3 days until October.....and 105 for today?



hazards in photography

it's dangerous working for Jake.

every morning after a long (but fun) work day assisting Jake I can hardly walk straight and my muscles are aching from all that lifting, or bending...or whatever Jake makes me do!  I need to make sure to read up on labor laws to make sure I'm not being short handed! ;)  (and Jake, not sure if Tami told you this, but my ringtone for you when you call....Ants Go Marching by Dave Mathews...so fitting)

here is just one of the many hazards when you're forced into hard labor, in the 109 degree heat in no shade....but some of the perks: a box fan to blow warm (but not hot) air at you, air pressure continuous spray bottles to keep me soaking wet and cool (Ben did a great job of that....and also pouring ice water on my bandanna....unexpected to say the least)....good times.

but it's totally worth it!  every back pain (maybe), achy muscle, sprained ankle, black eye, dislocated shoulder, electric shock.....ok not ALL those, but most of those are true! 

It's wonderful working with amazing friends, and learning some great things about photography along the way.

 friends to goof around with.....if only Kelly were here too.  We'd be too much for you though, Jake.  better keep it one at a time.

It's been officially ONE YEAR since I've started photography seriously (took Jakes Audios Auto course) and learned the manual modes for photography...I took the leap and Auto is a distant memory.  I've never looked back.  I still have so much to learn, but I am so pleased with my progress and the willingness that the Johnson's have to teach me and trust my assistance and work for them.


sorrowful days

two dear friends

two birthdays

two ugly scenes of whaling and gnashing of teeth

mourning the loss

First:  Monica, my dear Monica.  Moving away from us was bad enough...now you need to have a birthday so far away from us so we can't tease you!?  not fair.....one.  bit.

Monica's personal favorite: thought I would include a large edition for y'all.

Here's how our little sneaky plan went though:  Although you're miles and miles away....you're only 2 miles from my Sneaky Parents!

I read on Monica's blog that no one has shown up at her place wearing all black, with eye makeup running, a sympathy card, and funeral flowers.

I get this GENIUS idea!

I call my mom, and ask her to do this HUGE favor.  Dress up in black...both mom and dad....run some makeup on her face, bring over a sympathy card, and ugly bunch of flowers...and serenade her.

My dad's song: happy birthday.  happy birthday.  death and sickness in the air.  people dying everywhere.  happy birthday.  happy birthday.  sung monotone and quite sadly.  My mom was supposed to be there 'crying'.  they brought a bunch of old dead twigs that my dad sprayed black....and a touching 'somewhat' sympathy card.


the woman of honor had skipped town on us and some husband of hers treated her to a birthday dinner of some sort.....the nerve!

My parents left the 'bouquet' and card for her to find.

I called and 'sang' the song....with a cry in my voice....but couldn't keep it long.  I started busting up the last couple words.  

I also sent her these beautiful photos of yours truly, so she knew she was being mourned.

we really do miss you Mon.  'gravely!'

now for the second victim...the very next day!

Miss ROBYN!!!!!!  Turning the big THREE OOOOH!

the cake of misery:

the whole gang together.....


jenna, seriously....love this expression!  getting that penny from the bottom of the tights....classic.

catch those pencils....and Chelsey, never takes a bad photo...even when she's concentrating!  such beauty!  such grace!

jen....proof that there were some sweet fails!  love the pencils flying everywhere!

wingardian levosia...it must be a trick only 30+ can do!

get 6 noodles on a spaghetti noodle....

Cade wanted to be in on the action....with the help of mommy....

at my personal best, and Robyn pulling a disgusted face.  just love it!

(and to be honest, this is the most flattering 'unflattering' photo of myself EVER!)

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