Archive for September, 2007

27
Sep
07

8 Trivial Facts about me! (An ongoing blog tag game)

For Bloggers, there has been a recent national photographer “blog tagging” game that’s been going around.  I’ve had a really fun time reading others’ entries & I’ve been tagged twice. (Thanks to Dawn Earles & Lara Hogan!)  So, if you’d like to learn 8 new things about me, read on!  🙂

– Number one:  As of 1 month ago, Adam & I are proud owners of a motorcycle!  Yep, Lindsey rides (on the back of) a motorcycle & I love it!  It’s been my newest addiction!  We actually took an amazing one hour country “sunset” ride Tuesday night & I thought I was in heaven.  It’s still a little bit of a new thought to me… that there is nothing between me & the 65 mph blacktop below, but I think that’s part of what I love about it! 

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 –  Number two:  I met Adam 2 1/2 years ago when he came to work on my phone at my studio on Hodges Street.  Yep, I was just smitten with “the BellSouth Guy” (as my family called him) & I got a phone call a few days later asking me out.  The rest is history.  😉

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– Number three:  I owe my strong inspiration for the career choice I made to my grandparents.  I grew up playing in the darkroom, watching them conduct their consultations with their brides (while also trying to babysit us!), & helping to fix the dresses during bridal sessions.  My grandpa started his photography career in the 1940’s when he was a worldwide traveler for the Navy, shooting & capturing some of the most amazing images of Australia, Japan, China, Korea, & Hawaii. 

A picture of my grandparents taken last year for their 50th wedding anniversary.

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(If you visit the studio, you’ll see an original film & dark roomed produced picture hanging of my grandpa & I.)

 – Number four:  Adam & I were married on a little island in Jennings 3 months before our “real” wedding.  Our attendants?  Both of our parents. 

After Rita, Adam was working 13 days on, 1 off.  We received news two days before mandatory evacuation that my dad needed another emergency open heart surgery.  Being self-employed, this meant the dental office would be closed for at least 2-3 months (again) & not knowing how long the storm recovery alone would take, we just knew there was no possible way to have a big wedding in only 3 months.

So, with the strong support of our parents, we were married on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon by a Justice of the Peace.  (Our marriage liscense is filed in Jennings!)  Little did I know, I had 104 degree fever & a bad case of strep throat that day, but I couldn’t have cared less!

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(So how did we end up having a “big wedding” too?  God graced us with some amazing things that happened – like my dad’s surgery was able to be post-poned – and with Adam’s work hours, magic happened and a Christian & public wedding occurred on January 21st, 2006.)

 – Number five:  I showed Simbra Heifers (aka-cows) for six years in 4-H.  Some of my best childhood memories was travelling around with my cows for livestock shows.  I know I know…. I’m a nerd.  🙂

(No pictures of this.  I sooo wish I could dig up a picture of me & one of my cows… if I happen to come across one, I will definately share!  lol)

– Number six:  Last Fall, I went to my first NASCAR race in Texas & I went 180 mph around the Las Vegas Motorspeedway in Dale Jr’s car! 

Texas Motorspeedway

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In Las Vegas… That’s me in there… beaming  🙂

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Adam was right behind me in Gordon’s car.  (Naturally, being the die-hard fan, he got first dibs on the 24.)

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– Number seven:  I am a huge animal person!  I was the girl who would always take in the stray cats & dogs and beg my mom to let me keep every one.  Who knew that man of my life would be the same way?!  We currently have two great danes (Gordie – named after J. Gordon- and Duke), two cats (fat “Gizz” & “White Kitty”), & a teacup chihuahua – Teeters.  Gizz, White Kitty, & Gordie were all adopted.  More trivia?  White Kitty is deaf & walks funny due to getting sick as a kitten before we adopted him through Animal’s Angels.

The fat Gizz (taken with my phone, so excuse the quality!)

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White Kitty

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Teeters

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Gordie

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Duke, Gordie, & Adam

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– Number seven part two:  Teeters recently turned three & we celebrated with a Sunday afternoon puppy birthday BBQ.  Yes, some thought we were crazy.  But us?  It’s just another day in our family.  No, Adam did not think it was cool, but yes, he put up with it & enjoyed eating all the dogs. (Hot dogs… 🙂

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Mom’s two dogs, Joe & Spanky, enjoying a puppy cookie.  (We had about 10 “guests” attend & they all played so good together.  Hey!  We don’t have kids yet- what do you expect?!  😛 )

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“Dogs in a Blanket” made by my awesome uncle Steve.

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Misha’s is the Teeters’ favorite place to go.  So, naturally, we found a few things from there to wrap up.  Other “gifts”?  Stale pretzels, Happy Meal Build a Bears, etc…  lol

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– Number eight:  I’ve never photographed for fun.  This was just recently brought to my attention by a friend of mine at a wedding the other day.  Justin Kase & I were talking “geek talk” about photography (like always!) & he asked what I photographed for myself… for fun.  I knew right away that I had no clue, but tried to think of a quick answer.  I couldn’t!  That was a few weeks ago & still today, I’m trying to answer that question.

It’s not like that’s a sad thing, in my opinion!  It’s just that I like assignments, LOVE sessions (family, kids, engagement, etc.) & weddings.  And everytime I have a camera in my hand, it’s for a purpose.  (Adam’s softball games, Teeters’ b-day party-lol, family events, etc.)  So, there has not been a time – even in school – where I didn’t already have something that needed to be documented.

