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Blog - Part 2

Bowser’s Boudoir Session

February 15, 2011

I’m usually not much into boudoir sessions. Most of the time I can’t even spell boudoir!  But when it involves a giant-headed pitbull, I’m all in!

Baltimore Child Photographer: Carlena

February 2, 2011

Carlena is now way bigger than you see in these pictures.  I fell behind on posting, and she’s growing up and we’ll have to do 3 month pictures to catch up! Actually, we might just have to do college graduation pictures because that’s how advanced she is.  I mean, she rolled over during our session all by herself- and I’m pretty sure 10 day old newborns aren’t supposed to do that!  So surely by now she’s mastered acrobatics, algebra, and foreign languages.

But as mom says, “she can do anything…as long as she’s not a cheerleader.”   =)

How sweet is this chandelier?! Mom is crafty!

And here are older siblings- attention hound Donut

And handsome, sophisticated Nibbler

I hope the next session can yield more shots of the nursery since there was a delay with the furniture. I know it’s going to be adorable!

Harford County Children Photography: A Special Holiday Session

January 31, 2011

This session was special to me because the family was the winner of the Bow Wow Boogie auction in the spring.  Of course I have a special place in my heart for the families that support the animals!

I did learn a lesson on this shoot: NEVER trust GPS!  Make sure to get directions straight from the client, especially when the main road has segments that don’t connect. I felt awful about the lost time, especially when I got there and Miss M was screaming “I don’t wanna take pictures!”  Uh oh!

Luckily, mom was prepared.  A box of orange Tic Tacs did the trick! haha. I might have to add those to my arsenal! =)  We played around and I showed her my camera and then Miss M and her little sister warmed right up. Or should I say hammed it up?

“Watch me twirl!”

We started inside and tried to get a nice Christmas photo.

2 girls christmas photo

But the weather for November was SO nice that we just had to get outside for a bit.

We climbed up and down stairs and colored with chalk.

Miss M got a little sassy and went all fashion model on me.

We played hopscotch, and both girls were way better than me!

We ended the day by Miss M showing me her room and all her “secret” stashes of books.  I got to see her bed diving skills and then her sister, Little Miss M brought out all her accessories to show me.  When we were done playing for the morning, I’m sure great naps were had by all,  including Rosie below.

I’m excited for the next Boogie to be coming around the corner!

Random Friday: Girl Talk

January 28, 2011

A few years ago, I went back to school to work on a degree in multimedia.  One of the requirements was a music and editing class.  For our final project, we were supposed to edit together a track using an existing interview provided by the teacher and then whatever else we wanted.  I decided to piece together some random parts of songs I liked from a mixed genre of bands with quotes from the interview to try and do a “mashup” sort of thing.  I liked my final piece, and after I posted it, a classmate commented that it was like Girl Talk.  Girl Talk? I had no idea what or who that was.  He sent me a link to MySpace so I could check it out.

Turns out Girl Talk is a DJ/artist from PA who is pretty big in club scenes for his mixes. I listened to the posted tracks and was in awe of the way the clips made up a whole new song and sounded like it was meant to be.  It was what I was going for, yet mine was so clumsy and obviously a school project. I listened to Feed the Animals for weeks.  Even when I listen to it now, as I am tonight while editing photos, I find something new in each song.  I love hearing a sample and thinking, “OH! That’s from THAT song!”   Or better yet, hearing a song on the radio and going “That’s where he got that from!”

http://www.myspace.com/girltalk/music

Check it out! Especially if you don’t know what you’re in the mood to listen to…you’ll get a little bit of everything!

2011 Goals

January 26, 2011

I’ll admit, I don’t really believe in resolutions.  I sigh when I hear the word for days on end starting December 26th.  They’re mentioned on the radio, articles are written, blog posts are centered around them….and I just cringe.  Maybe it’s because I’ve never been able to keep one?! Maybe I’m just bitter because dieting has escaped me for my whole adult life and I hate the gym.  I’ve always got big ideas and lots of passions, but I’m terrible with planning.  As an old manager once told me, “Fail to plan, plan to fail.”  Apparently failure was something I could achieve then!

