March and More…. Thank You

Wow, January 8th was the last time I posted? been a long time. Lots of things have happened and more growing still is happening…

First and foremost I need to thank everyone that made the Boudoir Marathon a success!
The location was a stunning Mansion in Falmouth and I owe the biggest Thank you to Judy Shaw for lending it to me.
The lighting was perfect, the rooms were amazing and the photos came out stunning!

I had a great time, learned a lot about what I would do differently next time, and enjoyed each and every beautiful woman!!

Next, I am getting ready to teach a photography class to Realtors TOMORROW! Can you believe it? It’s been over a year since I taught photography to anyone, and I’m refreshing my memory with staging and using point and shoot cameras but I’m really excited. I can’t wait!

Also, I have two new assistants, ready and excited to start working with all of 2013 clients. They are great and will be introduced at a later date. Combining minds around photography has always been one of the best parts about the business. The creativity that comes out of talking, playing and working together is amazing and always helps me to continue to do more. Offer more. and just laugh more.

Bookings into the 2013 season for Weddings and Portraits are well on their way. One of my most recent bookings is for June with Abby and Jason. Just listening to their wedding plans has me SO excited for summer. A combination of Old cars, yard games, and a beautiful location… It’s going to be so much fun. They always have me smiling when I leave a meeting with them!

Let’s see… anything else? Oh Yes! The Flash Drives are ordered! No more Cd’s (unless you’re buying only a few digital files). But Weddings are all Flash drives now. Safer, cleaner, and easier to use on most computers and devices. I’ll post photos once they arrive.

I am also a new member to PPOCC Professional Photographers of Cape Cod. http://www.ppocc.org/ppocc/index.php
This is a big deal for me because it’s getting to be around more like-minded professionals that put their clients first! I can’t wait to attend the first meeting.

I truly feel blessed to be back home on Cape Cod and working in the best profession.
I will attempt to blog a little bit more… but wedding season is starting in March for Michelle Kaye Photography which usually makes it a busy time…

So Don’t miss a moment, call me today to make sure we have your photography investment on the calendar.

All The Best!
Michelle

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Stress and Fun

This week/weekend/ and start to this week has been SO hard for me. Just to recap, my gadget baby (my computer) died a week ago this past sunday, I had a flood in my basement from our broken toilet, and I had a misquoted confusion with a client, and the phone has not stopped ringing for days.

My computer is my digital baby (besides my camera gear). I loved it and I could’ve cried, not because I was going to lose anything but because I’d had my gorgeous iMac for 7 years. It was broken in just the way I like and it was the first thing I bought when starting my photography business. I bought it when I had nothing. When we relocated to Cape Cod, I knew it was sick. It was dying the slow painful death of computers when the screen starts to bleed from hours and hours of use with the screen on. It was so old that the Apple store couldn’t upload the latest operating software on it because it didn’t have a component that the new computers had, and their latest update for software had created a corruption in my internet connection. Besides ALL that… I still loved her. That was heartbreaking. Being a Wedding and Portrait Photographer, I had all my files backed up on an army of hard drives (and that’s only ONE of 2-3 ways I back up my files, and YOU SHOULD TOO!). She’s GONE! 😦
Next onto the flood in the basement. We have 4 bathrooms in our house. It’s not a huge house, it’s what I would call a standard family of 4 Cape Cod Home. But it’s full of “Crap”, it’s not all crap but it feels like crap. Sometimes I feel like we are living like hoarders, we aren’t by the way but it feels like it. Just so you know the back story, this house has been in the family for 40+ years. Grandparents bought this house when it was built, My mom moved in with Grandma after Grandpa died, now My family has moved in with my mom after my Grandma died and we are fixing it up. So if you count the amount of families that has been in and out of this house, imagine all of their “stuff” never leaving. It’s quite funny actually until you have gallons of water pouring out of the back of your toilette and following the walls and pipes to the basement and soaking EVERYTHING!
Ya it was a blast to clean up, aaaaaaaaaand it was my fault. I didn’t know the toilet was broken, tried to flush it by hand and voila! the toilet runs and runs because I was the idiot who didn’t make sure the arm was resettled (the thing that makes it think it needs to fill the toilet tank with water) But I DID make sure the plug was sealed… hence the gallons of water that had no place to go.
Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
Next was the client mix up. I’m sure this happens to everyone at least once but it freaked me out and I felt terrible because I couldn’t fix it. A scheduled appointment for one date, but the client was actually coming on another date, and waited, waited, and waited for me. I, on the other hand, was cleaning a flood without my cell on my (so it wouldn’t get wet) and didn’t get the calls. Needless to say they were upset, I was upset, and no photoshoot for either of us that night. I can’t tell you how gut wrenching it is when a scheduling error happens. I feel sick to my stomach like i’m going to vomit and even worse when I can’t fix it. I did everything I could to make it right. I hope they know how upset I am too. I’ve been told this happens to everyone at some point, but I plan on doing EVERYTHING I can to make sure it NEVER happens again.

On the positive note, because I don’t want my Karma keeping with the negativity in this whole post, I have an amazing family. Family to help clean up the water and fix my messes, friends that help you get a new computer within a week of the old one dying, and the most adorable and love-able daughter in the whole wide world. Before the craziness of the flood and the client and the phone off the hook, I was able to play outside with my husband and daughter in a puddle. It was the only puddle we could find and I am in love with the results. There’s not too much a giggling 2 year old can’t cure. So without anymore hesitation, here are my puddle splashing photos! I hope you enjoy after all my ranting… and thank you for listening!

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A Beautiful Wedding in NY

I’ve been away from blog posts for too long…

Last weekend I was honored to be the photographer for a great couple… I played Roller Derby with the bride for 3 years and love her dearly! They also own R’Eisen Shine farm… If you haven’t checked them out, PLEASE do! They are an organic farm that you can buy into and enjoy the harvest all year long! (Wish we still lived in New York so I could do it myself!)

I’m so excited to share with you a sneak peek from their amazing Day!
Congratulations Kim and Ejay, you are a beautiful couple, inside and out!

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Congratulations!!

Moss Covered Letters

A little known fact about me… I’m in love with Crafting!
I follow tons of crafting blogs (I am momma hear me roar, Martha Stewart Etc.) I get tons of ideas from Pinterest.com… and one in particular was this, Moss Covered Letters.

Not only was I proud to photograph my cousin’s wedding, March 31st, but my sister and I offered to make her some Moss Covered letters. It was just something, we thought, she HAD TO HAVE to complete her wedding!
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We used instructions from Pinterest but soon learned we’d have to just do it our own way. It’s nice to look at other people’s results but it’s not always easy to get what they get for materials nor is it always easy to do it the way they do it. So if you’ll let me, here are pictures from our Moss Covered Letters.

First let me say that it was easy except my almost two year old crawling ALL over our project. Hahahaha She is priceless, and my pride & joy. 🙂

*To the Bride and Groom: I thought you might get a kick out of seeing the process that went into making you the moss letters. Really fun for us and I hope, funny for everyone!

Materials:
Cardboard or Foam
Scissors (We also used a Rotary blade to cut the moss)
Glue Guns with TONS of Glue Sticks
Fork (Yup, it helped with patching bare spots)
Rubber Pot Holder (I know! Strange, but it’s called HOT Glue for a reason!)
Rolls of MOSS (there are two kinds, get the “Super Moss, Instant Green” Comes in a blue bag. It’s made better, and has no Plastic smell to it)

The creator of the directions for Moss letters that we found, had stacked cardboard together to make the inside of the letters. We also saw that you can buy Cardboard letters on Etsy etc. But We had some HUGE foam lying around and it actually seemed better for us and cheap, because we had it at home already.

First we used large cardboard to make a template. We thought we might actually glue it to the foam for stability when shipping (yes we mailed it from MA to VA). Actually we just used it as a template. It really helped. It gave us something for scale. We used it to trace onto the Foam so we had less work at that step.

Making the template Tracing M onto Foam

Getting things done

After we traced the new “M” onto the cardboard we attempted to cut it out but had trouble with an exacto knife, so we ended up using a bread knife! Aweful sound, lots of foam, but really funny photos!

Covered in Foam beads

Next we just drew on the smaller foam pieces for the “C” & “N”. Much easier to do since they were much smaller. *can’t tell you how perfect my sister’s estimations were for the size of the letters for the space of the room! They were spot on!

Smaller Letters

After we had the letters, we started to plan our attack of the Moss. We only had one roll of the “good stuff” (Super Moss Instant Green). Our Process was to lay out the roll of moss, lay the letter on top, make an outline on the “back” of the moss and cut with a rotary blade. Make sure to leave at least an inch extra from the edge to overlap on the edges. We used the scissors to cut slits into the edges where they needed to overlap on the edges.

Roll of MossCovering the C

We were unsure how much moss rolls we would need so we bought One roll with the thought we’d just get more when we knew how much we needed. Bad Idea. We covered one side of the “N” and then ran out. So we planned on going back to Joanne’s to get more, however we had a small hiccup. Joanne’s had a big fire the night before we were trying to glue moss! Can you believe it??? What are the odds? Michael’s and All other craft stores on Cape Cod did not carry the Super Moss Instant Green. Without any other options we went for the “other” stuff. There’s no comparison. The “other” stuff falls off the roll (plastic backing) and makes it ten times harder to get a good layer. You end up getting holes where the white foam shows through. (I guess that’s where the cardboard would have helped). We ended up having to go back and fill in spots with the moss that had fallen off. It made for a much longer process. *LESSON: Buy More than you need at once, so that you have the same kind of GOOD moss!
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Once we were all covered though, they looked pretty great! We also purchased paper flowers and flower pins with the pearl heads to add to the Large M. We wanted it to have a splash of color since the theme/color of the wedding was wild flowers. We decided to bring those with us and do it there.
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So that was our process, I hope others might find it useful or just funny. We had a great time making it and learned a lot about the process we took. Good Luck to you
and again, Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Metcalf!

Michelle Kaye Photography