Sunday, October 31, 2010

day 272 | senior ian

today i got a senior session in with ian - one that we had postponed from last week when it was raining. thankfully today it was gorgeous out weather-wise ... but poor tatum cried that i was leaving. you can tell the antibiotics are kicking in - she isn't quite as crabby (notice the word quite).

Saturday, October 30, 2010

day 271 | crappy week

this week needs to end - and preferably fast! today's picture of the day isn't of anything camera skills-wise ... i am just off my game. my little man has pathetically swollen eyes and looks like he lost a major fight. my little girl has strep. my van took a crapper and we think we need to replace the fuel pump. and i've been sick ALL stinking week. so although i am pretty sure most weeks can't beat this week in lousyness ... it can only get better from here ... right?!?!

Friday, October 29, 2010

day 270 | eye surgery

today was one of the most heartwrenching days of my life. i have had my share of surgeries - however to watch your child go through it and not be able to do a thing about it is heartwrenching. tegan had to have surgery on both of this eyes to repair two lazy eyes. he was calm and collected up until we went back - and by then the valium had kicked in there wasn't much for him to freak out about. but coming out and realizing he couldn't focus on anything, he was seeing two of everything, and his eyes felt like sandpaper, and there was a NEEDLE sticking out of his arm (an IV) made something in him snap and there was uncontrollable freaking out.

finally the nurses just said - take him home - maybe that will help him get control of himself - and that's what we did. after a nice long sleep on the ride home - he woke up much happier and much more able to reason. his eyes are major swollen, bright red, and slightly nasty looking - but it only means one thing - we're at the end of his five year long road to getting them fixed!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

day 269 | rochester

so this picture of the day has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with what actually happened that day, lol. however - after spending two days with the flu and having to leave for rochester - i'm running a little low on pictures. i still think it's cool - especially since it's in manual . at any rate - had to leave for rochester at some god awful time of the morning. i wasn't feeling worth much at all and there's puke along i-90 to prove it. we were planning on a fun day for tegan - but with tatum and i still being sick - we didn't accomplish much other than a tad bit of swimming at the hotel and a late night run to toys r us. thankfully 6 year olds are easy to please in that regard! :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

day 268 | flu shots

i know i'm a few days behind in the blog - but i am going to catch up - right here - right now! haha. tuesday and wednesday i spent most of the day in bed. tatum and i got the nasty flu. we're talking sore throats, high fever, body aching, nasty, nasty flu! thankfully tegan never caught it because that would have been horrible. of course, he was the only one in our house that got a flu shot - so here's my advice ... GET YOUR FLU SHOT!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

day 267 | blustery

today was a very blustery day! definitely can tell that the weather is changing. even though it's cold and windy - i do love the autumn change. everything is so colorful even on the most windy, rainy day. leaves laying on the ground, the street, flying through the air - beautiful! we are doing everything in our power to get and stay healthy. tegan is having surgery on friday and there is no way we are rescheduling!

Monday, October 25, 2010

day 266 | mary kay

For those of you who know me well - I am a very black & white person. I love black & white. I wear a lot of black & white. I would decorate in black & white if black was an acceptable wall color. I have black & white parties. You get the picture. So today when I was in my photography class - finding something of color in my person was quite hard. Thank goodness for Mary Kay! I was working on metering, manual focusing with the internal light meter, & custom white balancing. It's amazing how going to just a couple classes makes all those little buttons on the back of my camera - make sense!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

day 265 | miss lacie

miss lacie came into visit today. kind of a unique story - her grandma lived in our house for 30 years long before we purchased it. we have always heard that we lived in snowberry's house - but now i have a face to put with the name! she said it looks VERY different since it has been remodeled.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

day 264 | last wedding

tonight we are dj'ing our last wedding of 2010 (or ... our last scheduled wedding). i bailed on tyson and left early simply because i have a little boy who isn't feeling good. i am ready for the much welcomed break and ready to simply focus on school and getting caught up in quickbooks. of course, we had to make sure our last wedding went out with a bang!! :) congrats to mark & joslyn!

