First shoot

first shoot over and done with. Went well, my 6yr old cousin refused to behave but i got some sneaky ones of her and i think the ones of her chucking a tanty are quite good too lol my issue now is that when i got them printed the colors are super over saturated. I tried two print places and both turned out the same. Not sure if maybe my screen colors are off or what is happening. Back to the drawing board on that one. For now im trying to shake a cough so that i can do a newborn shoot for my sister!

   
 

Photography 365

i have been reading alot online about pro photographers. Mostly a page called clickmoms. The first thing i realised is that EVERYONE had a Nicon or a Canon. I have an Olympus. But im assuming the theory is the same. I have a 48mm lens which seems to be a fave of most of them. Then i found that alot of them started with something called 365. Basically you have to take atleast one picture a day. I could really see alot of improvement by the end of the year for all of them so im giving it a go. 

I actually picked a good time because my sisters baby is due any day and my aunt has agreed to do a trial kids session with me and her 4 and 6yr olds tomorrow night, yikes wish me luck! 

The things i have learnt so far are that i dont have to go into my cameras menu to change the settings, all i have to do is press ‘ok’ and they pop up on the bottom of the screen for easy scrolling.

  
 I need to investigate the white setting. I found it but not sure how to use it just yet. And i am playing with the multi shutter function where it takes multiple pics a second. 

I have heaps of baby props on their way for my nephew so i hope to get some good practice in taking his pics over the next month or so. Stay tuned for the pics!

13months

My little Rue is 13months old and i thought i would do an update on how he is going. I love seeing him learn and work things out everyday. 

He has just learnt to walk and rarely crawls now. 

  
He can hold two things in one hand and often spends time working out how to make them both fit. He likes putting things on top of shelves and things inside each other.

  
Tonight he came and got me then opened the recycling bin and pointed at a milk jug. Once i gave it to him he toddled off prowd as punch. He has worked out that i can get things for him that he cant reach!

He decided against using a sleeping bag for bedtime. He would kick and scream when i tried to put it on him so he went without and has been much happier with just a blanket. It amazes me how he just outgrows things before i have time to even try and wean him off them.

  
He has a tooth! One on the bottom has just poked through. Thank god i thought he would never eat crunchy foods…

He is ‘playing’ alot more. Making car noises as he drives cars around the floor. He interacts with the other kids at daycare, talking to each other and waving toys at each other and getting excited. 

  
He loves to dance and especially loves the Kmart commercial. He knows how to get on a bike and loves being pushed around.

If he drops something he knows that he needs to look for it, under, around, under his bum haha and he often looks for solutions for reaching things that are out of reach, moving around furniture or climbing on pillows. 

His babbling is sounding more like talking although i still cant understand more than mummy and dad dad. He said milk once but try as i may he wont say it again. 

He can wave and point and loves seeing himself in reflections. And he adores bathtime! 

  
So heres to you my little wonder, may you grow and learn for many years to come.

  

Winning the lotto

what would you do if you won the lotto. Not a small amount but enough to set you up for life. Tonights draw is $60mil. I made a spreadsheet (i get bored easily at work) and only managed to allocate half of it… Then i worked out that on a very reasonable budget of $300,000 a year i can live off the remainder for 97yrs. Thats not bad. What did i spend my winnings on? Well mostly i think the most satisfying part would be setting up family and friends for life. What better gift can you give than not having to worry about paying a mortgage or setting up a study fund for the kids. So a large chunk went to that. Then about $5mil went into long term savings accounts for Rue and our futures. A house of course, several investment properties, a few first class holidays (london and harry potter world in florida are on my bucket list). Then there is $50,000 for random acts of kindness, you know, large tips and random gifts to strangers. 

Would you work? I would quit my current job but i think i would love to do something for fun where you arent in it for the money, maybe a cafe or something. BD said he would have to work occasionally or he would go stir crazy lol but what would you do if you didnt have to worry about paying the bills?

You might be thinking, well sure but who wins to lotto? Well i actually know several people who have won the jackpot! Most were one of several winners so only walked away with a million or so but hey, i can live with that!

Full weekend

BDs cousins and their two children were down this weekend and they decided they wanted the full tourist experience. Day 1 was a trip 40mins out of Canberra to corin forrest where they had a snow machine (no real snow that week). We all collectivley hated it, and only lasted about 20mins. I did get some super cute pics before rue got hit in the ear with a stray snow ball.

   
   
  
Then it was off to the zoo. I was excited to see hyenas and rue loved the mearkats.

   
   
Then to Smoque for dinner. The next day we did questicon a science game place. It was interesting but i think the kids were too young so we left after only a few hours and went to a toy shop. Dinner was at hogs breath. Rues entire dinner ended out on the floor but he seemed to enjoy doing it. Then to no suprise he slept the whole night through.