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Celebrating 50 years and something that took almost 50 years

No no it’s not what you are thinking, I’m not celebrating my 50th birthday (I’m still in my 30′s thank you very much ;-) ).  One of my wonderful client couples is celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss.  I recently joined them at The Mansion Hotel here in Buckhead, in the heart of Atlanta to photograph them on their very special day.  They emailed me this morning and are currently vacationing and having a wonderful time in London, England – which by the way I’m jealous that they are there and I’m here in 17 degree weather, it’s so very cold here for me and my California blood.  I had to actually go out and buy a coat and I had to put away my flip flops.  Oh dear…

The something that feels like it took 50 years is my brand new blog design.  Woohoo!  Believe me when I tell you that it took about that long.  I get in to arguments with myself, I change my mind, I get on my own nerves, it is not an easy process.  Those of you who read my blog via RSS or Google reader be sure and stop in and check out the new look!  There are still a few things I need to tweak and add, but for the most part it is good to go!  Leave a note in the comment box and let me know what you think.

So, back to the wonderful couple celebrating 50 fantastic years, Happy Anniversary, here’s to many more wonderful years to come!  How about another 50?

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cynthia - January 18, 2009 - 8:07 am

love the logo and the site!!! It is so bright and colorful!!

Jeanette - January 18, 2009 - 11:43 am

That family photo on the stairs is so special.
Love the colours on your site, very nicely done.

Susie - January 18, 2009 - 12:26 pm

Your blog design looks fantastic, ANgela- I love the curvy brightness :) You must be so fun IRL :)

Are you sure that lady is the matriarch? She looks way too young to be married 50 years!

Cindy - January 18, 2009 - 6:03 pm

What a gorgeous couple and family. I LOVE the new blog design!

Pammy - January 18, 2009 - 9:17 pm

The new blog looks very nice! As usual, it’s you and your original style. What a lovely couple–were they young children when they married? They look fantastic to be celebrating their 50th.

lisa - January 19, 2009 - 12:24 am

Love the design- so cute and fresh! And no way have they been married 50 years, they don’t look a day over 50. What a lovely family they have.

Danna - January 19, 2009 - 7:03 am

the family portrait is awesome….how can they not be filled with pride looking at it and seeing the beautiful family they created.

missy - January 19, 2009 - 9:15 am

Hi Angela, I am a long time reader of your blog and wanted to give the input you ask for. I think it looks so amazing! Who did you have design it? My only suggestion is that when I first come to the blog, it takes a while for the pictures on the top bar to load and feels a little empty until they do. It could just be that my connection isn’t very fast too. I don’t know how easy this would be, but I wonder if you would like it better if they all came up at once (all three) and then the pictures just rotated through like you have them doing anyway. Really cool little slideshows, by the way!

Shellie - January 19, 2009 - 5:34 pm

What an awesome family photo on the stairs!

PamN - January 20, 2009 - 8:36 am

They look fantastic! These images will only become more treasured as time passes.

Bree - January 23, 2009 - 9:19 am

I think that I love it! Especially the header.

allie - February 7, 2009 - 5:36 pm

Aw, gorgeous images, Angela! Great job posing on the stairs- just lovely!

*Please* don’t be like me…

Before I tell you about this bad habit of mine, I will confess that I’ve been guilty of this since I switched from film to digital.  I also know that it’s not an illness that is just prevalent among professional photographers, there are plenty of moms & dads,aunts & uncles, grandmas & grandpas out there who are just like me.

I try to photograph my children every opportunity I get, although I will say that these days they want no part of it.  Sort of how the cobbler’s children don’t have shoes analogy.  However, when I do get the chance to get some candid shots, what happens to those photos?  Are they in a album or on display for everyone to see?  Sadly, no they are not.  They are sitting here on my computer, on a external hard drive or even backed up to my flickr account.

With the digital age I think that most people I know are often guilty of this same exact thing!  I can’t tell you how many non-photographer friends I have that have called me crying because their hard drives crashed and they lost all of the photos of their children (it’s happened to me too, but they were recovered).  Consider the photos that you take as your digital negatives.  Back them up not only on your home computer, but to a private online site such as flickr, smug mug, etc where they are there in case something happens to your computer or home.  The most important thing is to also PRINT THEM OUT.  I certainly need to take my own advice and that’s on my resolution list for next year.

