Monday, June 14, 2010

Yardsales and photoprops


I thought I'd share a few of the things I got at yardsales / thrift stores this week. I love old cameras and saw this old Polaroid camera and decided to buy it. Not sure if it works but, even if it did, I'm not sure where to buy the film for it!

I found this chair at Salvation Army. I thought it was nice. I thought about painting it red or turquoise to use as a photo prop chair, but I think I like it black.

Here's my spokesmodel, Henry modeling both the camera and the chair.

I got this old turntable at a yardsale. I thought it would be cute to use as a chair for a photoshoot.

Here's Henry Modeling it. It's his "bench Monday" pic! LOL


Today I went to the flea market and got some parasols there to use at my next photo shoot. I can't wait to use them!

Winner with Sarahbells' Etsy shop!

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway with Sarahbells! I picked a random winner last night and the winner was Shana. Shana, please contact Sarah through her Etsy shop to tell her what you want for your prize as well as where to send it to. If you choose a hat tell her what size you need.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The fun of Selfies, haircuts and hair dye.

First of all, if you haven't yet, make sure you enter the giveaway before Sunday! There are only 22 entries so far so you have a really good chance of winning! (much better odds than the lottery I'd say) Now that we have that out of the way....

For those of you who don't know I take a self portrait everyday. I started last August and will finish when I have taken 365 "selfies". Some days I like it, some days I don't. Today I liked it because I got a haircut yesterday, and I died my hair this morning. New hairstyles are always fun to share with friends (unless they are awful!) Those of you that have my 101 list memorized (hehe) don't worry. I only got my hair shaped up a little. I still have the length.

I thought I'd share some photos to explain why most days I have to take several self portraits before I get the perfect shot. (and some days I never get the perfect shot and just settle on the best one)

This one is not focusing on me, unfortunately the camera doesn't always focus on the right thing. While my neighbor's house is lovely, it's not really what I was going for.

Sometimes I'm just not ready when the.....shutter goes off :)

This one was nice but I cut the top of my head off :/ kind of important if your goal is to show off your hair.
This one looked a little too Miss America wanna-be
This one was too straight on a la drivers license photo
This is what my hair looked like before my haircut / dye job, it was all one length, kinda just hung there.
and this is the picture I settled on for today.

Thanks for looking! Now, go enter the giveaway!













Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Brainstorming

I am constantly brainstorming, trying to think of ways to promote my photography business. I don't have much money to spend on marketing right now so I am mostly relying on Facebook and word of mouth. What is it that people are looking for in a photographer? I know that people seem to like my work. A lot of people tell me they love my pictures but I'm not getting a lot of business. I know the economy is bad right now. Is that why? Tell it to me straight people! I want to know what I'm doing wrong? Or give me suggestions. How can I get the word out to the people?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My first Giveaway!!


I've always wanted to do a giveaway on my blog and now I finally get the chance! Sarahbells is a shop on etsy that has super cute stuff. Sarah is a very talented crocheter and has offered to giveaway any item in her store to one lucky winner! (she will custom make it with the colors you choose!)
Now, just between us, if I don't get a lot of entries in this giveaway, it may give me a complex so please, for my mental health enter the contest!!


You could pick this hat for your little girl

Look at this necklace!! How unique and pretty! I would definitely choose this!


oh, well wait, Isn't this bag the cutest!? hmmm decisions, decisions!

There are a lot of other very cute and unique items in the shop! So reasonably priced too! Sarah has so graciously offered a 10% discount this week for anyone that mentions Sarah Hawkins Photography when they make a purchase from her shop. You can mention it when you purchase and she will refund the 10% to you or you can contact her before you order and she will adjust the price for you. whichever you would like to do.

There are 3 ways to enter: (you can do 1 or all 3)

1. You must go to Sarahbells Etsy Store and come back here and leave a comment of what you would choose if you win the giveaway.

2. Become a fan of Sarahbells on Facebook, come back here leave a comment that you became a fan.

3. tweet or post the link to this blog on your Facebook status or write a blog about it, linking back here. Leave a comment here that you did that. (for example: Hey everyone, check out the cool giveaway going on this week at She's a Peach (make sure you include the link)

You will have until Sunday night June 13th at 5:00 Eastern time to enter the giveaway! Winner will be announced Monday June 14th. (winner will be chosen by random drawing)

Good Luck!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Confession of a Conservative Jesus Freak

I have always had a conservative leaning when it comes to politics. I listen to Rush Limbaugh, I voted for George W. Bush (twice), I voted for McCain even though he was a little too liberal for me. He was the lesser of two evils. It seems whenever something political comes up among my peers I'm all alone in my views. Tonight I saw that some of my friends on Facebook joined a group called 100,000 people for plugging the oil spill with Sarah Palin. It hurt my feelings because I love Sarah Palin and if they feel that way about her what would they think about me if they knew how I felt about her?

I take things too personally, I know. I feel the same way when people bash George W. Bush. I'm not his biggest fan and he did some things I don't agree with but I still let it get to me. Especially since most of the negative things said about him are made up lies. So this is my confession. I am a conservative, Bible thumping, Jesus Freak, I don't believe Global warming is man made, and I am pro life. There, I said it! I always feel so pressured to go with the crowd and worship Obama and bash anything that is labeled conservative or Republican.

I usually try to stay away from Politics and religion because of this. I always feel on the defensive. I have soooo many liberal friends and I still love them regardless, I hope that they will still love me after reading this.

101 list update

I just crossed 4 things off my list!
Number 79. Drink only water or milk for a week. Easily have done that while on my diet.
Number 94. Potty Train Henry. This was one that I really wanted to accomplish more than all the others! He does have an accident every once in a while but I would say he is potty trained.
Number 49. Find Willow and write her a letter. Found her on Facebook! I'm so glad that we have reconnected!
Number 2. Read 5 books. I'm glad that I made this goal for myself. I really enjoy reading now and will read many more books even though this is crossed off the list.