Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meet & Greet With Jori

Meet Jori!

She's my 1st Senior Model.  Can I tell you how much I am loving this project? 


Okay, okay, back to Jori!

Jori is currently a junior at Portage Central High School - home of the Mustangs!

I have known Jori since she was just a twinkle in her mama's eye.  I have had the pleasure of watching this little girl grow into an amazingly beautiful person, inside & out.
Jori is a very ambitious girl - in fact when asked what one word would best describe her, she stated "Vivacious"!  Which is to be lively, animated, exuberant, full of life!

And this girl is just that - full of life.  Being the oldest of 3, she is an awesome role model for her 2 younger brothers.  

She thoroughly enjoys meeting new people, maybe that's why she's so good at her after school job as a restaurant hostess and waitress. 
Jori is very involved at her high school in Forensics (competitive speaking), where she competes in the poetry event. She's a part of her high school's Montage club - a creative writing publication & a Staff Writer for their school newspaper, The Stampede.

Her favorite thing(s) - a notebook and a pencil. A girl after my own heart.  Jori states she could probably type out her thoughts, but she finds more pleasure in writing out her thoughts with her hands!
If and when she has free time, she & her friends like to try out new things & visit new places. Cooking from recipes they find online, shopping, talking, and just being together. And because her favorite "food" is coffee, exploring coffee shops in our area with her friends is a must do on their list!
Jori's future plans are college - and I know she's leaning towards a favorite college of our family. (Go Hope!) Her goal is to pursue a career in Public Relations, with a degree in communications & psychology. 

I remember vividly watching this little itty bitty baby girl communicating with her mama via sign language when she wasn't old enough to form words yet. Please, thank you, more and many other's words were her form of talk and so it's no surprise that she wants to work with communications!

Did I mention that she is currently the anchor for her high school's weekly broadcast for their S.A.I.D. (Sports & Activities Information Department) program & they upload them to YouTube on their school website? Talk about communicating!  

So with that - I want to thank Jori from the bottom of my heart for being a guinea pig and helping me kick off this new branch for I wish nothing but the best for you in your future plans and I'm very sure you will succeed in whatever you reach for!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the person who'll decide where to go."

Dr. Seuss

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

Good morning everyone!

Back at it again - another Monday, Monday.........nah, nah, nah-nah-nah.

I must say though, the sun is coming up bright, it's a clear day and it's warmer already this morning than it was all weekend!

I am getting a little tired of the cold, but compared to my friends' on the east coast, I can't, at least I shouldn't, complain.

We have promises of warm weather this week, 50s, 60s & maybe even approaching 70 on one day!

Bring it.
Dream Boy, LTWD & I went for a walk yesterday afternoon.
We were in search of spring........and I kind of thought I glimpsed up there in the left corner.

But I was wrong. Very wrong. So wrong in fact, that it started snowing, rather pelting us on our way back to the car.

We had enough at one point to bring the ground back to a white cover, but thankfully, it didn't last long.

But the wind - oh my!  Toto & Dorothy surely have found their way back to Kansas with the wind that was blowing through the Mitten yesterday!

The rest of our weekend was a relaxing one. Dream Boy ended up working later, much later than normal, on Friday - so I spent my time working in my creative corner on a few more final touches for my 1st senior model shoot, look for a post this Wednesday on her) and chatting online with Adobe as they double billed me for my order.

He brought home dinner - King Crab legs & Lobster tail.  Oh my.  What a delightful surprise! He decided when Lent started that we would go meatless on Friday's and just have fish and/or seafood.  I love crab, lobster, shrimp, scallops & others of the like, but am not much of a fish eater. I did make fish taco's a few weeks ago, but for the most part, we've stuck to shellfish for our Friday night suppers.

Not really complaining.

Saturday we putzed around the house for the majority of the day and then headed out later for some groceries and a few other things. We ended back up at home with a pizza & sat down to watch a movie.

I pulled up Amazon Prime & found "A Hero's Climb". Have you ever seen it? It actually turned out to be a pretty good movie. It's about a 12 year old boy who befriends the neighbor's dying father & the trouble they can get into together. We rather enjoyed it.

