Quick and dirty - envision your brand, create it, get it out there!
The key to exposure is getting noticed. Getting noticed means you catch attention, are memorable, and you're marketing yourself in the right place, to the right audience.
Quick and dirty - envision your brand, create it, get it out there!
That's how long it's been since I "blogged".
It's funny, my daughter asked me what the alert on my phone was, and I told her it was to remind me to do my blog. She remarked, rather incredulously, "you blog??", to which I replied yes, for my photography site, which she ended up thinking was cool. (is that sentence even grammatically legal?)
None the less that got me thinking, why was it such a surprise to her that I wrote a blog? I asked her and she simply stated "you're so busy, when do you have time?".
All the time.
Aren't we all?
So busy that we need reminders and alerts, alarms and task lists and pop up messages to keep us organized and on track or running after everything we're not getting done.
Whew! I'm just tired thinking about it.
My photography is my breathing. My yoga breathing if you will. It makes me stop. Makes me completely lose track of time as I get enthralled with what my lens will show me. (Okay, my view finder, but you know what I mean ...)
Breathe with me.
Pictures can transport you to a time of stillness. Where you can simply be right there in your mind and inhale the moment, every scent, sound and touch.
If you take pictures, or collect them, find the ones that do just that for you. Blow them up. Print them. Frame them. Screen save or background them. Have them tucked in your busiest spaces so you can always take a moment to breathe.
It makes all the difference in the world ... and in you.
Many of our families are filled with non human companions. Fur, feather, scales or skin ... we love them like we birthed them.
Today's flash is a tribute to those that take up our Instagram, FB and snapshots! Ode to pet babies ...
Casco and Pita, irreplaceable members of our family.
We have probably as many pictures of them as our kids. As it should be I suppose!!
No matter how many times we tell our kids we know EVERYTHING, we also know it's simply not true.
We'd like it to be ... but it's not.
I've been holding a camera in front of my face for more than 20 years. (never mind exactly how many) I'm mostly self taught, but don't discount the value of learning from those that know more.
I've taken a few courses, and buddied up those others that are educated various ways, to constantly expand my knowledge and skills. I have to say, hands down, the best learning I've gotten is in groups where you go and do. The instructor(s) tell you a bit, show you some stuff, then you go and do.
Tell, show, do.
Works every time.
I'd rather spend my time taking pictures than listening to a class critique one picture for an hour. I can critique my own work, because I know what I was trying to achieve. I'd rather ask "hey, how can I do this" than hear over and over that I didn't follow some rule or didn't frame according to what they prefer. It's our art, right?? Sometimes I leave certain things out of focus. Sometimes I don't follow the rule of thirds at all, because I like what jumps in the frame. They're my pictures, just help me accomplish what I'm seeing in my head.
I know that probably read a little like a rant ... it wasn't ... I'd rather learn by doing than by being lectured. It gets me fired up when I see people's spirit being squashed by "learning".
Don't ever stop learning, but DO learn what teaching method works for you.
Here are some great "tell, show, do" teachers that are local and highly recommended:
Canadian Photography Learning Centre
In Calgary - Rocky Mountain College
Check them out, see what you can learn.
I know every time I figure out something new, or am shown a new skill or trick, I fall in love all over again!
The world could use more happy. Right?
I mean, I can always certainly use more happy. There's a challenge going around, 100 Happy Days. Document, for 100 days, things that make you happy. The goal, besides the 100 happy mementos and reminders, is to become more aware of what makes you happy daily.
Day 1 - my site being a reality
Day 2 - Jubilation's dinner theatre with people I love
Day 3 - soft plaid flannel sheets to end the day in
What makes you happy??
I love what photography gives me. The payoff if you will.
In the more "developed" world we talk about doing what you want, doing what you must, doing what you should ... doing. We focus on doing. Going. Striving. Goals and journeys and accomplishments.
We are forever lost to a future that never sees fruition, as it's the future and intangible and impossible. We focus on the to be, not the is now.
Now. Right now. Right here.
Can you sit, right where you are, right now reading this blog, and just be present? Notice what's around you. Listen for sounds for no other reason to but to hear them. What can you smell? What can you feel? How do you feel? Touch your clothes. Feel your hair (or head as the case may be). Smile and feel your cheeks move. Frown. Stick out your tongue. Breathe in ... and out ...
That's the moment. We miss the moment all the time. So worried about where we haven't gotten to yet, or what we haven't done yet, or who we haven't seen yet we miss the now.
Lay on the ground to look at a flower.
Crawl in the grass to see the world down there. (Yes, yes, I know, ludicrous to say in Calgary in February ... work with me here)
Sit for a moment while you're taking your "walk" and just look. Really look.
For me, my camera glued to my eye ... that keeps me in the moment.
For that, I am grateful. Through my lens I see things I wouldn't notice otherwise ...
I shall continue to practice.
Another quickie, it's been so bloody busy!!
Sankofa ~ Adinkra for "go back and get it". In full it means you cannot succeed in the future if you don't bring the lessons of the past.
Enough said, non?
Today's flash is a bit of a mystery for you ... four pictures in one ... where am I?
... better yet, where am I going??
When I moved into the home I currently live in, it was early spring with little to no sign of foliage in the yards. To my delight, as spring sprung, I was gifted many new subjects for my lens. The first three years here I would wander the yard, crawl through the grass, lay under bushes and lean against walls and windows to capture the life around me.
Often, we take for granted what we walk past and see out our windows every day. Try looking at your yard, your deck, flower boxes, bird houses and windows through a new point of view. Imagine what the world looks like a piece at a time, and lose yourself in the beauty of it all.
Huh, it's Friday, already, again!
Somehow I missed my weekly blog ... okay, not somehow, my consultation work consumed me last week/this week. Ah, such is life. What's on my mind today?
Having lived in a large city all my life, I've grown accustomed to "wildlife" that surrounds me. In fact, I encourage it by planting extra coverage, leaving vegetation, filling bird and squirrel feeders and the like. During a photo shoot in the fall, we were wandering around the location and I started following this fellow, being one of my favourite birds ever:
... and after following for awhile, trying desperately to get a focused picture, I look up and stumble on this wee rabbit:
... we were in a spot in the inner city that is known for a large population of wild domestic rabbits. That afternoon we saw three different bunnies, all foraging for food, all seemed in good health and active. I switched to following them around, snapping pictures, amazed at how close they let me get. Where I live in the city, we have a massive population of wild wild rabbits. I'm not sure if they are really Jackrabbits, but that's what I'm told, so these guys were an interesting curiosity. Then I started thinking about "where do they live?", "what about when it gets cold?", "why are people so terrible as to just toss them out?".
This was the last picture I took. My photographers eye liked the framing and contrast in color. Then my human eye looked and realized I was seeing a lovely soft gentle creature, forging a life on asphalt and gravel and amongst human garbage. I couldn't take another picture. I just sat there with them, wishing them every good energy I had.
My heart cracks for every creature that lives among us and our carelessness and waste and excess and constant spread of "our" territory into theirs ... these are the days I wish I could clone the good and responsible hearts and turn this planet on it's head.