Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's here...

...the middle of July. And I did it, I chose to "run away" for a few days last week. I left this beautiful scenery at it's peak time of year and went to NYC. Summer on Cape Cod is the time of year I long for. I love the hustle and bustle. I love the scheduling challenges, it's similiar to fitting the pieces of a puzzle together. I love the energy on these teeny tiny dark streets. The quite of the very early morning, the blazing sun in the late afternoons.
I share with you my NYC get away because as I was walking down Madison Avenue one afternoon, I got a call, I didn't answer it and let voicemail pick up. You would as well if you ever walked the noisy streets of New York. Answering your phone while on the streets of this city is bordering plain rude. No meaningful conversation can be had that way! I listened to my messages a bit later and responded accordingly. I checked emails and found myself caught in a place, wishing maybe time could stand still, for so many reasons. I had received 2 messages from past clients, one goes back to my first year in business, 14 years ago. This particular family is coming back to their family home in Chatham for the last summer and wants the kids photographed again! The house is going on the market.
The next message was from a woman, again a family I have photographed numerous times at Wequassett Inn. She was sharing the news that her oldest daughter is to be married and they would love to have me come down and photograph the wedding in Short Hills next summer! I couldn't think of another family whom I would be delighted to work with again as I have photographed the extended family so know them all.
As I dialed the phone I started thinking of how things change. The natural ( and some unwanted) occurrences in life. For some I am sure the sale of an old family home would be very hard to endure,it is the end of one chapter or in this case many chapters.
A wedding for many is saying "goodbye", which I simply do not understand. However can you only imagine what lies ahead? The possibilities are endless. The new places you may visit and explore. The new people who are now going to be in your life, at your holiday table, on family vacations. I do tend to see the positive side of things, well I sure try to at the least!
To look at where I just came from, what occurred and what thrilling adventure will eventually be at my feet.
In this bustling world, New York City reminded me just how busy it is for so many people. I wonder how many are present and living in the moment. Realize in this world how fast things change, be open to change! Teach your kids to be open to changes as we are living in a society that is forever evolving.
Always remember when one door closes another door opens. Endless possibilities lie ahead when you are willing to open your eyes to them.
~ Cheers~

Thursday, July 7, 2011

good or evil wolf?

Recently a friend posted the following story on the Pictage Forums. It is attributed to Cherokee tradition, but has roots in many cultures. It offers an interesting perspective...

One day an old man and his grandson were sharing some time together and the old man told the boy a story about two wolves that wage a battle inside of us all.

He said, “One wolf is evil. It is anger, jealousy, false pride, greed, regret, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego.

The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth, compassion, benevolence and faith.”

The boy thought about the story and asked his Grandfather, "Which wolf wins the battle?"
The grandfather smiled and said, "The one you feed."

When you choose which wolf YOU will feed keep in mind it will reflect in all you do, every step of the way.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yes the sun will shine again!

If you are experiencing the same weather pattern as those of us here on Cape Cod, then you are waking up wondering:
a: is it groundhog day?
b: has mother nature finally decided to treat us as too many people treat her?
c: will the sun ever stay out for more than 10 minutes ever, ever again!!

While the weather certainly helps most of us motivate on a daily basis. . Maybe it's time we each start waking up and realizing what it is we have to be happy for and acknowledging one thing a day, one day at a time. In doing so you will realize that nobody else is responsible for your own happiness, just YOU. It is actually a really great feeling and you will come to know you have a million things to be grateful & happy for.

Yes, the sun will come out again and summer will be here. I will be busy photographing your families and children at various beaches. We will all be able to enjoy the usual full day on the beach, cookouts, late afternoons with friends watching the sun go down and the kids play. I can feel it just thinking of my boys running around laughing, splashing, boogie boarding, and jumping waves with friends they may have just met on the beach that day!

Hopefully this picture brings a smile to your day and you too can think of what memories this summer will hold for you.
I used this picture 2 years ago as part of my Christmas Card, it was my favorite holiday creation thus far. My boys have grown so much since this but they for sure still race for anything and everything!
~ XO Sarah~

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Who's the Boss?

It's been over 13 years since I have had to work for someone else, I mean having a boss to report to.
I work for hundreds of people a year who I pretty much consider my "bosses". However I do not check in with some one everyday nor do I punch a time clock. Thankfully I am a planner through and through, I think it is the only way I have been able to juggle two businesses and three boys. All the while keeping my sanity, alright, some may beg to differ and say I have lost my sanity!!
When we work for other people, having work hours, weekly meetings, and daily tasks is practically expected. However, when working for ourselves, it’s very easy to let time slip by if we don’t create a daily schedule. The great thing about working for ourselves is that we can create a schedule that works with our own peak productivity and distraction times. If we know that we are most productive with post-production late at night, and we have the freedom to wake up later in the day (not with 3 boys) than we can create a schedule that allows us to focus in this way. If we know that we’re most alert to responding to emails first thing in the morning, than we can create a schedule that works with our peak alertness. By simply planning out when we will deal with our regular tasks for a typical week, we can increase our efficiency. I know my shooting schedules typically far in advance so I just need to plan my actual days off. That, I find is the hardest in having my own businesses...I am doing much better with it though. Technology doesn't want anyone to have a day off. Will it's advancements slow down a little bit so we can catch on and master one new operating system before the new edition comes out??
Cheers to what will hopefully be a sunny day Cape Cod..soon? ~S

Monday, April 25, 2011

The 2011 season has begun....

I was lucky to share in the vows of Cheryl & Paul at Wequassett Resort & Golf Club during a rainstorm this past weekend! I love that they joined me outside to highlight the weather, you might as well make the best of a rainy day and use the fabulous umbrella as a prop! It was a very intimate affair in the main dining room, 28 Atlantic, my favorite location at the Resort. There were flowers designed by a friend of the bride's with birds of paradise as the centerpiece in memory of the groom's mother.
Weddings like this past weekend with couple's as wonderful as these 2 make me appreciate and enjoy my job so much! I am welcoming 2011 with open arms~Sarah

Monday, April 18, 2011

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

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