This week we are getting ready to fly out to Seattle. Don't anyone get any ideas of an empty house being left behind - believe me, it will be anything but empty!
We are going to spend the week with S2 & D2B2. Saturday night they got us tickets to the Seattle Sounders game & a field side table! Can't wait - just pray it doesn't rain. Don't laugh, there are beautiful days in Seattle - we had several last year when we were there.

So a 4 day work week for me and then a much needed spring break. But upon our return - we hit the ground running.

Senior trip at the end of April, shooting prom pics at the beginning of May and a wedding, yes, the long awaited wedding of D2B2 & S2!  What a great weekend that is going to be!

Have a beautiful week everyone & thanks for stopping by for coffee.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's All Coming Together

I love it.

I've been working hard this week & it's beginning to pay off. 

It's all coming together as I had imagined.
As I said earlier this year, I'm shifting the focus of my photography business.  I'm focusing on seniors and families.

I've thought about this off & on over the years, but for some reason I knew this was time. The time to take those dreams and thoughts and images in my brain and put them all together.

A senior model program.  

I've been working every night this week after I finally got my computer updated after upgrading to PSE13. That in itself was a project. Phew! But I was finally able last night to play around in PSE13 and I'm really liking the ease of it & the ease of uploading actions.

So, as I said, I've been working every night to complete my first senior model package. I found the most amazing and easy downloads for my senior rep cards on Etsy at The Hummingbird Press shop.  These digital files were so easy to work with and customize for my rep cards.

Once I got them lined up for printing, which was trial and error on the 1st go around, it became a breeze to finish printing them all.

I am so over the moon at how this project is falling into place! 


So watch next week where I will be featuring my 1st Senior Rep Model - Jori.  I'll be posting shots from our pre-session and letting you get to know her on a more personal level.  She's a real sweetie - love her, love her, LoVe her.  She calls me "Aunt Patti" - and she's just yummy to know.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Morning Coffee

What a great weekend!

After school on Friday I met up with my 2nd senior model & we headed downtown to do her "pre-session" shoot.  We found some different places than my normal "go to" spots.  The skies became gray & overcast as we headed into town, but by the time we ended up on the top of the parking garage, it was sunny & blue skies.
I didn't have much time over the weekend, other than to download the pics, to really check them out.  But the few I was able to glance at gave me a very happy feeling!

It was a party kind of weekend other than that!
Saturday I spent at church for most of the day.  The daughter-in-law of one of our good friends is having her 1st baby in May & so a baby shower was in order!  She's having a little girl.

There were at least 80 people there and the mood was so happy & festive.  They did a beautiful job decorating & the lunch was delicious.  It was great because instead of having several small showers, they combined them all into this one BIG shower!

And believe me, she was showered with lots & lots of goodies!  The most adorable dresses, onesies, booties, hats, blankets and shoes! 
Her mommy & daddy have a thing for shoes, so when I made these little flip flops, they went over BIG time! 

Sunday we headed back to church for our morning of worship & fellowship, enjoying our time with our Bethany family.

After church we headed home for a few hours where I continued setting up my computer after a big update I ran during last week.  Ugh. 

I had upgraded my Photoshop the weekend before, but my computer needed to updated to the newest version, so after doing that, I have had to reset several things before downloading my new photoshop program.  It's been extremely time consuming, but hopefully I'm on the back side of it now & will soon be able to focus on my photography and moving forward.

Sunday afternoon we headed over to my sister's for a birthday party for our German "niece" - she's an exchange student from Germany and has fit into our family quite well.

We are so excited for her as she is a sophomore, but recently made the Varsity Girls Soccer team at her high school.  So Dream Boy & I will be checking out the schedule and the weather & heading off to the bleachers sometime in the near future, I'm sure.

Two weeks left of school before a much needed spring break!  Then we are headed off to see S2 & D2B2 for a week.  

So for now, I'm needed at work & must get going!

Have a beautiful week everyone & thanks for stopping by!