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Well not really but yeah.
This was one of the craziest weeks ever. I'd like to say it's not the norm but...sigh.
This week I...
*Moved in 3 days time.
*Attended the NSIDE publications event in Boerne TX with Jen.
*Taped an interview for a local tv show about social network marketing.
*Donated to Jeremys Kids (firefighters get me every time)
*Made a roadtrip to Austin with two lovely redheads...Amber and Kacee.
*Took advantage of Jade and Lulu being with their dad to start buying things for their summer care packages.
*Prayed a lot.
*Laughed a lot.
*Started weeding out the negative people in my life.
*Thanked Heavenly Father for the positive ones.
*Started over again.
Looking forward to this next week already!
Have a lovely one!
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Ever have those moments in life where your friends look you in the face and tell you the straight up truth (even when they know you don't wanna hear it)?... well I love those moments.
I mean... in the actual moment I hate them because it's sort of a Jet Li kick of reality to the face... but yeah i come around:)
Jen, my friend/boss is that friend to me. A few posts back I shared some photos we did for the boutique she owns and I work for. I mentioned I would explain how I met her later.
When I was about to get divorced, I went into panic mode... more like FREAKING OUT that I would not be able to support myself. I knew I wanted to keep doing photography, but was new to San Antonio and had not really found my place. Reality really set it that I would eventually have to take care of myself and my children. I had been a stay at home mom for 7 years. My husband supported us the entire time and I didn't have an education to help with getting a job. I knew I had an uphill battle ahead. Now over the last year I had many people who helped me for one reason or another, when they were not obligated and for that I am extremely grateful.
But... I knew it was important to get involved in the community and get my name out there. I did not have the money to place ads or market myself on a large scale as a photographer. I have never been afraid to fail, but I have to admit I was nervous.
Then, one day I am looking on facebook and see all these random ads popping up saying things like "Do you want to be a photographer?" and "Become the photographer you've always wanted to be?" I was so discouraged... by the 4th one I was like "UMMMM stupid facebook, I AMMM a photographer. I just need work!"
I had hit refresh about 5 times looking for anything that would help me find direction. Finally, an ad for a boutique grand opening popped up. I thought if I could do photos for that event, maybe they'd let me pass out business cards or even just meet people.
So I wrote Jen on facebook offering to do photos for the event but didn't hear back. I just brushed it off and moved on. The day before the opening she contacted me saying her photog had bailed and ask if I was still available... I was... and here we are.
A year later, and what a year it has been. We have done photoshoots in two states, fashion shows at 3 locations, facebook marketing talks, and endless appearances at local events. She has been truly accepting of all my life hiccups and I could not ask for a better boss.
I am blessed to also call her a friend. Also this last year she has given me advice on everything under the sun. From bad boyfriends to financial solutions, she has always been right (she's given me many Jet Li kicks to the face) and for that I am blessed.
She is a successful, driven girl who is just chasing a dream like the rest of us. Everywhere we go together, we get noticed. I remember the first time I went to an event with Jen the door guy said "10 bucks" she said "Uh, I don't pay..." and we didn't, and haven't since.
Today I am proud of her. With fashion shows to plan and employees to manage, she keeps it together (and heaven knows I drive her crazy) and keeps pushing toward her dream of owning a home in Colorado. She inspires me. She treats everyone who works for her like they are super important and family.
We had a slumber party last night in anticipation for being featured on San Antonio Living today... Below is the video from the show today and photos from last night.
Congrats JEN on taking another step to that home on the mountain! I love you.
Pillow fight anyone?
Rare chill moments...
Behind the boss's back...
Tomorrow is my 29th birthday... I will be back with my 30 things to do before 30. I'm pretty excited about it!! I have a feeling it's going to be a great year.
Faves this week...
Fave song: "Hey Daddy" by Usher
Fave nail polish: Space plastic blue
Fave Snowcone: Key Lime Pie with coconut
Fave hair color: Intense Red by ION
Fave iPhone app: QIK Fave Pandora Station: Bon Iver
Fave photographer: http://claytonaustinlovestories.com
Fave snack: Laughing Cow with Wheat thins
Fave sound: the neighbors windchimes
Fave smell: After rain
Happy Monday friends!
(blogged from iPhone)
Today I am debuting my new feature "Creative Artist Spotlight".
When, I put out a call for artists on my facebook back in the fall, I had no idea I would get such a response. My list for this year is amazing. I will be featuring local and national artists such as photographers, musicians, crafters and writers. I am inspired daily by those I see around me or online, I thought it best to share what I see.
My first artist is Laura Marie.
Photo by: Mack Damon
Here is Laura Marie's latest music video (can you see my cameo?)
Speical thanks to Mack Damon for filming and editing.
I had a great time speaking with Laura Marie and I plan on being around here a lot more soon!
