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I know, I know a whole month between posts! No excuses other than I’ve been enjoying working a little more lately, which is always a good thing. Today I came across a really interesting article which you can find and read here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-trenske/the-case-against-good-enough_b_2967170.html and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it because it described something I feel very strongly about: prints or art instead of CD or USB. In my business I get asked frequently why I don’t just give someone their images on CD or USB included with their session and I thought I need to clarify my answer to my clients or prospective clients. I don’t give images on a CD or USB with a session because I don’t believe that they should be hidden away in a desk or on a computer for no one to ever see or look at. I truly believe in displaying the lovely images I created especially for you whether it be in an album or on your walls. Why take the time to pay me and have photographs done if you are just going to hide them away in your drawer, and for those who think you will print them somewhere else, well 9 times out of 10 you don’t or you only print for Grandma & Grandpa or your Aunt and Uncle and none for yourself.
While the above mentioned article speaks to Brides and Grooms I believe this translates across every genre of photography. I love what I do! I love creating special images of Art that you can proudly display in your home. I recently revamped my pricing and have geared all my packages to this. You still get the images on USB but you must order first. I don’t want your images hiding in a drawer and becoming obsolete. Remember the floppy disc? The VHS tape? 8mm? How many of you still utilize these technologies? How easy is it to view the media saved on them? CD’s and USB’s will eventually go the way of the aforementioned technological breakthroughs as well and what will you have left? As someone noted in the comment section of the article above by a bridal consultant: “I always told my brides that when the dress was box and stored, the flowers have died and the tux’s returned to the rental company, all that’s left are the memories and the pictures. Make sure they are quality.” This is so very important to me. I want you to have those images FOREVER! Whether it is a huge print or a small one, wall art or an album, the choices are abundant. I love displaying photos of even my clients in my studio space.
I recently was asked to photograph my best friends Grandmother’s 90th Birthday party. I loved being there and one thing I noticed was as soon as we entered the hall where the function was being held there were several tables set up with multiple collages spanning her life with her family and friends. These images are precious reminders of a full life lived and will stay with her family long after she has moved on from here. She is a feisty lady and I love her. She sat for me for 2 hours taking photos with various family members etc. and loved every minute of it. I am so proud of how they turned out and I am even more proud of the fact that her family understands the importance of having these images in their possession. What a lovely gift for them and for her. So please, the next time you sit for a session with a photographer don’t just opt for a disc of those precious memories, make them tangible reminders of a life lived to its fullest!
Well it’s been longer than anticipated. I didn’t realize that so much time had passed since my last post, but it seems as though time has gotten away from me yet again. Busy as usual around here. Those pesky renovations are almost done. My father-in-law was here to help hubby as he is not able to bend, kneel, stand on a ladder etc.. Thankfully he was willing to come and give him a hand to get things done quickly and it’s been a big help as we are now nearing the end. Hubby still has not heard back from his interview. He did call and was told that a decision had not yet been made and they would receive notice either way so keep praying or wishing or hoping for him, we appreciate all the positive thoughts!
May is nearly upon us and with that comes Mother’s Day. I am blessed to have many wonderful women in my life who deserve to be celebrated. My mom is awesome and I have a wonderful Mother-in-law (yes you read that right!). They are both strong women, good role models who allow me to live my life as I see fit, supporting me in every endeavour, offering advice when asked but leaving it to me to decide. What more could a girl ask for. I have a new Step-mom who is a great lady and who treats us as if we were her own. She is also helpful, supportive and shows she cares in many ways. I also have two amazing, really amazing Grandmothers, ladies I try to emulate and live up to. They both had many children, lived tough lives and are still going strong and there are my hubby’s two grandmother’s also who have taught me how to cook his favourite meals, tended to my children lovingly and are always there for us when we need them. I wanted to celebrate the special relationship between mothers and daughters and so I recently held a fun day for my friends and their girls and photographed their special bond. I love the images. They are all beautiful inside and out. Celebrate the women in your life this May! It will come back to you tenfold.
Along with the photos below here are some things I am grateful for as of late:
Hubby is still in the running for his coveted position (cross your fingers and send positive thoughts please!)
