I’m on vacation from my day job for two whole weeks. This has given me time (finally!) to make some much needed changes to my website. My poor neglected website :-/. Honestly it’s been so long that I struggled with where to even start. Part of me wanted to throw the whole thing away and start all over! I decided on a fresh new logo and some simplification instead. I’ve removed the Farm Collies, and event photography. Also, all wedding photography and portraiture not involving horses can be found at my husband’s site: ericleslie.com.
Simplification is my word of the year. It has been a hard lesson for me to learn. I try to take on way too much, and you know, the whole jack of all trades master of none thing. 2013 has seen some major changes for me. I guess the biggest thing is the sale of our little rancho. 1200 square feet is just not enough for seven people, let me tell you! Of course we had hoped to build our dream house, but then reality set in. Our oldest became a teenager this year and these kiddos just get more and more expensive as they get older. It’s funny, they aren’t satisfied with NERF sports equipment anymore. They want $300 baseball bats. And man can they eat. The sale of the ranch meant cutting back (way back) on our assortment of animals. Bye bye chickens, bye bye barn cat, bye bye horses. I live in a country feeling suburbia that is situated in the middle of nowhere. It’s kind of an okay place to live. It would be gorgeous if all these houses weren’t here ;-). My house is beautiful and 500 times better than the old one. And come summer when it’s blazing hot, come see me, we have a huge swimming pool and a lake now! They do in fact have very nice horse facilities here that can be rented for a very reasonable price, and a waiting list that can take years to get through. Selling my horses has been extremely hard to swallow. I’ve cried, a lot. If you aren’t a horseman, then you don’t understand. Can I get an amen?! It’s only temporary Crystal, temporary… Big change #2: hubby is now self-employed as a full-time photographer. I suspect a lot of people are wondering how I’m dealing with this. Someone famous once said that behind every good man is a good woman. My husband is a very good man, I’m trying to be a good woman. Business hasn’t exactly taken off, and I’m not much of a gambler, but this is one bet I am willing to take. I am 100% confident that he is going to take really good care of our family. I’m so proud of him and happy for our family. Life is short people, maybe it’s not cool to be stuck at a job that makes you crazy? Also, life is too short to not have some really nice artwork hanging on your wall…
Here are some of my favorite shots from 2013, enjoy!
Happy New Years!!!