Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 9, 2022

If you want to be happy,
be.

~ Leo Tolstoy
Russian – Novelist September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910

Porte Musings:

Yesterday I went to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre with my sister to watch “Sisters”. It was very well done, but we had to wear our masks and I thought this whole mask-wearing COVID requirement was done.

We spent some time on the beach and had supper at one of the beach side restaurants, then walked out on the pier. The water was nice and calm. The pier has been upgraded since our childhood so the danger of falling off was greatly reduced.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 7, 2022

Well, we all know that self-esteem comes
from what you think of you,
not what other people think of you.

~ Gloria Gaynor
American – Musician Born: September 7, 1949

Porte Musings:

The beginning of September always brings a sense of re-newal.

New books, pens, colouring pencils, schools and bags.

Dressed your best for the first day of school.

Excitement building as you wait for the bus.

Although I’m well past my first day of school, I believe learning is a life long experience, so today I’m headed to Point Peele National Park with my sister and a couple of kayaks to kayak the marshes for the first time. If we don’t get lost I’m hoping we can also take the tram to the point. Maybe we’ll be lucky and see the migration of the Monarchs.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 6, 2022

You may be a redneck if…
you have spent more
on your pickup truck
than on your education.

~ Jeff Foxworthy
American – Comedian Born: September 6, 1958

Porte Musings:

First day of school, or usually. For most of the students in our area it’s a PD Day as the teachers are learning a new computer system.

Busy week ahead. Everything is scheduled to start. It’s like a New Year with new things everywhere. Zumba is even going to start again. Looking forward to the fall activities.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 5, 2022

You can’t fake listening.
It shows.

~ Raquel Welch
American – Actress Born: September 5, 1940

Porte Musings:

My grandson and I spent a wonderful day kayaking. We did my normal route backwards to ensure he saw my favorite spot at the turnaround point of my normal route. Muddy entry with a dock too high for easy entry and exit. He started out with the paddles upside down. Then remembered on his own: writing towards you so you can read it and he turned them around. This picture was before he remembered.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last Monday of summer holidays. Tuesday the teachers will be in school preparing for Wednesday and the students returning.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 4, 2022

If everything was perfect,
you would never learn
and you would never grow.

~ Beyonce Knowles
American – Musician Born: September 4, 1981

Porte Musings:

The unofficial last Sunday of the summer. Although technically summer doesn’t end until September 21st, the return to school signals the beginning of Fall.

This week is already looking to be busy. Wednesday I’m going to make a trip to Point Pelee National Park to see if the Monarch Migration has started. My sister and I will be taking the kayaks to journey through the marshes. The trip itself is a 2 1/2 hour drive, so it will be a full day trip.

Thursday, another sister and I are going to Port Stanley for live theatre to jointly celebrate our birthdays. Lunch out and theatre, such a treat.

I have volunteered to take pictures at the 150th Anniversary of the Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Breakfast, Saturday September 24th. The same day is the Annual Meeting of the Heritage Club, so supper out with Posties that worked at Canada Post for 25 years or more. Another fully booked day. 🙂

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 2, 2022

Grief changes shape,
but it never ends.

~ Keanu Reeves
Canadian – Actor Born: September 2, 1964

Porte Musings:

September 2nd always saddens my heart.

It was the day my mother suddenly passed and my world was shattered.

The years have softened the blow,
but her memory lives on and my heart still misses her.

Porte Photos Daily Quote: September 1, 2022

My favourite poem is the one that starts
‘Thirty days hath September’
because it actually tells you something.

~ Groucho Marx

Porte Musings:

I’ve missed working on the daily Quotes and Porte Musings, so for the month of September I will be publishing Porte Photos Daily Quote.

To celebrate the arrival of September I will be offering 10% off all portrait sessions booked this week.
(does not include Real Estate Photos).

I’ve recently upgraded my editing software and have I’ve been working on editing techniques & changing backgrounds:

Real Estate Photos:

Effective immediately rates for Real Estate Photos will be changing to
$100 per site with a guaranteed turnaround time of less than 48 hours.

For a quicker turnaround there will be an additional fee of $50.

The number of photos provided will depend on the size of the unit.
Minimum of 1 photo per room and 2 exterior photos

There is no additional charge for sites within 40 KM of Strathroy ON.
However, due to the increase of fuel costs there is an additional charge of
$1 per KM (one way) beyond the first 40 KM of Strathroy.

Testing

Prior to a photo session I like to set-up and test the lighting as well as the types of shots I will be taking. Here are some lighting tests with my favorite models. I start with the stuffed toy then used my dog Rickie. I found out that my lens was set to DX and was able to change the mode to Full Frame before shooting with the live model. Lens cleaned again for dust, batteries ready, and everything is ready for my time with the guest of honour.