There was a photographer there and, although he was a nice guy with a lot of information, his work felt weak to me. The photos weren't composed well and the lighting was terrible in a lot of them... the portfolio was a scattered mix of awkward poses and cliches.. I felt like a snob thinking these things since I know I could do better... but I shrugged it off and looked on with them until we walked away and everyone confirmed what I was thinking. If someone can get paid THAT well for the work they provided there, I KNOW I can do this and rock it. My current dilemma is the vicious cycle of I need better equipment and I need photo jobs to PAY for better equipment... My regular lens is slightly busted from my children knocking my camera on the ground at the bowling alley, but it still works... just definitely not something I want to rely on during a JOB shoot. I am taking a step in the right direction by taking a local photography class to fine tune my skills and boost my confidence a bit. I've had no real instruction since high school and I have since gravitated back towards automatic since its faster when you have small babies to chase and snap pics of or even to just whip the camera out and snap a pic or two of whatever... but I really need to get back to the skill level I was at at one point. I start in October - the same day Goober starts preschool! I'm taking a night course for the month - my Mom is paying my way into the class as my birthday gift. I'm pretty excited to get in there! BUT back to the bridal show... local bakeries set up all their wares on tables and let all the guests have at it. The flier said there was a reception at the end with samples and drinks... little did Iknow we'd be there for 6 hours and all that there was to sample were TREATS... napoleons and cupcakes, and tiny wedding cakes and champagne. lots and lots of champagne. I had about 5 glasses. I felt horrible by the time we left... I was starving & thirsty and only had alcohol and a crap-ton of sugar. (personal note: I have "intermittent blood sugar" - hypoglycemia... I am great at managing it, but sometimes when I have too much or not enough sugar I feel like crap or pass out) so I was buzzed and sugar dizzy haha. The bridal show was great though. They gave away a TON of amazing prizes - Miranda won a nice flower arrangement but I was really crossing my fingers for her since they had prizes such as B&B stays as well.
Pictured below : the family kept busy at home playing outside in the great weather :)
The next day, we met here and went to bridal show #2. It was held at a local fancy bed and breakfast and was much smaller than the previous show, but fancier. We got a glass of wine and some fancy hor devours . Miranda fell in love with a dress.. pictured below.
I got a bunch of delicious food/treats and procured 2 champagne glasses and a nice wine glass :) and had fun with my family. It was a good weekend. The only downside is that I was EXHAUSTED by the end of it... and didnt see the kids too much. I worked all 3 weekend nights so I was gone all day, came home to eat dinner and then left for work. BUT Monday was a holiday so Maris didn't have school. I made up for lost time by having a nice day with the kiddos then. We went to Panera in the morning and got a yummy snack... pumpkin cookies!
|I loved having my sunshine home for the day!|
|this is what they looked like while I made dinner before work. I FELT the same, but still had to push on and make dinner, clean up and head to work... haha to be a kid!|