Tonight I have to direct you towards another url. As I’ve already chronicled this particular misadventure on my photography website. I do promise though, the many photographs of our frosty day are well worth the visit. I know you’ll laugh as much as we did as we battled the environment to get these important shots.
And a big thank you to Jamie for not only volunteering as my assistant today, but for capturing the entire thing with her iPhone. LMAO
I’ve posted before about the glorious art form that is DRAG, so consider this post The Art of Drag – The Next Generation.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being the official photographer at a rather phenomenal event here in Saskatoon. It was the True Colours Drag Show hosted by the Avenue Community Center. All sorts of performers, from current Drag Superstars to those who are the future of the art, all performing together in a grand spectacle. It really was a brilliant night, and I am so thrilled to have played a part – even just a small one. So here are a few names to remember:
Boot camp. It’s a concept we’re likely all familiar with… but what do you think of when you hear it? Probably the army or even fitness nuts, neither of which you’d find me anywhere near. But Shauntelle’s sleaze-free self-promotion boot camps for creative types? Yep. That’s right up my alley.
Okay, so the timing could be better. Between puppies, moving house, Halloween costumes, and my photography, I’ve got a lot on my plate. As an involved parent I’ve always got a lot on the go. It’s just (as my 18 year old sister would say) how I roll. After all, when it comes to putting ourselves first, let’s admit it, there’ll always be reasons why we don’t have time. So, I figure, it’s high time I MAKE time.
My photography is my work, my “day job”, and I’m very lucky that my business is something I’m so passionate about. There are a lot of things I do (as you are all well aware), but I really do need to get better at this whole self-promotion thing. Let’s face it. It’s not fun. And while I’m totally awesome – I really am. LOL I really am a fabulous photographer… my work is unique, the experience I give my clients is superb, and I have a vision that is unparallelled in the market today. I know it, and people who have worked with me know it, but I need to get over the sleazy feeling involved with self-promoting if others are going to realize it too. That’s where Shauntelle’s boot camp comes in.
I need to learn how to better promote my work and my professional identity. Her boot camp is designed to help me do just that. To get over that near-prostitution feel of writing an “all about me” blurb, to know where to put my efforts, and how to get the most out of said efforts. It’s not easy making your way through life as a professional creative – of any type. What we really are selling is ourselves, and that doesn’t always feel great. Seriously, if I could take the promotional end out of the photography, I’d be a happy camper. But I can’t. You can’t run a business without promoting it. So that’s what led me up to today.
Wish me luck. My first assignment is part way done, and due tomorrow afternoon. Here’s to feeling sleaze-free while learning to promote myself and my photography!
Check out Shauntelle’s “Sleaze-Free” boot camps at: http://sleazefreepromotions.com/you-me-4-weeks-action/
I’ll admit, one of the things I’m finding most frustrating about this ear infection is that while I’m stuck at home, often just sitting in bed either colouring with the girl or putzing on my macbook, I’m not actually well enough to be working on any of my processing. So the longer my ears take to heal, the further behind I’m getting in my workload – and I’m just sitting at home, in bed.
Sitting at home, but not able to focus well enough to work. I’m going a little batty. So I have a couple of shoots that need my attention, and more coming up, but I can’t really do anything about it.
I can go out and shoot because while I’m out for such a short time my adrenaline kicks in and carries me through. My work doesn’t suffer at all (though I move a little slower, and probably sound a little funny seeing how I can’t hear myself real well) so while I can be shooting, I can’t work through any processing. And I hate being behind. I really do hate asking folks to wait on their images because I know how hard it is to not know how things turned out. But I suppose we do what we have to do.
I went back to the
Veterina Mediclinic (and yes, I realize I almost put Veterinary Clinic) today. Looks like the infection has actually caused a small perforation in my left ear. The Doctor is concerned, but hopeful that given time it will heal itself. So cross your fingers. I go for a recheck in about two weeks
This whole ordeal still seems a little weird to me, I mean honestly? An ear infection? The last time I had one I was a little kid. I think the last time MOST people remember having one was during their childhood. So to have been sooo knocked for a loop by something that only bothers kids who spend a lot of time at the pool? As an adult who hasn’t been swimming in a few months? It’s a little odd. But that’s just the way it goes I suppose.
And now? Now I’m rambling. Yes. That’s kinda what happens when my brain is so fuzzy. Hopefully we’ll be onto other topics soon. I’m sure you’re all getting as tired of hearing about my ear infection as I am living with it. LOL
Night all! Wishing you many ear infection free years!
Today my head has been filled with design. I’m preparing to open my shop, and I’m frantically working to get everything ready. Yesterday I finished up a Spring themed mini-kit. Today I started a full sized kit all about the chicken pox… I really do enjoy designing. Well… the designing part of it anyway.
I’m sure it’s a sentiment felt by many creative types who also run a business. The creative side of things fuels us, keeps us going in so many ways. The business side of things is simply a necessary evil. That’s how I feel about the organizational side of design.
Creating elements, creating papers, designing overlays, and custom products… it’s all a fabulously zen thing for me. Photography gets me revved up, designing relaxes me – two sides of the creative coin. But organizing my product so it’s ready to sell? Ugh. I wish I could hand that end of it over to someone else. It takes me far longer than it should simply because I don’t enjoy it – and I end up putting it off and then have several products that all need work at the same time. LOL I won’t complain too loudly though. I’m pretty blessed to be able to do what I do.
So watch for me soon. I’ll be setting up shop at the Plum. Opening day will soon be upon us.
Not too long ago I’d posted, asking for your help. I was in the process of reorganizing my online photography portfolio (and adding -immensely- to it). Well, I’d like to say that it’s all finished… it’s not. But it is as close as it’ll get just now.
A portfolio is never truly finished. As long as I’m still shooting, there will always be more to add. And I also have another 20 or 25 shoots to go through from last year which will likely add another 40-50 images. But for now? For now it’s done. LOL A week of heavy work has my brain numbed for the time being.
In the process of reworking my portfolio I also changed a number of other things at my website. I did away with the “favourites” section – which was interesting to me, but not so useful for my clients. Instead there is now a page featuring quotes from clients who were kind enough to share.
So… I hope you’ll stop by, and check out the changes. Hopefully you’ll find things to be more user-friendly. And I hope it helps you get to know me, and my work, a little better.
…and, if you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to know what you think of the changes.
I’ve begun the long process of updating my online portfolio. Today I’ve already put in six hours – and I’m not quite half way through pulling images from the last years worth of shoots. I shouldn’t have let it get so far behind, but what can I say? I love shooting, I love editing… but pulling photos for my portfolio? Not my idea of enjoyable. So I let it slide. Which is why it’s now such a large undertaking.
I’ll admit it, when I first set up my photography website I didn’t go all out when putting together the portfolio pages. Which is part of why I’m now in the conundrum I’m in. Do I keep them as is? Or is it time for a major revamp? I’m seriously looking for thoughts here.
When you browse through my portfolio in the future, how would you like to see things arranged? Do I keep things as they are (weddings, people, animals, and things)? Would you like to see things sorted by the type of shoot each image represents (couples, individuals, families, animals, weddings, events, and other)? Or is there some other way you’d prefer to browse? How would it be easiest for you?
Please take a minute to let me know your thoughts – even in just a couple of words. My online portfolio is there for YOU, so I want to ensure it’s set up in such a way that you find it as easy as possible to use. And thanks in advance. I really do appreciate your willingness to share.