Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We took a walk

Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
It's been a bit since my last entry here. Since my last entry a lot has happened. I think the worst thing that happened, however, was the loss of my light tent. We're still going to try to figure it out...but I think it's dead. The frame bent, and I'm not even sure where or how to fix it. So I return to photographing location photography such as my latest. If anyone is interested in the location in these pictures...it's on my street just a moderate walk down the road. (About 1/2 mile down from me). And so I'm working, once again, at perfecting my outdoor techniques. Here are some of my favorite shots from this shoot with my daughter, Katelyn.

Walk the Line



Looking On

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September - October Info

Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
Well it's nearing the time that my session fees will take effect. October 1st. $50 session fee, except for those who have the Best Friend Membership Card, which is $25 instead. If you have one, it activates October 1st this year, and will expire October 1st, 2009. Membership cards cost $60 but save you $40 each time you come and visit me. You get $25 off your session fee and a free 8x10, which is a $15 value. If you just used me two times after the purchase of the card, you'll save $80, which means the card paid for itself. 50% off of session fee applies to standard $50 sessions only. For specialty sessions (Bridal, senior, Day in the Life of..., etc...), it saves you $25 off the session fee. So you want to get in before October 1st? Here's my availability (subject to change, check before making your plans; Take into consideration that I may or may not have my two children with me when you pick your time and place):

Sept 20th (will have my kids)
Sept 21st (Afternoon only, will have kids)
Sept 23rd

And that's it. My time slots of availability went crazy and got filled up. As of right now I only know up to October 5th for a schedule. My available day is Sunday, October 5th. I do still have time slots open for the $10 pumpkin patch portraits on October 4th. I can take them at the following times (at Long Acre Farms):

11:30 AM

The rest of the time slots have been filled. I will also be able to do pictures on October 13th at 3PM since it's Columbus Day and there is no school. If you want to schedule yourself in before October 1st (or for any day), email me at cathie@playdatephotography.net.

Monday, September 15, 2008

First Baby Photo Shoot!

Daddy's Girl
Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
I did my first baby photo shoot yesterday! I was really excited and had a lot of hopes for the pictures. This was one of them...it's so hard to pick out which was my favorite, but this one is one of them. I faced a lot of challenges with this shoot! One of which was...it was also my first shoot with adults! I realized...one adult, is fine. Two inside my light tent...doesn't work well. So I need a portable backdrop holder with actual backdrops, and a light or something. Overall, though, the baby's pictures really did come out great. :-)

Monday, September 8, 2008

School Days

Well it's official. I'm a mom of two kids in school. No tears, no sadness. I was told over and over by everyone I'd cry, and yet, I defied them...and in truth, I knew I wouldn't. I'm excited! First and foremost, my kids love school (who wouldn't love preschool and kindergarten? Playing, games, stories, and snack!), so I knew they'd have fun. Second, neither of them fear being away from me like that. I feel it has to do with my constant reassurance and support...they're comfortable and know I'll be there. But then also...omg...I have ME time. Real ME time. Something I've not had for 5 1/2 years! You can't honestly know what it's like, unless you never use any babysitters...ever. I have left my kids at a sitter's TWICE. Once was just my oldest, at my sister-in-law's while I went to see the last LOTR movie with a friend. Then the other day I wanted to get my hair done and a friend said she would watch them. And viola...that's it. Two times...in 5 1/2 years. Maybe it sounds selfish to some, but I think I need it. today was my oldest's 4th day of school, and my youngest's first. Her picture is blogged on the side...that's her JoJo's Circus backpack she was showing off. And below is my oldest waiting for the bus! This of course means no weekday appointments! Unless of course we set one up specifically on a day my husband will be home. :-)

Claudia Waits for the bus

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Coming in 2009

Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
I'm planning on doing a theme of the month, every month, for 2009. :-) themes will be decided soon! I will do 2 themes per month. Holiday and something else (that's what's to be decided). This would make a great calendar or would be great for scrapbooking. I'm open for suggestions! So far here are the holiday type themes:

Dec 15-Jan 1: New Year
Jan 1-Feb 14: Valentine's Day
Feb 14-March 17: St. Patrick's Day
March 17-April 12: Easter
April 12-May 10: Mother's Day
May 10-June 21: Father's Day
June 21-July 4: Independance Day
July 4-August 4: Beach
Aug 4-Sept 30: Back to School
All of October: Halloween
Nov 1-Nov 26: Thanksgiving
Nov 26-Dec 15: Christmas

FINALLY Got my Laptop Back

Well on the photography front, it's been slow. My allergies are killing me, my kids are starting back to school, and....drum roll...I got my laptop back! It's currently on hour 3, I believe, of defragmenting. Ugh. I am setting up more and more fall photo shoots, but right now, not so many. School pictures are coming up, though, and why go and buy a school picture when you can get quality ones? I'm certainly not. They'll get their pics taken so they can be in the year book, but I'm not paying for it. I'm trying to think up some really cool ways to get school pictures for my kids. Library. Playground. Entering the bus. Brick wall background. I'll have to see...but I've got ideas. Tomorrow is my Maddy Moo creations party and I can't wait to get my backpack ordered. :-)

Today was the first day of school for my oldest and all went well...except that she smashed her mouth against the window of the bus when we hit a bump. Yeah...blood. She's fine though. My youngest threw a massive tantrum, however, over a pen. I think she was a little traumatized by sissy leaving this morning. Tonight she goes in for her open house for preschool. And ballet starts back up so I'm sure she'll be right as rain. That about wraps up this little update. Not too much new going on. I'm planning on getting some light tents to use for portable backdrops though. :-) Yay!