Friday Five :: Birthdays, Spring and Our New Office

Happy April 1st. Don’t worry, we aren’t pulling any April Fool’s Day jokes this year … Instead, we are celebrating! Jim turns 26 today. How exciting! We’re gearing up for a fun weekend with family and we’re going to enjoy tomorrow with sleeping in and then a good, big breakfast: something we rarely get to do. We though we’d kick April off right, with a Friday Five. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  1. Birthdays: Like I mentioned up there … It’s J’s birthday. I just wanted to spend a quick second to be sure I mentioned how proud I am of him and how much I love him. You see, J’s been in grad school for almost two years now … He graduates in a month with his masters degree in architecture. This past semester has been absolutely crazy. He’s working on his thesis project (building a small scale work space/office/shed) in the back yard of our house. Over 50% of the materials are found (aka, he had to work his butt off to tear down old decks, pallets, and other structures that people were getting ready to demolish and throw out). This consisted of him working outside in the cold, rain and snow, and never complaining about it at all. Couple that with the fact that we’re getting ready to list our house for sale in a couple weeks, and you can see that he’s been one busy guy. It’s easy to get all caught up in everything, but I just wanted to say: J, I am so proud of you … I love that you’re such a hard worker! I hope your birthday is absolutely amazing … If I have anything to do with it, it will be. Hell, I’ll even scoop the litter box this weekend! :o) Love you!
  2. Spring: Spring is officially here. This makes me so happy. I absolutely hate the winter, and it seems like it stuck around a lot longer than normal this year. We actually got snow a couple days ago, so I am welcoming the warmer weather that we’ll be seeing in a couple weeks. 
  3. Rapid Strap: I have been adamant about not using a camera strap while shooting. They typically get in the way, or I get too comfortable and end up slamming it in to a door frame or chair while I’m walking around on a wedding day. I had heard great things about the Rapid Strap for women, so I decided to see what all the talk was about. I used it last weekend at our first wedding of the season, and it was great. I’ll be doing a full post on it soon: It sits across your body (just like the Shootsac I wear at every wedding). When you let the camera hang, it hangs at your hip, meaning it’s not in the way. I loved it, and I’m excited to use it the rest of the season.
  4. Nikon 24mm f/1.4: My oh my … we invested in a new lens a few weeks ago, and we’re in love. We decided to get rid of some of our old equipment after doing a review of our equipment (what did we use last year, what did we like/not like), and thought it was a great time to buy some new gear for 2011. This lens is flawless. The wide angle is great for shooting pre-wedding shots (often in tight spaces, and often without great light). The angle isn’t too wide either, which means it can still be used as a portrait lens without distortion. It’s fast, the color is amazing, and it’s a solid lens. We’lk be doing a full post on this lens too.
  5. New Office: Since we’re getting ready to sell our house, we had to make it all very vanilla. That means, every room that had personality is now beige. Hey, we are selling in the midwest, so we gotta do what we gotta do! :o) We were a little hesitant at first, because we thought it would be boring, but after covering the awful orange wall in our home office, we absolutely loved the new color. Our office is now so much brighter, and after rearranging, we have an awesome workspace. It feels good to be organized and get ready for our busy season with an office that works better for us.

Here are a few photos of our new workspace:


We have a ton of stationery, correspondence and other paper products that fit perfectly into the 4 IKEA boxes on the floor next to the shelf (thanks Amy). We keep our equipment, office supplies, books, and client binders on the shelf. The things we use most often are organized and within reach. We LOVE our new IKEA desks. We opted for two workspaces since we don’t know the dimensions of our new home in Portland. We figured we could sit them next to each other here, and if we have to separate them in our new place, we can.home-office.jpg

We decided to make a little charging station on the shelves. It’s perfect for extra batteries, and our phones. charging-station.jpg

Ugh, the printer! We thought about putting it in the closet, but the cords were still visible. It’s a wireless printer, but the power cord was a problem. We just opted to sit it on these little cubes from Target. Inside of them, we keep packing/shipping supplies like tape, small boxes, envelopes and all of our printer paper. It’s also a great space to keep our sample albums and photography magazines. print-station.jpg

The bench that J made out of reclaimed pallets looks awesome under the window.pallet-bench.jpg

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