First, sorry I haven't been around. I've been even worse with my BLC girls, just haven't been online as much. I'm behind in EVERYTHING! I was looking at my crop corner today, as I was in that room wrapping a birthday gift, and I was hating that it has been so long since I scrapped. In fact, one of my best friends had a baby yesterday, and I don't even have a card made for them! It's not like I didn't know it was coming, and he certainly didn't arrive early (born on his due date, just like his big brother). Anyhow, there aren't enough hours in the day to do the things I want to do.
That aside, here's what I want to run by you. I've been focusing a LOT of my energy lately on redecorating the house. We're getting tile installed in the kitchen, and eventually (hopefully within a year) will be doing hardwood on the rest of the main level. I want to repaint, as the kitchen walls totally clash with the tile we've chosen, and I really need to repaint the family room, hallway, and dining room. But I SUCK at painting (really, I know it's not hard, but I don't do a good job at all, I'm too impatient) and there's no easy way to paint that much with four kids underfoot. DH does NOT want to spend money to have someone else paint when he thinks the colors are okay. So I started thinking ... what if I bartered my photography for painting services? Not a bad idea, right? I mentioned it to DH, and he immediately suggested contacting the company that we've used for a lot of other work. The owner has 5-6 kids, and I bet he'd love to have family portraits done, if he hasn't already. What do you think? Most of you have seen my photography, to some degree, and if you haven't, well, check my blog (link in siggy). Think I can do it? If so, what's a fair trade? I'm thinking we can probably paint the kitchen ourselves, and do the barter for the family room, hallway, and dining room (it's all connected). I was thinking of the session itself, the editing, and then a few prints in addition to digital images.
I'll probably eventually post a similar thread on one of the photography forums I'm one, but right now I'm just in the preliminary stage, and I thought I'd run it by you girls, since I'm MUCH closer to you than any of the other photography forums (I'm not talking about the photo board here, I'm talking about the really big ones out there). I just wanted to sound it out somewhere, to know if it's a sane idea before I move forward. One of the first things I'd do would be to do a sort of portfolio slideshow, so I had than handy when presenting the barter idea to any painters. You girls would see that first too.
Okay, I'm done rambling. Lay it on me, what do you think?