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Hey Siri, are there less people believin’ these days because there are less midnight trains goin’ anywhere?

It’s been made aware to me that some of my social media broadcasts over the last year might paint me as some sort of person, politically etc.

Please do not look to me for epidemiological advice or policy. I am a hurting man who has lost much and continues to lose more.

I’m not the one to look for on whether borders should open or close, or if you should alter your DNA to survive a pandemic.

However, if you’d like specific advice on how to not look like you’re crying in public please DM me. It’s basically about pretending you were laughing instead.

Hey, do you remember that time our Australian state and federal governments drove us all so far apart to the point of madness and hatred of those we love and even strangers we’ve never met?

Pro-vax, anti-vax, pro-lockdown, anti-lockdown, everyone’s trying to join a team, but so few people are understanding the hurt that others are feeling. Whilst you might be annoyed by wearing a masking, or other people not-wearing a mask, all whilst your income, stability, and quality of life hasn’t changed in the last year, many have lost more than they’d care to mention, or even have the words to describe.

We don’t need to be right. No-one cares if you’re right.

We need to care, we need empathy, we need consideration and understanding.

Because in 300 years when we’re all dust, no-one’s going to be telling stories about how right you were. But they’ll speak about our legacy of empathy and care.

JQ133 to Auckland this morning. I think the sun was rising as well. @jetstarairways

The @iocmedia: The winner is Brisbane!

Brisbane: Sheppard, put us down for one opening ceremony.

#Brisbane2032

“Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you”

Forgive me for thinking that the Victorian government doesn’t know what is going on.

I just transited through Melbourne Airport from Tugun (Gold Coast) to Hobart.

Applying for a transit permit: fine. Getting the travel permit: you’ve been in an orange or red zone (no I haven’t) Arriving in Victoria: “let me check with my supervisor, I think we need to escort you” An hour after arriving in Hobart: You need to quarantine.

Get it together guys.

One of my favourite views is from a few thousand feet above earth at sunset

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”

I hope people will recognise us by our children. That knowledge of their kindness, joy, and peace would go before them.

Transiting through Melbourne Airport this afternoon

Widgets on iPadOS 15 are glorious. A year late, but glorious.

Apple Photos thinks Britt and I had couple photos taken in Tenerife to commemorate a day Australia celebrates killing horses because we gamble on them. Algorithms are fun.

Off to court today for the third couple who had booked us for an international ceremony wedding but would now prefer a refund over a reschedule.

This pandemic is a daily nightmare for us, but hey, we’re all this together, we can do it Queensland, so things will be ok eventually.

The fun thing is trying to convince future couples that our expenses have gone up so our prices have gone up.

Fuck covid.

“For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.”

– Physician, Dr. Larry Eisenberg

I’m going to start trying to make wedding photos professionally

I really enjoy making photos.

This photo is one of my favourites, it’s of an unknown hiker taking a breather at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park.

Something I’m struggled with for the longest time is that I identify as a celebrant, that’s what I do, but I really enjoy making photos of, and for, people.

If you’ve been married by me, you’ve probably received a text message after your wedding with a sneaky photo, and an apology to your photographer for cutting their grass.

That’s my modus operandi, I’m already at an epic location for a sweet wedding, and there’s another photographer there directing, creating, expressing, and I steal a shot in the background. Most are pretty cool with it, and some, like my mate James Day, have been encouraging me in it for a while now. But it’s a bit cheap of me to steal other people’s shots, the real thing to do, is to make my own.

So today when I met with a couple about making photos at their wedding I felt so excited at the prospect of a new avenue of creativity for me, and the possibility of creating meaningful and enjoyable work for you.

I don’t have a photography website, or portfolio, or packages, or prices. I’ve been a wedding celebrant for over 12 years now, and I love doing that, but somewhere along the way I’ll figure out how me making photos can be a thing I market, but for now, feel free to check out the really quick portfolio I made with Adobe today so I had something to show the couple today, at www.joshwithers.photos and if you’re willing to take a bet on a celebrant making photos at your wedding, slide on in to those DMs

I just want you all to know that I did intermittent fasting four days this week and I’m still not skinny, so it clearly doesn’t work.

thank u, next.