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Yoohoo Los Angeles…

I’m headed your way for spring portrait shoots April 17-22.  I have one, possibly two spots available, the rest are all spoken for.  Give me a shout via email if you are interested, just click the contact link at the top of the blog and enter your info!

While I have your attention, check out our newest family member.  Her name is Ripley!  Isn’t she a cutie pie?  She likes to eat sticks and random things, so it looks like here she was chowing down on some tasty spider webs and I caught her red handed, look how guilty she looks.  She is allegedly part beagle part dachshund, but I’m not so sure about that.

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Janine Memon - February 23, 2009 - 4:08 pm

She’s such a cutie! My first dog was a part beagle/part dachshund mix.

Lisa - February 23, 2009 - 4:18 pm

That FACE!!! She TOTALLY looks guilty! HAHA

Chung Nguyen - February 23, 2009 - 5:24 pm

Aww, what a sweetie! Did you find her at the shelter? I love her panda-like face. Very precious.

Kimberly Hill - February 23, 2009 - 7:35 pm

I still think her name should be Google but Ripley’s a good second choice. I’m going to give your CA clients another day or two to fill that slot, then I’m going to start calling my own CA friends to grab it. I can only be sweet and professional for so long!!

Dulce - February 23, 2009 - 8:28 pm

LOL, that IS a guilty look! and as the owner of two pugs I know a guilty look when I see one! :) She is so cute though, how could you scold her? :)

Terrilyn - February 23, 2009 - 8:35 pm

Oh my heavens she is just way too cute for words Angela! I almost can’t stand it. LOL I love her!!!

Kendell Silveira - February 23, 2009 - 10:05 pm

My Ripple barks “HELLO”!! And “mmmmm spider webs” (editors note) my Ripple actually prefers sprinkler system, GFCI electrical boxes that power my office and low voltage garden lighting.

Ripley is a doll!!!

Laurie - February 24, 2009 - 4:26 am

What a cute puppy! and she totally looks guilty in this pic..

Danna - February 24, 2009 - 10:18 pm

ohhhh Angela she is so so adorable!!!

jennifer - February 25, 2009 - 11:22 am

awww she too cute, and innocent too!:)

Meggan - February 25, 2009 - 5:23 pm

I am so in love with your puppy! You almost make me want one. LOL :)

Michelle Parsley - February 26, 2009 - 6:34 am

Awww! Hi, Ripley! Nice to “meet” you!!

Kim - February 28, 2009 - 2:12 pm

ok those paws look way too big too be a mix of those breeds, how old is she? She is adorable and I love her name!

Teri Mason - February 28, 2009 - 7:37 pm

she’s just so darn cute, spiderwebs and all…

marmalade - February 28, 2009 - 10:51 pm

that dog is the CUTEST thing ever.

allie - March 1, 2009 - 5:33 pm

Oh goodness, how precious!!

MaryAnn - March 2, 2009 - 6:08 am

It looks like she’s saying “Oh no”. lol! Perfect shot, she’s adorable!

Dawn R - March 2, 2009 - 6:30 pm

SO cute!!!!

Heather/OneShotBeyondPhotography - March 2, 2009 - 6:36 pm

You forgot to mention just how adorable she is! Her eyes have it! Have a safe & good trip to LA

Tonya Marie - March 3, 2009 - 6:09 pm

What a sweet little puppy! Makes me wish we were ready to take on that responsibility…but no such luck here.
Enjoy her!

Pammy - March 3, 2009 - 10:47 pm

Ripley looks like such a fun, sweet doggy. I would be loving her big time all the time

Heather - March 11, 2009 - 2:45 pm

I’m comin’ to steal your dog :)

Amy (3Peas) - March 20, 2009 - 9:34 am

You are totally giving me puppy fever….she’s adorable!

Sydney - March 21, 2009 - 2:56 am

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leesia - March 30, 2009 - 12:40 pm

awww, congrats!! she is too cute!

Gael Noel - April 8, 2009 - 8:23 pm

She is so cute!! Looks like she has some Jack Russell Terrier in her for sure!!

