Monday, April 28, 2008

Survivor


This is Payton, the inspiration for Red Bird Photography's fundraiser for the Leukemia Society. The fundraiser will be this August 2 - 3, 2008 at USA Baby in Honolulu and Waipahu. Keep checking back here for the details!

Sepia Sunset


From a recent engagement session. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Three Cheers For The TSA of LAX


This, my friends, is what is known as a rant. I prefer not to waste my blog space on ranting. But, I have to make an exception in light of what happened to me and my daughter yesterday at Los Angeles International Airport. We had just gotten off a flight from Denver on United Airlines and we were in search of Gate 72. We followed the signs and the next thing I know I'm two feet over the red security "no re-entry" line and I stop b/c the sign above looks like it continues on to the gates. I am clearly very confused and I ask the guard which way to gate 72. Well, chuckles sent me back through the security checkpoint instead of letting me walk back over the red line to make a quick left turn to the gates. Thanks, thanks a million. Once my daughter and I came back around, I said "you know, I was lost." You could have given me the benefit of the doubt and turned me toward the walkway two feet away. This was the brilliant response I got. "I could lose my job". Thanks for making a 5-foot-tall woman and her 6-year-old daughter walk back through security, which was FARTHER away than the gate turn and we ended up losing our nice bottle of water.

Transportation Security Administration, you need to seriously get your act together.

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Positive Change

Before I moved to Hawaii three years ago, I was pretty much like any other Mainlander or East Coast transplant. I avoided eye contact and very rarely did I make an effort to smile at or say hello to a stranger. You just don't do that because you never know if the person you're smiling at or saying hi to is a closet psychopath waiting to lunge at you with a Ginzu knife. Well, when we moved to Honolulu, something changed.

People were smiling and saying hi to me. What?!? Is my hair out of place? Is there mustard on my chin?? I made sure to go to the bathroom and fix whatever was looking not quite right. Much to my dismay, nothing was wrong. Did this mean what I thought it did? I decided to test my theory, that maybe people were just being friendly. Sure enough, the same thing happened. People smiled and said hello. Huh???

And so it was that I decided that I would make an effort to do the same. I have to say that being friendly and polite to complete strangers was the most liberating thing I have done. It doesn't take much effort at all and I actually feel pretty good afterwords. So, it has become for me, three years later, a habit to be friendly.

Ironically, in my travels to the Mainland, I am now the one receiving the blank stares when I am friendly. Ahh, life has a way of humbling us :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Couple More From Nashville





Today, I took a very short tour of Nashville. I went to see Ryman Auditorium, which was once home to the Grand Ole Opry, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. I also got to see Music Row and some of the historical sites. It was a nice way to pass the time. Here are a few images from my morning.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Tennessee





Yes, you read it right; we're in Tennessee for a few days and I thought I'd post some scenic shots. Enjoy!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Just In Time For Mother's Day!


Hold on to your seats, folks! Here is a very cool product we are adding at Red Bird Photography:

This is a doublesided, handrolled, blown
and sculpted tile with image
on both sides with rock hard
protective coating.

Premium Sterling Silver Bail

Swarovski Crystal Beads

16 in - 18 in Greek Leather Cord
with sterling silver hook and eye clasp.

This necklace comes in a pouch
and box.

The image can be horizontal or vertical.

This is an awesome gift for Mother's Day, wouldn't you say??

Lulu's Friend


Lulu's friend, Bergen, came by the studio not long ago to have his portrait done. Here's one I especially loved...

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Another Contest?


Folks, I had the BEST time with that Lulu contest last February and it occurs to me that perhaps I can incorporate another contest into my next undertaking.

What is it you ask? Well, I am teaming up with USA Baby and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to do a fundraiser this August. It is in honor of a little boy named Payton Green, a very young (6 years old) Leukemia patient, and a dear friend of my daughter. He is truly a brave little boy and, until recently, I had been racking my brains trying to figure out a way to help his family and others like them.

The theme of the mini-portrait sessions will be "Best Friend" and I will be asking each child to pose with their best "friend", which would actually be their favorite toy or object. Details on the cost of the session will be forthcoming, but my thought to make this a little more exciting would be to have, you guessed it, another contest. The winner will receive a complimentary 8x10 as well as their child's image on my website.

Sound interesting? Please give me your thoughts. I promise that in the coming weeks we'll have more info for you about the fundraiser, which I am praying will be a success.

Thanks for reading and much aloha to you all.

Taking a Coffee Break


Last night, my husband and some close colleagues finally had their wetting down. Wetting down?? What's that? Well, for those of you not versed in the traditions of the Coast Guard, I'll tell you more or less what it is from spouse's perspective. Basically, when an officer gets promoted, it is tradition that he throw a party to celebrate the momentous occasion. It goes without saying that a few people will get quite enthusiastic in their effort to have a good time and, well, you get the point... So, it fell on my small shoulders to take charge of getting everyone to bed safe and sound in the Wright household last night and I am POOPED. Hence, my unusual trip to Starbucks away from the family to have some "me" time and a lovely cup of honey latte on the day after. YUM. Hee hee.

This shouldn't be the only reason to have a coffee break, though. Moms all know that sometimes you just need a little break to re-engergize. I forget to do that sometimes, honestly. I love my family and I love being a photographer and that translates into me being in overdrive 24-7. It's good though. Anywho, here's a teensy weensy self portrait of me at Starbucks. Love and peace to all the moms out there!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

No April Fools Here


Nope, this is from a real session I had last week. Three big brothers and nothing to worry about at all :)
 
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