Thanksgiving Giving Of Thanks

For USA readers, yesterday was Thanksgiving – I spent the day with family, being thankful for so much. For the international readers, I hope you joined in yesterday, or perhaps will join me in some thankfulness today.

Front and center on my list of things to be thankful for are: health, family, and community. Health makes the whole thing possible; family–immediate and extended–gives me the daily dose of what love really means, as well as the strength to live a full life; and community–my friends, my amazing staff, co-collaborators, and you–make it all so exciting, rich, and inspirational beyond my wildest dreams. All these things are wonderful and worthwhile things to celebrate.

Within the always-humbling, sometimes-overwhelming presence that this community has in my life, I draw an immeasurable amount of inspiration and motivation. It’s continually shocking for those times when I receive your thanks or kind words, because in my head, our roles are reversed – I feel like the one who clearly derives the most benefit from your participation in this constantly growing community. Words here cannot extend a big enough thanks to you.

Let me take a moment to thank a small handful of friends, collaborators, organizations that have for some reason or another recently made an (another?) impression on me. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a short one that is present for me at the moment. They are all, in some unexpected ways, not to be missed:

NON PROFIT ORGS
4Culture.org
Blue Earth Alliance
Help-Portrait

MUSIC
Head Like A Kite
Victor Shade
Say Hi
Fences
Shabazz Palaces

GOOD PEOPLE
The Superformula
Ace Hotel
Vince Klimek.
Matt’s In The Market.
Foodista
Small-Lot Wines
Mike Horn
Build LLC
Theo Chocolate

Lastly. If you feel inclined to, please share in the comments section below something you’re thankful for. Anything sincere–and this is not just for the USA folks. It might be a USA holiday, but gratitude is worldwide. I’ll select a handful of comments and send you a signed book or something else to show my thanks for your sharing.

Oh, and I always love this reminder: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward Have a great weekend.

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147 Responses to Thanksgiving Giving Of Thanks

  1. Brian November 26, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    I am thankful for the few who were my childhood friends, those who still are and those I have come to know later in life.
    I am thankful for the opportunities that life has presented to me.
    I am thankful for taking advantage of many of those opportunities.
    I am thankful for the people who gave me a chance, or took the chance on me.
    I am thankful for the people who believed in me.
    I am thankful for the people who loved me.
    I am thankful for meeting, growing up with, and having all my loving grandparents.
    I am thankful for the little things.
    I am thankful for the experiences that I have been through, survived and learned something from.
    I am thankful for having a two parent household.
    I am thankful for my wife, kids and pets.
    I am thankful for my first computer.
    I am thankful for all the people who took the time to teach me something.
    I am thankful for the times I was left alone when I needed to be.
    I am thankful for all the things the future will being.

    But the thing I’m most thankful for: Someone willing to interview me for a job. :) 

    • Donna Lere November 26, 2010 at 10:28 am #

      I am thankful that my Marine son called my from Afghanistan. Enough said.

    • Gamaliel Rios November 26, 2010 at 10:31 am #

      I’m thankful for a lot of things, but specially for

      - The life that I have, it’s not glamorous, I don’t have money (actual “savings” $3.51, yeah that’s wright…!!!) my photo business sucks big time, I don’t have a photo shoot since September, I don’t have money for presents this year, it has been lots of pressure since in top of that I’m a newlywed. BUT I’m really grateful because I have the love of my wife, my family & friends & I have one of the most satisfying charity of all, I just finished a beautiful “Wanna live” series of boy with cancer & another with “Homeless Families”, just beautiful to see how different they see life when they see how they look, as one subject said “I didn’t know how beautiful life can be because of how immerse I’m in my situation, this gave me hope” THAT’S LIFE, when you can give to other & your own heart fills with REAL life. I’m not even average money wise, I’m filled with questions on how tomorrow will be, but as far as I have something to give I’m LIVING…!!!

    • Ash Wignall November 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

      Greatful for the love I feel when I hold my baby girl Emily in my arms a give her a cuddlesqeeze!

  2. Raymond Spaddy November 26, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Honestly, I’m incredibly thankful for YOU. Since discovering your blog, and Creative Live, I’ve learned so much that has helped my freelance career. You’re a great inspiration and you’re giving back.

    Ray

  3. Jack Megaw November 26, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    I’m incredibly thankful for being able to follow my dreams and to take pictures for a living.

    -Jack.

  4. jurgen November 26, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Over here in Belgium it was “business as usual”, but I guess it won’t take another decade before we will incorporate it into our lives and culture, just as we did with Halloween ….

    Hope you had a wonderful day,

    With love from Belgium!

  5. Jay November 26, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    I am thankful to be a part of Help Portrait this year. I am thankful that I am going to be able to make portraits for women and children at Trinity Rescue Mission in Jacksonville, Florida next week.

    I am REALLY thankful to the local Walgreens near Trinity. They have gotten on board in a major way. They are providing for each subject/family for FREE, an 8×10 print and 2 5×7 prints. We aimed high and told them we may have over 60 subjects and they still agreed.

    Gotta say too that I am thankful for my wife. She has been so supportive in some major decisions I have made recently and I also have to give out thanks to Jesus, my Lord & Savior.

    Thanks also goes out to you Chase. Your willingness to share information, ideas, and be an encouragement to the photographic community is awesome.

  6. James Melia November 26, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    PHOTOGRAPHY

  7. Kare November 26, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    I’m thankful today for my cousin – cousin by birth, best friend by choice. The kind of friend who will do anything for you, including leaving work to keep you company at the hospital, just to talk nonsense so your mind is occupied and not thinking about what could be. I couldn’t ask for better.

  8. Jason November 26, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    I’m thankful for supportive family and friends as well as good role models to look up to.

    Mostly i’m thankful for the completion of a fundraiser project my wife and I have been working on. We have put a lot of time and energy in to this and the process has affected us both greatly (working with breast cancer survivors to create a calendar). It has been the single most profoundly influential project we have ever been a part of.

  9. Meerz November 26, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    I am thankful there’s a man in this world, called “Scott Kelby” and he writes cool books and shares awesome stuff.

  10. DPC November 26, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    The wealth knowledge shared by your site and insight into the black box of the photography business.

