Hi there! It’s been a while.

Hi Gang,

This is one of those 3 AM blog posts that I’m feeling I have to write in order to get any sleep tonight, so bear with me.  Hopefully I’ll have the wherewithal to make sure I brief  it in the light of day.

I have been missing from the ol’ cybersphere as of late because a lot has changed in my life personally, all good, and I’m deciding on the best ways in which to move forward with Patti Brown Photography and Kaleidoscope.  As you all know, my family and I recently relocated back to the DFW area due to my husband’s retirement from the Air Force.  Shortly after our move, I was given the opportunity to return to my old company – one I truly love – where I originally started working over ten years ago, pre-marriage, pre-motherhood, pre-Air Force, pre-photography.  I worked in staffing for a very special company that is unique to the DFW area.    It was work I absolutely loved, and until recently, didn’t realize how much I missed.

I started talking with the President of my wonderful company about a year ago, when it looked like there may be a possibility we would be returning to Texas.  At that time, the possibility was extremely slight, however, there were very strong emotional connections for both my husband and myself to this area, so I think we sort of knew all along that although it wasn’t going to be easy, we would wind up coming home if we could work it.  And we are so happy we did.  We miss Virginia, but there honestly isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t pinch ourselves and get a little giddy over our  new life in this wonderful new/old place.

Well, as it worked out an opening came up for part-time needs at my company, and I jumped at the opportunity to return.  As these types of things often due, my part-time hours have slowly been starting to look more and more like full-time hours, and I am once again falling in love with my work.

I’ve fallen in love several times like this before.   The most recent was with developing products for Kaleidoscope, prior to that it was photography, now it is with my current opportunity, which is why you all haven’t heard from me much on this blog lately.  Or on Facebook, or Pinterest, or if we happen to be friends on the phone, etc.  Hoping to get Christmas cards out this year, but can’t even imagine the breadth of updates I’d have to cram in to a clever letter.  (note to self: do not attempt cutesy rhymes.  This is not the year to to do it!)

Sooo, as you all can probably guess, I’m going through a bit of a conundrum as to what to do with my photography business and Kaleidoscope.  I’ve been shooting here and there for friends mostly, and of course, have managed to over-book myself a bit in that department.  But you know what the weird thing is?  Now that it’s not my main job/focus/etc. I’m falling in love with Photography again in a way that I desperately needed to.  My style has been changing up quite a bit too.  Call it a reflection of personal growth or a change in location or fewer trees in the background or whatever, but I’m discovering new ways to incorporate my new surroundings and it’s been a blast.  I’ve also fallen a bit out of love with overall product development.  I have a couple of items in the works, but absolutely will not have time for any releases this year, and honestly, as I find myself returning to my roots in other aspects of my life, I find myself returning to my roots in my shooting style as well.  My work of late has been much simpler, cleaner, less photoshopped/edited, and much more pure overall.  I don’t know if there is an exact term for “12 solid months of change and upheaval that results in tremendous personal growth” but whatever it would be, that is what I’ve just gone through.  I guess it’s only natural for my pictures to change up a bit as well.

So, as it stands, I’m going to be sharing some of the work I’ve done recently between now and year’s end, and I’m going to spend the rest of 2013 contemplating where I want to go professionally.  I am feeling extremely fed at work right now.  Turns out, I didn’t really like  working by myself in front of a computer at home all these years. I loved the flexibility and the opportunity to stay home with my baby, but I really missed interfacing with clients, candidates and my wonderful colleagues.  I have rediscovered my love of photography by rediscovering a side of myself that I thought had been packed away long ago.  I’m leaning right now towards shooting on a limited basis, retiring a few products from Kaleidoscope, and holding off on development of new things until I’m really ready and inspired to release something amazing. So, I would consider this a rather ‘soft’ announcement – one that probably didn’t need to be spelled out in 985 words, but one that I still felt needed to be made.  I’m still here, I am still working, I’ve just got some other stuff going on as well.  And, since I haven’t figured out how to be two people yet, I’ve got some choices to make.

As I told the owner of my company during a discussion about Photography last week, “How is anyone ever bored in this life?”  I mean seriously.  There is just so much to do, so much to learn, and so much opportunity out there for growth.  I honestly wish sometimes that I had ten lives to live.  But alas, sleep is now calling me during this one, and when the morning comes, I’ve got work to do.

