For the 4th year in a row, I’ve led folks from a local online photography group out to shoot the 1st sunrise of the year. This year it was a little disappointing, so I used some Photoshop skills and added some elements. Heck it’s what I do!
That’s right, you read it, “I’M IN LOVE”!
Most importantly and let me get this out, I’m in love with my wife, my family and my God! But I’m also in love with something else. Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Latte, or SFPSL for short.
Several years ago I stopped by Starbux for a cup of coffee. Fall was in the air, leaves had started to drop, my son was playing football and they were introducing me to a new coffee. Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Latte. It was nothing short of Fall in a cup. Man I could not get enough of SFPSL. It was addictive!!!
Life speeds up, as it has a way of doing. The years start moving like the Enterprise when Captain Kirk tells Scottie to give it all she’s got. Yep, warp speed. It’s Fall once again and I go into the Bux for my 1st cup of SFPSL and they don’t carry it any more I started jonesing bad, I needed a fix. Instead of screaming “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiago?”, I was screaming for my SFPSL!!!!!
Every year around this time Starbux brings out it’s Fall line of drinks, and just for a moment, I hope, I pray, I wish for it, and then I’m disappointed once again! NO SFPSL! But then last week something happened. As I was sorting through my Feedly account (which has over 475 blogs in it) I saw something that stuck out. Emma and Elise over at A Beautiful Mess had a blog post for homemade PSL. There was hope, a tiny speck of silver shining through that single Fall cloud in the sky. I HAD HOPE!!!
So I asked my wife ( you know, the woman I love) if she would make the recipe sugar free and we could give it a try. I came home from a long day of helping customers at Home Depot deal with the plumbing problems they were experiencing and I was beat! I mean nothing can compare to the way you feel after working on a concrete slab for 8 hours. My wife looked at me as only she can and said, “You look exhausted, go make you a cup of coffee and relax, btw, the pumpkin syrup you talked about is in the fridge”.
I made me a cup, walked to the front porch to relax and took a sip. I swear I heard angels singing. It was perfect! I immediately relaxed and knew all would be right with the world. I had a few cups and collapsed. Of course I grabbed my camera and snapped a shot of my favorite cup. It was a Christmas gift from my in-laws. That was Saturday and now It’s 3:30 a.m. on Sunday and I’m drinking my first cup of the day and it’s just as good as the one from yesterday!
Pumpkin Spice Latte ~ A Beautiful Mess
If interested, the link to A Beautiful Mess is above. We just changed the regular sugar to Splenda and went from there. Props to Emma and Elise (sisters) who run a really successful blog. I enjoy reading all they do, especially the photography aspect of it. In fact I have a Pinterest board for DIY Photo projects that mainly come from their website!
DIY Photo Fun ~ BIBPhotography Pinterest
I’m sure next time you see me, I’ll have a cup of sweet nectar known as SFPSL in my hands!
It’s that time of the year!
Time for spiced pumpkin lattes, football, fall colors and of course Fall Sessions!
So, here are the details for this wonderful & fun event:
Fall Sessions includes 60 minutes of shoot time with a DVD of 15-20 photos that have been edited with love. You will also receive a print release so you may print these photographs at a location of your choice.
Date: Thursday October 10 – Saturday October 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Madison / Goodlettsville area (details will be privately mailed to you)
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I get with this Fall Session Special?
That’s a good question!
My Fall Session Special is just like my full sessions except for the price. I normally get $150 for my photo sessions, by booking a Fall Session, you are getting a $50 discount. That’s good right? You’re saving money and having fun at the same time!
You will receive a DVD consisting of 15-20 photos suitable for printing, as well as 15-20 photos that have been resized for your favorite social media site! Included will be a print release so you can print these photos wherever you would like.
May I book 2 Fall Sessions back-to-back?
Sure! If you have a large family (more than 4-5 members) I strongly suggest this as an option.
OK, I’ve decided to do this, so what is the cost?
Fall Sessions are $100, with $25 of that due at booking. So, if you want back-to-back sessions, that would be $200, but if you decide to do a back-to-back session, I’ll cut you a deal and only charge $150. Cash or checks are fine with me, I don’t do windows or plastic! Deposits may be made after we have talked about your session.
I have a GPS, but where will the photos be taken?
