Thanksgiving week

We’ve had Thanksgiving all week long, ha. Ended up with a ton of leftovers from Sunday night’s meal so I haven’t had to cook all week except for Thursday’s Thanksgiving meal. lol. Dinners anyway, as I often skip lunch on the days I work, as long as I have breakfast.

For Thanksgiving we had over a couple of good friends and had a good time. Made a couple new dishes and they went over really well.

In between all that and since then, I’ve been a photo ordering fool, trying to get all of these orders in. Photoshopping some stuff to make clients happy, and getting some unrelated deals on Amazon for Christmas today. I now have a Christmas card order to design for a client/friend I met with earlier today. Like an idiot I showed up at the wrong restaurant to meet her (ha) but turned out my choice was better as our original plan was full, so she came on down to the nearly empty Bread Co I was at. We selected her prints and cards and talked about everyone and everything like we do. Yes, probably talked about you, too.

two years, three months, three weeks, three days, and 18 hours gone

And then she was found.

Sort of. Do skeletal remains count as “she”? This person we loved and laughed with, even sometimes cried with. No, I don’t think it does. She isn’t there anymore, isn’t here. And by all appearances, she’s been gone from here this whole time, while her body was within a mile from home.

How do you process something like this? I mean, I knew it was coming and, really, I’m ok, but still. It would be different, I think, if things weren’t compounded by her two sons and a daughter-in-law who are, shall we say, on their worst behavior. The things they are pulling these days just baffles the mind and I cannot understand how they can do these things to their father. The lies, the half-truths, the cyber bullying, the one-sided media war; it’s really ridiculous and has been very hard to sit by and say nothing in defense. I know, though, that they’re going to take care of their own demise, just as soon as their 15 minutes of fame are over, I don’t need to stoop to a lower level in the meantime. As I’ve already heard, those who need to know the truth, already know the truth. Sure gives you an idea of who you can trust though, people are certainly letting their true colors be known.

So we sit and wait and see what happens. The remains were found two weeks ago now and no one has been charged with anything so I am thinking they are finding only proof of suicide. I believe that is the case as well, I just hope they reveal their findings soon so this can all be completely over.

one day I woke up and I was old

Had another great photo session earlier today and it about killed me. I think the combination of the heat and humidity plus being on a ladder in a strange way to get the shot I really needed to get today really took its toll. That plus my shoes must not be as supportive as before. But I feel kinda dead. I felt this way the last time I did one of these sessions, too. It is seriously like I woke up one day and suddenly I was old. I really need to make some changes, but, well, just UGH.

outdoor milk bath session

Well worth it though…

forgetful

Blah. I’m trying to work on one of my websites and I just haven’t kept up with this stuff. It’s so ridiculous, here I am, Googling some basic HTML code because I just can’t remember exactly how it goes. I used to breathe code, haha, what happened? People do still ask me to do websites from time to time and I just tell them that I haven’t kept up with the technology and I don’t have the time to research how to do this or that, whatever they want. It really stinks when you can’t remember something that you used to do so well! Now all of my sites, which aren’t nearly as many as there used to be (and I only do two for other people now), have templates created by someone else. :)

just a bride, in the creek, you know, a typical Saturday

Here I am again, up entirely way too late. Surprising, actually, because I was utterly sleepy all afternoon and evening. Must be that coffee I grabbed when we got the kids ice cream.

This morning I had the opportunity to work with a gorgeous model. She donned an almost-vintagey wedding dress and flower crown and we headed to a beautiful location… a creek! Not the typical type around here, either, full of mud and what not, this one was just breathtaking, rock bottom and crystal clear water, complete with a great view of downstream. The rock is what makes up the bank, too, so it can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t get the right angles.

Took my son with me, his first time to really be paid as an assistant and he did pretty well. I mostly needed a pack mule but he was helpful in other ways, too. One of these days I’ll start actually teaching him photography.

The weather ended up being just perfect, too. It was raining all night and all morning where we live but the location had a window where the weathermen were calling for only 5% rain and it was just timed perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for better, especially after the horribly humid day we had yesterday. The rain, I guess, washed some of that humidity away. I actually got cold and was utterly chilled to the bone by the time we got home. I hopped right in the shower to clean off and warm up!

I’ve posted one preview so far and it’s gotten some great reviews and interaction. I’m pretty proud of it myself. I’m always improving and this year I’ve spent a lot of time learning about editing. Photography skills all being equal, your editing will make or break you.

