Hello there, lovelies
I usually like to start the new year off by saying a bunch of motivating stuff, and I talk about dreams and hopes and goals. Well, not this year. I’ve been through a lot of changes this last couple of years, and quite frankly I don’t have a lot of dreams anymore.
Hahhahaa!! That sounds so tragic, but I promise you it isn’t. I have literally spent my adult life planning, setting goals, and spinning up dreams in my head. If you’ve read any portion of this blog, I don’t have to tell you I’m a dreamer.
However, I’m slowly realizing that I don’t want to spend anymore time dreaming and setting goals. I just want to be.
I want to be flexible
I want to be available
I want to be present
Most of all, I want to look around and enjoy the journey of the rest of my life. Sure, I have plans and things I want to do, but I don’t want to be overly driven or locked into those things.
My moto this year has been to “be water” I just really want to flow around and fill the holes. Fill needs, say yes, show up. That’s all I want to do.
I understand this may be really weird to hear if you’ve followed me for any certain amount of time. But this is what I’ve got, and it’s all I want.
So, as romantic as this may sound, I still need to make some money, so I can live. I’d love to go back to school and have a whole new career! However, right now I need to utilize the skills I already have.
I have been a photographer. I started school in 2006, and this has technically been my job in Orange County, Ca. since 2010. I’ve taken a seven year break to renovate my house in Northern Nevada, and now it’s time to become a full time photographer again!
A lot has changed in technology with photography, between the cameras, printers, and software, I will admit I’m completely behind the curve. I still have a deep love for it, because when I do take pictures, my heart is stirred and I feel that fire starting to flicker within me.
Just like any athlete who returns to their sport after an extended break, I will need to get back into “photo shape.” I’ve replaced and added to all my photo gear, gotten a new printer, computer, software, and am setting up my books.
So, I’m basically ready to go, but most importantly, I feel like I need to do photography workouts. I’m starting slowly with the most important thing any photographer can do. I’m going to take pictures!
I started today, and there were things I remembered while I was shooting and editing. Maybe you want to be reminded too, or want to learn something, or be inspired to fall in love with photography again. Or maybe you just like pretty pictures. In any case, I hope you’ll join me in this process.
Let me know if there is anything you’d like me to take pictures of! I’d love the suggestions and ideas. I’m open to anything, as I just really want to re-explore every part of it.
I was planning on adding the first shoot to this post, but decided to just let this one stand alone. Let this be something like a warning label for what’s to come.
There is photography to follow!
I like what you’re saying about needing to take pictures. And I like that you’re asking for ideas. There’s a webpage (https://52frames.com/) where you submit a photograph a week of a predetermined topic. It’s good mental/artistic exercise. I plan to start up again when I get to Kentucky in the next few weeks.
I love that, I’ll definitely check it out! Thank you!
I have always loved & appreciated your eye for detail & turning simple objects into beautiful images…. ie your Disney work! Your portrait work is also quite beautiful.
Thank you, Sweet Friend! ❤