New Kids on the Block – Atlanta

Last night my friend Josh and I went to the New Kids On the Block concert here in Atlanta.  Oh my goodness, they were AWESOME and I think everyone in the audience had a sore throat and probably couldn’t hear well after leaving the show, the audience was so excited and LOUD!!!  Natasha Bedingfield & Lady Gaga opened for them and they were really good too.  I’m telling you, it is just not fair how well men age compared to women.  Jordan, Joey, Donnie, Danny & Jon were even cuter than they were back in the New Kids on the Block heyday.  We had the best time, we danced, screamed, sang, yelled, cheered and partied the entire time.  The only bad thing from that is how much my feet hurt now!  To all my blog readers in other cities who are going (and you know who you are) you are going to have so much fun!  I wish I could go again!

Here’s a little clip from the show last night, we had great seats!

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On this one you can see Jordan looking right at me, yep he was singing to me!  It’s a song about taking photographs, see I told you he was singing to me! ;)

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PamN - October 30, 2008 - 6:05 am

Geez, he WAS looking at you! Glad you had fun.

chantelle bliss - October 30, 2008 - 2:34 pm

sounds like so much fun! I, like every other teenage girl at the time, loved them way back when. Great shots!

Kimberly Hill - October 30, 2008 - 3:31 pm

I love how excited you are about this, Angela!

Terrilyn - October 30, 2008 - 7:09 pm

Oh my gosh!! You didn’t?!?! Well, obviously you DID! LOL How fun!! I’m so glad to hear you had a fun night out, well deserved girlfriend!

Julia - October 30, 2008 - 8:46 pm

TOO fun!! They do look better now than they did back then… no fair!

allie - October 30, 2008 - 9:32 pm

Girl you crack me up. Glad you had a fabulous time!

Shellie - November 6, 2008 - 1:23 pm

oh my word!! I was thinking the same thing as Terrilyn – Oh no you didn’t! But you did!! how fun!!! LOL!

Clumsy

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.

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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!

Risking my life…

When I was young my uncle would take my cousin and I to the skating rink at least 1x a week. In fact I was *sooo* super cool that I had my own shiny white roller skates all decked out with colored wheels topped off with the biggest pom poms ever attached to my laces. I would wear my hair in one pony tail TO THE SIDE (who in the world ever thought that was a good idea was clearly out of their head). I could roller skate with the best of them, I could even truck (which is a cool word for being able to do fancy moves with your feet while skating). I was the ultimate roller diva, school skating parties I was so there, church skating parties – yep, slumber skating parties – yep. I remember the skating rink we used to go to loved to play Dirty Laundry by Don Henley over and over.

Fast forward to oh about 25 years later (I’m guessing the last time I roller skated was when I was 10) and my son’s school is having a roller skating night to promote the PTA. Now I think in my entire time in California I only saw one roller skating rink and that was when I worked for Special Olympics and they had a competition there. I guess it’s not a cool thing there, but there are tons of ice skating rinks. So we head over to the skating rink, my kids skated for the first time (more like attempted). “Mommy Mommy skate with us like you did when you were a kid.” Really? Oh man, Mommy is old, tired and well, when grown ups fall on their hiney it’s kinda painful. Ouch, I was having visions of the ambulance carrying me away with a broken leg.

Well I’m a push over so I ended up renting a pair of skates and skating with the kids. I’ll admit I’m very shaky, but I didn’t fall and some of it came back to me, in no time I should be back to roller diva status. Now this is the cool thing, the skating rink has Monday afternoon skating that is .99 and that is admission, skate rental, pizza and one other thing that I can’t remember. What a deal! So I’ve now been talked in to taking the kids back again soon so they can learn and be able to “skate real fast and be cool”.

For all you peeps here in Metro Atlanta, check out Sparkles Skating Rink for a good time with your kids, they have four locations – Hiram, Kennesaw, Smyrna & Gwinnett. My kids loved the playground and next time my son said he wants to play laser tag!

So today, I risked my life… and it was fun.

PS – Happy 40th birthday to my husband, who by the way chose not to try to roller skate tonight, he’s never ever roller skated before and he didn’t want to push his luck on his birthday

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Kristina Whitman - August 26, 2008 - 8:46 pm

What a blast from the past! I took my kids to a skating party a few weeks ago and it was like a time warp. The skating rink looks, sounds, and smells exactly as it did 25 years ago! It was wild. Kudos to you on the skating. I wasn’t brave enough! Now post pictures of you skating, ha, ha! :-)

Olivia - August 26, 2008 - 9:55 pm

Ahhh yes, the roller rink. I used to have good memories–until this 31 year old tried to bring back the glory days of her youth and paid dearly for it. A broken tailbone was not what I had in mind that day.