When your kids grow up and they want to see photos of themselves you don’t want to miss out on those fun times flipping through photo albums together!  I know my kids get the biggest kicks out of looking at photos from when they were younger (of the few I actually have printed out).  Can you imagine your son or daughter asking you “Mommy what did I look like when I was a baby?”, then you have to go over to the computer, try and find the files, nope they are on a cd somewhere, go and try and dig up the cd, nope wrong one, it must be somewhere around here right?

You want to be sure to not only have your wonderfully awesome professional portraits to show them (from your friendly neighborhood photographer, say oh me ;-) ) but you also need to have those special every day photos to look back on as well.   Children grow up so fast and you don’t want their childhood trapped on your computer do you?  (See how I’m guilting you in to printing your snapshots from your digital camera, is it working?  What if I offer you chocolate?)

I recommend www.mpix.com for consumer printing, Costco even does a great job!

So for your list of New Year’s Resolutions, be sure to add to the list: I (insert name here) promise to let my children’s every day photographs be seen and not trapped on my computer.  I will make sure that I print the photos from my camera often!

See that wasn’t hard now was it?  While I was going down memory lane and uploading old photos of my kids, I came across a few of my youngest that made me giggle.  I haven’t even gotten to the stacks of cds from my son, that could take a while because there are a ton!

I should have known back then that she was going to be one feisty little girl!  These photos are almost four years old and yep you guessed it, have never been printed until today, I uploaded them to my lab and they will be arriving soon!

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Michelle Wells - December 18, 2008 - 10:58 am

Thank you for this wonderful post Angela. You have inspired me. Very beautiful pictures of your little girl.

Melissa M. - December 18, 2008 - 11:33 am

Yes, yes, and YES!! I’m a huge believer in printing out those wonderful snapshots!!
We do an album each year (It’s laid out January thru December) and the kids LOVE to look back
through them year after year. It’s one thing I’m definitely proud to say I keep up with 100%.
I *hope* they’ll thank me for it when they’re all grown up. I’m pretty sure they will. :)

Happiest of Holiday Wishes to you guys!!
XO
~M

Chung Nguyen - December 18, 2008 - 11:44 am

Not only do I need to make prints, I also need to get some on the wall already! Bare walls are so sad!

Brandi - December 18, 2008 - 2:36 pm

Look at those EYES. She is gorgeous.

andie - December 18, 2008 - 3:56 pm

i need to get better about printing 4×6…i have more canvases than i can throw a shoe at! I love Mpix!

jen wilson - December 18, 2008 - 10:41 pm

Awww – her eyes still look *exactly* the same- but she looks so darn little here! You are SO right – we all need to print MORE!

I hope you and your family have a merry Christmas!

jen :)

Wendy - December 20, 2008 - 9:34 pm

Oh those eyes! Those lashes! Beautiful. :)

Pammy - December 21, 2008 - 9:55 pm

She was a beautifully baby–still a beautiful child. Love these!

PamN - December 23, 2008 - 8:13 am

I can’t imagine how people who don’t print EVER manage to locate a well-loved image…the filing system would have to be extraordinary and cumbersome! Do they actually name the files with the subject? Or by date? How do they find the image of their child at the zoo at age two, for instance? I know I would never be able to remember when that was (because my children are now grown, it seems nearly impossible).

allie - December 26, 2008 - 9:29 pm

four years ago?! you’re crazy, woman!! gorgeous though and better late than never. :)

ashley mcnamara - December 31, 2008 - 10:46 am

I am also guilty of not printing…She is so adorable!

Steve Gerrard - January 4, 2009 - 7:16 am

Couldn’t have put it better myself Angela. It’s an easy trap to fall into and imagine if your computer is stolen!!
Print it out!
:)

Shellie - January 6, 2009 - 9:36 am

Awww, gorgeous!

Terrilyn - January 6, 2009 - 12:36 pm

Aw, look at how adorable she is!! It’s like finding treasure isn’t it? Great reminder to us all.

Anna-Karin - January 8, 2009 - 12:58 am

Another guilty parent here!
I dont print much of mine either, they are trapped on my computer. I need to change that for sure!
Look at those gorgeous eyes, she was a pretty baby!

carina - January 16, 2009 - 2:45 pm

Oh my gosh! I am so guilty of this. No more million excuses. I did manage to go to Ikea on Tuesday to get those neat hanging modern shelf and finally display portraits of my family. It’s true, it’s so easy to “trap” our precious photos of our lovedones but are so quick to schedule appointments, take pictures of other families and spend hours retouching (so guilty of this). I finally did something about though this week. Thank gosh. You’re not the only one Angela and I enjoyed reading this post. Blessings. ;-)

Nichol Krupp - January 18, 2009 - 8:22 am

Oh my goodness! How cute is she. She has her Mamma’s eyes. Love them and love the new blog.

