I have not posted on the blog here for quite some time, I have been on the Facebook Fan page almost daily. I am currently in the process of setting up a new site and will be transferring over the domain name to the new site. There is no time frame at the current moment as to when the new page will be up.
For now please take the time to venture over to Facebook and there you will be able to see what has been going on, you’ll be able to view the sessions that have taken place through 2013 and you’ll be able to post your own comments.
Looking forward to seeing you on the page and hearing from you!
I swear I’m completely slacking on updating the blog, have even slacked on the website. Have at least kept Facebook up to date… for the most part!
It’s been a busy crazy month, family session followed by a wedding last weekend followed by a family session the next day. Between shooting, editing, running my household, caring for my kids, appoint. and so much more… not much ‘me’ time. Caught up on editing sessions and 1/4 of the way through the wedding photos, spend more time away from the computer while my kids are up than I do sitting at the computer working.
Not going to slow down much for me as I have a session coming up next week, another wedding next month, 2 weddings in Sept…. busy busy busy!!!
Will do my best to get caught up on here… eventually!
Last day of school, last day our little man is in Gr. 1 and our baby girl in JK. This school year has gone by so quickly, seems like it was just last month I was sending them off for the first day of school. So much has happened this school year, I think we’ve all grown so much. They’ve grown quickly and learned so much. We’re so very proud of our precious children!
With summer now here I wish everyone a great and safe summer. Everyone needs to remember to slow down and be careful of all the children who are out of school and excited to enjoy the summer and all it has to bring to them.
To all my fellow stay at home moms who do it all, hope you can find some ‘me time’ when you can to enjoy something for you!
Hard to believe we’re already at the end of June, some of our kids are graduating and some are moving up a great. Over the year you’ve watched your children accomplish more things and one important thing is watching them find out a little more of who they really are. That’s something they learn little by little as they grow up and it’s an amazing thing to watch being a parent. Yes it’s hard when you see your children struggle, but know that those moments don’t last forever and before you know it… they’re going to be doing great!
As I watched my children grow throughout this school year, I have too. I’ve learned so much about who I am and what I love doing, I’ve learned so much about what matters in my life and what doesn’t. I’ve learned that family doesn’t always mean being nice and loving, some family you’d rather live without because who needs enemies when you have family. It’s sad that’s how it is sometimes but it’s life, you either pout and sit by the side of the road trying to get attention by doing stupid shit or playing the whole ‘poor me’ thing OR…. you get up off your ass and put it in 4 wheel drive and make your own path. People are either going to buckle up and come along for the ride and support you as you create your own path in life being you and not like someone else, or they’re going to get out and watch you drive away.
I decided to make my own path and continue being me and it has payed off for me in so many more ways than I could have ever expected. I was tired of holding back what I love doing and sharing who I really am, holding back has created so many more headaches that weren’t needed and I’m not doing that anymore. When I decided last year to do things for me and be me and continue in life doing something I love doing and not worry about what others who are not supportive of me had to say… it was the best decision I have made in a very long time. Can actually sit here and say that I’m proud of myself, I’ve accomplished so much just as my children have and my husband. Life is great even though at times it does feel like a roller coaster, who stands by you at all times are the ones you want to keep close and those who turned their backs… they don’t matter.
I’ve been busy working on getting things done for my business, have 3 more family sessions booked soon (first of them being next weekend). I have 2 other sessions that have yet to finalize with a date/time, but have been told they for sure would like the sessions (just trying to sort out date/times that work for all of us). I have someone inquiring about a wedding for this year which would make that 4 weddings in 3 mths if they decide to book with me.
Things have picked up much more than I ever expected, it was really slow (nothing) since Christmas but then again… I kind of stepped away for awhile after losing my grandpa in Jan. and the losses following his. I’m back on my feet and in a much better place in my life, loving my life and everyone in it!
Have met so many incredible people since I opened my photography up to others over a year ago, I look forward to meeting many more because of this and creating some great friendships.
So many life changes going on and all I can say is… It’s a bumpy ride, either you put your seat belt on and come for the ride or move out of the way as I throw it in 4 wheel drive and create my own path!
I was informed last night that another “photographer” who I guess took some time off of photography and decided to come back under a new name… is passing a photo I took years ago as their own. I know who this photographer is and we’ve had… “issues” last year over the topic of some of my photos (which I will make clear every photo I take has permission to be posted). Some nasty things were said to me, uncalled things, threats, slander… and so on. I took the high road (as hard as it was for me to do) and blocked it all and this person from my life. I didn’t need someone in my life that was only going to try and bring me down and accuse me of things that were not true. Things that they had no clue about since we didn’t have much contact to begin with.
Anyway…. I was informed that in an album on their fan page of ’oldies’ they have taken, there was a photo of them self that I took years ago. I found it funny because of the prior situation that had happened where I was attacked for my photography, now I have a photo of mine that was put up in their as though they took it. Every photographer out there knows that is a HUGE NO-NO!! You NEVER post a photo that someone else took (even if it’s a photo of yourself) and not state that it was not taken by you and given credit to the person who took it. So for this ‘photographer’ to spew all these ‘rules’ that us photographers need to follow and yet they can’t follow one of the most simple rules… come on.
