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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bestfriends!

Staci is one of my best clients, she is totally addicted to photo shoots! I love her for that though, she is on the same boat I am that tons of pictures should be taken at all times! If I don't have my camera out, she's snapping pics on her camera or her cell phone camera.

Her bestfriend came down the other weekend and Staci had to book a shoot to get pictures before her friend moved to Washington state.

The first one has a lomo filter on it which kind of gives it a little retro look.
They had these matching white dresses and I figured the umbrella, which I love, just helped to give a pop and unify them.
Don't ya love having a bestfriend!
Totally them!
Staci, is also a makeup artist and will come to the studio to do your makeup for a photo session--I highly recommend her! Give her a call at 383-8090, or check out her Myspace page.

Friday, September 19, 2008

CONTEST----Win a free photo session with your pet!

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Do you want a free photo session with your favorite pet in studio?

If you haven't heard, the studio has moved and with that comes the opportunity to have pet sessions done in studio!

So, we need some new ads and displays with those cute pet photos--thus a contest!

Email Christy@freelance4hire.com with a photo of you (or whomever you want to be photographed) with your favorite pet (must be able to come in studio, for example, no horses in studio--sorry!). And tell us why you deserve a free photo session (as long or as short as you want!)!

Winner will get a cute and fun photo session in our studio with a free 8x10 of their favorite shot, plus tons of cute Myspace pics!

The fine print: You must email a photo (doesn't have to be perfect, not judging it based on the quality) of who you want in the pic and the pet you want photographed.Photoshoot must take place by the end of October. You will have to sign a standard photo release.

Contest ends at 5pm Sept. 30. All photos and stories must be in no later than that time.

Judges will judge based on originality, story and maybe even a little cuteness!

So, whip out those cameras and send your photos and stories to Christy@freelance4hire.com. Don't forget to include your phone number and your pet's name!

Good luck!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chicken parents

This was a super long weekend--and really exciting and tiring at the same time! I've been putting the finishing touches on the new studio and moving the last of the stuff--who knew I had accumulated soooo many props!

And my super father in law, who is super anal when it comes to projects installed my new backdrop stand! I figured if it was going to be done right, I better ask him! And I'm so glad I did, he did an amazing job and now I have a remote control that lowers and raises my backdrops--yeah!

My 10 year highschool reunion was last night, and while the group was relatively small, it was also nice and intimate. And from what I hear we had a better turn out that classes 4x our size!

However, I don't have kids. And that's usually one of the first questions people ask. I have however, been seemingly building a farm, lol. And last night before we went to the reunion my chicken eggs started hatching (see older post about me buying Chinese Silkie Chickens). I bought an incubator 3 weeks ago off Ebay, and the thing worked--and my eggs were pipping!

So, my husband and I were sooooo excited and telling everyone at the reunion about the little chirps coming from the eggs and our super fluffy chicken children, lol!

Well, before all that, on Friday night I had one egg that first started to pip (break through). And the chicken literature I've been reading said they'll usually break through in between 4-12 hours, aprx. Well after a night of watching his beak sit there and chirp but no complete bust out, I decided to help him. (People on the chicken message boards I joined say they do this sometimes.) Well, my husband walks in horrified to find me with the egg in my hand chipping away at it.

(NOTE: Next photo may be graphic to some people!)

After getting half the shell off I realized that he may need a little more time. So we left him in his half shell, still connected to it by a sac and went to the reunion later that night. My husband was certain the little chick was a gonner, nearly having me in tears, thinking I had accidentally killed the poor guy!

Saturday morning...
We got home from the reunion last night and he was still in a similiar state, but he had kicked himself out of the egg, but he was still attached to it. And we had another chick who had completely popped out and was chirping! He had little racing stripes--my husband wants to call him Mario Andretti. LOl. And before we went to bed, we watched as another one kicked his way out!

So last night we leave the new babies and the little black baby in the incubator hoping for the best.

This morning I am walking to the extra bedroom, dreading I am going to find a dead chicken with my 2 others, but nope--I had 4 loud chirping chicks!

Here is the baby from above, in the brooder (baby pen) after having dried out.

