Thursday, August 27, 2009

Will work for food (aka Will Play for Gumbo)

"I don’t smoke, I don’t shoot smack But I got a spicy monkey ridin’ on my back" (here's the video if your interested)

What do I mean by that? Well I'll start by saying that Art and Colleen Bouvier are lucky that I don't know their address. I was in on my home from work with just about an hour for dinner before rushing off to pre-school orientation. I was stoked for some blackened chicken creole from Papa Roux. Nice night, sit outside, quick service AMAZING food. But WAIT, ah . . . pickles (thank you Jack), no more dinner at the Roux, only on Friday :( I was so pi . . . er . . . angry, disappointed. So if I'd known where they lived, I just might have shown up at their door begging for a bite. We went to CiCi's pizza instead. It was just as good. Yeah. Right.

Today Jim called me to meet him for lunch. Yay, lunch at the Roux?? No, they just went there yesterday, they want to go to Olive Garden. Really??? I work on the West side (two days a week). I just can't make it to 10th and post on a work day. I don't usually take the kids out by myself. I need some Roux!!!

So while I'm in the car driving most of the time these days I'm thinking about this photography "thing." How I'm going to start, grow, market and sustain my business. There is SOOO much to think about, so much to do. So all these thoughts were crossing my mind along my addiction to Papa Roux and I thought of the Jimmy Buffett song "I will play for Gumbo." When I get to actually take pictures, that is way more like play than it is like work. I was thinking about Art's relentless support of the "Mom and Pop." And I was just wondering if there was any way we could help each other out? Maybe we could put links on each other's websites? Maybe they'd let me put a flier up at the restaurant. I wonder if they need a web designer from the Indianapolis east side?

I have so many thoughts in the car every day.
So here is my simple offer to you Papa Roux - if you need any photography work done - "I will play for Gumbo." (creole, actually or even chili, po boys . . .)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

VACATION!


I am in a Holiday Inn Express in Nashville, TN. We are at the end of a wonderful vacation. We will drive the last few hours home tomorrow morning. (Who knows what other great things will happen to us since we are staying at a Holiday Inn Express!)

We had a really great time in Chattanooga. We saw Rock City, the Incline Railroad, Ruby Falls and the Tennessee aquariums. We had a cute little cabin on Lookout Mountain (scenicviewlogcabins.com) .

On our way from Chattanooga to Ft. Valley, we stopped to visit some friends of Jim's who asked me to take some family pictures of them. Any chance I have to work on my photography is exciting. We only got to stay for a short time, but it was a nice visit and Bev even made Jim a birthday cake!





Next we went to Ft. Valley, GA where Jim had a class. That left me and the kids to venture out on our own. We found a cool beach (on a lake). I discovered one of the major disadvantages to going to the Beach as the only adult in your party. I have a really nasty sunburn on my back in the small strip between my shoulder blades where I couldn't reach to put the sunscreen on. I guess I should have asked the kids for help. This morning we went to Lane Orchards, a Peach "farm" and packing plant.






Monday, August 10, 2009

I have a blog? Weird . . . never thought it would happen, but now I think it's kind of cool. I'm so excited that I also have my very own brand new web page. EricaSalmonPhotography.com (That is the reason for this shiny new blog)


So, what's on my mind at the moment? Taking wedding photographs in Indianapolis!! Haha. Seriously, it's fair season. That's what I'm up to! I made my third trip to the fair today in blazing hot weather. For the record, if I have two sleeping children in my stroller, it is not at all necessary to stand 3 feet away from their sensitive little ears and shout "Look at that, how cute, you have two tired out kiddos in there." Really, you don't need to that, I already know.


The big fair news for me is that I entered the photography competition for the first time this year. All three of my pictures were hung and I WON - BEST OF SHOW (black and white picture of a child) for my picture of Ellie with her "scrub dub baby." Here is the big winner.




Award Winning Photo



And the other two entries:





That's it for now . . .




















Sunday, August 9, 2009