Thursday, December 21, 2006

Well, it’s official. As of Friday, December 22, 2006 CC Photography is closed until January 5, 2007. Woo Hoo! I’m going to take this time to hang out with my family and to get some much needed house cleaning done.

Recently my daughter has expressed a desire to learn how to sew, so I’ve gone out and got her a couple of simple patterns and I’m going to teach her how it’s all done. It should be fun. She’s already terrified after I showed her all of my wounds from my X-Treme Sewing. Hahahaha We’ll take it slow so that hopefully, she won’t end up with as many wounds as I have.

Anyway, be safe and enjoy the last few days of this year. I’ll see you in 2007!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Pink is for Girls!

Ahhhh….I remember the days when everything in our daughter’s room had to be pink; pink walls, pink comforter, pink curtains, pink television, pink bookshelves and pink lamps. It really got nauseating after a while, but that’s what she wanted. Pink. Lol

One of my recent clients brought those memories back. But for some reason it seemed different this time. It was so pretty. It was almost refreshing. Maybe because I have two little boys now and my daughter has moved away from her pink stage (she’s into purple now!). The pink walls, the pink blankets, the pink comforter and the pink in the Moses basket; all of it was just beautiful. Oh yeah, the baby was just as cute as she could be. lol

You’ll be seeing a lot of this little princess. Her mother has signed her up for my Baby’s First Portraits program. So I get to photograph her most important moments and watch her grow, grow and grow for the next year.

She’s already having a good time hanging out with her daddy and watching football games. It’s really funny envisioning her sitting there, all 6lbs., and watching her games.

Wonder what her favorite team is right now? Wonder if Jackson State is in her top 5 pick? hahahaha

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Dragonfly

I had a great time creating a portrait for this handsome three month old baby boy. He’s a cute one. He’s a tough one too! Out of all of the photos that I took of him, he only smiled once. However, once I put away all of the lights, the light stands, the tripod, the reflectors and the camera, he starts to laugh and coo and goo. That little booger! Hahahaha Do you think it was on purpose? I personally think so especially after I did research on the dragonfly.

The Wikipia Encyclopedia says: Dragonflies do not normally bite or sting humans (though they will bite in order to escape, for example, if grasped by the abdomen).

When I look at this particular photo I see my cute little friend putting his fists up trying to defend himself from my camera. hahahaha But that’s okay, his mommy signed up for my Baby’s First Portraits program so I will be seeing him again even if he doesn’t want me too. hahahhahaha Yep, he’s got a whole years’ worth of visits from me. Lol

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Monday, November 20, 2006

It's Tool Time!

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph this mother and son.

The only thing that I can say is…look out mom because your son is going to be the hottie of the year for Memphis City Schools. hahahaha :-)

Seriously though, he was such a gentleman and I can see why mom wanted to have their memories captured in photographs. Thank you mom for giving me that opportunity. It was so much fun working with the two of you.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

And I once thought it was too quiet!

Well, I thought that it was way too quiet lately. Then I start to get phone calls from prospective clients wanting sessions before Thanksgiving. It's going to be a blast doing some of these as this will be the first time that some of them have had a family session with the entire family. Will post pics later.

In the mean time I had the opprotunity to photograph a soon-to-be mom and her hubby. They were such an awesome couple to work with. I feel so honored that they have chosen me to follow their baby's milestones for the next year. It's going to be a girl so expect to see lots and lots of portriats of a cute baby girl here.

Have you had your portrait created today?


Friday, November 10, 2006

A Photographer's Own

I am so excited that I have finally gotten around to photographing my own children. It’s really sad that a photographer doesn’t have photos of her own children. I was pretty pleased considering the fact that I didn’t get around to doing it until late in the afternoon.

My two year old wasn’t as cooperative as I wanted him to be, but it’s because he hadn’t had his nap yet. But I was able to capture the usual expressions of my littlest man, the "You're being mean. You won't let me have my own way" look. hahahahahaha

My middle son reminds me so much of my brother. The goofy grin, the bushy eyebrows and the lover boy way of him wooing my affection are the spitting image of my little brother. He even has that wonderful outgoing personality just like my brother. My middle man is so much fun to watch and be around. :-)

My daughter wants very much to be Tyra Banks. I think she has potential, but I want to keep her a little girl. Being in that kind of industry makes you grow up too fast. So we’ll keep her grounded here at home.

So these are the photos that I think I will have sterling silver pieces created of. What do you think? Should I go back and try it again? I will more than likely try to get a photo with my littlest one smiling or at least looking happy. Maybe I'll do a retake and try not to make him upset. Just let him have his own way. Oh boy! What a concept! :-P

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Memphis Photographers Rock!

After a much too long hiatus, the Memphis Photographer’s group was finally able to get together again. We had such an awesome time. Being able to see our old buddies again all at one time. Being able to share portfolios, techniques, camera toys and just shooting the breeze was enough to make me more inspired with my photography. If you’re a photographer in the Memphis area come on over. The more the merrier!

Have you had your portrait created today?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Photo Jewelry is Awesome!

I recently had the opportunity to offer my client a very beautiful piece of sterling silver jewelry. She chose to order the chunky circle pendant and have her new baby’s portrait placed on this piece of jewelry. This was my first time offering my client a sterling silver piece. Upon its arrival to my studio, I was almost brought to tears. Yes, I know that it’s just a piece of jewelry, but this piece was so beautiful. I have since been really encouraging my clients to purchase the sterling silver instead of the clay tiles. It’s absolutely beautiful. This sterling silver piece of jewelry can be passed on to children, grandchildren and any great-grandchildren!

As soon as I can get a great portrait of my children I will be ordering sterling silver pieces with each of their photos on it so that I can pass it on to them when they have their first child (Okay that thought just gave me the chills! I’m not quite sure I can handle the thought of being a grandma! lol).

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

My New Friend

I like it when I get to make new friends. This little girl was such a good baby. She was a very happy baby which made it more fun photographing her. She cooed. She gooed. She laughed. She is a true diva in the making. When she was ready to be out of spotlight she let me know right away! :-)

She's only 4 months old, but it was pretty cool watching how she interacted with my 2 year old. Isn't it amazing how a baby can tell when someone else is a little one too and how they react to them totally different than they would with an adult? It's pretty cool.

Have you had your portrait created today?

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Il a Fini!

Yep! It's offically finished! By the way, that is the only French term that I remember from high school. lol

Anyway, I'm finished with the upgade of my CC Photography website. It has been a long and hard journey with the update, but I have been able to finish it in full. So take a look at the website and let me know what you think. Also, take advantage of the discounts that I'm offering in the News section of CC Photography.

CC Photography

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Where Oh Where

Oh where oh where has my website gone
Oh where oh where could it be
I've uploaded the files just as I should
Oh where oh where could it be?

Hee hee. Yes, you were supposed to sing that to the tune of "Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone." (Didn't Sandra Dee sing that in one of her movies? Or was it Gidget?) Anyway, I'm having issues with my CC Photography website. I'm a stubborn gal and created the website on my own. I don't know if it's more stubbornness or the fact that I want complete control.

Anyway, I've uploaded all of my wonderfully created files :-) and for some reason or another none of them are appearing as I envisioned. The words are appearing, but the styles of the pages aren't appearing. I'm pretty sure that it all has to do with those lovely little links.

Hopefully, after I attend my Christian services and feed my hungry family, I'll be able to get back to it and fix it all. And then...dum...dum...dummmmmmm....the new site shall be revealed!

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Betty Gray