Kiddos are on the mend once again but thankfully nothing serious
Wonderful family and friends who have been so supportive and helpful to us lately, we don’t know what we would do without you
Star Wars (odd I know but it keeps the boys quiet and entranced so I can write in peace )
That we are still making a go of it and the house is almost ready to list
One of my best friends in the whole world has bought a home close by (we met as neighbours and I was heartbroken when we had to move), I will be so happy to have her closer than ever once again!
The weather finally seems to be favouring spring (as much as I love the snow, it’s time for those April showers to produce some May flowers)
Warmer weather has brought about more inquiries, which I hope in turn will allow me to do more of what I love; producing long-lasting visual memories for my clients
Warmer weather has also put a spring in my step and a burst of energy which reminds me of the following quote:
It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man’s energy. ~Arthur Conan Doyle
I hope you are enjoying the warm kiss of the sun wherever you may be!
Yes March has been beyond busy, as I mentioned previously. Still no word on hubby’s last interview, but we are all hoping and praying really hard, so please keep him in your thoughts! We have a lot to be grateful for this month:
All of our middle guys tests and appointments went well, although he’s not growing but we can handle that;
Kids are all doing really well in school, report cards were great, can’t ask for more than that, especially when our youngest repeatedly states that he “hates” school;
Everyone has been healthy and happy, sun is shining and we are pretty sure spring is on its way!
We are very grateful to have had some fun and awesome company over the March break;
Work has been picking up, hopefully the warmer weather will help it along and with that in mind enjoy some Spring and Easter inspired photos from some recent shoots. Happy Long Weekend Everyone!
March has arrived and it has brought a multitude of activities along with it. We have had many birthdays recently, including our oldest child who now enters the exciting realm of teenager. Our middle guy has most of his annual check-ups this month, march break has arrived, we have family visiting from out of province and I have been working on a few projects. It has been an exciting time here and I love the busy times because it makes me feel like I am accomplishing things. On the reno front, we have painted all the bedrooms and kitchen; next we will be finishing the two bathrooms and moving on to the basement. It will be so good to have it all done and I cannot wait. Hubby had his last interview this morning and things went well, so we now begin the wait to find out if he will get the position or not. Thanks to everyone for all your prayers and support, it means a lot to us. I have been having some fun with water and food colouring lately and plan to work on some more once things calm down a little around here and I realized it had been a little bit since I last wrote so I thought I would do quick post to show a little of what I’ve been working on. It has been a lot of fun and I love the quiet solitude of it all. Being creative helps me to decompress from all the hustle and bustle in my life and even if no one else likes it I love it, so here are a few of the latest landscapes and water shots I’ve done. Enjoy:
From a friend today ” Even the most beautiful flowers have to grow in sh**”
The Universe has been testing us quite a bit lately, and as my hubby’s family likes to say “bad things come in threes”. We have been experiencing our fair share lately (and more than three at a time too), but hubby and I keep looking for things to be thankful for and keep our attitude positive. So today is dedicated to things we need to be grateful for:
On the job front, hubby has made it to the final round of interviews for the job he is really hoping to get….Amazing!!
The boys are finally getting over their colds/infections and things seem right in the world of health
The kitchen is painted and officially complete…now on to the next round of renos so that the house is ready in the event we have to list it
My little photo project is coming along, I hope to have it done soon so I can share
One of my favourite people in the world is coming to visit us for March break and I cannot wait
One of my best friends has purchase a new home and is moving closer to me again(we used to be neighbours)…I see many coffee dates in my future
My dad and his fiance tied the knot this past weekend and we are so happy for them! I’m even more happy and grateful for Skype allowing us to “be there” when we couldn’t actually “be there”
Hubbys uncle who got very ill while on vacation is doing better and is now home safe and sound
Thanks to very generous friends and family I accomplished my fundraising goal for Heart and Stroke foundation ( I know you’re all tired of hearing about it, but really I’m astonished at how well I did)
Last on my list is my hubbys agreement to finally quit smoking. He has his last pack and then that’s it, pray for him that he makes it through, it’s an expensive and yucky habit and I really want him to be healthy.
This is my list of 10 for today. It’s been a while I know, but we’ve been busy bees lately. Thanks for reading and I hope that you all are able to find the good in the bad, it really changes your perspective on your situation.