Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Fall to one and all

 I just edited one zillion pictures

(ummmmmmm, no, I am not dramatic,!)

of our Fall so I could show you all the fun things we have been up to… you know, since I don’t really show you all the fun things we do every week : ) and guess what?zoo with david and tina october 2010 005

Jimminy Crickets! Windows Live Writer keeps telling me I have encountered an error. Instead of sitting here going crazy I am going to go upstairs and watch Undercover Boss and fall asleep early! I might or might not take the extra Halloween Candy with me : (

Kaish and Juan and I got to visit my bestest friend David and Tina and baby Sophia this weekend. It was perfect. Just perfect. I am so thankful for them. Fortunately for you, I was able to get 2 of those pictures in before the Error. Phew.

This is one of my favorite pictures I have ever taken. I love it so much and I don’t know why. Tina is going to hate it I think. Isn’t she pretty though. Oh my!zoo with david and tina october 2010 002

I can’t wait to see all of your fall pictures. I_Heart_Faces_noborder_125x100

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Things to say at a job interview:

found right here.          

See photo of interviewer's family on desk, point, start laughing uncontrollably. interview 10
Ask if there is only one emergency exit, grin and say; 'Boy!, I bet this floor would be in trouble if someone barricaded that.' interview 2
Constantly fidget with underwear waistband, then blurt: 'The strawberry ones are the stickiest, don't ya' think?'
interview 5After detailing your greatest achievement, qualify with, 'Of course I was totally hammered at the time.' interview 4
Inquire on office policy of friends staying over. interview 1
Claim you wouldn't even need a sit-in job if Al Einstein hadn't stolen your secret patent for '2000 Flushes'.interview 7
Over-emphasize your ability to use a copier.
Ask if it's O.K. that you sit on the floor. interview 6
Allow that you would have a little impact on the overhead budget, because you swiped all the supplies from your other job.
Although parking was free, insist that they validate something or you're not leaving.interview 8
Mention your resume would have been stronger, but you didn't feel like making anything else up.interview 3
Ask the secretary if she'll sit on your lap during the interview.
Walk into interviewer's office with a tape measure, measure office from a few angles, put away, declare; 'NOW we can begin.'interview 9
Sniff two of your fingers hold out toward interviewer, ask; 'smell these, these smell funny to you???' interview
Upon walking in to the

office for first time, ask receptionist to hold all your calls.photstoryfriday

Hope your weekend is groovy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a wealth of photography knowledge

If you could only come to this blog once a week,
I would love if you came on interview days.
I want the interviewees to feel special.
It is very kind of them to share with us.
{Click on their name to go to interview.}
lisa 1 Rosina Waszajrosina and the one that started it all: Angie Muldowney
Do you have some ideas of photographers you would like to learn about? Or some questions you think I should ask? Please share!
Thank you for coming. Thank you for reading.
You are  a blessing.
An absolute blessing.
With love, Becky

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh No! Mothering Lessons!

      wordishwednesday Lessons Learned By A Mother 

betsy and brooke 4

1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2,000 sq. foot house four inches deep.

2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with rollerblades, they can ignite.
3. A 3-year-old's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing Batman underwear and a superman cape. It is strong enough, however, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20X20 foot room.
5. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using the ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.arobin 048
6. The glass in windows (even double pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.
7. When you hear the toilet flush and the words "Uh-oh", it's already too late.
8. Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
9. A six-year-old can start a fire with a flint rock, even though a 36-year-old man says they only do it in the movies. A magnifying glass can start a fire even on an overcast day.
10. Certain Lego's will pass right through the digestive tract of a four-year-old.betsy and brooke 1
11. Play Dough and Microwave should never be used in the same sentence.
12. Super glue is forever.
13. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
14. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
15. VCR's do not eject PB&J sandwiches even though TV commercials show they brooke 2
16. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
17. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
18. You probably do not want to know what that odor is.
19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on. Plastic toys do not like ovens.
20. The fire department in Austin has a 5 minute response broke!
21. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earth worms dizzy. It will however make cats dizzy and cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
baby brooke 1!

Monday, October 25, 2010

a little somethin’ somethin’ from Dr. Suess

tree in fog"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
Dr. Suessshoshi and kaish and jonathon
"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
Dr. Suess
 sunset   "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."
Dr. Suess
betsy and brooke "A person's a person, no matter how small."
Dr. Suessbaby jacob and katelyn for joanna betsy and booke 5 not for facebook email to joey
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
Dr. Suess
I found some old pictures on my camera card.
There are like a million!
Lucky you : )
How are you today?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

‘When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.’ Lance Armstrong

American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology, suggest frequent screenings and advocate teaching self-exams as a front line to early detection.

