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Rest and Relaxation

Recently I underwent a major surgery. I know what you are thinking…. OH NO how will I ever cope without updates from Amanda!!!…. well rest assured, I am currently healing nicely and here is your update. I have had the most wonderful people around me that have been gracious enough to let me heal without any problems or risk.

Here is the thing…. one can only take so much Netflix!  As I have sat here and pondered over why banana was named banana or why my dogs always wait until I sit down to tell me they have to go outside, I came to the realization that I don’t have many pictures of my family! My youngest is the cutestest kid in the whole wide world (I may be biased) and my oldest kids are super gorgeous so WHY do I not have any pictures?

During my recovery time, my mother in law rolls into Tallahassee. Promptly after arriving, she then heads to her winter condo in Daytona. Of course the kids want to go to the beach and swim in all the pools and water parks her condo offers. With the promise of a restful time, I agree to go. There I was waited on hand and foot and fed all of the magical delights her and my husband offer *they are both Chefs.

Once again, while sitting there gorging on real Italian meatballs, I realize again that I have little to no pictures of my kids. I enlist the help of my husband to help me capture out little vacation. He has no idea how my camera “thingy” works but he followed instructions very well and came back to me with super fun pictures. I was even able to capture a few myself!

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Bahama Cruise 2015

I recently had the opportunity to accompany some local photographers on a cruise to the Bahamas for the Florida Professional Photographers (FPP)  educational fall seminar. The seminar was given by the wonderful, fellow photographer, Kira Derryberry and she shared her extensive knowledge of website design with her program: THINK GEEK, website and social media.  Although I had a website already in place (and thought it was amazing) I reviewed what she taught us, I realized I had a lot to work on. Although I certainly had a wonderful time, it was a struggle on the cruise ship to not have my laptop and internet to tweek my website. Cococay and Nassau were absolutely gorgeous; however, I was eager to return home and go straight to work giving my lovely website a makeover- not just on the outside but on the interface side. She had given me the confidence to know I could do it myself 🙂

I was super blessed to have been able to hear my friend speak and she certainly made me proud. I have taken several workshops and been to several conventions with FPP and I am still amazed that no matter how many years in the industry you have, there is always opportunity for growth. Here are some fun pics from the trip… ENJOY! Continue Reading