When you book your date, we can decide what works best for you. I don’t really mind traveling, but I’d rather not spend 8 hours on the road just for a 1 hour session Last year we shot mainly in the Madison/Goodlettsville area, but had one family who lived out by Percy Warner Park. So we can be flexible as well.
If you would like to have your photos made at a really cool place, I would suggest Gravel Road Traditions. It’s a really nice spot with props, bridges, old barns, you name it , they have it! If this is something you would like to do, there is an additional cost. Look over their website (Gravel Road Traditions) and let me know as soon as possible so we can secure a time!
So, how do I get my name on the books?
Email me at Scott@BIB-Photography.com . Please include how many will be in your mini-session, along with names and ages of any children. I feel confident these will fill up fast, so don’t hesitate. There are only 4 slots available each day. Just remember my saying. . . “The early bird gets the worm, and most likely the first cup of coffee as well”.
OK, we know how Fall weather is in Tennessee, what if it’s bad on that day?
No problem, we will re-schedule, easy peasy! If you have any questions about the weather (on the day of the shoot) , just give me a call at 615-484-5506 and ask for Scott!
When will I receive my photos/DVD?
Please allow 3-4 weeks for editing, maybe less. It depends on how much coffee I’ve had on editing days.
Your DVD, will then be mailed to the address you provide at the beginning of the session.
What do I/we wear?
I would not suggest you not wear the sweater you wore for the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest this last year, unless that is the look you are going for. Seriously, what do you wear? Comfortable clothes. If you are not comfy in your clothes, then it will show in your photos. I would suggest bright colors, textures and layers to add visual interest. Dressing in layers is always a good idea. Just in case you need to shed a few outer garments. . . remember it can still be warm in October.
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What do I need to bring?
Yourself, the info sheet I provide when you book the session and a good attitude :~} Of course the reminder of the payment for your session!
When do we need to arrive?
Well on time of course, but if you can be a few minutes early that would be nice as well!
Don’t wait, cause these slots will fill up fast!
As an added bonus:
If you book your session before Sunday September 23, I’ll throw in a set of 25 Christmas cards from one of the designs below! Of course we will use a photo of your choice from your session. How crazy would it be for The Smith Family to send out Christmas cards with my ugly mug on it !
You may contact me by clicking Scott@BIB-Photography.com
Well this was a nice surprise last week!
My B&W of the Nashville Skyline was chosen as a “Top 10 Fan Favorite” over at The Photographers Connection. Whoo Hoo!
Until next time!
It’s been a while since I posted, but that’s not your fault, is it? Anyway, I’m back, or aty least I hope I’m back. since my last post I’ve changed jobs and gone full-time at The Home Depot. Now this move might not be the one I had dreamed of, but it has accomplished one or two things. I’m only working one job instead of two and I’m not waking up every morn at the butt-crack of dawn (as my friend Donna calls it!). So that’s a good thing!
The downside to this is I don’t have a set schedule, so I’m all over the place. Before when I worked with The Regional Intervention Program and Home Depot I knew when I was off and could plan things a little more. Now I can only plan things about 3 weeks out (that’s when I see my Home Depot schedule). Life is good though, I see my family more than I have in the last 14 years. That’s how long I’ve been working 2 jobs! the relationship between me and my lovely wife is getting better each day. My son and I talk more than we ever have.
So all in all the only thing that has gotten hurt has been my time behind the camera. But that’s OK, I’m still here with a camera in my hands at any given moment. While on vacation a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time for some of my “bridge therapy” One of my favorite places to shoot in Nashville is down at the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. It offers a great view of the skyline, some awesome sunsets and a lot of people watching. Sometimes it can get pretty crowded, but even then it’s a pale I can just disappear and relax! so here they are, my edits from that night of therapy!
By the way, I have always bee that kind of photographer that finds it hard to switch gears quickly. When I’m shooting at night, I tend to slow things down and let my camera soak up as much light as possible. Now that’s pretty cool when that’s whats needed. but when a huge paddle wheel boat is rolling on the river, all you get is a big blur moving downstream. Like I said, that’s cool if that’s what you were after. This time though, I made the calculations and switched gears at a moments notice and got my shot of the General Jackson in front of my favorite skyline. YEAH!!!!!
Until next time (hopefully it won’t be 5 months)
p.s. Everytime I’m out shooting the nighttime sky or in the dark, I can’t help but THANK Kent Weakley for inspring and teaching me! If you get a chance, look up his Night Photography E-Class-, you won’t be disappointed!