In honor of the VMAs this week, wait honor? Dishonor seems more appropriate. And no I am not going there, I think that we have all heard and expressed enough disgust over the whole thing. Although I do have one question, why is all the disgust and angst directed toward the 20 year old and none of it toward Robin Thicke, the 36 year old, and a father to boot, that was up there performing with her?? And don't give me the he didn't know crap, even if he didn't, then why didn't he walk off the stage in the middle of the performance? Wouldn't that have made a strong statement that he felt that her performance crossed the line? Anyway sorry for the tangent, I really wasn't going to talk about that. This week's Friday night video is in honor of the reason that I was even watching, Austin Mahone. My almost 15 year old is ever so slightly (read, ridiculously) obsessed with him. His music is on constantly in my house (and anyone that knows teenage girls knows that constant in this case, is constant!) As a matter of fact, she is going to his concert in October. One of my friends is taking my daughter and a bunch of her friends. Never mind Austin (we are so on a first name basis after all the time he spends at my house) and all the rest of them, friends that will do that for you (as well as the friend that took a vanful to One Direction), they are the true rock stars in my world!! Anyway, I think that it is hilarious that one of his big hits is a sample (is that the right term? I can never get the terms, cover, rip off, whatever, straight) of this week's Friday Night video, which is the song "Just a Friend" from Biz Markie. Happy Friday, everyone!! Have a wonderful and safe long weekend. I hope it is a labor free weekend for all.
I am on some kind of lucky streak lately, I must say. I have had nothing but awesome people to work with lately and Liz wa certainly no exception. I have known her mother for years, she is the occupational therapist at the elementary school that my kids went to and that I work at now. She is such sweet and nice person, always so warm and caring and supportive, so it came as no surprise that her daughter was an absolute pleasure to work with as well. Liz wants to go to school in Boston and eventually work with teenagers, somewhere in the education field, maybe a guidance counselor. As someone that currently has 3 teenagers in the house, I can tell you that it takes a very special (brave, I mean brave) person to want to work with teenagers on a daily basis. But I think that Liz is just the person. She's incredibly sweet and patient and although she is quiet, I could tell that she has a core of steel and a quiet determination to live life her own way. All traits that will serve her well when working with teenagers (goodness knows, I wish that I had all of those qualities for dealing with my own!!). We started down by the cabin where right next to it, there just happens to be a whole bunch of logs chopped up and perfectly arranged for posing purposes.
Then we moved over to the water, of course, because where there is water, there are picture posing spots, right?
Then it was time for a quick wardrobe change for Liz (the cabin did come in handy). I have to hand it to her, the scarf that she donned was simply stunning and a great complement to her complexion.
After a bit, we decided to take a walk back to the main entrance and of course, we couldn't walk directly there, you all know that, right? We just had to stop and take a picture or two.
Then it was time for a wardrobe change, again a gorgeous color choice by Liz and yet another fabulous accessory. When I commented and complimented, she simply replied, "I like my fashion." She certainly has an eye for it, that's for sure!
We finished up over at the spectacular grounds around the mansion. It really was a beautiful morning but it was getting a bit humid at this point. Liz was such a great sport about the fact that it was getting hot and that my glasses kept fogging up and slowing us down a bit. See, I told you she was very patient with me.
I feel like I could go on all day about how much there is to love about Liz but I think that I will stop here and end with a heartfelt thanks to Liz and her mom for letting me be a part of this special time of life and for spending an absolutely beautiful morning with me. I had a blast even with my pesky glasses fogging up and getting in the way. Can someone say contacts?? Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Liz's pictures.
Good morning, sorry I am a little late today but I had the pleasure of meeting up with Liz and her mom early this morning. And what a beautiful morning it was too!! So appropriate because I had the honor of taking the pictures of yet another beautiful Liz at yet another beautiful location (actually it was the same location but it is a beautiful one). It really was a pleasure of getting to know and spending some quality time with Liz (well it was quality time for me, I hope that she felt that way too) and I can't wait to tell you about how sweet she was and how patient she was putting up with me. I am hoping to have the rest of Liz's pictures done in the next couple of days so be sure to come back and check them out. Until then, enjoy this sneak peek!