  11. Jeff Heinz November 26, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Nice Chase! Thanks for the reminder to stop and think. So difficult sometimes, even on Thanksgiving, to stop and remember what we are, or should be, thankful for! to name a few things….
    My wife!: She is the rock that keeps my ADD driven insane overachiver attitude in check!
    TinyURL: I once pasted in a 12 hour double booked crazy day calendar…. it simplified it down to 7 characters! I did it in frustration, but it opened my eyes to the fact i dont need to dwell on all of it…. just simplify it to whats important.

    Thanks for YOU Chase!

    jeff

  12. Asha Carlos November 26, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    I’m thankful for the gift of family :o )

  13. Marco Denzer November 26, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’m thankful for my family (wife and children 7 & 5), for having the ability to be happy and at peace in spite of life’s many challenges and difficulties, and last but not least for my love of photography and all the improvements I’ve made over the last 2 or 3 years. Knowing that people actually DO like the work I create is wonderful.

  14. Verna November 26, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    As I get older, I learn to be thankful for people more than material things. The people in my life who inspire me to work harder, love better and dream bigger are what I am most thankful for…well, that and all five of my senses. ;-)

  15. Carl Licari November 26, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    My thanks go out to you Chase.
    Your innovation with CreativeLIVE. What a concept. Offering up world class photographers for DAYS of free instruction and consultation and then for download later. The improvement in my photography with instruction from the likes of Zack, Tamara and others in a short time has been heaven sent.
    I can’t begin to thank you enough!

  16. Michal Garcia November 26, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I’m thankful for you guys being so giving and hosting me in Seattle, twice.

  17. Katie November 26, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Hi Chase,

    Thanks for your wonderful post. It’s wonderful to be able to be thankful on one day each year but also to be thankful all the time for the things that have been given to us.

    Me personally, I am thankful for the God-given talent that I have been given for photography and for the ability to share that with others. I am also thankful for my husband who has been so incredibly supportive of me and my business. He always pushes me and allows me to pursue my dreams.

  18. Anonymous November 26, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Chase, def thankful for the way you continue to put yourself out there and for the way you are helping tons of others to do so via various ventures such as creativeLIVE!! Incredible to see someone as professionally successful as you and some of the other quote unquote stars of industry share so freely!

    Honestly I’m also thankful for social media/web in general. Being really new to Twitter ( only started using regularly after submitting a vid for the Tamara Lackey workshop a few weeks ago), it feels like a whole new world has been revealed to me which allows connectivity based on interests etc regardless if physical proximity. Love it!!

    • Jesse clements November 26, 2010 at 10:25 am #

      Jesseclements.com

  19. John W November 26, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I’m thankful for so many things and at the top of the list are my family, friends and health. I have been blessed so much that I feel compelled to share my blessings. As my pastor frequently says, “To whom much is given, much is required.” World Vision, Habitat for Humanity and Heifer.org are three organizations that do so much to lift people up and help them stand on their own.

  20. Scott Saw November 26, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Very well put Chase… I agree with what you wrote… family, friends and health is at the top of my list as well. I’m an artist and an aspiring photographer. So, among many other things, I’m thankful for my d7000 and to you for introducing it to me! :) Here are a couple of the first pix I have taken with it if you are interested in taking a peak. Cheers! : http://twitpic.com/3a7wf5 http://twitpic.com/39ags8

  21. Eddy November 26, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    I’m thankful because I have the freedom and ability to make choices, although I often make the wrong ones.
    Such is life.

  22. Mark Christensen November 26, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    June of 2009 I broke my left humerus transversely. I’ve had 2 surgeries putting in pins and bars, taking “good bone” from my hip to help the arm bone fuse and we’re still at least a year away from a hopeful recovery, no guarantees. Since then I’ve lost my studio and become some what a stay at home Dad. I am so, SO grateful for the customers that have stayed with me. I’m grateful for the job my wife has to provide for our family of 5. Photography is my passion and I couldn’t even lift my arm to stabilize my camera for months and months. These have been trying times but just this week I was able to lift my baseball glove enough to play catch with my boys for the first time since my accident. I am thankful.

  23. Jennifer Squires November 26, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I am happy, grateful, and thankful that I get to spend my everyday with my family, making photographs of the peaceful beauty that is my part of this earth.

  24. J.Robert Williams November 26, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    I’m thankful to be surrounded by such wonderful, creative people who support me and allow me to support them.

    I’m thankful that the world seems to be reverting to a place where caring and giving are becoming more common place.

    I’m thankful for my wife who supports me and my hair-brained ideas and expects me to go forth and grow.

    I’m thankful I’m surrounded by beauty in all it’s forms.

    I’m thankful for coffee.

  25. Adam November 26, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    I am thankful for life….in every respect of the word.

    I am thankful that when I took what seemed to be my last breath, there was a second chance at life. Thankful for the lives of the paramedics, the doctors and nurses.

    I am thankful for the lives I have created, which allowed me to understand every emotion that human lives are capable of. Their smiles make me love my life.

    I am thankful for the living world – mother earth. It’s not all concrete and artificial lighting – and there is so many different worlds within our world. If Mother earth can’t make you see your potential, and get you excited….you have not found what it is that will blow you away.

    “Another year is fast approaching. Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world.”
    — Jason Mraz

  26. Erik Meyer November 26, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Chase,

    I am thankful for my daughter who entered the world a month early on Monday. Today, November 26, 2010 she will be allowed to go home. I am thankful for every moment that I have spent with her so far and the moments that my wife and I will share with her.

  27. Shane November 26, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    I am thankful that my 5 year old (now 6) nephew was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in April and has (as of 2 weeks ago) been given the all clear! That’s definitely something to be thankful for.

  28. Candy Kempsey November 26, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    I love your work, I love this beautiful post.

    I am so thankful for being able to recover from Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was diagnosed on 7/6/09.

    I am 38 and have 4 beautiful children ages 16 all the way down to 2 yrs. old. I am thankful for al of them. Without them this whole cancer business would have been a thousand times harder to deal with. I love them.

    I am thankful for discovering my love for photography this summer. I am thankful for being able to see through things. Too take in what life has to offer each and every second.

    I am thankful that I have been married for over 16 years without no regrets.

    I am thankful for my life.

    I am so very thankful.

