A Year and 7 ish Months Later….

I’m not sure why I lose track to my blogging. I’m going to blame it on life. To many things to do I guess. However that needs to change. In the past I have shared life in general and my crazy instant pot recipes. I still may do that on occasion, however I’d like to get back to what I truly love…Photography.

As luck would have it I got to get away a few weekends ago to attend the Professional Photographers of Ohios Conference. Spent 3 days with people that are wanting to better thier business and learn how to take there photography to the next level.

I found this group on accident. I had joined the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) group and the PPO group popped up in a Facebook feed. They happened to be having a conference in a few weeks so I signed up to go not knowing anyone there. So glad I did.

Started the weekend meeting some great photographers that taught a class on pet photography. It was informative, interactive and taught me so many things. I ordered a few backdrops so I can practice what I learned. (I am normally an outdoor photographer.) Susan Gentz and Danica Barreau taught the class and they where amazing. Each own there own studio and I cant wait to see what they are going to do next!

After that class I headed to the hotel and met up with a few of the others that I had met and met even more people. Had a little dinner and then went back to my room to get a good nights sleep so I could be ready for more learning.

That Sunday was full of great speakers! The group was about 60 people and it made it easy to see, hear and ask questions. We had Megan DiPiero talking about looking at the big picture and knowing your worth, she even signed my book! She spoke twice during the conference and it just got better!

Isaac Coffy showed us some great ideas on video marketing. I hadn’t even wanted to do any video stuff till his presentation. Boy the ideas I have there. I even go to spend some time talking with him that evening about camera straps of all things. He sat with me at lunch the next day as well…Great guy.

Gary Box then talked to us about knowing what it costs to run our businesses. Just an interesting guy. gave me a lot to think about as far as what I charge people for my work.

Then I met Emily McClure. She talked to us twice during the weekend. She talked about adding headshots to your brand. What a great idea. She even did a live demo. I got to spend a lot of time talking with her that weekend. Even became facebook friends :0) She helped me to get a few things straightened out and even shared some photos I had taken. Can’t wait to see her again in Nashville in January, here we are!!!!

Then we had a senior shoot out. David Beckham brought in a few models and his lighting set up and away we went. We used LED lights that are battery powered. This will be a game changer for me. Now I have to clear a wagon out so I can use my new light at a shoot :0)

Then it was off to bed for a good nights sleep because more learning was to be had the next day. Emily started the learning part of the day with making quotes for headshots. Man did I learn a lot there. Then Marisa with Sassy Mouth talked to us about social media. OMG game changer on how I am going to run my social media. At the end she gave away a car…I WON!!!!

Megan ended the convention talking about how to LUXE our business. We talked about what we would do if there was no fear in doing it. This was an interesting exercise and we all took something away from it. I took away the fact that I am a great photographer and should work on my business and do what I need to do to make it successful.

I need those three days to kick myself in the behind to do more for my business! I can wait to put it all together!!!!! Look out world, Here I come!!!

Dirt Therapy

I forgot how good it feels to spend time out in the yard. Cleaning up from the winter. Planting new things. Listening to the birds sing! Oh and to find natures little animals here and there.

This last week I screamed so loud I thought he neighbors would come running to make sure I was ok. I was pulling weeds in one of the flower beds when something jumped at me. I jumped back and screamed.

It was a road. Pretty good size but I’m sure I startled him just as much as he startled me. No one came running so the scream must have been louder in my head. The joy of outdoors.

The garden is looking really good.

Lots of great things coming up and doing what they do! Grow and produce veggies.

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Please be safe out there. Watch for bikes and motorcycles. Watch for kids balls headed for the street. Be in the moments this weekend. Thank you all who served but most of all thank you to those that gave their lives so we could be live the way we do!

Where has the time gone

I can’t believe that it’s been three months and 17 days sense my last blog….oppppps guess I should do better!

Lots of things going on. Training for my next 10k, garden is getting started and seedlings are growing more everyday. Going to be starting a new live Facebook chat in the next few weeks talking about my garden and how easy it is to have one :0) Well I think it is. My cousins think so too :0)

Spring brings out all the could be’s. Everything in the yard is waking up, the birds are singing there songs and I for one am filled with hope of a great garden season :0)

Here is what I’ve been up too the last few months…cold weather, Photography, learning my dulcimer, cooking, celebrating family bdays and Mr P. I’ll share the garden with you later :0)

Here’s too new adventures!

Another year is done

Wow 2017 is going to be over in a few hours and I have had some time to think about the last year. I have gotten in better health! Walked not one but two 10ks this year! Went on a great vacation for Sanibel Florida! Planted a wonderful garden. Made better choices for my eating! Kept my blood pressure under control. Had family come and visit at my house for the first time ever! And my business did pretty well this last year as well! I have had a pretty blessed year really!

As 2018 comes rushing in I want to take a few minutes and share what my plans are for the new year.

Business wise I am taking a Master Class and learning more about portraits and getting more candid photos of my clients. Try and get there natural appearance. Even going to work on selling some of my work. Reading the Photographers Market 2018 book and going to get my work out there a bit! Starting January off with promo photos of a client for her new radio show…so exciting!

Still going to work on my health. The gym a few days a week and then some added stretching at home. I plan to walk the Air Force 10k again in 2018 and walk it a bit faster than in 2017. A few 5Ks I’m sure are going to happen as well. Plan to keep taking inches and weight off my body and continue to cook more at home for me and the family.