These guidelines include:

• baseline mammogram between ages 35 and 40;

• yearly mammograms beginning at 40 and continuing each year; and

• breast self-examination (although this shouldn't be the sole screening method, and the American Cancer Society considers it optional, regular self-examination is a useful tool for discovering abnormalities in breast tissue).

In advocating its own guidelines, the American Cancer Society cites an extensive 2003 expert-panel finding that "screening with mammography reduces breast-cancer mortality in women ages 40-74.

I_Heart_Faces_noborder_125x100Pink Week at I Heart Faces

breast cancer

Here is to hoping and praying that Baby Brooke

can grow up never knowing what breast cancer is.

May we all work together to obliterate it forever.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Interview with a Photographer: Sarah Robertson of Image Bearers Photography

Every interview I tell you how much I love the work of the photographer I am interviewing.
And it is true this week as well.
Sarah Robertson is one of my very favorites for certain.
I have loved Sarah’s work from the very beginning. She is one of my absolute favorites.
Prepare to be amazed!
How long have you lived in California? sarah 3
Are you a California girl?sarah 5     I have lived in Los Angeles for 11 years. It is my home and I have grown to love it. I grew up in a New Jersey suburb of New York City, though, and that is the city that really makes my heart beat! And am I a true California Girl? No way! You can take the girl out of Jersey but never the Jersey out of the girl!sarah 5
Tell me about your children. What are their names? How did you come up with those? Who likes to model for you?    sarah 3  I have four: Daniel, Catie, Sam and Paul. sarah 2My husband named them all and they love knowing that Daddy picked their names. sarah 4
My children do not like to model for me. I don’t even try to make them anymore, but they are very good at completely ignoring my camera and allowing me to take the candid sort of pictures that have defined my style. sarah 1I prefer these images anyway. In fact, I think my shooting style was born in shooting my children. Rather than force them to pose, I embraced their indifference and caught the candid moments that show their true personalities and character.
Tell me about your first camera. Tell me about the moment you knew you were not going to ever be able to go through life without shooting.sarah 1
My first DSLR camera was a Nikon D60 and a Christmas gift from my husband. My passion for photography began almost immediately. The moment, though, when I knew that shooting and freezing time through photography would forever impact the course of my life came later that same year. sarah 2My neighbor was expecting a baby that had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder and the baby was not expected to live long after birth. They asked me to be at the hospital with them after his birth and take pictures of his short life. That experience changed me as a photographer and as a human being. At baby Paul’s funeral, the pastor spoke about Paul’s short life affecting the lives of many, and I remember being overwhelmed with the realization that it had forever changed mine. Part of what I do in my work, is to freeze the moments in life that happen only once. Paul’s short life was my first experience with that and pointed me toward what I want to be doing; capturing those events that can not be repeated but define our lives (an engagement, a wedding, a birth, an adoption, a last family visit during terminal illness, etc.) . It is LIFE photography. You can see a slideshow of baby Paul’s images here.sarah 3
Tell me about your style. Does everyone like your picture style? Have you ever had someone say, 'No, I like posed better?' Do you ever question your style and think you should do it like other people?sarah 5
No, not everyone likes my style. I think that Kodak has brainwashed our culture into thinking that “smile at the camera” pictures are the only way to create good images.sarah 1 And when I was portfolio building, there were many people who were looking for posed portrait type images. I really believe that anyone with a nice camera can take a picture like that. sarah 4What (I think!) sets me apart from other fancy DSLR camera owners is the way I artistically, candidly and “naturally” capture images of my clients being themselves, living their lives and most importantly, being REAL.sarah 3 I think I have gotten to a point in my business where clients know my work, know what to expect from my images and are hiring me for what I do (instead of what I do not do: those posed, traditional portraits they can find from many, many other photographers out there).  sarah 2   In my wedding photography work, I want my style to reflect genuine photojournalism; as if a photographer from the New York Times was following you on your wedding day, capturing the news story of your event, the moments and the details that most people never know and then artistically telling the visual story of your day.sarah 4
Does your family love your new profession? Do they get excited about your pictures? sarah 1            
My husband is very proud of me and also my biggest (and most relied on) critic. My children, on the other hand, seem to be excited about it in different ways. They love the days when I have “weddings” because it usually means a fun day alone with daddy or a day spent at a friend’s house! Go figure…sarah 6
