One Year Later

Hello, everyone!  I believe I have reached a milestone of sorts.  It has been a year since I began pursuing photography full-time!  *insert celebratory music here*

So how has the past year been?  Things have been slow, like I expected them to be.  I certainly didn’t think I would be instantly flooded with jobs and clients.  However, I still learned a lot and did things I didn’t think I would attempt for at least a few more years.  In February I shot a wedding for the first time.  It was a great learning experience but I’ve decided to wait a little longer and gain more experience before continuing to independently pursue wedding photography.  Which, as you will notice, is why I removed the “Weddings” gallery from my website.  As my digital photography teacher told me, the work you show in your portfolio should be the kind of work you want to do.  You don’t want clients to ask you to do something you’re not pursuing.

In the past year I’ve shot some great photos and I’ve made mistakes.  Photography is forever a learning experience.  You can never learn everything there is to learn and reach the point where you are “done”.  There is so much more I want to learn and experience with photography.  If for whatever reason I am not able to to have a career in photography or use it as a legitimate source of income, I want to always have it as a hobby, a special personal interest.  Thanks to automotive repairs and having to unexpectedly buy a new computer last year, using photography as a legitimate source of income isn’t working very well so far.  I’m currently in the process of reworking my photography game plan.

Even though I really enjoy photography, there are other things in life I’m looking forward to.  I do hope to be married and have a family someday.  When I come to this time in my life, my husband and children will take priority over my photography, as they should.  Most likely this will be when photography goes from a form of employment to a hobby.

What is in store for the coming year?  I’m not really sure.  I have ideas about what I would like to happen, but I don’t know if they will.  What I would like to happen might not be what God wants to happen.  He might have different things in mind for me and I’m still trying to figure out what those things could be.  So I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.  :)

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I will blame procrastination and family visiting from out of town for not posting a new self-portrait last week.  Sounds good to me.  :)

So in other news, I chopped off all of my hair!  Well, not quite all of it, but there was certainly a lot on the salon floor when the stylist was done snipping away with her scissors.  The ends were so dry and messed up.  My curling iron couldn’t work its magic anymore and I was pulling my hair back in a braid the majority of the time so it was time to do something.  I’ve had my hair short in the past, even shorter than it is now, but I haven’t ever had it styled like this.  It’s something new to try and as my sister said it’s a more polished look.  I like it.

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I’ve been working on this ridiculous blanket since March.  Why?  It’s for my new nephew who was born back in June.  The things I do for a little guy who can’t even say my name yet.  :)  More than once I’ve gotten frustrated and wanted to give up, but so far patience has won.  Hopefully I’ll finish it by Christmas…

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Here’s a little color/b&w comparison for y’all this week.  I tend to be selective about what photos I put in black and white.  Not every photo looks good in both color and black and white.  Some people might disagree with me, but this is my personal opinion.  Depending on the lighting and colors in the photo, some look best in black and white, some look best in color, and some look best in both.  Below is a good example of a photo that works in both.