    • Candy Kempsey November 26, 2010 at 10:31 am #

      I am sorry for my typing errors!!! Signs of a very good Thanksgiving perhaps ;-) ?

  29. Marijean November 26, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Chase,
    Thank you for sharing your well composed thoughts. I will reply in a familiar format.

    I am thankful for
    My partner of 22 years and our two chilren
    Good health
    Friends near or far, close or acquaintances.
    Family
    My work with Special needs children
    Ben Folds
    Creative freedom
    Creative expression
    IPhone
    BEST CAM
    iPhone photography Aapplications
    Bono
    U2
    R.E.M.
    The Posies
    Jon Auer
    Molly Moon
    Frye, Henry and SAM
    Benaroya Hall
    EMP
    Wallingford, Greenlake Fremont Capitol Hill
    The Troll
    JP Patches..,.
    Potential
    Growth
    ADHD
    DID I MENTION BEST CAM!?!?!

  30. Alex November 26, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    I am thankful for all of the love in my life.

  31. Stuart Webster November 26, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I’m thankful to Chase, Creative Live and the whole web community for inspiring and supporting me in 2010. This year I’ve have self taught myself to code HTML/CSS/JavaScript so I could creates new web site for my kids school, I am always lookingnto support the community and the school and I was able to by the support of all of you.
    Got some great photos along the way.
    Thanks everyone.

  32. Fredrik Vrenne November 26, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I am thankful for so much, and i am very grateful for having my family and friends with me every day. I also want to thank you Chase for inspiering me to grab my camera, take on my shoes and go out enjoying photography. I look up your videos daily and watch them over and over again. You are a great person, and even though i havent met you or know much about you, you seem like a person with a happy life. And you are a great icon for me, and you inspire me so much! At the age of 15, all my friends have pop stars, move celeberties and soccerplayers as their icons, but you are mine and i really enjoy what you do! I cant thank you enough!

    Greetings from Norway

  33. cat November 26, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    I am truly grateful to be alive, and for all that goes along with being alive, the good, the bad and even the ugly. I’m thankful for recognizing that without one, there is no comparison for another, otherwise would be to travel this life with no expectation for anything greater than what we are dealt, without inspiration, without dreams, and without gratitude. I’m loving life and making my dreams come true, and hopefully inspiring others along the way.

  34. Normand Desjardins November 26, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    I am thankful for photographers just like you that are always sharing their passions so we do not feel alone being crazy about photography. Crazy enough to leave a 17yrs old successful career as a graphic designer/multimedia producer to focus on what feels the most important : image making/story in one frame.

    THANKS!!! ;-)

  35. Marshall November 26, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    The list is too long, but for here I will list three things:
    Family: even growing family as we welcome my brother’s new wife.
    Friends: old friends, new friends, teammates, colleagues…
    And perhaps most apropros here: for creativity. For the musicians and <a href="http://goo.gl/Absxd"poets who let me spend some of my time near them with my camera, because sharing in creativity begets creativity. (“The opposite of war isn’t peace. It’s creation.” – Jonathan Larson)

    • Marshall November 26, 2010 at 10:42 am #

      Sorry for the random html. Guess I can’t post that as a link…

  36. Andy November 26, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I don’t own much at all…what little I do have I’m very thankful for.
    My truck isn’t new nor does it look new…but I’m thankful it runs like new.
    My family isn’t perfect….but I wouldn’t have another.
    My friends get on my nerves sometimes…but they are also my family and loved.
    My camera is outdated…but I’m thankful to have even an older camera.
    I own three lenses…I’m thankful that for being allowed the opportunity to work for each one.
    My photographic skills aren’t many…but I’m thankful for those that have taught me what I do know.
    I’m thankful that those same people have shown me how to make the most of those skills.

    Most of all I’m thankful for life. Thankful that I woke up this morning to embrace just one more day of this less than perfect existence. I’m thankful for the ones that I get to share it with, be it online or just outside my front door.

    There could be so many other things on this list. I’m thankful for that too.

    • Sachin Khona November 26, 2010 at 11:16 am #

      Dude.. this actually made me tear up a little bit.. ha!
      I feel you on this … biggups

  37. Eduardo November 26, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    I am thankful for life…
    Thankful for my newborn son. For my family…
    For having a job.
    For having the opportunity to share.

    And thankful for Chase, who has been an inspiration.

    Greetings from Monterrey, Mexico.

  38. Kitty klum November 26, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    Not to be cheesy, I’m most sincere.
    I’m thankful for your message to the world and that I was able to find it.
    You and your peeps are sharing, you are opening the books, letting us see your cards, so openly that it’s practically life changing. You are taking years of hard knocks off my learning curve.

    I found CL & you during the 2nd day of Tamara Lackey’s seminar. I was mesmerized. For 2 days I walked all over the house carrying my laptop so I didn’t miss a single word; completely transported. I watched and watched and rewatched and then bought the 24 HR series, because I have never heard anything so valuable to my aspirations.

    I didn’t know who either one of you were before I found the link on B&H. I’ve been ‘in church’, as JS put it, ever since then watching as many videos of you guys as I can find. I’ve gotten a peek at what some AMAZING photogs do – things I never dreamt of seeing nor dared to hope for. Thank you for inspiring me, who’s over 50, young at heart, but was trivialized by the economic downturn in Detroit, broken hearted by the sudden lose of a career, lifestyle and financial comfort. I’m trying to jump start a new career late in life with a limited budget. The $100 I spent on TL’s course was so worth every penny. You’ve inspired me to give back right now, by doing some charitable work shooting portraits for battered women while I’m honing my craft.

    So you’ve blessed me and I’m committed to bless another, immediately. (sorry to wax poetic, but I’m totally moved.). Thank you. God Bless you, Kate and all those who hopped on this wonderful momentum you’ve put out there.

  39. Tom Lynch November 26, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    I am thankful for my family and what they mean to me everyday……for having Annie as my best friend…..and a special thanks to my nephew Patrick (Army Ranger) and all service men and women who keep us safe and free!……and Thanks to Chase for allowing us to say THANKS!