So not only did he survive, but another one hatched out last night as well. Then another one hatched today. I have 4 more pipping now and about 12 ready to hatch later this week!

Here's my current babies:

Little Mario and my newest baby who looks black with some red. I've never seen a grown chicken with racing stripes, so I'm guessing it's one of those things they grow out of.

I can't wait to see what colors they grow into and if they get the big poofy heads of feathers!

So, not to bore you, but we are now chicken parents!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Starbucks Wedding

I've been moving the studio over this last week. I have most everything set up. I'm just waiting for my new backdrop stand to be installed--hopefully tonight.

Yesterday, as I was putting away things I get a call from Michael Scaliatine, owner of JaxNotary.com. He wanted to know if I could do a last minute wedding.

I asked when the wedding was, he said that night at 7pm. Since I didn't have anything scheduled other then cleaning the studio, I said I could do it.

"The bride's name is Dawn and the groom's name is Michael Scaliatine," he said.
"You're getting married!" I exclaimed. We both started laughing.

Of course, I was def. going to shoot his wedding! I felt honored to be asked by another wedding professional!

Mike and I have worked on several weddings together and get along extremely well. We both believe everything doesn't need to be serious and that ultimately on the wedding day--it's the bride's day and we want to do whatever we can to make that day special for them.

So he asked if I would show up at the Starbucks in Riverside a little before 7pm. Seeing as how this was last minute and he still had to make a call to reserve a guitar player, I asked if they had a bouquet.

"No, I don't think so, do you have one?" he asked.

"I have two!"

We laughed and he asked me to bring one. I keep a couple of bouquets and veils in studio (and occasionally a wedding dress!) for props.

His bride to be knew she was getting married at Starbucks, but that was about it. Mike sent a car for her and she arrived about the same time I did, and my bouquet was delivered to her car.
Being a notary, I had to ask, "Why Starbucks?" I mean, he's been to more weddings than most people will ever go to in their lifetime. He said that was their place, that was where they always went. I can respect that. I think weddings should ultimately be something you want and is special to you.

So we had ourselves a little wedding in front of Starbucks, with four of their friends and some Starbucks customers.




The next one, has a bit of a creative vignette on it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

You may say I'm a dreamer...

(This print and many others of mine can be purchased at my sister store.)

Tommorow is the 7 year anniversary of Sept. 11th.

In 2001, I was working for a couple of newspapers and magazines and was also doing some substitute teaching. I was teaching middle school that fatal day and I thought it was a joke when I first heard about it. Luckily, we had a TV in the classroom and I got to find out what exactly was going on. The principal told everyone to turn off the TVs, but I just couldn't.

I must of cried for a week. It's not that I knew anyone who perished, I just felt so horrible for the people in those towers and the families who were obviously looking on in horror, wondering where their family members were. As a daughter to a police officer and a sister to a fireman I also thought about the police and fire who ran into the towers in the face of danger to help others. Whenever I see my father and I have to leave, especially as a kid, it was hard not to cry. Even with people with normal every day jobs-who's to say that you'll have another day with them. But some people really put their life on the line, every day!


Exactly 2 1/2 years after Sept. 11, I happened to be in NYC for the first time. One of my bestfriends and myself managed to find our way to one of the other trade centers that was still standing and went out on to the observation desk. We each walked our seperate ways, taking photos and thinking.

Two years ago, on the anniversary of Sept. 11, I was flying from Dublin to London. London, which had also had it's own recent terrorist attacks. I don't fly too often, but this coincidence of dates seemed odd to me.

I'm both sad at the memories of Sept. 11
I don't know where my photos are from that original trip. But a scan through 2006 stop in NYC, left me thinking about the above picture. I originally didn't think about the two in correlation, but I have always loved John Lennon's song "Imagine."

Sometimes you just wonder what all the killing and hatred is for. People focus too much on differences and breed so much hate. I wish people would learn to tolerate each other, for their skin color, their sex, and their religion.

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Oh snap! Leather purse snap that is!

If you know me, you know I'm not a purse kinda girl. I mean, I typically already have at least one camera bag strapped to me and my laptop bag--but when I started buying photo purses, my attitude changed!

