Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting the Ball Rolling

Good morning everyone! I'm sorry it's been so long since my last post but I have a detailed, lengthy excuse. Enjoy .... :)

It's been a busy few weeks around here. The flu bug not only flew through our home a few weeks ago, he apparantly decided to camp out and continue to wreak havoc on my plans... Grrrr! I am still recouperating a bit today but I am feeling a lot better than I was just yesterday. I haven't been able to sleep because I have been feeling so pukey so I decided to write a blog post about the past few weeks!

A few weeks ago I drove to the big city (somewhere around 4,000 people, haha) and I registered a business name! My future photography business will be known as Western Lifestyles Photography. I am looking forward to building client list and expanding my portfolio. I am lucky enough to get to photograph a newborn in the area sometime in the next few days! She's just darling and I can't wait to capture some sweet moments.

Anyways, I have also recently purchased some new professional equipment to "get the ball rolling" on this business. I have good equipment now, but I REALLY wanted a professional quality lens with a large aperture for portraits and action shots (i.e. rodeos, sports, and wild 3 year olds).  I also was able to purchase a diffuser/reflector kit, a Heliopan filter, a tripod, dedicated flash, background support, a couple backgrounds and of course some newborn photo props! :) Yeah! Thank you Ebay for wonderful deals as well as B and H photography! Here is a couple images of my new photo props. I know they need some work but I have a couple ideas to make them not only safe, but super cute for newborn photos. Okay, enough about all the new equipment. I just can't wait for it all to arrive so I can get to work!

Getting this business going hasn't been the only thing on our agenda lately though. In between rainstorms there have been many brandings to go to in the area. Just last week we branded our first calf heifer's calves. It was just a small bunch and I figured it was no big deal so I just prepared a couple salads, a couple desserts and some hamburgers. Thankfully the neighbors were bringing some salads as well. Shawn told me to expect around 14 people so I spent the day mowing the lawn and doing yardwork. When branding time arrived, however, there were around 30 people to feed! Talk about a mad rush to defrost hamburger and fix some more desserts! Thank goodness for wonderful friends and neighbors who were patient with me during my first experience going solo on branding dinner! Unfortunately this is the closest I got to the branding corrals that day...  

We are having our "Big" Branding on Thursday. Hopefully the weather holds out. It's been raining here for the past week and it looks like it's going to continue. Not complaining about the moisture though, just the mud! :) Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Life on the Ranch!

Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful, sunny day here in our area of South Dakota today, and I hope it's beautiful wherever you are as well! A little flu bug has been flying around our house the last couple of days and it finally caught up with me so i'm a little under the weather today. Subsequently, I decided to stay inside with the kiddos instead of loading them up and riding along with Shawn this morning. Shawn knew exactly how to cheer me up this morning, though. Our mare foaled sometime in the past couple days and Shawn brought her and the stud colt home today! We now have a cute little colt in the front corrals in front of our house (for a few more hours anyways). I felt good enough to go outside and get a few pictures of the new little guy. Enjoy!

Have a great day everyone!