Friday, October 22, 2010

day 263 | go to the light

i took the kids down to the park this evening and let them run off some energy. after three hours of quickbooks training, it was a nice needed break ... plus the weather was PERFECT! might as well take advantage of the nice weather while we still have it. i am not a huge fan of this photo - however, tyson likes it - and i'm ready for bed (yes, i know it's only 7ish).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

day 262 | quickbooks pro

i am running behind as usual! haha. right now i'm getting the computer ready for my quickbooks training tomorrow. i have three hours of one-on-one quickbooks pro training with an accountant. i have used quickbooks in the past but never for doing all my billing and taxes at once - so i am kind of excited it will do all that. in the meantime - i'm still behind on editing, so here's another pic of joshua from monday.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

day 262 | sharpie

a) if you knew how controlling i am about my pens - you would understand why i have chosen this picture for my picture of the day. i am a complete obsessive nut when it comes to handwriting and there are only so many pens i will use to write with - this beauitmous sharpie being one of them. yes, i know - crazy!

b) i am fresh out of ideas and need to re-(something). revamp? refresh? re-something! i need TWO photos of interest for class and suddenly i have no interest - or nothing spectacular - so ideas are welcomed! :) one has to be in the infant field - and one just has to strike me as interesting.

c) yes, i did stop motion - something i learned in class. so even though it just looks like my amazing sharpie - it was moving in front of my camera ;) so technically i learned something this week!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

day 261 | scott & rachel

isn't this couple adorable? and the location? they picked a cranberry marsh outside of tomah for their pictures and i must admit - it is definitely one of my favorite spots thus far!

Monday, October 18, 2010

day 260 | comp class

the long weekend is over just in time to start the beginning of a long week! i started off the day with this senior - joshua. i haven't had a chance to really check out all of his pictures yet - but i saw this one in the pile and i LOVE the orange leaves. now, i am heading off to intermediate photography composition class up in la crosse - so you get an early blog!! (that was just for you jess because i knew i'd be home late and you'd be texting wondering where the pic is)!! :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

day 259 | the larsons

i spent the afternoon shooting pictures with the larson's. apparently the weather has decided to change - it was FRIGID - however, between the cranberry marsh, the railroad tracks, and the corn field, we ended up taking advantage of the perfect lighting!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

day 258 | unity candle

with everything in life - there is always firsts. for instance, this was my first time shooting a unity ceremony. this was also my first time shooting an entire wedding ceremony with natural light ... thank goodness there were BIG windows! :) katie & mike are officially MARRIED!! congrats to them and congrats to me for making it through my first official wedding season. only one more wedding to DJ for the year and - bring on 2011!

Friday, October 15, 2010

day 257 | kimmer mckimmer

this is what i do on my days off. a little lightroom, a little cs5, a little crazy - and we got kimmer mckimmer - my awesome photography assistant in the flesh!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

day 256 | music

surround yourself with music - until you are so sick of music you could barf ... or so goes the life of a dj! there are benefits to losing all your music - you get a clean slate. that is, however, the only benefit i have found. i am so sick of listening to music - i could spew lyrics from almost every song between 1950 and now.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

day 255 | girl scouts

i heart girl scout cookies. i heart having girl scout neighbors who are willing to cross the street and sell me these cookies! :) i heart having TWO girl scout neighbors who make me feel guilty for buying from only one of them - so i buy even more cookies!! :) i am so going to be stalking them when i see the orders come in!! oh and isn't this little guy a doll? i can't tell you where i shot pictures at today - or his name - haha. but he's five months and he was in such an awesome mood!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

day 254 | witherow

you can have all the props in the world - but if you don't have the right equipment, you will never get anywhere ... or so i've learned since starting school ;) which is why i could not hardly contain myself when i got six - count them SIX - packages of photography equipment in this afternoon!!!! :) i am super stoked because one is a major piece i needed before my wedding i'm shooting this weekend.

now here's hoping everyone gets to feeling better at my house! tate has been sick for two days with a high fever but no other symptoms. tys has major sinus something - and i puked on the way of taking tegan to school this morning. so - time for bed in the pichette house!!! oh - and here's an adorable picture i got to take of the witherows!

