52 on Friday ~ week 13

This weeks theme:  lamb

Almost appropriately so, if only it had been next week.  I went with a scripture this week from Exodus chapter 12, verses 4 thru 14.  It discusses the Passover “Lamb”.  We do not celebrate or observe the Passover celebration as they did then, recognizing that Jesus set a new pattern to follow ( see Luke 22:19, 20 ).

I received an email one year that gave a presentation that went as so:  If someone saved your life and died doing it, would you be at their funeral or memorial service?  Of course you would! You wouldn’t have a second thought about it, right?  Well here is your invitation to such an event.

This year the commemoration of that event will be held world wide next week on April 5th, will you be there?

Come follow the rest of our talented group and see what they came up with for this week’s theme…. start HERE with the lovely Patti

52 on Friday ~ week 12

This weeks theme:  laughter

This is on of my favorite pictures from last years session with a couple…. her laugh is infectious!

And then there is laughter I captured this week.  We went camping this week, and I was pretty sure I was going to be doing this post via my blackberry; hoping for a moderate signal.  Alas though we gave up on the rain, two days was our limit, and came home today.  This is my husband preoccupying himself with his phone watching a comedy skit, it was quite funny to him as you can see:

Follow the rest of our wonderful photographers by starting HERE with Erin.  Happy Friday All & Enjoy!

52 on Friday ~ week 11

This weeks theme:  Irish

I’ve got a little Irish in me…. my maternal grandfather was an Irishman.  My grandparents were separated by the “pond”.  He came to North America first by way of Canada…. she came later.  Interesting side story I love to tell, he almost didn’t make it to the Americas… he was originally supposed to board and sail via the Titanic…. yep the very one.  He never did make that trip, he had other obligations he had to take care of……

To keep in touch they wrote each other, not by letter, but by postcards.  I recently was able to view all the post cards my grandmother and he had kept, she had them in a handmade leather album.  My mother is now the current owner.  What an awesome heritage & memories I have to cherish!

Check out the rest of our photographers by clicking HERE to see what Patti with came up with.  Enjoy!

J* ~ theFIX

Last Wednesday was a day I had been looking forward to for a couple of months.  It was stressful trying to get tickets in January, because I had scheduled a trip with some friends to the mountains, where phone reception isn’t always available, needless to say it took me all day, but I got a ticket!

I was so EXCITED!!!

If you had told me a year and a half ago that I would get to attend a Jasmine Star event, I probably would not have believed you.  I have been following J* since I first saw her on a CreativeLIVE workshop a couple of years ago, she has been a huge inspiration and encourager to never give up!  If you had told me that I would get to meet her, talk to her briefly, and get to hug her, I would have been doubting your sanity.  See I am the shy, quiet, happy in my safe place, totally content with my routine, girl.  J* has encouraged us   { us, being photographers } to step out of our comfort zone, outside of the box of safety.  This hasn’t been easy, but no one ever said it would.  Going to this event was stepping out of my comfort zone, but I knew I could do this { along with some xanax ~ i’ve got major anxiety issues too! }.

Then I got the opportunity to “help” the crew set up.  I thought how cool would that be!, plus I could interact with others and settle my nerves a bit.  So I officially became a J*Fixer   🙂

It was a whirl wind 24 hours nevertheless…. here was my day:  4am up, finish packing.  Go drive my school bus route.  Come home.  Drive to airport, fly to Dallas.  Jump in a taxi to Enterprise ( it was cheaper than renting at the airport & this girl was on a budget ). Drive to The Apartment where theFIX was being held (2pm).  Show up first { a bit awkward }.  Meet Andrew Barlow from Showitfast & Jenny Dawson, the amazing coordinator of theFIX, along with my new friends and fellow Fixers, Catie Ronquillo Wood, Elise Ostermann, Elisa Copeland, & Vanessa Hendrickson.  We also got the opportunity to welcome the rest of the attendees and make them feel at home, answer questions, and document the activity(6:30pm – 11pm).  Help break down ( 11-11:30pm ) Off to motel & bed (12:30am ) It was a blast!

Oh yeah and we got to hear Jasmine speak about the importance of community and how to strengthen our business….. here’s my notes:We all suffer:  we don’t mind suffering as long as we understand why & it makes sense.    Don’t just project the nice shiny things ->Talk about the struggles.                                                              Businesses fail in 5 years.  Photography businesses fail in 3 years.   We need to radically change things.  The only way we have a chance is if we do this together.  MAKE FRIENDS, doing this, everything changes.                                                                                                       Set up a Google Calendar with those friends.                                                                                   Comparison of influential artists, such as Picasso, Van Gogh, they surrounded themselves with fellow artists……. friends thrive on each other, we may not always get along all the time, but we know how to make the other stronger.  It makes it harder for us to walk away from our businesses.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               GOALS:  What have you set out to do?  Have you written down goals for the year?  Make a time frame.  Know what you want.                                                                                                  DEVELOP CLIENTELE:  Be selective.  Have on-line interactions.  Pre-qualify clients.  The struggle is to know that we are not “everyone’s” photographer.                                               ENVISION:  Emotionally immerse ourselves.  Its one thing to say we are a photographer, it’s another to believe we are.                                                                                                          BREAK THE MOLD:  Don’t get in the rut of: it’s always been done this way.  Break the mold & be you.  The moment you act like someone else you let yourself down.                    LET GO:  Make a list of your struggles.  Make a list of your weaknesses.  Educate your clients.                                                                                                                                              CONFIDENCE:  ACTION-> Do The Work. Action is a great restorer in confidence.  Do things that put you in control.  Set up things for your advantage.

Sacrifice does not guarantee success, it is merely a prerequisite of success.

Now for me to get to work and apply all these points!

Much THANKS to Jasmine Star for the amazing seminar!  Showitfast, PASS, & WHCC for being a sponsors.  I would be that failed business if were not for the wonderful information you provide, amazing website hosting, supportive & loving community you have created, & gorgeous prints.

52 on Friday ~ week 10

This week’s theme:  stormy

Did we pick a good week for this or what?

Today I got to trudge thru the gravel parking lot to the school bus that I drive during the day in the wicked downpours that occurred.  Here was my view as I “tried” to stay dry…….

I was hoping for the actual “severe storms” to move thru, but I missed it, or it never happened.  All we got today was ALOT of rain and some dreary gray clouds; nothing impressive like a lighting bolt { as I was hoping }, or cool cloud formations { sadness } I  had some great images in my head though.

Check out the rest of my fellow photographers to see what they came up with this week by clicking here and start with Jon Yoder ~ Enjoy!