My brain is swimming tonight, and I’ll admit, that makes it hard to decide what to write about. I’ve just got so much on the go right now that it’s difficult to focus on one thing. I spent the day on the phone with several different people. I also spent a little while at the girl’s school – putting feathers in the hair of her teachers. I worked on one of the scrapbooking kits I’ll be selling when my design studio launches at Polka Dot Plum. And I thought my way through a couple things I’ll be needing to make decisions on soon.
When I look around the house, it doesn’t really look like I did much today. And that’s the one curse of the work-at-home mom. My day was incredibly full and busy, and I spent it almost all at home… but looking around me? You’d think I’d been eating bon bons watching stories on the tele. 😉 You know what though? I’m okay with it.
I had a full day. I have a full life. And one day, when things are not so busy, when I’m not focused on being a mom, a professional, and an activist all at once? Then maybe my house will look like a sanctuary of cleanliness… probably not then either though. ‘Cause I’m sure I’ll be busy just having fun with my man.
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. 🙂
Okay. I keep putting my hoof in my mouth and then have to struggle to get it back out again over this. I take my work as a photographer seriously. It is a privilege to be involved in the creation of something amazing that really highlights the bond and love found between two people, within a family, or that can be found in one person’s heart. Photography is NOT a fly by night career. You work long and hard to establish a reputation, to prove your dedication, commitment, and skill. Every new client is a new chance to push yourself, to become better, and I am every grateful for everyone who has put their trust in me and my work. So when I know of someone who is just “going to be a photographer” while they’re on mat leave, on sick leave, or taking a break from their other work? Oy!
I’m trying to be a supportive person. Trying to encourage others. Trying to support my fellow women doing what they believe is best for themselves and their families… but really? It’s a slap in the face to dedicated professionals when someone just decides to photograph people because clearly anyone can do it. Ugh.
So please don’t brag to me, or anywhere you know I’ll see it, about the cool props you are buying (real photographers don’t rely on props – they are the tools of fauxtogs and momtogs). Please don’t tell me about the “how to pose babies” books you are hoping to buy (real photographers don’t rely on posing techniques – they are for Sears, Walmart, and other fauxtogs). Please don’t expect me to get excited about the huge money you’re going to make with a limited time/money investment (sorry, but that’s just not the way it works, photography is an expensive art form to be involved in).
I want to be supportive of you. I know you aren’t trying to be insulting. But please, please don’t expect me to say I think this new venture of yours is great… because it’s just not. And in my years of working as a dedicated professional I’ve seen so many “FLASH” in the pan fauxtogs come and go, and every one of you makes my work more difficult. Every client you disappoint is that much less likely to put their trust in an actual professional photographer in the future. And those you fool into thinking your stuff is great? Well… boy… that doesn’t make it true.
I’m sorry if I sound bitter and jaded, I really do want to support you in your choices… but it really is insulting when you figure that just by buying a semi-decent camera that you can do what it has taken me years and years of experience and dedication to learn, understand, and create. So yeah. Forgive me if I don’t throw you a party.