Sunday, April 26, 2009

i don't know what i would do without image editing software. i almost feel like i'm cheating with my photography by using all the editing tools. it's a feeling i probably shouldn't have. when working in the darkroom, it's not like you just expose the paper and you have an amazing print... there are tricks to printing as well, so i guess it's kind of the same with digital photos.

either way... here's some photos i took of my family this weekend. i may use these for promotional stuff. i need to get on my feet and support myself with my photography while i'm in school.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

to do:

work on a personal photography project to present to the uni and apply for scholarships. project must scream how awesome i am.

also:
gain confidence in myself.

yikes.
when drinking coffee, i love the first moment you realize it's kicking in.

i did not want to wake up this morning.

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busy day:
go by the school, get registered for classes
come back home and get ready for work
work 'til 4
hang prints in the lobby at the theater
ken.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

i'm never going to get all the paperwork done for school. this is annoying.

Monday, April 20, 2009

trying to get registered for classes is becoming a headache. i feel like i've gotten in over my head. how the heck am i going to be able to go to school full time, work full time, and raise a teenager full time? i mean, it can't be THAT stressful... right? (yikes) fortunately, my adviser is going to help me maybe get a grant and i'm also going to look into student loans and other aids that i can get so that maybe i won't really *have* to work while going to school. i don't want to burn myself out. i go back wednesday morning to try to sign up for class. summer classes won't be a big deal. i can work my schedule out around it, but fall classes are going to be a headache to figure out.

maybe i should just push myself out in the "real world" a little more and start marketing myself and doing more photo shoots and let that be my source of income along with school monies. as it stands right now, i have weekends off... all the time... i should be setting up photoshoots for the entire weekend rather than pissing it away. (unless i'm running away and doing something fun like camping by waterfalls) i really just need to become a self motivator and stop being such a lame ass.
"Make love when you can. It's good for you."
-Kurt Vonnegut Mother Night

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

not enough hours in a day

i have today off. it's currently 11am and i just finished my to do list for the day. it's a bit overwhelming. most of the stuff on the list will only take a moment to do, but the biggest thing is going to be getting registered for school (which may have to wait until tomorrow or thursday when i have more time)

the weather is still gross out. it's at least not raining, but i wish i could get these errands done on my bike. i'm meeting my mom and carley at noon for lunch, so riding my bike is out of the question.

my thoughts are jumbled. i do apologize to my "readers" for my horrible writing skills. maybe once i'm back in school i'll take some writing classes and work on that. we'll see what happens.

i wish i could just NOT work and do my photography full time. if i wasn't such a pushover with pricing for portraits, i think i would actually do really well. all i really need is 4 solid photoshoots a week and i would actually have all my bills paid. that's crazy to me. i should get myself out there with commercial work. i think that may become my summer goal. work in the restaurant less and for myself more. wish me luck.

it's time for me to get away from this computer and get my day started. i wish my coffee would kick in.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

theater.

i love working/volunteering with the theater. not only does it open me to a completely different social network, but it has actually helped me with how i apply my photography.

"staging" has become my new focus with photography. not only is the focus of the picture the person/subject matter, but the "props" around it is what i like to pay closer attention to. with the work i've started doing for theirongategallery, i've started to really apply these new staging ideas and have had good outcome. granted it was only 3 quick photoshoots, but it still allowed me to think about the final outcome of the photo and direct people on what i needed and find the things i needed to fulfill my "vision".

i think i'm rambling. it's the shitty columbian coffee. it does give me a nice brain buzz though, so i won't complain.

tonight is house cleaning then photo editing/ordering for my "art show" coming up in the theater in a few weeks. i'm going to be the "featured artist in the lobby. i already have two prints framed, and i think i'm going to put at least 4 more up. we'll see what happens. it would be nice if someone bought the prints.

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here's a couple other shots from the stuff i did saturday. i really like the lighting and the girl is really pretty, but i didn't really use my "staging" to its full effect. i wish i had of put a little more thought into it and also added framed prints on the wall, maybe even used a different room. oh well.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

more photography

i've had a busy couple of weeks.

this is just a quick picture update because i'm really excited about these photos i took for the theirongategallery.com website.