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Archive for August, 2010

Brett’s Really… old!

It’s nice to be here for some birthdays. Normally we miss all the birthday wishes and the candles and the cakes. We just leave a singing message on an answering machine and call it good. Happy birthday to my brother Brett, may there be many more so that I can keep taking pictures like this of you!

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Superhero coffee taster

The week before we go back to South Africa, Coffee Guy will be taking a Q cuppers course. This is a big deal. There are only 800 Q cuppers in the world. Basically, as I understand it, a Q cupper is a superhero style coffee taster. They have superhero taste buds and have developed enough skill that they can use their Q super powers at a moments notice. That’s what I am going to tell my three year old anyway.

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I wrote a little bit ago about ordering my Kelly Moore bag. Many of you have wanted to know if I like it. Well, here’s the story. After being away for yet another week, it was great to arrive home and have a package to open! I opened the box to find my bag wrapped in another bag labeled “Kelly Moore.” It felt so decadent! The truth is, when I opened the bag, my heart sank just a little. The bag seemed overwhelmingly big.

This coming from a person who is always carrying a big bag. A big diaper bag, a big tote and a big camera bag… I have no fear of big bags, but this bag seemed like a ginormous “unsafe for my gear because there are no real closures” box. I realized after I got the bag that serious closures are a big deal for me because we travel by air a lot (africa to america, america to africa is my life!). I wanted to be able to place the bag on its side and put it in the overhead compartment. If the closure is a magnet, “no can do.” Duh, should have thought of that one awhile ago.

I tried to convince myself that all of this was not true for several days. Then finally, I wrote Kelly Moore to say I would be returning the bag. I wanted to write, “but I still love you Kelly Moore.”  Then I realized it would probably not be her responding to my emotionally charged email, so I held myself back!

The next day I pick up a Crumpler 7 Million Dollar Home on SALE, and I have never looked back!


I love it. It just goes to show, you need to find your own way, figure out what is going to work for you and move forward with it! Even if it means returning something! What works for one photog may not work for you, and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. There’s only one you. There’s only one me, and there are a whole lot of bags.  This blog post by Vera Lana is very helpful if you are in the camera bag hunt.

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I like being a Carlson. It’s good. They are a clan known for their ability to eat, exercise, talk and not miss out on a thing. I was asked to bring the tripod and try to capture a family photo. It’s hard to “tripod it.” I was sweaty and smelly and gross from running up and down and here and there from the camera to the frame. It was a bunch of running sweaty hair frizzy bug bitten madness.

The ones who started it all.

I even took the next one. It required some serious tripod skills. Run. Sit down. Hold that strange baby. Smile. Look relaxed. All in ten seconds. Basically I am superwoman.  Except that I didn’t take the picture, so I’m not. Thanks Papa C for this shot.

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Walking in Wisconsin

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

-James Allen

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Hope you find a farmer’s market near you today!

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