Robert's Surprise Birthday Photo

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Uploaded 28 Feb 2011
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UploadedMarch 1, 2011
TakenJuly 16, 2010
Exposure1/400 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length100 mm

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This gentleman is Robert. I had just finished up with a commercial swimwear shoot on Sauvies Island just outside of Portland, Oregon.

When I looked up and seen Robert standing on the top of a small hill overlooking the river bank. I approached him and we spoke sparingly about the weather, the state of the economy, and whatever else crossed our paths.

When we had finished chit chatting, I asked to capture the moment. I took several images and went back over to shake hands and grab an address as to where to send him a copy or two of the images I shot. In our exchange of info, an older lady came up and introduced herself, as Robert's wife Barbara. I was happy to meet her, as well, and I captured the couple together on the beach hillside that day.

Upon getting ready to leave Barbara mentioned to me that meeting me was a pleasant surprise as this day was Robert's 72nd birthday. So I turned to Robert and said...."Surprise. . .You have Birthday Photos!"

I then parted way and went to pack my gear back into my truck and head back home. I later emailed the photos, I captured to Robert and Barbara. To my surprise, I got this email message in return.


Bobby thank you so much for these photos! I particularly like the full-length photo of Robert and I. What an unexpected and welcome memento of Robert's 72nd birthday and our day on Sauvie Island.

After you left, I realized that I had omitted to get a picture of YOU! When you passed us in your car, I frantically tried to wave you down so I could shoot one, but to no avail.


I've been capturing images for years...and I am always amazed at the amazing people I happen to come across in my travels. Whether those travels be near or far. Each moment is sealed in images within my minds-eye, as well as the film, I happen to capture those "Little Life Moments" on.

- Bobby Badboy, Photographer

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