  40. Vejune M November 26, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Everything that I am thankful for are so obvious that are too difficult to put into words..
    I am thankful for my family and the opportunities that they provide me with. Some of them seem almost beyond their capabilities.. I am thankful for every sacrifice that they make for me and my future. I know that nothing is impossible since I have them.
    I am thankful for every person that is willing to criticize me, or have some doubts in me as well. These are the people that keep me real. They remind me to stop there for a second and think about what I am doing, what I want to achieve and what I have to do to achieve it. They help me to see the direction of my life clearer and realize what is important and what is not.
    As silly as it may sound, I am thankful for the Internet. For collaborations like creative live. For every artist, that is willing to share thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world. I hope they realize the impact they have on those young and still looking for themselves people. They helped me a lot.
    Finally, I am thankful for this question. I live in Europe and, in addition, my family was never good at openly sharing what we feel. We know what is important, we feel thankful in our hearts, but we never say it out loud. And that is important. While writing this comment I got scared that they may not know how much I appreciate and love them, and that I don’t take everything for granted.

  41. kristyk November 26, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    I am grateful for my kids and their never ending creativity. The world looks so much brighter through their eyes!

  42. Vallord November 26, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    I’m thankful for many things. Friends and family. I’m also thankful that my job not only allows me to have a roof over my head and food on the table, but also allows me to travel a bit. I am thankful that I have a lot of creative energy. Enough that I can work on my own projects and some left over to support local organizations who do some greats things.

  43. Steve G November 26, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Thankful for many things, awesome family, great kids, my health and all my needs taken care of.
    Also extremely thankful for my new hobby of photography. I’m coming up to my first birthday and have had a great time learning over the last year. Am also very thankful for this community of photographers I stumbled across in CreateLive Live with Chase, Zack, Jeremy, Scott Kellby and all. Grateful that you all put so much back into this industry and you are so accessible to people like me starting out.

    Happy thanksgiving all.

  44. Scott November 26, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I’m thankful for the hard times. If it were not for them, I would not learn the lessons I needed to, nor would I be as grateful for when times are good.

  45. David November 26, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I’m thankful that I have a loving family, a job, and the time to take pictures.

  46. sara November 26, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    I’m thankful that due to the interconnectivity of all peoples thru social media and otherwise, we’re all living our lives in broad daylight. We all know what’s happenin in our friend’s lives. It’s give us all the sweet relief of sharing the good times, sharing the trouble and just simply sharing to share. For whatever ails you these days, all it takes is a good spin doctor to help you see the bright side & the silver lining. I’m thankful for the freedom to share my bourdons and my joys and for all my favorite spin doctors who helping me open my eyes to see the paths to new opportunities and adventures for the future. And of course, I’m thankful for the ultra elite VIP’s in my life who have taught me what true, honest love is all about.

  47. Elis W. Alves November 26, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    I am thankful for the people who have poured of their time and expertise into my life to make me the person I am today. For the gifts I’ve been given and the work that is slowly coming my way so I can live off of photography. For my family, parents, sisters, nephews and nieces and friends all over the world that make my life much sweeter. And I’m thankful to you Chase and to Creative life and all the great content you make available to us! God bless you! :c)

  48. Wilf Feder November 26, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Chase, I’m so thankful that a friend pointed me to guys like Zack Arias and many others – and you Chase. And to Creative Live. I can honestly say that i pulled some jobs recently, that i would not have pulled without the information and inspiration of CreativeLive lessons.

    After the last session of Tamara Lackey, that’s 3 AM here in Munich, i looked out the window and saw this incredible moonlit fog scenery, rushed outside and got some incredible images. It was something i have never seen before and i’m really thankful you guys kept me awake =).

    Thanks Chase for your attitude and all the effort you put into sharing so much with us. I really want to buy you a decent bavarian beer once you get to Munich =).

    greetings
    wilf

  49. Paul C November 26, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    I’m thankful for all of the “normal” stuff we have to be thankful for – life, love, liberty, a job, place to live, etc.

    I’m also thankful for the ability through today’s technology to share my creations/stories/pictures with the world. It’s just a nice feeling to be able to do so, whether the world likes your stuff or not, and no matter how many see it.

  50. Kurt November 26, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    I am thankful for my wife letting me get a new camera! She is the best.

  51. Sachin Khona November 26, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I am thankful for

    : life – each day I/we’re truly blessed
    : my parents – who never really set any boundaries, for being open minded, for raising me well and for encouraging me always
    : People – im interested in all of you
    : education – I hope I never stop learning
    : creativity – I never thought I would be a creative and photography helps me create each time I pick up my camera
    : inspiration – its everywhere
    : the internet – for helping me learn and connecting us all
    : social media – for helping me connect with people from philadelphia to Azerbaijan – twitter is crazy
    : boredem – im most creative when I’m bored..
    : [boundaries], obstacles, hurdles and negativity – you just inspire me to try harder
    :equal and opposites – differences

    : finally im thankful for words – so that i can express myself

    Sachin Khona

  52. william p November 26, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    i’m thankful that i’m able to provide for my 2 year old son, and my new baby girl on the way. Everything else is just gravy! I’ve won the lottery 3 times with my wife and both of my kids!

