I hope you and your kids have a great week!!
Back in the day, many many years ago, I did stuff for fun. Stuff that was just for me and that I really didn’t care if anyone else joined me or thought was fun too. You know…hobbies. I actually had this really cool and creative hobby. It was called…photography. But then photography became my career. Which is great…to have a career doing something you love. But what then do you do for downtime, when you need a mental break, fun that is not job related.
So I decided to go around my house today and see if I could find any evidence that I actually have a life (I mean a life outside of my kids and photography). Here is what I found…
My Ipod…that one was easy…I use that thing EVERYDAY!! Music, audiobooks, videos, meditations (I have started trying to meditate now and again, but I need the guided ones to keep me on track).
I love to read – one end of our bedroom is entirely made up of wall to wall Billy bookcases, currently very very messy – no one puts their books away neatly so it is very unkempt at the moment. So I will only share a segment…
A place of her own (yup, like the story), this is my reading spot (notice the empty spot on the shelf near the Harry Potter books and the messy stack of gardening books…that is for my coffee cup and homeade cookies). (BTW I will be selling lots of books and magazines at my garage sale this spring…things on this wall are getting quite out of hand!)
Cookbooks (although I have been using Allrecipes.com more than books lately). Cooking is not really a hobby persay, but I have been trying to cook healthy and interesting meals lately, as well as teaching my kids a bit of kitchen skill. And in that process I have discovered that it is kinda fun too.
Gardening – well, at this time of year it is just PLANNING my garden…but I did my layouts and I have ordered all my seeds and plants. In April, I will be a digging in the dirt fool!
Some handcrafts…I used to sew, quilt, craft all the time. I even used to sell some of my stuff at craft sales. But over the years, between building a business and raising my kiddos, I have done none of that (and in fact sold alot of my tools and supplies at garage sales or donated the partial projects to charity over the years), so I decided recently to pick up knitting again. I was never a great knitter, but when I was a kid my grandmother used to knit me all kinds of stuff and I loved it (I became “known” for all the knitted sweaters I wore). Just to help ensure the least frustration possible, I will start small, and in a kind of business related way, I am going to start with making two super-styling hats for newborn portraits. (yes my hubbie asked me, with worry in his eyes, why I would knitting hats for babies LOL! No worries there though…this is simply for professional purposes only! Been there done that lost sleep along the way).
I realize that something is missing here though…I have been dying to learn guitar (once upon a time I wanted to be a professional musician, a flautist thank you very much). I even have a stack of learn the guitar books and a music stand set up (along side the messy bookcase actually). But I do manage to avoid getting the guitar actually out of the case. I gotta get on that. Plus, I have always always wanted to get back into playing my flute. It needs a major overhaul though, having been in storage off and on for 20 years or so. And now that my kids are older, I should be able to carve alittle me time to get back into that (maybe even look into playing with a group or something – I LOVE playing with an orchestra – its a sooth the soul kind of thing for me).
Now, I am signing off to go cast on my first stitches in my knitting adventure.
In celebration of the mild melting snow today (yay!), here is another snowy sisters session. The youngest of these girls didn’t last as long outdoors…she was much more interested in the hot chocolate at the end (a girl after my own heart!)
I have also updated the summer schedule (including the Beach dates and Mini-session days – details for these will follow this week). If you are thinking of a beach session, remember that the dates are very limited, so be sure not to wait too long to choose your date. The sessions will be in Port Elgin in July and at the Pinery in August.
Yesterday, I posted a link that talks a bit about why custom photography is so much more expensive than say Walmart or Zehrs. Today, I signed into my photography group forum and low and behold, a new link to share that discusses this topic as well as many other specifically related children’s portrait photography. A little over a year ago, a group of wedding photographers did this same thing – created a site for consumers to answer their questions about wedding photography and how to choose and photographer and service, and what the costs are etc. (I linked to it in an earlier blog posting because it was so informative).
In my group, we talked about how it would be so great that if there was a site like that but related to children’s photography (because there are many differences in how those two streams of photography work, which is why I have choosen to focus my work and time on only one of them). Well, today one of those photographers, a photographer named Marianne Drenthe of Marmalade Photography (a very very talented children’s photographer I might add – I love her style) collaborated with several other children’s photographers (a couple from Canada I noticed) to create a site that will work to answer the questions consumers might have regarding custom children’s photography. Here is the link…
This was JUST launched this week, so they are in the early stages of writing the articles. But I hope you find something interesting there to read. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call me.
And just so I don’t have two posts in a row with no photographs, I will share a few from an outdoor session earlier this month.