Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time for Change........

 For the past several years I've been trying to get my photography business going.  By doing shows, having websites and working on social media to get the word out.  But I've found that to be unsuccessful.  My shows, well some were great, but most not so much.  My websites will not until the last year or so did they really start to pick up, but they would only get sales providing I maintained social media.  I often found myself frustrated and exhausted with trying to keep up.  I was always looking for another way to make money with my photography.  I hated the constant fighting to make a living and keep my head above water.  I felt like I was degrading my photography.  I was settling and I didn't want that.  That was when it was time to fess up and say it's time for a job.  One where I could rely on a weekly paycheck.  During the course of this last year I did very little photography and spent most of my time learning the new job. 
Come December I had to start thinking about shows for 2014.  Did I want to do them?  Was it worth it?  I took a good hard look and though I didn't like what I saw I had to face the truth.  I love photography, but I hate having to struggle so hard.  It's not an easy business and I know it's hard, but I know I could do better.  So this year I have come to a comprise.  I will not be doing shows, but I will maintain my websites and social media and do something I haven't been able to do for quite a while and that is travel.  Fortunately I have a job working in a garden center and the people are great!  So my job is manageable and also allows me to continue with my photography
So now with a little more freedom I have taken on a new challenge.  I'm reinventing myself and my photography.  For the past several months I've been doing a lot of reading, learning some new techniques and getting excited about my photography again.  I so anxious to get started, Spring can't get here soon enough.  I have to say I have never been one to photograph the winter season.  As beautiful as it can be it is also very cold and quite frankly I don't care for the cold.  So I am anxiously waiting for Spring. 
One of my other problems is I have a hard time committing to anything.  So it is my goal to commit to this blog, social media and to my photography. 
I feel this is right for me......I feel it in my soul and so happy to get started. 
Over the next couple of weeks I will have some new and some old photographs to show and will explain further on my new techniques and goals.
I will be telling you about the books I've been reading and how they have inspired me.
I have a new website which will be my Portfolio.  It is a work in progress, stop in for a visit and let me know your thoughts.
Anxious to see these lovely flowers in the Spring.
Which by the way can come any time now!
I processed this lupine using Topaz Adjust soft focus
        then layered 2 textures French kiss Solstic Elan 2 and 2 Little Owls Jewel chalks 13.
Hope to see you next week.

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