Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to future Ralph Lauren model, Austin. He is the firstborn of some very good friends of ours and we all hung out at our neighborhood park to snag some photos of this handsome boy.
He was a little shy at first, naturally, but after I proved that the camera wasn’t scary and I am in fact a fun person to hang out with…the smiles started showing up.He looks SO MUCH like his dad and it’s hysterical when he makes these faces because I can’t help but envision his dad doing it instead. Cracks me up every time.
In case you were curious where he gets his good looks…..
…genes. It’s science. : )
I am so glad these guys asked me to document their baby turning one. Here’s to many more years to come!!
I spent the afternoon with Miss Finley on Tuesday and as usual could not resist snapping some photo’s of her in the beautiful late morning light.
Those eyelashes and sweet little nose just kill me. This was one of the first shoots I’ve done with her where she had a vested interest in the end result. After nearly every shot she wanted to try a new face and then approve the image. Maybe I’ll give her the photography bug eventually! Here were her top choices : )
I think she picked some good ones! It was a fun day and I’m already looking forward to hanging with her again next week!
Alright people ~ I just passed the 1,000 pins mark on Pinterest and show no sign of stopping. If you want to get in on the party, look over to your right and click follow me on Pinterest. If you don’t know what Pinterest is then I’m sorry you simply CANNOT be helped. If I’m the first to introduce you to it (doubtful) then I apologize because it’s absolutely going to suck your life into a black hole.
Second item of business…some pretty cherries to look at.
I’ve got some posts in the works for this week that are a bit less sporadic than this one, but I just had these few random things to cover.
Random things like THIS. Click it. For happiness. It shows my wicked dance moves. BTW it’s a gif from an awesome app called Gifboom. Get it.
Lastly, I CAN’T stop listening to this song.
No…not Call Me Maybe.
THIS one. It’s by yOya and it’s called Fireworks and it is best served really loud in a car preferably on the way to the lakes. Enjoy and see you tomorrow.
I would like to start this post by thanking everyone who took the time to read my entry yesterday. Midwest Mountainess had an all time high on daily site visits nearly doubling the previous number. I had a sneaking suspicion that the mentioning of babies would get everyone going.
Too bad it’s the last you’ll be hearing about that for awhile.
At least until my next period is late. (sorry boys I should have warned you)
Speaking of site visits, blog stats, and daily readers, I wanted to take a minute and ask you all for a little help if I could.
I’m trying to increase daily traffic to my blog and so far the only way I’ve been successful is by posting new entries on Facebook. I’d like to avoid having to do that with every post because I don’t want to annoy people and also because I don’t want people only to come to my blog when I tell them to.
I want them to want to come here – everyday. I’m going to help them want to do that by trying to post every single weekday, at least once, and consistently in the morning (except for today).
If you’ll look over to the right of this sentence and then up, you’ll see a little space for you to type in your e-mail address and then a button that says ‘follow me’. You’ll also see the number of followers I currently have, which at this exact moment is 19. I KNOW from the site stats yesterday that way more people than that are reading.
If you are a random person that accidentally stumbled upon my blog, don’t hit the follow button (unless you want to) if you don’t like what you see. I can dig it.
But if you’re someone else, say someone like my mom (my first follower) who LOVES my blog, hit that button! All that happens is you’ll get an e-mail whenever I publish a post. Simple.
If eventually my bouts of anxiety and photo’s of my cat become too much for you to handle, you can simple unfollow me in the same e-mails. Simple. Mean…but simple.
Another way to keep up with Midwest Mountainess (for those of you not computer savvy) is to add me to your bookmarks. On my computer I have a bookmark titled ‘blogs’ with a drop down menu of every single blog that I read and I go through that list every single day. My goal lis to be in lot’s of people’s ‘daily reads’. We shall see.
The third thing I’d like help with is…MORE COMMENTS! Especially on Midwest Mountainess instead of on Facebook. If you liked it – tell me! If you didn’t – get lost! : )
The NEXT (and final) thing I wanted help with (I know…sooooo needy) is the naming of my “photography business”. That got quotes because it is SO NOT a business yet, hence the question I’m about to ask.
What in the hell should I call it?
Here are a few names I’ve been mulling over.
ALI HENDRICKSON PHOTOGRAPHY
to the point
will always be my name no matter where I go, live etc.
everybody names their photography business like this
doesn’t stand out
My other option was exactly the same but different.
ALI KINKADE PHOTOGRAPHY
I get to use my old last name (which I love)
again…not very original
MIDWEST MOUNTAINESS PHOTOGRAPHY
slightly more original
might catch the eye of someone from the midwest
ties into my blog
MOUNTAINESS PHOTOGRAPHY, MOUNTAINESS IMAGES or MOUNTAINESS something else (taking suggestions)
ties into my blog without being the same thing
i can grow both ‘businesses’ together and cohesively
speaks to where I live and would do business
too specific to where I live and would do business
I don’t know guys. It’s a big step but I need to decide so I can get the branding going, business cards printed, website started etc. What a great opportunity for you all to leave a comment in the comments section! : )
Go ahead and vote! Voting will be open for a week and I’ll let you know the results once it’s over.
I spent the better portion of my day yesterday going through an old blog and all its posts. I did this with great trepidation, expecting to be a little embarrassed, but mostly because I was truly nervous to revisit those days and the painful feelings that filled them up.
I was surprised to find how many posts I actually wrote and how many of them were quite positive. I was surprised at how much time has passed since then (2008 to early 2010) and how many things have both changed and stayed the same. But what really surprised me is how much I enjoyed reading what I wrote. I’m not sure if it’s because I was reading things that I had experienced and it was an interesting experiment to go back, or because the writing was actually pretty good. It’s probably both.
I think what made it compelling for me was how raw and honest and real everything I said was. I wasn’t putting up any airs. I wasn’t trying to be anything I wasn’t. I wrote about the bad AND the good with equal emotion. It seemed like I was feeling more. Or at least I wasn’t afraid to tell everyone what I was feeling, no matter what it was.
It was cathartic to go back. I cried a lot reading the thoughts of my formerly scared and sad self.
I was fresh out of college and had just finished four years of professionally writing papers (or so it felt) so my writing skills were a bit more honed. I’m going to try and be better at that in this new blog.
I think the biggest thing I took away from re-reading those posts was how not real I have been in this new blog so far. I’ve been honest, sure. I just haven’t really posted anything with any passion yet. I’ve been intentionally very self restrained. I quit writing that blog because I thought it represented a part in my life I wasn’t proud of. I had just moved to Denver, I was immeasurably sad and felt very very alone. I moved on from those feelings and left them behind me along with the writing of the blog.
I wanted this new blog to be a fresh start, maybe a gateway to a photography business, and definitely less of a diary. What I didn’t want it to be was a bunch of fluff. I am bounds happier now so clearly that will be reflected in the snippets of my life I put on here, but I have posted a fair amount of fluff. I realize it’s early on, and I do want this blog to fit more in the ‘lifestyle’ genre, but I’m going to try and be less self-conscious about what I write from now on. Lucky you : )
I’m also going to include some posts from that old blog, here and there. You have to look back sometimes to see how far you’ve come in certain areas and stayed stuck in others. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of good old fashioned guilty pleasure fluff.