Baby…

Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 1:45 pm (Get outta town!, She's baaack!)

I’m coming home!!! See you tomorrow James Nixon! I love you!

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Welcome to the planet…welcome to existence

Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 6:07 pm (Get outta town!, Murmurs from the Future)

Tomorrow morning I will start my journey to northwest Arkansas to meet our new niece. The plan is for me to arrive before her. Julie goes into the hospital at 7am and then they’ll do all that medical stuff they do and finally begin inducing her. I’m probably going to leave around 8am and that should give me plenty of time to get there before any real labor begins, hopefully. I am super excited (and blessed!)  to be able to go and be there when my still unnamed niece enters this world!

However, as much as I’m looking forward to this, a big part of me is dreading leaving. Call me mushy, call me sappy, whatever, but I am quite sad to be leaving my sweet James. Since the baby will be coming tomorrow and my 10 year reunion is next week I have decided to stay for an entire week. Leaving on Sunday…coming home on Sunday.  That’s a long time for me to be without my husband! And the thing is…the past 2 months have been FULL of travel sans James. So that makes this even harder. The other bummer about this is that Tuesday is my birthday. No Jamey to bring me breakfast in bed and cater to my every need. Well, excluding the breakfast in bed he does the other part nearly year round so I guess I’ll be okay. His birthday is coming up in October, along with our anniversary so we’ll just have some major celebrating to do when I get back. AND…I do take comfort in knowing that after this trip…life is going to slow down, at least travel-wise.I have no further trips planned at this point that do not include James. Well, he is going to Vegas for a couple of days for work but at least HE gets to go and do the fun stuff that time (while I relax at home). Other than that…it’s going to be more “we” and less “me” and that makes this gal very happy.

On another subject…I believe I have decided upon a name for the photography business. Are you ready? Okay…it’s going to be called…oh, wait. I can’t tell you yet because I’m still negotiating the .com domain transfer with the current owner. I don’t want anybody else to sneak in there and steal my name (not that any of YOU would, but I get readers from all of the world you know…). Anyway, as soon as the .com thing is finalized I’ll do the big announcement. Until then…you’ll just have to put up with more sleepless nights of wondering. Since I know that’s what’s been on the forefront of your minds and all…

And on the final note…I am seriously hoping for some inspiration soon. I miss writing. I miss thoughts flowing from my fingers and typing themselves without hesitation. I miss wit and humor and sarcasm (or my meager attempt at them, anyway). I think I just miss my slow-paced life. I think that after this trip I will get back to it. I think that I won’t have another worry about being away from home for so long. I think…I think when it’s all said and done and life becomes normal again…I’ll be back to thinking. Clearly. Easily. With less distraction and more time. Can I get a hallelujah?

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Sweet November

Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 9:11 pm (Murmurs from the Future)

This is my camera. It isn’t available until November (yes, that’s a tear running down my cheek) but I already ordered mine so at least I will be one of the first in get it. This is the newest version of the Nikon D200. I originally planned on purchasing the D200 but then they announced the arrival of the D300. For a very small amount more James and I decided that the D300 was the way to go. The camera core is the same it just has a few updated features.

Oh…and what do you think about Espy Photography for a name? I love the word “espy” and it really defines what I am aiming for in my business (a glimse, to catch sight of…etc.). I’m just wondering if it is a) too obscure a word b) pronounced incorrectly too often (correct pronunciation is: is-‘pI ) or c) a and b don’t really matter? I could even take it back to its Middle English form and call it Espien Photography. This is really my favorite in the name contenders so far but I really want your opinions. My husband is not a huge fan of it and I don’t want to be the only one that really likes it. So…since I am well aware of how many of you read this blog every day I will expect some input! Please? I’m begging, now~look what you’ve gone and made me do!

Oh, and as far as blogging goes…I’ll be back at it soon, I promise. I have really been exhausted for the past week and am waiting for some energy to come my way. However, I did want to share my camera news with you right away!

UPDATE 9/16: Okay…I’m giving up on Espy. No one knows the meaning or correct pronunciation. I’m leaning towards some other ideas now…will share them with you as the list narrows. I’m finding myself being drawn towards cuter names (but NOT cheesy, mind you!) and am seeing myself doing mainly children and family work. As beautiful as weddings are, I just don’t think I’m going to be going in that direction. I will of course still be doing my own creative “fine-art” photographs as well. Anyway…that’s all for now.

