Thursday, November 26, 2009

Working Hard rather than Hardly Working. . .

. . . and LOVING what I do.

I cannot convey to you how excited I am to be doing what I do now. I was thinking today about when I worked at a cubicle job 4 months ago and was so thankful that was another lifetime ago.

A little over a year ago, I made the decision to leave a well-paid job in Atlanta to go back to a job that I had formerly quite because I was so miserable there. This new job was closer to home but meant a pay decrease but I was okay with that since I would not have to drive back and forth to Atlanta everyday. It was funny because, at my interview to be rehired, my old supervisor asked me if I had heard about the plans to sell the company and assured me that would not affect my job in any way. Ironically enough, it did.

As sad as I am that the company closing left so many people high and dry, it was like an answer to my prayers and a swift kick in my photography career’s butt.

For the past two weeks, I have been steadily working away at an absolutely unique and amazing wedding I photographed on November 7th that reminds me why I love what I do so much. I was squealing right along with the bride when the wedding music started.

This is something I was working on today. Isn’t she lovely? And her eyes, I did not touch them in post processing at ALL. They are naturally that brilliant.

GreenHayes_9 I seriously need help getting my workflow perfected and organized and then I will be able to post on here in a bit more of an organized fashion. Until then, enjoy the bits and pieces I throw your way and let me know what you think. ;)

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Monday, November 16, 2009


Okay, that was supposed to put that annoying David Bowie song into your head. If it did, HAHA and I’m sorry.

So a LOT has been brewing over here a the Morris household.

I have been getting down to the nitty gritty with my amazing bookkeeper/assistant in order to give my business brain a jumpstart and give my clients a much more professional experience.

I am now OFFICIALLY an LLC business!!! Today I am going to start up my new BUSINESS checking account!! So excited!

And…if you have been visiting my site or new galleries on SmugMug you may have noticed a few other small changes in the way things look. As much as I loved the backgrounds I had purchased, especially my owls, from Dreamstime I kept struggling with the fact that they were not exclusively mine. What kind of cinched it for me is when I saw my cute little owl used on an ad for a wonderful product called hooter hiders. (I wish I had had one when I was nursing.)

So that is when I decided to get out Photoshop and play around and create my own little “branding”. Something that I was comfortable with that matched my creativity, craftiness and simplicity. Nothing too busy but fun. Tall order.

Sooooooo. . .what I came up with is what you see below:Pillow goodness green smallerYou would never believe where I came up with the inspiration for this graphic. One day I might share. ;)

I had to keep my owls too. I LOVE my owls. Not even sure why or how that all started. So here is my rendition:Owlie by Hand Flipped

This is Owlie and his twin brother. Owlie has a tendency to be very sleepy, kind of like me, and stays in his own little world most of the time. Owlie’s brother is a lot like my sister, very alert to what is going on.

Owlie by Hand 2::edited to add:: I forgot to tell you this little guy's name is Owliver. ;) Why yes, I am a dork.

So you will be seeing more of these little guys as I get all of my stuff more cohesive and a better reflection of me. :) Hope you like. If so, leave me some love.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sneak Peakamus Maximus

So. . .last week I ended the week falling into a fireplace, bruising my head by banging my camera getup against my forehead and my feet were eaten alive by fire ants. Just another day in the life of a clutz. I’ll work on elaborating more on the fireplace story later. :D

I have been a busy girl this past week as I have had more photo jobs in this time than I have had in a very long time. And it has been gooooood.

So here are a few sneak peaks.

First up: BellaBee. My amazing talented friend Wendy creates all kinds of domestic goodies in her Etsy shop. Do me a favor, and check her out.BellaBee-0711Then on Saturday, I had the great privilege and pleasure of photographing an incredibly lovely wedding.

GreenHayes-4514Then the next morning, Spencer and I woke up to photograph a large family that I had not photographed since before Spencer and I had started dating.

BruceFamily-5116 Then my cousin Matthew and his girlfriend Megan were sweet enough to allow me to experiment on them. ;)


So, all in all, it has been a BUSY week and I will have more goodies on here in the near future.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Something a Little Personal

Some time ago, I was going through a bit of a rough patch where tears came a bit more readily than they had in the past. I am not a crier. In fact, it took me quite a long time to be able to cry in front of my husband except for at times like when his grandmother died.

