I've found it's tricky to start a business in photography. You have to figure out what type of photography you want to do, then, if you're like me, you want to practice, but you have to have the people to practice on. And let me tell you, my family is not photogenic.
This is where friends come in! You may remember THIS post I did of J's newborn photos, well Mrs. J. approached me and asked if I would do their family pictures. Needless to say, I said yes. :) So I have now had the opportunity to do two newborn sessions, and a family. I shot a wedding as a second shooter, and I will be doing a friend's senior photos soon! I'm really looking forward to that!
If I continue to do photography as a side business, (maybe someday full time), I think I would prefer to do engagements (and proposals!), but I'll figure that out somewhere down the road.
Anyway...A few pictures of the J. family.
Oh, and by the way, you can't tell, but it was actually raining on us when we did these. :) Fun.
I have to admit, I'm very easy to amuse. Unfortunately it can be embarrassing at times, especially when you're at a theater and you sit there and laugh at a funny part long after everyone else has stopped.
Or when you're with a group of friends and someone cracks a joke, and you laugh so hard that you sound like a dying seal, which makes you laugh even harder. Then you continue with the silent shaking laugh and hope nobody notices.
And I won't even mention what I'm like with less than five hours of sleep. Think....tipsy.
So, to the others out there like me, here are some of the things I'm finding funny at the moment...
I know you all have missed me sooo much in my absence. Right? ;)
I have so much to blog about that it's quite overwhelming. But that's what bullet points are for, and I'm very fond of them. So here is a bit of what's been going on around here.
Caitlyn left for MO in the beginning of December, which meant lots of changes around here. Namely re-doing the chore chart. ;) Cait, just so you know, because of your absence, I'm now on dishes Mondays and Wednesday. -_- And I no longer get a night off. :sings: Cinderelmy, Cinderelmy, night and day it's Cinderelmy...
BUT, since Cait left, I am now a business woman! Whether or not I'm successful is debatable at this point, but it's so nice to have an income now. Goodwill here I come!!! ;)
On Christmas Eve Meg and I decided to do something a bit out of the norm, and donate blood! Unfortunately, after answering all the questions for my pre-check, (Where they ask for your age, weight, height, and make sure you're not anemic), the gal looked at me and said: "Oh, sweet girl, you're too small." :insert minion voice: Whaaaa??? I've been told I'm too short and too young many times, but never that I don't weigh enough. O_o Apparently you have to weigh 133 if you are 5'1", and under 19 years old. Grrrr.... Excuse me while I go eat enough chocolate to make me gain 13 pounds....
Christmas was great, but a little weird since we were down three people. :(
I fractured my middle finger while sword fighting on Jess's Birthday. But it was worth it. :)
I went to the Twelfth Night Ball earlier this month and had a great time. :) Sadly, I didn't quite feel like Cinderella because I had lost my voice the day before and didn't have it all back at the time. Come to think of it, I didn't feel very Cinderella-ish at the masquerade ball either. I had an infected wisdom tooth socket which made my cheek look a little puffier than it should have been. -_-
Chris and Katie (and Tank. Can't forget Tank), came for a visit on the sixth, and stayed with us for a little over a week. :) We went and saw 'Frozen', (which was amazing by the way), played spoons, got Katie sucked into our favorite show, went ROCK CLIMBING! Got to go shooting, which I hadn't done in a long time, (and it kinda showed) , had stuffed pizza for the first time, (I'm seventeen years old, and I have only just had this?!?! Where has it been all my life?), and just chilled together. Oh, and we mopped the floor many times thanks to Tank. ;)
This was my first time to ever rock climb, and I'm a big fan. :) It was much harder than I thought it would be, but I always enjoy a good challenge.
Carver was really good at it! He's like a little monkey. :)
It definitely requires a LOT of trust! When one of the guys was tying the rope on my carabiner I kept thinking, "I am putting my entire trust in your knot. That's what is going to keep me falling to my death!" Kind of a scary thought. Not to mention when you're around thirty-ish feet off the ground and your arms literally will not work, (muscle failure!), and the person who is belaying you says, "It's okay, I got you! just hang in there until you're ready to keep going." So you're pretty much sitting on thin air being held up by some straps, a rope, and the person down below. I loved it! Connor says we're going for his Birthday, and I certainly don't have a problem with that!
Oh, and if you were wondering, this was at the Salem Kroc Center. It was a pretty cool place. They have a pool, a gym area, rock climbing, a basketball court with half sectioned off for a area for kids 7-12 I think it was. And I thought it was neat that they played the Christian radio station. You don't hear that very often.
The only problem with the Kroc Center is that there is nothing for little kids, (under five), to do. But Noah and Audrey did a great job at staying close, and I think they spent most of their time watching people swim through the window.
Well, now that I've proved I'm still alive, I think I'll sign off now. I still have plenty of pictures to post, but those are for a later date.
We bundled up in warm coats, hats, and scarves, and loaded up in the van to get the Menne Christmas tree.
As we pulled up to the Christmas tree farm, (or hatchery, whichever you prefer), mom and I saw the tree. I swear angels sang when we saw it.
After a while of looking at other trees, we still thought that first one was just perfect, so we turned back around to show dad.
Isn't it just beautiful? :) :)
Folks, choosing a tree is no small task. And when you have eleven people trying to pick one, it's a bit of a challenge. Unfortunately dad wasn't super keen on this one, so the hunt continued...
This one was Audrey's pick. :)
I'm pretty sure we looked at every. single. tree. And there were a lot of trees.
Our plan was to get a tree with stronger branches like a noble, or Turkish Fir, since we have some heavy ornaments
But then mom pulled a little piece of a branch off of a, as we call it, smelly tree (Yeah, I know. Real classy). And as the smell of pine tree filled our noses, and angel voices filled our ears, we knewthis was the kind of tree we wanted. Who cares if the pine needles fall more, or the branches aren't as strong. It smelled like Christmas.
After that it didn't take long until we found our tree (Which I'm smelling as I type). :)
It looks kind of small here, but it's not.
Noah is such a big helper these days. :)
And what's a tree hunt without hot chocolate and candy canes? Maybe I'll post a picture of our decorated tree, but don't get your hopes up. :)
I know I haven't posted in quite a while, so I'll have to do some catching up. Life has been quite busy over here that's for sure!! It snowed last night and today, so hopefully I'll be sharing those pictures with y'all pretty soon.