It’s been a bit of a crazy two weeks here, which is why you haven’t heard a lot from me. My wife went back to work after being a stay-at-home mom for over a decade, and so it’s been an adjustment getting my schedule acclimated to new duties here at the house. Our three kids homeschool, and so while I do have a full time job, I do work from home and thus am able to work with them throughout the day. It’s just been a bit of a learning curve merging our schedules to work fluently throughout the week. On top of that, my mother-in-law came for a visit this past week and so while my wife usually plans things to do with her mother and the kids, it was up to me to do those things this time. We had a nice time, and she was a big help with the kids, allowing me to get some things done for work that had been slipping through the cracks, but now the kids are almost a week behind on school and so the next few days are going to be…busy.
The rest of November is going to be busy regardless of my new daily schedule, though. I’ve got four shoots booked over the next two weeks, so be on the lookout for those portfolios to show up in the gallery. I had one wedding consultation last week, and have another coming up so that’s exciting. We also have our current Facebook promotion going on, so if you aren’t participating, make sure you do before the end of the month!
Lust for Life
So, I’ve been playing around with my camera, and more in particular my editing, and trying to find new things to experiment with. I’ve been playing with different shades of black & white in my edits, trying my hand at using mattes as well as more clean, crisp tones to create different feels to my pictures. Of course, this was inspired by the current monthly theme over at ClickinDads, but it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’ve also been trying my hand at some double exposures, trying to find ways to create interesting and fun images for my kids.
In playing around with some edits, Jon happened to mention that one of my (color) pictures reminded him of photographer Brandon Woelfel. I’m ashamed to say that when he said that name I wasn’t sure who he was talking about, but then he sent me a video on how to emulate his shooting style and…I just ordered fairy lights so, this is happening.
In the meantime, check out my playlist for the week. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted one, but this is a good one with a lot of current tracks I’m in love with at the moment, including the return of Evanescence and a very powerful song by Keith Urban, who addresses the recent #MeToo movement in a very tender and beautiful way. I can’t help but hear that song play when I look at this recent picture I took of my daughters, their innocent happiness spilling from their laughter, and look forward to the day when no one is branded with the words #MeToo.
Until next week…