So we got a puppy, a big puppy…..a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Without a ridge. Yes they come without a ridge. They are either born with or without a ridge. And my son, Stryder chose one without a ridge. He actually chose my son. He is named Hashtag. A name that was heavily debated in the Hanson household for several months while we waiting for Mr. Hashtag to be born and then anxiously awaited to meet him and wait again for him to be ready to come home!
So he finally came home a few weeks ago – he’s still getting acclimated, but we love him (especially when he sleeps). He’s very cuddly and super soft!
Here are some photos from his first photoshoot……without further adieu
Well, 2014 started and it is my first full week of the kids having school and me being 100% motivated to kick 2014 in the um, let’s say face! And what do you know….no house phone, no internet! What??? Of course that happens! I can’t even use my cell phone because those of you who know where I live, Easton…yes that’s in Connecticut! It is in the woods, country land and there is one spot on my driveway that I have cell service, and um if you haven’t checked the weather lately, it’s was a a monsoon yesterday and today it is 6 degrees outside…so cross that spot off the list of my productivity places!
So um yea, instead I went grocery shopping, yeah favorite thing ever…NOT. Except that I have started listening to Pandora with my earbuds to make it more enjoyable and it definitely is (especially without the kids there requesting everything or throwing things in the cart without me knowing). Only downside is when I start belting out the chorus to some songs while picking out my yogurt – LOL
So I guess today was really an unplugged day when you think about it – literally unplugging the modem, plugging it back in, unplugging it, plugging it back in. Saying a little prayer or two hoping it would turn back on! Never happening. So instead of this long list of things I had hoped to accomplish – I bleached the master bath – woo hoo, did some ninja kicks on the cable wires in the basement, created something for dinner in the crockpot…who knows what that will taste like and created a really long to do list for January…….
I’ve known Becky for almost three years now and Kwong for just about the same amount of time. I was really happy when these two were going to say I do in Wisconsin and they wanted me to photograph their big day. And then when they asked my kids to be part of their wedding party…a little less happy – knowing we would have to make the trek to Wisconsin as a family….yep 22 hours via car! But we did it! In fact we spent more time in the car then actually in Wisconsin! But all kidding aside we had a blast!
These two have certainly had their ups and downs and it wasn’t quite love at first site for the bride; in fact they often joke that she is the ‘boy’ in the relationship. You know, the one that doesn’t really make the plans, or care about the details, or get emotional attached that easily. When Kwong proposed to her in a quaint little Vermont Inn, she didn’t even say yes…but she did accept the ring!! We kept calling her the Runaway Bride….the running joke was that she wouldn’t say yes at the ceremony! During the planning process, she was referred to as the Anti-Bride because she kept saying she had months and months to plan, completely forgetting those months, were flying by and ultimately it was days she had left.
To say these two are perfect for each other is a gross understatement. They are always laughing, smiling, sharing rare illnesses and unique allergies. Yes, in the months leading up to their nuptials there were multiple visits to the emergency room, flea attacks and many more rare instances of unusual ailments….they are truly a perfect match. This Mid-Western girl and this Tawain/Cambodian/Malaysian/Chinese boy; this Green Bay Packer and this Jets Fan….
So we made our way halfway way across the country to this little Hodag part of the country to Rhinelander, WI (population of 7,600) to witness and photograph this union of two amazing people, two friends who truly are perfect in every way for each other.
The day went exactly as expected multiple trips to Walmart, a ceremony that started two hours late, lots of laughs, some homemade moonshine and so much dancing. It was a perfect day…a perfect Becky and Kwong day. Here are some of my favorite photos
Those of you who know me, know that when it comes time for costumes for the Hanson clan, the kids have to match or at least have the same ‘theme.” One year we did pirates, one year Spiderman and SpiderGirl, another year Power Rangers…the only exception was one year we did a Swamp Monster and a Devil just because the Swamp Monster costume was AMAZING and the devil costume was too cute.
So this year when Stryder said he wanted to be a Vampire (no blood – LONG story) and Berkeley originally said she did too – I was like sweet! This is easy. Then of course she changed her mind. So we searched online for hours and hours and finally found something that was suitable – Baterina – Aka Bat Princess
Which totes works because Vampires turn into bats……..
No, not the TV show, in fact I’ve never even watched The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead refers to what my husband called me as I mustered up enough energy to crawl myself out of bed, stumble down the ridiculously long hallway and stagger into the kitchen and grab some orange juice this morning after being sick for the last three days. The Walking Dead he called me, the kids just sort of looked at me and said mommy why don’t you go back to bed daddy’s got this. However clearly daddy didn’t get this. With today being Halloween parade day at school and party day, there were clear definitions of what could and couldn’t be worn/done at school. I had everything labeled ready to go, the night before. Kids and I had multiple conversations on what they were doing, wearing, carrying on the bus, etc.
