Friday, August 14, 2009

Just a Quick Post This Morning...

I'm home editing photos this morning before heading out to meet Lindsay and Hannah (yes, they're in town for Hannah's first birthday party!) and wanted to share one of my new favorite photos with you:

It's photos like this one that keep me shooting and editing. Man, I LOVE photographing children! to see my two favorite ladies! Check back next week for photos of little miss Hannah's first birthday party :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Positively Exhausted

Oh my goodness gracious! The boys and I are positively exhausted from a week of fun (and it's only Thursday morning)!

If you follow me on Twitter (@allisonfowler), you know that on Monday we spent most of the day at the JCC pool, on Tuesday we went to the Carolinas Raptor Center and Historic Latta Plantation, and yesterday we went to Carowinds.

Today, the boys and I are going to Ray's Splash Planet. We've never been before but it seems like a really neat place. Here is what the website says about the site:

Built on the campus of Irwin Avenue Open Elementary School, Ray's Splash Planet is a joint venture between the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. This unique partnership allows the students at Irwin Avenue access to the splash park and other amenities during the school day for specific programs while Park and Recreation utilizes the school's gymnasium in the evening and on the weekends.

Ummm...why didn't MY elementary school have a waterpark on campus?! What a great idea!

Ok. We're off to have another full day of fun! Remember - you can keep up with us and view photos by reading our Twitter updates in the right-hand sidebar of this blog. Beware, though. You might become exhausted by just reading about what we're up to!

Coming up next week: the LYNX Lightrail, the Levine Museum of the New South, a tour of the Panthers Football Stadium, the Charlotte Nature Center, and the Tweetsie Railroad!

Monday, July 27, 2009

BIG Changes - Comin' Right Up!

I know. I haven't been around much lately.

To be completely honest, between working 50 hours a week as a Nanny and trying to keep up with my ever-growing photography business in the evenings and on the weekends, life has been...well...just a wee bit crazy.

In addition to the everyday craziness around here, there are some BIG changes coming up that I've been processing and evaluating. I've been trying to find the right words to explain how I feel about it all, but there just aren't any. There are just lots of jumbled and mixed emotions, so I'll just give it to you straight.

The Wallers informed me last Monday that they won't be able to keep me on as their Nanny in the Fall. After crunching numbers over and over and over again, they just couldn't make it work with their budget for this coming year. Mike and Liz made it clear that their decision was completely professional and not personal. They're just in a different season of life and had to make the best decision for their family. And I respect that. But it still makes me more sad than words can express.

I was stunned when they gave me the news. I was prepared to meet with them about the boys' changing schedules for the coming year (since Sam will be starting Kindergarten and Toby will be starting some form of preschool), but I wasn't expecting to be laid off. Laid off. That sounds so weird.

To be honest, I was looking forward to working fewer than 50 hours as a Nanny each week because it would potentially give me time to schedule photo shoots and edit photos during the week instead of after work and on the weekends. I've been working so much over the past few months that I was starting to feel the strain...physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. In my heart of hearts I knew that I wanted something to change this coming fall, but I didn't know this was what the Lord had in mind.

In the past week, I've been contacted by 4 different moms who want to talk with me about a part-time Nanny position with their family (which would leave me the rest of my week to build my photography business). God is good!

I'm not yet positive what the next step for Aaron and me will be (as far as my career is concerned), but God is working in and providing for us...and that's enough for now.

My official "last day" with the Wallers will be Friday, August 28th. I already told Liz and Mike that they're stuck with me forever and they can expect me to come get the boys frequently on the weekends to go on fun adventures with Aaron and me. And, after all, Sam has already promised me a job in 25 years or so, remember?

The next 5 weeks will continue on just like the past 97 weeks have...making lots of memories, sharing lots of love, and having lots of fun :) This chapter of our lives isn't over quite yet...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

We're Home!

Aaron and I had a BLAST in Kansas with Lindsay, Joey, and Hannah last week! We slept, ate, and shopped a lot - all signs of a REAL vacation :)

I had the opportunity to do three photo shoots while in Kansas (thanks, Lindsay!) and came home with 1,586 photos to sift through. Yes, I'm SO serious. I promise to post some here when I get them edited :)

Check out this photo of me and my favorite little princess:

Very frameable, don't you think?!

I can't wait for the Smiths to come back to Charlotte for a visit in the middle of August. We'll celebrate Hannah's first birthday and complete her first year of photos :) Keep your eyes peeled for Hannah's 9 and 10 month photos coming soon!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Real Quick...

If you'll notice the time stamp on this particular blog post, you'll see that it's 3:40-something in the morning. On a normal morning, being up at 3:40-something would bite the big one...but this is no normal morning. This is the morning we leave for KANSAS!

Our flight leaves from Charlotte at precisely I should get a move on. 

I've been tweeting a lot more often lately, so check the "Twitter" section in the right-hand column of the blog to read (or SEE!) what we're doing throughout the day. If you click on any "twitpic" link, a photo from the iPhone will pop up. Isn't that fun?!

Ok. Really. Gotta go!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Arden - 6 Months

I love photographing ALL children, but those who range in age from 6 to 12 months are usually the most fun for me. Arden fit right in to that group and made my job very easy by being so darned CUTE!

Arden's mommy made her tiny purple tutu! So precious!

Don't you just LOVE her flower headband?

Taking a snack break :)

Thank you, Krystin, for giving me the opportunity to photograph your sweet, beautiful, laid-back baby girl :) I hope to see y'all again soon!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ashlyn - 12 Months

When I met Ashlyn's parents and Grandma at Freedom Park for her 1-year photo shoot last month, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven.

Not only is Ashlyn gorgeous, but her super-cute parents brought props with them to our shoot; a pink adirondack chair, bubbles, silk flowers, a birthday girl crown, and even a cake for Ashlyn to play in! I LOVE clients who know what they want out of our time together and go the extra mile to make it happen :)

I hope you had a fabulous 1st Birthday party, Sweet Ashlyn! Maybe I'll see you again soon :)

Check out the rest of Ashlyn's photo shoot here.