I had hoped to drop by early last week to let you know things would be pretty quiet here for the remainder of the week. I just know you hang on my every word.. ahem. Obviously that didn't happen with consecutive 52 posts appearing instead. And a gap of SIX whole days in my Lightroom library. I cannot recall the last time my camera sat idle for almost a week. I actually took it on an outing midweek and didn't have the want or the energy to pick it up. Instead I chose to soak up the day with my memory and enjoy the company of a beautiful friend and her smalls.
I feel like I woke at 4am last Monday morning, readying the Small and I for a 6am flight home from a quick trip to mum and dad's, slept a few hours during the week and ended up here again - Sunday night. Of course this would be the week hubby would return to work too. I had at least a fortnight of work to do, and only five days to complete it in. I had been asked to shoot an event coming up in March. The event includes advertising and official sorts of paperwork. All official like. Official things that I had no idea about, nor had any one of such official things prepared. There was poor communication on both sides of the fence, my not asking and their not telling. But I got there in the end, deadline met. Never mind the midnight, 1am, 2am, 3am finishes. Oh the burning eyes.
The burning eyes were worth all the hours. I learnt a great deal. Pushing ahead even though I was unsure of the route.. it was a foggy road but I was sure of my destination.
And so, a little labour of love is born..
My deadline would never have been met without the help and support of three amazing ladies. One in my little sister, giving her honest opinion of every question or company name suggestion put to her over many months (with fear of hurting my feelings banished to the abyss), and lending her capable hand, and mind, to write my company message (example of such scary officialness). Words I would never have been able to put together myself, but written as if she were standing in my shoes. I guess only flesh and blood could have come up with something so right.
Without realising it, my eldest little sister has given me food for thought for a long time. Indirectly, yet enough to warrant a pensive gaze. She asked me to capture her new son for her and her husband, over Christmas, as well as their new family as three. Waiting as many weeks to see these up on the computer, to see how beautifully they turned out, gave me more incentive to be sure of my destination.
And for the trifecta, a dear friend, one whom it would seem I have known forever, yet have actually known less than a year, counting on one hand the amount of times we have been in the same room together. My heartfelt thanks to the blogosphere for dropping her in my lap. She's been my cheer squad, my proofer, my sounding board, my HTML/CSS guru. And she did it all while looking after her smalls. She fit me and my anal requests into little (and large) pockets of her day to make sure I made it to the end of Friday, with all the officialness, officially submitted.
I am so blessed to have such special women in my life. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou xxx
And then there was you. Yes, you. Playing your part in this little community here, supporting me and watching me grow behind the lens from my first months of posting such lame photos. You've taken the time to stop by, and comment, to leave your words of encouragement and strength, helping me more than you could ever know. It was your loyal encouragement that made me see that maybe I was better than average. Maybe my photos had a bit of special in them. Maybe I could chase the dream. Maybe I could be strong enough to stand up and show my children that they should chase their dreams. And for that, you have my eternal gratitude.
I am green, so very green. I know how to take good photos, but there is so very much I do not know. I want to take great photos. Amazing photos. Breathtaking photos. But rather than waste another year or two, learning more and dreaming more, I decided to do it together. I think 98% of the time, in life, we learn more by being thrown in the deep end. Perhaps I am crazy for jumping. But crazy feels good right now.
*I am having issues with transferring my blog over to my official domain name through blogger. Because of my tight time constraints, this was the best option for me to get a site up and running. Every time I try to set up a Google Apps account to verify my domain name to be able to change over in blogger, I reach a Google server error - please try again later. All the support links and info are giving me no help at all.. my head is close to exploding! If you've experienced the same thing, I would be SO VERY grateful for your advice/help! You can either leave a comment or email me. Thankyou!