One of my vendors has released a new leather purse and they are offering an awesome deal on it--half off, so I'm passing that savings on to you!

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This bag has to be ordered NO LATER than Sept 12th to get this discount.

You don't even have to have been one of my past clients to take part in this! You can email me your favorite photo if you want one of these bags!

All leather trim with substantial hardware upgrades introduce you to a well sized bag with a snap closure containing a full length zippered divider pocket. The liner also includes a 7" zipper pocket, 2 slip pockets and a lobster claw key clip. Choose among four stylish gusset patterns as you fully deck out our latest handbag offering.
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Snap Closure
Your Favorite Photo on Both Sides
Full Length Zipper Divider Pocket 13"W x 9"H x 5"D7"
Zipper Pocket
2 Slip Pockets 7/8" x 25"
Detachable Leather Handles w/ Nickel Hardware
Key Clip
Metal feet
Four choices of gusset fabrics (black, daisy black check, pink mod)

$199 if ordered by Sept 12th! Price will be almost double that after that date--this is an awesome deal.Think about XMAS gifts, mother's day gifts, birthdays, or just to have for yourself! I get sooooo many compliments on my bag!

If you need your photo changed to black and white I can do that too, for no additional charge!

Repeat customers--take $10 off if you have had more than one photo shoot with me!

ORDER YOURS NOW! EMAIL ME with your photo or file name (if you need your photos reuploaded to the gallery, let me know!) Christy@freelance4hire.com

If you haven't done a photo session with me, but still want your photos on this purse--no big deal--email me your pics!
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NEW, NEW, NEW

It's been a long day!

Mostly of me staring at a zillion photos trying to figure out my favorites and which ones I want to display in the waiting room of the new studio.

I also designed 3 postcards and a new business card--whew!

My new business card--note the new address!

I also updated the font on my logo. I like it much better now, much cleaner!

The studio officially opens Sept 15th! I had to design my window signage today as well. It's been a designing day!

Sister-Sister: A double engagment

I have two sisters who are getting married this year and they each came in about a week apart from each other to take advantage of one of my Myspace specials to do their engagement photos.

Jen is getting married in October and Annette is getting married in November!

Every photo session is unique in someway, but I do have my favorite poses for different sessions, but with sisters, this was going to be tricky, as I didn't want them to have the SAME poses for each of their engagement sessions!

Each couple picked out their background choices, either based on colors they liked or their wedding colors.

Annette & Tim came in first...


Then Jen & Rip.

The couple bought these hats and really wanted to do something different for their engagement session.


Staci, by Makeup expressions with Staci, did Jen's makeup. She can be reached on her Myspace page or by calling: 383-8090!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Trashing the dress--well sorta!

You may remember Kathy and Wayne from an older post, I shot their wedding vow renewal a little while back. Kathy has been dying to get out and do some more photos of her in one of her wedding dresses (she had several!) and so she booked a trash the dress session, but noone wanted to get sticky or wet, lol!

So we just had a good time going to a couple of spots in St. Augustine--one of the couple's favorite places to be.

This first photo has a bit of a lomographic/cross processing filter added.

For those that don't know what Lomography is, check out how Wikiepedia describes it:
Lomography emphasizes casual, snapshot photography. Characteristics such as over-saturated colors, off-kilter exposure, blurring, "happy accidents," and alternative film processing are often considered part of the "Lomographic Technique."Users are encouraged to take a lighthearted approach to their photography, and use these techniques to document everyday life...
"Lighthearted approach," I like that. I love to have fun with my sessions and create something a little different.
Most guys aren't much for photos, but if Wayne wasn't up for it, you couldn't tell! He was such a great sport, getting all the photos that I knew Kathy would love!
The next photo has a bit of sepia (red) toning to it. But one of the reasons I love this photo is if you look above Wayne's head, a dragonfly flew into the photo. It looks really obvious in a larger view--you can even see his wings--I love it!
This one in the carriage is kind of like a sepia, painted effect. I loved how it turned out with Kathy and Wayne. This would be a beautiful large portrait for a house. It has that artwork quality, but it still has a personal feel that says portrait with a bit more wow!
My husband calls me a tree hugger. Maybe I am, because I LOVE old trees like these!