Saturday, June 12, 2010


I went to a photography workshop last week and learned a lot about my camera and getting the most out of it. We got to take pictures of a model you can see them on my other blog here. Anyways, I used those tips and took some pictures of my newest nephew. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tender Moments

People come into your lives, one things leads to another and they touch your heart without even knowing it. I went to a photography workshop yesterday and met some wonderful people. One of the ladies there does digital scrapbooking designs for free. I went to her blog here and came across an entry titled "A heartwarming photo shoot." At the bottom there is a link where you can look at this photo shoot. As I read the story behind this lady and all that she went through, loosing her husband and having to raise 3 young kids, touched my heart. I immediately cried. But looking at those pictures I saw all the love and patience this young mother has for her kids and the faith she has in Heavenly Father. Please look at this, you will not be disappointed.
I'm very grateful for all the people that I meet and touch my life forever.

The Things You Do For Work...

One of the companies I work for is called GradImages, where we taking pictures of graduations. I started working for them back in December 2009. This season was the first time that I was sent equipment and able to take pictures. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. Last week I had 3 graduations and went to pick up my equipment at a hotel in Tempe.. it came in a huge case looked kind of like a bomb case weighing 40 pounds.

I got to photography Coronado HS and AJ HS and then.... Kofa HS in... YUMA!! Oh yes I got payed to go to Yuma and photograph 550 students. I didn't want to go so my younger sister went with me. It was bound to be an adventure. We booked our hotel at the Knights Inn and planned to not spend more than 24 hours there.

On the way there we were driving by a field, I think, and it smelt BAD. So we turned the air on circulate and after a minute we looked at each other and I said, "It smells funny. Lets turn it off." Jenny thought the same thing too.

As soon as we left civilization, Jenny realized that she needed to use the bathroom. And it was getting bad.  We tried looking for a place to stop, but all we could see was very scraggly bushes and sand. As we're driving, keeping our eyes peeled for a place to stop, we see a sign that said "Now Entering Sonoran Desert National Park." Fate was not working for us. And I busted up laughing. This road was no straight smooth road it was definitely a windy bumpy road with lots of hills and dips. I saw a white little thing approaching on the side of the road & suggested to Jenny that maybe we should stop there. Coming up to it, Jenny pointed and said, "Sarah, it's a shrine!" I didn't know. It just looked like a little white box and I was totally kidding.

We finally reached the Gila Bend where we pulled into a Dairy Queen that clearly said restrooms.Feeling bad that we were just using their facilities and not purchasing anything we went inside and got 2 cherry dipped cones. Which you have to pay more for a cherry dipped than chocolate when it says on the sign 2 dipped cones for $3. Well the sign LIED! Here is the restrooms on the side of the DQ...

As we were eating our cones, they were melting fast and the ice cream was too soft, we got back on the road. Before we got to the 8...

I couldn't finish my cone it was just BAD. I took then proceeded to take the wrapper off and tossed it out the window. I figured it was biodegradable, so yes I rolled down my window and tossed it before getting on the highway.

We finally made it to Yuma about 3 and 1/2 hours from leaving Mesa and checked into our hotel.
We were definitely NOT going to go swimming here. We had about 45 minutes before I had to be at the high school for the graduation. We changed and stopped at Fry's for some sandwiches. The graduation was good. We were over staffed because they went from a 2 line graduation to a 1 line. I was hoping that I wasn't shooting but that wasn't the case. It is a funny joke with the company to have the rookies ALWAYS shoot the handshake pose. This would be my 2nd photographing graduation. I was glad to learn that it was a posed picture it looks something like this...
(Image from Google)
We purposely get 2 cameras in our case just in case something goes wrong with your 1st camera. My team captain told me in all the 30 years he's worked with the company he's only had to use his backup twice. Well, I was the luck one where I was having flash problems and went threw both of my cameras and ended up using my team captain's backup. I only missed one student out of 550!! My arm was a little tired after words OK it really hurt but those things are massive...
And this is what we had for breakfast...
Yes... that is the cup that came in the hotel room! Just a p.s. cereal that is 99 cents doesn't taste very good.
On our way home we were smart and stopped to use the restroom before hitting that long bumpy road. And at the rest stop there was a HUGE dog. When Jenny finally saw it she proclaimed, "Seriously, it's like a small horse!" I was quiet entertained. We then ended up missing our turn off from the way we came so we took the 10 all the way to the 60. Not fun! Lots of construction.

But overall I thought it was rather entertaining. I got to spend some one on one time with my sister. Which we haven't done in a long time even though we live in the same house. (Yeah I know, sad right.) And we listened to a book on CD called, Savvy by.. um... crap I totally forget. I will have my sister let me know who it is in the comments. 

Anyways thank you Jenny for coming with me, I had a blast!