more and more! (ask him about calling me "Uncle Bob")

I hope you enjoy the ride with us!

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Well, where to start? I have been involved in photography in some form or another for 35 years. Originally, I had this grandios idea to try astrophotography so I talked my parents into getting me a 35mm camera for my 15th Birthday. Of course, as teenagers are, I never got the telescope to go with it, but instead delved into the world of developing my own black and white pictures. To see images form on a piece of plastic film and then enlarged into a printed picture was absolute magic to me!

It was during these years that I began shooting rock concerts, from the edge of my seat, or someone elses, or occasionally from the shoulders of a stranger! I loved the high energy, trying to capture these energized stage moments on film. Then, one day, the promoters decided that cameras were no longer welcome to concerts, sporting events, and the like. By this time, I was now in college, working towards a computer engineering degree, and photography began to take a backseat. I had found software development and loved it! A new, exciting, and different creative outlet - I was on the forefront of the emerging technology of microcomputers, the PC, and home computing.

This has captivated my career now for 26 years, paid the bills, and kept my creativity alive. But photography was always there. A thousand rolls of film or more have buzzed through my cameras over the years, capturing lifes moments of my family, our 5 children, vacations, and countless other subjects. Today, my film days have mostly been replaced with the digital camera, zipping through more pictures than I ever dreamed possible!

But over the past few years, a growing, nagging, feeling that I should have done more than "snap shots" over the past years has been in the forefront of my mind. After much contemplation and prayer, I feel now that the good Lord has been trying to direct me down a path that for many years I pushed aside. Today I am following that path, not knowing where its going, or where it may lead.

Along with my wife Catherine, whose constant encourgement and creative abilities keep me moving day to day, I am finally ready to rock'n'roll this photography idea! Are you ready to rock'n'roll with us? We hope so! We hope you will follow along as we move forward with our photographic endeavors, and as we rewind to some moments of the past for your (and our) enjoyment! And please, dont be bashful, leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Welome to the home of Photography by Mike and Catherine Warren. We are just testing our blog and should be up and running shortly. Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon!