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Birthday Party: A Video Trailer

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Baby Raine's 1st birthday. Part 1 of our celebration!!!

Best day ever!!!!

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It's Baby Raine's 1st Birthday!!! Yey!!!


I made her skirt. And I still have to finish the other one i'm making for their b-day celebration on Sunday.

It's Jason's Big 4-0 Birthday on the 29th (Sunday)!!! I don't have a gift for him yet. I honestly don't know what to get him. He is not materialistic like me, LOL! Maybe I should treat him and the kids to watch a movie. Since we seldom do that, every time we do it it's such a treat. I think that's what i'll do. And maybe get a few summer shirts for him...

Can you believe that baby Raine is 1 year old now? I can't.

"Truly time flies" and I can't count just how many times I used that phrase here on my blog. countless times. But I swear that I do mean it every single I use it. But it surely does fly fast. Look at my once-a-newborn???? now becoming a toddler!!! yay!!!


Here's a video that I put together just a few moments ago to share with you the first part of baby raine's bday clebration! (Part 1) I hope you'll enjoy it...

Please click HERE to watch the video!!! :))


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"Why Custom Photography Cost More"

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I Found this article from Paint The Moon Photography.

As a photographer, I've always been asked why A custom Photography cost more, and here is a quite lengthy article (but a great one) that best explains why.



Why does custom photography cost so much?!

The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and ability to control various factors during the image taking and making process.  Photographers, the hobbyist, the professional, the amateur all benefit from this ability to manipulate pixels.  However, with flexibility comes a price.  Digital camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in its’ lifespan, the need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into creating a work of photographic art.

We all know that you can go to the local Walgreen’s and pay a $1.99 for a print – as a client you may wonder why you may pay upwards of $50, $70, $90 for a custom photography print.   Photographers hear this statement every once in awhile:

“How in the world can you charge $60 for an 8×10 if it costs me less than $2 to print at x store?”

The truth of the matter is the answer to this question is multifaceted.  Much of the cost of a photographic print produced by a professional photographer has a lot to do with the time,  equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer not to mention expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.

The cost of TIME

Approaching it from a time standpoint, let’s imagine that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love.  This photographer is traveling an hour to your destination to photograph your session.  Here is an example of a time break down:

    * session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks   vehicle checks)
    * one hour travel time TO session
    * 15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home
    * 90 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
    * one hour travel time FROM session
    * 30-45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
    * 30-45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
    * 2-5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images
    * 1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering
    * 2-3 hours time with client for ordering images
    * 1 hour sorting through and checking order
    * 30 minutes-1 hour prep time for delivery
    * 30 minutes-1 hour getting order shipped
    * any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues

In this example, the time spent per client can range from just under 13 hours to 19 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service.  This is time dedicated only to ONE session.  When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot (aka SESSION FEE) you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.

The COSTS of Maintaining a Custom Photography Business:

Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from $10,000-$30,000 costs dependent on the photographer.  Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about $2100 there are still other costs related to photography.  A good lens for portrait photography can run from $900 to $2500.  A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run $2500 to $8000 dependent on the photographer.

Then come lab costs for specialty products.  A good photographer knows the lab is integral to their success.  Photography labs dedicated to the professional photographer  often cost more and offer a range of products that allows the custom photographer to continually offer new, innovative products for you, the discerning client.

Discussion other costs of running a photography business could take awhile so we’ll skip many of the intricate details.  There is of course much more: including costs of running the business, taxes, studio rental/mortgage if the photographer has ownership of a dedicated studio, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces that the photographer will likely bring to your session, etc.

APPLES to ORANGES to BANANAS:

Often times clients will mention to their photographer that X studio in the mall/department store only charges $19.99 for an 8×10 “sheet” or they may mention other things related to discount photography chains.  The fact is those discount chains make their money on volume, not on customized 1:1 service.  In February 2007 leased photography retail space by a rather well known discount department store that started in Arkansas closed down 500 of their portrait studios across the nation?  The reason is simple, you cannot make money on 99¢ “professional” prints if you do not sell enough of them.  Interestingly enough – those same studios that offer the loss leader packages often charge much much more for their a la carte pricing (as high as $40-50 for an 8×10).  The whole reason the big department stores began offering portrait services in the first place was to get you, the savvy consumer, in through their door so that you could spend more money with them in other departments.  Your “PORTRAITS” are considered the “loss leader”.