  53. Ryan J. Bolger November 26, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I can go on and on for the reasons and what I am thankful for in my life. I’ll start off by saying
    •I am completely Thankful for being able to Live. When I was born I was 1 pound I was born weeks early. The Doctors and My family say that I’m a miracle to even be alive.My body fit in the palm of my Father’s Hand. I have all these scars from experimental surgeries @ the time on my chest a daily reminder that I am here right now for a reason. I think deep inside that is my motivation behind conquering my dreams.I’m thankful to the Power in the Clouds for allowing me to be here right now typing this.
    • I am thankful for My Brother and Best Friend. Although they are now my Angels they are always close by. I’m thankful for the valued life moments and memories that we shared together. I’m thankful for the Wisdom that they taught me. I’m thankful that they believed in my dreams. Everyday I wake I look in the mirror and I say this day is for the Angels that can’t physically be here to enjoy it with me.For I live my life and dreams not only for myself but for them…They will forever be my inspiration behind trying to conquer the world though my lens.
    •I’m thankful for my Family and Friends that I have. Coming from a huge Irish Family from Chicago’s southside family and friends help make our lives mean something more.
    • I’m thankful for the gifts, My passion for photography,my creativity, my sincerity,and my love.
    • I’m thankful I never gave up on my dream of being a Visual StoryTeller
    • I’m thankful I’m able to say I am living my dream every single day and I want to take it higher.
    • I’m thankful for The Courage,The Heart,The Soul, and taking part in the greatest story ever told….that is Life.
    • I’m thankful for biting the bullet, the encouragement,the great response,and the ability to inspire people through my art with Opening Up my Own Fine Art Photography Gallery 6 months ago. I’m thankful for this Journey that ha been created.
    • I’m thankful for all the times in my life where I messed up for I learned from every single one of them
    • I’m thankful for all the times in my life where I did good for it makes me want to do even more and dream Bigger
    • I’m thankful for the Family dogs I’ve had in my life for they truly were and are a man’s Best Friend. The Walks along the Beach and Rocks they journeys through the woods, the times where they would jump up and eat my freshly bbq’d steaks for I know they enjoyed it more then I did. The Smiles and Looks they would give after a tummy of Fullness were priceless Hahha makes me laugh right now.
    • I’m thankful for everything. There are so many people out there that have it worse then us. I’m thankful to help them in any way I can.
    • I’m thankful for times of Sorrow,Happiness,Hurt,Emptiness,and loss in my life for all of them have been life moments that have made me who I am today.
    • I’m Thankful for the Art Gene…… I can’t imagine my life without it. We as artists create because it comes form a place within and it just happens. @ the end of the day it’s ours it gives us these magic feelings that I’m sure we can’t fully describe. Art causes feelings and emotions that change the world. Movies that make you dream of the love of your life. Songs that bring back grand Memories, paintings that open up our minds, Photography that captures the Truth of the World and make us appreciate all of it.
    ~ I’m Thankful I’m able to take part in the magical process of being an Artist.
    • I’m Thankful for everything in my life….Truly…Whole Heartedly without any doubt. We are all here for a reason. The journey is trying to find out what that reason is. We are all here to bring love,care,joy,compassion,and we are all here to learn from one another.
    • In Closing I would like to genuinely say….I’m Thankful that the world has a guy like you Chase. Although we have never met. I am an avid fan of your blog. I learn from you. You Truly Inspire Me. Not only as a person who loves Photography with every ounce of his soul but as One guy with a dream…and your living it. You inspire many people. You inform many people. You bring the world of photography and show it to the world in a unique and personal way. You inspire me to elevate myself as a creative Visual Story Teller. I watched your video from your keynote a couple weeks ago. U were dead on in your speech. All of the relaxed talks and videos you have with your friends and creative professionals are awesome bro.I’m thankful for Creative Live. Chase what an awesome Idea. I’m all about being able to be the best you can as an artist sometimes it take new knowledge to open up your potential and creative thoughts Creative Live helps to do that for the Entire World.

    I’m thankful for being one spec of a Pollok painting for on this world and in this life there are no starngers but only friends that we have not met. I’m thankful for Art for it speaks to all of us and unites us together as one. One Love

    From one artist living in the Artist way to another. Shine On. ~ Ryan J. Bolger

  54. Stephan November 26, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Much has already been said. I’m thankful for life itself. For the small things that make me happy, for the hard times that make me stronger. But most of all I’m so thankful that I have two wonderful and loving daughters.

  55. Shannon Gray November 26, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    I am thankful for my family and their health. So thankful for my dad surviving cancer when he was told he only had 3 months to live (over 25 years ago). I am thankful he keeps defying the odds, with only one kidney and being able to be with us during Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my mom, who is the rock of our family. I am sure we wouldn’t be who we are without her and her support.
    I am thankful for my husband of 3 years and our 18 month old twin daughters and their health. I am thankful my brother did great during his surgery a week ago. I am thankful for his wife and their baby (on the way in March)…I am thankful for the rest of our families and their health and all their support.

  56. Gary November 26, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I’m thankful for having 1 leg, some people have none!!! Optimism is the key!!

  57. Nathan Kane November 26, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I am thankful for the community behind the creative scene. Through the help of my friends, family, social media and colleagues, I’ve re-focused my efforts in getting an education.

    I’m a musician and a photographer at heart but had not been living my dream for the longest time. It took my community pointing out that I seemed unhappy in school to evaluate where I was going. Teaching music, playing music, sharing in the visual art community are all things that fill me with joy.

    This past year I applied and was accepted to a university that I wanted to go to because the people there were like me. It wasn’t about the size of the school or the popularity, it was community. They’re passion driven and all of them do what they do because they chase that tingly feeling you get. The feeling you get when you teach someone how to play music and you can see it all click in their eyes or the feeling you get when you play on stage and you see people emotionally reacting to what you do. It’s magic.

    Everyday I wake up now I tell myself: “Can’t stop. Live the dream.” It’s resources like your blog, communities like Vimeo and people close to you that can shake you to your core and help you fulfill your dreams. Sometimes life is cloudy, but with community comes clarity.

    I, am thankful for community.

    “Can’t stop. Live the dream.”

    -Nathan

  58. David Teran November 26, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    I’m thankful for a mother of 19 years, that though she passed away, has been one of the best influences in my life.

    I’m also thankful for your sharing attitude with regards towards photography. One time you told me to sit down and read your entire blog, and that that would help me learn a whole lot photography-wise. I did, and I’m so grateful for that, now.

  59. Rick Ricozzi November 26, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Family and freedom.

  60. Henrik Joensson November 26, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    I am thankful for Health, Family and Love. BUT i am also thankful for the many friendships i’ve gained thanks to the internet, social media and photography in general.

    I am thankful for all the opportunitys i’ve gotten in life and the will and courage to make my dreams come true.

    Thank you Chase for sharing your life, dreams and work with all of us.

    / Henrik.J – Sweden

  61. Morgana November 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I am eternally thankful for the love and support of a very special and patient man, who first put a camera in my hand. :)

  62. Lauren November 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m thankful for my husband’s continued safety while he serves a year in Afghanistan!

  63. jetgreen1 November 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Im Thankful that all of us have a feeling of graditude and a compass for what we need to be thankful for in our own lives. We are not all stamping it out with “Ditto” comments..I think it speaks volumes for all of you and has very little to do with this or any other forum.

    Nice.