Season Moore - August 27, 2008 - 5:13 am

Oh.My.Gosh. I spent my CHILDHOOD at Sparkles!! SO FUNNY! I was a backwards skating DIVA!! :-p Gosh, I can’t even tell you how many birthday parties I spent at that place…

Stacy - August 27, 2008 - 6:13 am

I love roller skating….at least when I was younger and I was good too…ask me if I can do those turns and skate back-wards now? LOL

Julie - August 27, 2008 - 7:06 am

Good for you. I used to skate a lot as a kid, too. My hubby and I tried to do it again a few years ago and we fell so much I don’t think I will ever go back. We are so not cool anymore. :(

Charlaine - August 27, 2008 - 2:45 pm

you know what I loved? Roller limbo! Oh yeah!

Kimberly Hill - August 27, 2008 - 7:16 pm

Look out XANADU, here comes Angela! I used to roller skate competitively in California. Yeah, I was a roller diva too.

Anna-Karin - August 27, 2008 - 7:47 pm

How much fun!
I wish we could have seen you in action, that would have been a hoot!
Our boys actually loves to rollers skate and when they were in preschool (now they are in real school….)they had roller skating once a week.
It was a great skill to have and when they would be invited to roller skate parties you could totally tell who the kids from their preschool was as they could skate so well compared to others.

Looks like you are adjusting just fine and well to your new surroundings.

Officially Initiated

? 1. Have law enforcement show up at your new home.

? 2. Have multiple power outtages.

? 3. Experience thunderstorm.

?? 4. Get lost because your GPS has no clue where anything is, and you are about as geographically challenged as they come. (deserves a double check)

?5. Order “sweet tea”

?6. Visit Gone With the Wind Museum

?7. Have someone cuss you out on the phone because you “stole” their home phone number.

?8. Get stung by a vicious monster.

??9. Listen to your security system blare for an hour because you have no clue what the passcode is because the system technically isn’t being activated until next week. (double checks because it’s happened twice already).

?10. Can’t call home because you don’t know your home phone number and your iphone reset itself and you lost all your contacts and the home number was one of them. You are reapeatedly asked for your phone number and you have to say, I don’t know. You are then asked for your cell phone number and you have to look on the side where you have taped the number on to the phone with a post it note and a piece of tape.

?11. See the big KFC Chicken

I think I can honestly say that I am now offcially initiated and I’m a Georgian. (Is that how you say it? Hmm) Last week law enforcement showed up when the power went out after the storm when we couldnt get the security system turned off. The power has gone out two times in less than two weeks. My GPS is acting like I’m crazy when I type in addresses, I’m wondering where this attitude came from, she suddenly gets upset when she starts all this “recalculating” mess when giving me directions. I’m waiting for her to scream obscenities at me when I don’t go the way she tells me to go. Sweet tea is a must if you live in the south, I’ve drank my share already and its back to Coke Zero, Diet Pepsi and that yummy Chick Fil-A Diet Lemonade.

Comcast gave us someone elses phone number, no they had not cancelled it, they were still using it and they weren’t so happy when their friends started calling and I told them they had the wrong number. Yikes. So sorry about that, didn’t mean to take your number, you can thank Comcast for that.

Today we were at the pool, I was minding my own business sitting there with my feet in the water while the kids were swimming. I started feeling a really bad sting in my arm and looked down and this huge monster was stinging me (ok it was a wasp, but just let me be dramatic and picture the hugest wasp on the planet). I immediately start screaming like I’m at a New Kids on the Block concert and try and get the darn thing off of my arm. He (I’m calling the wasp a he, he looked mean) wouldnt let go and finally I was able to flick him in to the pool. This darn thing hurts, it made me sick then I had to take a nap for a while. My arm is still swollen and I can still feel the stinging, I guess because I can’t get the stinger out. Google repeatedly talks about venom and all sorts of bad things. Yikes!

(gee I’m rather rambly tonight for someone who was stung by a monster ;-) )

This afternoon on my way back from Marietta I stopped for a quick tour through the Gone With the Wind Museum. It’s not real big but they have a lot of neat memorabilia, posters, costumes, etc. So here are a few snaps from there. Oh but before that I passed by the big huge chicken that has googly eyes on top of a KFC restaurant. Apparently it’s a big deal around here as a few people have mentioned it to me, so now I can mark that off my list!

