Photography Blog

Smartphone Saturday: My Little Delinquent

29 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Who has time to edit photos and write quirky stories behind them anyway? Well, I do, and often on weekdays. Not on Saturdays though. Smartphone Saturdays are for simple, unedited photos from my phone that give you a peek at my life.

Today’s photo is a wintertime image of my little guy William looking guilty. The impish smile on his face is enough to convince you that he probably tagged this wall himself. His posture is enough to convince you that he’s either on time out or doing hard time. Thankfully, the reality is that his smile makes him look guilty far more often than he actually is. He’s also got a handsome smile, and we’ll just have to practice using that one a bit more before those grade school LifeTouch portraits, won’t we?

And nope, I can’t tell you what “POFO” means. You’ll just have to ask my little delinquent.

Lady Love

28 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

There are days where your love story is difficult to remember.

You know the days I’m talking about; Under the weight of picking up and dropping off kids, a bulging social calendar, and the steady decay of my brain, it can be tricky to recall that there was a time that all I thought about was the girl that is my wife. It isn’t that I don’t see my wife enough on these days, or that we don’t talk, for we are often crawling in the trenches of parenthood together. It is that the whirlwind of life relentlessly tosses distractions that keep us pursuing everything but each other.

These two days in Oregon were nothing like that. (more…)

Smartphone Saturday: Selfie at Trail’s End

22 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Saturday is full of things other than blogging for me. Nevertheless, I carve out a bit of time to post a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone for a glimpse into my life.

I hear the kids these days calling them “selfies”. Why, in my day, we called them “self-portraits”! A more dignified title, don’t you think? And we were content with natural smiles. No need for these duck faces. Selfie? Bah.

All jokes aside, this selfie comes from the south end of the Sacramento River Parkway trail. With every day that passes, my children get a bit larger and weigh down the bike trailer that much more. My wife and braved the growing girth and took our bikes out for a ride along this trail that we had never before seen. Turns out, it’s a fun one — especially when you ride it with the right people.


21 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

For most folks, a camping trip leaves a thin layer of dust over just about everything you take along. The same is true for the Oswald family, only we come home from the campsite with a second and third layer of dirt.



18 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

One of the most delightful things about kids is the sense of purpose that they bring to their play. While adults are busy with their boring and grown-up concerns, kids can afford to pour all of their being into, well, every single thing they do. Just watch a kid pumping on the swings, or dancing when nobody is watching, or re-enacting their favorite cartoon with friends. The look on their faces shows that these things aren’t just play. This stuff is life itself!

I saw that look on this little girl’s face as she dragged her prey across the sand. (more…)