Until next time. – PB

January 22, 2014 - 9:48 am

Sarah - Patti- I came over to grab a link to refer someone to Kaleidescope for some light overlays, as I adore the ones I have from you & think they’re some of the best additions to my images. You are an amazing artist, and I’m sure that your new adventures opening up your creative side for you again is a really good thing! Who knows where that creative energy will take you. I know I had to step back last year from doing client work, just to re-engage with documenting my own family again. I had lost that, and it was a primary reason for my interest in photography to begin with years ago. Anyways- – I also wanted to say welcome back to the Metroplex! I moved here 5 years ago, and am learning to love it. ;) I’m sure you are well connected, but if you ever want to go on a photo walk or just meetup for a playdate at the Arboretum or something, I would love doing that. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the future! -Sarah

December 12, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Vinita - Congratulations on having the job you love! Good to hear from you! I so admire your work, writing included! All the best with figuring out your direction for 2014! :-)

November 29, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Joanne C - Congrats to your new/old career! Isn’t it great to find something old, new and exciting again?! I’m happy for you and I believe you will still do some additional creating.

Take care my friend, and enjoy life to the fullest!

November 19, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Patti A. - Congratulations on your new chapter. Sounds like it is very fulfilling and exciting. Your fans, me included will always be around no matter what your doing. Have fun, life is to short not to enjoy it.

November 19, 2013 - 8:06 am

christy combs - Patti whatever you do with your life I believe you will always be creating…that’s just who you are! If you’re loving your new life and work then that’s wonderful and all your fans here will still continue to love all your products and use them to enhance our own works of art. Best Wishes to you and thanks for the update;)

Changing & adjusting.

Hello Friends,

Well, since my last post SOOO much has changed for our little family.  We moved to Texas, bought a house, my husband retired from the Air Force and is pursuing new ventures, and we are about 99.9% settled in.  Scratch that, 95.9%.  Sorry for the absenteeism, but I’m just one of those types who is very sensitive to disorder, so the grumpy moods (mine included), cluttered tabletops  and clashing color schemes that all come along with moving have been sucking the life out of me lately.  In addition, our son has had some issues adjusting, and I’ve been assisting my in-laws in relocating here from Virginia as well.  Yes, that’s right – I brought my in-laws with me.   I know that very sentiment strikes terror in the hearts of many of you reading this, but I’m incredibly lucky  that my in-laws are amazing.  I love them, we are extremely close, and I can’t imagine our son living without them nearby.  So, when we made the decision to move back home, we propositioned them with coming along, and happily, they said yes.  I know it hasn’t been easy for them, but I am so grateful, and in the long run, we all want what is best for our Zachary, so we’re willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary.

Lucky kid.

So, we are finally establishing a routine, our house is now finished (at least, finished enough – tons of green and other soothing colors, not too much for me to clean, nice sized pool out back which we’ve finally figured out how to filter) and I’m able to focus on getting back to work.  Order is resuming, the chaos is calming.

For those of you who are in the DFW area, I will be booking sessions soon.  I am going to assemble a pricing schedule which will be released on this blog, and in the meantime, please send me an email if you’re interested in a session so I can get you on that mailing list I’ve finally decided to compile. My email address is patti@pattibrownphotography.com.

For now, I wanted to share a few shots from my last session in Virginia.  I had the most amazing neighbors, with the loveliest brood of daughters.  This is just one of them, I’ll share her gorgeous sisters in an upcoming post, but I wanted to get this little series out there because I really love how it turned out.  Her eyes are so awesome, and she is so sweet and natural, I had to do the whole thing in black and white.

 

Hope you like them.  I also hope to be share a lot more with you all on this blog now that our life is finally starting to establish some normalcy.  Thanks for sticking with me! See you all again soon.

XOXO – PB

October 20, 2013 - 2:08 am

Patricia - Your blog is really great i think there is so much to learn here .
Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful work.
Herzliche Gruesse Patricia

September 12, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Vinita - Love these images Patti! Hope all is well and all of you have settled in and enjoying yourselves! Catch up soon! Xx

Farewell, Virginia. Hello, Texas!!!

Hello Friends,

This is going to be one of those bittersweet posts.  It’s quite  personal, but for those of you who have been with me for a while, you know it’s been a long time coming.

My beloved Ray is retiring after serving over 20 years in the Air Force, and after much thought, soul-searching, prayer and discussion we have decided to return to (what we consider) our home state of Texas, specifically, the DFW area.  We absolutely love Virginia – just look at a few of the pictures below to get an idea of how beautiful it is – but ever since a springtime trip back home in 2012, Texas has been pulling us and pulling us and pulling us like a magnet to return to her.  As the spunky, but perplexed, little Teavana associate (who was a tad overly interested in my future plans) asked a couple of weeks ago…”Why on EARTH would anyone want to move to TEXAS??!#?!” Exclamation point.  Question mark.  Exclamation point.

Question mark.

