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My Week(209) in iPhone Photos

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

I’m going to go against popular opinion here and say I LOVE the extra hour we get with fall back. I was exhausted at 10 pm last night so I went to sleep, and then woke up on my own 15 minutes before the alarm. It felt positively leisurely. I have no idea if my children got an extra hour of sleep, because they know better than to come wake me up unless the house is on fire.

Sunday:

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Being awesome at the aquarium

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His favorite part of the aquarium is the Titanic, which is creepier when he’s dressed like a shark

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She shouted “I’m the queen mermaid of the world!!”

Monday:

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Our favorite rainbow at our favorite store

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Do I have something on my face?

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My assistants for an evening shoot

Tuesday:

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Beautiful spot for a morning photo shoot

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“Nursing” her puppy is very zen

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Beautiful spot for an evening photo shoot

Wednesday:

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What are we going to do today Mom? Oh right, more photoshoots.

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Slightly less scenic in this photo, but the pictures are AWESOME.

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They cannot stop themselves from kicking leaves

Thursday:

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My attempt at fancy hair was a flop

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We are not fans of having to sit through swim clss

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I’m not sure he actually even LIKES Panera, but he loves the buzzer

Friday:

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Halloween legs

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Halloween shirt

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Halloween night! I’m a fisherman, he’s a goldfish.

Saturday:

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I took Saturday off. Caroline watched Linc for me.

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I’m only sort of kidding.

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Although I still care of his favorite thing. Look at that baby smile.

The weekend was not at ALL relaxing due to a broken computer and a broken forehead, so I’m playing as much catch up as I can today. (Both are much better today, fingers crossed they stay that way.) I have zero photo shoots scheduled this week as of right now, but FIVE blog posts to write. Considering I can’t even get this one posted in a timely manner, it’s amazing anyone still reads. Maybe no one does. Maybe you’re all spambots. Or my mother. Hi Mom!

My Week(206) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Yesterday was gross and horrible. Today is gorgeous and perfect. Welcome to New England in the fall. Or anytime, really. We don’t do in betweens.

Sunday:

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On a treasure hunt

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I am really glad that is not my job.

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Pirates love Friendly’s

Monday:

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Wrap = nap, almost every time

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Front porch swinging

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Even Linc can’t handle how adorable he looks

Tuesday:

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Consignment score: $10 total. That dress in the middle is from Harrod’s, the original price was more than $100.

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They really love the post office

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She fell asleep waiting for her turn to pick the movie

Wednesday:

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Halloween is going to be epic

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Bring your gingers to work night. Too bad they don’t get along with my clients.

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Windy sunset

Thursday:

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There’s a kid on Evan’s bus who likes to draw things for him. Since when are kids still making Stussy S’s????

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Just keep swimming

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A Bacon Turkey Bravo is my reward for an hour at the crowded, hot, LOUD pool.

Friday:

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I like wraps because the pattern and the cute baby detract attention from my 4th day hair and no makeup face.

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Sunset didn’t quite cooperate for my photoshoot, but the clouds are pretty

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What big eyes you have at 11 pm.

Saturday:

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The American cheese of VICTORY!

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We went to the grocery store just to get a wrap nap

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Linc is not fooled by sneak attack kisses

I keep thinking it is only October 2nd or 3rd, maybe 5th at the most. This month is going surprisingly fast and I’m not very happy about it – November is the start of Winter Misery in Connecticut and Winter Misery with three kids is going to be extra miserable. But for now we are going to do all the fall things: Chowder Days and the pumpkin patch and hayrides and apple picking and dragging the kids around town to find the best places for fall leaf pictures.

My Week(154) in iPhone Photos

Monday, October 14th, 2013

My excuse for being so late is “The Holiday Weekend Confuses Me Every Time”. Just ask the poor cashier and Big Y who wasn’t quite sure how to handle me falling to my knees and shouting “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!” when I asked why the beer curtain was down on a Saturday (it was Sunday).

Do I need to explain “beer curtain”? Is that a thing anywhere else?

Sunday:

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Faaaaaalllll! Leaves!!!!!

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Applessssssss!

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Tank tops and snow boooooooots!!!!

Monday:

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More fall. That’s really all I’ve got right now.

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We both needed a nap on Monday.

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I’m really excited to finish editing these.

Tuesday:

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Cool fish sculpture that fills with water when it rains so the fake fish have somewhere to fake swim.

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Every curb.

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It was a really good way to spend the afternoon.

Wednesday:

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Who can pass up a deal like that?!?!

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Ready for a terrible storm…in the children’s museum.

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MY PRECIOUSSSSSSS.

Thursday:

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My only photo: Caroline staring out the door for Daddy. I FEEL YOU, GIRL.

Friday:

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Pre-school selfies

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Aquarium date

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Twins?

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Fall leaves & 80 degrees

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Last farmer’s market of the season (so they BURNED IT DOWN!!!)(kidding)

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AND a grown up date with some of my favorite people and a mountain of food

Saturday:

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GORGEOUS lakefront property for my morning photo session

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Basically everywhere in Connecticut is gorgeous right now.

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Despite his face, he was very happy to be there.

And now I chain myself to the couch for the next week to catch up on my work. I might stay up way past my bedtime to get some personal editing done too, since I FINALLY dressed up my family and tried for some Christmas card shots of our own but owe photos to 6 other families first. Once again, NOT COMPLAINING, being busy is the best thing ever. I just need to get faster…and maybe turn off my internet connection so I can’t get distracted while I work. Stupid Candy Crush.

