Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

Let the chips fall where they may. October 26, 2010

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I have no idea from one week to the next, one month to the next, one day to the next how much money I will bring in. No idea. I can guess. I can plot trends. I can assume. I can pray. But really I have no idea. I may expect nothing and randomly bring in $1000 or more in a couple of days. It’s very nice when that happens, but the opposite often happens too and that’s certainly not as cool.

I no longer get my hopes up when someone says they’re going to call me for pictures. I no longer take it seriously when someone says they’ll be getting that order to me tomorrow. I no longer get giddy when someone tells me I am the perfect person for their wedding…but they just need to check with their fiance first. I just smile, nod, and hope for the best.

Sometimes I think it might be nice to go to a job, do the job, come home, and know that I’ll be getting a predictable paycheck on a predictable day. It would certainly be easier to plan for things. But for the most part I just still can’t believe that I actually get paid to photograph people. I’m able to stay home with my children. I’m able to make my own schedule and be my own boss. I’m able to take vacation whenever I want to. I can work in my pajamas.

I’m having a “let the chips fall where they may” kind of day…week…month. There are an abundance of potentially great opportunities for me right now. Potentially great or potentially nothing. Let the chips fall where they may. Because no matter which way they fall I’ll continue to do what I love to do. I’ll continue to shake my head in disbelief that I get to do it at all. I’ll continue to learn, grow, hone my craft. I’ll never quit doing this as long as God allows me to do it.

Tonight I’m going to bed with several things still up in the air. They’ll either be carried off in the wind or fall in my lap. I have no way of knowing what tomorrow might bring. And that’s more exciting than a predictable paycheck any day.


The second back up October 7, 2010

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I got a new (old) camera last week. Phillip and I felt that we needed a third camera again since we’ve got two weddings coming up that we’re shooting together. I always have two cameras on at a wedding and Phillip has one when he second shoots for me. We found an almost mint condition Canon 1D on ebay. It’s only got 22K actuations (shutter clicks) on it so it’s still got plenty of life left in it. Here’s a picture of it. Looks pretty much like my other cameras. Some of the controls are in different places and are somewhat cumbersome.

I haven’t really had a chance to mess with it until last night. And I still didn’t really get a very good idea about how it’s going to perform. We were inside with poor lighting and I was using my flash. But I can tell that it focuses faster and more accurately than my 5D. It shoots more frames per second than my 5D. It has WAY more focus points, which I don’t know if I’ll even take advantage of or not. The shutter click is quieter and snappier, if that makes any sense. But the downside is that I will have more issues with noise with this camera. I knew that when I bought it. Also, the files are quite a bit smaller than what I’m used to, but can still easily produce 16X20 enlargements. I won’t be able to crop in as much with this camera, but I typically frame the shot as I want it to be when I shoot it in the first place. Overall I’m happy with this purchase. I’m looking forward to doing some outside stuff with this camera in good light. Here are a few I took last night with it. They pretty much look like photos taken with my 5D.

Phillip is really good at making this face.

Mikey has a nice bruise on his chest from falling over a chair or something.


this past week… September 24, 2010

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paint popsicles, ladybugs, puppets, haircuts, park, boggle jr., “C” chameleon, sweat, and a whole lot of cute.

Oh yeah…and we got a cat. We lost his collar the day after we got him. I keep hoping it will turn up so I haven’t bought another one.


“The Big Room” September 11, 2010

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We got our new furniture in a week or two ago for our formal living room/studio, which we have just started calling “the big room.” I had my first session in there this morning since we got the furniture. Phillip put up shades and curtains today. It looks so much better in there now. I moved the furniture from how I originally had it. I think I like the current arrangement, for now at least. Here are a few pictures of how it looks now. I guess we’ll get a rug one of these day but I’m not sure about that. It’s much easier to move the furniture all over place for a shoot without a rug. The boys totally love this purple couch.

Here are a couple of pictures from the session this morning. I’ll have more up on my photoblog later but they’re not up there yet.


