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First off – to all my blog readers who emailed me last time after I posted about New Kids on the Block, ok I bought their new album on itunes, I LOVE IT.  (is it ok for a grown woman to confess that?)  It’s perfect, no one is home and I’m going to play loud music while I clean the house music.  I’m not sure that’s what they had in mind while they were making the album, but if you dance like I do when you are mopping the floor, this is a good one for that.

If I were asked to write down a list of adjectives that describe myself I would sadly have to add clumsy to the list.  Oh how I envy ballerinas and figure skaters, they are so graceful and smooth.  Me on the other hand, well I seem to trip over air.  A few months ago I tripped over the sidewalk at the mall, in my defense there was some concrete that was uneven and sticking up.  Down I went and it just so happened to be at the busiest parking lot of Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, CA and I ended up breaking my favorite pair of sunglasses that are no longer made, I was sad, they made me look so cool ;) .

When I was pregnant with my daughter I was walking (ha again at the mall) and someone had forgotten to put down the wet floor sign and I had on some slippery shoes and yep, down I went.  When I was in girl scouts (800 years ago) I was carrying back a pepsi bottle to the machine for my troop leader (remember those really tall old school pepsi bottles that you pulled from the machine), the floor was wet from someone spilling a cup of ice.  Down I went and to this day I have this obnoxious scar on my wedding ring finger as a reminder of that fall.  They should have done a butterfly bandage but they didnt and the scar is ikky!  I also have a scar on my foot from a broken bottle that clamped around my foot (I didnt see it in high grass).

Oh my list could go on and on and on of my oh so graceful moments (please note my heavy sarcasm here).

Yesterday I went to Michael’s (yes that is the best store ever for stuff, scissors that make cool edges, stickers, punches, paper oh my!) and I was walking along minding my own business when my flip flop got caught under the wheel and somehow my foot slammed in to the cart.  Ouch was my first thought and then my foot started throbbing.  So I am now the proud owner of not one but two lovely broken toes.  My “this little piggy had none” and my “this little piggy went wee wee wee all the way home” toes are broken on my left foot.  They are a lovely shade of purple, some would say grape-like.

I’m not sure why I’m telling this story, it has nothing to do with photography, but I guess it helps you to get to know me better.  While I may be clumsy, I always get right back up without missing a beat and laugh at how I’m not the most graceful person on the planet.  I think I missed my calling, I bet Ringling Brothers has a place for people like me.

So today, broken toes in tow, we went to the Paulding County Arts & Crafts festival at Paulding Meadows.  Funnel cakes, fried Coca-Cola, fried dill pickles, you name it they had it.  I’m trying to figure out how you fry Coca-Cola, but that is a mystery that I’ll solve another day as I didn’t get over to that booth.  I had grand ideas for taking lots of pictures, but in the end I only took a few and just enjoyed all of the festivities.  Here’s my son taking a ride on a horse.  I bet that horse is more graceful than I am!

I hope you are all having a great weekend, try not to trip over air like I do!

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Connie - September 6, 2008 - 9:04 pm

Oh he does look a bit unsure of that horse doesn’t he? It sounds like a fun day and I’d love to hear if you ever solve the fried cola mystery- that seems like quite a feat! Speaking of feet, so sorry about yours! Sounds very painful!

Brandi - September 7, 2008 - 10:56 am

I think it’s okay for a grown woman to like NKOTB considering the fact they aren’t.. kids… anymore :P :P Hehehe.

Kimberly Hill - September 7, 2008 - 11:09 am

Yeah, but can the horse photograph like you? Doubtful ;) Sorry about the piggies. Ice those babies!

Jennifer - September 7, 2008 - 8:47 pm

oh Angela, reading this about you sounded like me and the “accidents” Ive had, I am so clumsy too! HAHAA, I have a messed up toe too, except its my big toe! We can both be clumsy graceful! lol Sounds like your fitting in and enjoying your new town!

Deanna - September 7, 2008 - 10:09 pm

OOOh isn’t the NKOTB album good? But you have to buy the CD because there are PICTURES inside!!! *drool*

I’m so sorry about your toes…you and I would get along great. I’m a total klutz.


Tosha Francis - September 8, 2008 - 7:46 am

Sure it’s ok for a grown woman to LOVE NKOTB. This grown woman is going to see them in concert in October with my prego girlfriend! That’s how much we love them over here!!!

Maria - September 8, 2008 - 12:33 pm

HA! It must have been something in the air last week. I broke my toe as well trying to make a bed. And of course, it was the day we were having 50 cadets over to the house for a cookout. My toe looked pretty amazing by the end of the day. =) Hope yours heals quickly!

