4th at the Ranch

July 4, 2014

It’s that time of year again when we go out to visit the ranch for the 4th of July. Yesterday we pulled in early afternoon. After settling in, I grabbed my camera and went out to the pasture to see what new arrivals made an appearance since our last visit in December. I met this adorable thing hiding behind momma.

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“I will venture out a bit to say hi.”

DSC_9389“I’m going to taste this flower over here.”

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“You can take my picture, but remember, my momma’s right over there.”

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Then I got a couple of pictures of this lovely lady.

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Before the light disappeared, got some shots of some of the plants.

DSC_9471DSC_9463I should try to go out some during the day today before we head out to the rodeo later tonight. I’m hoping to get some good shots at the rodeo. Wish me luck!

 

December at the ranch

December 23, 2013

We’re not even going to talk about how bad I am at blogging here, so let’s just skip to the pictures of December at the ranch!

So Em is taking care of Theodore while she’s here. He’s got to eat 3 times a day, and I think he has taken a shine to her. Or maybe it’s just because she has the bottle.

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And here we have the poor, very much pregnant momma goat. Yes, that’s only one goat lying on that spot peeps. There’s not another one hiding behind her. That’s her bulging sides. If we’re lucky, we may get to see some Christmas babies! Cross your fingers!

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And of course, I have to entertain all of you with my beautiful surroundings so that you will be uber jealy. (is that how you spell it or is it like jelly for jam?) Anywayzzzzzz….

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I’m sure I’ll be putting up more pictures during the week. Hopefully of cute, baby, goaty goodness. As always, comments are welcome.

Brothers

September 7, 2012

So a couple of weekends ago, I got the opportunity to hang out with a wonderful family and capture moments of their boys. I was definitely nervous when I pulled up because I haven’t worked with a newborn in ages (almost 2 years to be exact), but I wanted to do it because they are so squishy and chubby and full of little frollies (fat + rolls = frollies).

I pulled up and Grandma Ya-ya invited me in and introduced me to big brother K. We sat and talked about Where’s My Perry, Angry Birds, and school that had recently started for him. Ya-ya went to check on little brother. He was still getting ready, so we decided to go outside for some outdoor fun with big brother since the weather that day wanted to be absolutely gorgeous (rain seemed threatening that morning, but fortunately, nothing fell from the sky). We found some wonderful spots to shoot, and K showed me his cartwheel skills. I didn’t want to wake up finding aches in muscles I never knew existed, so I left the wheeling to him.

While we were outside, we found a tree that had just the right branches for K to climb, but then he stopped. He got a panicked look on his face and Ya-ya asked him what was wrong. He said he didn’t want the birds to get him. We told him that there weren’t any birds to worry about, but then he pointed a few feet from him in the tree, and what do you think was there? These two, but they didn’t move the entire time we were in that tree.

By this time, little brother K was ready for his big moment. He was the perfect little man. He only cried/fussed when he was hungry. He was wide awake during the whole shoot, and did not want to be on his tummy at all. He also was so serious and never really smiled, but made some cute faces like he thought we were all crazy trying to get him to smile. I brought some hats that I had whipped up a few days before, and Mommy pulled out a Longhorn beanie (we are in Austin, so you MUST have something burnt orange – but I must confess that I don’t have anything Longhorn related in my closet, but don’t tell their uncle!).

I love the family moments I captured, too. Tender moments.

And moments of brotherly love.

All in all it was a great shoot with wonderful people. I came out of my adventure unscathed, but not unsoiled – little K = 1, photographer avoiding baby poo and pee = 0. LOL

Headshots

June 16, 2012

First I must stand up and say, Hi, my name is Heather and I am a terrible, horrible, no-good blogger. There’s that done and over with, now on to the good stuff.

This past week I was given the opportunity to shoot with a person who is one of my favorite people to shoot. Justin recently finished playing the part of Ritchie Valens in The Buddy Holly Story musical at the Palace Theater. Anyone who saw it, please let me know how it was. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to go, but heard it was outstanding. There was even some pants wardrobe malfunctions, but Justin sang on. LOL.