Renee Bell - January 18, 2009 - 1:45 pm

oh I totally agree with you there… I need to get some printed too!!

TINA M - March 5, 2009 - 6:55 pm

I LOVE THE PICS. I WAS FORTUNATE, WE DIDNT HAVE A DIGITAL UNTIL OUR KIDS WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL. WE SPENT A FORTUNE ON PICS THOUGH. WHAT DIGITAL CAMERA WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR A SOON TO BE GRANDMA/46 WANT A BE PHOTOGRAPHER JUST PLAYING AROUND BUT WANTS REAL GOOD PICTURES?
THANKS
TINA

Just Do It

Tomorrow is one of the biggest days in the history of our wonderful country, the 2008 Presidential Election.  Please please please take time out of your day to get out and vote.  I like to wait until election day to vote, however this year being in a new state with fewer polling locations I anticipated a long wait on the actual day so my husband and I voted last week.

Now I would love to tell you who I’m voting for and why I think you should vote for that person, but I don’t like to mix my politics with my business.  I just ask that you please vote and choose who is best for you, your values, your beliefs and who you think is best person to lead our country.  Also whoever wins I hope that you will all support our new President, even if it’s not who you voted for.  Now more than ever we need to all join together to come out of this slump that we are in.

Email a photo of you with your “I Voted” sticker to contest@angelacalderon.com and I’ll pick a winner for a itunes gift card!  Entries must be received by Tuesday night at 11:59 eastern standard time. Get out and rock the vote tomorrow!

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Lisa - November 3, 2008 - 4:42 pm

I couldn’t wait! I voted a week early, here in Obama’s birth state. They didn’t give out stickers though :(

allie - November 3, 2008 - 8:11 pm

great, important reminder. :)

Jennie - November 4, 2008 - 6:24 am

No stickers are given to mail in ballot voters, but I voted! :)

leesia - November 7, 2008 - 11:50 am

what a cool idea for a contest!! shucks, i think my sticker already went through the wash (oops!) with my shirt. :p

Hey Los Angeles…

First I have to confess to being a horrible blogger the past couple of weeks (like you haven’t noticed), I have some wonderful sessions to share and will catch up soon and post them for you to see.  Super cute babies & kids!

I am currently working on my schedule for Los Angeles portrait sessions in November.  Right now it’s looking like the 1st or 2nd week of November.  If you are interested in booking a LA shoot email me and I will give you the info and add you to the list.  Appointments will be given on a first contact first served basis, I already have quite a few of my current clients on the list so be sure and contact me asap if you are interested!

I don’t like to blog without adding a photo, so I’ll share one I took for my Grandmother.  She sent my daughter this dress and wanted me to photograph her in it, so here is the result.  I think I can count on one hand the number of seconds she co-operated with me while trying to do this, little stinker!

Hope you are all having a great weekend!!!

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Carol - October 4, 2008 - 9:28 pm

Your daughter and mine are cut from the same cloth!!! I got off two shots today and then spent the rest of my time trying to keep her from jumping and injuring herself (at the historic stone steps at the entrance to Percy Warner Park….remember those?). I don’t know how you professionals do it. I guess it helps to have the parent along as a baby wrangler. After 30 minutes I was exhausted. I do love her expression and her eyes in this shot though. She is beautiful!!!

allie - October 6, 2008 - 7:34 am

that is a beautiful image of your daughter, gorgeous dress, too!

Marmalade - October 6, 2008 - 2:37 pm

BEAUTIFUL girl. Lovely moment!! She looks so soft & pretty (and southern!! LOL) here.

btw, TAG YOU’RE IT! :)

xoxo

Terrilyn - October 6, 2008 - 5:41 pm

Well, cooperative or not she is just stunning in that dress. I’m sure your grandmother will be thrilled!!

jen wilson - October 7, 2008 - 2:36 am

OOOh – welcome back (even if just for a week or two!) Wanna grab lunch???

jen :)

PamN - October 7, 2008 - 5:10 am

Love the bright yellow to balance the dress…her expression is perfect for this shot! Your grandma will be thrilled!

Kristina - October 13, 2008 - 5:53 pm

Oh this is just gorgeous Angela! Your grandmother will be overjoyed. Your dd looks so peaceful here, ha ha! PS–You’ve been tagged! See my blog for the details!

Shellie - October 14, 2008 - 6:23 pm

Your daughter is cute, and I can so relate to you about how tough it is to photography my own kids!!