So a couple of months ago, I read a book called "When Parents Text". I was recently reminded of this when I put the following comment on my blog as a response to a comment by my mother, "By the way, I am going to start calling you Beverly on this blog so it doesn't look like my mom is the only one that reads this and comments, lol (both laughing out loud and lots of love!)" The reason that I wrote both lol definitions was because of that book. In the book, the mom was texting about a sad event in the family but ending every text with lol. When her kids asked her why lol when it was such a sad occasion, she replied, "Doesn't it mean lots of love?'' She was pretty horrified when she learned that lol meant laughing out loud!! Another funny story from the book was another mom asked her son what IDK and WTF meant. When he answered, "I don't know, what the f*@, Mom!", she wrote back,."Fine, if you don't want to tell me, then I'll go ask your sister." LOL, the laughing one, not the lots of love one, although you all know that I have lots of love for you! And because posts are always better with a pic, here's one of my daughter that I took while she was babysitting last week. You may remember this little cutie from a couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough to get to hang with him again last week.
I love it when I find a new idea. I especially love it when the person with the great idea doesn't mind sharing that idea. As a matter of fact, they are actually encouraging people to take their ideas! I was reading Elizabeth Halford's photography blog when I came across this article entitled, "12 IDEAS FOR BLOGGING TO KEEP YOUR CLIENTS INTERESTED". #7 about introductions really caught my eye. Basically the point was to find new ways to introduce your potential clients to your existing clients. As she says (in a different post), "...come on, artists…let’s get creative with the way we use quotes from clients! I first got thinking along these lines from a post from the Modern Tog about how to leverage client testimonials to get more clients. I jumped on the idea immediately and by the end of the day, I’d added this page to my website to share all those wonderful love letters in a way that connected with people emotionally and visually." Like that photographer/author, I love this idea and wanted to implement it immediately so last night, I sent a Facebook message to my favorite choir director and newly engaged and recent blog featuree, Maria, to ask if I could use a quote that she had put on here my blog and do this. Since she really is one of the nicest people that I know, this was her answer , "....and the answer is absolutely yes! Anything you would like to use, feel free! And if you need any further comments, ask anytime." Isn't she just the best? And wow, there are a lot of quotes and links in this post, maybe I need to start thinking for myself?? Anyway, here is the new way that I will be presenting "kudos" (oh no, not the quotes again!).
All of the seniors that I have been lucky enough to work with are special to me but some, for different reasons, hold a special place in my heart. It could be because I know their parents or because they are friends with my kids or they were my first batch of seniors. Well Sarah is one of those seniors for me. I don't know whether it is because I always used to see her and her sister at church when she was little and my kids were babies or because she lights up when she talks about being a nurse and helping take care of kids or maybe it was because she cracked up laughing when the llama (yes, a llama) sneezed on her. Whatever the reason, I am very happy that Sarah chose me to help her document this time in her life and to spend a morning with her, it was a blast!! We started off by the side of the house, I just love shooting in front of these doors with the light pouring in from the side.
We made our way to the back and the formal garden.
After that we started over to the informal garden but not before I had Sarah stop and pose behind a cool tree. This pose made us both crack up because as she was doing it, I told her that the pose made her look really skinny and that I need a new picture for my blog, so I may have to do a self portrait here!! Not that Sarah needs a lot of help in that department but what girl doesn't love anything that makes them look skinny?
Like pretty much all of the seniors that I have been lucky enough to work with, Sarah was such a great sport about anything that I asked her to do. Sit on the ground? Sure, no problem.
Pose with the llama? Love to!! The llama loved it too, he (she?) came right over to us and showed us his best model face.
After the llama, we moved to the fields where we encountered a bunch of great posing spots.
It got to the point where I didn't even need to direct Sarah any longer. We passed this bench and without me saying a thing, Sarah went and posed on it. Which makes sense because Sarah told me that she really loved photography and that she had taken a class at school, she was obviously paying attention since she had a really good eye for it. In addition to the bench, she also picked up a flower as a prop at one point.
We hit a few more spots and did a few more poses, with and without the flower.
Then we headed back to the house for a few more (you all know how that works with me) including a couple with an ivy arch. We saw it and I asked Sarah to stand under it and she said, "Skinny pose?" Is it any wonder that I love this kid?
I feel like I could go on all day about how great Sarah was and how much fun I had taking her pictures but I am going to force myself to stop here. I will leave you with the last image that we took so you can see for yourself that Sarah was still smiling, even after spending over an hour with me!! Please click here if you would like to see the rest of Sarah's pictures.
