Sunday, February 15, 2009

Can you imagine having no internet for 5 weeks?

At 2 a.m. on December 27th, my son quietly gives up on his game and goes to bed. The internet was down. Over the next several weeks, through phone calls to our DSL provider and many visits from different levels of tech support, the mystery goes on. Finally, it was decided to go up to the next level of service, FIOS. That created a whole new group of delays and procedures. The exact number of computers that we use isn't clearly defined, but we all use at least one, and some of us use 3 or 4 computers to accomplish different tasks. Life was different around here. Besides the small signs of depression among the 5 members of the family, being a photographer in 2009 was very difficult. Photographs need to be sent to the lab (which is no longer in the same city). The labs I use are conveniently located in Minnesota, Santa Cruz where I have developed a relationship with labs that always deliver the quality I need. That was accomplished through late night visits to Starbucks (at times, in the parking lot). If you were trying to email me, it was bounced back. The website was down, as we host our own email and web server. Sorry for the inconvenience!

During January I went to the Professional Photographers of America convention, Imaging USA. Anne Getty was the Keynote speaker - Amazing. The deals at the convention were amazing, but only available for the month of January (online). Not too easy to figure it all out, but the business has moved a bit forward with packaging and business software purchased. Ideas for future images were noted, and this will be a great year!

This month I had a session with a sweet baby girl named Gabriela. Beautiful baby girl only 5 months old, but she's ready to take her place in the world! Sorry to be so slow at getting technology going again! But I'm back!