  64. Jackie November 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    I am thankful for my family, our health, and for each new day that offers a fresh foundation to build upon.

    I am thankful that my husband survived 8 tours in Iraq. 315 combat missions. Thankful that God kept him safe. I am thankful for his service to our country and the service of all our military men and women. Past and present. For our freedom. That provides the opportunity to pursue dreams.

    For the technologies that we enjoy. Indoor plumbing included.

    For Skype that lets me see my family whenever I want to. Even if I cant hug them. I can see them smile. That makes all the difference in the world.

    I am thankful for so many things. And for that, I am even more thankful.

  65. Darrin November 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    I am thankful for several things in my life. Family, friends, my health, and for websites like yours, Chase. I can come here and know that I am not alone in the struggle of creativity. That means a lot to me. Thank you.

    D

  66. Pilot November 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Thankful for life

  67. Bess Marine November 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    This path, this journey as a photographer but more just as a person. My family, the strength they have and the never ending support they give me. My Partner Jo, all the inspiration and support she’s given me through thick and thin. My friends, both in photo land and out. And of course good health, it’s amazing when you think about the thousands of things that can go wrong with the body, yet here I am, able to stand on my own two feet. It’s pretty wild. This journey has been an incredible one, and I’m just getting started. I’m greatful for how easy it is to connect with people now, its crazy cause we curse technology some days but man when you get to thinking about it, how nice is it that we can just push a button on this beautiful square thing and have the whole world at our fingertips? All the answers and tech information? All the people and inspiration? It’s absolutely amazing! Here I am sitting in Portland Maine, commenting on a blog from someone clear across the country! It’s mind boggleing!

    Even the random people we meet. They are so amazing, and its crazy to think about how a single hello can change your life, I met a friend of mine snowboarding, I just went up and said hello. He introduced me to a school that changed my life and continues to be one of my best friends this very day. I’m greatful for those hello’s. There’s soo much to be greatful for. I am blessed to have soooo much to be thankful for!!

  68. Beth November 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    So thankful for my family and friends who make it possible to follow my dreams. Also, so grateful to fellow photographers, like you, who are so willing to share ideas, knowledge and inspiration! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

  69. Will November 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Im thankful for family, friends, the birds in the sky, the world for being so beautiful, the people for being so special.

    I’m thankful and truly blessed for having the vision as a photographer to see the beauty that other people may miss, this life is a finite thing and we should all enjoy every second of it, spend it with the people you love, doing the things you love, helping people discover they’re bliss.

    These are the greatest words ever spoken: “follow your bliss” Joseph Campbell

    Create, share, sustain :)

  70. Greg November 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    In an increasingly complicated world, I find myself being thankful for the simple things I’m blessed with:
    - having a roof over my head
    - never having to worry about where my next meal is coming from
    - the opportunity to pursue friendships and chase dreams
    - the ability to share life with family and friends

    Happy Thankgiving!

  71. Jenn November 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m thankful that I was part of founding the Redlands Triathlon Club in 2010 and that over the year the club members have become a new and very special family that inspire me to be healthy, give me opportunities to take great sports photo’s and fill my life with love and friendship!

  72. Mike Jeide November 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    love – To feel loved and also give love
    life – because we only have one and I strive to make it the best one possible
    challenges – To make me better
    music – To inspire and get me moving
    internet – for all the education and allowing everyone to connect easily
    inspiration – for making me think of new and exciting ways to look at things
    education – I love to learn and hope I never stop wanting more
    photography – so I may share my vision with others
    family – for their love and support
    charity – so all will feel important and have their needs met
    patience – I’m thankful that my wife has a lot of it. ;-)

  73. Gabriel November 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I’m grateful for so many things it’ll take forever to write them here (I do keep an “I’m grateful for” list that I refer to often), but right now I’m grateful for this post and the amazing comments it generated. I read through them all and it’s truly inspiring. You’ve created a great community of interesting people here that we all learn from. I’m grateful for that too.

  74. Charls Uytanlet November 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    I am thankful for Love and Hope. For the people around me that makes everything in my life worth living and worth waiting for. And last but not the least, I am and will always be thankful for the salvation that Jesus has given me. best thing in the world.

    Happy Thanksgiving guys!

  75. Gilbert Ho November 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Today I am grateful for my parents, who have given me so much and still continue to do so.

  76. Max Finger November 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I am thankful for the following:
    Light – that each day comes a better understanding of how to see it.
    Composition – by studying each day I will be shown the way to create inspiring photos.
    Hard Work – that I have the motivation to continue when the going gets tough!
    Love – to show this everyday to those around me
    Sharing – to pay it forward and to lead from what I have learned from others

    cheers to all and a Happy Thanksgiving to all

  77. Trevor Rideout November 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    I am thankful for my 19month old daughter… After losing our son when he was born at 24 weeks and only had a chance to be with us for 3 hours, I never take for granted having my beautiful family surrounding me!

    Also thankful for my wife who decided to try again and carried our beautiful girl for 9 months. Everything she does for me deserves more than anything I could ever do to repay her. All the support she provides while I follow my ambitions as a photographer and puts up with all my late nights of editing and answering emails.

    There is nothing more important in this world than Family and Friends… And it’s just all the more sweeter when they are willing to support you in everything you do!

    Thank you Chad, for fostering such an amazing community of photographer :)

  78. Ian C November 26, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    I’m thankful for the Internet and how much I’ve learned from people like Chase by loggin on. Might sound cliché but I truly feel it is the single most educational, liberating and society changing invention since the Guttenberg printing press. Keep up the great posts Chase. Thanks.

  79. Smittie62 November 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    I am thankful for a lot of things. First and foremost I am thankful to God for allowing me to live through all of the good things and bad things that have occurred in my life. I have learned from them all and I feel that I am stronger and more positive because of them. I’m thankful for relationships with friends, family, spouses, co-workers, and strangers. We are social animals and we strive on the energy from those relationships. I thankful for the fact that we live in a free society where learning, creating, and sharing knowledge is not only tolerated but encouraged. And lastly, I am thankful that I was able to retire after 22 years in the Marine Corps and finally start realizing some of my art, photography, and web design goals. Keep up the good work Chase. I love your work ethic and your sense of creativity and collaboration. The more you give of yourself Chase, the more you will receive. Thank you for the inspiration.

