The Big Monday

This past Monday was a big day for me. It started by getting my daughter to school BY 7 a.m. (no small accomplishment) so I could start Boot Camp by 7:30! I have signed up for a 2 day bike ride fundraiser for MS in October and realized I better start exercising! Never mind training, just a simple exercise routine should some how be in my life before bike riding 150 miles in 2 days! At this stage in the game, I don't think I'd survive a 30 mile bike ride. So I signed up with Brooke from Fit Happens to get a jump start. She is amazing! But the first day of getting back into shape is always the worst. (But it's a good kind of pain... At least that is what I keep telling myself...)

Then in the afternoon I had a playgroup photo session. (If you haven't seen my website, I will photograph a playgroup for $20 a mom, not counting the price of prints!). It was soooo much fun! There were nine kids and five moms - and the kids were a great age, ages 2 to 5. They are at that age that love to ham for the camera! It was so, so much fun! It was hard to believe that it was a job!

In the evening I was at King King and photographed The Moth, which is a storytelling competition. Even though I have had lots of experience photographing in nightclubs, it was my first time not using a flash in what seemed like pitch dark for a job! Thank God I bought that 1.4 Nikkor lens a few weeks ago. That was also a lot of fun, and it was great to see the show considering it is very popular and was over-sold. The place was packed! I wish I had a fast super wide-angle lens with me to capture how mobbed the place was.

All in all it was a great day... It's nice to be busy...

The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

I finally got some good practice with my new camera and took it with me to a toddler birthday party. I wasn't hired, I was their with my own toddler, but I just took my new camera with me for fun and practice. What better way to break in some experience photographing kids than to photograph about 20 toddlers at once all high on sugar and over due for a nap? It can only get easier from here!

I realize my taste is still kind of quirky and my favorite photos are not always the typical smiling cute shots. But kids, even at their most awkward moments, they are still cute! Really, even people with different tastes are going to respond to photos of kids being kids. So, ultimately, it's hard to screw up...