Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fav Photos of 2008

I hope you're all having a nice Christmas, mine thus far has been awesome. Busy, fun, joyful,...I could go on :) Now all that's left is New Years.
But before that arrives, I want to share a few of my favourite photos of 2008. I have a LOT more but these are some of the ones that jump out at me.
Hope your 2008 was as great as mine. Here's to 2009 and all the wondeful things it's going to bring :)
Til next time, C.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

From me, Christa @ Cyball Photography

Til next time, C.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Year In Review....the post

As explained previously I'm working on my fav photos of 2008.....since life has caused me to put a little more on my plate than I can handle I've decided next week I'll do that post.
So for now.....here's my post about my year in review. This I normally do on my personal blog a little closer to New Years but today seems fitting.
Basically I want my Year in Review post to be a HUGE thank you. These are in no particular order, I'm just putting it out there.
My Husband.....
Kristen you are wonderful. I never would have attempted going this route with my photography this year had you not been there supporting me along the way. You gave me positive feedback, constructive criticism, "gentle" reminders to get off the computer after editing, tweaking, writing blog posts for hours. Listening to me ramble on about ideas, new stuff I learned, camera gear that I "need" :) and the list goes on. Without your behind the scenes input I wouldn't be where I am today. Thank you, I love you.
My Family & Friends.....
You know who you are, the ones who were my shoulder to cry on when I was feeling discouraged, wanting to quit, having a hard time dealing with negative feedback.
More specifically Holly....the friend who has and will talk endless with me about photography, our blogs, Photoshop, simply everything & anything photography. You were the first to give me real & sincere encouragement. Thank you.
Other Photographers.....
How do I begin this thank you since they're not actually people I know....I just stalk their websites on a regular basis.
Anyway....to being this year I emailed a few photographers about being a mentor of sorts. Not necessarily in a traditional way but to maybe give me some advice on starting out in the business. My responses were not good. For the most part I didn't receive responses, the ones that did respond basically told me they were too busy. And I understand, I really do, I was just disappointed. That's all.
Until Mary......
Mary left a comment on my blog one day. I immediately looked her up and found out she was a professional photographer. She with her husband Justin. Not only were they amazing & talented photographers, they even had a section on their website just for photographers...so I did what I had done already this year, I sent an email. Mary responded....
She responded sincerely and with information to actually HELP me. Since then Mary periodically comments on my blog. She's wonderful, she really has no idea how encouraging it is to me that a professional lurks around, looks at my work and even gives feedback. Thank you, I'm truly grateful :)
Then there's Jasmine Star. I did send her an email once and I comment every now and then on her blog. She even left a comment on my personal blog one day...oh yeah very exciting. But there's "something" about her. Not only is she awesome, but she teaches, she understands what it's like to start out in the business and shares her experiences. She's not fake, she's real, she's down to earth. Even though she has no idea who I am, thank you. You are one of my main inspirations as to why I love what I do and why I have such a strong desire to keep moving forward.
Pioneer Woman and Miz Booshay who posts about Photography have taught me the basics of photography. Everything I know thus far is self taught and widely in part to these two ladies, from exposure, to depth of field, and so on. To quote Pioneer Woman they just "keep it real" that works for me. Thanks.
And last but certainly NOT least....my clients.
And really I should have had you under my family & friends thank yous, cause really that's who you are. But you deserve this one all on your own!! Without you there would be no Cyball Photography. I cannot express enough how grateful I am that you decided to take a chance on me. How good it makes me feel that you enjoy my work and appreciate how I'm trying to tell your story, how I interpret your story.
Thank You!
Next week I'll be doing my fav photos of 2008 then not long after it'll be 2009. A fresh start, a new look, a better Cyball Photography. I hope you're as excited about the new year as I am.
Til next time, C.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hello? Is anyone out there?

Are you still lurking?
Phew.....thanks :)
Things have been NUTS on the homefront.....we're trying to complete our basement before Christmas so any of my waking hours that aren't at work, have been spent painting.
BUT...good news...I'm working on a post. My fav shots of 2008.....but it takes time. So I apologize for being MIA :(
I'm hoping to get back on track later this week. Please bear with me, I appreciate you more than you'll ever know and please don't let my lack of posts let you think otherwise.
Til next time, C.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Feature Blog: Photo Memory Quilts

It seems everyone is a photographer these days and overall the photography world and it's product lines tend to take on a generic feel or look.
Until now....my dear friend since childhood has a new product.
Photo Memory Quilts!!
You submit your photos, poems, quotes, etc, tell her your colour scheme and she'll make from scratch a quilt for you. I've already been a customer (which will be shown on her blog after Christmas, since it's a Christmas gift afterall) I've also been the receipient of one of her quilts, she made one for my hubby and I of our wedding day, just beautiful.
So if you have special photos, looking for something different to give to that someone who has everything, consider her work. It'll forever be a cherished gift that holds unmeasurable value.
In 2009 any of my customers wishing to purchase a quilt and wanting to use photos taken by Cyball Photography I will gladly forward to Photo Memory Quilts at no additional charge.
Check out here blog HERE
Til next time, C.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Contest Winner

We have a winner...but before announcing the winner I want to share my favourite Christmas carol....I thought about this a lot and realized I couldn't narrow it down to one.....here's my top two instead :)
1) I saw Mommy Dancing with Santa...this one I have to explain. I don't know the name of it, it was on a Country christmas cassette tape that my dad owned. It goes "well I saw Mommy in her nightgown and she was jumping all around dancing with 'ol Santa Claus, the record kept a playin' and momma kept a sayin' oh santa wasn't built for the cause...." A friend of mine has this on record and it says "twistin' with 'ol santa claus" either way it's upbeat and cute and I love it
2) Mary's Boy Child/Oh my Lord by Boney M again totally upbeat and fun :)
I like the old Christmas hymns that I grew up with as well, O Holy Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, What Child is this? and so on....I seriously love everything about Christmas but the carols are at the top.
And without further ado, the contest winner. This was a random draw (my hubby pulled the name from a hat)
The winner.....drumroll please.....ANGIE!!!   Congratulations Angie, I need your mailing address so I can get your goodies shipped. Hopefully I beat the Christmas rush :)
Thanks to everyone for entering. If all goes well I'll have another contest in the new year.
Photo for today
Til next time, C.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Time is running out.....

You have until Monday afternoon to tell me your favourite Christmas Carol :)
Winner to be announced on Tuesday!!
Til next time, C.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

he, he he.....
I love reading about your favourite Christmas carols and why....even if they are depressing (**Heather**...LOL) And yes, "photo quilts" I totally remember driving your dad crazy....aaaahhh the good 'ol days when we thought pushing our parents to the edge was funny :)
Also forgot to mention the contest is open to anyone who has a legit mailing address.....so all you 'out of towners' are eligible contestants! Good Luck to you.
Keep the entries coming....time is running out. Have a great weekend.
And what's a post without a photo
Til next time, C.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Contest

It's contest time!!!!!
In the spirit of Christmas and my love of scrapbooking (despite doing very little lately) the winner of this contest will receive:
8x8 Scrapbook Album
8x8 Christmas scrapbook mini kit (photo far left)
8x8 Textured papers (4 each - photo far right)
To enter.....all you have to do is write your FAVOURITE Christmas Carol in the comments section. I'll be doing a random draw on Dec. 8th to announce the winner on Tuesday Dec 9th (one week from today)
Til next time, C.

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