"Oh confound it all!" Sophie yelled. "What's all this now?" said Howl, arriving in the shop. He bent over the bucket and sniffed. "You seem to have a rather efficient weed killer here. How about trying it on those weeds on the drive of the mansion?" "I will," said Sophie. "I feel like killing something!" She slammed around until she had found a watering can, and stumped through into the castle with the can and the bucket, where she hurled open the door, orange down, onto the mansion drive.
My husband and I often read aloud to each other, something that he did with his family as a boy. At first I hated it, because I love my own ritual of curling up in a blanket with a cup of tea and reading alone, but it's come to be something I look forward to. It always starts with a carefully chosen book, usually fantasy and usually a young adult or teen book, something light and fun.
This morning we finished Howl's Moving Castle. Sophie's a girl who works in her family's hat shop until she's turned into an old woman by a witch one day. She moves in with a wizard as his housekeeper. She can't tell the wizard, Howl, that she's cursed, and because of that, Sophie is always frustrated about something, and she takes it out on the castle.
I have been such a grump the last few days that I could help bursting in laughter when I read that passage. I injured my knee on Wednesday, and my poor kids have had to deal with me hopping on one leg, stumping around my castle grumping at them about one thing or another.
I must be quite the sight! I do love you boys, Oreo cookie mess and all!
Because I am booked for the rest of 2007 (though I will fit a newborn or two in if given the chance), I've had the time to think through some changes for my business for 2008. I've been considering these options for awhile now, and am so excited about them now that I've had the time to think it through.
One of the things is just a basic restructure of my session fee. It will change so that pricing is different for a session with just one or two children, because I love the way that type of a session works. I may have a few promotions in the spring for "neighborhood" sessions. I love to photograph kids at their own home and backyard, on their street, at their grandmother's home... In places that will mean something to them when they look back at the images, so look forward to that!
The other main change I'll be making (possibly later than 2008 depending on my family's needs) is adding in travel sessions, and travel sessions paired with one on one mentoring sessions for other photographers. Basically, you'll get to see me shoot your own children, grandchildren, you, or any other arrangement you'd like to make, and then I'll spend the evening with you talking about what happened at the shoot, finding your personal style, connecting with people, and digital post processing, including processing images from your own session. I'm still working out the details on this, but if you have any interest in me going to your city, drop me a quick comment!
This kids just loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so the other day when the light was right I let him climb onto the table to eat his sandwich. He's in such a fun stage right now! If you didn't know it already, you can always click the images on my blog for a larger version.
And still no more of my younger son. Right when Si starts to grow out of the "no pictures" stage, Gid is growing into it! I'm going to have to try something new to get his attention, because I need some of him on the wall, too!
Also, I got new business cards! Any friends and family who want some to pass out, I'm more than happy to give you some. I ordered plenty!
Maria and Adam wanted a bridal session, but included him, so I guess it was a bride and groom session. Their wedding will be later in October in Logan, Utah, and I'll be photographing it with my sister, Lyzze. I am so excited to be doing my first wedding, and my second in December!
This little girl is about to turn 2 years old, and while a lot of kids are tricky to photograph at her age, she was wonderful! I let her play and wander as much as she liked, and just waited for the right moments to capture her. I love how in these first two images, she looks so mature on the left, and still small and young on the right.
More posts to come tomorrow! I've been neglecting the blog lately.