Thursday, February 19, 2009

New blog

So I'm thinking I'm done with this blogger blog. It's been good to me but I'm kind of tired of it. I've started a new wordpress blog. Here's the address:

I'm not sure that I'm sold on the template yet or anything else but the address. It's nothing fancy. So anyway, that's where you'll find me from now on. Update your feed reader and bookmarks and all that stuff.

lighting stuff

So my lens sold. Someone did the buy-it-now after it had been on a few hours. I'm glad that it sold but I'll be sad to see it go.

But I just bought this....

I purchased a used 580EX II flash, a light stand, and an umbrella. The stand and umbrella are for the dreaded formals for a wedding in May. I'm wondering if I'll get much use out of these two things with the regular stuff that I do. I'm thinking it might benefit me from time to time in peoples' homes. I've encountered some pretty awful lighting in homes.

I know there will always be things that I think I need but I'm thinking I'm almost to the point where I won't really need anything else. Much (most) of what I've made has gone to equipment. It will be nice to actually start making decent profits.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


We joined some Disney movie club thing and got like 6 Disney DVDs for about 20 bucks. Jackson is excited.

I now have 2 pez dispensers to decorate my camera with - Donkey (from Shrek) a that chef guy (from Ratatouille). I need to get some other ones.

Mikey is fascinated with birth marks. He discovered his own in the bathtub the other day. He has a mark about the size of a man's thumbprint on his upper right thigh. When he realized it was there he was trying to peel it off like a sticker or rub it off. I showed him my birthmark, a gross black mole thing about 4 inches above my belly button. We also showed him that Phillip has a birthmark on his ankle and Jackson has one on the left side of his jaw. Mikey just thought all of that was so cool. So if you want to show Mikey your birthmark or "spot" as we call it, then go ahead as long as it's not in a place that shouldn't be shown to a toddler. He'll be pretty impressed. Promise.

I'm blogging because I don't want to edit wedding pictures. I have narrowed it down to 270 images and am almost done with my initial editing in Aperture. Once that's done, I'll have a good 3-5 hours of editing to go. I have to finish these and proofs from three other shoots by the end of this weekend. I need to stop procrastinating.

I'm putting my Canon 28-70 f/2.8 L lens on ebay tonight. Which reminds me, I need to take pictures of that lens. Be right back.....
Okay, that was fun. I really needed this lens to take pictures of this lens. Our house is a little too small to get far enough away from it with my 70-200. We have a puzzle in our house that is light activated. So with every flash of the camera, I heard a rooster. I really hate to part with this lens. Even now, I'm having second thoughts about putting it on ebay. But I really don't need it. Once I get the lens I just ordered, a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the Canon 24-205 f/4, I'll have pretty much all the focal ranges that I need covered. I need the money from this lens to buy another flash and a few other doodads that I need for a wedding in May. And this lens is dang heavy. But I REALLY hate to sell this lens. The majority of the pictures I have taken in the last year (?) have been taken with this lens. Dear Lord, is there another way?? The new version of this lens sells new for about $1,200. I'm hoping to get $650-$750 for this one. It's probably about 10 years old but still in great condition. Here's a picture. Sexy, huh? Maybe I'll wait until tomorrow to put it on.....

I had a nightmare (during a nap today) that someone broke in and stole my computer and replaced it withe the horrible piece of junk we had before we went Mac. I woke up terrified and in a cold sweat.

The repair and painting of our house should begin soon. Phillip is going to need to call those guys tomorrow and find out for sure when they're starting. I'm having a hard time deciding on paint color. I'm thinking kind of a light khaki for the main color and a dark green and a dark red for trim stuff. Our house will look like Christmas. I like Christmas.

Jackson has had kind of a rotten attitude with me lately. He's beginning to act like a teenager. He disagrees with everything I say. It's like I'm his arch enemy. It's really getting on my nerves. I think all the time I spend on the computer working on stuff is starting to get to him. Which is why I should stop farting around and get to work.

Mikey is fascinated with and allergic to ants. Have I written this here before? I think maybe I have. I need some new material. He very intentionally sat in a huge ant bed yesterday. I was right there thankfully. I'm not going to survive that kid.

