Relaxin’

This is a photo of Amy’s daughter on the beach after their wedding ceremony … what a doll!

I’ve been super busy at work … 12-hour shifts with no days off until labor day. It’s not so bad, and I should get some comp time after it’s done. Thankfully I’ll have a 4-day weekend to relax after it’s all over (oh, except for that 20k I’m running that Sunday … but I guess that I’ll enjoy that!)

The above photo is Copyright 2006 Nicole Young. Please visit iStockPhoto.com for purchase information.

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Ah, memories. That was ten years ago, in 1996.

I’ve still been a busy-bee getting as many negatives scanned as possible. Tomorrow I’m shooting a friend’s wedding … beautiful beach with leis and sand and water. I’m excited and hope the photos turn out wonderful :)

Money

I’m having all sorts of money issues this month, with both good and bad results so far. The good news is that I made my first profit on BigStockPhoto with the above photograph (not too much though … it is microstock after all!). The bad news is that for some reason the Navy wanted to pay me exactly $0.00 on the 15th of this month. Thankfully I will get paid and got it temporarily fixed, but they still think I owe them money for something that the Navy actually owes me money for. Typical, eh. Well, it will get resolved in my favor in the end (hopefully), I’m just hoping it doesn’t take too long for them to figure out what I already know ;)

The above photo is Copyright 2006 Nicole Young. Please visit iStockPhoto.com for purchase information.

Star

Ben, my cousin, brought along his friends he is staying with here in Hawaii to the swap meet today. It turns out that their son, Bobby Coleman, is famous! He’s been in a few movies, including one I just saw called “Must Love Dogs”. I just thought it was kinda neat, especially since I’d seen that movie just a few weeks ago. He’s going to be in another movie with John Cusack coming out soon, initally titled “The Martian Child”, but I think that name’s supposed to change.

Reunion

Today I’m going to the Aloha Stadium flea market, and I’m meeting my cousin there. He’s on island helping out some friends and watching their kid while they do work to their house. It think the last time I saw Ben was at my wedding in Dec ’03! I’m looking forward to it. The flea market was his idea, but it’s perfect cause I’ve never been to it either, so it will be fun for all of us.

Last night I went through all of my negatives and organized and labeled them all with numbers. I have this number system I’m using to file them all away on my computer. I’m also in the process of creating a website to show all of my work … it’s just with a free site with Bravenet, but I figured I needed to start somewhere. One day when I’m actually making money doing this stuff I’ll get my own domain name on a new site. But for now I think the next thing I’m going to do is start designing a business card …

(The above photo was taken in Lincoln, NE and is copyright Nicole Young, 1996)

Lessons

I learned something “new” the other day — don’t drop your bluetooth hands-free ear-piece device on the ground *twice in a row* or it will break. Yep, I’m definitely smarter now.

I’m still plugging away at the film scanning. I counted that I have over 350 rolls of film to scan, and if I go at the same pace I’ve been going at (which is basically scanning film whenever I’m home) then it will take me about 4-5 months to get through all of them. It sounds like a long time, but it’s not so bad considering it would have cost me about $5 per roll to take my film to a lab to have them scan it for me, equalling about $1750, almost three times the amount my film scanner was. Plus, they don’t scan them at the same quality I can get from my scanner. Sooo … I think I made a good purchase :)

(The above photo is copyright Nicole Young, 2006. I’m still having fun with my “ghetto”-studio!)