In an effort to document this special time in OUR lives, I’m trying to do one of those Pinterest inspired maternity posters where I have a photo taken every week (or so) of my pregnancy so I can show our little bundle of joy how much he/she changed and warped my body throughout his/her stay in there! I’m REALLY bad about being IN photos, and I don’t want to be behind the camera for my entire pregnancy. So, we’re starting with week 15! Ben even had a great time while Matt took the photos. Hopefully Ben is starting to get excited about having a sibling!
I am so excited to share that Matt and I are expecting a sweet baby in November!!! We’ve been really wanting to have a baby for some time, and because I’m organized think things through way too much (or I’m OCD, whatever), we timed our pregnancy around our busy wedding season, so that I can continue to tell many wedding day stories for amazing couples this year! Since I’m due in November, I’m taking maternity leave from October 5th, 2014 through February 5th, 2015. In my maternity leave, I’ll photograph a handful of sessions as long as I feel up to it/can stand leaving my baby for a bit, but Oct 5- Feb 5 is the “no wedding zone.” It pains me to not book many weddings in October, but I want a buffer zone in case the baby decides to come early, or if it is just too crazy to haul my photographic equipment for 12 hours a day or so when I’m as big as a house. Couples who have already booked us for this upcoming wedding season should not be affected (unless there is some sort of emergency circumstance). If you are a current wedding client and have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’m happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have!
I’m so grateful for a husband who straight up works his booty off so that I can have my dream job (owner and photographer of Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co., of course). I’m also thankful that, although owning my business comes with long days and a boatload of stress, I have the freedom to take the many breaks I’ve needed in my first trimester. And when I have our baby, I’ll be able to spend as much time as I feel is necessary with him/her. It makes me cry just thinking about it. I am very emotional right now, don’t mind me!
I’m not sure what I did to deserve to be where I’m at today with my business, and I’m not sure how I acquired such a hardworking, loyal and loving husband…but I sure am glad to be here! We absolutely can not wait to meet our baby – and OMG we are ready for Ben to have a sibling!
I sent Ben off to school today, after a hearty breakfast of Raisin Bran Crunch (which he loves), and some photos of course. School starts WAY early this year. I want more days of summer with this little dude. Days of sitting in the sand. Days of swimming in the water. Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough of the things I planned to do this summer. We didn’t ever get up to Tahoe….we also never went to the water park. I vowed at the beginning of summer to do those things with Ben, and my work load just would not ease up enough to let me get away with him on a weekday. It’s so bittersweet. I have work to keep me busy and to keep me on this crazy rollercoaster of photography work that I LOVE, but I also have no time to say “let’s just spend a day at the lake today.” I need to put some things into place over the winter to allow me to do such things with my buddy next summer…before he’s like 13 years old and is totally annoyed by the thought of spending a second with me..lol.
Wow, I’ve been so busy since July, that I just now finished editing our one and only vacation this summer – a short trip to the Bay Area, where we spent time with my Dad and visited Half Moon Bay for some tide pool fun. Exploring tide pools together is one of our favorite family activities – and taking tide pool photos, of course. To get to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve for low-tide by 7am, we had to wake up at 4am and get out the door with a 7-year-old in tow. Fun times! Although tired, we had a very, very good day. We don’t get much time off, so when we do, it is the most special time in the world to us – and I am so thankful for these photographs because Ben has already grown and matured so much since July.
The year is almost over and I’m tempted to write a very long novel about 2012, but I will save that for New Year’s Eve! I will say that 2012 was challenging and rewarding in so many ways. This last year taught us so much about sacrifice and working together as a team. We have been blessed with the ability to continue taking photos of people this year, and for every year we get to do this, I will be so grateful. But, we pretty much didn’t have any sort of work/life balance this year, so next year we will be striving to attain something that resembles a “normal” life. We are very much looking forward to taking a couple of days off to enjoy family time and all the fun Christmas stuff we’ve been neglecting for the last few weeks. At least we decorated the inside of the house! In the days before Christmas, I’m actually setting aside half a day to bake cookies and other goodies, and another day to finally finish up shopping and wrapping presents. Christmas is such a happy time of the year and I hope everyone is getting to enjoy it 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Matt, Jentry and Ben!
We didn’t do much for ourselves this summer. We were wildly busy trying to pay the mortgage, so we worked, worked and worked. But back in August, we took a day for ourselves to go to Pyramid Lake, play around in the water and play with our cameras. There was a storm off in the distance, but that didn’t stop us from having a fun day at the beach. The meteor showers were also in full-effect, so we stayed late, got attacked by bugs, and did some long exposures. This is all in the name of fun.