Studio Space, first shoot July 10, 2010

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So this morning I got to use our new house for pictures! I’m so excited to be able to do this. We never had the room or the natural light at the other house. So here are a few pictures of the bare bones portable set up that we have at this time.

And here’s one that Phillip took of me photographing little Tyler. I hope you enjoy looking at my armpit.

And here is the finished shot that I was taking at that moment.

Pretty cool, huh? You can see more of Tyler’s newborn photos at my business blog.


What’s the haps? January 24, 2010

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So this blog is just being sorely neglected lately but I still post more often than some of my friends. You know who you are. Anyway…

Mikey started his new preschool this week and he really loves it. He’s going Mon-Fri from 12:30-3:30 at a local elementary school. It’s technically a program for “children with disabilities” which I’ve had a bit of an issue digesting because I don’t think the child has any disabilities. But I know it’s a great program for him and I won’t get a call every other day telling me to come pick him up because they can’t handle him. He has really taken to one of the aides and he actually cries when I come to pick him up from school because he doesn’t want to go home. His language is improving daily and we’re just constantly amazed at what he says and understands. I know he’s brilliant.

We’re planning on putting our house up for sale as soon as possible. Our real estate agent is coming out tomorrow to check out the house and tell us what she thinks we should do before putting it on the market. We will be replacing the roof in the next month or so. We’ve lived in this house for almost 8 years and we’ve really outgrown in. It’s been a good house for us but we’re very excited about moving into something bigger. I didn’t used to think that I wanted a big house but we just feel like we need the space now. With my growing business, the kids, Phillip’s music stuff, and homeschooling we just need much more space. And we’re all tired of living with one bathroom. We’re expecting to be able to make a decent profit on our house. We will also have a much better interest rate this time around that we’ve had for the last 8 years. It’s just time. We’re ready and we’re excited. And if we’re miraculously able to close by April 30th we’ll qualify for a $6,500 tax credit. So we’re really hoping things will fall into place.

I’ve done more bridal and wedding stuff lately and I’m really enjoying that. I used to be terrified of weddings and now they’re just not a big deal. I mean, I have to be prepared of course and there’s a lot to think about. But they don’t make me nervous in the least and I have a blast doing them. I feel so blessed to have been able to pursue this dream of having a photography business. Sometimes I still feel like I need to pinch myself just to make sure it’s really happening.

Jackson is playing upward basketball and he just had his second game yesterday. He scored his first goal in the game. He was pretty proud of himself. He’s so cute.

Speaking of cute, Phillip is still the cutest thing ever. I’m sure he’ll appreciate me writing that.


Walk toward the light. December 16, 2009

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I’m beginning to find my way out of the Christmas insanity fog. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Christmas season for a family photographer is just pretty crazy. And then when you add the regular busyness of the season, homeschooling, and having a Mikey it makes for a pretty overwhelming time.

October through December are probably my busiest months out of the year. I think I had 27 sessions and one wedding from mid-October through mid-December. I have photographed 97 people in the last 2-ish months not including that wedding. And that is a lot! At least for me. And it is finally winding down. I have one more session before Christmas and then my calendar is pretty wide open. The senior season will start probably go from about February through April for me.

This has been a stressful time but for the most part I have had so much fun! Most of the time my “job” doesn’t even feel like work. The sessions are usually a blast and I really love meeting all these new people. Even the editing of the pics doesn’t really feel like a chore most of the time. I don’t love the ordering, packaging, shipping side of things but that’s just part of it.

So now I finally feel like I can focus on getting the rest of my Christmas shopping and wrapping done. I will have more evenings that I can spend with Phillip instead of on the computer until 1:00 in the morning. I love the Christmas season and I’m so grateful for how great the business has been going. But it is very easy to loose sight of why we even celebrate Christmas when we’re so very busy.

This weekend Phillip and I will get out of town for a couple of days without our kids. We’re going to spend the weekend with Phillip’s brother and his wife. And I’m so looking forward to it. I’m just looking forward to spending undivided quality time with some people that I love. I’m looking forward to being away from my computer. The light at the end of the tunnel is almost here and I can’t wait!