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This is the last photo for the January photo a day challenge. Me again. Here’s the girl and I as we headed out to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. I should have posted it last night but it had been a LONG day. LOL

A couple quick tips for anyone going to magic kingdom: avoid Stitch’s Great Escape. It’s a terrible “ride”. And if you feel you must do it, sit in the back row. Ten minutes of smoke blown directly into your face is more than anyone should be strapped in and forced to endure. It’s a special kind of torture. Tip two: bring tissue. Seriously. I cried through the first half of the fireworks show. LMAO

January Photo Challenge

Okay, so this thing was floating around for January 2012…  but lets face it, many of us didn’t see it until the second, or third, or fourth, or maybe you were even more out of touch with the memes of the day and didn’t see it until a week or two into January last year or heck!  Maybe you didn’t even see it at all.  LOL  The point (and yes, I do have one) is that by the time you’d seen it, the thing had already started and, well… who wants to jump in late.  So when fellow MomWriter friend of mine posted it on her FB wall today, a bunch of us figured “what the hell”, and have decided to do it this year.

photo a day challenge for january

 

So, here’s to Gina Cook-Maggard, Kimber Bush Schmahl, Sharon Wren, Jessica Ferguson Pearce (yes, I’m holding you to it too), Pam Kock, and anyone else who wants to join us this January.  I’ll be taking crappy iPhone photos – because while I’m a photographer, totally corny, crappy, iAnything can be super fun.

And because I’m all about honesty, here I am.  Badly in need of a shower, greasy hair, and make-up done by my five year old – and totally rocking the look I might add.  LMFAO  That’s right, chin out, totally bad in all the right ways.  LOL

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Wow, you can really see my freckles in that dog awful fluorescent light.  LMAO  Oh well.  Blotchy or not, I’m still awesome.  😛

 

And then me, looking slightly cuter, less “center stage”.  LOL Figured I’d snap a shot with a sketch app I’ve got on my phone.  I downloaded the update today so figured I’d check out the changes.  🙂  I like this new feature where it uses the actual colours from the photo.  Usually it’s all rainbow or all one colour, so that’s a nice upgrade.

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Now, you’ve seen mine, let’s see yours!  😀

My thoughts have been focused…

My thoughts, of late, have been focused on the upcoming Mosaics art and fashion show.  Today I finally made my decision on which pieces to debut.  And they will be:

  • Fólkvangr
  • Valkyrie
  • Persephone & Demeter
  • Venus
  • Mass Consumption
  • Packaged4Consumption

So there you have it!  But no, I will not post previews of them here.  LOL  They are DEBUTING at the art show, so if you’d like to witness their debut, you’ll have to go to the show.  😉

However, I will share the self portrait that may also make a showing there.  It, unlike the other six, is not officially a part of my Power of SHe project (which is now posted at my photography website at http://photography.tobi-dawne.com/Power_of_SHe.html).  And you may have seen it before, it’s me.  Yep, a self portrait.  Me at the Pink Prom.

Tobi-Dawne Smith is TD Photography; Saskatoon's Photosmith - at the pink prom

Find out more about the Mosaic art show at these links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/415945375095621/

http://www.saskatoonpride.ca/#!June%2013th/csx5

Advance tickets are only $10, or purchase them at the door for $15.  See you there!

A2Z – Pink Prom

Blogging from A to Z on sexual and gender identity - Pink Prom

On March 30th, Saskatoon had it’s first prom…  well…  first as far as I’m aware, and as far as my parent’s and grandparent’s are aware – and that’s as far back as this city really goes.  So I feel I’m pretty safe saying that it’s a first for this prairie city.  Anyway…

It was an amazing night.  Some folk I talked to were concerned about a city-wide prom, with people from any school welcome to attend.  There was talk about things like school rivalries and the possibility of fighting.  All I could really do was smile.  These were obviously adults who just didn’t get it.  This  was an event I knew our youth would rally around.

Prom is an amazing right of passage, and one we’ve never had here.  We’ve all watched the movies, read the books, heard the stories.  Prom is supposed to be amazing, and it’s something everyone deserves to experience.  And at 34, I went to prom… and just like all the teens in the movies, my parent’s bought my dress.

Saskatoon’s first prom was made even better by being a part of Pink Revolution (an anti-bullying week which made it’s debut this year).  So huge thanks to the Avenue Community Center and all their amazing volunteers for making it happen.  Both Pink Revolution and the Pink Prom were ground breaking events and I sooo look forward to them happening again next year.

As the official photographer for the Pink Prom, I organized my first ever photobooth.  No, it’s not my typical photography (usually on location in the study of life and love) but it was sooo much fun.  I was happy to donate my time and skill for something so incredible.

me at the prom - a self portrait

Yep, that’s me at prom.  🙂  Wanna check out the rest of the action from my photobooth?  Head on over to http://td365.smugmug.com/  Prints and other cool items are available!

My Inspiration!

Nothing in the world makes me happier than my baby – who isn’t such a baby any more (as she always insists on reminding me).  Tonight, when I arrived home from my last shoot of the day, she began posing for me – wanting to be my only subject.  Little does she realize that she is my constant inspiration.  She is what motivates me to constantly improve myself and my work.  She is my subject, even when she isn’t there with me.  I’ve always believed that every piece an artist creates is a self portrait, and as you can find me in all of my work, I can find her there as well.

four year old in a fedora

My iPad 2 is Here!

I am as giddy as a schoolkid!  My iPad 2 arrived today.  I’d ordered it from the online Apple store a few weeks ago so am super excited that it finally got here.  And yes, it’s engraved (with OUR song, my name, and my email address).

