Friday, April 24, 2009

22/4/09 - my tantrum

On Wednesday I had a tantrum at something Cam had said and stormed off in a huff. On instinct I grabbed my camera bag and the book I was reading and headed to Nunns walk. My Fav place. I had been wanting to check out more of what lies below Nunns Nunns walk is a track that runs along the esplanade in Morington/Mt Martha with lots of little smaller tracks comming off it leading down to the beaches below, so I did. It was a nice walk to the leash free beach, which wasn't sand but rocks. It was lovely, not another soul in sight and the sun was out but low. I took a few photos, I am happy with perhaps 2 or 3 of them. Here is one of them

Russell's last hours 22/4/09

I processed it yesterday with a very special Man in mind. It's getting printed right now and I will enter it for Camera club if the print turns out alright. I think I will call it "Russell's Day", Russell is my husbands Dad and on the 22/4/09 just hours after I took this photo Russell closed his eyes for the last time. I don't know what else to say, it's not my place to talk about Cam's feelings and my blog isn't the place I would talk about it anyway. Anything I want to say to him I have already said so I wont use my blog to communicate some soppy corny message to him (he is probably up to his eyeballs in my soppyness). He knows how I feel and I know how he feels and that is all that matters right now. 

Anyway, so that's whats happening here at the moment. It's needless to say that I wont be waving to you on my way to Healesville Jaykay......I had to pull out of this weekends trip, judging by the weather I would not have had much fun anyway and would have spend the weekend in my sleeping bag doing nothing but reading.

Strangely enough, the 22/4 was Anna's due date 4 years we celebrated by letting a couple of nurses jab her with her 4yr old immunisations LOL.....sadistic parents we are. She was amazing, she din't cry, she said "ow ow ow" as she WATCHED the needle go into her arm (dunno where she gets that from) and then accepted her jelly beans and jumped around popping the bubbles that filled the room from the bubble machine. I was so so soooooooo proud of our brave little girl. We had promiced to take her to Cold Rock, the ice cream joing but when we got there we realised they didn't open till 1pm........dogarses. So we had to get her a Mc Flurry instead. She decided then that she likes needles I think LOL...........however a few hours later when one of her arms started throbbing (the one that copped the tetanus I think) she quickly took her words back saying "Mummy don't ever take me to that shop again with the ladies with the needles, I don't like needles anymore." At 2am the next morning my heart officially broke as she was blubbering "It hurts it hurts" and she held her arm to her chest as if it were broken. As she climbed onto the toilet using her hand on the wall to steady herself she yelped in pain as the pressure of her hand on the wall obviously shot the pain through to the top of her arm. We had a snuggle on the couch as her panadol kicked in and my heart ached as her body was trembeling in my arms. Back in my room Cam was sleeping in a sleeping pill induced deep sleep, sleeping off the shock of losing his Dad. Ryan woke 3 times that night, we susspect he is teething. You can't help but feel a tad depressed when your home is so full of pain.

Today.......3 days later it is much better. You wouldn't know Anna had her needles, Ryan slept all night last night and Cam is much more like himself, but suffering allergies which I suspect came from going through a bag of dusty/mouldy old photos yesterday. All in all, the glass is definately half full. Oh and yes.....I did feel like a total arsehole for having that tantrum wednesday morning.....there you go Cam, that was for you XXX

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Celebrating Calibrating.......

OMG.......No.....OMFG. Seriously I hate calibrating SO MUCH I lose clumps of hair every time I have to do it. The lab I was getting my prints from has lost the plot and the prints are getting redder with each order. Not only that but I ordered a 5x7 and 8x12 of the same image for camera club and they both came back different colours. After recieving and email stating "there is nothing we can do, our printers are calibrated as close as possible" I swear I had smoke coming out of my nostrils......their close enough is not good enough for me or my clients. I did not just get myself into debt buying this sweet new camera which produced sweet colours just to have some half arsed "pro" (and I use that term loosely) lab totally screw my colours up. SO.....I have found a new lab, but with a new lab comes new calibration requirements and I have spend the last week doing not much other than calibrating and tearing my hair out. It has not been a good week.

While all this is going on I have sessions backing up to be processed and am finally up to the newborn session I have been DYING to get up to. I but a good dent in that session today. I also need to get this months Camera club entries finished, printed and mounted in less than 2 weeks (EEEEEEEEK). I have just finished one it is.

