posted by Charles - Thursday, April 25, 2013  |  Personal

Meg & I have been on a quest to master the art of the personal budget. Much like being on a diet, budgets are an exercise in delayed gratification. Step one? Find ways to grocery shop more, and eat out less. Grocery shopping allows for better meal planning, and costs less that eating out - allowing us to squeeze those dollars!


As you know, we're big fans of Publix, so naturally we grabbed the free Publix app, and started planning! Our favorite money saving feature at Publix? The weekly BOGO specials! Meg makes a point of menu planning around the weekly BOGO's, and I make sure she has everything she needs to feed us. The division of labor is pretty evenly split:

- Meg is the meal planner & cook
- I'm the grocery shopper & dish washer

It's a win all around. It ensures that:

(a) we don't die of food poisoning
(b) Meg doesn't have to do the dishes!


One other money saving idea we cooked up was to bust out our circa 1998 bread machine! If you aren't familiar with these wonders of the 20th century, they are pretty simple - dump in water, sugar, salt, flour, and yeast. Push the button, and come back in about 4 hours for a hot, fresh loaf of bread. The cost is pennies, and the fun factor is off the charts! :)


For some reason, Meg wanted me to learn to make the bread. Her thinking was something along the lines of "Teach a man to fish..." I mean, how hard can this be, right? RIGHT. Afterall, the first loaf I made (with Meg's instruction) was perfection. Like, seriously - the best stuff ever.

The second (unsupervised) loaf... well, it's pretty spectacular, too - for a moon rock!

After we picked ourselves up off the floor (I'm not kidding - there were streaming tears and side-splitting laughs), Meg kindly took the time to document my bread blunder with her phone for public embarrassment. You're welcome.


So far our efforts have been going great and we've (wisely) put Meg back in charge of the Baisden bakery. My wife has become quite the cook, so I bet she'll jump on here and share some of her favorite new recipes soon - if for no other reason than to share them with her Mom who always 'needs to get a copy of that recipe.' We'll keep you posted on our kitchen adventures as we go!

Charles
















posted by Charles - Friday, April 5, 2013  |  Shop Talk

It's no secret that Meg & I share a career that falls pretty far outside of the spectrum known as "normal". Instead of morning commutes replete with bustling subways, crowded freeways, and angry pedestrians, we quietly commute to our small home office - a whole 5 yards down the hall.


Wedding photographer is not one of those careers that high school guidance counselors tend to "promote". In fact, I'd say entrepreneur is not really a career that most people think of unless they are introduced to it at a young age. However, being an entrepreneur definitely has some perks:

- design your own schedule
- take vacation whenever you want it
- work half days
- work from home


Of course, those of you out there with small businesses are laughing uncontrollably because you know the real story:

- work endless hours
- work seven days a week
- never get a true "vacation"
- buy your own health insurance

So for every perk, there is an equal and opposite reality that comes with it.

But despite our odd lifestyle of non-traditional hours, and travel on the weekends, we do still find a little time to have some fun! A couple of weekends ago, we found ourselves exploring a new topic - gardening!

My birthday gift from my parents this year was a gift certificate to a local nursery. Meg picked out a chaste tree.


Realize that Meg & I - neither of us - had ever planted a tree. Not sure how that happened, but somehow we both missed the "volunteer to plant a tree" projects growing up. So armed with Pinterest and iPhones, we set out to plant a tree.

After we assembled the requisite supplies (shovel, gloves), we discovered that digging holes... well, it's friggin' tough! Meg even got into the action... mostly supervising, but every hard worker needs a great supervisor!

However, the end result was worth it - we planted our very first tree!


It's a far cry from the end result we are hoping for, but so far, so good! We've been watering it everyday, and it's started sprouting new leaves! We will keep you posted!

Charles
















posted by Meg - Wednesday, October 3, 2012  |  Engagements, Flashback

As I was wrapping up our 2010 flashback posts, I have to admit that I kinda patted myself on the back for catching the blog up on all of our way-old work. (I know two or three years isn't way-old, but in terms of current events - it's ANCIENT.) So, while I was basking in my accomplishment and mentally preparing to begin sharing our 2012 season - a sense of panic crept in...

Was I missing something? I'd already blogged all of 2011, right? I mean, of course I had - but man, I didn't want to miss anyone and create hurt feelings. I sat down with our 2011 calendar ready to set my mind at ease. You know what's coming, of course. Yup - I managed to post exactly ZERO images from our 2011 season. How is that even possible?! Blame it on my nine month blog hiatus - I sure do... I did manage to link to three blog features in 2011 - those shoots might ring a (tiny) bell. Other than those teasers, I've got a whole ton of never-before-seen goodness. So, there you have it. Welcome back, 2011. It's almost like we never left you.


Monday / January 17, 2011 = Christin + Thad Engagement Session -- Pensacola, Ft. Pickens













Fun Factoid: I went to high school with Christin and her sweet sister Leanne - whose wedding we photographed in 2009. We LOVED working with their sweet family twice!

Meg
PS - Did you notice that we've shot weddings all over the world? Ya Mon! Check out this fantastic wedding in Negril, Jamaica - where Everything's Irie.
















posted by Meg - Tuesday, October 2, 2012  |  Weddings, Flashback, Smarty Pants

December 2010 was a busy month for the Baisdens - full of travel, personal project development, and cool seasonal shoots - like Ballet Pensacola's annual production of The Nutcracker. We've been photographing the ballet's productions for many years now - I have a lovely little portfolio of favorites built up that I want to share with y'all as soon as we get permission. As many productions utilize community talent as well as professional dancers, we want to be sensitive and get the green light on each image - so that we aren't stepping of any parental toes :)

So, today we're taking a peek at a sweet Orlando wedding that wrapped up or 2010 season. Enjoy!

Sunday / December 19, 2010 = Nathania + Jose Wedding Orlando





Bubbles down the aisle = Smarty Pants!



A groom that serenades his bride as she walks down the aisle = SWOON!















I think this cake is just precious!











One more smarty pants award to hand out. I know everyone feels different about games at showers, parties, and especially weddings - but this cuteness got my stamp of approval. First, it passed the golden rule of 'Thou Shall Not Embarrass Thy Guests" (made up, yes, but should totally be a thing) as this 'game' didn't involve the guests. And the second test of 'Must Be Genuinely Entertaining to the Vast Majority of Guests" - which it also was. And the third and final game rule "If Most Everyone Has Seen It Before, Thou Must Forgo It." SIDENOTE: I'm totally thinking I need to make a list of wedding commandments - I've got a bajiliion ;)

Okay, so the bride is escorted out of the room by her Maid of Honor while the Best Man places a few paperclips on the groom - here you see one going in his sock. *sneaky*



Then, after all of the paperclips have been placed, the bride (now blindfolded) is escorted back into the room. She is tasked with collecting all of the paperclips (without any instruction from the groom) as the crowd instructed 'colder' or 'warmer' Lots of laughs and a few innocent gropes ensued.



Cute, right? :)

Meg
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posted by Meg - Friday, September 28, 2012  |  Engagements, Flashback

This flashback post makes me so excited for crisp fall weather and the (brief) changing of the leaves - we don't experience much of the beautiful fall foliage in Pensacola, but what we do get is just lovely...




Sunday / November 21, 2010 = Jennifer + Marc Engagement Session -- Pensacola, Florida -- Downtown


















Tuesday / November 23, 2010 = Brianne + Garner Engagement Session -- Pensacola Beach, Florida -- Ft. Pickens















Meg















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