Well, Justin has been bitten by the acting bug, and asked me if I would shoot some headshots for him for his portfolio. Of course I said yes! I can’t pass up a shoot with Justin. It’s always an adventure. When I have a shoot with Justin, it’s nothing but fun. This time was no exception. Fun, and a learning experience I might add. I got a variety of shots and all either inside or within a few blocks from his house. Our sessions are always casual, fun, and easy-going.

There’s always laughter.

And moments where he gets a little verclempt. Talk amongst yourselves a moment while scrolling down.

And interesting learning moments like figuring out his good side – right or left…..thoughts?

And of course more laughter.

If you happen to know Justin, I would suggest getting his autograph now because there is a bright future ahead of him. You can be one of the first to have it when he makes it big!

Justin, you have a big heart and a wonderful spirit. I know you will succeed no matter what path you take. I am honored that you granted me the privilege to be a part of your adventure. I wish you the best of luck in all you do, and whenever you need pictures or just feel like horsing around in front of a camera with you and your friends, give me a buzz.

Dream on… Dream until your dreams come true!

 

Dream on… Dream until your dreams come true!

The Plight of the Dandelion

February 19, 2012

So today, after a pretty sleepless night, instead of doing the logical thing of taking a nap, I went on a photo adventure in the backyard. And on my adventure, I saw one lone dandelion. The light was hitting it just perfectly. It had a seed dangling from the edge, ready to release it’s grasp and float away on a gentle breeze, should one happen to blow by.

I steadied myself down on its level and snapped away. I reveled in the purity of the moment and the perfection of the picture. Then, in the background…it’s Bubbsaliscious!

“Whatcha doin’, Mommy?”

“Taking a picture of this flower. It’s a dandelion.”

“A dandelion?”

“Yes, a dandelion.”

“Hello, Mister Dandelion.”

“We blow the seeds off them and make a wish.”

“Hmmmmmm….”

“Oh no, we BLOW the seeds!”

“Nom, nom, nom.”

“Oh, hi Mommy!”

“Mommy, did you see that sad little dandelion over there?”

“Yes, Brewster, I did.”

:-)

To Do Lists

January 21, 2012

So it’s a new year, but is it really a new me? Not really. I guess I’m not one to make resolutions at the new year. I think if you’re going to change, you can do it at any time, and should do it at any time. It may not be a sudden change. It may just be small to-dos that make you change in slight ways. A work in progress, if you will. I have several to-dos that make me a work in progress.

I did have one to-do that I have failed at horribly (other than frequently updating my blog). I mean like UBER FAIL. The failiest of fails. I signed up for an account on 750words.com. Basically, it’s a site that you sign up and you can write 750 words per day on whatever your heart desires. You get a daily email reminder to help you remember to go and type. Well, those reminders just went right into my trash bin. I know, I know. I consciously made the decision to move them there. I had to click that little trash icon. Now, I’ve always been one to keep a journal, but only sporadically. I’ll have periods where I will journal often and then go YEARS with not one entry. It seems like I have to have some life altering things happen or just be motivated in some way. 750words motivates you with a points system. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good idea. And your writings are private, and can be about whatever you choose. So you can just pour your heart out, but I don’t know why I didn’t continue with it. I think I made it through 3 or 4 days and then it just lost it’s glitter for me. I think my stoppage may be rooted in my unattained goal to write something of significance. A story or book, or something that people will want  to read over and over. Something that touches hearts and souls and provokes the mind to think. I used to write good stories, but over time, the ideas just aren’t there. I guess the passion is, but you may say it’s not because if it were, why wouldn’t I just sit down and write, write, write and write. (Were there enough commas in that sentence?) Maybe it’s a desire instead of a passion. LOL.

One of my other to-dos is to accumulate a list of dinner ideas that I can make when Hubster is out of town on his training in a few weeks. Yes, that’s right, I’m going to attempt to cook. My seester has already asked when we’re going out to dinner. But I will cook something, and it will be edible. That is my goal! So any suggestions for kid-friendly recipes is welcome, as it will just be me and Munchkin. No seafood or mushrooms as she won’t eat those.