Now about the photo in question, I have the original and have a copy with a watermark. The photo that is posted is the one with no watermark (there is a reason they had this copy) and at least they didn’t put their own on it. It does NOT state it was not taken by them, it does NOT state that it was taken by me, I was NOT asked permission to use the photo. HAD I been asked I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have had a problem with them using the photo IF it was stated that it was me who took it and it included my watermark. To be honest, I find it funny because the photo is crappy quality lol. Yes years ago using my point n shoot Canon PowerShot S2 IS I didn’t care too much about quality because I never intended to share my photos with anyone besides very close friends and family. Over the years I took more care in my photos as I decided to start sharing them with more people and eventually open myself up to everyone. This photo is from years ago and it’s crap… and they’re passing it off as though they took it…. that’s not a good thing lol.
Someone told me last night that I should take that as a compliment that they liked my work enough to steal it. I said it’s pathetic that they did it in the way they did in the first place but really funny that it’s a crap photo lol. This is one of those ‘mistakes’ coming back to bite me in the butt when I was doing something nice for someone. Needless to say you’ll never see that photo anywhere on my blog or fan page or anywhere besides in my own personal photos (yea… not proud of it lol).
Am I worried that this person is some sort of competition which is why I’m posting about the photo? No, I’m not worried because their ‘style’ is completely different from mine, their ‘clients’ differ from mine, their ‘work’ is different from mine, their ‘passion’ is different from mine. It took me YEARS with family pushing me to open up to others because they could see something I was really talented at and loved doing, I still have moments where I think “Can I really do this?” and think about closing up and going back to how I was. I stop myself from thinking that and remember how others are seeing my work and appreciating that I’m sharing my vision with them. I wouldn’t change how things are in my life, I love my life and look forward to things progressing for me. So much has happened for me in the past year and so much more is coming up for me… I can’t turn my back on all of that because of my own self doubts and I certainly won’t turn my back on any of that because of what some other ‘photographer’ tries to do.
In the end I am me, I shoot because I love to shoot. I don’t try to be like anyone else, I don’t try to praise myself as “amazing” or anything along those lines because that… that itself is an ugly part of a personality that is not part of me nor will it ever be. I love what I do and love those in my life supporting me and all the new people I have met because of what I do. I love that I can bring smiles to clients faces as they see their photos and know that I did something they can cherish for a lifetime.
Here we have little Oscar (love his name), I photographed his parents just over a month before he made his way into this world. He’s a special little man, a fighter, a little heart breaker, a little charmer. We did his newborn sessions in 2 parts, he could only take so much one day… and had enough so we revisited a few wks later. He was so fun to shoot, a very active little guy who’s hands and feet didn’t stop moving much. Below are the two sessions combined (to view full sessions please visit the fan page).
This past week has been something else! Announced the winner of the Facebook contest on Monday, was amazed that because of this contest it brought 95 new people to the page. The contest is over and a few have left but that was expected, I’m still very happy that many have still stayed around.
I also received a call on Monday from someone looking for a photographer for their wedding this July. The photographer they had cancelled and someone referred her to me and after talking to me about the different packages I offer and explaining that it’s our job as the photographers to capture every moment of their wedding so they can look back and remember things they didn’t even get a chance to see… she said she wanted to book me. Plus her maid of honor is looking for a photographer for her wedding so she may be interested in booking me for her wedding a month later.
Tues we had to say our final good-byes to a very special man, someone who had touched some many lives with his kind words, his stories, his jokes, and more so his music. My Grandpa has been playing and making music for many, many years. He’s been welcomed into a few music hall of fames over the years here in Ontario, many may not of heard of him but many local people have. He was well known for going around to the seniors homes with his friends where they play music every week for all the seniors. He was a man with a huge heart, someone who’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed one. You could call asking for help with something, just a question… and he’d be on his way over to help you. He’s where he’s wanted to be since the love of his life passed away 12 yrs ago. They are now reunited and I know my Grandpa has been reunited with my sons Nickolas and Xavier.
It was a long and very emotional day, I came home to find a message from the maid of honor for the wedding that was just booked for this July, she wants more information on packages because she’s very interested in booking me for her wedding this Aug. As it stands if she decides to book.. I’ll have a wedding in July, a wedding in Aug. and one at the end of Sept. that was booked this past summer.
Love where things are headed right now and couldn’t be happier. Looking forward to keeping busy, making many people happy by capturing their special moments in photographs.
Updating about the current contest on Facebook, all I can say is wow!!
In less than a week the page likes have gone up over 90 likes! It’s so much more than we expected and we still have until tomorrow night at midnight before the contest ends. The winner will be announced Monday at noon.
We’re (Mandi and I) are really hoping that everyone decides to stick around after the contest ends, really hoping this is the turning point for us. Hoping that with all the new people joining us it means people will want to book sessions with the upcoming nice weather (when it finally decides to come and stay).
Really looking forward to what is in store for us, hoping it’s more than we’re expecting. Hoping people really love our work and want to have their own taken by us. All we can say is… “BRING ON THE SESSIONS!!” lol
Before the weekend I decided to put on a contest, thought why not give it a go. So I posted letting everyone know that I’m giving it a week before the contest ends and whoever can get as many people to ‘like’ my page and let me know who sent them… the person with the most amount of people will win a free session of their choice (excluding weddings).
I really didn’t think much would come of it, but today the number of likes has climb a bit more than I expected. I knew it was going to be slow over the weekend because of Easter, which is why I gave it until the following Sunday before I closed it.
Needless to say I’m LOVING the outcome of this contest, excited to see who will win and excited to shoot the session for the winner!
Talked with my assistant Mandi and we agreed that this was a great idea and that we should do this every so often. I mean think about it… who doesn’t love free stuff!?!?