It has been a long day, and I’m absolutely exhausted… so I have to admit to some relief knowing I can let my photography do the talking tonight.
A couple of weeks ago now, I did a shoot with an absolutely charming couple – who seemed to think I’d have a hard time capturing even one good photograph. I knew very early on that not only would I get one, I’d get dozens.
Sandra and Keith were absolutely wonderful. They were such convivial company, and they had such infectious smiles. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, and editing their photographs just brought it all back. Funny how that works.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Sarah and Shaun, and thanks to this Eustachian Tube Disorder (which isn’t an ear infection at all, though I still definitely consider it an ear troll) it has taken me far longer to work through the enhancements than I’d like. Working on the computer is slow going when it feels like someone is auditioning for Stomp inside your head. But I’m powering through as best I can. And Sarah and Shaun have been so very patient. I’ve said it before, and I know I’ll say it again: I really do have the best clients.
I absolutely adored working with Sarah and Shaun. The fact that she loves him and that he adores her is so clear. They are totally adorable, and were so easy to work with. I found myself focusing a lot on Shaun (which is out of the ordinary for me, generally I focus on my female clients) but he is so head over heals, goofy in love, for and with Sarah that I couldn’t help myself. Of course, I made sure Sarah got a lot of focus too – she’s extremely easy to photograph. They really were a delight to work with.
So, here’s a bit of a preview, while I do my best to get through the rest of the shoot:
So, I’m all caught up and am able to resume running my photography business how I’m happiest. Only a few shoots a week – which means I can edit those shoots in the same week. I am decidedly a much happier photog when I don’t have to keep my customers waiting on their photographs.
Today I got to work with a delightful Mom and her two daughters. We really did have a lot of fun. Belinda was a little nervous about our shoot, and had been stressing a little during the week leading up to it. But I can safely say that shortly after getting started she hit her stride and did fabulously. Her and her girls were a blast – and the resulting photos are evidence of that.
So Belinda! Thank you for the wonderful afternoon. It was a pleasure working with you and your girls.
I believe this is the third time I’ve blogged about Jen and Martin’s Sweetheart Session. To bring up one particular photo shoot three times is unheard of for me, so I believe it speaks to the impact this couple had on me. I really did love working with them. Their feelings for one another were so evident in every interaction, they made my heart glow. I truly believe theirs is a love that will last through any difficulties they may encounter – and in today’s temporary society, that’s saying a lot.
I took Jen and Martin to the East side of the University Bridge here in Saskatoon. It’s not a spot I hit very often, so it remains an adventure every time I go. We shot on the lookout platform on the South of the pedestrian walkway, under the bridge itself, and along the path that extends under the bridge and through the University Campus on the North side of the bridge. In spite of relatively grey skies, we had a lovely time and created some beautiful images in celebration of this gorgeous couple.
As many of my clients are aware, I’m quite backed up with edits, adjustments, and enhancements. I typically prefer to book in three or four sessions a week, which then allows me to get all of my post-shoot work done that same week. I know what it’s like having to wait on a disc (or on anything else you are excited about) and do my best to cut down wait time as much as possible. Lately though, it has been taking a month or (as I’m now telling clients) two to get folks their disc of images.
Why the wait?
To get in as many folks who purchased my groupon as possible, before the extended expiry, there are DAYS when I’ve booked in as many sessions as I would normally shoot in a week. Yep, you read that right. One week of shooting compressed into one day, with multiple days a week you can only imagine how quickly the stack of “to be edited” shoots can grow. But, I figure that in this instance, shooting has to take priority, and I SOOOO appreciate your patience. This is out of the ordinary for me, and I do feel so badly that things are taking this long… So thank you. Thank you for understanding.
This backlog of edits, also means I haven’t been sharing previews on my blog very often. I love doing it, but it takes extra time to upload all the images… and that’s just time that I haven’t had lately. This photo though? This one I had to share. This photo BEGGED me to share it. It got down on it’s knees, clasped it’s hands, gave me puppy dog eyes, and pleaded oh so heart-wrenchingly to be shared. So what else could I do? I promised to share it.
I love this picture. I truly do. It speaks volumes about this family, about the love they share, about the kinship and camaraderie present in their relationships. And even beyond what is so obvious to anyone who sees this photo, is the story about the place. This is where the Lardner family will be building their future home. The place where they will continue to grow together, building together, creating bonds and memories that will help shape them.
What a fabulous memory in such an awesome place. I was privileged to be a small part in creating it.
Charlie is a little dog with a ton of personality packed into his little frame. I had a lot of fun with him and his people – in spite of a drizzly not so nice day. So, without needlessly painting the lily, here are a few photographs:
Charmaine contacted me hoping to combine a graduation shoot and a family photography session, and when she told me a little more about her family, I was only too happy to oblige. Her eldest, like me, has a very special bond with one of her younger siblings. So it was truly a pleasure for me to be able to capture all that they share, never to be forgotten, never to fade with memory. Families like the Erman’s are the whole reason I do family photography. So thank you Charmaine, for inviting me into your lives and allowing me to be a part of your very special family – even just for an afternoon.
I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely family of three – two thirds of which are completely enamoured with the newest third, as it should be. It really was an absolute delight. All three were completely natural and relaxed in front of the camera, and for the most part were able to just be themselves… forgetting that I was sticking my nose in all sorts of interesting places.
So Baby A, I’d like to take this moment to say: “You nailed it!” Nice job. You could have a future in front of a camera.