So, this is a new goal of mine.  To figure out what I like to shoot for myself.  For fun.  And then do it!  Just one hour a month maybe… devoted to walking out of the studio, camera in hand, the world in front of me, & not one specific subject in mind…. and let’s see what happens!  Sounds dramatic?  Yeah, I know…  😉

Alright, so now you know 8 more tidbits of info on me!  I hope you enjoyed it!  Happy Wednesday.

25
Sep
07

Dayna & Rob

Dayna & Rob were so awesome for their engagement session! 

Dayna, being the awesome bride that she is, did all of her homework on the *brand new* locations that she found herself!  What was even more impressive?!  I received a Power Point presentation the following day showcasing all of our options, with her “most preferred” list summing the whole “show” up!  She said she was praying I wasn’t going to think she was crazy when I realized what she did.  I opened it, saw it, & immediately left her a message with an “I love you” & “that was awesome” somewhere in it!  lol  To say the least, I was extremely impressed & we had the most amazing light that night!

I won’t be spending Dayna & Rob’s big day with them because they will be basking in the Fiji sun on a gorgeous beach with just the two of them.  However, I wish you guys the best!  🙂

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20
Sep
07

Platinum & Pearls Gala

The 2000 Health Foundation’s Platinum & Pearls Gala was a tremendous success this past Sunday!  Over 600 tickets were sold to this amazing event!  I know I have many other things that I’ve got to get up, but I was just going through some of the several hundred images that we got & found some favorites to share.  None of the actual competitors are up here yet, but coming soon!

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18
Sep
07

Amy (and Baby Orin, too!)

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More to come!  Just some I’ve gotten through so far.  Congrats, Amy!

18
Sep
07

Erika & Bret

 The girls dressed at Erika’s grandmother’s house.

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I love this shot of Erika’s hair. 

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This little flower girl was so cute.  She ran around the house in just her pretty white socks & her blumers until right before we were ready to go.  Can you tell she liked them?

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The gorgeous bride.

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Running from rain was all part of the day.  (As shown here!)  We could see the rain coming over the top of the fields.  It was really cool seeing it coming, but very crazy trying to move all of the girls quickly!

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The priest officiating the ceremony @ St. Thomas Moore Church was so great.  His homily was amazing.  He devoted the second part of the homily to reading letters that Erika & Bret wrote to each other.  The letters were so sweet, funny, romantic, hopeful, and just perfect for their day.  It really gave the guests an insight as to how their relationship has grown to be what it is today and just how much love was there in that church.

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A moment while sharing a Sign of Peace.

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I love Erika’s face while she squeezes her sister’s hand after she signed the license.

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In the “midst” of fighting the high humidity in the air after a good rain, my camera got a little fog on it for this shot, which was fine with me.

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Paper lanterns lined all of the walkways outside the reception.

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Erika & Bret are both engineers.  As shown below, the other engineers attending the wedding “built” a crown for Erika out of money & pins.  I myself was extremely impressed! 

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11
Sep
07

Wanted:a part-time office/wedding assistant! (Updated)

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Talk of me hiring “help” in the studio has been coming for several months now & I’m finally ready to take the plunge & start looking!  I realize I could take out an ad in our local newspapers or something like that, but thought I may be able to “reach” a more “in-tune” community by posting here first.

The ideal assistant for me (I think) would be:

– a girl  🙂  (Sorry, guys, I’m just more prone for girlie assistants in the studio.)

– must be a Senior in High School or a student attending college

– Working about 20 hours/week

– Preferably living in Sulphur/Carlyss area (less traffic for coming & going)

– Able to work scheduled Saturdays for wedding coverage

– A people person who can work well me AND clients

– Able to answer the phone, take some orders, & “hold down the fort” when needed

– Someone not just looking for pay, but maybe a little experience & fun, too!

If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more, please do not call, but send me an email at LindseyJanies@yahoo.com with the subject being “Part-time Position”.  I’ll give you guys a reply email or call & go from there.

Thanks!  I hope everyone has a great Friday!  🙂

UPDATE:

It’s Tuesday morning now & I just wanted to let anyone that is interested know that I have set up interviews for tomorrow (Wednesday) & Thursday between 9:30 & 1:30. 

I was at Cingular the other day & a girl asked me if I was Lindsey Janies & if I had filled the position yet.  She said a friend of hers wanted to apply, but hadn’t yet.  So, I just wanted to make sure that if there is anyone that would like to apply, please send me an email sometime today if possible!

I don’t know if I will be hiring anyone this week, but two of the girls seem really great for the job, so we’ll just see!

07
Sep
07

Santana & Trey

 My favorites from this session?!  WAY too many to count!  This awesome couple is getting married in November & we met up with a few bottles of water (and one battery-powered fan!) and got some amazing pictures of these two.  I’m not even done yet with all of their images, but I wanted to blog the first 75% of my favorites.  Santana- Thank you SO MUCH for your patience with seeing these images!  You & Trey are so great!  🙂

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Sorry, guys, I just had to blog this one!  I think it’s so comical… showing the “behind the scenes” between changes.  I laugh everytime I see it!  (I love how you’re both looking at the oncoming traffic, but both of you just keep on changing!)  … cracks me up!  🙂

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Okay, folks!  There are my favorites!  Santana, I hope Trey likes them, too!  (You can’t EVEN tell he’s a camera-shy guy!  😛  ) 

P.S.- The colors on my monitors look AMAZING by the way, but when some of them went on the blog, they lost some of that in the conversion, but no worries!  They’re even prettier here!  🙂




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