So this year, I’ve decided to set some goals.  Easy ones.  Tee-ball for Babe Ruth type goals.  Don’t laugh, I want to win!

1.  See the “Back to the Future” movies.  I was never into movies when I was younger, and now I always hear about all these “OMG YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THAT?!?!” movies.

2. Wear my engagement ring for 2 weeks straight.  I stopped wearing rings years ago because I got annoyed that they’d fall off in the winter when my fingers shrank, and hurt in the summer when they swell.  I’m terrible at remembering to wear it still.  2 weeks is a good goal, right? Luckily, my friends know that if I’m not wearing it, we didn’t break up. Some people seem to get nervous when they don’t see it.  In fact, my mother is reading this right now and shaking her head.

3. Lose 26 lbs.  Weight’s mandatory, right?  It took a few years to put those pounds on, I can lose 2 a month, right?  If you know of any awesome cookies and ice cream diets, please comment below!

4. See 2 concerts this year.  In my younger days, I used to average somewhere around 55 a year.  I don’t think I’ve been to 5 in the past 5 years and that makes me sad when I think of all the great memories!

5. Finish up a personal project I’ve been working on- a website for all my old band photos.  I took it down because it got so outdated but I’ve gotten emails that people went to look at the photos and they vanished. I met a lot of people through that old site so it’s only fair to rebuild it!

6. Send my grandmother a card or post card every month.  She loves mail.

7. Finally track down and purchase a copy of Josh Martinez’s “Buck Up Princess” cd. I love it but it’s out of print. I have a feeling that my ipod is going to die shortly and my few tracks with it.  Did I mention my birthday is March 15th yet??

8. Keep detailed and organized receipts for taxes so I won’t scramble to go through it all at the end of the year. That needs no explaining.

9. Purchase a new car.  My poor old beater is a topic for another post. I hope I’m closer to this one than I think!

10.  Raise $1500 for the Humane Society of Harford County.  Last year I raised about $700 so I’m aiming to double that this year, and that’s not including adoptions I was involved in or events I helped with. Just straight $$$.

11. Spend more time with family, other than just birthdays and holidays.  My nephews are growing up so fast and I want to be the “Aunt Erika who came to the zoo on my field trip” and not the “Aunt Erika who’s a hermit because of work.”  I also just freakin’ love zoos!

11 for 2011 is a fitting number, right?  Of course I have business goals, but those are boring.  You didn’t really want to read “blog 3 times a week,” did you?  You’d rather just read 3 blogs a week.  Shhh, I didn’t actually mean that one ;)

Random Friday: I have a Problem

January 14, 2011

I have a problem. I have a cat attached at the hip! Over the past few weeks, House has decided that he loves me too much to ever leave my side. While this is cute in theory, it makes working incredibly difficult!

He steals my chair when I get, claiming he’s “keeping it warm” yet won’t get up for me to continue what I was doing.

He tries to sit on my hands while they’re on the keyboard. I just had to delete 2 rows of fgggggggggggggggggglkjfkjfghkjf from him. He wants to blog with me.  This was my fix:

I took a throw blanket and put it on the corner of the desk so that he could hang out.  But now he’s distracting me with cuteness!

Which then makes me want to take macro pictures of his nose.

Which then leads me to find Jack, who is quite content to just lie around on the floor, hanging out and listening to tunes.

She’s like “you want to get all up in my face?! Why??”

Human, why are you so close??

Distracting, I tell you!  How am I supposed to fix this?!?!?!  Bryan suggests moving the space heater.  He seems to think that’s the only reason they like to hang out with me, but I imagine it has to be much more complicated than that!   =)

Happy Friday!

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2011

After ending the year on a somewhat sad note, today we got GREAT news! Arwen got approved for a grant and the money we helped to raise got him home safely. Once everything was put into motion, it happened within hours! He’s already home resting in his new facility, and Jill is to follow tomorrow.  That’s an amazing way to start the year!

