Wednesday, March 30, 2011

To Help or Not to Help

That is the question weighing heavily on the mind of my little Diva!  OK, maybe not but I like to think that she ponders her choices!  She loves to be a help when it is convenient for her and her favorite place to help is the kitchen.  She loves to go to the fridge and get out the milk and eggs, heck, she even likes to fold laundry.  Wonder if she likes to match socks?

What she does not like to do is pick up a mess that she has made!  She has a million excuses for not picking up her toys!  My current favorite is:  I am only one little human!  To which I respond:  Yes, that is true and I am only one mommy who did not create this mess!  After that she is speechless but does nothing to clean up the mess until I get a garbage bag and start throwing toys into it!  Yes, I roll like that!  And, YES, I have given away bags of toys to the Salvation Army!  I am mean, I know!  Please no hate mail!

All I am trying to do is create a sense of responsibility in my child to clean up her own messes!  I could go on and on about how the three people, two dogs and a bunny who reside with me think I am the only one who should lift a finger to keep the house clean but I will spare you the rant that would ensue.  I think I need a vacation, on a tropical beach with a cabana boy to bring me fruity juice drinks and rub oil on my back all day long!  Wishful thinking!

Here is the Diva's latest attempt at helping!  She loves to be my test subject when I set up my lights and backdrops for a shoot.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Having Fun

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My Disappearing Act

I know that I do this every once in a while but I promise that I have a good reason!  This time it has been a combination of the nice weather and people coming out of the woodwork wanting spring pictures, which is a good thing!  Plus, I have been on the Knight to get the motorcycle up and going (read: customized) so we can go for a ride SOON!  After all, everyone else has gone out on the nice days we have had but since he thinks he needs to make some much needed wanted modifications, I have to wait!

But I digress!  Yes, I am busy BUT I did manage to get the graduation announcements done for the Moody Teen and my nephew!  We decided that we would pass by on the high priced announcements that get tossed and go for a more personal look!  Here is what I came up with!


This is a 5x7 front and back for each.  After creating, I uploaded the design to mpixpro.com (on heavy card stock) and the result was a beautiful, personal invitation!  They even came with envelopes so I didn't have to drive myself batty looking for some!  Of course, I blocked out personal info for showing you all cause I know I have some crazy stalkers (kidding)!

So that's what I have been up to lately!  What's going on in your neck of the woods?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Dog & Her Girl


This is the dog!  She was actually my first girl and she got the name that would have been the Diva's but she (the Diva) took so long to get here that we thought she was not coming!  So the dog ended up with her name, Zoey!  We got this little bully when she was only 4 weeks old so I became her mama really quick and cared for her much like I would care for an infant. 

She is stubborn and lovey and thinks she is a 65 pound lap dog!  She is rambunctious but there is one of us who can pull her ears and tail and ride her like a pony!  She is gentle and loving with the Diva and will gently take food from her hand.  She will kiss and love and most of all protect her baby girl!

Zoey will lay in front of the TV with the Diva on her back.  This "mean" dog will also lay on the couch with the Diva laying on top of her!  We call it the dog pile because the beagle will be in there somewhere too!

Don't get me wrong, the dog can sometimes get on my last nerve like when she puts her paws on the table or the counter to eat someone's dinner!  Yup, she gets sent to her room for that!  Oh, I also love when I am bustling around trying to get things done and she gets under foot and sends me for a ride!  It happens more than I care for it too and my knees can tell the sad tale all too well!  However, at the end of the day, I love my dogs and they love the Diva!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What I am Working on Today

I recently did a 50th Anniversary family shoot and it was a hoot and a half, let me tell ya!  They were so much fun that I forgot I was working!  Anyway, so now I am in full edit mode and I just wanted to share a photo of the youngest from this fun loving family!  She is the only great grandchild and she is absolutely gorgeous! 

Time to Spruce up for Spring!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It is soooo Close!

Graduation is just around the corner!  May 27th at 8:00 PM to be exact!  AAAAAAAH!  Where did this school year go?  I am not sure that I am ready for my first born to leave the nest!  Maybe I am!  I don't know!  I am really conflicted about this!

One thing I do know it that I need to get to work on his graduation announcement!  None of that pre-made stuff here!  I will be designing his announcement so it is more personal, more him!  I downloaded everything I need today and will be getting busy in the next couple of weeks in addition to all the upcoming shoots and editing that I will be doing.  I am also kicking off a new campaign designed to pamper women at every stage of life, called Beautiful You, so I will be doing shoots with my models and getting promotional items together for that so it is ready for Mother's Day gift giving since that is sneaking up on us too!

OK, I have vented enough for now!  Keep your eyes open for all that I will be sharing in the near future!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Random Happenings

OK, things are going too good around here and I am waiting for the other shoe to drop but, in the mean time, I will bask in the glow of all the good happenings that are going on!  First, I got confirmation that my photographs will be in the Oct/Nov issue of Country Woman Magazine that will hit stands in August!  The issue will feature an article on my friend Jayne, who is a costume designer and has her own costume shop!  I did a shoot with her recently for the magazine!  Exciting, huh??  Next came the call, this morning, to do a shoot for a local band that is going to Nashville to record their first CD!!  Exciting times infinity here!!  And last, but not least, I got my newest lens on Saturday and it is a BIG DOG!  No, literally it is the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR ll and it weighs in at just over 3 pounds on it's own!  Imagine the guns I will be sporting by the end of the summer!  LOL!  No need to lift weights when you are lugging this bad boy around!

So with that happy news, I will leave you with a few from the shoot for Country Woman Magazine!  Not sure which ones they will choose but these are some of my favorites!


This is Jayne, the Queen of costumes!
These are Jayne's thugs!  They guard all her awesome costume magic!

The man in the mirror is Jayne's magician husband, Mitch!  I worked with 
him years ago in the radio business!  We were both Dee Jays at a local station.


That's all I've got for today!  I hope you all have a wonderful week and we will talk again soon!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Topaz

I am not talking about the jewel here but the editing filter that works in PS, PSE and Lightroom!  I tried a 30 day trial version of the entire bundle but ended up just buying the Adjust plug in for now.  If I decide to get all of them later, I can upgrade for a great low price since I already have one.  I am learning how to work this bad boy via YouTube and webinars from Topaz so I am still very much in the learning process but I wanted to share with you a before and after of a couple of the Moody Teen's senior pictures.  I am waiting to get my lens on some great classic cars to really play with the HDR to see what it can do but for know this works for me!



I really need to play with this more but I can really see the potential of this tool.  For now I am in the learning curve and will be playing to perfect the techniques that can make my photos stand out from the rest! 

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!  Let's talk again soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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