Monthly Archives: November 2011

My daughter, the cosmetologist.

Today the kid did my hair and make-up, for the first time.  I have to admit, I’m surprised it took her this long to ask to do so.  And even though we had things to do (out and about) afterwards, I offered myself as canvas.

What did I learn from this little foray into pre-k beauty?  Not much has changed in the last 20 years.  When I was fourteen I rocked the whole blue eyeshadow thing, and today (at 34) I can still rock it.  😉

And rather than a mere photograph of her work, the girl wanted a video.  So here it is:

Diane & Katie – a mother daughter photo shoot preview

I met up with Diane and Katie in one of my favourite “go to” spots.  It’s unusual for a client to beat me there, but these two did…  and got to watch a wedding shoot that just happened to be scheduled prior to ours.  I had a lot of fun working with this adorable mother, daughter team so when Diane asked that I not hand off these edits to another photographer, I was only too happy to oblige.  So, here we are.  🙂  Say hello to Katie and Diane:

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Sorry for being so brief…  just kinda tired today.  😉

Haha… oops…

Soooohhhh….

Yeah….

I was off playing around at the Plum when I realized I should actually be on WordPress writing tonight’s blog post.  LOL  Oooops.

So here I am.  😉

Honestly?  I think I’m just so excited about the backlog of photography edits almost being through that I’ve been thinking about getting back to my scrapbooking.  I’m almost through my training to be a designer (I was almost through back in March, but had to put it all on hold when things got crazy busy and I’ve been on a leave of absence ever since) and hope to open my store in the new year.  But right now?  right now I just want to do a layout.  LOL

I’ve got a couple of LOs (that’s short for layouts for all you non-scrapbooking folk) that I need to have finished shortly.  One in the next couple of days, and the other about a week later.  Nothing like having a looming deadline when you’re finally able to get back at it.  😉

So, yeah…  scrapbooking on the brain.  Can’t help it.  The idea of having time to do something for ME???  It’s been months and months since I’ve had that luxury, and well?  I’m close to happy tears over the idea.

The stress is finally lifting.  I can get back to working how I ENJOY working.  None of this groupon-induced stress.  No more 3 and 4 photo shoots a day, and a backlog of 80 shoots needing editing.  It feels so nice to have things return to NORMAL.  😉  Three shoots a week, and time to edit those shoots within that same week.  No backlog.  No stress.  Taking it easy and enjoying my work and all the blessings that come with it.  Yay me!  🙂

A brag on my clients. :)

I wanted to take a second to brag about my clients.  I really do get to work with some of the best folk around.  I love what I do, working as a photographer, seeking truth, love, and beauty in all things?  It’s pretty freakin’ awesome.  And then an email like this arrives in my inbox and it reminds me that I am doubly blessed.  First I get to capture so many amazing people, and then I get to enrich their lives with those captures.  It’s am amazing thing, and I am truly, truly blessed.

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for taking such great photos. We love them and were surprised to find so many of them were great photos. We thought we would be happy with 10 good photos and we have 50 that we love!!!! Thanks again you are very talented and we had such a great time doing the photo shoot. You made us feel relaxed and that we were just out playing with Zay not posing for a camera. Thanks again we will refer you and use you again.

Warm regards, Marla Janzen

Thank you Marla, for such a wonderful email.  You didn’t have to take the time to write, and I appreciate that you did so.  You touched my heart.

Pond no more, hooray for a living room floor!

When we first moved into this house, eight and a half years ago now, we had very different needs in a home.  We purchased for two reasons:  One, it was cheaper than renting.  Two, with all of our pets it just made sense to own.

The first thing my husband did was to rebuild the bathroom (seriously, the one that was here when we moved in was SCARY).  He put in a soaker tub and a shower.  We put down new flooring.  I painted, built a vanity.  We made it work for us.

The second thing I did was to build up the floor in the living room by several inches and sink a 250 gallon pond into it.  Damon then helped me put down flooring on the subfloor I put in.  I painted and my mom and I made curtains.

At the time, it made sense for us to have that pond in what would have been a living room.  We had, after all, purchased the house so our pets would have a place to live.  But, nearly a decade later, our needs are vastly different.  Most of the turtles have passed on (from old age or heartbreak when their oldest dearest turtle-friend died), there’s only one left now.  Tetsuo, Sesami, and Tama Chan are all waiting at the rainbow bridge, and Tsunami doesn’t need an entire pond to herself.  But you know who does need that space?  Our four year old daughter.

So on Monday my husband pulled up all the tiles.  On Tuesday he pulled out the subflooring I put down.  On Wednesday we bought more 2x6s and plywood.  On Thursday and Friday he built a new subfloor.  Today he put down new tiles.  There are still a few to go down… but we’re mostly there.

I do a lot of our home improvement stuff, simply because I’m the one who wants it done.  So it felt really nice to have him doing this for our daughter and me.  I don’t think he cared much either way, so I know he did it for us.

