@combophoto - stephen mcmennamy

⚡️I like to combine stuff⚡️ e: combophoto@gmail.com #combophoto
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tap + bottle + can + toast (repeat)
Raising a chilled glass of refreshing #tbt to all the fine folks back in Colorado that helped us turn this infinitely looping #combophoto into... um... an infinitely looping combophoto... or video... or whatever we want to call it? I was gonna try #videothatcombinesthings, but it felt long, unnecessarily descriptive and kinda flat. So if you can think of something better... go nuts. @brewersassoc, thank you again for bringing @ryanhayslip and I on board to help make it happen.

tap + bottle + can + toast (repeat) Raising a chilled glass of refreshing #tbt to all the fine folks back in Colorado that helped us turn this infinitely looping #combophoto into... um... an infinitely looping combophoto... or video... or whatever we

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beer + beer + beer + beer
A few months back, The Independent Craft Brewers Association asked @ryanhayslip and I if we’d like to combine some craft beer stuff with other craft beer stuff and then add in more craft beer stuff on top of that. we did... and we’ll gladly do it again. Thanks to everyone involved that made it happen (and thanks to Boulder Colorado for hailing on me and then making it up to me by pelting me with its beauty). # #combophoto #seektheseal

beer + beer + beer + beer A few months back, The Independent Craft Brewers Association asked @ryanhayslip and I if we’d like to combine some craft beer stuff with other craft beer stuff and then add in more craft beer stuff on top of that. we did...

hose + waterfall
I may or may not be in a 4th grade parents orientation, so we’re all gonna pretend this is some pressing work business that needs my immediate attention. If you keep reading, just know you’re in it now. If I get in trouble, we all get in trouble. Let’s begin... This is a three year old #tbt and very much a family affair. Okay, roll call: Playing the part of the hand is my beautiful hand model wife @lmcm2 (who also doubles as a face model). The dude holding my daughter is my brother in law, aka: Uncle Bryan... and pulling up the rear is my youngest daughter isla. This definitely goes down as one of my more memorable shoots. I’ll spare you the details, but everyone pulled it together to make it happen. It was plagued by logistical challenges, technical challenges and physical challenges. My brother in law definitely got the short end of the stick, as he was the one that had to stand in that water the longest. I can’t speak to the actual feeling of how cold that water was, but I know Bryan and Isla talk about it to this day. Not fondly. More in a PTSD sort of way. Headline: sounds like it was pretty cold. And though my oldest (@ab.anna_belle) didn’t appear in the final image, she worked behind the scenes keeping everyone in line (as she’s prone to do). Oh and there was a run-in with a Bear, but the aforementioned 4th grade orientation is over and I’m walking out of here. I really don’t think anyone noticed so I think we’re cool. Let’s save the bear story for when I post this again three years from now. See you guys in 2022. #combophoto

hose + waterfall I may or may not be in a 4th grade parents orientation, so we’re all gonna pretend this is some pressing work business that needs my immediate attention. If you keep reading, just know you’re in it now. If I get in trouble, we all ge

desert + back
Just imagine all the hilarious dry skin related comedy that could’ve been said about this one. seriously, imagine it... (your imagination goes here)... and even though dry skin humor rarely disappoints... I’m in a bit of a rush to pick up a kid from gymnastics... so that’s about all the time we have for that. #OverUseOfEllipses #combophoto

desert + back Just imagine all the hilarious dry skin related comedy that could’ve been said about this one. seriously, imagine it... (your imagination goes here)... and even though dry skin humor rarely disappoints... I’m in a bit of a rush to pick

bald eagle + banana
(AKA: Uncle Toucan Sam)
Ahh, the mighty and majestic Bald Eagle, chosen as the national symbol of the United States of America in 1782 because of its beauty, great strength, long life and possibly for its yellow nose (can’t confirm that last one, but I have my suspicions). Ahh, the South American banana, chosen for this #combophoto for no reason other than its coloration, beak matching properties and elegant curvature. 
History research side note (ripped from the pages of Wikipedia): Contrary to popular legend, there is no evidence that Benjamin Franklin ever publicly supported the wild turkey, rather than the bald eagle, as a symbol of the United States. However, in a letter written to his daughter in 1784 he stated his personal distaste for the bald eagle. In the letter Franklin states:
“For my own part. I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly ... besides he is a rank coward: The little king bird not bigger than a sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district.”
-Benjamin Franklin

