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!