Friday, January 28, 2011

Windy Peak is boom boom boomin!

Windy Peak is growing!  Austin and I have had a great start to 2011 with our photography business.  For starters, we are an official business with the IRS (joy!) and we have a legal assumed name for the business (nobody else can call themselves WPP).  We opened a WPP bank account and have cute little debit cards that say Windy Peak Photography. We have officially booked 4 weddings, 2 bridal shoots and have another 3 weddings in the making. Considering we don't advertise yet and are only booking by word of mouth we feel like this is a great start.  We also did something HUGE last week.  We broke down and purchased a new big daddy camera- the Canon 5D Mark II. This is the crème de la crème of cameras for professional photographers.  We are super stoked about this and our image quality is going to improve dramatically. We also just purchased a much more professional website.  This was much overdo (I can't stand our current website) and should be up and running in a few weeks.  It will still be at the same address, which you should check out in a few weeks! WPP website One more super exciting piece of news- we are going live on as NC Wedding Photographers on February 14th! (Nice day we picked, ehh?) We are feeling very confident that this will bring much business for the rest of 2011 and really get us jump started to book in 2012. Right now we don't have a lot in our portfolio, only having done a few low budget weddings, so we are feeling really good about what we will be able to add to showcase on our site in the upcoming months.  Unfortunately, most of the weddings we booked are towards the end of the year, so it will be a while before you see the results. The best thing about this business: it belongs to Austin and me. I just love love love working with him and sharing this with him.  It has brought us to a whole new level in our relationship to experience this together.  He teaches me so much (he is the real pro, let's not forget that!) and is so patient with me while I'm still learning.  We have so much fun on site together and when we finish a shoot and look at our final product on the computer it's one of the best feelings in the world to know we created it together. I love weddings and he loves photography so starting this business really hits home for both of our passions. I hope we do well and take over the triangle in wedding photography!  To all my blog followers, watch out! One day you may be very happy you know us! :o)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy Shower!

Happy Baby Shower to Katie and Beth!  We woke up Saturday morning and headed to Danville for our great friends baby shower.  Katie and Beth are both having little girls and their shower was perfectly pink!  Frannie and Shannon hosted the lovely affair and a good time was had by all.  They did something different: had a coed shower!  It was nice to change it up a bit and have our boys in the mix- although, mine refused to come but that is another story. I was SO excited about my new two-day-old camera and taking lots of fun pics at the shower.  Welp, what do you know.  Not ten minutes into the shower my camera DIED!  I had taken three pictures and then I get the flashing change battery light! Ahhhh, I was so sad.
One of the only pics I got, the damn beverage table.  I stuck to water as I was still rehydrating from the night before.  I did have some of that green punch and boy was it delicious!  I'll have to get the recipe for all you blog followers to try it out.  Orrr, I have any followers?
                                Emily, Katie, Blair, me and Jenn
Moments after this picture I got the flashing light and it was all over for the photo-ops.  We played games, opened loads of gifts and ate a doughnut cake! mmmm.  We were all given a little tub of playdough and instructed to make a baby out of it.  We would then be judged our creativity and new baby accomplishment. Mine was limbless after I moved it to the judges table.  Needless to say, I lost, Emily won, go figure. Game on!!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!

Well, I'm 26! We had a great weekend with friends celebrating my birthday, more than once! Friday night we had a few friends over and then headed DT Durham to Tobacco Road-an extremely cool new spot.  One of my coworkers is leaving the SICU, so we all gathered there to say our good-byes.  Our two good friends Clif and Kimmy were in town visiting some college friends so we stopped over to their place for a while to hang. It was so good to see them. Clif was one of Austin's groomsman and great friend to us both.  There is nothing like hanging out with hometown friends!! We went back to our place and finally tucked our heads in around 3am! Sheeesh! 

Keegan, Courtney, me and Kathryn
My fav, Court!
We are soooo cool!
Sweet Kimmy and me

We got up Saturday morning and headed to Danville with multiple things on our agenda.  We had a baby shower to attend, Aus wanted to check out the car dealership, we had a photo shoot for Daly 7 hotels, and we were planning a fun filled night of celebrating until wee hours of the morning! A few of us had dinner at Ham's restaurant, a delicious Danville choice if I do say so myself!  I had Nachos (who's surprised?) and the rest of the crew had a combination of burgers and sandwiches.  We left Ham's and after much discussion, headed to Bogies.  We had a super fun night!  Dancing the night away and laughing until our stomachs hurt.  They finally kicked us out around 2am and Aus and I headed back to our hotel room. And, oh yea, I got my camera! :o) Thanks hubs!!!

Birthday Shots! The first of many.

My biggest blog fan! :o)

This was the only Aus-approved pic I could post. He had a fun night!!