So, last night was basically crazy. And I have some pictures to prove it.
I mentioned that I had a singing engagement, but I didn't really mention that I also had a photography engagement at the same time, and lucky for me, in the same place. My friend, Rae, who is a photographer was asked to do pictures for a masquerade ball benefit for a little girl in town that has cancer. She called me and asked if I would help her out, which I was happy to do, even though I was a little bit terrified since I know basically nothing about studio lighting. A little while later, Joel was asked to have his SUU Jazz Band participate in the same benefit and then his soloist dropped out and he convinced me to do it in her place.
At first I thought I was an idiot and totally overscheduled until I realized they were the same event and then I felt better even though I was still totally overscheduled.
Anyway, Rae and I got there a couple hours early to get stuff set up. Here are some pictures I took of her while we were checking light and space. Isn't she cute? The second one is what happens when we were in cramped quarters and needed to see if we could really fit more than one person in the frame. Don't be deceived, she is not a Trekkie wannabe even though her hand was doing very vulcan-like things. At least I don't think she is.
I wish I could show you some of the pictures I took, but this is a family friendly blog and I had quite a bit of cleavage going on in every. single. photo. So you'll just have to use your imagination. Or not. Maybe that's better.
Lots of entertainment came, and some of them were belly dancers. I was pretty intrigued with them and took lots of pictures. I am not going to be showing you more than one though, because, well...it's a family friendly blog, and all of the belly and cleavage showing that belly dancers are famous for is just not really appropriate here. I do have to say that I was pretty impressed at how comfortable these women were to just bare themselves like that (well, their bellies anyway) since many of them were twice my size, and you're not going to see me up there belly dancing anytime soon. But here's a picture of my favorite dancer. Not only was she modestly dressed, she was the leader of the group and the best dancer of them all. Oh, and she had castanets. That alone made her uber cool. I just burned the background out because it was like DJ's gawking and people eating and stuff in an ugly hotel conference room.
After a while Joel showed up, having just arrived from up north. I sure did miss him. Then his Jazz Band played and I thought, hey! I just happen to have my camera, so why not use it? Even though in these pictures you can definitely tell we're in an ugly hotel conference room, I especially love the ones of my hubby. He is very fun to watch when he is conducting, and I usually don't get the pleasure of seeing his facial expressions since it's generally a rear only kind of view. But last night I did get to watch his face and it just made me happy. And then towards the end I sang my song and then we took down the picture stuff and went home, where we were all very tired, but still lived happily ever after. The end.