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Betty, Ruth, Sue…wait…wrong catagory. Think business, not baby.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 1:24 pm (Murmurs from the Future)

Well folks…it looks like we are going to be in business and soon! YEAH! I am so so so excited (did I say SO?) to get started on this new adventure and I would like to invite you to participate. “Let me guess, you want me to be your model” is probably what you’re thinking right now, but no…sorry. That’s not it. Yes, you’re beautiful and all (you are…you know it!) but I am actually more interested in your brain than your bronze. How shocking! Yep. At this point I’m only interested in ONE thing.

My business needs a name. I have a good idea of what it’s going to be but I thought I should solicit my faithful readers for their input as well. I don’t want some cheesy name that screams “I DO SCHOOL PHOTOS AND WEAR POLYESTER!” That’s not exactly the style I’m after (although great strides have been made in the area of polyester…but that’s a different post for a different blog. Crystal? Maybe you should tackle that one here). I want classy. I want exclusive. Sexy. Expensive (I’ve gotta make money right?)

So how am I going to find that in a name? Well, I’m not sure how much of that I can convey but I do know that an easy-to-remember name is key as well. When I did my interior design work and in the past when I dreamed of the many businesses I someday could own (this was obviously before I realized that owning a business took work, not just a cute name and idea. Hence…I will only be working PART-TIME) I always used this: J.Rae Design. Well…photography is very much influenced by design but the name really needs to specify that this is a photography business. So, what does that leave? J.Rae Photography. Not earth shaking, but not aged cheddar either. (FYI-in the rare case that you haven’t figured it out my middle name is Rae, though I know that you, my readers are quite quick enough to have determined that in your minds.)

Another important aspect in naming a business (any business) is to research the name. J.Rae Photography came up with nothing. Simply put, it would be mine alone. I did however, and this is weird, find a J.Mae Photography…and do you want to guess what the J stands for? JONNA! Is that in some crazy almost parallel universe? Even weirder still…she apparently went to University of Tulsa (close enough to my hometown), had taken photographs for years as a hobby before turning professional (like moi), and is located somewhere in the Denton, Texas area code (this would really make it more like some Denton, Texas parallel universe, but I digress). For you Texas-geography challenged out there, that’s not far from me! Strange world.

Anyway, moving on from all this pointless but rather fascinating information…I am asking for your opinions, ideas, critiques etc. One reason I don’t want to use my first name, Jonna, is because it would be pronounced wrong 97.3356 percent of the time. Same issue with my ‘real’ or full first name (for those who don’t already know this…prepare…you are about to be enlightened) Johanna. Probably 92.434 percent of the population would pronounce it incorrectly. People assume that the ‘han’ part of the name should be uttered in a way that rhymes with ‘can’. Well, not so for me…I was named after my German great-grandmother and we pronounce it more like this: Jo-hawn-na or Jo-hon-na. Long ‘a’ sound, not short, for those that remember anything from their English classes. Also…that name is already out there everywhere. Throw it in front of or behind the word photography and you’ve already mentioned many other businesses.

Now, you may be wondering why I don’t use the word ‘studio(s)’ in the name. Here’s the reason. I plan on doing the majority of my business on location. I enjoy that way more and love using natural lighting when possible. I will have some equipment to set up in a person’s home (or mine) for infants and other ‘studio’ work but I will technically not have a studio. Also think this…low overhead…part-time. Got it? Good.

Well…my eyes are open (I can’t hear you through the computer, remember?) and ready for any of you to suggest ideas or comments on mine. I’d love to know your thoughts…after all, you must be pretty intelligent since you’re a reader of this blog right? Okay then, have at it! And thanks!

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The Countdowns…

Monday, September 3, 2007 at 12:40 am (Murmurs from the Future)

The many countdowns of my life right now are as follows…

Countdown until I get me some drugs: 3 days (hopefully!)

Countdown until my best gal pal moves overseas: 3 days

Countdown until my weekend trip to Houston: 5 days

Countdown until I see a new and local endocrinologist: 11 days

Countdown until we start trying for a baby: 11 days plus whatever doc says…probably need to get off certain meds

Countdown until my new niece is born: 20 days

Countdown until my new niece has a name: hopefully not more than 20 days

Countdown until my 1st annual 29th birthday: 22 days

Countdown until my 10 year high school reunion: 27 days

Countdown until I start my new photography business: to be determined

Countdown until things slow down: next to never

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