  80. Shel November 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    i am thankful for my cousin’s brave face. she is talented, funny and witty. and she faces the scary unknown, instead of hiding in the dark.

  81. Christopher Cauble November 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    A beautiful World…and the capability to explore it.

  82. Sherry Fagan November 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    I am thankful for the hope that burns inside. For days when you take a moment to stop and listen to the world buzz around you, and in that same instant you gather a deep breathe of fresh air in your lungs, and think, I’m happy to be alive and well.

    I’m very thankful for You, Chase. I am a very sincere fan of your work and your personality. You help others by being you, and in turn they go on to help themselves and others be good people.

    Happy Thanksgiving USA.

    Warm regards,
    -Sherry Fagan
    Newfoundland, Canada

  83. Abhi November 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    I want to thank my parents, grandparents and my brother for everything.

    I would like to thank my 83 year old grandfather and father in India who made sure that I could have the obtain the necessary loans to obtain a Graduate degree here in the US.

    I am now able to pay off all my loans with my current jobin Newyork…and also get a Camera to pursue this wonderful art of photography.

    Regards,
    Abhi.

  84. Corby November 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    I’m thankful that I’m Canadian, so we already did our thanking a few weeks ago. I’m also thankful for the D7000 and my amazing wife for letting me buy one.

  85. Shannon Wimberly November 27, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    REPOST FROM FB– I am thankful to God, for my friends, and for the open mentoring community of photographers I have found who have enriched my photo education and have inspired me via the internet like no other medium could do.

  86. Alanna November 27, 2010 at 4:45 am #

    Hi Chase:

    I’m thankful for my daughter, who is happy and healthy, and full of humor, kindness, and love. She has shown me what it means to love unconditionally. I’m so blessed.

    I’m grateful for my health so that I can care for her properly.

    I’m thankful that after seven years of being a single mom and working while going to school, that I am actually about to finish my four-year degree. It’s been a difficult journey, but I feel fortunate that I will be able to have the experience of a formal education behind me. Two more weeks!

    I am thankful for clean water to drink and a job that puts a roof over our head, food on the table, and a few dollars in my pocket. It’s this ‘regular job’ that provided the ability to get my first DSLR and keeps the internet connection in my home so I can browse sites like Flickr or blogs like yours and be creatively inspired anytime I choose to be. I realize how lucky I am to have this.

    I’m thankful for the community art school in my city that provides art and photography classes for children. I’m grateful for this because I know in a couple of years, my daughter will not have art in public school anymore and all of the focus will be on standardized testing. I have her enrolled in this art school now and will keep her enrolled for the years to come. This way I know she will never be devoid of an artistic outlet. She has expressed a great interest in painting and photography (she loves her Nikon Coolpix!) so I feel it’s important to keep her engaged for as long as she is interested and this school provides a way to do that.

    I’m grateful for the joy that photography has brought to my life. I have so much to learn yet, but it’s blogs like yours….and Jasmine’s….that keep me motivated to learn and expand my knowledge. Photography really has changed my life and it’s something I try to do each and every day.

    I’m thankful for my family and my friends – both near and far – that bring joy to my life each and every day.

    And…..thanks fo you….for encouraging us to post here, create ‘out there’, and live the life that we’re meant to live.

    Alanna
    Orlando, FL

    • Alanna November 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

      Just wanted to add to my post. Thanks, Chase for the link to Help-Portrait. I signed up to volunteer for the next three weekends for Help Portrait Central Florida and I wouldn’t have even known about it, if not for your link. My daughter is coming with and we’ve very excited to help out :)

      That’s it. Thank you!

  87. Diana Gordon November 27, 2010 at 4:56 am #

    I am thankful and grateful to SEE.
    …it starts beyond your natural eye.

    diana.

    ” The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. ”
    Matthew 6:22

  88. Anne-Marie November 27, 2010 at 5:50 am #

    I’m thankful for being born in these exiting times we live in…and not in the stone age.

    I’m thankful for being born in a part of the world where I have the privileges of safety and abundance.

    And, I’m thankful for your great inspiration and the opportunity to learn from you.

  89. Evan McGlinn November 27, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    I am thankful for my two sons, my hard-working wife, my health and my country. And of course, noise-free high ISOs.

  90. Claudia Carter November 27, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I’m grateful for everybody else that has commented so far – I’m grateful for those that are capable of outspoken appreciation and love.
    I’m grateful for all those that have come before me, that have done something (however small) to make a better world for me. All of those who have introduced new technologies, ideals, thoughts, books, music.
    I’m grateful for the basics, warmth, food, water, a home.
    I’m grateful for all of those who are willing to teach and assist others in their dreams.

    There is a lot to be grateful for! Chase, you may like this – http://galadarling.com/article/cherry-on-top44

    CC xo

  91. Jason D. Smith November 27, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    First and foremost, I am thankful for my beautiful Queen Sabrina and her love, and my family and close friends who are there for me. But the most thankful thing for me this year is:

    Learning who I truly am and how to control my mind.

    There is a book that I am going thru right now called The Master Key System written my Charles Haanel in 1912. This book is amazing in that it really helps to diminish those not so pleasant thoughts to open the path for opportunity and happiness. This is what I am truly thankful for.

  92. mat g. November 27, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    I am thankful for a lot of things…. as a photographer, I am most thankful for LIGHT !

  93. Tanya Petraglia November 27, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I am thankful for the books you recomend! I am reading art-fear right now. I am thankful for my son, without him, who knows where I would be. He gives me all my inspiration!
    Tanya Petraglia
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  94. Anonymous November 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    My fantastic husband – who unconditionally backed me to walk out on a corporate career and study photography for the last two years. Who says “that’s not art, it’s a photo” and “don’t ask me I don’t get that arty stuff”..LOVE him.
    NZ, Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud – my gorgeous homeland where quirky, independent, open people grow
    Aussie – The lucky country i get to live in right now
    Buddies – my amazing friends who have me in stitches, tears, wonder
    Chase! – taught me to share everything I know and be fearless!

