Archive: ‘Personal’

What Happens When the Whole Family Goes to Florida

Monday, February 17th, 2014

What would happen if a photographer took only an iPhone with him while on vacation?

I constantly hear about people who say they can’t take great photos because they don’t have the “expensive” camera. We wanted to put that myth to rest and show folks what is possible just using a simple iPhone 4s for photos and video.

So that’s what we did.

We headed down to Florida in January. The Climie/Donker/Radde clan of 9 took to the sky and made our way down to Orlando where we rented a fantastic Magical Stay home outside of Orlando.

The three nieces were nothing less than ecstatic about meeting their favorite Disney princesses.

I came into the trip excited because we would be able to spend time with our family.

Needless to say, I came away from the trip wanting to go back to Disney just the two of us. It was an experience that I will never forget!

Just a short list of some of the things we were able to do while in Florida that we highly recommend:

  • Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
  • Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World
  • Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center
  • World of Citrus
  • Downtown Disney
  • Gatorland

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.


How to Have A Great Date | Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 14th, 2014

how to have a great date

With the winter season upon us, folks here in Michigan are getting cabin fever and have the “bunker mentality” going on right about now. With so much snow and bad weather, people have been cooped up inside waiting for the weather to break.

Today is a different day though. It’s Valentine’s Day.

It’s where many couples decide to “go out” and “have a date night”.  We happen to be one of the couples that will go out tonight and enjoy time with each other.

Have you ever considered how you can make a date “great”, not just good?

I know I am constantly thinking about how to take my relationship with my wife to the next level.

Then it hit me. The time we spend with our significant other is not always based on something we are “doing”, but regardless of what we are doing, we are always talking.

So the question becomes, how can I make our conversation better?

The Answer: Ask better questions!

So, to help you guys out there who need a plan ahead of time or simply want a reference sheet to grab a few ideas from, here is a list of great questions to ask your spouse tonight while on your Valentine’s Day date.

  1. What are your 5 favorite foods, with the most favorite first?
  2. What are your 5 favorite recreations, with the most favorite  first?
  3. What gifts do you like?
  4. What is your favorite books(s) of the Bible? Why?
  5. What is your favorite verse(s) of the Bible?  Why?
  6. What is your favorite song?
  7. What makes you the most fulfilled or happiest as a wife/husband?
  8. What do you look forward to the most?
  9. At what times do you need assurance of my love the most?
  10. What do you enjoy doing with me, with the most enjoyable  first?
  11. What things can I do that show my appreciation of you?
  12. What concerns and interests of yours would you like me to support?
  13. How much time would be good for us to spend together each day?
  14. What ways demonstrate to you that you are a very important person who is as important or more important than I am?
  15. If there was a movie about your life, what songs would you want on the soundtrack?
  16. If you could have named yourself, what name would you have chosen?
  17. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
  18. What would you do with the money if we won the lottery?
  19. When you were a kid, who was your biggest hero?
  20. Who is your biggest hero today?
  21. What is your earliest childhood memory?
  22. What was the moment when you laughed harder than you’ve ever laughed?
  23. If you could write one new law that everyone had to obey, what law would you create?
  24. What’s a new hobby you’d like to try out?

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.


Inspiring Others | The Power of Story

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Many things from the world of “creative” minds these days are at best boring to their intended audience. However a few weeks ago, my wife came across a series of ads that Duracell has put together that is nothing less than inspiring.

I have included one of my favorites below for you to enjoy.

The first is the story of Derrick Coleman, a Seattle Seahawk who will be competing for the NFL Championship this weekend. He also happens to be deaf. Throughout the video, he speaks to the fact that he was told throughout his lifetime he would never make it, that it wasn’t possible and that it could never happen.

Obviously they were all wrong.

I believe there is something inside all of us that is just waiting to come out and achieve greatness. The question is, are you willing to go through the pain, sacrifice and process that other champions have gone through?

Many say they will.

Very few will complete the journey.

As photographers we have gone through many hours and many days of taking what we would call “less than stellar” (aka bad) photographs. We have put in the time to learn what to do in the situations we face on a regular basis. We can now create images that are consistent over and over again.

At the same time we are looking to push our creative limits. We want to look outside the box for new avenues and outlets that create more inspiring images for our clients and customers.

That is our commitment to those of you reading this post: we commit to continue pushing ourselves the same way professional athletes like Derrick Coleman push themselves.

2 Ways to Invest Your Money in Memories

Friday, January 10th, 2014

How did you spend your Christmas holiday? Was it full of boxes, wrapping paper and bows? If you’re anything like the typical American family, your Christmas holiday celebration was filled with all sorts of new gadgets and gizmos.

A few years ago, my wife decided that spending money on that “new tie” I told her I wanted just didn’t seem right. I chalk it up to the fact that she’s a genius, but she decided that we should take the money we were going to spend on Christmas and invest those dollars into EXPERIENCES and MEMORIES, rather than new stuff. How she came this this conclusion, she cannot say specifically, but I would bet it came from all the books she’s been reading over the past handful of years that continuously stress memories over materials.

Memories make life less cluttered. Memories keep, while stuff wastes away. With a greater focus on memories, money diminishes in importance in life and we have found happiness exists more in the little things that memories provide.

So what are 2 ways to invest your money into memories? Well here are just three things we did just this past Christmas to get your brain thinking.

1) Instead of getting our nieces and nephews the “latest and greatest” game or toy, we took them to Chicago for the day and experienced Legoland in Schaumburg. We had 5 of them spend the night before we departed. It was a night we will never forget. The day trip to Chicago consisted of Legoland, lots of food and Lincoln Park Zoo’s “Zoolights” which has become a favorite of ours over the past few years.

2) My brother Patrick and his wife Ari moved to upstate New York this year. It’s the first time that any of the Climie boys have lived at a distance and we are still adjusting to the change. Patrick sent over “Christmas wish list” that consisted of golf balls, golf glove, etc. While there is nothing wrong with any of the items he requested, I wanted to make sure we had a great experience together while he was in Grand Rapids. So we decided to head out to the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex and try to luge. Muskegon is the only place in the USA that has an outdoor luge track open to the public. It was a great adventure which included crashes, speed and lots of adrenaline.

Do you invest in memories throughout the year? If you do, what are you going to do in 2014 that you didn’t do in 2013?

Check out a fun video that we put together for these two experiences in 2013!

Tiberius Images is a Grand Rapids photographer that photographs people, places and events. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they serve clients throughout the world and are available for travel.



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