After you shot your first wedding, what did you think of wedding photography?sarah 14I was in love. Love at first shot!!!sarah 12
Would you ever shoot a wedding alone? sarah 11
I have a very small (15 person) wedding in Santa Barbara booked for next month that I will shoot alone. It is small enough that I can confidently cover the day on my own, without fear of missing something essential. That exception aside, though, I will always shoot with a second. Rosina Waszaj shoots with me on all of my other normally booked weddings and I absolutely rely on her ability to capture details artistically and shoot other angles during a ceremony and throughout the day.sarah 3 I know I can trust her eye to get what I need and her style fits and compliments mine very well. Our strengths lies in different areas and it makes us a great team. She also can read my mind and understand my incomprehensible sentences, which is a definite bonus!sarah 1
Tell me about pricing for you. Was that hard for you to do? How did you determine what to charge?  sarah 2   For wedding photography, I started off shooting inexpensively to build my portfolio and I felt I needed to offer a deal (so to speak) to earn the trust of my clients who were really taking a chance on me and my inexperience. sarah 5Over time though, I have realized that I don’t want clients to book me just because I am inexpensive and then expect a traditionally shot wedding. sarah 4I do not shoot a traditional wedding! I raised my prices, in part, because I want to be hired for my style. I want my work to be the defining motive in their decision to commission me for their wedding day art. sarah 2And I also began seeing my work this way. I am not just taking pictures, I creating art for them that will be enjoyed forever. Art has value and is not cheap. My time and the talent needed to create that art, also has value and is not cheap.
How did you pick a printer for your prints? sarah 5
I use WHCC and chose them because of their quality and accessibility. I prefer, though, to sell digital negatives packages to my clients (at a premium). I don’t really like dealing with print orders, packaging and delivery of prints and although I do make this option available (and it is more cost effective for my clients), I usually recommend that they purchase digital negatives and own their images outright.sarah 9
How often do you order prints for your own home?sarah 10
Uh, never. Last weekend my husband went to the store and bought 12 large frames and hung them around my house in different arrangements. When I got home, there were beautiful—but empty—frames hanging in every room. He told me to fill them. So ask me in a few weeks if I still have empty frames up on the walls…
Where is your favorite place to shoot?sarah 13
Wow, that’s a hard question! I don’t think I have a favorite place; I love shooting most anywhere. If anything, I have places where shooting is difficult; beautiful scenic places (like some recent trips we took to Yosemite and Big Bear Lake) are difficult for me because I never feel like I can recreate the majesty of God’s creation and the sense of actually being there, surrounded by it. sarah 1It’s more a “feeling” that I don’t know how to incorporate into landscape photography. I am used to finding the beauty in the mundane and ugly parts of everyday life—that is where I thrive-- but I go into visual overload trying to visually process and do justice to the large scale beauty all around in a place like Yosemite.sarah 4
How long does it take you to edit a family session? How many pictures do you typically include for them to choose from?sarah 7
I edit first for blogging and then the full session. All together editing a 1 ½ hour session typically takes another 10 hours of work that I do in the evenings after my children are asleep. I promise my clients 30 images because I know I can confidently produce that many, in a 90 minute session. Usually though, there are between 30-60 images that they can choose from.sarah 8
Do you have a favorite verse that you consider to be your life verse?     sarah 5     I have had different verses in my life that might fall into that category, but at the moment, this one seems to be on my mind most frequently: Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. It has so many applications, both personally and professionally and a warning that I am reminded of constantly. Certainly keeps me in check.sarah 9
Tell me about one of your photography inspirations.
The Parsons; hands down are my favorite photog team out there!sarah 8
What advice would you share with someone who is just starting out with photography?sarah 2
The best advise I can give on a practical level is to learn immediately to shoot manually (no auto, program, aperture-priority). I never bothered shooting in any other mode than manual (right from the beginning) and I know that it helped me immensely as a photographer. I learned to see how to meter light and creatively use that light to expose my images to look a certain way. On a less practical level, I think beginning photographers need to shoot what inspires them. sarah 6Don’t look at the trends or the status quo and think you need to follow suit; your work will be better when you are shooting from the heart and capturing the things that inspire and charge your creativity.
sarah 4
Sarah’s family blog: The Animator’s Wife
Sarah’s business blog: Image Bearer’s Photography
If you have any questions you would like to ask, feel free!
I know Sarah would be delighted to answer.