This is absolutely genius

I wish I had come up with this.

I'm now collecting pez dispensers so if you have any lying around, I'll take them off your hands.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More underwears - I just can't stop

This time whitey tighteys and a guitar. What's cuter than that?

From the Jackson archive - Underwears

Mikey might soon be ready for the wonderful world of underwears!! Yes, if they're this small they're underwears with an "s". I did not touch this photo. I didn't feel the slightest need to make it look better than it does. Okay, I felt the need and I fought it. And I won.

Mikey has been tee-teeing in the potty! Go, Mikey. But it's so scary to let an unpredictable 2 year old run around in underwears indoors. Maybe I need to get some valium and just let him learn.

I want a new blog

I'm bored with this blog. I'll be bugging Phillip to help me create a wordpress blog to replace this one. My business blog is a wordpress blog. I won't be moving the content of this blog. I'll just put a link to the new one once it exists. Okay, then. See ya.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Catching up

So the wedding on Saturday went pretty well. I had none of the stomach issues I was so worried about having, thank goodness! I'm thinking lighting is always going to be an issue at weddings. This one in particular was a little tough because it was in a country club and the ceilings were covered with some kind of stuff that wouldn't bounce light. So I had to do some stuff with my diffused flash pointed directly at people (not the most flattering) and I used my pocket bouncer some and I used a combination of both the diffuser and pocket bouncer together. I really need a wide angle lens and a full frame camera for these kinds of affairs. I'll most likely be buying this lens soon. I'm not really sure how I'll like it. Guess we'll see. I'll be getting the older model 5d and the 24-105 f/4 L in a month or so. I'm thinking I might sell my 30d and my 28-70 and get a 40d for backup. And....I still want to get a lensbaby. And maybe a good 50 or 85 mm prime. Not sure about all that stuff yet. Anyway, who cares?

The pit bull next door is becoming quite a nuisance. She has jumped into our yard three times now that I'm aware of. She's gotten out of the yard almost every day lately. I've been calling animal control every time I see her out. Is that kind of tattly of me? Yes but I don't care. Her owner told us this evening (after she jumped in our yard to play with us) that he was going to get some kind of rope to tie her to in their yard. And I'm wondering how long it's going to take him to actually do that. It's been over a month since she started getting out of their yard and they haven't done anything about it yet. They don't even have a collar on her. I wouldn't be at all surprised if she's never even been to the vet in her life. I feel sorry for her. I really, really do. They are a horrible family for that dog. On one hand I want to pet her and give her some attention but I don't want to encourage her to jump the fence to play with us.

I'm excited about a newborn session I have coming up on Friday. It's going to be so cool!

I might be photographing a birth soon! I'm very excited about that. Hopefully it will work out for me to be there. People get weirded out about birth photography. They think that you actually take pictures of the emergence into this world. Um...yuck. No, it's everything else surrounding the birth that you photograph. And then of course lots of pictures of the baby just as he/she takes that first breath, screams, cord cutting, weighing, excited grandparents...... all that fun stuff.

I'm thinking about just taking off for the entire month of June or July. I need a break. I will definitely need a break by then. I need to get away for a couple of days. I will need to start getting our house ready for homeschooling Jackson. I will also be getting curriculum stuff situated. I am so ready to not have to sit in those pick up/drop off lines at the school anymore. Those lines are horrible! That's really why I'm doing it, you know.

We will be getting our house painted soon. It's way overdue. Phillip and I knew what colors we were going to use but I think we lost our color swatches. Back to square one. And I want to get some very basic landscape work a hedge and a tree. Maybe a cactus. Just kidding about the cactus.

I think I might be finally honing in on what I actually love to photograph. I like photographing people of all kinds but I love photographing babies in the 9 month-15 month range and teenage girls. Is that weird? (Generally speaking) Newborns are probably a little tricky. I'm not really sure about that yet because I haven't done that many newborns. 2-4 year olds are tough because they never stop moving. 6-10 year olds are tough because they've been taught to say "cheese" and are very self-aware and it's hard to crack that and catch who they really are and not who they think you want them to be. And men and teenage guys are just plain difficult. I've run across a few men/guys here and there who were naturals in front of the camera. But generally speaking, they don't have a clue how to look natural in pictures. I hope this doesn't offend any of you men out there.