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Ashley & Shane on a riverside walk – photography preview

Most photographers stick with the basics and charge extra for the more advanced enhancements.  Myself?  I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my work.  I am not an efficient editor.  I’m far too nitpicky.  So those advanced adjustments?  I just include them with any shoot I edit.  I simply can’t help myself.

That said, I often find myself holding back a bit while working through a shoot.  My work is quite stylized.  I put a lot of myself into each and every photograph.  But I’m not always sure that my clients will appreciate some of the extremes I can push things to.  So I do tend to hold back…  that is, unless I’ve been given the “go ahead” by my clients to do as I will, and then?  Then I am a very happy photog!

Ashley let me know right from the start that she likes fashion forward photography.  The washed out, grainy, hazy quality that I so enjoy.  So I was thrilled to know I’d be able to be free to play.  And even better?  After looking through some of my work here at TD365 she also pointed out a few images with really stark contrasts as being particularly appealing.  That meant that I could go to either end of the spectrum – both are waters I enjoy sticking splashing into.

I had a lot of fun shooting with Ashley and Shane, but it was an equal joy getting to put the finishing touches on their photographs.  I felt completely free to do what I do best.  To really push and pull each and every image to bring out the best in this couple.  So thanks Ashley – for allowing me to pour my heart into your shoot.  I hope you and Shane will love each of these images as much as I do.

 

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Inspiration Ad Hoc

I tell ya…  as a blogger who insists on doing it daily, there are times when inspiration comes fast and furious.  My muse presenting me with a gay cornucopia of delights, any one ripe and plump for the choosing, a myriad of ideas all flowing eagerly forth…  and then there are days like today.  When any type of inspiration, ad hoc would be great.  But no.

My muse, you see, is fickle.  She likes me best when the body isn’t tired, the flesh isn’t weak, when I’m not weary from a day filled with work.  She only comes a’calling when I’m bright and peppy, when I myself am a joy to be around.  I’ll admit, I like me best on those days too.  So I can’t really blame her all that much.

I like my work the way I like so many other things, in moderation.  Too much work, and well?  Then you get this.  Boring drudgery of a blog post.  😉  But all is not lost.  Soon we will be through with the backlog of photo edits – freeing me up to work as I am happiest, editing my photo shoots the same week they were shot during.  And then?  Then my muse will return with vigor.  Strong and thrilled again with life.  You’ll see.  🙂

Leave of Absence from the Green Party

Tomorrow I will officially announce my one month leave of absence from the Green Party of Saskatchewan.  I am not leaving the party, so no worries there what-so-ever.  Now that the busyness of election time has begun to calm, I know that I can take some time for myself and my family.  It is something I’ve needed to do for a little while now, but would never leave the party without a capable captain at the helm.

My second is Vicki Strelioff.  She was voted into the roll of Vice President at the Party’s AGM this past Spring.  And quite honestly, it’s the first time in my years with the party that I’ve had a capable second… someone whom I felt I could trust to handle my duties and lead the party in my absence.  I’ll admit, having Vicki around has considerably lessened the stress involved with my role.  I will still be around during this month off, and will help Vicki wherever and whenever she needs me… but I think she’ll do just fine.  😉

This last year I have found a shift in my priorities.  A shift in my focus.  And I need to take some time away from my political work to really examine my role within the party.  I need to ensure I’m serving the Greens in the best possible way without sacrificing my many other responsibilities.  And I need to do so without the daily pressures associated with running the party.

So…  a leave of absence.  I have to admit, it will probably feel a little odd not to have my duties and responsibilities constantly on my mind.  But I think it will be a good thing.  We all need a little time to recharge, and I’d say it’s high time I took that time for myself.

Long day…

Long day…  tomorrow 13 discs will be added to the pick-up bin, and the day after another equally large sum.  Too tired and sore to share more.  LOL  Hopeful that the majority of the shoots will be ready for the end of the month.  🙂

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Not all of us are lucky enough to be born into a body that matches our gender.  We all bare our battle scars.  Growing up is tough.  Growing up transgendered is even more so.  And sometimes – thanks to the ignorance and brutality of others – it is actually impossible.

Today is the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Today, I ask you to do ONE THING.  Regardless of your beliefs, regardless of your feelings, regardless of who you are or who you know or who you want to be.  Take a few minutes and read through the list of people at this web page:  http://www.transgenderdor.org/?page_id=1663

The people listed there are all individuals who have suffered and died at the hands of others for being born different and having the strength to live honestly.  23 people who have suffered horrendously because they had the courage to be who they were.  23 people who lost their lives because of bigotry and hate.  23 people, this year alone, their lives stolen, savagely, all for the crime of living a genuine life.

I’m not asking you to change.  I’m not asking you to weep.  I’m not asking you to speak out.  I’m just asking you to read their names, read how they died, and remember that they were people once.

http://www.transgenderdor.org/?page_id=1663

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