Within just a few days, over $6,000 was raised, and at last count yesterday, it was around $13,000!  I’m so amazed at the support he received from all over the country.  Especially grateful to those who’ve never even met him and were just supporting their friends’ friend!.  Why does it always take a tragic circumstance to have humans band together in such an inspiring way? But I digress.  Yay for him and Jill!

The journey to recovery is far from over, but I’m sure it will be easier to travel with the love and support of family and friends who are close by.  Me? I’m planning my travels back to NY very shortly!

Read and share the story here: http://www.arwenandjill.com

Now it’s back to your regularly scheduled photos of children and pets! There are a ton of sessions to catch up on now that the holiday madness is finally over!

Help Bring Arwem Home

December 31, 2010

We met when we were 16. We took a video production class outside of our “regular” high schools, a few mile apart.  He, because he was “unfocused” and that’s where they sent the troublemakers, and me because I had finished my requirements early yet still had to take a certain amount of class hours. I hated math and there was no way I was going to fill those hours with some advanced calculus or chemistry!

The teacher assigned our first video project that week and told us to pair up.  I had pink hair and Arwem had piercings and tattoos. We gravitated towards each other and then stuck like magnets.  We became fast friends and if I ever hear Vision of Disorder’s “Viola”, I immediately think of the hours spent editing those VHS montages.

He was smart, but known as a troublemaker.  The teachers always took me aside and told me not to hang out with such a “bad crowd.”  I was guilty by association, yet that was my favorite place to be.  I liked being “in the know” of the trouble being caused, while still being sweet and innocent and well liked by the teachers. Arwen broke me out of my goody-two-shoes shell and we cut classes and went on adventures. Over the years, he got us into jams and I got us out. He was yelled at by his mom in Portuguese and then she would speak sweetly to me in English. =)

After graduation, I moved to MD to do the college thing, and he went on to pursue things that sounded way more fun. Piercings, tattoos, tours, and eventually got into suspension (which if you’re not familiar and don’t have a strong stomach, I don’t suggest googling it!). He did a lot of travelling and we caught up from time to time as he breezed through MD or I was home on a vacation.  I loved seeing that a free spirit like him could find work that he loved while making a living.  It actually inspired me to follow my passions and start this business.

In July, I had a text message conversation with him about coming back east after he’d been in TX for awhile. He and his wife (who he also informed me is pregnant) were going to travel to CA with some friends and then come back to NY for a few weeks.  I was planning my trip up to see him when I got the news via Facebook: they were only 8 hours into their trip and blew out a tire on their SUV, flipping the car several times.  Everyone was in the hospital and Arwem was the most critical, needing a tracheotomy and neck surgery, and was in a coma.  He remained in the coma for several weeks while his 2 friends, Jill, and the baby healed up.  Once out, he had sustained a lot of memory loss.  That was one of the most heartbreaking parts for me to hear about.  Someone who truly LIVED his life and had tons of stories couldn’t remember them?! Honestly, I thought if I ever got news of him being hurt, it would be because he had agreed to be suspended over the Grand Canyon or some ridiculousness- never a car accident!

I wanted to get out to TX where they were hospitalized SO badly, but in his condition and being transferred, it just wasn’t working out.  Now, months later, Jill is almost due to have her baby and Arwen isn’t getting all the medical care he needs out in TX.  They need to come back to NY to the support of friends and family and the expense is costly- around $20,000.  When they get a call that there’s an opening in the hospital in NY, they only have 96 hours to fill it.  I feel like I haven’t been able to do nearly enough and now is my chance to do something BIG for them!

If you could check out this link and pass it around, I’d be eternally grateful.

http://www.suspension.org/hooklife/help-bring-arwen-home/

Even if a dollar is all you can spare, that is amazing.  Blogs, links, tweets, and positive thoughts are just as powerful.  Thank you, thank you, thank  you for taking the time to even hear their story! I hope they’ll get a happy new year- and happy new year to you as well!