This week's installment of Saturday morning cartoons is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because after all who doesn't the turtles?? Plus they came in conversation just this week. A bunch of us went to play trivia the other night (we came in third in case you were wondering. And no, not out of three) and one of the questions was "Name the artist responsible for creating Pieta and the David." We had a 2 second conversation about whether it was Michelangelo or Donatello which of course prompted us to then bring up the turtles. By the way, I love that they are named after Renaissance artists, very cool. Anyway we all knew it and got the question right. I myself knew that it was Michelangelo because not only have I seen the David in person, my brother-in-law is also named after him. My mother-in-law had just returned from a trip to Italy when she found out she was pregnant. I don't know naming someone after a statue is more or less weird than my youngest brother being named after an actor, Gregory Peck. Oh well, enjoy the theme song as well as the rest of your weekend!!
Bonus blog post today!! I just can't help myself. I had so much fun with Sarah this morning that I couldn't wait to show you all at least one. Sarah was such a pleasure to work with, very natural and comfortable with herself.
Ok, maybe more than one, I have to share these too. Think of it as the bonus blog post getting a bonus. A double bonus and regular readers know how I love those!! Sarah has such a sense of humor, she absolutely loved it when this llama sauntered right over and posed with her.
I hope to have Sarah's pictures on the blog on Monday so keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the pictures from this really fun session.
I wrote this last week but then I found a new thrift shop and decided to out myself as a thrift shopper. Anyway, this is one of my new favorites songs for some very different reasons. One reason is that my oldest daughter loves it too and I just love when we love the same songs, I feel it gives us a connection. Another reason is I really like Train, most of their songs pull me in and I think that musically they have a good sense of humor and fun. Plus I love the way the 2 different voices blend in this song. And finally, and most especially, I love the words and the theme of the song. It's kind of like a what doesn't kill you makes you stronger message. My take on the song is that they are telling us that we all get knocked around from time to time in our lives and what doesn't break you but only bruises you makes you stronger, more resilient, more you. Bruises, both literally and figuratively, (by the way, my kids use the word literally constantly, and worse, incorrectly so be prepared, there is a post on this issue coming soon) help you determine the strength of your character, your toughness and add depth to your personality. As the song says, "These bruises make for better conversation". How true is that?? There is actually a book written for parents that is sort of based on this message. It is called "The Blessing of the Skinned Knee" and basically it encourages to parents to allow their kids to experience the little bumps and bruises and skinned knees (both literally and figuratively) of childhood because it will help them to grow and become a stronger and more resilient person (hopefully). So enjoy one of my new favorites and I hope that everyone has a great weekend!! Happy Friday!
Ok so as you look around, you may notice that I changed things up a bit. It was bound to happen sooner or later. As a matter of fact, I can't believe that it took this long!! I just couldn't look at it the other way for one more day!! I am definitely one of those people that need things to be changed up in order to remain interested. I have written on a few occasions how much I like to rearrange my furniture and how one year I told my husband in earnest that if he helped me rearrange our room, then I would count it as our anniversary present. Not only did I say that without a trace of sarcasm, I think that I got the better end of the deal!! So anyway, new look, I hope that you like it but don't fret if you don't, I am sure that it won't be a permanent thing. And by the way, way past time for kudos to the job that Weebly does. I was able to change this in a matter of hours without any help at all. Love them, they are the bomb!!
So last night the moon was spectacular, huge and full and pink. While we were viewing it, I mentioned to my mom that I thought I had heard that it was a Blue moon the previous night. But once we thought about it (and dissected it at length because that is what my family does, we seriously give new meaning to the saying beat the dead horse), we decided that it was not since there was no way that this is the second full moon in the month which is the definition of blue moon that we knew. Well I looked it up this morning and discovered, "There are two definitions of a Blue Moon. One being the popular two full moons in a month definition and the other being the third full moon in a four full moon season. You see, we usually have three full moons per four seasons. But this summer we have four full moons and tonight's moon is the third full moon out of four. That's why it's Blue." This means that we will also get 13 full moons this year instead of 12 which is fabulous. After all, who doesn't love the beauty of a full moon? Well teachers and parents and anyone that works with kids. Hmm, maybe not such a good thing after all!!
pil·grim·age (plgr-mj)n. 1. A journey to a sacred place or shrine.