Another to-do is to make my first tweet on Twitter this year. Yes, I said this year. This task takes a lot of thought for me. I don’t want to be one of those people that tweets stupid things that are irrelevant. “I threw away my trash today.” or “I didn’t wear socks and now my feet stink.” I know that my tweets won’t be mind-blowing, but I don’t want them to be mundane or cause a rash of Unfollowing. My first tweet should be a good one, right? But what if it’s not? What if I can’t ever think of the right thing? What if I reach the end of the year and still haven’t taken that leap? Ugh, why am I putting so much thought into this! It’s not like it will be immortalized on the web 4-Ev-R!

Another check box on my to-do is to work on developing marketing for my photography and other stuff. For those who don’t know, I’ve started making soap, sugar scrubs, fascinators and other crocheted items. I started making the soap in a fit of boredom and it’s led to a pretty fulfilling hobby. The sugar scrubs smell great and it’s fun trying new fragrances and recipes at the request of others. My top hat fascinators are the first crochet pattern that I have used that is my own! I am very proud of this as this has been something on my to-do list for quite some time. Growing up, I drew a lot, but had the issue of not being able to draw anything without looking at something else. I couldn’t close my eyes and draw my own creation and be happy with the result. Then when I began knitting and crocheting, it was the same story. I always had to use patterns to make things. Granted, I did look at several patterns for the mini top hats, but I did work out my own pattern. I was happy with it, but recently tweaked it even more and now am more pleased with the results. I am looking into creating fascinators other than top hats, too, so keep an eye out for that. I’ve got to think of ideas to get the word out there about my hobby/talents/creativity. Any suggestions on this, too?

I’m sure I have more to-dos and will make more to-dos, so the list will become very lengthy. I think the ones I have listed are enough to keep me busy for a while. Do you have your own to-do lists or goals for making you a new you? Have you checked any off? Has this post prompted you to want to create some?

New Year, New You

January 6, 2012

So I’ve tossed this around and around and around. Every year I do my Fresh Faces contest. This year I’m not going to do it. I apologize to those of you who look forward to it every year, but this year I thought about something that has a little more Umph to it instead of people just looking at someone’s picture and voting for who they believe has “the look”.

This year I want to do something to emphasize growth, change, improvement, admiration and inspiration. I want to be able to share the accomplishments of others.

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I want to take a moment to allow for people to focus on themselves or those who are an inspiration to them or others. Around the time of the new year we’re all making changes. We have resolutions. We get a new hairstyle. We get new clothes. We lose weight. We volunteer more. We become a mentor to someone else. We decide to take the leap and follow our dreams. We overcome hardships. We persevere through the ups and downs. It is a time of reflection.

There are a lot of people around me who have decided to make life changes for themselves. I think it would be an inspiration for others to see stories of these people who have made changes and made a difference.

If you are one of those people who has made a change somehow, or know someone who has, NOW is the time to be recognized. No accomplishment is too big or too small.

Submit your nominations by using the form found here. You may enter as many people as are deserving.

Selected entries will receive a free photo session valued at $125! They will also have the opportunity to share their story with others. This will not only be a session, but a journey of discovery.

The number of selected entries will be based on the number of entries received. So get those entries in and help me discover all the incredible people out there!

Cleaning

January 2, 2012

So we got back from the ranch yesterday. I did have a splitting headache, but I am a mom, so I pushed on through the day. I took down the tree and stockings and put away the ornaments. I stashed them out in the garage, but haven’t made it to putting them in the attic yet. I didn’t even get that accomplished last year either.

I spent today cleaning out my RSS feed. Any blogs that didn’t have anything posted in the last year were definitely booted. All of the others I reviewed and kept if I read them or they held my interest.

I know this is a time of resolutions. Hubster is resolving to stop his yucky tobacco habit that he’s had since he was around 15. So if any of you come in contact with him and he seems a little testy, let this be your word of warning. What have I resolved? Well I’m not that into resolutions because I never really adhere to them. I know I should set goals. So, if I was the goal setting type, what would I do? Hmmmm…I think I’d like to do more with my photography business. Eventually, I would like to clean up a space in the garage for a little makeshift studio. But I’ve been telling myself I wanted to do that since we moved in, and my garage is still a tangled mess of tools, books, old toys, and boxes full of the unknown. I’d also like to get some more programs up and off the ground. I’d like to see my senior business grow because I love to shoot seniors. I’d also like to look into working with some hair and makeup artists for some sessions for men and women who are going through changes or need self esteem boosts. So, if you know of any hair or makeup artists who would trade work for building their portfolio, have them contact me.