Happy Thursday Friends! <3
Currently I am lying in bed, Missy Higgins in my headphones and random blogging from my typepad app on my iPhone (it lets me upload photos and everything:) I love technology, my new polka-dotted ruffle skirt and my little mini me.
Tonight Jade fell asleep early so lulu and I ate Milano cookies and thought of things to photograph with my phone. Then we sat on the balcony wrapped in a blanket until we both fell asleep. Before she dozed off she said "i cant wait to think of new things to take pictures of." sigh warms my heart. I love these random nights:) The photos below are from my hipstamatic app for my phone. Happy Friday friends<3
It seems like we are always up to something...always looking for things to keep our attention.
These days, I am so busy but it's a good busy. As I continue to do the things I love, more doors are opening, more things are getting "done" for once.
It's spring break for Jade and Lulu. It has been such a hectic few days, but I think it's who we are. Being able to see more of them has been such a joy to me. We've had a ton of fun so far. Having said that, I am definitely glad to see bedtime come though each night:)
We will be doing videos each week... sort of "What we say" type things. This week is just some random banter...what we also do well:) They are definitely my children... my scattered, weird, funny children.
For your viewing pleasure:
These are the photos that inspired the video:)
Speaking of scattered... I am always trying to find new ways to keep my creativity going. Ways to challenge my thinking if you will. I am so busy most days with real life that I sometimes don't get to "be" creative. However.... last week I found this Hiptamatic App for my iPhone and it's changed my world. I adore it. It takes photos from your phone and turns them into vintage loveliness. I have literally used this app daily. I am able to catch those special moments... plus, it gives me another reason to do self portraits (not like I need one:).
These are a few of my favorites from this last week:
Lastly, I finalllllly saw Alice in Wonderland. I did a shoot inspired by the movie (I know its been done... and Tim Burton haters... leave now:)
I will give my opinion on the movie plus sharing photos by the end of the week. For now, here is a sneak peak of what I did...
That's my Lulu: my very own little Red Queen.
I hope you all are having the best week so far, I plan on being around here a lot more from now on:)
Til then, Loves.
This blog really is becoming a documented journey to finding happiness and myself again. And I like it:)
I don't really have a ton of regrets in life. A few. But its the things I didn't do that I regret more. Chances missed. Opportunities lost.
So lately, I have really tried to take advantage of every little thing that has been put in front of me. I really feel good about where things are going right now. Really, Really good. I feel like for the first time in a long time, I am getting to do what I want. Be who I want to be. Go where I want to go. Taking the time to prioritize what's important and "who" is important.
So often, I have put things I wanted to do on the backburner because life happens. However, the last two weeks have been magic.
Renewing my faith in my ability to pull myself up when life gets rough. And reminding me that if you want something, you just have to try. I am not much for worrying about failure...so I've jumped. Doing things that make me happy and enrich my life.
I am taking the time for me. To become better for my friends and family and that makes me happy.
Oh how I love Austin. so. much. I spent a lot of time there the last two weeks and I have to say, if given the chance, I would love to move there. Sometimes it already feels like home, if that makes sense:)
I got the opportunity to hang out with a lot of friends this week. I had client meetings in Austin to I was able to make an excuse to see everyone I knew there. I was so humbled that my friends were extremely busy themselves and yet made seeing me a priority.
I am working on nurturing relationships with those who care about me. There is nothing more satisfying than people who put care about you just as much as you do them. I have so many of those people in my life right now and its an amazing feeling. We teach people how to treat us...truly.
A few people I had the pleasure of hanging out with this week:
JJ...I met him doing live band karaoke, immediately knew he was awesome. Such a fun person and amazing musician. I promised him for almost a year I'd go see a show and I finally did...it was sooo worth it.
I took my friend Katie. Another friend I've known awhile just never had the opportunity to spend more time with. She is so fun!
Katie and I also met up with AJ...she is AJthepurple on twitter and we had the best time chatting and sharing "internet" world experiences...She is a lovely girl and I look forward to seeing more of her.
Also something I have made a priority, is spending more alone time with the kids... Nothing is better than the feeling that they know they have your complete attention... I love those special moments and hold onto them so tightly.
So I hope you guys are taking the time to do things you enjoy and care about. Life is too short to have regrets.
I missed quick tip Thursday last week... but better late than never...
Sometimes I want to take photos but I am not at the studio and its late so there is no natural lighting. So I was experimenting with an IKEA desk lamp and found a cool way to do indoor photos. I attached it to the table and sat LuLu in a chair by it. I adjusted my white balance so that it would compensate for the yellow tint and shot really close to her face. (you can also adjust colors in photoshop if you don't wanna do it manually)
I will be back next week with my first Featured Artist! So keep checking back!
well hello friday! where did this week even go.
i am a moma to jade and lulu. who takes...photos of people and myself. i am... not crazy...all the time. not judgemental...most of the time. not serious...enough. not star struck...ever. i am not special. just here:)