Monday, January 25, 2010

Coming Your Way...

I'm trying to be more crafty. Crafty as in "make more cute stuff and send it to people I love" rather than "dodgy". You get it. Anyway, I decided to make a Valentine's card from us. To you. With love. Here is a preview for you...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Adventure Is Out There!

Since it was my day off & today was such a nice day, I decided to take a walk... with camera in hand, of course. I downloaded a few new Photoshop actions the other day as well, so I decided to have a little fun with them.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Goodbye, Christmas

Yes, I know... it's halfway through January. We should have taken our Christmas tree down weeks ago.

But today was the day. Kind of. The tree is actually still in the living room. In three pieces. The big bottom part is still standing in the corner. And the middle and top pieces are laying in the middle of the floor, surrounded by fake pine needles.

When I bought this tree, about four or five years ago, it came with the lights already on it. (That was my lazy self getting all excited about easy tree decorating.) Now, those lights are dead. All of 'em. And this year, my lazy self just put new lights over top of them.

Dumb idea.

It looked bulky and crazy (in my opinion), but I left them that way. Until now.

David & I sat on the couch for an hour, each with a section of the tree, clipping & pulling the fasteners that were keeping these lights on. No fun.

We still have the big bottom section of the tree left. And fake pine needles to vacuum up.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thank You, Mr King...

Thank you for giving us humanity.

And thank you for giving a three-day weekend to everyone else so that I still have to go to work and photograph all of their children.

No Christmas card for you next year. Bah.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Starting Our Collection

I love children's books.

I decided to start collecting children's books quite a while ago. Now that David & I are married, we decided together that spending money on children's books was a much better use of our income than buying new DVDs or other such things.

One of my favorite series is the Charlie and Lola series by Lauren Child. It has a very unique style of art and writing and is a lighthearted break from the traditional PBS-style of cartoons and books. I actually used to watch it on Playhouse Disney on my days off all the time. :)

We joined Book of the Month Club 2 to help out our collection. We created a "reading list" of books we wanted and each month, they ship us the next one on our list. Each book is only $10 with no shipping. It's quite awesome, actually. We even got Your Favorite Seuss, which is a fatty collection of Dr Seuss stories for only $10. (In the store, it was $25!) Can't beat that. And I'm always scouring those sale bins at Borders and Barnes & Noble for good deals. I got a couple of good books the other week for $7 total. I felt like quite the thrifty shopper.

(Oh... and just in case you get the urge to ask... we aren't collecting children's books because we are expecting. We are collecting children's books because we are expecting to have children eventually. That is all.)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More Photo Shoots

One of my new personal goals is to focus a whole lot more on developing my own photography outside of the work that I do at the studio.

Since last May, I've been volunteering to do photo shoots of interviewees for the magazine Mormon Artist. I've actually done more shoots within this past month than I have since I started volunteering. It's been a lot of fun to be able to meet new people who do exciting things and then to be able to photograph them for an actual publication. Another nice thing about this is that it gives me an excuse to broaden my own portfolio. It's a fun motivator.

I also have two weddings on the books for this year. David's sister, Sara, is getting married this September. I was able to do their engagements this past October. I also have a good friend who will be getting married in the early summer sometime and have been asked to shoot their wedding as well.

I also recently updated my website with some of my newer stuff. It's a work in progress, but it's been a lot of fun.