But first, here’s one quick one of my little client Mr. J, from his at home portion of his session…

They sky was completely white for a little while this morning, it was weird!

and here’s that chicken I was telling you about…

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Lisa R - August 15, 2008 - 4:38 am

Oh, you will quickly learn that many things revolve around “The Big Chicken.”

Chick Fil A Diet Lemonade is delightful…yum. And it’s all Coke, Coke, Coke around here, you’ll find (oh, and Delta and Home Depot).

When we first moved here there were no GPS’ – imagine getting around without it. The joy is when you’re driving down one road, look up, and the name has changed – but you never made a turn. ;)

I’ll bet that number was a 770 one, eh? People like to keep their 770s.

Welcome to Atlanta!

Anna-Karin - August 15, 2008 - 4:50 am

Welcome to the south!
Sounds like you are getting the enjoyment of all parts of becoming a southerner again. Once settled you will love it.

Maria - August 15, 2008 - 8:39 am

Oh dear…I totally understand Angela. Having moved 4 times in the 3.5yrs we’ve been married, I am so simpathetic. Hang in there…soon you’ll be acting like a local, talking with a deep southern accent, and making your own sweet tea. ;-)

lroah - August 15, 2008 - 9:40 am

Angela, I am so disappointed that I discovered your blog just as you were moving, as I would have loved to have met you. I live in Los Angeles, and I used to live in Atlanta, so this made me laugh so hard! Your photography is amazing, but I love your blog especially because you always make me laugh!

heather - August 15, 2008 - 10:35 am

Wow, you made it! What a time huh? Well, you give all of us with huge mortgages in CA something to think about (moving)…so I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you. I hope that phone thing gets worked out soon. And about the GPS… have you told your GPS that you’re in Georgia now? I know when I was traveling to AZ, I had to plug in something saying I was in AZ and not in CA…that fixed a lot of probs. Good luck!!!

Kimberly Hill - August 15, 2008 - 10:38 am

You poor baby! (she says as she sucks down her Chick-fil-A lemonade) ;)

Season Moore - August 15, 2008 - 11:09 am

I still can’t believe you’re in Atl!!!! My Mom just told me this morning that they are putting the house on the market and moving as soon as it sells so it look like I won’t be spending much time in A-town any more :-/

corey civetta - August 15, 2008 - 11:43 am

Oh wow – so sorry you’ve had all that to deal with! How crazy about your phone number!! And yes, a lot of things revolve around the “big chicken” here. I was so disappointed when I saw it for the first time … maybe I didn’t expect the googly looking eyes. LOL

You are missing something on your list, though – “get together with Corey” needs to be added. (am I sounding like a stalker yet?) LOL

Kelly - August 15, 2008 - 12:27 pm

Hilarious…sounds like my life! I was in the Atlanta/Marietta area in July to shoot a wedding and saw the big chicken, too! Did you see the NASA spaceship McDonald’s playplace? And if it makes you feel any better, my GPS was very confused and rude to me when I was there, as well. I swore I heard her say, “dang, didn’t I tell you to turn around 10 minutes ago?!” :)

Brandy - August 15, 2008 - 1:29 pm

That chicken is fricken awesome. I need to come see it.

Julia - August 15, 2008 - 7:54 pm

Heh heh, welcome to the South! It took me 4 years of living here before I finally saw the Big Chicken so you are on your game. So sorry about that nasty wasp, and yes, everyone, it WAS the largest wasp in the world. I’m an animal-lover but was glad to see that meanie meet his grisly end being splashed by children in the pool. BTW, now that you’re here I think your GPS system should start talking in a Southern accent. “Turn rahhht at the Biiig Chiiiicken. Bless your heart, you missed your turn. Fixin’ to recalculate…..”

abbey - August 16, 2008 - 6:17 am

oh no!! welcome to georgia…
hopefully things will only get better from here on out!

Marmalade - August 16, 2008 - 8:06 am

somehow you still make it sound fun (i know it isn’t). gps troubles aside, well all troubles aside, i think you’ve had enough drama. time to settle in and rock atlanta as the hip atlanta children’s photog that you are! xoxo

Jennifer - August 16, 2008 - 8:51 pm

hahaha, yep you are offically back in the south girl, have fun!!

alpana - August 19, 2008 - 11:46 pm

what a wild start to life in a new city! All I remember of the city is all those Peach tree streets. Hope you settle in soon.

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