Just a quick post today because today we are off on our annual pilgrimage to Block Island (the definition really says it all about how we feel about the place). Quick story about this year's trip. We were all set to go the first week in August before football got into full swing when a couple of days before, Nani found out that she couldn't go because Pappy had to have a procedure. My mom told us that we could go without her but when I mentioned that to my oldest daughter, she said (quite indignantly, I might add), "No!! We can't go without Nani, what would be the point of that?" The funny thing is that the day we were supposed to go was overcast and drizzly and today is going to be sunny and 90. You know what that's called right?? Karma, baby, karma! Enjoy some of my favorite pics from previous years.
Yesterday in my post, I mentioned that we went to the beach the other day and it was perfect except for the seaweed. I also noted that we could deal with it because it wasn't too hot and we found a clear spot for the kids to swim. Well yesterday we went to a different beach and this time the issue was horse flies. I feel like every beach has their drawbacks and none of them are perfect but it is just a matter of what is a deal breaker for you. For instance, at some beaches, the water is cold and others, it's mucky, some have too much seaweed and some are a hike to get to and well you get my point. In that way (and here comes the epiphany), beaches are a good parallel to life, I think. What I mean by that is there is no perfect anything, no perfect spouse (shh, don't tell my husband I said that), no perfect job, no perfect house. You just need to decide what matters the most to you. For example, take substitute teaching. It is kind of tough to wake up and the morning and not know where you are going or what grade you will be teaching. But it pays pretty well for a part time job, you have no boss or outside responsibilities and you really can't beat it for flexibility. Another example would be my husband. See, he really isn't the sweep me off my feet, bring me flowers for no reason, complimenting me like crazy kind of guy which used to bother me a bit until I realized that he is the fix my computer, help me turn this hobby of mine into a business, pick me up at a family party at midnight and be super supportive as I went through the process of getting back in shape kind of a guy. And those things are better indicators to me about how important I am to him than bringing me flowers for reason. Although....
By the way, horse flies? A total deal breaker for me!! It has never happened to us before at this particular beach so I hope that it was an aberration because I love this beach!!
I had the most perfect summer weekend this weekend. It started out on Friday with a trip to the beach with one of my closest friends. We decided to do an afternoon/evening beach day and I am so glad that we did. We started the day off at Purgatory Chasm, a really cool place in Middletown, RI. It is a really cool chasm that has a lot of spots to explore or just to sit and relax and watch the surfers and beachgoers at the nearby beach. The kids absolutely loved it, especially watching other brave souls jump into the water.
It was just the perfect beach day, not too hot which was good because the water was pretty seaweedy. The fact that there was a lot of seaweed was the only blight on an otherwise perfect day. But we even found a way around that because there was a spot at the end of the beach with no seaweed so we just all took a walk down there. Well some of us walked, some of us flipped our way down the beach!
We had an absolutely perfect day, and that was before we got to see what was one of the nicest sunsets that I have ever seen!! And we got some cool silhouette shots. And the kids "chased the sun", pretty cool.
We also got to see the moon rise over the beach, always a bonus for a beach day in my book!
Then on Saturday, we had my family's annual softball game/reunion (yes, my team did win!) and it was just a blast!! I don't have many pictures because I was kind of pictured out but I do have one of the softball players and I did get a good one of me and my brother!
Then yesterday, I was honored to be asked to take some pictures for another one of my closest friend's family. Her mom is currently battling cancer and the family wanted to get together to show some support. Support that included the cutest "Janet Strong" t-shirts.
Her parents have been married a long time and they are just wonderful together. If my husband and I have even a fraction of their affection and devotion when we're their age, then I will consider myself very lucky indeed!
All in all, it was just an incredible weekend, just perfect in fact. Hope that all of you had good ones too!!
Since I am doing so good blogging this week (not to pat myself on the back or anything, well maybe a little pat is in order), I have decided to bring back all the regulars. My family is having a family reunion today and in honor of that, "The Addams Family". I chose the Addams family to represent us because, like most families, mine is crazy, in a quirky, loveable, we love to hang out together kind of a way. Plus who doesn't love this theme song? Have a wonderful Saturday everyone, I know I will!!