I have said it before in this space, it is not the traditions that you have that are important but the fact that you have them. Well in my house apparently if we do things once then it automatically becomes a tradition. Like for instance, the fact that last night I had to have a giant sleepover for 15 kids in a tent (yes a TENT) on my deck because I was foolish enough to have one last year. Most of the things that we do in the summer are repeats: a trip to Block Island, check, Second Beach in Newport, check, waking early to see the sunrise, still unchecked at the moment. For the kids, I think the cherry on the top of the summer sundae is definitely a trip to Canobie Lake Park. This year our trip was even more anticipated because there is a brand new roller coaster that features a 97 degree drop. For the math challenged like me, that means that riders plummet more than straight down. Needless to say, the kids had an absolute blast while I checked another thing off my summer must do list. Still have to work on that sunrise though.
Each place has its own traditions as well. On Block Island we have to eat lunch at the boat bar.
Typical picture I think: girls working the model look, boy working the goofy look.
Notice the water temp: 71 degrees. Maybe not warm but not bad for the Northeast. I was sad this day because it was August 1st and the summer was flying by, now it will be September tomorrow :(
New roller coaster at Canobie Lake
I hope that everyone got to do all their summer things and enjoys what's left of the summer!
Once again I have decided to redefine myself and my business. Since I got my new camera about a year ago, I realize that I love taking pictures as much as I love making unique video projects. And also that I have amassed a bunch of knowledge abut photo and video services. So I am going to become a photo/video handyman -woman? person? (just kidding about the person thing, my mom will kill me if I start getting all PC on you). Anyway this is part of the reason that I have not blogged all summer. That and the weather has been fantastic around here, so we have made multiple trips to the beach, Block Island, and other assorted destinations. I know, I talk a lot about the weather but I do live in New England - we tend to be rather obsessive about it at times.
I tried to briefly explain my new direction on my home page but I thought it might need some clarification. Mostly because I just made it up. I realized when I helped my aunt put together a photo book for her recent trip to Spain that's what I like to do - help people. Then around the same time, my husband was fixing one of the many things that need to be fixed around here and I had an epiphany: that's what I am, a handyman.
I am available for some photography services but I am not going to claim to be a professional photographer, more like an advanced hobbyist. If you are looking for someone to come take some nice prom pictures, then you're probably in the right place. If you are looking for a professional, then you are probably not. If you do find that you need a professional, then you should definitely check out my friend Stacey at Stacey Norling Photography. She is super talented and her stuff is absolutely amazing!
I have decided to take down my idea page to create more space on the menu bar. I figured I would feature them here in the blog in case anyone is looking for them in the future.
Jewelry - I have a necklace with a picture of my kids that I ordered for myself a couple of years ago. Everyone absolutely loves this necklace, I am constantly getting comments on it. I have also given them as gifts and they have been very warmly received. A wide variety of photo jewelry can be ordered relatively cheaply from Snapfish or there are also Do-it-yourself kits available. If you try the kit, I would love it if you would send me a comment and let me know what you thought.
T-shirts - Use an iron-on transfer to create your own personal design. My mother and I make a different Christmas themed shirt every year for all of her grandchildren. This year we designed it to look like the superlative page of a yearbook. It is pretty cool to see all the kids reading the shirts to see the current year's theme. And of course everyone in the same shirt makes for a great photo opportunity.
Cards- Use your pictures to create special cards for special occasions. For example, make a christening card with a special bedtime prayer. I do this for a boy or a girl and personalize it with pictures and the baby's name.
Photo Books - As well as the standard photo book ideas to celebrate the passing of a season, another year or a trip, here are a couple of other ideas for setting up your photo book:
A guest book for a wedding or party
A cookbook - combine pictures with special recipes to create a cherished heirloom. I did one for my mother and mother-in-law and they both loved it.