trying this again

I have been pretty critical of my photos over the past six months or so. I’ve had a hard time getting motivated to shoot and when I do, I don’t really like anything I end up with. So I’ve ended up with a massive photographer’s block. I figure I can start writing as another avenue to try and clear that block out of my mind.

I think what has happened is that I’ve transitioned from shooting for fun and getting some great shots to trying to add to that portfolio of great shots with the same high quality at all times. It’s insane, but that’s where I’m at.

My style of shooting (and just life in general) doesn’t lend itself well to churning out a lot of good pieces. Always being ready for what I find is the biggest key. Something I’ve never really noticed before will catch my eye… or the light is just right… and bam, my head starts trying to compose the shot. Unfortunately this block has made me not bring my camera with everywhere, leading to a vicious cycle of being frustrated.

I’m not exactly sure what to do, but sitting down and doing this seems to have helped. Also, I did bolt out of the house today to catch a pretty phenomenal rainbow. I screwed up a few things, so I didn’t quite get what I wanted. However, I do love the composition on this one.

lake harriet - minneapolis, minnesota - july 15, 2019

lake harriet - minneapolis, minnesota - july 15, 2019

making hard decisions

A tough thing about trying to turn my hobby into a small business is that I have to make some hard decisions. Which of my pictures I am going to put in the galleries here?  I enjoy taking these pictures so much and take care to finish them. It leaves me emotionally tied to everything that gets exported out of Lightroom.

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I have a blog?

One thing I have learned over the last year is that I need to willing to be seen by people. I need to expose who I am so that I can connect with people. Through photography, I have been able to do that and it has been thrilling (and exhausting). I have been growing as a person and it's a lot less scary. I am going to start writing here to share what I am doing as a photographer and as a person. So... here goes:

One thing I have struggled with in my life is to start something without knowing what it will look like in the end. A leap of faith with even the most trivial things meant that I didn't do it at all. I didn't need to know what the path looked like (I could improvise) or if there would be unseen obstacles (I'd figure it out), but I needed to know what the end would be. Open-ended commitments like a photography business or a blog terrified me. I dove in to photography after growing as a hobbyist and it's been so much fun. I have become much more of an extrovert and feel a connection to people that I never had before. I make small talk, I help others, I don't feel like I'm a burden on others... It's been strange to find out that I was hiding so much that would make me happier in life. 

Anyway... This is me taking another step into an unknown. I don't know what this blog will have in it, but I expect I will share personal things as well as talk about where my head is at from a photography standpoint. Probably other things too. That's ok.