Friday, May 14, 2010

Realities & Blessings...

Happy Friday, everyone! We've done it...we've made it through another week. This one felt very long to me for some reason...perhaps due to sleep deprivation. But anyways, I am really looking forward to this weekend. There calling for sunshine and warmth and we plan to do some outside work and some gardening.

So let's get to it: the part of the week where I mentally turn the realities of my life into blessings so that I can enter the weekend with a fresh perspective. And this week I'm sharing with you the rest of the pics from a mini session I had with my girls on Friday night {the others I shared in Wednesday's post}.

Reality: After resisting for nearly I year, I have caved and joined Facebook. As if I really need another social media addiction {I am already a Flickr addict and a blog junkie!}, I now have yet another place to go and waste time that I do not have.
Blessing: You know, it really is kind of neat. And as soon as it's newness wears off, I'm sure I'll be able to exhibit a little more self control. I'm getting to chat with siblings and cousins as well as members of my growing online network of friends. It's deepening my relationships all over the place and I like that! Plus, Maya is teething again so we are not sleeping at night and she is nursing way more during the what else is a sleepy mama strapped to a baby and chair to do? If you're on FB and you haven't found me yet, please do so!

Reality: I really {as in REALLY} need to get some organizational systems in place. I'm just not an organized person and I need some new routines that enable me to manage all my tasks.
Blessing: My chaotic life is a great motivator to get some new working systems in place. Rayne will be done with school in a few weeks and I'll be able to begin some new routines and habits and hopefully streamline a few of the processes going on around here. We are also having a huge yard sale here in a few weeks and I think the purging of a lot of bulk and excess will pave the way for more simplified living. So even though big changes have not been made around here yet, they are coming!

Reality: I had my very first portrait session this week and I made quite a few elementary mistakes. I was nervous and therefore felt too quiet to ask for poses and such right off the bat. I'm very used to just quietly following my kids around, snapping photos constantly...they barely even notice the camera between them and me. I really had to pull back and remember that I had to communicate with my subjects a bit more and not just snap constant pictures. It's an adjustment that is going to take time getting used to. I'm way more comfortable with shooting people as they are than trying to pose them.
Blessing: My first experience went rather well for any portrait session...let alone my first! Sharon and her family were so easy to work with and it really helped that we are friends and already comfortable with each other. The experience was so important and I've really seen that I want to continue practicing portraits outside my family so that I can get better and hopefully start doing them professionally at some point. Honestly, the whole experience was one big blessing! {btw...thank you sooooo much for all your kind words on the sneak peek! You guys made me feel wonderful!}

Well, I'm tired and I'm really ready to wrap up this week and start working towards the weekend. I'd love it if you joined in on the R&B fun...if you do, please link back here and feel free to leave your link in the comments!

Have a great weekend, friends! I hope to be by say hello if nothing else. But if not, I'll see you Monday with the rest of Sharon's maternity photos!


Corinne May 14, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

Your photos are gorgeous, as always!
(and thanks for the FB reminder... I had a message to return to my brother that I totally forgot about until I read this post!)

Feather May 14, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

that's really exciting about your first shoot. what a great starting point...friends! i know they'll adore your photos. you have such a talent.
enjoy your gardening!

shaina May 14, 2010 at 7:10 PM  

i simply adore those pictures. they're so sweet. and your reality/blessings post always touch my heart. thank you for sharing. <3

Amy H. May 14, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

Wow, I had no idea that maternity session was your first! I recently found your blog... I don't even know how. Hah! Great work!!! :)

Kim Klassen May 14, 2010 at 8:07 PM  

totally fabulous r& every way....

such amazing images.... and blessings.

Micheline May 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

The last post was showcasing your very first portrait session?! Way to go. You're a natural. The photos are beautiful.

I love your R&Bs. I haven't been participating like I was but I'll leave one here now.

I know what you mean about this being a long week. It must be going around. I think I was having a pretty good week until about three hours ago when the girls had another meltdown and my regular sized week grew about three sizes. Two of them, in particular, are having a rough time getting along these days. That's the reality. The blessing is that we had a really great heart-to-heart and I think they're finally both starting to see the other person's point of view. At least I really hope so. Now I'm ready for the weekend… maybe after I do some dishes.

Beth Simmons May 14, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

I always love your Realities and Blessings! I'm so glad you joined FB. I find it kind of a fast way to keep up with everyone:) And your photoshoot absolutely went great. I know what you mean about posing people. I think that's the hard part. Unless they are newborns:) As always, the images in this post are wonderful. You truly inspire me!

{Amy} May 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

I feel like I am saying the same thing here every time but seriously? Gorgeous pictures. Love them all and hooray for friends and neighbors to practice on! :) Love this weeks R & B's and it is nice to get all of that off your chest, out of your mind and move on, isn't it? Have a great weekend!
Oh and I'll see you over on Fb, mama! :) Because just what I need is one more thing to waste my time on!

Johnna Riddell May 15, 2010 at 2:53 PM  

Facebook! I know... It's annoying at times, but for the most part it's the easiest way to keep in touch... :) And I am so happy to see you there! :)

Good Luck with the organizing... I know how challenging that is. I am a very disorganized person myself and I have a hard time getting things in place and utilizing them. What helps me is throwing things out, I guess the less I have the less mess I can make ;) Plus, I am a basket person. I have all kinds of baskets full of junk mail and old bippy's and batteries and notes from Lydia... I decided to empty them and "hide" my baskets from myself ;)

The first time I ever shot for anyone other than myself, it was like I completely forgot about composition, lighting, focusing, I was a total idiot about it, I was in tears afterward, since I KNEW what to do but I had let myself get crippled by my social awkwardness. I think you did a PHENOMENAL job and the confidence will come. You definitely have the skill and the heart... you are an artist, and quite possibly my most favorite photographer in the whole world ;) And I mean that xo

Have a GREAT weekend, Maegan

janine May 15, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

The photos of your girls are gorgeous - they look like such fun!