july in my corner of the world

This is the seventh month of a year-long blog circle I am participating in with about a dozen women from around the world… at the end of the post is a link to the next blog and a view of their world in July.
Should you complete the circle you will come back to my blog again…

View January-June’s My Corner of the World Posts”

July has been hot… really hot. We’ve worked hard at staying indoors and sneaking out to the pool occasionally.
Staying inside forces me to watch the kids and how they can find an adventure in any tiny day.
For this month, I have decided to capture one ordinary July day in it’s entirety.
I wanted as many details as I could muster and the addition of our mess as the day progresses.
My hope is that next summer I will glance back and notice how different yet the same things are…

This is an untidy glimpse into our July.
The day: Friday, July 19th
Weather: 92 degrees and sunny with lots of haze

Note: Some of the pictures are from my iPhone simply because I have an irrational
fear of taking my camera anywhere out of the ordinary where people might look at me and judge. . . an issue I need to seek help for:)

8:07am Our morning begins…. nice and lazy!

9:00am The breakfast grind… and playtime… and coffee… vaccuming & other cleaning (with a little Kelly & Michael on the side)

10:30am While the kids play I shoot some macros for a Clickinmoms project…

12:00pm Laundry time in our 100% not clean basement.
Today’s lunch menu: Peanut Butter and Jelly Crackers
And Owen cries because I asked him to get his shoes (Owen cries… a lot….)

1:45pm We head out to drop Abby at her summer Spanish camp at the local Gymboree. The return home for a nap and mom’s quiet (computer) time.

4:00pm It’s time to pick Abby up! We go next to the YMCA – I work out and the kids go to the childcare there for an hour.
(These are all iPhone pictures…)

5:30pm Snack time with Sophia the First and Clif Z Bars.
7:15pm Dad gets home and it’s Friday so we are grabbing food at our favorite Mexican Restaurant followed by a trip to the ‘beer store’

8:30pm Return home… we look at a talking birthday card that Owen got a few weeks ago and has been sitting in our car ever since
Kids help unload the beer (their favorite ritual….)
I get in some pictures!
It’s Daddy’s night for putting the kiddos to be
Abby says she isn’t tired and asks to read books with her light on.

9:15pm time for t.v…. we are currently watching “Orange is the New Black”

Thank for checking me out this month! Please continue through the circle by visiting my friend Rebecca Spencer and see what her corner of the world looks like in July!

Tomorrow, my first workshop opens!

Tomorrow my mini-workshop (also called a ‘Breakout Session’) titled “Simplicity: Planning and Preparing to Find YOUR Simple” opens and I’d like to take some time to answer some questions and tell you more about it!

What’s a Breakout Session?
A breakout is a mini-online workshop offered through Clickin Moms, a wonderful forum that offers so much more than just a forum (classes, mentoring, photography tutorials, and even a magazine called Click!).  Clickinmoms, even though the name adds in “moms” is not only for moms – everyone is welcome to join.  They are a very supportive and friendly community and a great place to learn about photography.

How do I join a live Breakout Session?
To join: Clickin Moms members can sign up HERE  and Non-Members can sign up HERE  (scroll down and choose “Simplicity”)

To access the Breakout click on “Forums” at the top and scroll to the end of the forum list and you will see “Simplicity” under the workshops section.  Click. . . and you are in!  Download all  of the materials ASAP (everything is there except for the Q&A which will be recorded later in the week and added).

How long will the Breakout Session be available on the forum for?
The breakout session will be available for about 1 week.  After that time materials will no longer be available for download.  Next month, Simplicity will be available for purchase download from the Clickinmoms store but there will no longer be a forum for the class.

What is your Breakout, Simplicity, about?
Simplicity will help people that have already begun shooting.  It’s geared toward intermediate shooters and discusses less about the camera settings more about the hows/whys of shooting and making things easier when running a session.

Some topics covered are:

  • Finding Inspiration
  • Journaling
  • Your Personal Style and Meshing it with Your Photography Work
  • Finding Locations
  • Clients Homes – Tips and Tricks
  • Shooting Your Own Children Successfully
  • Shooting Families & Newborns

What is included?

  • A 57 page PDF written by me
  • 2 editing videos (Lightroom 3 and one in Photoshop CS5)
  • Templates for Birth Announcements & A Storyboard
  • Q&A video (not yet recorded)

What’s the cost?
$25 if you purchase while the breakout is live and $30 if you wait until it hits the store!

I hope to see you in the forum!

Have some more questions?  Answer in the comments or email me at [email protected]