Well, all I’ve got to say is that anyone who knows and loves Texas, and particularly Texans, will understand.  No Explanation (or Exclamation) required.  There was a time when we thought would certainly stay in this area permanently, but the pull of the wonderful people down there, career opportunities (for both of us!) and the comfort of old friends and beloved family simply outweigh any beach or ocean view I have ever seen.  And believe me, you all know I love the ocean.  Visiting the water is like going to church for me – it’s a vitamin to my soul.  In fact, realizing that I’ll be land-locked for a while has been difficult to accept, so as a way of saying goodbye to this wonderful place, our little family enjoyed an activity we have often indulged in often over the last six years just one more time.  We drove out to our favorite spot by the water, threw rocks into the bay, and watched the tide come in. That was, right after we visited the airplane the my husband has spent over 4,000 hours of his life in, and explained a few things about his time inside it to our son.

I took pictures.  Because I don’t want to forget you, Virginia.  You have been good to us, and you will forever be a part of who we are.

Tomorrow morning we will start the long trek down, and hopefully we will be all settled and moved in within a couple of weeks.  DFW, I will look forward to seeing you on the other side of our move!

Virginia, much love and many thanks to you.  Your waters, history, and wonderful people have left a magical imprint on my life that will never go away.  I promise, we will meet again.

XOXO – PB

July 2, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Christy - Gorgeous photos! Best Wishes for Texas:)

July 2, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Christina - A bit belated, but welcome back home to Texas! Love the pics of your husband and son as well :)

Next time you’re to the east of DFW visiting family, let me know, maybe we can finally meet up after only knowing each other via PT4P all these years :)

June 24, 2013 - 4:43 am

Patti A. - Congratulations on your next adventure Patti and family. Its always nice to go back home…..

June 17, 2013 - 11:10 am

Buryan - Wow, fabulous photoshoot!

June 11, 2013 - 7:55 am

Donna (Texas) - Welcome! From one Texan to Another!
The ocean is just a few hundred miles away!
hughugs

June 9, 2013 - 11:54 am

Bonnie - Welcome to Texas! Not the best time of year to get started here — even Heaven on Earth gets a bit hot at times. ;)

I just discovered your site & delightful tutorials. They are well done. Even though I ‘knew’ how to do those things, I’d never actually put all the steps together into a nice looking project. You have made me enthusiastic about taking portraits — the thing everyone in the family wants, but which I always hated. My portraits never had that last bit of sparkle that made me want to do them and share them.

Found your site yesterday. Took pics of my granddaughter this morning. Now my granddaughter has gone home and my freebies are downloaded. I’m ready to open Elements and while away the afternoon.

Thank you.

June 5, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Christy - Just wanted to say thank you for your tutorials and products. I come back here from time to time for inspiration or for a tutorial on something I’ve forgotten how to do. Good luck.

June 3, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Amanda - Wow! As a proud Daughter of the Republic of Texas who now resides in Arizona, I’m thrilled and envious of you and your decision to make your way back home – best of luck and I hope to see you in a few years! Xxoo

June 3, 2013 - 8:24 am

me - Congratulations! I know two people — Mom & Dad — who will be especially happy to see you back in the Lone Star State. Ray & Z look amazing at the beach.

Hello Cutie! {+ Mega-Moving Sale in the Kaleidoscope Shoppe!}

Yes, it’s happened once again.

The much appreciated “are you out there” emails from friends, fans & blog followers have been making their way into my inbox recently, and I am so sorry this blog has been producing silence softer than crickets as of late.  I know everyone is busy, I know it. But if you’re a blog follower or friend of mine who has been with me for any length of time, you know that my family is in the midst of a major life transition (actually, more than one, all at once) and busy just doesn’t describe the demands that have been put on our time lately.

I’m going to catch you all up on our relocation plans in another post, which I promise, will not be as overdue as this one is.  In the meantime though, to thank and reward you sweet people for sticking with me, I’ve decided to offer 40% off everything in the Kaleidoscope Shoppe for one week only.  Just use code: badblogger upon checkout and enjoy!  As always, if you’ve purchased within the last 7 days, email me and I’ll happily do a price adjustment.

In non-delay related news, I also wanted to share a few pictures I snapped the other night of a sweet neighbors adorable little girl, who clearly, has a thing for Hello Kitty. Sometimes a girl just knows what she likes!  And I like this girl.  She’s got spunk and style and I had a blast with her.

Thanks again, as always, for stopping by my little corner of the cyber-world.  I’ll be posting again soon about where we’ve finally decided to settle.  I’m excited, and can’t wait to share!

Until next time, PB

April 13, 2014 - 4:36 am

joyce - Hello Patty, I just bought some presets on my tablet how can I download on my mac??
Tnx Joyce huis

July 26, 2013 - 7:12 am

carol - Thank you! Your textures are beautiful! I am loving the sets I just downloaded. Thanks for all your work and the specials you offer.