Going to a chain studio, as a consumer, you don’t have the benefit of 1:1 attention for 2 hours at your home where your child is allowed to explore, play and be comfortable in their home environment, nor do you get the experience that many custom photographers are known for or the lovely captures of natural expressions.  You simply get a bare bones, “SAY CHEESE” experience.  Keep this in mind when selecting a photographer.

REPUTATION/EXPERTISE of the PHOTOGRAPHER:

Being in demand, being well known for quality work, having a good reputation often costs time on the photographer’s part.  Their expertise comes at a cost, their time learning their craft and learning the intricacies of lighting and the commitment put forth on their end to create a persona about their business that oozes professionalism.  A great number of photographers go a very long time from the time that they purchase their first good camera to making money at the business of photography.  Many photographers, when first starting out, rush in thinking that the business will be easily profitable in no time, how expensive could it be to get a camera and use it to create their dream?  They often neglect to factor in the cost of business, the cost of equipment, software, back ups, etc..

Being of sound reputation, a better professional photographer knows that they must always reinvest in their business to create the reputation of being top notch.  To create good work good equipment, reliable equipment, back up equipment is a necessity.  The photographer who desires to be known as better/best/unparalelled reputation-wise knows that the most important thing they can do for their business is reliability and dependability.  This is how reputations get built.  Good work often is a wonderful side product of building that good reputation.

I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories.  The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment.

Article courtesy of Marianne Drenthe


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She loves shoes

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She loves shoes. Very much so. She would take any shoe she see in sight...

Took a quick snap of this shot.





So cute..

I'm keeping myself occupied with all the preparations for the upcoming birthday parties of Baby Raine's 1st and Daddy's 40th! I still have to make a special tutu skirt for the Bday girl! It's gonna look so precious on her.

The party will only be for closest family. Jason's parents and sister and family. I only wish my family lives closer.

Tomorrow we'll be driving to Eureka Springs with Jason's parents.
Gonna explore Northwest Arkansas! Weeeeeeee! ♥

"Lhey"

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My boy

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Sad but proud.

My little boy is sleeping in his own bedroom for the first time this evening.




Mixed-emotions.

A part of me wants to pick him up and take him to bed with me.

But I know that it's time. He's growing up. And there's no way for me to stop time. I have to accept and abide.

I still have this lil one beside me though...

4 more years with sweet darling Raine. Then she will leave me also.

Life of a mom. Sad and fulfilling. What a roller-coaster ride. Can't stop my tears from falling.

"I'm gonna miss you so much Zy man!"
You're a big boy now. Mommy is proud of you.

*sniff-sniff*

"Lhey"

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Natural bipolar-nessssss!

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anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\ n, pl -eties [L anxietas, fr. anxius] (ca. 1525)
1 a: painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usu. over an impending or anticipated ill
b: fearful concern or interest
c: a cause of anxiety
2: an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it.

I remember that I often use my artist mood as an excuse every time I feel like I want to press my own mute button. I've been going through some rough times lately. I've always been and always will be - NOT the type of person who enjoys going rounds in circles just for the sake of talking. I would rather shut off and work things out within myself.

Being a mother and trying to be the best wife at the same time is slowly starting to put a toll on me. I don't understand why. For this has always been my dream ever since I was a lil girl and playing mother to my dolls was always the best.

Maybe I'm trying so hard. Or Maybe I'm not at all?

Shouldn't it come so naturally?! I mean it's not like I only have one child? I have 3. And it's not like this is my first relationship? I've had my share on that part.

Hormones, or not hormones. I'm dealing with some major stress lately. Issues with my family back home. With this one, I think it's guilt. I feel guilty every time I think how poor I have expressed my appreciation to my family. I wasn't the easiest child to raise. But I was loved and understood. And now that I'm older and somewhat-wiser, looking back to the past, I am not certain if I could have handled myself better than they did. I'm grateful.

I pray for my uncle who was diagnosed of Parkinson's disease. My heart breaks just by the thought of it. He was my best buddy growing up. Oh God, he was so good to me. And I love him with all I am. But He will be alright. I pray to God to spare him from any pain and suffering. And to bless his mind with clarity and control.

I wish I know how to express myself better.

I wish I'm a better communicator.

I wish I'm a better mother.

