To Catch a Smile

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller

Smiling. One of my favorite things to do. It falls right behind laughing (or before) (or in-between). It’s just there and yes, it does set everything straight.

Life has been so harried these last few months. Between the wreck, the off-schedules, and endless classes. And let’s not forget my job. Busier and more demanding than ever. You’d think after 20+ years and the advance of so much technology in travel that it would be easier. Not so. Business travelers are more particular than ever. Reporting and tracking are more specific than ever, and honestly, most days I just feel like the travel police.

“You can’t book that hotel because the price is out of policy. Oh, that is not one of your company’s preferred airlines. Business class? I’m sorry that is not allowed unless approved by the CFO….”

Can you see what I mean? Some days it’s a real challenge to find a smile within. Some days the smiles are few and far between.

And that’s why I love having pictures that set it all straight.

The days when I really, truly need a big smile. All I have to do is dig through my photography class homework or outings and events. And there they are.

Smiles in all their glory.

Handsome Hubby
My handsome husband helping me with my Light & Lighting II homework. We were working on portrait posing. I took this in front of the garage.

The youngest

My youngest step-daughter who loves to model. We were working on the same homework with the same back-drop. I get so tickled at her smile. She is such a poser.

My co-worker, friend, and mom-to-be. We had a baby shower at my house for her. It’s her first and the baby will be named Ava. I am particularly fond of A names. Heh.

Jessica with Balloons

One of my co-worker’s daughters. She got to take all the baby shower balloons home with her. Nothing like a kid with a bunch of balloons.

Balloon Girl
Isn’t that any kid’s dream?

Things I have to smile about today

    *In one week, I will be in California on vacation.

    *Getting Sydney transferred and registered for her senior year.

    *Jason getting cleared from physical therapy after four months of work on his back from the accident.

    *Having two photography classes left until I qualify for my certification.

    *Getting a deep tissue massage in about an hour.

So tell me…..

Where is your smile?

Is it hiding?

Is it buried?

Is it just peeking through?

Smile and show us your happy face.

Set it all straight with a curve.

Happy weekend everyone!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Worn

This might surprise you, but I’m not a big fan of vintage photographs.

Despite every intention of my mother, I did not share her love of antiques either. I don’t know why, but I love modern. I love new. I love innovation.

Maybe, I just love the future and the possibilities; new ideas, inventions, and progress.

Because of those reasons, this is why I chose these photos for the weekly challenge. It was a challenge for me to re-create an old setting to capture a few photos that look (and feel) worn even though they were taken in 2011.

These photos make me appreciate the fineness of age, and the timelessness of our past.

These were shot on an 1800’s farm in Texas.

Vintage Shoot

Vintage Shoot

Vintage Shoot