Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Computer update and Natalie's Senior Portraits













It turns out that the good old PC needs a new hard drive. I'm taking advantage of this and upgrading to a larger hard drive in the process. I expect for things to be back to normal by around Monday. As for now, I'm using my husband's mac laptop, minus photoshop.
The PC worked just long enough for me today to move all files that I had worked on recently to the external hard drive. It also gave me just enough time to edit a few of Natalie's senior portraits from a couple weeks ago. She and her mom wanted quite different photos, and that made me very happy to try some new locations and ideas!! Apparently, though, a faulty hard drive does crazy stuff to your computer files too! I'll have to upload more later after I can get photoshop back.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Computers....

Well, today I have no pictures to upload. Let me rephrase- there are lots of awesome pictures on my computer to upload, order, and work on today, but the computer decided to have a mind of its own and not boot up this morning. To all the clients waiting for pictures, I apologize for the delay. I can guarantee, however, that your pictures are not lost. I have recently begun a triple backup policy to make sure that doesn't happen. Even if my PC does recover from the sickness, I am considering purchasing an apple desktop computer. Does anyone have an opinion between apple computers or pc computers? Any pointers of what to get?
TM

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sue and Cody





This past May, my long-awaited yearling colt, Cajun, given to me as a wedding present by my inlaws, came up lame (for non-horse people, he was limping). We assumed it was a temporary soreness and left it at that. In June, the week after his 1 year birthday, we took him on his 2nd trailer ride ever to the vet, only to learn the worst- he had a broken shoulder. Complying with the vet's strong recommendations, Cajun was put down on June 10th, 2008. It was a heartbreaking decision. He was technically my first horse.
In early September, a friend of mine, Mrs. Sue, asked me to come and take pictures of her and her 30-year-old buckskin blanket appaloosa, Cody, who had been her event horse for over 20 years. Cody had cancer, and she knew that it wouldn't be long until he would have to be put down. In early October, the cancer ruptured, and they were given 3 days until D-day. I went out that Sunday afternoon with, thanks to my experience with Cajun, an understanding of how Mrs. Sue must have felt. A friend took some pictures of me with Cajun the day of his departure from this earth, and I will always treasure those pictures. The bond between a person and their one horse is a strong one. I hoped to capture a bit of that bond in the pictures. TM

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Finally back on track!








Finally, I've gotten caught up enough that I can blog. It seems like all the clients from July and August ordered prints within one week, and it's been a bit overwhelming to get it all done. I'm still learning how to speed up the print ordering process. Too bad there's not an "Ordering Workflow for Dummies" book in print. I'm hoping to attend a conference in Phoenix (Imaging USA) in January to mind-read (or talk with) lots of photographers who have been at this longer than me.
On top of ordering, I've also been shooting. Here are some samples of what I've been working on, using the long-awaited new L-series lens that pairs nicely with the 5D. These are Katie's senior pictures. Katie was my senior spokesperson for Marble Falls High School. I'm still looking for a senior spokesperson for Burnet, Liberty Hill, Bertram, Spicewood, and/or Llano. If you know anyone who would like to get their portraits for free, contact me!
TM
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