Camera Club I cheated. I could not wait for this lovely preggy lady to give birth to give this a consider this a dress rehearsal for when I get to do it with her own baby. This is actually "Max" the baby whos newborn session I am in the middle of. The idea came to me in the shower this morning and i wanted to try it today before I forgot it. Another idea came to me a few nights ago and I didn not jot it down right away and now it is lost forever so consider that a lesson learned.

Anyway, other than processing a load of images today I also got some shopping in. I managed to drop $150 on books.....I have been bitten by the "Edward and Bella" bug and got all 4 of the Twilight the first Dexter book. I figured i can read when the kids are up and I can't use the puter anyway, I am sure they will be happy for me to pull up a beanbag in their new playroom and read as they play, they wont disturb me much......really they wont. I also got myself some flanny PJ's. I don't own jarmies and I have 3 weekends away coming up so I fugured I would do my "roomies" a favour and invest in some jim jams. Now all I wanna do is wear them......this is why I don't own jim becomes too easy to stay in them allllll day. I can't wait for my trips. First is Healesville with Camera Club, then Phillip Island with Mum's group where we plan to spend two nights in a holiday house in out jarmies drinking cocktails and dancing to whatever music strikes out fancy.....knowing us the daggier the better then last but not least PH VIC MINI MEET WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Ah I am so excited about that. I get to meet an online friend Kym properly, I met her once but this is gonna we AWESOME. Two nights on a "farm" pretty bloomin posh lookin farm is you ask me, loads of photography, dancing, laughing, singing...oh it's gonna go off. Once again I plan to live the weekend in my jarmies and uggies.

So thats it, that is what I have been up to and am going to get up to. After Birthday Bonanza and celebrating calibrating I am left fat, bloated and bald.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby Girl

Yesterday was our dear sweet baby girls 4th Birthday. We had an awesome day. We decided this year to celebrate my parents, Anna's and my B'day all in one day.....we called it "Birthday Bonanza". We got Anna's usual Strawberry Fields Torte Cake and had a BBQ lunch followed by some late arvo drinks. Anna's Grandma and Grandpa stayed the night so they were here this morning for the great eater egg hunt.

Anna got a new bike and helmet for her birthday, within minutes of finding the bike she had managed to fall off it and bruise/scrape her legs up.

Anyway it's been a huge few days and I am buggered so I am keeping this short and sweet. Here are some pics.....just snapshots. I hope to be back with more.

Anna B'day
The new bike and the famous birthday cake.


Our Traditional "Birth time" family photo.....we had to cheat this year and take it an hour early as there was no way the kids were going to make it till 7:45pm. Thank goodness Ryan's birth time was at a better time of day for his birth time photo. You can see we are all looking a tad ragged by this stage of the day (a few of us may have been a tad tipsy too).

We have all had an awesome Birthday bonanza/Easter. I really enjoyed having my Mumsy and Dadsy stay the night. Now we are all heading out side into the court to watch Anna ride her bike.

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Great Almond Heist

On the morning of April 6th I was woken to the mighty sound of Cockies screaching and Anna's delightful little excited voice. Cam had built Anna and Ryan a nifty bench for their proposed playroom the night before and Anna had got up and discovered it and she was calling "Mummy Mummy, look at my table". From the proposed playroom window I we could not see the backyard through cockies, we lost count at 30. They were on the gate, the fence, the almond tree, the Paulonia tree and the roof of our pagola. They were here to ravish our almonds of course......well what was left of them, Cam had harvested them a few weeks before but left them the ones up the top he could not reach. 

Here is a pic of two of them plotting their attack on the almonds. 

The Great Almond Heist

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Sneeky Sneek Peeks

I am flat out at the moment, I have 4 sessions to process. I am rushing this post just to sneek it in while dinner is on.

Here are a few sneek peeks from 3 of the four sessions.

Max take two

A re-shoot with young baby Max, here he is with his gorgeous Mum.


Baby Max again.

First Maternity shoot

A close friends beautiful belly - my first maternity shoot.

Tean Belly
I was with this friend when she got this tattoo done.

Nikki family-147-Edit

I had the pleasure of shooting with these girls are The Briars. They are STUNNING. I have since fixed the little ones black eye and the thing on the wall behind her head, had it printed as a 8x12 and matted it to be entered into tonights monochrome comp.