buckle down

These are the words that greet me every time I sit down at my desk and stare at my computer. I wrote them on that bright orange Post-it note to keep me from mindlessly surfing the 'net, to stop reading fluffy blogs and photography articles that all say the same thing. I put them there to remind me that the only person who can make myself better at this work is me, that to get myself up the next big step, to wade in waters to where my feet don't quite touch the rocky bottom and I'm having to walk on tip toe to keep my head above the surface, that only person is me. 

And that's what I'm setting out to do from now on.

I have a wonderful project lined up with my friend, Sharon on May 30th and 31. We are donating our photography to the local cancer support house here in town, complete with make up artists, hair stylists, wardrobe, the whole kit and caboodle. 

A bit like Help Portrait, but in a much more scaled down form.

It's gonna rock.

Another project I've undertaken, and one that I'm determined to really get on top of, is off camera flash. I want to teach myself all about positioning lights, lighting ratios, modifiers, flash output, directing the light to fall where I want it to, how to light a white background to be pure white (and not have to cheat in Lightroom/Photoshop) and really, truly understand the Inverse Square Law once and for all.

And then to light other people the way I learned on myself.

I began this mission Tuesday, working with my 24" softbox from 9:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon when I literally told myself out loud to stop! enough already! it's time to start thinking about dinner!

I really could've gone all night moving the light stand around, trying out different lighting techniques and such. I'm getting back at it again next week with my Octabox once our first day back on the water and Mother's Day is over (Joey asked for a stand up paddle board as his graduation gift and it arrived Friday afternoon. I'm soooo excited!).

All this to say, I may not be around much. I've decided to take a summer vacation from Instagram and not to troll Facebook so much, and I may even take a break from this little space for a bit. I've started a modified 365 Project titled "lest i forget" where I write a few words about my day. I don't post every day, just when I feel like it. Less pressure that way.

I do so like this little space of mine where I can write to my heart's content and get my thoughts out. Some of you may like what I write here, some of you may not, but it doesn't really matter to me because I write, I shoot, I live for myself. 

And that's the way everyone should live.

And now it's time to buckle down and get to work.