Hitting the Books….

March 14, 2009 |  by  |  Personal  |  Share

One of the things Andy and I decided on from the very beginning of our business is that we would make a concentrated effort to continue to re-invest in ourselves and our gear.  That means making sure we upgrade our equipment on a regular basis so we can provide our clients with great images.  And that also means that whenever we can, we try to seek out learning opportunities so we can continue to grow as photographers.

Last year we really focused on our gear, and we plan to make some major upgrades this year as well, but we also signing up for every workshop we can find.  This Sunday we will be getting things started by attending JB Sallee’s I Photoshop People seminar in Detroit.   And the very next day, we’ll be driving across the state to Grand Rapids to attend the Professional Photographers of Western Michigan‘s all day workshop with Cliff Mautner.  Cliff is a wedding photography legend and was voted one of the ten best wedding photographers in the world by American Photo magazine.

I don’t anticipate us getting much sleep between Sunday and Monday, but I’m sure it will be worth it!

Now I can’t just end a blog post without pictures, so I’m continuing my theme of scavaging for photos showing things that are growing.

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I inherited the most amazing wisteria trees when I bought this house.  When they are in bloom, they are amazing, and the scent carries through the whole yard.  As much as I love them though, my wisteria trees would swallow my house whole if I let them.  In fact if anyone wants any seedlings, you just let me know, because I will be pulling baby plants out of every nook and cranny in a few months.  I’m not kidding….one popped up through a crack and was growing in my garage last year – which has no windows.  And it was 6ft tall before I finally got over my amusement and wacked it down.

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These are the seed pods from the tree.  They are really soft and velvety.  We get like 9 million of them.  We brought a couple in the house last year just because we thought they were cool looking.  Months later, they scared the crap out of us when they started popping and flying all over the place.  They dry out and crack, and then the seeds fly out – sometimes with a good deal of force.  Great for freaking out your pets.

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Why am I showing you a picture of dirty strawberries?  BECAUSE I GREW THEM!  Next time let’s hope I remember to pick them before the squirrels eat them.  Okay, I think that’s enough summer nostalgia for one day.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!  icon smile Hitting the Books....