Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Keeping up, moving forward

Sorry folks, it's been too long since I last blogged. It happens sometime, especially in the summer, but not for the reasons you might think. Yes, it's been very busy and the wedding season is in full swing. More important however, it's the time for education, reflection and growth. Everyone needs those things and photographers maybe more than others.

This year there has been a lot of advancements in technology that require study and practice. Adobe has come out with revolutionary advancements in Photoshop CS-5 and Lightroom 3. These programs are the backbone of a photography business today so if you don't learn anything else you must learn these two. Using the programs for the first time while you're working on a client's job is just not done. They should work fine, but, as a professional, you don't take that chance so time is devoted to learning and experimenting.

Reflection -- quietly sitting and thinking about life and what path you are walking. Taking notes. Working on a plan. Often overlooked in our busy bustling lives, quiet time is really a necessity. To move forward you need a plan. Life without forward motion is not living. Read that in a fortune cookie I think. A good one, three, five and ten year plan will keep you going. But it takes time and effort to work on those. They don't happen overnight.

Growth -- expanding ones world through any one of a number of means. Reading, listening to music, travel, exercise, learning something new or going back to something old. Sometimes the fastest way forward is to step back, shake the dust off and rediscover what's really important in your life. Returning to shooting film has been one of the greatest growth experiences I've had in years. Going backward has catapulted me forward in my vision, style and enjoyment of the craft.

But now it's time to catch up on what's been really happening, the cool couples I've photographed, the exciting projects I've been doing commercially and the press I've recently received!

Stay tuned, it's going to be a fun year!

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