Being forced into full-time photography has been a challenge. A financial struggle. A nightmare. And A DREAM COME TRUE. I had hopelessly dreamed of spending my time working on my PASSION for years….and all of my hopes and “silly” dreams came to fruition when I lost my *horridly miserable and life-sucking* job back in April. Along with the loss of my job came the loss of our steady income. Most might not realize that our family depended on my income COMBINED with Matt’s to pay ALL of the bills. We had a 2 year plan to pay off all our debt and THEN jump into photography, so you might imagine the shock we faced when we initially lost HALF of our monthly income. We don’t buy clothes, we don’t go out to eat, we get by with what we have and we hustle and bustle to make our business work.
It’s not easy. It’s a nightmare, but it’s my dream. I have heard from a few people that I need to go get a job like a normal person – and um, I don’t want to. I like editing photos I’ve taken of people in love. In my pajamas.
Each person’s idea of success is their own. Maybe you want to move your way up to CEO of a certain company. Maybe you want to manage a department, or remain in customer service because you like working with people. Or maybe you want to open up a store that sells home-made dog biscuits because that’s what you’re into. But why, why oh why, would you want to begrudgingly get out of bed in the morning to do something you straight up dislike – if you didn’t HAVE to? Working very hard for a company that doesn’t appreciate my work or time is one of those things I personally dislike. I much more enjoy working one-on-one with a client who is interested in what I can do for them. This is why I enjoy freelance design opportunities and photography. And this why I am struggling to maintain my “unemployment.” I want to love my job – don’t you?
I know some people will read this and roll their eyes and keep on thinking I need to cave in and go get a “real” job. But I have a real job. This is all real for me…maybe not to some people, but to me – being a full-time photographer completely dependent on creating success for my SELF is my idea of success itself. Telling me to stop focusing on photography is like telling me to lay down my dream and let it fade away…I hope I can make it work, and if I can’t RIGHT NOW, I will still try every single day to make this happen.
Earlier in June, Matt, Ben and I actually went on a little vacation! Part of it was spent holding a garage sale at my Dad’s to prepare for his move in July, but we also hung out by the pool, caught up with friends and family, and went to the San Francisco Zoo…followed by a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf for some amazing sourdough and clam chowder. I love San Francisco. It’s optimal for vacation photos with the overcast skies and fog…and tigers. At the end of our trip to the zoo, we passed an area that the zoo staff were setting up for a WEDDING *sigh* – I want to shoot a wedding at the San Francisco Zoo. So. Bad. Universe – make it so. PS. I want a fat little prairie dog and a tiger (who I would name “Kitty!”) and I would NOT want to come across a gorilla in a dark alleyway – that’s all I’m sayin’.
It’s gloomy in Northern Nevada today. I hear tale of crazy hail storms, but I see no sign of that here in Sparks, yet. I thought I’d brighten your day with a little FLASH – ahhhhhhaaahh!!! – BACK Friday. Today, we’re going way, way back to 3 weeks ago (and late April). These are some shots I took around our back and front yards at the beginning of Spring. Since we moved into our house in late January, we had no idea what kind of foliage we’d have in our yard. We were very happily surprised with what bloomed. I love this place.
Interested in hanging some new art on your walls? We’ve created a gallery where anyone can purchase our prints and products (canvases etc..) of Flora, Fauna and Landscapes in many different sizes. Check back regularly to see new shots as we add them! And if you’re looking for some really cute frames to match with prints, email firstname.lastname@example.org…I’ll show you some awesome new frames we carry. Personally, I’m ordering the one of our chihuahua, Jumping Bean, quivering in fear as I hover above her with my camera. Have a happy weekend, everyone!
Fifth and Chestnut Photo Co is a Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer & Reno Wedding Photographer team providing Lake Tahoe Wedding Photography in the Northern Nevada and Northern California areas, in addition to a range of other Reno Portrait Photography services including Reno Family Photography, Reno Maternity Photography, Reno Newborn Photography, Reno Baby Photography, Reno Boudoir Photography and Reno Headshot Photography. With a combination of distinctive style, creative direction and photojournalistic methods, our mission is to purposefully and artistically document the irreplaceable memories of once-in-a-lifetime events and life’s milestones through timeless, remarkable and heartfelt portraiture by connecting with our clients in a genuine and meaningful way, while providing a unique and memorable experience and heirloom quality products to be enjoyed for generations to come.
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