Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"What's up with René?"

Have you ever heard the story of the little girl that wanted a new computer?

Ever since the Apple rep came to her 5th grade class, she was intrigued. A real computer? For kids? Not one of those vTech computers? Not knowing exactly the laptop's capabilities she daydreamed: "I could type so fast! And play games! 'Office' would be so much more fun with a laptop." Everyday she'd go to Pioneer Peak Elementary School and Joseph and Christina would pull out their teal colored Apple laptops. Everyone ooed and awed at how fancy they were.

At the end of the day, on the bus ride home, she'd conjure up the most persuasive way to ask her dad for a computer and the advantages it'd give his 10-year-old daughter. Everyday she'd go home and ask. Everyday he'd say "no." "But ppppppplease???" she'd whine in her nasally little-kid voice. "No," her dad answered. She never understood why. Maybe they were too expensive? Maybe he'd be more willing if I asked for a vTech laptop from Wal-Mart? Despite the compromise, "no" was all she received. Weeks and weeks past, her anger and disappointment grew and she finally gave up hope. "I'm never going to be cool," she sighed. "Maybe one day when I'm in high school or college I'll have my own computer."

Hope was lost... until one day, when she least expected it, she walked home from the bus stop to find her dad at the front porch with a grin on his face and a hop in his step. "Go down stairs, your mother has something to show you." Perplexed, the little girl threw down her backpack and marched down the stairs. As she winded down the staircase she heard the music of her favorite artist, LeAnn Rimes. "Blue" was the song. It was playing so loudly. But how? "There's no CD player downstairs," she thought. As she rounded the corner the first thing she laid her eyes upon was the source of the her favorite music: a brand new, shiny and sleek, better than she ever could have imagined, Gateway 2000 desktop computer. Her father, following right behind her said, "You really think I was going to get you one of those junk vTech computers? Or one of those cheap Apple laptops? You can do so much more on this, Bink! This is the best machine out there, top of the line, and you... you deserve the best."

The best. That's what my father wanted to give me - the little girl who dreamed of playing "office" with an Apple laptop. I never should have doubted my father. He knew what was best for me.

And the best is what you deserve too. You. The person reading this. The person looking to fulfill a little guilty pleasure. The person interested in a little eye candy. You deserve the best photography, the best presentation of it, and the best darn blog money can buy! And that's exactly what you're going to get.

So in answer to all your questions...

"What's up with René?"

"Yeah, I have been checkin' the blog a lot, she hasn't posted anything?!"

"Is René in the hospital or something?"

"I've been keeping up with you on Facebook and have seen all the amazing places y'all have been going, where are the pictures?!"

I'm not in the hospital, I haven't fallen off the face of the planet, it's not because I'm extremely busy; I haven't posted any big shoots or weddings in the last few months because I'm just waiting for the completion of a very pretty, very interactive, brand spankin' new, custom blog. I'm not wasting all these awesome photos and commentary on a Blogger blog (no offense blogger users! It's been good to me for the last 99 posts!) when a bigger, better, much shiner, Gateway 2000, if you will, blog is being created as we speak! Expected launch date? Friday!

Friends, thanks for your patience while I bring you the best.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tracy Lawrence, Continued

Hey all you faithful fans!

If you’d like to view more images from the concert and purchase unwatermarked prints of Tracy singing or you and Tracy together, please visit the following link:

You’ll need to create a username and password. But don’t worry, we won’t send you information to anyone. :) If you order prints within the next 29 days, you’ll receive double the print order for free, courtesy of René Tate Photography!

All profits will go to CHOA, the Childhood Hematology Oncology Associates.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Newport Beach Shoot

Jesie and I arrived in Orange County yesterday morning in preparation for Mike and Ashley's Cherry Valley wedding. We're so pumped to be here. We feel like a part of Mike and Ashley's family! We know several of the guests from a previous wedding so it's really easy to blend right in.
We had some time to kill yesterday, so with Jesie never before visiting California (I know, right?) I thought I'd take her to one of my favorite places in America: Newport Beach! We had a fun mock photoshoot.. although beware, we were both working on three hours of sleep and had been traveling for most of the morning. Yuck! Then we grabbed some of the best sushi ever on Balboa Island. Jesie was so jazzed to be having California Rolls in California... :)

Time to get ready for the big day. Ciao!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tracy Lawrence Concert

I hate my job. It's awful. Going back stage at concerts, hanging out on the tour buses of celebrities... it's terrible. haha KIDDING! My job r o c k s! I'm so happy to support Colorado Springs' favorite radio station: Cat Country 95.1. As I'm watching Tracy Lawrence interact with these super duper cute kids on his tour bus, I thought to myself, "Wow, I am so blessed!"

Today, Cat Country 95.1 held a fundraiser for a local Colorado Springs cancer center for kids: Childhood Hematology Oncology Associates (CHOA).

Tracy did a special meet and greet on his tour bus with one lucky family whose son is in remission of leukemia. As the station's official photographer, I was there to catch all the fun. Just a couple of favorites are below.

If you were lucky enough to attend this show or even meet Tracy, check back TOMORROW for a link to view your images and order prints from the show. All proceeds go to CHOA. And also, don't forget to email me with your number for a complimentary digital copy of your meet and greet photo.

Y'all remember Jim West?
Some of the crazy Cat staff! They're the best. :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

BIG Things Coming Up!

Hey Friends!

Just wanted to give you an quick update. If I were you, I'd keep an eye on this week. Some exciting things up my sleeve for you!

Until then, watch this and s m i l e. This man is my hero.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pink Limo

Doesn't your mind go straight to Pepto Bismal? Mine does. Love that stuff. Never leave home without it. ;)