Okay, class dismissed!

bald eagle + banana (AKA: Uncle Toucan Sam) Ahh, the mighty and majestic Bald Eagle, chosen as the national symbol of the United States of America in 1782 because of its beauty, great strength, long life and possibly for its yellow nose (can’t confir

putting + driving.
“Drive for show... putt for dough.” -My Dad
Was my dad the author of that quote? Yes, yes he was. I mean, he said once when I was younger, so I just assume he’s the only person that’s ever said that and he probably would have told me otherwise. Let me know if you’ve heard differently, but for now, he owns it... My Dad 2019®... damn, and now it’s legal. I think? #combophoto #golf

putting + driving. “Drive for show... putt for dough.” -My Dad Was my dad the author of that quote? Yes, yes he was. I mean, he said once when I was younger, so I just assume he’s the only person that’s ever said that and he probably would have told

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flamingo + float
(Serving suggestion: sound on ) Okay, I know, there’s no line, it’s not a standard issue combo, nor is it a photo... and though technically this post may not possess the immediately recognizable accoutrements of your garden variety #combophoto, I assure you, the pieces are all there. And here’s the story... For a few years now, I’ve really wanted to learn After Effects, which is Adobe’s video fx editing software, and though it’s an amazing program, it intimidates the hell out of me and it’s not an easy one to learn, not for a 46 year old, or a 26 year old. Anyway, this simple little flamingo on flamingo idea popped in my head last Thursday and I naively thought I could make something happen in a coupe of hours. Ya know, so I’d have something for my Thursday post? but then I quickly realized how inept I was at After Effects. so I plopped my old man ass in a chair, fired up the computer and slowly started to lose my mind. Just a little. I mean, I’m writing this, so I think I’m making my way back. So after four days of frustration, disorientation and a fatal computer failure... I can hold my head high knowing that I made a 6 second video clip of a inanimate rubber flamingo combined with a living breathing flamingo. It’s not exactly the way I wanted it, but I also wanted something to post tonight. Ya know, since it’s Thursday again. Side note: I think I like the sound design more than the actual video. I recommend giving that a listen. Hopefully moving forward, the kinks will be worked out and I’ll have more stuff like this down the road. 
#flamingos #flamingo

flamingo + float (Serving suggestion: sound on ) Okay, I know, there’s no line, it’s not a standard issue combo, nor is it a photo... and though technically this post may not possess the immediately recognizable accoutrements of your garden variety #

banana + hammock
You’ll all be happy to know, I still enjoy a tasty banana and a comfortable hammock from time to time, but rarely do those two things ever get combined. I’m sure some of you are like... uh, what about banana hammocks? I hear you, and though they are a perfectly respectable form of underpanting, that’s just one thing, not two things. That’s what we do around here... we combine things. I mean, not always, but usually. And here we are, that rare day is upon us once again, that extra special day when bananas and hammocks come together and live harmoniously as one. #combophoto

banana + hammock You’ll all be happy to know, I still enjoy a tasty banana and a comfortable hammock from time to time, but rarely do those two things ever get combined. I’m sure some of you are like... uh, what about banana hammocks? I hear you, and