  95. Nina Williams November 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Sorry, that was anonymous me with the fab husband. :-)

  96. Suki November 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Today I am thankful to be surrounded by people I love and whom love me back.
    I am grateful for all the ongoing support that I recieve every day.
    I am grateful to be the person I am and that I can accept and embrace my story in every way possible.
    I am also very grateful for people who share their knowledge to help others out.

  97. Ashley November 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    I am thankful for my family. My brother and his family are relocating from New York to Papua New Guinea in February, so this is their last holiday here in the states. It was good to all be together, whether it was cooking, eating, just talking, or playing the Wii it was fun to just all be together.
    I am thankful for inspirations from those around me that are encouraging me to dream big, including you, Chase, who got me started because of your keynote speech at the PDN Expo. I have already learned more than I could ever imagine and captured pictures I never knew were possible because I am totally embracing the art of social media.
    Thank you!

  98. Jon November 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    I can not be thankful for my sons and daughters, because I do not have, but I am thankful for the strength and decision to become a foster father. From that moment

    • Jon November 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

      Sorry,
      I can not be thankful for my sons and daughters, because I do not have, but I am thankful for the strength and decision to become a foster father. From the moment I knew my foster kids, I am thankful for the choice of support them during this first period of their lives, because over their hands rest the future. I try to capture with my camera their childhood, hope to be a nice document of our living together and their existence.
      I am also thankful for having the capacity of want to learn everyday and try to embrace all the things I learn from life.

  99. Nick Girard November 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    I am thankful for:
    being able to see.
    being able to listen.
    music.
    my parents for supporting me in all of my random adventures.
    my girlfriend for sticking with me, even at a distance, during all of my random adventures.
    good beer.
    puppies!
    short stories.
    refrigerators…without them leftovers would be unpopular.
    dry wood…without it my household would be pretty darn cold.
    fresh pow pow in Tahoe before Thanksgiving!

    and

    Oxygen and H20, big helps in survival.

    - Nick

  100. mark November 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    i am thankfull for skateboarding, cameras softboxes and death lenses :) xx

  101. claude etienne November 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I am thankful that my family,and I, survived the earthquake in Haiti. I am thankful that I can still pursue my dreams.

  102. sara smets November 28, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    I’m thankful for:
    having the opportunity to choose, everyday, to live my life in the way i like
    having the opportunity to live in a country that is not at war
    having the opportunity to do so many things

    I’m specially thankful for all the beautifull people i encounter
    in the past, present and in future times
    some of them have such a bright mind and soul
    giving me the energy, the drive, the moments of joy
    sharing, walking the same path for a while or for longer times

    feels like dancing in space where time fades
    and rich colours fill the warmth of all presence

    I’m thankful for being able to love ….

  103. Tim Geaney November 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    I’m thankful for you, chase jarvis, for inspiring me to redo my website, share my photos, and become a social networker. thanks a million!

  104. James Fear Photography November 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m thankful for seeing a hypnotherapist, who without their help would never of had the confidence to follow my dreams and become a photographer. Im also thankful that the 50mm 1.2 is just always just out of my reach, so I always have something to dream for!

    I’m also tankful for living in Cheltenham Spa, one of the most beautiful towns in the world.

  105. Neil Macmillan November 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    I’m thankful that I enjoyed the company of the most wonderful canine friend for about 12 years, and I’m thankful that he died quietly in his sleep last night feeling no pain, having enjoyed a safe warm home since being rescued as an abused pup.

  106. MJPhoto November 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I am thankful for Life and everything that entails..when you sit and think about it- Life is totally amazing…and it’s something people take for granted everyday. We are alive- it’s our duty to TRULY LIVE!
    x

  107. Aljaz Hafner November 29, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    I’m thankful for my parents, two sisters and ofcourse my girlfriend, who all stood by me (and they still are) and gave me the courage and support when I decided to study Photography and leave mechanical engeeniring by side. It was by far the best decision I made in my life and for that I’m thankful every single day when I go to Photography school or just take my camera in my hands and have fun!

  108. ChristopherakaPaul November 29, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    I am thankful for eyes that work better than any full range or prime lens, optical senses that are better than any sensor ever created by human ingenuity along with my sane brain that can hold more beautiful & picture perfect memories than a compact flash or hard drive. Thank the Creator of Beautiful!!!

  109. Miguel A. Muñoz November 29, 2010 at 12:48 am #

    Dear Chase and folks,

    I won’t be too original… basically I’m thankfull by the same reasons and the same order: health, family and community.
    There are so many lack of opportunities, not supplied esential necessities, needed en general, … worldwide, that it is not difficult to give thanks every morning for all the things we have (no matter “how many” we have…) and all the opportunities we have.
    And also, I’m thankfull for working in the magical world of photography!

    Warm regards and congratultions for your work Chase!

    Miguel

  110. Marcos G. Meider November 29, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    I’m thankful to life and for being alive. Just for that, it makes everything come along with a long list. Simple but complex at the same time.

  111. jonathan November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    I am thankful for my freedom of thought and for all life on this incredible planet.

  112. Jeremy November 30, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    I am thankful for life and for the opportunity to go to college when so many other cant. Im also extremely thankful for my father, because without him I dont think photography would pay such a large role in my life. So from the bottom of my heart, thanks Dad.

  113. Sean December 1, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I’m thankful for Chase, Strobist, Joe McNally and many more like them who have served as inspiration and have helped me feel welcomed as a new photographer. Those who have opened the “black box” of photography are tops on my list this year.

  114. John December 1, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    i am thankful, that God created me the way i am and that he chose me to live in this world. blessed me with many talents like photography and a strong familyrelationship.

  115. amy December 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I am thankful I was laid off a year ago from my art director position (the Monday after returning to work from Turkey Day – quite an unpleasant surprise in the midst of the holiday season). I spent the year traveling through South America and the states and taking some time to really figure out what’s important for my future. This year I got out from behind a desk and really lived life. I’m thankful for that opportunity. Lemons, meet lemonade.

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  117. Sara December 10, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    I’m thankfull
    for the eyes that I have and that can see how the sun enlights everyday our world
    for our body, with which we can feel and explore every part of what surronds us
    for the colours and shapes that you can sense every moment of your life
    for people, from which you can always learn something new and different
    for nature and silence, to be aware that there’s something much greater than us and we are part of it

    this thanksgiving was in particular special
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    not all bad things come to harm

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