Mikey is starting to learn colors. He likes blue and likes to point out anything that is blue. He says is like "bwuah!" And he can identify some other colors but can't really say them yet. He is saying "eggs" but it sounds like "as*." We like to get him to say it over and over again. Bad parents!

Jackson has been sick a lot lately. He has missed at least 8 days of school this year. I'm not sure why he's catching everything under the sun. I'm taking him to the doctor on Wednesday to alleviate any guilt I feel about letting him remain sickly for so long.

I've been packing on the pounds since I started working at the preschool. Not taking the time to eat a healthy breakfast and snacking on various kinds of preschool snacks is starting to take it's toll. I think I've gained 8-10 pounds since I started working there. I think the entire 8-10 pounds is in my upper thighs, butt, and gut. I don't want to buy new jeans one size bigger and I'm getting the unattractive "her thighs are too thick for those jeans" wrinkles in my current jeans. Time to do something drastic. I've eliminated sugar from my coffee but it might be time to cut out candy and exercise. NOOOO!!!! Some might say, "Who cares?? It's just 8 pounds!" Well, 8 pounds becomes 15, which becomes 45 and so on and so on.

I'm beginning to realize that I am much more of a rule follower than I thought. I'm not happy about this. I thought I was a rebel. A free spirit. I'm really disappointed to learn that I'm not. I need to work on that.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Crazy Mikey Video

Debbie took this little video over the weekend. When I first saw it, I thought it was sped up or something but it's not. This is what we live with every day. Incase you can't tell, Mikey really likes this song.

Friday, February 06, 2009


My stomach has been in bad shape since Wednesday. I don't know what I ate or how long it's planning on wreaking havoc on myself and those around me. I'm photographing a wedding tomorrow and I'm TERRIFIED that I'm going to accidentally rip one during the ceremony. That could be the end of my wedding photography career. I found this video and thought it was worth sharing. So do any of you have medicine suggestions that actually work? I have to know by 10:00 in the morning.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Mikey fashion and other nonsense

Layering is all the craze this winter. Here MIkey is wearing a long sleeve striped tee from Children's place, a hula dog t-shirt from Nana and Granddad, Hanes jogging pants, Prospirit shorts, and Victoria Secret boy short panties (someday he'll need therapy).

On a completely unrelated topic, I will be leaving at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to go to a Methodist Preschool worker conference. We will be there all day Thursday and Friday. I would be lying if I told you I wasn't totally stoked and excited. (I'm lying to you.) Don't tell my boss but I'm pretty certain I won't take home any useful information. Which means that I probably won't. But I'll try really hard to fake it. I am doing one little class entitled "What do I do with this child!!??" Maybe I'll learn something there. Maybe I'll be able to teach that class in another few years. Our moms are pulling double duty to take care of the kiddos for this thing.

Saturday I will be photographing another wedding so that will be fun. The last wedding I shot was outdoor in freezing weather and it really didn't end up being worth my time. Probably shouldn't say that but oh well.

This school year has been really hard. I knew it would be. And I LOVE my preschool kids but I'm so ready for summer. I don't feel like I'm doing much of anything 100% lately. This has probably been the busiest I've been since I graduated from college. There are days when I just to run away. I hope I haven't done irreparable damage to friendships and family relationships during this busy time. I'm planning on taking a much needed breather once May is behind me. I think there are a lot of friends I need to take to lunch, have over for dinner, babysit for, shop with......the list goes on and on. I hope they haven't given up on me. You know who you are. I'll be back to the land of the living once school's out. Let's make a date. Except for Andrea. I'm just going to have to make time for you now before you up and leave me for stinkin' Singapore.

Okay, I need to get busy working on Miss Kendall's pictures. She's one year old today! Happy Birthday, Kendall!