Sundays are heavenly around here. Family day. No dance, no errands, just family. I love Sundays so much that I really want to cry when they are over. Then dreaded Monday comes and I wait in earnest for Sunday to come again. This weekend started with a little bit of coffee(always),cleaning, and just relaxation. We take the time on Sundays to shop if we need to, and then we make our healthy lunch for the week while we work on dinner. This Sunday for the first time in a long while we all sat around the table and discussed life, and upcoming stuff such as what to do for My son Noah’s 14th Birthday. It was wonderful to sit and relax and enjoy the day together. We are so scattered, and running willy nilly during the week that it is such a blessing to have this day. i decide to capture a bit of it. I am aware that these aren’t perfect portraits. I wasn’t being a photographer. I was being a mom trying to capture moments that I cherish. What do you do on Sundays?
I swear by the fact that my clients are important to me. I become friends with most of my clients, and they are very loyal. Having clients who love what I do and spread the word is what keeps my business afloat. I decided that I will be implementing some great referral perks for thews who love to tell their friends about their experience with me. That will be coming soon. In the meantime, I can’t help but bring a little attention to my top referrer for 2011. CATHY WHEELER! I met Cathy through dance, and we have quickly become fast friends. She was responsible for the majority of my referrals last year, and I had the absolute pleasure of photographing two of her girls last year. Clients like Cathy just make my life easy. So to honor her, she received a gift card for $25 to her favorite store. Thank you Cathy for allowing me to get to know you , your family, and supporting me in my business.
I had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas for WPPI again this year. I can’t even describe how amazing it is. The whole conference is so much fun, and so educational. The reason I go is so that I can learn whats new and cool in the photography world, and I get to take classes and learn from the leaders in my industry. I met some amazing photographers, and even made a few new friends along the way.
There were quite a few highlights from my trip, but let’s start with my amazing teachers. I have to give a shout out to all of them, and show them love because not only am I so inspired by all of them, I just soaked up so much knowledge from them.
I took my first class from Lori Nordstrom. Her class was so educational and all business. I learned a lot about creating value for my clients. I love value for my clients!!!
Then I learned from the amazing Jenn Hudson. This girl is seriously the most inspiring artist I have EVER met. She has such passion for her work, and doing what is just right for her. I got to watch her do her work live. She is by far my very favorite.
I got to learn some really cool lighting techniques from Scott Robert Lim Oh my goodness he was super funny.
I took a class from the famous David Beckstead. he was by far the craziest! He showed us the funniest pictures of mistakes he had made in his own photography and my favorite thing about him by far was the fact that he called out anyone walking out of the class. It was totally hysterical. And his website is so cool!
I cannot forget to mention the most information filled class I took. Emily Potts, who is also the owner of Moms with Cameras, was so informative. I had hand cramps from all the notes I took, and my pen ran out of ink. I am not even joking.
On my last day I got to take the class I was most looking forward to. Paul Ernest. He is by far my all time favorite photographer. When I actually got to hear him speak, it sealed the deal. I cannot stand ego. this man has not one ounce of ego in him. He is the most humble photographer I have ever come across, and he is an upstanding man with obviously great morals and values. I learned a lot about why he does what he does, and to me that is so inspiring. If you don’t know who he is, or have not checked out his work, please go look. He won all kinds of crazy awards at WPPI, and once you see his work, especially his fine art, you will understand why.
Last but not least I took a business based class to learn how to apply all the things I learned to my business.
If you have read this far, thank you. I really think that education is so important. So many people these days just grab a camera and call themselves a photographer. It really is so much more than that. If you are a photographer and don’t know who these amazing photographers are, you are missing out on valuable information. If you are a consumer you really need to ask yourself if your photographer really knows what they are doing. Don’t just spend your hard earned money on the cheapest photographer available. Be an informed buyer. You won’t be sorry!
So I am working on a photo a day challenge, I didn’t as well as I wanted in January, but between my iPhone and camera I did manage to pull it off!
This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com
I have really been pushing myself to come up with new ideas, and step out of my box.Not an easy task. I really put a lot of thought into this one. My son, who is 6 has really just started reading. I see how much he loves to read, and as cliche’ as it is, I see him lose himself in the books. That is where I got my inspiration for this one. Thanks for stopping by. I always love, and appreciate comments!
This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com
I have a great idea for the upcoming Valentines Day holiday. My hubby is building a kissing booth and I will be offering mini sessions with it. I am super excited to add this in addition to my Beloved sessions for the holiday! More to come, so keep an eye here on the blog.
Ok I know you aren’t supposed to do this, but it has been a nutty few days. One day I won’t say this I swear! I did keep my Thankful’s together because I knew I would eventually get a blog post up! So here goes, I don’t really have a whole lot of pictures this time because things were so crazy.I am going to make light of a crazy situation, because if I don’t laugh I will die.
Day3~Thursday Nov 3
I had some medical testing done that came back really not great. So I headed to Reno to follow up with some further testing. After paying $500 when my car broke down right when I got into town, I went to my test. The testing turned out MIRACULOUSLY well. When I say that I mean the doctor actually came in and said she had no explanation what happened but everything was perfect, and she was pretty in awe herself. So at this point I was thankful for Medical Technology, and Miracles, and God. Then I left my appointment and ended up getting rear ended on the freeway. The road conditions were very bad, and we were blessed that it wasn’t much worse. We had been bummed that we brought our car that broke down, but this is a very large car compared to the other one we have , and now we were so thankful we had the big car because the accident would have been possibly serious in my other car. By the end of this day I WAS JUST THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE!!!!
Day4~ Friday Nov4
Friday it snowed. It was cold. Two of my least favorite things. Friday I was thankful for my fireplace, and the ability to purchase oil for it!
Day 5~ Saturday Nov 5
I had a photo session to do. I worked on a senior project with a senior. I had a pretty busy day , but I saw a storm heading in, and I was very worried that my session would have to be canceled. We were able to quickly schedule for a little earlier and we just made it in. Today I was thankful I was able to work!
Day6~Sunday Nov 7
I had to head to Reno again for some supplies. This is bad when my kids have other things scheduled. I hoped I would make it back in time to pick Maggie up from dance, but alas, I did not. My friend Jessica, so kindly drove my kids home from dance when I didn’t manage to make it back in time. Today I was thankful that I really do have a great couple of people who help me out when I am in a pickle, and I do the same for them!
This is a picture that those who follow me have seen before, but I have not yet entered it into a contest.I knew when the topic was black I would use this one. This was taken during a dance practice for the Susanville Symphony Society.They put on beautiful ballet. Thank you for visiting my blog!
Today I am thankful for re-found family. This is my cousin. I got to meet him for the first time this year. He is an amazing kid. I am so glad to have him and my Aunt and Uncle in my life this year. What a blessing it has been to have found them and to be able to reconnect with them!