Sunday, January 31, 2010

One of my Fav's.

Man, this 'posting everyday' is a challenge:)  But it keeps me on my toes:)  Just thought I would post one of my favorite images.  I love catching these types of moments!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hands and Feet

Some of my favorite pictures aren't of faces....they're of the hands and feet of some of my favorite customers!! 

Friday, January 29, 2010


I just love this little girl!!  Layla is one of my biggest muses!  I'm lucky that I get to photograph her whenever I want!!  We played pee-a-boo for quite some time:)  And she gave me some great images!  What a doll!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Wives on the Job....They play a big part in hubby's work day."

Yesterday I had one of the biggest laughs of my life.  Jon, being the funny guy he is, left me a copy of an article that appeared in the Caterpillar newsletter in 1956.  The title; "Wives on the Job....They play a big part in hubby's work day."

He was 'nice' enough to highlight his favorite parts and noted the 'good advice in this article.'  Ha ha, hunny;)  Here are some of the highlights:  "Though every home situation varies, we can offer some time-tested suggestions on how a wife can send her husband off to work in a good frame of mind that is conductive to doing his job effectively and safely."
 "Try to harmonize with his mood, but especially before he leaves for work.  If he likes companionship before he leaves, give it to him.  If he prefers to be alone or to prepare his own breakfast, or the like, it may be best to respect his wishes.  It may be his only time to himself during the day.  Generally, it is actively helpful if the wife gets up and prepares breakfast to give her husband a good meal before he starts his day's work."

Ok....not too bad, right?  Well, not mostly 'bad'....but there's more....

"Give him something to look forward to when he returns home.  Let him know you and the family eagerly await his return.  A comment like, "The children will be anxious to see you"....or "We're having your favorite dessert for supper.", can go a long way toward sending him to work with new devotion to his family."

"Keep the house looking orderly....A cluttered house can make a whole day disorderly.  Even if your husband likes to rise and eat alone, set the table the night before and leave the kitchen and living room in an orderly state, so he will leave home with a renewed impression of your good housekeeping". 

OK!!  Here's where I REALLY started laughing....
"Have your hubands clothes ready when he dresses for work......Reserve the bathroom for dad alone if he has to get off to work earlier than anyone else in the household.  A busy bathroom with mom and the kids underfoot, can create a hectic situation easily avoided if each waits his turn.  Keep the bathroom neat and attractive, with towels and wash cloths and other utensils in order."

Here's the kicker:  "Give him the pleasant picture of the girl he took for his life's companion by grooming yourself to be attractive and neat.  A little make-up, a comb through the hair, and a clean dress or housecoat can enliven, stimulate and please him.  Eager anticipation of the household tasks ahead for you for the day can reassure him that he made the right choice." 

Holy Cow!  I'm so glad I wasn't a woman of that era!!  Don't get me wrong.......I love my husband more than life itself!  I don't know how I got so lucky!!  And he left that article for me as a joke....he's not an arrogant chauvanistic pig:)  So, I do take care to do my part....especially since I stay home.  BUT, the fact that Caterpillar printed this in an article and sent it home with the!  That would never happen today!!

So, I thought it would be funny to play Jon's little game.  After I read the article....and laughed for a very long time.......I decided to do everything in it.  I immediatley started on the kitchen.  Cleaned it from top to bottom.  It was the easiest, because we don't let it get out of control.  It looks really nice since we just remodeled, so we like keeping it very clean.  Anyway, I started the laundry with the intention of getting it completely done.  Completely cleaned the living room and bathroom, tore through our bedroom and got it 'neat and orderly' and headed for the shower for my 'grooming'.

I spent over an hour getting ready....showered, curled my hair, applied loads of makeup, (LOL), and even put some heals on with my jeans.  
I layed out his clothes for our appointment with the tax man....I even put matching shoes at the foot of the bed by his neatly iron outfit.
It took me all day just to do these little things.....I didn't even make it to the basement where the kids play or to their bedrooms to tidy up.  Again.....the house wasn't trashed or even 'messy'.  It's lived in.  I can't imagine living in an era where the woman was 'required' to keep everything so perfect and orderly.  Life isn't perfect and orderly.
If you are a stay at home mom, you know that even if you spend an hour cleaning a room, it will be destroyed in less than a minute when your kids come home from school.  And even less time if your kids aren't in school yet. 
I've picked up one room more than 5 times in one day.  We live in our house. 

My little game was starting to annoy me.  I didn't sit down all day.  I was in constant motion.  Even though I thought it was funny, I felt a little resentful.  NOT TOWARD MY HUSBAND, but looking at it through the eyes of a 1950's housewife.  I was forcing myself to go to extreems to make sure the husband would be pleased with me........that he would be reassured that he made the right choice.  Um, what about my choice?  What did the 1950's husband do to reassure his wife that SHE made the right choice?  Ok, he went to work....brought home the bacon.  But when they were together, what did HE do?  Did he help fold the laundry?  Did he give her the night off so she could unwind?  Maybe a girls night out?  Did he make dinner or give the baby a bath?

Oh, thank God for my life!!!!!  I have a new appreciation for my wonderful man!!  He goes in early so he can come home early and be here when the kids get home from school.  He cooks.  He does laundry.  He cleans a mean bathroom and even does the dishes!  Not to mention being a 'do-it-yourself' man:)  He can build things and fix things and create things........I'm in awe.
So,yes....I will keep the house as orderly as our lifestyle allows.  I will cook dinner, unless he wants to make something specific.  I will 'keep him happy' and give him 'something to look forward to'.  :)
God bless the women of the 50's........but now I know why a lot of them liked to drink!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


For those of you who don't know, I also have a little baking biz on the side.  I haven't done anything since October, (which gave me more time for my photography), but I made my kids some after school cupcakes yesterday and it put me in the mood!