One week in particular, events transpired that made me unable to hold back from crying in front of my son.

Now, let me clarify a bit. When I say crying in this connotation, I mean full out stormy crying accompanied by body wrenching sobs. The ugly kind.

These outbursts I tried my best to cover with both hands over my face so that my precious little boy would not have to see the grotesque transformation of my face.

The reason I even mention this is that I found a poem today when I was cleaning up my computer.

I few days after all of this had transpired Liam and I were talking and he very innocently and naively asked me:

“Do grown-ups cry?”

I do not think it had ever really crossed his mind before. I know he had to have seen us cry before but this time it struck him in a more profound way most likely because of the intensity. It inspired me to write the below.

Do grown ups cry?

Not a day goes by

When tears do not drop in.

Whether visibly on our faces

Or from an aching deep within.

Yes, my little man.

Tears go hand in hand

Much in the same way,

With being all grown up,

As they do with you today.

Now please do not think that I responded to his question by giving him the impression that life is a vale of tears. I definitely do not think that myself and anyone who knows us can attest to the fact that we are a happy little family. That being said, none can deny that life has it’s fair share of sorrow and that was what this poem is talking about.

Enjoy it for what it is and I am hoping I do not regret posting this as it has been a long time since I have put up anything as deeply personal as this.

On a more cheerful note, I am hard at work on editing a whole bunch of fun goodies that I will be posting about soon. I already have a cool little slideshow up on Facebook for a totally fun and awesome wedding I shot this weekend, so go check it out!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ethan – Newborn Session – Stockbridge GA Lifestyle Photography

They had gotten home from lunch with the family and daddy had wanted to take a nap with his boy. . .

. . .so this is the wonderful way the session started.  Couldn’t have asked for any better way. Ethan-3044 Ethan-3063We got Ethan up and took him into his room.Ethan-3051He was not quite ready to get up yet though, which was fine by me because there is truly nothing quite as sweet as a sleeping baby.Ethan-3053Ethan-3057This is one of my favorite shots of the day. Their faces are priceless.Ethan-3074I think Meraiah loves feet just about as much as I do. Ethan-3091Ohhh, that little tongue.Ethan-3100This shot runs a close second as being my favorite.Ethan-3108Why is it that babies scream as if you are tearing their limbs off when you change their diaper?Ethan-3114Oh, it’s okay now. Mommy love makes everything better. Ethan-3119One of the many “almost smiles” I got the whole time. I evidently was not worthy of the full dimpled smile I heard about.Ethan-3122Wonderfully typical mommy face.Ethan-3161I love this domestic scene.Ethan-3199Baby details.Ethan-3069Ethan-3320 Ethan-3359  Ethan-3148 Ethan-3159 The funniest thing about this little guy is that he did NOT want to be naked. He fussed and fussed until we put some clothes on him and then he was fine. Ethan-3246 Ethan-3259 Dude Crush shows us just how itty bitty little Ethan still is.Ethan-3270We had been planning on getting the following shots of a naked baby but, as stated before, Ethan was very specific in telling us that he wanted to be clothed. All the better since taking these clothed is perfect in showing his personality. Ethan-3369Those feet were constantly kicking. Ethan-3417 What a sweet little face. Seriously not just cute but simply beautiful.Ethan-3453 Ethan-3454These two. . .I just love them. Ethan-3456 Ethan-3458 Daddy joined in for a little unadulterated baby love time. I have to say that if all of my families can be this comfortable in front of me, my job will be a piece of cake and I will officially be in heaven. Ethan-3471 Ethan-3474 Ethan-3476 Ethan-3480 Ethan-3497 Ethan-3498We were laughing at how Abel’s hand was mammoth in comparison to Ethan’s head. Ethan-3517 Ethan-3536 Ethan-3541A little perspective, I recently learned, is a great way to show how these little guys grow so fast. Ethan-3559Can not say I know exactly why it is that crying babies are just so darn cute. Ethan-3565I give you Simba! Ahem. . .Ethan Alexander Abel Aberra! Ethan-3567 Ethan-3569It is 100% evident how much daddy loves his baby boy. And it is wonderful. Ethan-3577 editSo this is the beginning of a wonderful series for this little family. Keep an eye out for Ethan as he grows.

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