Don't Give Up On Me Just Yet / by Julie Cruz

Ok, so I know i've been on vacation for a long time now, but don't worry, I have my first shoot of 2011 this weekend! I was supposed to have one this past weekend, but it was pushed out to a later month (which worked out fine since we had our "Second (although technically it was my 3rd) Christmas" with my family at our house yesterday since some family members were out of town, etc for Christmas. Anyway, THANK YOU for sticking around and not giving up on me. Lot116 will be "back to normal" very soon. I must say that it's been pretty nice not having to "work" since the first to second week of December. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job, but we all need a break sometime and since I haven't had a nice long break in YEARS, I owed it to myself and my family to take a much needed month off. Now of course I have still been booking shoots and the whole email stuff, but actual shooting and editing has been beyond sparse. It's ok though, I think Mr. Camera needed a little break too. During my time off I have still been keeping pretty busy. I have been helping out in PJ's class a few times a week (the week before Christmas break I helped every day (because her poor teacher lost her voice) and it was quite rewarding to watch the kids do their Christmas performance which I (along with their teacher) helped them practice for each day. As you can see, even when i'm not working, i'm still "working" with kids. In all honesty, if I wasn't a photographer, there's a good chance that I might have gone into teaching. I love working with kids. I also love the fact that I KNOW each and every single kiddo in PJ's class. I know each and every one by name, I know each of their personalities, etc. I love the excited looks on their faces when they see me. I love that they ask me every time they see me whether i'm staying to help for the day. I love that when we break into groups and they are told they are in my group, I see smiles and hear "Yes!!". Although i'm not a "teacher", it's still rewarding to watch these kids grow and learn. Besides school, PJ started ballet last week. She had been asking me for quite some time now, so it was one of her Christmas presents. I got a little box and put in some leotards, tutus, tights, ballet shoes and a little note that said "You start ballet class in a few weeks!". She was thrilled and was so excited to start. Her first class was on Wednesday and she LOVED it. Here are a few (not so great) photos I snapped that day.....

I know this shot is blurry (I was literally outside of the room, shooting through chicken wire mesh on the glass) but I love it anyway....

Just in case you thought I was kidding ;) haha....

Ok, so I rambled in this post (what's new?), but yeah, stick around, I promise it will be worth it.

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