Whitney’s Prom–Blogged

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Just a Teaser…

It’s been a long few days, late nights, and extra cups of coffee, but I finally finished up the prom photos tonight! Woohoo!

However, it’s 3:11 am, so you’ll have to wait for the official sneak peek tomorrow on the StoriTyme Photos blog. In the meantime, here’s a little teaser…

The Reality of my Freelance Life

I can’t say I really have much to complain about when it comes to my career. Being a freelance writer and photographer was always my dream, and though I had lofty dreams of writing bestsellers and booking photo shoots with celebrity clients, there was a part of me who never really thought it was possible. I mean, really, who gets to do what they really love for a living?

Now, I won’t go so far as to say that I’m really making a “living” just yet (and I have yet to brag about booking any big celebrity clients). Let’s face it, if we were depending on my salary alone to support us right now, we’d likely be living in our minivan instead of our beautiful house. But I guess it’s par for the course when you open your own business and build a client base from the ground up. It’s painstaking, and slow going, and it makes you question yourself and your decisions on a daily basis.

But, I’ve never been one to give up easily. And my calendar is beginning to fill up as all of our hard work begins to pay off.

The most difficult part, though, is trying to balance my family life with my work life–and I say that to you as I sit here at 2:00 am in the quiet house, trying to keep my eyes from crossing as I painstakingly process photos and prepare for tomorrow’s interview and photo shoot. It’s quite the juggling act, being a Work At Home Mom with a 2-year-old, a dog, deadlines to meet, meals to prepare, and chores to do. And I’ll be the first to admit that the chores are usually the first to be pushed aside. Vacuuming? What’s that? And mopping? Who needs to mop when you’ve got a hound dog in the house who has an uncanny ability to inhale crumbs before they even have a chance to hit the floor?

I’m guessing eventually things will even out, and I will find some sort of reasonable routine that will allow me to stay busy and meet deadlines without neglecting my husband and child in the process. As for now, we’re making it work.

Luckily, Cadence is a pretty easygoing girl. She’s gone through a couple of Momma’s Girl phases where she wanted nothing to do with anyone else but me, but overall, she’s a pretty happy-go-lucky kid. And usually, as long as I stay in sight, she’s even content to come along on assignments when necessary. Mostly, I try to be as professional as possible when I’m working, but there have been a handful of times when Cadence has ridden shotgun and joined her Momma at work. Here are a few of my favorite outtakes from shoots where Cadence has come along for the ride.

She had a blast playing with her cousin Korbin at the family photo shoot…

Though Korbin wasn’t too sure about getting any kisses from Cadence.

Then she rode along for the tail end of Katie’s junior prom shoot, and kept busy playing with rocks and dirt in the yard…

And snuggling with her Godmother Tammy to drink a bottle…

Then she had so much fun spending the day with us at Katie’s senior photo shoot. With all the rain that morning, it was hard to keep her out of the mud puddles…

But she forgot all about them as soon as Katie broke out the bubbles…

And she thought the little chair that Katie made was just her size…

Of course she came along for her Aunt Kassie’s engagement photo shoot, and had fun walking up and down the railroad tracks with her Nonna, Poppa and Aunt Jen…

This year, she was perfectly content to hang out, eating popcorn and playing for Katie’s senior prom shoot…

And she even managed to solicit a few swings from Tammy and Katie…

A quick photo op with her Godmother…

And another quick shot with Momma and Katie…

And of course she traveled to Colorado for her Aunt Whitney’s prom shoot, and loved drawing on Pawpoo and Granny’s patio with sidewalk chalk (and smearing it all over her face)…

And then wrapped up the day with a good long swing with her Uncle Collin…

All in all, I’d say those were great days at work! And I’m glad that my favorite girl got to spend them with me! 🙂

The Madness Begins…

It’s going to get hectic around here very soon, and I have to admit, I’m a little bit anxious. Here are the highlights…

I’ve got two prom sessions to process for Miss Katie and my sister Whitney.

Steven, Cadence and I are going to tour a preschool tomorrow to see if we like it to enroll Cadence for the fall.

I’m in the middle of writing the copy for a website for a a good family friend who launched her own kitchen design business. And Monday I have an interview and photo shoot with a new fitness center here in Lincoln so I can write a feature article for a local magazine, deadline next week. Yea for new writing assignments!

I have my first Red Thread Session on May 2 with a family from Omaha.

I’m in the midst of designing and ordering some new marketing materials. Here’s the new bookmark I was working on today.

I donated 4 gift baskets with gift certificates for some local fundraisers and silent auctions.

On the 19th, I’m photographing a charity bike ride event for a non-profit cancer awareness organization. Then on the 20th, I’m sponsoring a hole at a fundraiser golf outing and will be photographing the participants. And somewhere in the midst of it all, I may also be doing some family and newborn photos for one of my old high school friends.

Whew! It makes me dizzy just thinking about it!

I have to admit, I had a little bit of a freak out yesterday. Just thinking about it all, and trying to figure out how I was going to get it all done was totally overwhelming me. Poor Steven had to listen to me rant and ramble, but I got it out of my system, burned some midnight (or rather some 4:00 am) oil and managed to get a pretty good start. I’m feeling a little bit more comfortable now, and I have something of a plan. But, as always, I imagine I will just keep moving forward, wading through whatever the tide will bring me, and enjoying the ride as I go.

If I can just keep myself sane in the process. I’m sure Steven and Cadence will appreciate it. 🙂

Prom-a-palooza 2012

After a full day of following my little sister around like her own personal prom paparazzi, I am beat. Of course, it didn’t help that Cadence was running a mystery fever last night and decided to wake up three or four times through the night and then start chattering at me from her pack-n-play around 5:30 am. But that was nothing a few cups of coffee couldn’t cure.

Now that I’m sitting down though, typing my blog post in a dark room while I wait for my child to drift off to sleep, it’s all catching up with me. So, instead of fighting, I’m giving up.

But before I go, here are a few photos from the day. I posted a couple quick sneak peek “getting ready” photos on Facebook. Too bad all I have is my old crappy laptop with Microsoft Paint to try and size them down and copyright them. Oh well…

And then, I couldn’t help but include two of the photos that were totally cracking me up. Since Whitney is attending her junior prom this year with her boyfriend Michael (they’ve been dating for a month), Pawpoo Shawn decided he probably better get out the gun and the axe to get the point across to Michael not to be trying any funny business with his little girl on prom night. I told Pawpoo I wasn’t sure how intimidating he really was, even with the weapons, but we got a few photos anyway. 🙂

And now it’s time to call it a night and get a little sleep while my baby sister dances the night away at her junior prom. I can’t wait to hear all about it in the morning.

Katie’s Senior Prom – Sneak Peek on StoriTyme Photos

An official sneak peek of Katie’s prom photos has been blogged on my StoriTyme Photos blog. Click on the photo below to check it out…