Archive for January, 2009
Yes, ‘whatever’, appears to be Evan’s new word at the moment. Sometimes its not always delivered in a fresh, lovelable, 3 year old mode though. With things like this we hope it passes. We’ve learned to let things like this just phase themselves out.
Day 2 of a ban on Internet Explorer is going well. There are some pesky sites out that actually require it. However, some bright spark came up with a way to embed an IE tab in FireFox…give that man or woman a biscuit! Its here if you want it.
Had lunch with an old friend yesterday. He turned me onto Twitter. I actually had an account but couldn’t get my head around it. Its starting to sink in now. Follow me http://twitter.com/shootinghip
of an expectant father…yes, derive from that what you will.
1) See ‘The Wrestler’ — OK its never going to give the up lifting comic feel that say, Bridget Jones Diary might…but its a sensational film, at times hard to watch. You might just feel better about yourself.
2) I met an American yesterday who didn’t recognise my accent as being American. Oh dear…and with around 9 months to go before I got back this isn’t going to be pretty
3) Obama…he’s the man. OK, generally quite conservative is I…but I love that guy. I even spent 20 minutes surfing the White House website
4) Thanks for everyone who came out to the Tithe Barn Open Day on Saturday. It was refreshing to do what amounts to a wedding fair with a limited number of suppliers in each genre. The fact that I actually know, like and respect ALL of the suppliers also helps.
5) Facebook…love it, but shouldn’t there be a rule that states you must provide a profile pic for every decade you’ve been alive. I’m getting people from high school add me as a friend and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out who the hell they are. Sorry people.
6) Nesting. Some folks have been led to believe that my lack of blogging must have something to do with the baby (the one that hasn’t yet arrived). Indirectly yes. Nicola (and all women apparently) do this nesting thing were they get anally obsessive about the smallest things needing to be done. Add to that a recently completed garage conversion and you’ve got a list of DIY jobs as long as number of noughts in the US Federal deficit. I’m glad to say most are now done
7) Confirmation. On Saturday Nicola and I were both confirmed into the Anglican Church. That’s the Church of England ’round these parts. We’ve enjoyed getting to know many people at St Peter’s in Petersfield. The service at St Thomas’ Portsmouth (the Anglican Cathedral) was quite moving…even Nicola’s Dad was doing his best ‘Bambi’ face.
8) Played 9 holes of golf last week. First time since June I played. How can something so pure be so frustrating. For the record, The Great Salterns course in Portsmouth is…umm…PANTS.
9) Super Bowl is this coming weekend. No doubt I’ll watch some of it. Not really fussed who wins, just hope its a good game
An only child (for now)
But first..a rant. HOTMAIL blows. Why? Well, did you know that if you contact any small business in the world there’s a good chance they can’t directly reply to you if you have a Hotmail account. Why? Well, if the aforementioned small business uses a shared email server (like most do) its likely that the ISP who hosts it will, at one time or another, had a scammer business use their IP range to send spam mail. As a result, the bright sparks at Hotmail simply ban the entire range. So when I reply I get a message accusing me of being a spammer and that I’m not allowed to talk to you. Of course I have a Hotmail account which I can send from using my shootinghip email as an alias. But its not as responsive. I wonder why it is that Google and Yahoo seem to be able to overcome this but Microsoft can’t. I’m getting to be more like an Apple user everyday. Hell, next week I’ll want to start shooting Nikons.
Unfortunately if you thought the reference to the new member of the family was a baby…well, you’d be wrong. Nope, we’re still waiting…however the in-laws have a new Cocker Spaniel named Monty. All ears!
I’m sure some of the ‘regulars’ will have assumed silence on the blog means baby in the house. Well, you’d be wrong. In fact it was a week away at Centre Parcs with the family. Perhaps not the best timed trip given Nicola’s current state but it was booked up well before ‘Junior’ had anything to do with it. So, we’re still waiting.
Evan has been settling in to his Christmas toys. The Playmobil Pirate ship has been the one thing that has captured his imagination most. Clearly the Grandparents know best. It has led to more than a few pirate accents around the house. The best is Evan’s incorrect phrase of ‘ahoy me hair trees’. It gives him satisfaction and makes me giggle everytime I hear it.
The first wedding of 2009 kicked off on Saturday. We’re now in the depths of winter and boy don’t I know it. Although bright on Saturday, it was just too cold to go outside. It made the family group shots interesting…and actually quite different. With the wedding being so close to the baby it made sense to take along a little support just in case I got ‘the call’. It was probably a bit overkill to have two photographers there (and to the guests I apologise) but its difficult to have someone there and place him in a glass box which says “Break Glass in Case of Contractions”.
My support came in the form of Simon Kemp from Hyde-End Studios. Simon and I have worked together before. Some may remember it was Simon who stepped up to help me in August when I was rather poorly. I was truly grateful for him taking a Saturday afternoon out to help. Like a bonehead he refused to be paid for his time. Whilst gracious I can’t just let it ride…so a little top up to his iTunes account seems in order. Check your email Simon.
Simon has threatened to post a few of his favourites on his blog later this week. So stop by again and have a look.
Sally and Noel — The Elvetham — Saturday, January 10, 2009
Seats were at a premium…perhaps not on the same scale as the Obama inaguration…but close
Winter weddings, with no bridal prep and a B&G not particularly fussed about ‘couple’ shots means lots and lots of people watching…hug?
A patented technique…honest!
“Oh me so….” — I think I’ll stop there
As Midnight Oil once said…”the time has come”
Each week…its either one or the other…but not usually both
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Now I see where she got ‘that look’ from
A vain attempt at redemption (see the image a few ticks ago)
I like images with lots going on…and not a single person blinking
Between Eric (the fab Elvetham toastmaster) and I, we did convince them 3 minutes of ‘couple’ shots wouldn’t kill’m
“I like to move it, move it”
Noel went walkabout
Still perfecting ‘the look’
What two photographers get up to whilst you eat pudding…here I’m saying “Simon, you da man”, Simon replies “No…you da man” and so it goes
More than just a pretty face, Simon assists me in setting up the lights
After some hard core decorating (no, that’s not me painting in my underpants) we decided to go out for a little walk on Elsted common (near Midhurst). Here’s a few images.