I’m looking forward to going through the rest of the images but it’s going to have to wait until I design and order a client wedding album. Then we shall see! :)

Ashley

she werks haard fer tha mahnie

This has been an extraordinarily busy week for me. I mean, I’m always busy, but never have I had so many meetings in one week! Every night this week including Sunday which doubled as a wedding consultation and an engagement session and Thursday was one of my kids’ open houses at school. Three more wedding consultations in those six days and one sales session. Oy! And it’s not over yet, I have two photo sessions this weekend. No breaks in sight, which is completely and totally cool. In the past I have really limited what I do but now that the kids are getting older, it’s easier to schedule more in. I don’t have to worry about diapers and bottles and feeding times and nap times anymore, and most of the time they can go with their dad, even to work sometimes. I have been praying for more fall work and more fall weddings. Especially since I had to make the decision not to take on weddings in July or August anymore and very severely limit my sessions during those hot months as well.

So, weddings. Of these four, I’ve booked three so far. Not sure if the fourth is going to pan out or not but I’m cool with it if it doesn’t. Not everyone has to like me but I’ll say that a 95% success rate in the consultation to booking ratio is pretty darn good. Of the three I’ve booked this week, two are this fall (September and October) and one is next September. I have one already booked for next November. That is just crazy to me. I didn’t plan my own wedding that far in advance and every one of my siblings and my husband’s siblings have been quick planners as well.

It weirds me out a little bit, planning things so far in the future. There are so many “what ifs” that can happen between now and a year, two months, three weeks, and two days from now. So much can go wrong, so much can go right. The number in my family can change drastically, or I could be taken from this earth. Anything can happen, and that thought can cause quite the anxiety if one lets it!

This verse is always in my mind:

Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth. – Proverbs 27:1

In other words, remember that tomorrow may not come. Not to say I won’t plan, but I won’t “boast” in those plans, I will not go forward without remembering that every day is a gift and none are owed to me. I will plan these weddings but I will also make sure my husband knows where I keep my contracts, just in case!

another try

So here I am again.  I imported the few entries I had at my “new” site back over here.  I have other ideas for that domain.  We’ll see…

Life has been a whirlwind here lately.  It doesn’t help that I have been going to bed at mostly a decent time since we moved last fall, ha!  I’ve always been such a night owl but now with both kids in school and the fact that I’m getting older, keeping late nights was starting to kill me.  Going to try and get back to documenting some life here, I hope, after all, this site is now approaching its FOURTEENTH year.  How does that even happen!?

I’m not really sure why I’m here right now, haha.  One thing leads to another: checking email to another website, saw it has updates, start doing updates on other sites, yada yada yada.  I’m supposed to be editing a wedding right now.  I’m a little past my deadline now and need to get with it.  But I do have an appointment for the couple to view their photos next week so at least they’re not just hanging out there waiting.

When it comes to blogging these days, though, I think part of my problem is I’m more of a private person than I used to be.  Either that or just plain more goes on and I don’t feel like everyone possibly knowing.  But then again, the people that I feel like don’t need to know everything have probably forgotten about this place and if they haven’t, and are here, well then, Hi, guess you care more about me than I thought, hahaha.

can’t keep up

I can’t really seem to get back to blogging again, certainly not like I used to.

So so so so much happens around here and I guess at the end of the day, I’m just tired, and there’s too much running during the day.

And because I’m stupid, I’m actually working on starting a second photography business, more specialized, so now I have that website to work on and I’m considering turning this domain into something else, the catch-all, I guess.

iMac

So I totally plunged the big plunge and got my first iMac today.  Took them about 24 hours to get it to me, despite 2 day shipping.  That in itself is overwhelming, ha!

I’ve always been a hardcore Windows girl but my photography business demands differently now.

So far I love it.  I’m pretty familiar with iPad already so it’s not completely foreign and on one hand it’s very easy and on the other hand… not so much.

The thing I’m really struggling with right now is not having a taskbar to pull up what I’m doing and how I can pull up the program but not the actual program window.  Then file structure and accessing files is another thing.

So we shall see what we shall see.  I’ve made too big of an investment now to turn back around imo.  The screen itself is enough to make me stay and never want to look at my old laptop again.

By the way, anyone want to buy two Windows laptops and an iPad 2?  Yeah, new iPad Air is coming in a few days, I use that regularly but need more space!