I'm taking orders for Valentine's Day and would love to fill up my schedule.  I'm only taking a few orders this year....maybe 5 or 6.  So, if you're in the Mt. Zion/Decatur area, call me!!  217-737-9122

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ten on Tuesdays

I've seen this 'Ten on Tuesdays' on a lot of different blogs.  Some on photography blogs, some on personal blogs.  So, since I said I would be posting something everyday, Ten on Tuesdays will give me something to post for today:)  It's basically a list of 10 random 'things'.  It could be 10 random pictures, 10 random things about me, 10 things I'm going to accomplish get the picture.

So, today, my 'ten on Tuesdays' will be 10 random things about me that you might not know already.  Here goes:

1.)  If it's cold outside, I'll put my clothes in the dryer to warm them up before I get dressed.  (My robe is currently rolling around in the dryer and will be nice and toasty in a few minutes.........I'M FREEZING).

2.) Every morning I juice an 8 oz. glass of carrots/apples and add Green Magma.  I started in early December and will never again go a day without it!

3.)  I'm addicted to HGTV.

4.)  Sometimes I just like to crank up the music and dance around the Tom Cruise in Risky Business.  Except I remain fully clothed.

5.)  80's music is the best of ALL TIME.  You can argue with me, but you'd be wrong!

6.)  I've only kissed one man in my entire life........and married him.  And that first kiss wasn't until I was 18 years old.

7.)  I'm desperate for a Tempurpedic mattress.  Why do they have to cost SO MUCH!!!??

8.)  I miss the good old fashioned sit-coms that we grew up with.  What every happened to Growing Pains and Who's the Boss?!

9.) I love to paint!!

10.)  I WILL own a new camera, (even though I just got my current one in May), by summertime!!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Kids Casting Call Contest

Voting for the Kids Casting Call Contest has begun!!  Just head over to my fan page on Facebook, find the Casting Call album and vote for your favorite kid! The contest will be open until the end of February!  Here are the entries:

I had so much fun photographing these kids!  Thank you, parents, for letting me capture these fun moments!!  Send your friends over to vote!!! 
Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Oh, how I love weddings!  I'm looking to book/shoot a few weddings this spring and would love to get some on the books soon!  My goal is to shoot at least one or two in May!  So, I thought I'd post some fun pictures from my previous wedding shoots.  Enjoy!!  (Some of these images were scanned into my computer, so they're not very crisp.  Erg!)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Love Bug Session Reminder:)

I thought I would have some fun for Valentines shoots! So, I'm going to offer mini sessions available for a few dates in February:) (Ultra Mini Sessions for pets/Mini Sessions for humans). :) ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD AT ROCK SPRINGS. ALL SESSIONS ARE OUTDOORS.*

So, here's the plan, Stan:

~SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH FROM 2 TO 4 I'LL BE OFFERING ULTRA MINI SESSIONS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PET! They can celebrate Valentines' Day, too, ya know?! :) Your session will last 10 to 15 minutes and you'll receive a disc with the images I am able to capture in that time. (Typically 25 to 30.....sometimes more!)
Total Cost: $25

~SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH FROM NOON TO 4 I'LL BE OFFERING MINI SESSIONS FOR COUPLES/FAMILIES/KIDS! Your session will last 20 to 30 minutes and you'll receive a disc with the images I'm able to capture in that time. (Typically 30 to 40....perhaps more!) You will be registered to win a free 11x14 of your favorite image!
Total Cost: $25


Call me today to book your session!!! Have a great week!  217-737-9122

Friday, January 22, 2010


There are so many different 'Giving Back' or 'Giving is Awesome' packages out there amoung the hundreds of thousands of photographers, and they all seem the same. I wanted to be a little different.

So, because I have a brother-in-law in Afghanistan and a cousin in Afghanistan I thought I would make free sessions available to those who are fighting for our freedom and giving their lives for the betterment of our's!

Here are the details:
~You must be an enlisted soldier.
~You and your immediate family are eligible. If you would like extended family to be included in your photos, the extended family would pay a minimal fee of $50.
~You, your spouse and children will receive a free session consisting of a 30 to 60 minute session, a disc with all your images and a 5x7.
~If you are not married, your parents and sibling will receive the above.
~One session per family.
~This would be a perfect gift for those being shipped out soon or a wonderful homecoming gift!
Our soldiers are our heros! And knowing first hand how your service affects your families, the least I could do is offer my services for free.
God Bless!

Buzz Cuts!

The boys had an adventurous evening last night with the clippers:)  It was high time for much needed hair cuts, so Jon busted out the clippers and buzzed 'em good!  Now they look like clean cut little men.  They're so cute!  I love my guys!

Tia Wind Photography

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by! I try to blog daily, but I'm sure I'll fall off the wagon eventually:) So, here's a little about me.....

I'm a wife, mother, sister and friend. I take my camera EVERYWHERE I go. Creating images that make my customers happy is my one and only goal! I love, love, LOVE getting behind the camera and do so every chance I get! I'm located in the Benton/Bryant/Central Arkansas area.

I'm an on location natural light photographer, which means I come to you and I use whatever light is available. I don't lug around heavy lights and equipment. And the best part about that is the fact that I don't have any overhead! Which means I can offer YOU great pictures at amazing prices!

Enjoy cruising through my blog:) Call me for details on my sessions and investment. I look forward to building my list of new friends and clients!

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