Well of course no one listened. As I barely made it back down our lengthy hallway and back into bed chugging the orange juice, apparently as a zombie, I was interrupted at least seven times with questions on what Miss B was wearing and what her costume was again. Because she couldn’t wear her “real Halloween” costume to school (mommy’s orders) she is too much of a hot mess and I knew it was going to get chocolate or dirt or something spilled all over it and be a disgusting mess for real Halloween tonight and even if I felt 1000% I wasn’t going to wash a Halloween costume…no thanks. Two minutes before they had to walk down to the bus, Stryder asks me if he can get his costume over his ridiculously thick sweat shirt that he is wearing, I tell him no way. So I tell him to go and get a long-sleeve shirt on. I’m not sure how these kids made it on the bus…however I give up trying to go back to bed and decide to go and take a shower because it has been a few (okay 3) days since I have taken a shower…so I guess I may have looked like this…
Which I thoroughly have to disagree with…the kids would’ve bolted out the door
But really I think I looked more like this….
Ironically though, they did leave every light on in the house and the TV on…something my husband does get quite annoyed at for me if that happens (which it NEVER does)….
I know it has been a while since I blogged, but that means I’m busy right? Sure, let’s go with that 🙂 Really I have been busy, three hair colors right? Let’s see I started with a reddish/brown hair color, then went blonde so I could go blue, then the blue faded really fast then I kept the blonde and the summer at the beach made it a nice blonde (according to my husband) then I got sick of that and went to a walnut blonde (which now is just gross) so it will soon be another yet to be named color.
So here I am 9 months after making the decision to go full-time into this crazy world of photography. Do I have any regrets? No, not yet? I’m loving my freedom, from my psycho ex-boss, who get this….has been even more psychotic, but also get this…is gone in two days because her interim-ship (is that a word), is over in two days!! Her position is being replaced by an actual person that knows how to run a non-profit organization, WOW imagine that! Anyhow, since leaving those 9 months ago, the stress of that chaotic world, has caused me to refocus and loose 28 pounds, well not just the stress, I’m eating better and working out much more. But the stress of not seeing that let’s call her a witch because it’s Halloween time, is AMAZING!
Plus I’m doing what I LOVE!!! I have the freedom to be creative everyday. What’s not to love? I get to capture people at the most amazing times of their lives – getting married, creating families, sharing family moments – the list goes on. I don’t know everything about photography, don’t claim to be the best, but I am learning, striving to be the best that I can and trying everyday to succeed.
To say that this wedding was one wedding that I was most looking forward to this year, is an gross understatement. I literally could not wait to photograph Shannon and Frankie’s wedding day. Maybe it was because when I met them, we instantly clicked. Or was it that we shared an infinity for peacock feathers? Or was it that we just laughed our asses off at the engagement session when it was two below zero? One may never know, but this couple is just so special. They are just so real and fun!
I think I laughed the entire wedding day, my cheeks hurt so much! Enjoy!
Has always been one of my mottos since as long as I can remember. Another motto is that I don’t really care much for first impressions, especially of what people think of me. That may sound harsh but if people don’t like me vs. the clothes I’m wearing, shoes I have on, or the color of my hair, then I don’t really want them in my life anyway.
Again, that may seem really mean, but I’m at the point in my life where things are crazy enough that decisions have to be made where people fit and don’t fit within my life. And there’s no room for Judgey McJudgey pants (yep that is from Spongebob I think)!
Many of you know that personally 2013 has not been a good one for the Hanson’s. Lots of tragedy, family issues and many more problems then we wish for ourselves. Professionally however, this has been one of the busiest seasons yet for me and I couldn’t be happier with the way business has been going.
For as long as I can remember, I like to be different, try to do funky things with my hair, wear different clothes, not be a follower. I’ve always experimented with hair color. Worst case scenario, it washes out, changes back…no biggie.
So last night I went big, real big. I went Big Blue! And I love it! (Other than my bathtub looking like Grover was murdered) So for everyone out there that is scared to go Big, I encourage you to do so.
Don’t care who stares, just live in the moment. Life is too short to just sit around and wait and wonder, what if or regret not knowing what would’ve been.
Last Day, wait, I should say the first day! Yes, the first day of the rest of my life! Wow that sounds so cheesy! Well it is, right? The first day of a new adventure, becoming my OWN boss, moving into full time photography (and wedding planning), and rocking it out! Okay, yes it sounds cheesy. But I like cheese, really I do, any kind of cheese. Especially gouda.
So while I’m sitting at my desk, doing very little ‘work’ I’m busy thinking of all the fun things I have planned, writing down all my big ideas, hopes, dreams, wishes, anxieties (of which there are probably way too many), but I am not going to let that stop me. For too long I have been in the con column (you know the list of pros and cons). Not today, girlfriend!
Today, I’m rocking it, standing tall and proud at my mere 5’5″, wearing my yoga pants and favorite orange Cape Cod sweatshirt (just to piss off my anti-sweatshirt boss). With my feet propped up on the desk, enjoying a diet coke. I am going to enjoy my Last Day, not let anyone stand in my way of this dream that is finally coming true. And how fitting is it that on this day in 1950, Disney released Cinderella? Her dreams of meeting Prince Charming came true? (okay so if you know me you know that my daughter is obsessed with princesses and barbies and them always meeting their price charming) So it only seems fitting that today is the day that my dream starts to come true!
So today, on February 15th this is my last day, I bid you adieu and I am going to leave you with this image of Jaclyn and Rich rocking it out at their wedding. One of my all-time favoritest couples, who inspire me everyday, to be better not just at photography, but at life.