Where were you?

When I was growing up I remember hearing adults discussing where they were when JFK was assassinated, and I asked my Grandma about it, she said you always remember where you were when something tragic happens.

On September 11, 2001 I remember exactly where I was.  I was 36 weeks pregnant with my son Spencer, I was at home on bedrest and I was asleep.  My husband called me and asked me if I had heard what happened, and he told me to turn on the television.  I was horrified at what I saw and I was so confused and couldn’t believe what was happening.  Things like that weren’t supposed to happen here, I think I must have cried a million times that day.  My husband’s office was in Hollywood in a high security building about 35 miles from our home.  Shortly after the first plane hit the World Trade Center there were bomb threats to his office and they had to evacuate the building.  He came home and we had to go to the hospital for stress tests on the baby.

As we sat in the hospital while I was hooked up to the fetal monitors I kept thinking to myself, please please little one do not be born today.  I must admit I was very afraid, I was wondering if Los Angeles would be the next target.  I also didn’t want my son to be born on a day of such sadness.  He wasn’t born that day, he waited 8 days and arrived on 9/19.

I cannot believe it’s been seven years since this happened to out country.  I hope today you will all remember to give your loved ones extra hugs and kisses and be grateful for them and for the time you have with them.  We often forget how precious time is and how quickly our lives can change.

I took this photo in 1999 on my last trip to New York prior to 9/11.  I was still using film back then and it was such a windy day that I couldn’t hold the camera still and my hair kept flying in front of the lens.  We were on the boat to go out to the Statue of Liberty.

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laura h. - September 11, 2008 - 7:57 am

it’s beautiful. thank you for sharing. and yes, i remember where i was too… and all the emotions that came with it. i’ll be blogging about it later today.

Jennifer - September 11, 2008 - 9:52 am

this is still very beautiful. WOW, I too was prego on that day, I was 34 along and my husband had went out early that morning just to take a ride in the country side and when we arrived at his parents house to visit they had it on the news and as soon as we walked in the second plane live crashed into the tower, then we sat there in disbelief and shock watching the news coverage for the rest of the day and week. This was a very sad day in history and I will always remember, I remember what I wore, what the weather was like and what I was doing. wow, still you look back and it hits you all over again.

Lisa - September 11, 2008 - 1:31 pm

Thank you for sharing that image–it’s heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.

lisa - September 11, 2008 - 2:12 pm

I too was pregnant with my 1st son- just about 8 weeks along. I remember thinking I was glad my little one was with me and I could protect him totally (if only for 9 short months) from this cruel world. The image is striking. The horizon looks empty now, a reminder that we should never take our freedom for granted. There is always someone out there ready to try and take it away.

allie - September 11, 2008 - 2:13 pm

I totally remember what I too was doing that day- thanks for sharing your story. very very sad day.

abbey - September 11, 2008 - 6:44 pm

Hey there!!! Wonderful shot… I totally agree. I was an elementary teacher and had to continue on with my day as not to alarm the 4 and 5 year olds in my class…. very tough!!
Here is my tribute…. I am so thankful for the men and women protecting us!!
http://www.photoblog.com/abbeyh13/

Shetal - September 11, 2008 - 9:08 pm

My little one was about 7 months old and I remember standing in front of the TV later in teh day with my husband while my son was in the play pin. I was horrified and could not believe what was happening to others and how in so many ways it was happening to me….Then I turned to look at my little one and for the first time, he had pulled up in his pin and was standing and holding onto the side! It hurt me to have to write in his baby book on a day like that one – but it also gave me hope and a little peace at a time when nothing seemed inherently “good”. “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” – Carl Sandburg

Amanda Elkins - September 12, 2008 - 7:14 am

My son was born that day.

Kris B. - September 13, 2008 - 8:06 pm

Like you, I was pregnant. On bedrest and a little ticked that Regis and Kelly was not on because of news, I watched what was going on. I got up to call my husband at work and tell him what was going on, and as I was on the phone with him, the plane entered the second tower. Being that I live so close to Ft. Detrick, Camp David, DC, etc., I was afraid I would never meet my daughter. I wrote my dauther a letter telling her how much I love her and if something happened to me and she made it, I wanted her to know some things about me. I thought… geesh, I waited til I was 30 to have a baby, I’ve been on bed rest for a couple weeks, I was sick the first 30 weeks of my pregnancy and now I’m not going to meet her. I asked my husband to please come home at lunch. I didn’t want to be alone. Visiting Ground Zero was very hard. All those emotions came flooding back.

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