Why am I so excited?  Well, besides being a gadget nut (I really do love a new tech toy), this is going to make my life sooo much easier.  I’ll be able to use it for a lot of things, but the reason I bought it was this:

PAPERLESS PHOTOGRAPHY!

That’s right!  I’m taking my photography business paperless.  All my forms will now be electronic only.

Over the next few days I hope to find the time to redesign all my photography releases so that they will now be strictly e-documents.  Book me for a shoot, and you’ll be able to fill out your information, and sign your name directly on the iPad.  How cool is that???

I also have plans to streamline the booking process as well – but that’s going to take a little more time, a little more investimagating, and a little more work.

I’m excited.  This is going to totally change the way I handle all my documents and forms.  Sooo looking forward to this.

LMAO  Why yes, I’m a nerd.  Thanks for asking.  LOL

me and my new iPad 2

Happy New Year!

For those of you who celebrate based on the Celtic calendar, have a wonderful new year!  Together we enter the dark, but within it is the promise of light and new life.  Share your table, your harvest, and your cheer with those around you, and may you be blessed throughout this new year.

The wee girlie and I, being silly.

Closer than I appear.

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear.

Closer than I appear.

I sometimes wonder if everything we do is worth it.  Living an ordinary life would be so much simpler.  I’ve done a lot of things, worn a lot of hats, played a lot of roles…  not all fit, but I could see how a person could be happy living within a box more simply defined.  One label.  One job.  One purpose.  A complex life is just that, complex.  It’s rarely easy.  And I do, from time to time, wonder if all the extra effort is really worth it.  It would be so much more simple, so much easier, to be ordinary.

I think we all get tired at times.  I know I’ve taken on a lot of important roles.  I’ve also moved past some important roles that I wish I could have held onto…  but we evolve.  We change.  And some hats we once wore so well end up not fitting us as well as the decades pull us onwards.

So…  no real point to make today.  LOL  Just kinda rambling on…  rambling through this road trip we call life.  🙂  Thinking about the interesting pit stops we’ve hit so far, and wondering where we’ll find ourselves tomorrow.

I’m feeling a bit like I’m at a crossroad.  Time to do some evaluating.  I think I may have a hat or two in my closet that just aren’t all together me any more.  Might be time to do a little late spring cleaning.  Wonder if there is anything here worth shipping off to Sally Ann.  😉

Take care of each other.

I’m so bad…

Okay…  I’m getting really bad.  Another post with several days worth.  Jeepers.  This is becoming habit.  Just been really busy lately.  Busy being Mom, and busy getting a new domain up and running.  Still a long ways from launching, but I’m excited about it.  Won’t be any work at all once it’s up, but right now?  It’s sucking every minute of my time that isn’t devoted to being mom.  So…  Please bear with me.  Hopefully I’ll get back to the daily posting soon.  I actually really miss it.  It’s come to be part of my nightly routine, and my nights feel a little off when I’m not able to log on to share.  🙂

April 23rd – A great day, with more great days ahead.  All strung together in a somewhat stressful, but really good week.  Lots of work done, and lots of time devoted to just being mom.  Which meant I was exhausted, but I was feeling really good.  🙂  Also found out that I won a draw for a bunch of great gardening stuff – so super excited about that.  LOL  Want to check out my gift basket?  Head on over to http://treadlightliving.com/blog/?p=368.  So can’t wait for everything to arrive.  😀

ME!  :D

Me! 😀

April 24th – Hard work paid off as Mom’s surprise 50th birthday party caught her COMPLETELY off guard.  So the stress of coordinating everything was totally worth it.  Took Mom and the wee girlie out to lunch at New Island Sushi…  the food there is AMAZING, and the staff are super nice.  Mom loved it, and Lily-Ann did really well with her chopsticks (her first time).  Then we hit Village Green (a thrift store/charity shop), a local park, a used book sale, and home for the surprise.  I missed out on the decorating while I was keeping Mom busy, but Auntie Kathie, Riki (my oldest younger sister), and Dad did a great job.  It really was an awesome day…  and seeing mom so happy made EVERYTHING worth it.  😀

And… okay… I know.  Lots of photos from this day I could have shared…  but seriously.  The food at New Island Sushi????  SOOOOO worth sharing in any way I can.  😀

Sweet potato roll from New Island Sushi

Sweet Potato Roll

April 25th – Today is actually Mom’s birthday.  Offered to watch everyone (two of my sisters are still at home and need an adult present) so that Mom and Dad could go out to supper… but Mom wanted a “do nothing” day.  So we all just hung out at the house and watched the snow.  Yes.  More snow.  But thankfully this snow melted the instant it hit anything.  Another really great day.  🙂

Lily-Ann watching the snow from the deck.

Watching the Snow...

April 26th – Just a lazy day at home.  Kinda chilly out… but not so chilly that it kept us inside.  Here’s a basket full of “treasures” the wee girlie gathered.

Lily's treasures...  sticks, dried grasses, pine cones, and rocks.

Treasure!

April 27th, TODAY – Another chilly one out.  It wouldn’t have been bad, except for a really cool wind.  Spent some time playing in the front yard, just the girlie and I.  Spent some time in the back yard, the dogs, Damon, the wee girlie and I.  Then headed to the Library.  🙂  It’s library day.

Thought this pine cone was pretty… and was surprised to find one clinging to the tree out back.

A pine cone.

Pine Cone

up close and personal

At twenty to ten and I sit down at the computer only to realize that I haven’t shot any stills today.  Took some video of the wee girlie… but haven’t done any still photography.  So what’s a girl to do?  Well, this particular girl fires up Photo Booth, turns on the comic book setting, and leans in nice and close.  🙂

extreme close up of my eye

up close and personal

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