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12 months ago 16
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Retired sign


I’ve had a few emails asking, in a very kind way, what has happened to me? One said “I used to enjoy reading a different blog entry every day and now it is a long time between posts.”  That is true and while I don’t feel I need to explain, I want to.  First, when Wes was diagnosed with cancer early this year, it changed all of our lives.  Most of 2017, when not traveling, to keep my word, I’ve been involved with helping Wes and his family. Over this year I’ve come to be much more invested in my family, something that should have happened long ago.  I’ve not been an absentee father and husband, but I’ve been gone way too much and been too obsessed with photography.


I’ve re-ordered my life.  My first goal is to serve my Lord and share His love.  My second goal is to be the father, husband and family man I always should have been!  I still love and enjoy my craft, but my devotions have been shifted to goals one and two!


I still have a passion to teach and shoot and be a photographer, it’s just finally in it’s rightful place.


If any decisions I’ve made have affected any of you in a negative way, please understand that my finest responsibility is to goals one and two.  I’m not really retired, still at work for Him, but I will try to keep up here, but not at expense of one or two!





the pilgrim


16 Responses

  1. David W. says:

    Your priorities are right from my prospective.

  2. Pastor Mike says:

    Well said Mr. Fortney. In the documentary of the great photographer Ansell Adams it was said that he neglected his family. I’ve often thought about that, and I believe that he missed the greatest blessing in life. I always run into people who seek fortune and fame instead of family. It’s a society that we live in today. My advice is “ you can always make more money, but you can never make more time “.

  3. Scotty B says:

    Family First is the best, truest, and probably hardest to stick to, motto I’ve ever heard.. But kudos to you, Bill for dedicating yourself to the important things in life. Yes, we love reading your missives here, but you’ve definitely got your priorities straight, and when you get a chance to write, we’ll be here, patiently waiting.

  4. Brian Stefl says:

    I’m certain the family is glad to have you! And when their cup is full, they’ll suggest you go teach a class! Have a great Thanksgiving Bill.

  5. Rich H says:

    You can now spend time giving photo classes to the grand kids. I just hope it does not cost you to much in equipment requests. Have a good Thanksgiving with the family.

  6. Mike Roberts says:

    I am glad to hear it is family that is keeping you away from web pages and not health. You can have your fame on these pages which will fade not long after you quit posting, or you can leave a legacy in your family for generations after you. You have chosen well.

  7. Dudley H says:

    As usual you make complete sense. I sure you will embrace wherever your path leads you, since you have the best guide one could have.

  8. Ed Zoltay says:

    Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge. You have created an incredible body of work for us to enjoy.

    I took your classes at Photoshop World a few years ago. They were wonderful.

    God bless you and your family!

  9. Rodney McKnight says:

    Thank you for giving so much of yourself…Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  10. Gary says:

    Glad to hear it’s by choice. Family should come first. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Jerry says:

    You have your priorities straight.
    I have enjoyed reading your posts and meeting with you and will enjoy and benefit from future opportunities when they arise.
    All the best to you and yours now and forever.

  12. Kevin Fitzsimons says:

    It’s kind of sad that it takes most of our life to realize that we cannot get back the days we missed with our family (and friends). Can I suggest some insightful reading? A book called Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart. Pretty interesting and can be read in a couple of evenings. As you have done, Bill, the time to reset priorities is NOW.

  13. Joshua Boldt says:

    You do you, brother. 🙂

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