I wish I'm a better wife.

But guess what's the best part? Every day is an opportunity to learn. To be better. To be happier. To be my best. Because I have it in me. I just have to clear my mind. Clear My soul from any hindrance and doubt.

I am in control of myself.

P.S.
I Really miss performing. You think that's it?


"Lhey"

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New home update!

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After almost 3 months, our house is starting to look like a home. Here are some photos of the living room. Kitchen is not done yet, we still have to order custom cabinets and special glass that'll go with the cabinets.

Jason and I both agreed to just use a mattress in our master bedroom, no more bed frames since baby raine sleeps with us. It's a choice because we are trying to avoid any accidents.

So anyway without further ado, here's our humble home.







I love this part of the house.




It's not just a boring normal vaulted ceiling. Then we put LED lights on the beams, so they look fabulous at night time.

I love every piece of art we have on our home.




And our choice of color could not be better. We have dark chocolate brown, and splash of deep blue/grayish.

I ♥ love our fireplace








And most specially my view.

I feel blessed. All the time. I'm grateful.


"Lhey"

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Dreamboard

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Ever heard of dreamboard for your jailbroken iPhone? Check out my new theme using winterboard.


I feel like it's a totally new phone!!!


I love how simple and clean the look is.


Then if you click on the globe thing in the center, your apps will appear!

Loving it so far... Check it out!!!

"Lhey"

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iPhonelovin' (themes)

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Here are some of my favorite themes to use on my phone... My iPhone 4 is jailbroken, and it's awesome!!!

This one is so chic... So pink, So girly.


This two I purchased from a twitter-girlfriend SAHA, you can check out her site http://eatshoplove.com


And this also...
Here's the lockscreen


My special custom-SMS...


Here's the main screen with some special custom icons. I love it to death.


And of course I gotta have a hello kitty theme...


And this is my present favorite twitter app. It's called MAHA and you can download it from the app store for only $1.99 and it's so cute!!!!


Tomorrow I will post some of my twitter girlfriend's iPhone cases, and mine's as well! Have a good one!

♥,
"Lhey"

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Just because... I love 'em

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My Beautiful Little baby girl. She's not so little anymore. 
It seems like yesterday she was still in her crib,
and look at her now, No longer wears a bib. 
We love her oh so much, Our little Princess.
 He rocks. He is just cleverly cool. He's most-kind. 
And I love him so much that I am not ready for him to start school.
He is simply amazing, Most Fascinating.
 Raine, Oh my Raine. Lovely as can be. She is our little doll, as jolly as can be.
She is so smart, so strong, and  she knows that she's loved and a spoiled rotten to daddy! *wink*
She walks, climbs, and runs like a boy. She makes my heart skip a beat. But I embrace every bit of her, Always with joy...

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Welcome to my life

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Seriously, what are the categories on how to be a great mom?


Is it when you work hard to give your kids the best life possible? Or is that worse because you are not giving your kid enough love and attention?

Or is staying at home enough for you to be called a great mommy?


Hmmm I leave the house looking like this for two hours? Am I the worst mom ever?!








Or if I let my kids enjoy cheese balls? Am I bad?


Or if I eat let her munch on nutella and chocolates every once in a while? Am I the worst?





If I dress up Zyon like a pink princess? Am I bad?





If I let jazz play with lizards is that wrong?


If i let kids explore, climb hills an play in the creek? Am i not being careful? Is that so wrong?








Or when I kiss them a lot? Can I be called a great mom now?








If I cook dinner?


Dessert?


Play hopscotch with them?


I can go on and on forever... But in reality, only you can judge for yourself. If you're a mommy, you know your family. Each kid, their favorite, their moods, their tantrums, their tickle spots. Only you know their hearts.

So if you're reading other blogs of other mom's that feed their kids organic foods only, fresh juice and smoothies. Who only uses Cloth diapers and doesn't believe in the power of cupcakes and brownies. Well guess what? They are great mom's too like ourselves. Those are just their preference. We are all great moms as long as we have unconditional love for our kids. We continue to feed them joy, respect, kindness and more love every day. We try hard and we learn lessons. And don't forget to give yourself a break every once in a while. Remember mom's needs time-out's too!

Belated happy mama's day to you great mom! ♥

P.S
My eldest Jazzle made this card for me.
How special isn't it?!


"Lhey"

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