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Monday, June 29, 2009

Irish Luck

My husband defines Irish Luck as this: you step in a steamy pile of poo, and say, "Gee, it's lucky I didn't wear my good shoes today!" Here a few lucky things I am grateful for:

I am grateful for my professional photo lab. Nichols Photo Lab has been my partner for over 10 years now. I use them because their print and finishing quality is the best I've found in the nation. Last week my hard drive failed on my new iMac... then my back-up system failed... then my back-up back-up system failed... to spare you a really long story, I lost everything I've worked on since February. I don't want anyone to panic - I always burn a disk of the original RAW files immediately after uploading images to the computer, so I haven't lost any sessions or original files. What I have lost is the hours and hours and days and days and weeks and weeks of computer work that goes into each session. Today I called Paul at Nichols to see if by any chance they still had some of the finished images that I've sent in to be printed. He told me he has about 6 months worth of images still on file, and burned them to disk for me. I can't even begin to tell you how much stress this relieves for me. Try getting that from Costco or an online lab... Thank you, Thank you, Nichols Photo Lab!

I am grateful that my kids have the Flu-that-shall-not-be-Named. Seriously. I know it sounds a little selfish, but having a legitimate and medical excuse to clear my whole calendar from all obligations for seven days is exactly what I needed right now to catch up. Besides, my kids aren't even that sick, and not the least upset that they get to start their summer vacation a week early. I am worried about the cousins coming in a week, but I'm sure I'll find some of that Irish Luck then too.

I feel a need to post an image with all this rambling, to make it worth scrolling through... so here's my little one in her dance costume I purchased from Wasatch Arts Center. I don't know who's more excited for her to start ballet in August - me, or her.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

What do you do when plan A, B, and C fail? (Utah Wedding Photography)

Things are not going well on the computer front. I will give more details a little later, but if you're waiting for your previews or finished prints, please continue to be generously patient while I am in crisis mode.

On a much better note, I was able to process these images from last week for T&R. This lovely couple is getting married in August, and had the audacity to plan it on a day I'll be in Mexico. RUDE, guys! I genuinely wish things would have worked differently, and I could be there on the big day. You are both so easy to photograph - despite what you led me to think :-) I'll see you soon and hopefully "Plan D" (or am I on plan E by now?) will just be nice and work for us.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Universe Speaks

My computer is sick... my brand new (ok, 6-month old) iMac is now at the Mac Doc (litterally.) My car is sick... it will be going to the car doc tomorrow. I think this is the Universe telling me that I am not to go anywhere, or do anything until my house is clean, and my laundry is done. I know there are a lot of you out there who are still waiting on orders and previews. Please be patient while the universe has its way with me.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wasatch Arts Center Make-Up Day

I have had a couple people call me about Wasatch Arts Center make-up portraits because they couldn't make it last week for one reason or another. I have scheduled appointments for these few people I've talked to, and thought it might be a good idea to open up an additional portrait day in case any one else wants to come in. Here are a couple of things for you to keep in mind:

  • Sessions will be available on Friday the 26th, and you must have an appointment: (801) 556-1661.
  • Sessions will be at my home studio in West Jordan - I'll give you the address and directions when you make your appointment.
  • Only the Marble Creme backdrop will be available, as well as the classic Black & White head-shot.
  • I will NOT be able to Photoshop people into their class photo - this day will be for individual shots only. I will adjust the packages accordingly.
  • Sessions will be 1-2 minutes, just like it would have happened at the dance studio, not a custom portrait session.
  • This is strictly a make-up day for people who haven't had their portrait taken for Wasatch Arts Center yet. I do not have the resources available to do "retakes". If you have any questions, please call me: (801) 556-1661. See you all at recital on Saturday!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dancing through a pile of work (Utah Dance Studio Photography)

When I disappear for days from the blog, you may think it's because I haven't been working, so I don't have anything to post. This is not the case, and in fact, the exact opposite is true. I have been plowing through the dance portraits I created last week for Wasatch Arts Center, and I may not surface for several days yet. Here's some fun facts for everyone this year:
  • I photographed about 250 students this year in 35 classes.
  • I only dropped my camera on the floor once.
  • I'm now going through 2112 images - choosing, processing, finishing, and compiling the best ones for everyone's packages.
  • I decided to tackle the mound alphabetically this year, so I started with Ballet 1, and will end with Pre-Ballet. I'm about 30% done at this point with processing and finishing.
I know everyone is very excited about their portraits this year, but I beg you to please be patient while I am finishing this mountainous task. I also ask those who have other portrait orders to please be patient too, as I am working on orders in between dance classes as I can. I really love this time of year, and I love photographing dancers. Here's a few Ballet images to whet your appetite:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's a Fine Life, carrying the Banner! (Utah Dance Studio Photography)

Ok, ok, I know I'm not a very impartial judge here, but I think this may be my very favorite image from my Wasatch Arts Center photographs this week. This is MY little star in her costume for her musical theater performance, in which she and her class are performing "Seize the Day" from Newsies. You should see me try to keep it together when she starts going into "Neighbor to Neighbor... Father to Son!" I mean, this is MY DAUGHTER singing NEWSIES here, folks. I must get a tissue....

Calling all Newsies fans: I want to know what is your favorite Newsie moment? For me, it's still when Jack hoists little Les onto his shoulders, and he shouts, "We beat 'em!" Either that, or any scene with Spot Conlon. Ah, those dreamy blue eyes and that bad-boy attitude! For Brooklyn!

Little Stars (Utah Dance Studio Photography)

What happens when you grow up in a family that runs a dance studio? You start pulling off perfect Arabesques when you're two years old. I can't get over her fingers in this shot! Divine!

I have been having the best time photographing students from the Wasatch Arts Center this week! Two more days of creating the portraits, and I promise I'll post some images on the blog. I'm always amazed by the talent of Wasatch Arts Students! Shauna, I had about 5 others I wanted to post, but it's almost 1:00 am, and I have to go to bed. I can't wait for you to see the rest.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

He's just WAY into You! (Utah Portrait Photography)

These cute people came in to have some portraits done together just cuz (my favorite reason for portraits!) I could totally tell how much they dig each other, and how comfortable they are hanging out with each other. I have some great images of them alone, but my favorite were the ones of them together. Thanks for this fun session, J&V! I can't wait for you to see the rest of them on Thursday.