Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's in a Name?

{doe•ee•bird} photography.

Is it quirky?


Is it unique?


Is it easy to spell?

Come on people! It's phonetic! How hard is that?  OK, OK, I get it- our brains aren't trained to think phonetically (but wouldn't life be easy if it were? That's another blog post)

Let's move on.  Special characters. Good or bad idea?

Very, very bad idea.  More than one package came to me with doe#*>ee#*>bird because the "system" couldn't handle special characters. Seriously, what is so special about bullets and parantheses?  This just about drove me to the funny farm more than once.

So I decided it was time for a name change. LIKE TWO YEARS AGO. You have no idea how hard it is to name a business unless you have one of course!  I wanted one word that encapsulated all I did- children, families, seniors, etc.  And here is what I came up with. 

Spry [sprahy]
- adjective, spry-er, spry-est, or spri-er, spri-est
- active; nimble; agile; energetic; brisk.
Origin: 1740-50; orig. uncert.

I have been working on rebranding for a seriously OBNOXIOUS amount of time. Like months and months and months. On and off through my busy season and through more than one blog designer (first one ran off with my deposit, sniff, sniff). But finally, FINALLY, even though I know some links are not yet working on the blog and I need to go through the website ONE MORE time, I am launching and announcing to the world that I am no longer {doe•ee•bird}, you can now refer to me as SpryArt.


Would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you would visit the new site and new blog "like" me on facebook!  Yes, that means I will no longer be updating this blog!!

Thank you to all my awesome clients- I started this business on a whim over three years ago and never EVER imagined I would be able to earn a living doing it. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee...

won't my mama be so proud of me?!?!

Lurve that little song.

We didn't find any bumblebees, ants, grasshoppers, or rolly-pollies, but we did find exactly one bug that fit into the "other bugs" category.

I do love tomboys like her. We went to her birthday party and underneath her princess crown was a sweaty mess of hair plastered to her head and tangled underneath the crown... the result of some SERIOUS bouncing on the bouncy castle. She was the sweatiest, sweetest little princess I think I have ever seen!

Lot's going on in the Robinson world. Jesse had foot surgery at 5 am last Friday (and has since been laid up with his foot elevated), and exactly 6 hours later, a crew of about a dozen construction workers were at my house demo'ing a couple rooms and part of the roof!  We are in the middle of a bedroom addition (soooo many kids I have) and a few other remodeling projects (there are six of us living in two rooms in the house right now- it's like a dormitory)!  Right around the holidays and my busiest season of the year. Stellar planning if I do say so myself :-).  NOT complaining though!  I'm actually really thankful for all the blessings of the past year :-). If I don't get back on here before Thanksgiving (the chances of that happening are slim to none even though I have about 4,896 sessions to blog- feels that way anyway), have a GREAT THANKSGIVING!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's a Black & White & Rainbow Kinda Day

I told Mom I wanted to lick those delicious freckles right off her off her sweet face. Is that weird?

And I was so pleased when this brand new mom told me she loved the picture below as much as I did. Not your typical newborn picture, but to me- it speaks volumes. Love.

And these little Rainbow Brights. Crack me up every time I do their pictures. Typical sisters- one is sweet, conservative, & a rule follower and the other likes to take a walk on the wildside (you know you totally just sang that in your head like Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch). I've got a couple of those myself.
More from these sessions later!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fun, Fun, Fun!

I freaking love my job. What other job in the world allows you to hang out with families and have fun all day?

First of all, this family is amazing. Simply, totally amazing. I am not even going to go into details about their spirit and perseverance, you can read about that here, and here, and here. I LOVE THEM. 

Did I mention they are amazing?

OK, enough with that. We decided to do something different with their pictures and we went to Kemah, where we hung out all day with the kiddos, played games (the kids made out like crazy winning things!), and ate some awesome sushi.

Did I mention I love my job?

OK, OK- the pictures...I hope they don't take forever to load! Here ya go!


These pictures were taken in a hurricane simulator!

That's all, must go cram in some last minute studying for a 3rd grade social studies test!

Friday, November 4, 2011

So this is way late...

... but Happy Halloween!

I've been in a fog of shooting, editing, ordering (tutoring, swim practice, Tae Kwon Doe)  shooting, editing, ordering (tutoring, swim practice, Tae Kwon Doe)... AND Angry Birds - my new iPhone obsession (yep you read that right, Tracy Robinson is a GAMER baby!) that the blog has taken a major backseat.    I've been trying to get clients galleries out sooner than I have in the past so I don't fall into a huge hole like I have in years past.. but I had to post this picture, even if it is waaaayyyy overdue.

Anywho- I just looovvveee this picture of my little mummy, geisha, witch, and Celtic dancer (who watched many, many YouTube videos of Celtic dancing so she could do justice to her costume).  Emily refuses to wash her face, so the Kohl eyeliner I put on in Monday is still apparent, and she finds it quite fetching. At least I think she does, because I catch her looking at herself quite a bit these days!  Thank goodness the black eyeliner I put on Kaylee's lips came off!

Oh and by the way, I'm not wearing socks right now. Want to know why? Because they would just get ROCKED OFF anyway at Guns & Roses tonight!!!!  You know where you are? You're in the jungle baby.

Later Gator.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Year Later...

remember them?

I love seeing my families grow :-).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

She was one busy bee...

... so it is only fitting her nickname actually is Bee!

And I'm not even going to comment on the amount of hair this kid had!
The theme of her one year party was "Little Golden Books" (GREAT theme Mom!), so we incorporated some of Mom's old books into the shoot.
And is it weird that I am going to order one of the pictures below for my office before her parents have even seen them? I seriously died when I saw this next picture!

Hello beautiful sunshine!!
And I recently read on a photography forum that some photogs refuse to do cake smashes because they are overdone. Ummmmm- that's downright crazy talk! What is cuter than this? HUH? They are as much an American tradition as bouquet throwing and the 7th inning stretch!

That's all folks!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Whenever we get together, it's like no time has passed...

This is my college roommate Leigh Ann and her family. 

Leigh Ann has no "off" button. 
She never has and I hope she never will.
And I mean that in a good way. 

Anyone that can do an impromptu skit about the size of my iPhone case that has everyone in the room in tears is one funny gal (in my defense Jude peed on my first one and ruined it, so I went with the military grade case the second time around. Yes, its large and in charge!)

I do believe wine may have squirted out my nose during that skit.

Just a little bit.

And I just want to eat her kids up! Their reward for letting me take pictures was they got to take a few with my camera.

Love, love, love this family!!

I can't remember exactly what directive I gave her, but this picture was snapped just after she licked her hubs.
Told you- no "off" button- remember?
 Anyone want to guess which college we all went to?!?


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