Going to spend time with friends and family in 2018. Going to try and make a schedule to see people that I have missed this last year. Even if it’s a FaceTime chat. Life is to short not too!

I am taking time for me in 2018. Whether it is a walk, a trip to the gym, some quiet time or what ever I am adding this to my life in 2018. It will help my mind to me healthier as well.

May 2018 be blessed beyond all our imaginations. May we all be healthier than we have ever been and may we be doing what makes us happy!

Bring in 2018! I’m ready!

The journey

As we each know in our own way, we sometimes take a step forward to take 2 steps back.  I have fallen and gotten back up more times then I can remember but the good news is I have gotten back up.

Physically I have been slowed down to a crawl for the last 3 weeks.  I took my shoe off and caused a tendon in my foot not to be happy.  Moon boot has been on and it is getting better but not as fast as I would like.  With that being said I have been able to get my mind and heart a little better in tune  with what I want to see happen in my life.

I am a procrastinator.  I have all these great ideas and my follow thru has been terrible.  Thru this whole sit on my behind and rest phase of life I have been able to organize my thoughts a bit better and get a grasp on what I need to get better at in this regard.  I am working on getting my cards on Etsy and eBay….Ill share that with you when I get the stores published.  I did become a business last month.

I will be doing better for my health as well. I have put me on the back shelf to get other things done and I am telling you that that is changing.  If I don’t take care of me no one else can.

With that being said I am ready to re commit to giving the world the best me that I can. Be looking for more updates!

One day at a time!

Ohiophotogrl

Been a little while

Sorry for being away so long.  Life has a way of getting in the way of taking a few minutes and regrouping….yeah know.

Anyway…Life is good.  My business is picking up which is a good thing :0)

The weight loss journey has had it ups and downs but I do have this to share:

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In January these were tight and now I can say that I am down pretty much 4 pants sizes.  Scale hasn’t changed much but when I saw this picture it gave me the faith to keep on keeping on.  People tell me all the time that it looks like I am dropping weight….Now I believe them!

Still struggling to give up pop.  Need to work at that a little harder.  More water.  More exercise.  Its almost the cold months so Hopefully I can get back in the grind of things!

Anyway thanks for stopping in!

Ohiophotogrl

Jan is on the way out….

Well the month of January only has about a week left so I thought I would update my life changes.

Last week I am pretty sure I had some of that flu crap that has been going around.  But I will get back in the groove soon!

I got signed up for a web design class that is next week.  Looking forward to getting my photography stuff put on an actual web page.  I even signed up for a digital video class.  I am looking forward to seeing what all I can learn.  They will help me to broadcast my own show.  I have a lot of ideas I just gotta get them all out :0)

I have been drinking a lot more water.  Got signed up for the local gym and have been going 3-5 times a week.  Sure does help get me going in the mornings.  Staying within my calories.  I got a scale.  I am only using it once a week when I measure.  So far 2 pounds gone so we are calling that a win :0)

Been putting together an easy store to sell my cards.  I just gotta get the cards together and a catalog of sorts to keep track of what I have.

I am feeling better and better! life is going well….One day at a time.

 

End of 2014

Wow what a year.

I received my college degree in May! Never really saw that happening!  Wooop Wooop!

Got to see Sanibell Island. Got to see my first in the wild alligator. He was a pretty quick fella!

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Then there was the Scotty Convention….Where I got to spend some time with some of the Duck Dynasty cast!

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I am truly blessed to have so many people in my life to help me on my journey.

I dropped 14.75 inches off my body in 2014.  Never to be seen again.  I don’t own a scale so that update will come in Feb when I go back to the doctor.

Thank you for being a part of my blogging life.  I have enjoyed sharing stories with you and hearing your comments.  Ive enjoyed getting to know you along the way as well.

Here is to a 2015 that is full of dreams fulfilled and love beyond our imagination. See you next year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

LOVE,

OHIOPHOTOGRL

 

Everyone has that one gift they always remember

Growing up I only remember my mother wearing 3 different pair of shoes.  Dress shoes on Sunday, crappy shoes that she had forever to do lawn work in, and loafers.

Up until the year she passed away my father would go out the week before Christmas and go buy her the same pair of shoes….EVERY YEAR.  He would go into Elder Beerman and walk up to the shoe counter and get the same size 8.5 pair of shoes.

On Christmas there would always be a shoe box wrapped by him and she would say….I wonder what is in this box.

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As you can see it was her favorite gift….lol  Now that I am older I am pretty sure it was her fav because my dad went out and bought it himself.  Every time I see a pair of loafers I am reminded of the many years of mom unwrapping the loafers and always acted like she had no idea what was in the box.

Architecture

With it being so cold here in the 937 I had a few issues getting out and about today. I was in more of cleaning mood. (Maybe that’s why it’s so cold lol) I did have to take a friend to the airport today so I saw this….

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Not one of my best shots but it does show a really cool watch/communication tower at the Dayton International Airport. Can’t stop to long or the police run you off…so I stopped the car, jumped out, took the picture, jumped back in and took off…lol
So as I was moving stuff around I thought what does architecture really mean.
Webster subscribes it as the art and science of building or formation or construction resulting from or as if from a conscious act. This lead me to a photo I took yesterday in our snow storm.

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When we bought the house we looked for the perfect spot for our flag. I think this placement works well .
Of course here we have metro architecture as well.

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Every where you look there is something that was constructed in some form or another.
What will you create?