A Very Personal Post

Alright, so it’s time to get personal…like, really personal.

If you’ve ever met me in person, especially at a car show, you’ve likely noticed - I don’t hear very well. It’s a lot of “Say again?” and “What was that?” or “I’m sorry, what?”. Yeah, I get tired of it too.

I don’t go to certain to restaurants alone because I know I won’t be able to hear the counter person. I rarely go to shows or concerts unless it’s something truly special. I avoid situations with a lot of people or music because it’s too much ambient noise overload and I won’t be able to hear anything specific. It sucks.

To top it off, I have an intense high-pitched ringing that NEVER stops…ever…and it’s the loudest thing at all times. I cannot accurately explain it, but just know I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

I’ve been battling hearing loss for a very long time (years), and it’s only getting worse.
I went to the specialist again this week and had another hearing test to see just how bad things are…and, yep, things are bad. I need to get hearing aids. We figured it would come to this eventually, we just didn’t think it would happen when I was 44 years old!

Now, this isn’t the end of the world; it could be a whole new beginning, we shall see. But, we need to get there first. If you didn’t know, hearing aids are expensive! Like, really expensive! I have a great job, with decent insurance, but they don’t cover much as far as ‘durable medical equipment’ goes. My out-of-pocket for these bad boys is going to be just shy of $5,000. Stick with me here, this isn’t a charity case …I’m not asking for a donation or a handout…this isn’t a GoFundMe. I am going to have a SALE here on my website on everything to try to defer some of the costs of these hearing aids. So Shirts, Stickers, Prints, Coasters, etc are on sale for a while. The sale will run for a week or so, just to help take the sting out of the cost of these hearing aids. I have a bunch of old magazines for sale on ebay as well if you need any to fill in your collection.

I’m getting the hearing aids no matter what…I have to…I’ll go crazy without them. I’m going to order them next week. Hopefully the next time you see me I’ll be able to hear you better.

Anyway, enough about me. back to the photos.

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Eric

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THERE HAS BEEN A HUGE MISTAKE!

Please read on...

So, for some reason, my printer had a glitch and sent me 100 more calendars that I wasn't planning on having. 😳 They don't want them back either, so what to do?? I say let's turn this into an opportunity to do some good! From today (December 10th) forward, $10 of every VW Calendar purchase will be DONATED to The Animal Foundation shelter in Las Vegas; the facility where I adopted both of my dogs. 

Please help me support the shelter, and pick up one of these 2019 Calendars

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Are you ready? I'm ready.
Eric

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10,000 is a Big Number!

My Facebook Page hit 10,000 Likes late last night! It was really fun to see that number click over, even though I thought I might break my refresh button!
I am amazingly grateful so many people have followed my progress, and liked what I have captured and put out into the world.

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So what does hitting 10,000 mean going forward? I’m not sure exactly. I am still going to try to bring you great content every single day, whether it’s some event coverage, a feature shoot, some behind the scenes looks, or something out of my archives that I think you might enjoy.

I like to think my page is different from a lot of the other photography pages out there. I like to showcase all different types of Volkswagens, no matter the year, style, or condition. They are all special in their own way! Of course, I pepper in some of my other work, like the big rig shoots and events, and some vintage truck action. You might also notice that I occasionally post some old signs, which are another passion of mine. I know most folks are following my page for VWs, so those dominate what you see, but I hope you like a taste of the others once in a while as well.

To celebrate the 10K mark, I am GIVING AWAY some stuff! There will be SIX winners…FIVE people will each win a 2019 VW Calendar, and ONE person will get a Shirt AND a Puzzle!
All you have to is make sure you LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE and complete the official ENTRY FORM. That’s it! I’ll be drawing the winners on Sunday, November 25th, so make sure to enter today!

WIN THIS STUFF!

WIN THIS STUFF!

Good luck to all who enter!

Again, I cannot thank you all enough for choosing to follow along on my adventures. I am beyond grateful for your support and attention.

10,000 is just the beginning…let’s keep it going!

Are you ready? I'm ready.
Eric

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Keeping it 100

With the arrival of Hot VWs November issue, a big milestone has been reached.

100 Published Magazine Features!

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One hundred. Wow!

In the span of just five short years

100 Features
21 Covers
15 Centerfolds
Across 12 different publications

It has been quite a ride in such a short time. I can’t wait to see what the next five years, and beyond brings.

I cannot express enough my gratitude for your attention, support, feedback, comments, likes and shares. Everything counts for more than you know.

Thanks for being a part of this adventure!

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Eric

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It's About to Get Busy

Summer is essentially over. The triple digit temperatures are waning, so that means all of us Volkswagen owners are getting our Dubs out of the garage again. Back on the roads, taking advantage of some 'cooler' temps. 

It's officially Fall Show Season!!

As a photographer, that means it's about to get busy again. In another week, I'm back on the road! 

