I have been having so much fun at my studio these past few weeks. Photography is just plain cool. I mean, I'm sure there are other amazing jobs out there but I really do think photography might be the best one. Now, take something as amazing as babies and mix it with photography, well that just makes it more awesome.
I've been playing with new props, testing out some new lights and doing some no charge model shoots. I rearranged my studio, updated my website with new images and started a new blog for my cell phone pictures. It's all food for the artist's soul.
The universe is paying me back for it too. I had a prospective client call today and ask me "what is your shooting philosophy?" (which, by the way, is much better than "how much is your CD?"). I loved it and I happily answered. Last week, a client came to look at their images and picked all of my favorites.
I watched two amazing documentaries a few months back and have been so inspired by them (both are available on Netflix instant, by the way) that tomorrow I am taking the day off to start a new garden. Last night, I finished painting my new beehive and I'm taking my beginning beekeeping class later this month.
It's very easy to starve as an artist. All you have to do is make art that you think everyone else will love, allow everyone else to price and value it as they please and then compare what you're doing to everyone else.
I keep thinking about people like the owner at Poverty Lane Orchards and how he talks about his love and obsession with apple trees. I'm in awe of the people in this documentary who are all absolutely, 100% in love with what they do. I'm inspired by my friend, Brene, and what she just did. I am focusing on this and doing my very best not to starve.