Monday, December 26, 2011

I was MIA, I know

Crows II by
Crows II, a photo by on Flickr.

I do realize how cliche it is to make a blog post about how sorrrrry you are to have let *all* of your adoring readers down with your lack of posts... but, it is a nice segue (if that's how you spell it) into me telling you what I've been doing lately.

So, sorry it's been so long since I've updated this.

I've been busy doing a few things, one of which is talking with a local nature society about selling my work in their nature center.

I also landed a new job managing a retail portrait studio.

On one hand, I'm embarrassed that I'm doing what I'm doing... it's like a chef who has devoted most of his time and efforts into becoming a great master, only to land a job at TGIFridays.

On the other hand, I am technically getting paid to do what I love doing. Sometimes it's mundane and almost painful, but most of the time it's fun and rewarding.

Years ago I had managed a similar type of studio. The camera was mounted on this immovable pole, and the most that you could do was zoom in.

The studios are now equiped with pretty decent dSLRs. The lighting is still broad and the backgrounds can be tacky, but it's leaps and bounds better than it used to be.

I also feel a little guilt over charging such low prices. When I hear someone gasp at a $100.00 price tag for a full session, I can't help but think of how shocked they'd be to have hired a "real" photographer.

I'm lucky to work with a few ladies who actually have quite the knack for photography... and it's cool to see them develop their talent.

So, the moral of the story is that I technically achieved what I sat out to do... but there's still a long road ahead.

In other news, the photo I've linked (Crows II) was featured for a week on Ron Howards youtube channel.