Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Break

Over the next few days, my girls will be home on spring break. Although I am not one to take an extravagant vacation with them, I do value all the time we can get together. That being said, I will be taking a blogging vacation so I can spend as much time with my girls as I can.

They will be off from Monday April 14 - Wednesday April 23. I love spring break with the girls. I hope to be back blogging no later then Thursday April 24 with an update on how break went.

For the time being, I would love to further connect with all of you.
Feel free to friend me on Facebook so I can get to know all of you better.
If you want updated posts I will share them via Twitter.

Thank you all for your support and loyalty.

How do you plan on spending your spring break this year?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Five Famous Photography Quotes

Here are some photography quotes that I enjoy. 

There are so many amazing photography quotes that I have heard over the years. Here is a short list of five that I would like to share with you. 

  1. There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. (Ansel Adams)
  2. There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes. (Abraham Lincoln)
  3. A picture is a secret about a secret. That mot it tells you, the less you know. (Diane Arbus)
  4. People say photographs don't lie. Mine do. (David LaChapelle)
  5. If I could tell the photograph in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera. (Lewis Hine)
Which quote is your favorite?
Do you have any to add to the list?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

10 Photo Tips To Help Me Transition Between Photo Shoots

When I start a new photo shoot, there is always a lot of stress that goes onto it. Yes I know some of it is self inflicted, like the stress for reaching a deadline even though I am a week ahead of schedule,  but is is all still there and it is all real. Some of it is fun stress as well, like changing my light setting agin even though I on my hundredth design. The One thing I do not like, is carrying all the stress from one finished photo shoot into the next one. As a result, I have some techniques that I like to practice in-between shoots.
  1. After I have submitted my work, I like to step back and get out of the studio. Hanging around and looking at what I might  have done differently will only make me frustrated. I actually find it to be more stressful. 
  2. I like to look at the finished photograph again. I try to be proud of my work. After all this is all my hard energy in this digital file.  
  3. I do not go back into my studio for at least 24 hours. If you need more time, it is okay to take a week off. I use this time as a mental break. I have put a lot of hard work into this shoot and now there is some me time to be a person. 
  4. After my break, I go back in with a pad and paper and take notes. Now is the time for self reflection. 
  5. I make a list of everything that went right. It could be something small like the time my order came earlier then expected or it could be major like a new lighting technique I tried with success. What ever it is, I like to treasure success. 
  6. This part is less positive but necessary. I like to pick my top three major mistakes and then figure out how to make them better. For example when I set up a light and realized I was short a Sand Bag, I went out and bought more. Now I have extra on hand for future lighting. I learned from my mistake and prepared for my future. 
  7. I then re-read you list. For me self reflection is super important. It helps me remember what I did in the past and how I can grow in the future. 
  8. If you only took 24 hour off, you might want to keep your set up another day or two but that is up to you. 
  9. When I am already and back to my happy place, it is time to part with the old set. It is hard because once it is down, there is no turning back. As I take down my work, can feel myself getting all excited and ready to move on to the next set.  
  10. Now is the time to get our a fresh sheet of paper and start planning for the next photo-shoot. 
As  a fine artist working in my studio for myself, I do have a little luxury of time. This is what works for me. I try to keep happy spirits and manage my time as best as I can but when I am in the heat of things, I am a human. I try to keep calm but that does not always work. I find that when I stick with this plan, regardless of what I am doing, I am ready to go into the next photo shoot in good sprits. 

How do you keep your work happy and fresh?