I fell in love with photography years ago, but I never seem to give it enough attention for long enough to really let it take off for me. I get overwhelmed and frustrated. I start to doubt my abilities, or I think its becoming too much of a job and less about my passion for it.
This year, though, a fellow photographer here in Nashville has taken a chance on me, hiring me to second-shoot a wedding with her, and then sending me to cover jobs she couldn’t cover. Suddenly I’ve started looking at thing differently. I started to see my love for it grow again, realizing I can join this passion with my degree in journalism. I’m documenting events and moments. With that, I started seeing my want to be better grow, too.
For this month of daily posting, I’m going to revive “Weekly Winners” that I used to participate in years ago. WW’s always made me get my camera out during the week and challenge myself to take better photos. I truly believe this blog “link up” years ago is what awakened this interest and let me grow in it.
This coming Sunday, I’ll bring my own version of Weekly Winners back, but this first one will be photos from the last couple of months. Including a couple from photo gigs I’ve done recently.
I have a goal for 2017 to upgrade all of my equipment and continue photographing every chance I get. There’s no reason why I can’t do this more regularly and make it a viable second income. Who knows, maybe even a primary income in time.
Over the last week and a half, I’ve written a blog post every day.
In my mind.
I hate it when life gets too busy to actually put my post-thoughts down in an actual post. As a result, those posts end up lost for good. Possibly to be found again at a later day, but more likely to never be read by anyone other than my own psyche.
It’s been a very busy week-and-a-half since I last updated. A quick trip to Texas that went way too fast for me followed by work, work and more work. No time to breathe in there, and it left me very grouchy and out of sorts.
However, the trip to Texas was wonderful. I got to see my high school play our biggest rivals — and win in a shut-out — and then I got to spend my entire brother’s birthday with him for a change. I don’t think that’s happened since… uhm… a really long time.
I got to make a quick trip to Aggieland — a place that forever just makes me smile with good, happy memories and a pride that never dims.
And then… then our trip was over. Just as suddenly as it began, it came to an end. I had all these thoughts, all these posts I wanted to write. I had days worth of photos I’d taken, ready to share with others. But time was passing much too fast to do any of it. My creative side… a side as important to me as breathing and eating, was having to sit patiently and wait to be set free again.
Slowly, I am finding a moment here and there to be creative. Photos finally got edited last night. And I’m borrowing a few moments to write this post… because just like I get “hangry” when I want to get something to eat, I get grouchy when I can’t do what is my passion. And sometimes… sometimes you have to say NO and just do what you need to do.