Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'm on leave!!!!

I am officially on leave!  I decided to take 2 weeks leave from work to spend the school holidays with my kids.  This first term has been so totally hectic at work - especially the last month.  It was filled with lots of pressure - both physically and emotionally.  Had some tough decisions to make and even though it wasn't always the most popular decision - I now know that I did the right thing!

I'm still trying to relax and get used to the idea that I don't have to go to work on Monday.  I plan to spend a lot of time on my new garden.  From the little that I've done in the garden so far, I've come to realise that it takes so much effort (not to mention moolas!) to make just a little difference.  Lots of hard work still lying ahead but I'm sure I will be rewarded in the end.

I have a couple of lo's to share.

This one I made for my little baby girl Leeloo:




This is a very special one I made for Michael.  He was christened when he was about 3 months old.  He recently decided that he wanted to be babtised again.  This made my heart jump with joy!


A while ago one of my colleages from work asked me to do a photoshoot of her family. She knows that I'm a passionate amature photographer who loves to take photos of especially kids. We made a date for this past Monday - which was a public holiday. I really enjoyed doing this sooooo much! I wish I could do this every day of my life. Just not so sure if I'm good enough or that the market is big enough to make a living from photography alone. Here are some of the shots that I like best:




















I just love to take candid photos in a natural relaxed setting.  I think it's so much nicer than studio photos.  In our area at least there aren't any photographers that I know of who does this kind of thing and I would love to explore the possibility of doing this for a living.  I would really appreciate your feedback - both about the photos and the idea of doing this professionally.

Hope that all of you will have a funfilled relaxed weekend!

Bye for now! :)

9 comments:

Lynette said...

Beautiful layouts Michelle, and your photography is absolutely stunning.

Shayne said...

Since I started reading your blog I have been amazed by your talent wrt taking photographs.

I would give it a bash - what have you got to lose? Especially if there is no one in your area doing something similar.

You are veyr good - don't doubt yourself for a moment.

And enjoy your leave!

tania said...

these photos are absolutely stunning! go for it! you layouts are just as beautiful.xx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Yes!! Those were your little embellies on my latest page!!! love them and thanks again!!! loveeeeeeeeee your lo's...those crosses on that 2nd page are just GORGEOUS!!! And your photo shoot is JUST AMAZING!!! WOW!!! Have a WONDERFUL vacation! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Denise said...

so glad for you to have the time off! I am off from work for a week as well and it is a relief. sometimes I just need a break. enjoy your garden and your artistic endeavors and time with your family!!

Sharmaine Kruijver said...

Yay to breaks, Yay to gorgeous creations and YAY to those absolutely amazing photos! Just stunning Michelle! oh and Yay to Michael and his baptism, YAY :)

Amanda Dovey said...

Hi Michelle! really great photography and you are right there are not enough natural light photographers in SA, especially those who don’t charge the earth!!

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IS VERY GOOD..............................

create, live laugh said...

Michelle, all the pictures is beautiful, but the one that stands out is the one with your son! AND THAT at his age! I pray that Jesus will walk with him throughout his life, and that he will be blessed that even he will stand amazed and tell others about it. May god bless him "uit sy skoene"