Next week I head to the Fresno, California area to shoot two Dodges for Vintage Truck Magazine. The very next weekend, it's back to the Salt Lake City area for photo shoots and the annual Utah VW Classic. 

Before you know it, The Elite and Just Clean VW Show in Las Vegas, and Volkstock in Phoenix will be here.  I'm sure I'll tuck in another one or two overnighters on the calendar as well before winter gets here as well. 

The summer doldrums are over. Let's get to it!

Are you ready? I'm ready.
Eric

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95 and Counting...

Looking through my records, I noticed that I have had 95 published magazine features. Ninety five! Heck, that's almost one hundred. ;)  21 of those 95 were even Cover shots!

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Considering I only started working with mags at the end of 2013, that's pretty cool. An average of 19 published features per year!

I'm a freelancer, so I'm not contracted anywhere, and can work for multiple titles at the same time. Right now, these are the folks I collaborate with:
Hot VWs Magazine
Volkswagen Camper & Commercial Magazine
VolksAmerica Magazine
LargeCar Magazine
Combi Magazine

I've also done work with others, who I either just did a single piece for, or that have stop publishing:
Aircooled Classics Magazine
Kombi Life Magazine
Retro Cars Magazine
VW Vibe
10-4 Magazine
I've contributed photos to other people's features as well. Though I don't count those in the 95.

I really am humbled to have the opportunity to make car owner's dreams come true by helping them get featured.  Together we have broken ground, given exposure to new and different events, and shown the world more of the VW scene than ever before!

As I get closer to that big 100 number, there are a lot of people I need to thank.
First of all is my family, who have supported me greatly throughout the years. Most notably, my wife, Chris, who is not only immensely supportive, but as a business owner herself is also great sounding board for ideas and advice. 
Next up is Telly Carsten, who got me in touch with my first ever magazine editor, and planted the seed which has certainly taken firm roots! 
Speaking of editors, thanks to all of you who have seen value in what I bring to your magazine's pages.
I'd also like to thank every car owner who has either let me photograph their ride for a magazine, or who has hired me to shoot their car or event. You all are helping this whole thing keep going. 
Everyone who buys a shirt, a puzzle, a calendar, or a print - thank you all. I truly couldn't keep doing this without your support. I sincerely thank you all! I wish I could call out everyone individually, but no one wants to read a blog post that long! :)

The last five years has been quite a ride, I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Always evaluating, always learning, always humble, always grateful for your attention.

Are you ready? I'm ready.
Eric

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2019 Calendar Pre-Order

It's that time again...time to pre-order your 2019 Calendars! 

This year, I have FOUR options to choose from. Yep, four, but more on that in a bit.

Everybody wants to know how I pick who gets into my annual calendars. Well, everything in my calendars each year are photos that I took. Seems logical, right? 95% of what you see included are dedicated photo shoots that I did for either a magazine or a personal shoot for the car owner. The rest are from events. There are times I grab a shot at an event that just screams 'Calendar', so it makes it in.

With four options this year, you can get the one (or two) that really speak to you as a VW fan. 
As always, there is the standard 'Volkswagen Calendar'. This one has Bugs, Ghia, Type 3s, etc.
Again this year, I have a 'Volkswagen Bus Calendar', featuring Splits and Bays. 
For the second year, a 'Things West' option is available, showcasing Things in attendance at the Things West 2018 event in California.
NEW for 2019 is the 'Watercooled Volkswagen' calendar! I love my water pumper fans out there, and this is for you. A few of the shots in this one were from photo shoots, but the majority were taken at events. 

Seriously, something for everyone here.

Calendars are printed on heavy satin card stock, and measure 11x17 when open. They are spiral bound, and easy to hang. 

I'm keeping the same price as last year: just $24 and FREE SHIPPING in the US. Click HERE to order.

Right now, we are in the Pre-Order period. Calendars will ship to you in plenty of time for the Holiday season. They make great gifts!

Hit this LINK to check out all the details, and see all the featured VWs! 

Are you ready? I'm ready.
Eric

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Puzzles are Here!

My second line of jigsaw puzzles are here! They actually arrived three weeks earlier than expected.  That's great for all the folks who pre-ordered, because those are out in the mail already!

For everyone else, you can order your puzzle (or puzzles) right now by visiting my STORE and going through the regular process. 

These are 1,000 pieces, and measure 20x28 when you put them together. That's a pretty big size! They are factory boxed and sealed, ready to go.

I expect to ship every two to three days (because really who wants to go to the Post Office every day) unless I'm out of town, and I'll get to those orders as soon as I return. 

Four styles to choose from!

Four styles to choose from!

I picked these four images because I thought they would make puzzles that were somewhat challenging, and would look awesome if you glued them together and hung them up on your wall.  Each of these for sure meets those criteria. 

Quantities are limited, with less than 10 of each style remaining after the pre-orders went out. Act fast to get yours before they're gone!

Are you ready? I'm ready.
Eric

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