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I have a new blog design! It’s not necessarily in its finished and final state so you may still see things change here and there over the next couple of weeks, but at least I’m going to let go of my perfectionist tendencies and stop fiddling over every little aspect of it and just get back to writing actual posts. The main difference is obvious–bigger pictures! Yay. And please let me know if you see anything weird about the design or how it’s rendered in your browser.

Yesterday was my birthday. I love my birthday. I love having an excuse to do something fun with friends. To celebrate I took Lyle out for cupcakes when I picked him up from school. I don’t even care much about cupcakes, but Lyle does, and it’s a cute shop, so I knew we’d have fun.

He talked the whole way there about how he wanted a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. “Do they have that, Mommy?” I told him they did, but he wasn’t so sure. Until we walked in and he spotted them immediately…some even had sprinkles. He was in heaven.

So I can check off “blog” on my to-do list

I got a lot of things done that had been on my to-do list for a while, so I can’t let the productive day end without blogging again. (This is one of the things that has been pushed off…oops.)

My favorite thing about New York is just how much there is. How much energy, how many different things are going on at once, how many different shows, how many places to get street food, how many little hidden gems there are right in the middle of everything. I love how walkable everything is.

I also love that there are things like the cupcake truck. Cupcake. Truck.

A few macros

Look at this–regular posting, people! Can you believe it? And at the time this post goes live, I will be gallivanting around New York City with some of my best friends for a long weekend, but I am so committed to keeping up with this blog this year that I made sure to write this post ahead of time, just in case I don’t have a chance to post from NYC. See how that works? Blogging. I’m doing it.

I’m getting spoiled by my 50mm 1.4 lens…now when I “only” get f/2.8 on a lens, I find myself going, “That’s it?” That said, I am loving this 105mm f/2.8 macro lens. Here are a couple shots I took the other day. I processed these differently than my usual processing. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing. I like them right now but I’m not sure if that’s because the processing works or because it’s late and I’m tired and it’s just different.

Can you tell what the last one is? It’s the stem of a leaf, in a pile of leaves Lyle was making.

Should I say more?

I feel like I should say a little more about the Imaging USA convention. I think my friends are getting tired of hearing me say, “Oh, another thing I learned in Nashville was…” but despite how much I’ve been talking about it in person, when I came back to this blog I realized I really didn’t say anything about what I learned.

The overall message I got from the group of speakers I heard was to be genuine, to be myself, and to give my clients a great experience (not just great images). That sounds simple and basic, doesn’t it? But for me, it’s easy to get caught up in a lot of other things that other photographers are doing–even though I try not to–and it’s easy to think, “Well, this is how it is *supposed* to be,” when what I should think is, “This is how I want it to be.” I’m rethinking how I do some things in my business for 2010. Some of the changes will be behind-the-scenes and not obvious to clients, and some will–I hope–be cool and fun and make my clients’ experience with me even better.

And since every post is better with a picture, here’s me with someone famous (in the photography community, anyway)…his name is Becker and he is a master of social media and branding. He gave a short talk on the expo floor at the WHCC booth one afternoon.


This past week I was in Nashville for the annual photographers’ convention called Imaging USA. It was three very full days of going to classes and visiting booths at the expo and attending parties. I saw some fantastic speakers–like wedding photographers Dane Sanders, Joe Buissink, and Jose Villa–who gave inspiring talks and gave me lots to think about. I also ate fried pickles for the first time ever. (Pretty tasty.)

The convention was at the Opryland Resort, which was a crazy hotel. It is huge and easily rivals anything in Vegas. The only thing missing was the casino. (And in fact it felt so much like Vegas to me that after I got back I accidentally referred to it as Vegas a couple times, leading my husband to suspect that I hadn’t been at a photo convention at all but instead had snuck off to Vegas without him. Haha.) This hotel had several garden conservatories that made you feel like you were walking on paths outdoors, except you were still inside the hotel. The food in all the restaurants was overpriced (captive audience, I guess, it was possible but not easy to leave the resort)–I had some seriously expensive sushi in front of waterfall that was served in takeout containers. What is up with that? At least for that price I should be paying for nice presentation. Am I right?

My roommate at the hotel was my friend Blonnie, a photographer who lives in Delaware. We laughed a lot and took a lot of goofy pictures of each other. The one below was a random shot she took of me that she probably wouldn’t even have thought was worth sharing, but it turned out to be one of my favorites.