I’d also like to work on getting more crafty with soaps or fascinators or something. Find my niche you know. Out at the ranch, I saw the in-laws working on their passions, and now have an inkling to find mine. I can’t sew, but I can knit and crochet. I can also learn to do stuff, so I can teach myself whatever I want to learn.

I also like tossing ideas around with other people, either about their businesses, their websites, their marketing, or just their dreams. It’s always good to get perspective from someone else. Maybe I should look into consulting? Does anybody need a consultant? If you just want to toss around ideas, let me know and we’ll meet for coffee or something.

I thought about doing what Ali Edwards does each year. One Word. She chooses one word and that becomes her focus on everything. I think my word would be Discovery. My year would be discovering about myself both at my job and my personal life. Obviously what I’ve already mentioned about my business and my hobbies. At work, I would like to finally define my path. Find a career goal and begin heading in that direction. I want to work on discovering new connections and networking. If you want to be one of those connections, let me know!

What would your word be?

Oh…and as I do every year, I would like to blog more. Guess you’ll just have to stay tuned to see if that happens.

Revisiting edits

January 1, 2012

With it being a new year, I thought I would revisit some pictures and try some different edits. Softer than what I’ve done in the past. Just experimenting. As always, comments are welcome.

Last day of 2011

January 1, 2012

So today is the last day of 2011, and also our last full day of vacation out at the ranch. Yes, sadly, we’ll be heading home tomorrow. But not so sadly we’ll get to see our pups and be in our home!

We spent our last day relaxing. The boys finished up some wood projects. Then we hunted for some rocks. While Munchkin and Gi-Gi puttered with rocks in the garden, I whipped up another fascinator. Didn’t take me very long, as I’m getting much faster at them. I managed to scrawl out the pattern as I went today, but I need to review it because I know I threw in some stitches that were not in my original write up.

After I was finished with it, Gi-Gi directed Munchkin and I on where to hunt for a bobby pin to hold it in place. Well, in our quest we found something even better than a silly old bobby pin. We found a loooooong alligator clip! We clipped it to Munchkin’s hair and it was like Frosty’s magic hat. She turned D-I-V-A. She actually wanted me to take her picture. Yes, you read that right. WANTED me to. So we headed outside, and I let her pick the spots.

Her first spot was an old rocker in the front yard.

For this one she told me that she liked looking off somewhere else instead of straight to the camera. Whatever lets me get a picture, right?

Here she was thinking about what spot she wanted next. With so many choices, what’s a girl to choose?

She decided to head over to the hammock. So up she got and went that way. We did snap some pics in the hammock, but due to this Mommy being vertically challenged and not having anything to stand on, they just didn’t turn out the way we hoped. Well, that’s what you get when you do an impromptu shoot.

After much failure and laughing at the hammock, she decided on the cabin. Up the stairs she went. She wanted some shots of her on the second floor, but me on the ground. The sun was terrible, so those were also not the best, but we did get some.

From the cabin we snapped our way to the barn and the hay. Boy are hay bales fun.

She then wanted a picture of her kissing the horses. Miss Dolly in particular. She loves Stormy, but she also loves giving Miss Dolly kisses. (I think it’s because Stormy has a snotty nose right now. Really, he’s blowing snot rockets up to 2 feet away. So it’s best to steer clear of the kisses for him and stick to petting and loving him.) Well, Coco wasn’t really wanting Dolly to get all the pictures, so she was staying in a spot that was completely detrimental to my angles for shooting Munchkin and Miss Dolly. You an see here that Miss Dolly seemed to just want to kiss the tank. Also, it is very apparent how Coco feels about getting the least amount of kisses. LOL.

Well I wasn’t too disappointed because I had snapped some good pictures of Munchkin smoochin on the horses earlier in the week. So we headed back to the hay bales, this time without the fascinator.

I can’t believe how big my baby has grown. She’s no longer a baby and won’t be a little girl much longer either. Sometimes I wish she would stop growing up, but I know she’s going to grow into the best young woman she can be. I love her no matter what. Thank you, Snickles, for letting me spend time with you and capture you at this moment. Mommy loves you!

 

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