Getting Settled

Oh Blog, how I have missed and neglected you!!   If you were to look at my website, it has been a long while since anything was updated.  This isn’t because I’ve been MIA…  We’ve finally moved into our new house as of last week!!  I FINALLY have my office back in working order (for the most part) and getting back into the groove of normalcy.  I can finally sit down and work on my computer with my internet.  I’ve been shooting weddings and portraits, but haven’t had a way to blog much.  I’m thankful my in-laws let me set-up my computer at their house for a few weeks during the transition in order to edit images.

 

Since January 2014, we’ve been working on selling our home in Fort Worth, buying a home in Oklahoma, renovating that home, moving business operations, and basically starting over.  I went to the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA) convention in January and while I was there we learned that my oilfield husband had a fabulous opportunity to move to Oklahoma…back home for him.  With a ton of thought, we jumped at the idea, knowing that I am able travel anywhere and anytime with Cornfield Photography.  We put our Fort Worth home on the market the following week, received an offer with the first showing, found a house in OK, and closed on both homes in about 6 weeks.  Since the end of February our possessions have been in storage while we gutted our “new-to-us” home in Oklahoma.  We tore out everything we could except for the walls, kitchen, and bathrooms.  Being a self-proclaimed DIYer, we chose not to hire a contractor.  I look back and think we probably should have 🙂

 

Since early March, we’ve been camped out in our new home during our renovations.  As you can imagine it was a relief finally getting our own bed and belongings last week.  Two and a half months (with a three year old) seems like forever when moving and updating a house.  We still aren’t quite finished, just a few minor things to do around the house, but it is ours, we are enjoying it, and know it won’t happen overnight.  I am LOVING Oklahoma and I enjoy having room to roam now.  I can watch gorgeous sunsets from my back porch, listen to the trees in the wind, hear the birds sing, my child is now playing with bugs she’s never known, playing in the rain, she is naming frogs “hopscotch” and neighborhood cats “monna,” she just saw her first lightning bug and laughed so hard with giddy that I wanted to cry, and the best part of it all is that my husband is home every night and is no longer traveling two or three weeks out of the month.  We have him home with us and that’s all we need to be complete.

 

I’ve been neglecting the small moments, overcome with house stuff, that I haven’t taken the time to capture the innocence of my almost four year old daughter.  I cannot believe she will be four in July and start pre-k in August…where has all of the time gone?  I cannot seem to stop time, but only capture a glimpse with the release of my shutter.  We, as adults, get so wrapped up in “things” and “stuff” and “work” that sometimes we forget that tomorrow is never guaranteed.  My goal is to stop, breathe, enjoy the moment, put down my phone, put up the iPad, turn off my computer, and enjoy my family.  Sometimes enjoying my family means no cameras…I want to LIVE the moment, to capture time forever in my heart with memories, but somehow I feel sad because I haven’t captured every moment in digital form.  I just pray that my daughter will remember her mother interacting and playing with her instead of holding a camera in her face documenting her every move.  I watched a movie the other night and as soon as I heard this line, I immediately thought of my relationship with my camera and documenting my own family’s life.

 

From the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter Mitty: When are you going to take it?

Sean O’Connell: Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.

Walter Mitty: Stay in it?

Sean O’Connell: Yeah. Right there. Right here.

 

I happened to break out my camera a few days ago. My daughter was taking a nap and I wanted to take a few of her sleeping.  I couldn’t get enough and my camera eventually woke her.  These images below are the first moments of her waking up from nap (bed-hair and all) and playing in her new room with the toys that have been in storage for months.  I think she is enjoying every bit of it!  My goal is to take more of us “living” because those are the moments that count, but it is so hard for me because I want to “stay in it.”  Sometimes I wish I had a live-in photographer to capture all of the precious moments for me 😉

 

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We’re moving…to Oklahoma City!!

I’m excited to announce that Cornfield Photography will be moving it’s office to Oklahoma City by March 15th, 2014!!

My husband is originally from Oklahoma (I was born in Oklahoma) and he is ready to get back home, so when we found out that he was  being relocated for a new job…we were jumping for joy!!  We are both from small rural communities, so this is giving us an opportunity to get out of the city.  We had hoped for 100+acres and a farm, but that might be a little too much!  Instead, we found one acre and a beautiful house about thirty minutes from Oklahoma City in Blanchard, OK.  I am looking forward to being back in a small town and knowing that my daughter will have an amazing community to grow-up.  We are still in the buying and selling phases of the move and I am still trying to work out logistics without my head exploding.  It is all happening super fast, which I am thankful, but it was unexpected.  Our worlds are being thrown upside down for a short amount of time, but it will be worth it!

  • As for traveling back to DFW…I aim to make one weekend/month a “Texas Weekend” so those of you who are current clients can still call me to do your portraits without a travel fee!!  If you know you need portraits done, I suggest booking several months in advance to hold your spot.
  • For weddings, I will still be booking DFW weddings, but a travel fee will be required and dates are extremely limited.  Oklahoma weddings will be considered local, so travel fees will not be required within a reasonable distance from OKC.  Each wedding is different, so contact me to discuss your details and we can work out a plan.
  • Texas Brides/Clients, thank you all so much for trusting me as your photographer.  I cannot say enough how much you all mean to me!  I hope to keep you all as my clients…and especially friends 😉
  • Oklahoma Brides/Clients, I look forward to working with you and can’t wait to see what Oklahoma has in store!!  I’ve shot several Oklahoma weddings already and just loved it!  I am excited to start shooting in “God’s Country”…as my husband would say 🙂

With much love…and excitement,

Kelsey Jenkins

Texas Weekend dates :

APRIL 5/6th, 2014 (Bluebonnet Mini’s)

MAY 3/4th, 2014

JUNE 8th, 2014

JULY 26/27th, 2014

NOVEMBER 2nd, 2014 (Family Holiday Mini’s)

NOVEMBER 23rd, 2014 (Family Holiday Mini’s)