5 Unexpected Things About Starting A Photography Business

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

1. I am covered – COVERED – in bug bites. I was going to count them for you so you’d understand what “covered” meant, but I got to 7 just on my left ankle and gave up. I need to invest in some long yoga pants and a pair of Hunters so my poor legs don’t get any more torn up as I roll around in fields, hike through woods and lie in long grass to get a shot. I need a sponsorship from Off bug spray, stat. Or at least a huge can of it to keep in my camera bag for me and my clients.

2. Besides bugs, there are other hazards to shooting in scenic locations. Like when you ask a pregnant lady to take two steps forward and she steps on a snake. Luckily no one ended up in labor (instead, her husband showed my kid how to poke it with a stick) and she didn’t run screaming from the field. I’ve also ruined a pair of shoes by walking right into the ocean to get a shot, not to mention the little girl who followed me into a lake and ended up soaked herself. I’m already dreaming of a nice, snake-free climate controlled studio.

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Sit right here, in this long, unmowed grass! I’m sure there’s nothing lurking in it!

3. Cutting down the number of photos I offer is SO HARD. My session package comes with 12 digital files the client gets to choose out of 30-40 edited pictures. I set it up that way so I wouldn’t have to spend a million years editing every picture from a session, since I usually take around 300. AND YET. I can’t bring myself to skip anything that’s even halfway good, so my galleries have 75+ pictures. I’m going to have to a) edit faster and b) learn to cut back so I don’t spend 20 hours on every session (which would mean I’m only making $5 an hour before you even add in travel and insurance and equipment). Yikes.

4. Setting up a business is a lot less fun than just taking pictures. There’s the tax stuff, the legal stuff, graphic design for business cards and web and more (huge thanks to my friend Alena for my logo), packaging, labels, price guides, what to wear inspiration, websites…it’s a lot, is what I’m saying. If I wasn’t already pretty good at this blog stuff I might have quit after the first 24 hours. I don’t know how the really amazing photographers can even be so good at both parts – the part of my brain that loves the artistic elements of photography curls up in a corner and cries every time I have to fill out a tax-exempt certificate.

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Don’t even tell me if there’s a typo on my business card design. I am the world’s WORST proofreader (I ordered 200 wedding invitations without a time for the ceremony/reception) (not to mention birth announcements with the WRONG DATE) and I can’t handle it right now.

5. I love it. Despite the bug bites and snakes and crossed-eyes from editing and hours spent staring at different flash drive options and paperwork and having to answer the phone when strange numbers call and OMG TALK TO STRANGERS…I’m so, so exited. I’m getting better with every single shoot (practice makes ever-so-slightly-closer-to-perfect) and the experience is priceless. I’m still sort of stunned anyone would pay me in real actual pennies to do something I enjoy so much. AMERICAN DREAM HELL YEAH.

OK, I swear I’ll blog about something else soon. Who wants to hear about how blue-colored Icees turned my children in MONSTERS yesterday?

 Website / Facebook Page for Ginger Snaps Pictures

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I thought I didn’t like newborns, but I was wrong. Well, except for the fact that I could barely walk the next day I was so sore from crouching/squatting/kneeling/bending in weird ways to get the shot. I need to get in better shape for this.

Kids on Film

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I am a liar.

A straight up lying liar who lies with her lying mouth (and keyboard).

Despite saying no less than a dozen times RIGHT HERE on this blog, plus another million times out loud to real life people’s ears, I have decided to turn my photography addiction hobby into a business.

There are a lot of ways I’m justifying this change of heart to myself, but it basically boils down to this: I want to get better. I want to be really, really good at photography. I want to take a million workshops and classes and go to conferences. I want to upgrade my camera and my lenses and my editing software. I want – NEED – as much practice as I can get. And having a business is the only way to do all that.

Unless I win the lottery. Then free camera and tiny American flags for everyone!

Photography is not a cheap hobby. I mean, really, almost nothing is a cheap hobby. Please ignore the giant stash of yarn from my knitting hobby, or the giant pile of cookbooks from my baking hobby, or all the dead plants from my gardening hobby – or really, don’t ignore them. Realize that I’m learning from those ventures. I’ve been consistently interested in and learning about taking pictures since I got my Nikon right before Evan’s 1st birthday.¬†I’m not jumping into this. I’m not even going to start charging right away. I’m going to try to do it right, with lots of advice and help from people who can say MISTAKE MISTAKE MISTAKE when I start making stupid decisions.

Please, feel free to roll your eyes at me. Call me just a mom with a camera. You can’t make me feel more unsure of myself than I already do, even though I have plenty of awesome friend who are lovely and encouraging, even if I know they’re thinking “I knew you were a liar!” behind my back. For every second I think “I don’t have to be the BEST EVER to do this – I just have to have work people think is valuable!” a voice in my head says “Valuable? Bish, please, who do you think you’re kidding? If you give a blind monkey a camera he’d get some lucky shots sometimes too.”

So really, I’m somewhere in between. Not there, but on the road. And I guess I just need a little help paying the tolls.

I haven’t been blogging this week because I’ve been editing pictures, and I realize I like doing that almost as much as I like writing words and stories and maybe also just a tiiiny bit more some days? Because it’s 100 effing degrees and I can’t think straight but damn if my kids aren’t the cutest little practice models and taking pictures of them makes me happy.

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p.s. I think I’m going to call the business Ginger Snaps. Get it?

p.p.s. I also think I’m going to try to talk people into letting me do what I do know, just with their families. Go to the park, on a picnic, the aquarium, feed the ducks, the fair, whatever. I’ll just tag along and act like the paparazzi – with maybe a gentle nudge into the best light and cutest poses. Stupid/not stupid?



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