Monday, October 11, 2010

day 253 | andrew

everything that could possibly go wrong this weekend - has :( the garage sale was perfect - with perfect weather. however, everything else - not so perfect. we lost more than half of our music for DJing because of a corrupt passport. so between trying to get that back and being right smack in the middle of our busiest wedding season of the year - i am about to lose my mind.

thankfully this little guy, andrew, came to get some pictures this evening with his family. isn't he a doll?!?!? those eyes - and those eyelashes. i'm jealous!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

day 252 | joe joe

today i had an AWESOME session with joe joe. he is going to be three in a month, even though he is very insistant he is only two. haha. he was a little shy at first - but after just playing around in the leaves with him for awhile - he warmed right up. i loved this picture of him!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

day 251 | old friends

tonight tys and i dj'd for a couple that i went to high school with in viroqua ... but the wedding was in tomah. i have to say - i LOVE dj'ing in tomah. haha. i get to come home to my own bed - and a clean house (because my mom is obsessed with cleaning)! it was neat to see old friends i went to high school with and people i've known forever. i picked out this for the picture of the day. i wasn't really shooting pictures - i was mainly shooting video - BUT i happened to grap a shot of the classic bouquet toss ;)

Friday, October 8, 2010

day 250 | six

my baby (oldest baby) is SIX tomorrow. tegan had a hard birth and was in the icu for a week ... so i definitely remember that birth! however, in watching the video of his birth (well, c-section) apparently someone can't tell time or the clocks were WAAAAAAAY off. i had to have an emergency c-section and so the camera started rolling when he was already back in the nursery getting cleaned up. the video time as well as the time at the back of the nursery says ... 11:52pm on october 8TH - not the 9th - lol. either way - he's six right about now!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

day 249 | homecoming parade

i kind of feel like a traitor - because we all know that i am always a blackhawk at heart!! :) BUT since i've lived in tomah just shy of nine years - AND since viroqua is in a different conference ;) i can be a tomah timberwolves fan also!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

day 248 | tater bugs

miss tater bugs. i am slowly in the process of trying to get the kids pictures done. tegan will be six by the end of the week and tatum will be four in a little over a month. i can shoot most kids with absolutely no trouble - however, there is a reason why i take my own children to someone else for their pictures.

today and tomorrow i am getting ready for a garage sale. my mom and i up and decided - hey let's throw this together in less than three days! BUT - if you are in need of children's clothes - i have them ALL! i have cleaned out 90% of tatum's closet because she has grown soooo much this summer and tegan - well he never grows - but i bought him new clothes. ;)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

day 247 | fall color report

yay - it's fall! my favorite season. it's perfect weather - perfect scenery - no air conditioning needed, no heat needed - perfect, perfect, perfect! today's picture of the day was taken just south of tomah!

Monday, October 4, 2010

day 246 | TWO

miss addyson is TWO (see day 53). i LOVE all these repeat clients - a) it gives me a sense that i'm doing my job and b) i LOVE seeing all these kids as they grow. it's amazing how three-six-nine months makes such a difference in their little personalities.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

day 245 | soybeans

soybeans. or, per tatum, tiny eggs that are ADORABLE! she is pretty sure an owl is going to come out of these - but that would be her wild imagination talking. today was a completely off day. i didn't accomplish much - but we had company - so that can be my excuse ;) tomorrow - there's always tomorrow! but for tonight - it's back to the completely pointless marathon of "keeping up with the kardashians."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

day 244 | models

for today's class - bring in the models. i was definitely nervous - more about going to school with people i didn't know than actually taking pictures - BUT it was awesome. i had a blast, met some new people who are starting out in the business, and had the knowledge of two awesome instructors. today was a definite plus. got done with class just in time to DJ a wedding!

Friday, October 1, 2010

day 243 | new leaf

i figure it's time to start a new leaf and try to take my photography to the next level. i am taking several courses over the next few months with some awesome teachers and awesome students. here is one picture from my first class - with no editing!