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car + fireworks
Or should it be “car + firework”... singular? Or “car on a bridge + firework”? Or “car on a bridge over water + firework”? Screw it, let’s stick with “car + firework”... so ignore all the other stuff I just wrote and bring your eyes down here for the start of this post. 
Happy 4th Americans! 
Perspective note: I recently became friends with @dheeraj.govindraju from India and he was quick to reaffirm what I hope most of us already know... we’re fortunate AF to experience the level of freedom SO MANY HUMANS around the world never get to experience!!! We aren’t perfect, but we have freedom! Drink it up! And Dheeraj, glad you’re with us my friend!️️️
#combophoto #4thofjuly

car + fireworks Or should it be “car + firework”... singular? Or “car on a bridge + firework”? Or “car on a bridge over water + firework”? Screw it, let’s stick with “car + firework”... so ignore all the other stuff I just wrote and bring your eyes d

bug + bug
I just saw what time it was and then quickly realized I hadn’t penned any words for this thing. So, umm... words... quick words... I wanted to drone on about @volkswagen and their big push on the whole electric thing. I dig it when we as humans make a conscious decision to produce machines that work in a complimentary way with nature, rather than infringing upon it. And I’ll be straight up honest with everyone, I have no idea what the long term impact electric cars could have on things, but I feel pretty confident I know what CO2 emissions have been up to. Anyway, I’m just here to spread some cheer and spread it quickly because it’s 7:44 and I like these things to get out the door at 7:45. Thanks for stopping by for this creature meets machine #combophoto. ️️️

bug + bug I just saw what time it was and then quickly realized I hadn’t penned any words for this thing. So, umm... words... quick words... I wanted to drone on about @volkswagen and their big push on the whole electric thing. I dig it when we as hu

kitten + duckling
Can we call this thing a kittling? I guess technically it would be called a fowline, not to be confused with a foul line or a fräulein... foul + feline? Okay, so naming may not be my thing, but fortunately cat ducks aren’t real... yet. But when that day comes I hope we’re all prepared with a good name. And so we wait... your move evolution. #combophoto

kitten + duckling Can we call this thing a kittling? I guess technically it would be called a fowline, not to be confused with a foul line or a fräulein... foul + feline? Okay, so naming may not be my thing, but fortunately cat ducks aren’t real... y

milk + rope (2.0)
If you go deep into the #combophoto archives you’d find a very similar milk + rope execution, but for some reason, as I was assembling this thing, I managed to completely forget that the aforementioned kissing cousin combo even existed. To be fair, this one started out as something a little bit different, but in the fine tuning process, circumstances and limitations led to my own cannibalistic plagiarism. I’m not a big fan of plagiarism, but when it’s something you can resolve between you and yourself, I’m pretty cool with it. What’s not cool is how many fellow instagrammers have been getting ripped off lately... and it’s being done in the most blatant of ways. There’s no question, it’s theft. I’ve tagged a few people affected by the most recent wave of thievery, but we are merely drops in the big ol’ bucket of intellectual property theft that’s happening out there. I fully believe accidents happen, similarities occur, coincidences abound, but cases like these can’t be ignored. I really hope we can all continue to support the countless artists out there that depend on their craft for survival. You guys support the shit out of me and I couldn’t be more appreciative, but I need to put that in context so you understand what I mean. I’ve been ripped off six ways from Sunday (look it up) and it hurts almost every time. It’s bothered me to the point that I don’t want to be on Instagram anymore, but recently I realized that chasing that anger and frustration sweetens the pot for the plagiarist and it becomes a tremendous waste of MY time and energy. I’m not surrendering to the crime, but I also know it poisons my creative well. I have way more work that I want to create and the only way I’m able to do that is to keep my eyes off of the rear-view mirror. That could all change the next time someone sends me one of those crappy @capitalone ads. But here’s the deal, you guys continue to keep me in check and you bring me a lot more positivity than I deserve... that’s why I’m still here. ️️️

milk + rope (2.0) If you go deep into the #combophoto archives you’d find a very similar milk + rope execution, but for some reason, as I was assembling this thing, I managed to completely forget that the aforementioned kissing cousin combo even exis