In my bag…

I often get emails from other photographers asking what kind of gear I use so I thought I would go ahead and post it here so I can refer people to it quickly.

So right now I have three different camera bags that I use.

First up is my Shootsac. It’s good to use on location when you want to change lenses on the go and not be weighed down by a big huge bag. Although I’ll go ahead and confess to using it as a purse sometimes and throwing my point and shoot camera in it with my iphone and just go! I have the calm cover for it but I think I actually like the plain ol’ black cover because it matches pretty much anything and the flip side of it is a lens cloth.

and here it is loaded up

Then I have my Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home. (Yes that really is the name of it). I’m a carry everything including the kitchen sink kind of girl, always prepared so the 7 Million really didn’t work so great for me because I use a grip on my bodies and that makes them huge, so it simply didn’t have enough room. I still have it and I’ll use it when I’m just taking one body with me. How can you not love a camera bag that is red? That alone gives it major cool points.

Now my favorite bag of all that I absolutely adore is my Jill-e large black roller. It holds everything! But let me warn you, this is one big bag. The photo does not even come close to letting you know how big. HUGE is a better word I think! It has polka dot material on the inside, too cute!

So what do I put in this bag? Well here’s a list of my gear…

15 Compact Flash Cards
2 sync cords
1 Polarizer & Case
3 UV filters & Cases
and a bunch of other small loose things with room for more
Also there is a pocket that will hold my laptop – (will fit any laptop up to size 17 inch).

I also have my strobes, softboxes, softliter and other goodies that just don’t quite fit in the bag, but I don’t always use them so that’s a good thing!

So now you know what’s in my bag!

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Helen - January 6, 2008 - 9:28 pm

OMG! I think you have every piece of photographic equipment anyone could ever need! Thank goodness there’s a bag out there big enough to fit it all in!

How do you decide which & what pieces of equipment your going to use for a shoot?

Ginger - January 7, 2008 - 5:18 pm

Hi Angela! I saw you featured on Blu’s site, and had to check out your work!
I love it, and I had to come tell you that i absolutely adore the 2nd song on
your website! I’m a cellist, so I love that type of music– and it goes perfectly
with your kid pics!

Blu’s a bit busy right now, but at some point in the future I’ll get my site up on running
(just purchased in on Jan 1st)– I’m looking forward to finding music that fits my
style– which can be a tricky task! But you did a great job;)

Blessings to you and your work:)

PamN - January 8, 2008 - 11:00 am

Hey Angela, did you know that SOON Shootsac will be offering custom covers – with your logo, and maybe colors? I actually take my cover completely off when shooting a wedding, so I never bought a cute one…this might tempt me.

Jaime Shrader - January 8, 2008 - 2:54 pm

Hey Angela,
Which lense would you recommend first, your 85mm or the 60mm, and why?


Angela - January 8, 2008 - 3:05 pm

Well I use the 85 and 60 for different things. With the 85 I don’t typically use it indoors as I often don’t have enough room to back up. I love it outside and the bokeh from it is GORGEOUS! The 60 I use that one a lot for newborns because it’s also a macro lens so you can get close up to those cute little baby toes and parts. It’s also a great portrait lens too – and for these lenses I use them on my D3. For Canon shooters I have to confess my undying love for the 24-70L, as you can tell by my Nikon gear I’m a prime lens kinda gal, but that 24-70 is one of my favorite lenses.

Michaela - January 9, 2008 - 9:22 am

First, your website and photography is amazing! I love your logo, your style and I love reading your blog!

Thank you so much for sharing what’s in your bag, I have been agonizing over what to purchase to get my business started. I spent almost 10 years photographing children on film, but this whole digital world is new to me. I’ve had the Nikon D70 for 2 years and it’s already starting to act funny. I read somewhere that if used often a digital camera can burn out in about 2 years?

I can’t decide between the Fuji finepix pro S5 or the Nikon D300. (The D3 price is not in my budget). I considered the Canon 5D, but I also want to build my lens palot and eventually purchase the D3. I just keep going round and round over these 3 cameras, which would you choose?

Angela - January 9, 2008 - 9:44 am

I’m a raw shooter and I find the S5 to be a little slow, now for Jpeg users it isnt quite so bad. If I had to choose between the D300 and the S5 I would without a doubt go for the D300, it’s amazing and the change in noise handling over the D200 alone is worth it. It’s like the D3′s little sister! Since your ultimate goal is the D3, I would just stick with Nikon. :)

Moises Tagle - January 30, 2008 - 3:57 am

I am in awe of your work. Its amaizing. Im an amature photographer but i can say, you got a fan here. Im in the L.A. Area. Maybe i can meet you someday. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I can tell your a down to earth Gal.


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