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!!!

I’m ready for spring….

I had to get some plants in some dirt. I needed to feel something growing and watch it burst out of the ground. I got my wish..

That was after just three days. March 2nd I started sowing the seeds and by the 5th I had growth. Yesterday was the 17th and this is what I have.

15 days and I have sprouts everywhere. It’s looking like everything but the tomatoes will be ready soon….opppps however I’m going to put them in a bigger container till after Mother’s Day. Here in the 937 it’s not safe for them to be planted. We usually get just one more good frost right before Mother’s Day. Last year we planted a week before and lost two beds full of plants due to frost.

My cousins run a Facebook page called Beginner Foodie and I will be live streaming on there and sharing blog posts. Showing people how easy gardening can be and how they too can go Garden to table. For those of you finding my blog I hope you enjoy it as much as I like writing it.

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

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

 

Playing back Christmas pictures….

As I sat this morning cleaning off my memory cards from Christmas I came across this one.

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This is what we have instead of stockings full of stuff.  As my father tells the story this is what his treat was as a child.  My father grew up in Newhall West Virginia and is one of 13 kids.  They each had a brown paper sack on christmas morning that had one apple, one orange, some walnuts, a candy cane and some sort of candy that they liked.  My father has continued this tradition with us. He now just sets it on the table but the Memory is still there.  We snack on this while we are waiting to open gifts and through out the holiday season.

I love that I have so many memories from my childhood that are still in effect today!  Makes me truly blessed!

What now…

So I have caught some kinda cold :0(  Pretty sure my sister gave it to me over Christmas.  So as I have been in a cough syrup funk the last few days, I have been thinking to myself, where do I want this blog to go.  I am a photographer yes and I am working on a website for that.  I have my muses website (www.mrpsadventures.com), but what about this one.  So this one will be a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Some of you will dig it, some of you won’t. That OK!

As the year comes to an end I am grateful for all I have learned from your comments and from reading your blogs as well. On the first I am going to list my goals for this next year and with your help I can put a big dent in making them a reality.

I have started an accountability group on Facebook.  Some past coworkers, high school buddy’s, friends and I are helping one another stay on track.  It has been a blessing being able to be a light at the end of the tunnel.  We aren’t perfect, you know that and so do I.  Sometimes we just need someone to say that s ok you can start again tomorrow. That what we all need.I am really looking forward to seeing where this leads us all.

Thanks for being a part of my blog!  Thanks for reading, commenting, following!

You never know what will happen next!

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And it continues

As Christmas is almost here the cookies are finally done.  Well at least all I am making. These fun cookies where a big hit.

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Then there was the Ginger Bread Man making station.

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Here is a few of the great things that were created by a small group of loving hands!

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It made Christmas present a lot of fun!

 

May 6, 2014 Turn the page….

What a week it has been….I saw the Indigo Girls with The Columbus Philharmonic…from the 3rd row.

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They were amazing!  Then there was one of my favorite Christmas presents…Tickets to see CHER! Not third row but still good seats.  Not bad for a cell phone shot I think….

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Then I saw a group called Black Violin.  If you haven’t heard them google them or check out youtube.  they have Facebook, twitter and Instagram.  They were amazing.

Better then I could have hoped.

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Busy busy…..

Then there was graduation….what a busy day that was.

However it was worth it.

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Another dream fulfilled.  I am truly blessed.  I’m the one with the thumbs up :0)

As I sat with my classmates and I looked around I wondered if everyone was thinking the something. Now what?  I know I am looking forward to reading a book that does not include a quiz the next day or a comprehensive exam attached to it at the end 🙂  I am looking forward to a little R&R before I have to figure anything out.  I hope to work on my photography this summer and to get my house in order.  I have neglected it just a little bit.  I want to work on me.  To be the me that I am intended to be.  Who Am I here is a poem that has helped me out a lot along my journey…..

I AM ME – POEM by VIRGINIA SATIR

In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it
– I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know–
but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new for that which I discarded.
I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am Okay.

Here is to the next chapter of my life and to being me.  If you dream it you can be it!

 

Hugs,

Ohiophotogrl