Now that was a quote I needed to hear this week. I’ve been listening to podcast after podcast about small businesses, figuring out all of the little details that go into creating an Etsy site, finishing up our next catalog at work, annnnnd starting the search to buying my first home. Needless to say, my anxiety levels have been at an all time high this month.
I heard this quote and thought – hold on, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m drowing in the what-if’s and you know what – those rarely happen. More often than not, I find myself laughing at how worried I was about something that had a very simple solution.
So here’s to pushing past that fear and taking a chance. Because most of those what-if’s never come true and I’m strong enough to deal with the ones that do.
Ok, that was more of a life update than a photography post – so here’s a dreamy, pink sunrise shot to help calm anyone else out there who may be feelin’ the pressure right now!
Happy Sunday! It’s officially summer and that means only a few days until my birthday! Since it’s on a Wednesday this year, I’ve decided to commandeer this weekend for celebrating (but if i’m being honest with you + myself, I really commandeer the whole month).
To get over the stress that birthday’s bring I try to set goals for the next year and look back on what I’ve accomplished. Last year was my golden birthday and if you don’t know what that is, it’s when you turn the age of the day you were born, so for me I turned 27 on June 27th. I learned about this when I was about 9 years old and have been looking forward to that birthday ever since.
To live up to my own hype, I decided to deem that birthday “The Year of Travel.” It was my goal to take advantage of weekends and go as many places as I could with only 5 days of vacation time. In total I traveled to 22 states , 18 of those as part of a 9 day cross country road trip, so I like to think I did a pretty good job. Below are just a few highlights from these trips & I can’t wait to share more!
Ahhhh — sweet, sweet summatime has begun & I love it, I live for it. It’s safe to say I’m mostly a homebody in the winter, but the sun just calls to me. There’s nothing more relaxing than a day spent outside.
My problem becomes that I’d rather spend all of my free time outside than do any more work. I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest causes for anxiety is scheduling appointments. I put so much time into balancing work and free time, that taking care of myself and my health is something I always put on the back-burner. So, when appointments start piling up and I have to schedule them all at once, I put it off as long as possible. But, I know I’ll feel like a weight has been lifted once they’re all on the calendar & today is the day! I’m scheduling appointments, going through my email & repeating the phrase “one day at time” over and over and over……wish me luck!
I also have some images to share from a project I did a couple weeks ago. Another sunrise shoot – it’s amazing how different the images look from day to day. This morning had no clouds, which created some really cool smooth, dreamy images. I didn’t have my new Neutral Density filter yet, so my next goal is to get up a little earlier and play with that! I’d love to hear any feedback!
All of these are available as prints on my shop ↠↠↠ and you can email me about pricing for framed images!
CURRENTLY: Cleaning the house, marinating/prepping a steak, dancing to my iPod (yes, my iPod – it holds all the goodies) and trying to write this blog post. It seems this week is all about multi-tasking and even though my head is spinning, I think I enjoy it a little.
I wanted to share a little about a new series I’m working on. I decided it was time start taking advantage of living at the beach and combine this beautiful backdrop with my love of long exposure photography. So, I’ve been waking up before dawn and racing my butt to the beach to get some long exposures of the sunrise.
I’m still playing around between still shots and some hand-held panning, but here are a couple examples from my first sunrise shoot. It was getting bright quick, so the exposures aren’t very long, but I just got a new ND filter to try out on my next shoot!
I’d love any feedback – do you prefer the bright colors or muted? Still shots or hand-held? I have a lot to learn, but you gotta start somewhere, right?
Long exposure, still shot of Oceanic Pier at Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Long exposure, hand-held pano of Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Long exposure, still shot of Wrightsville Beach Sunrise.
Years ago I had a blog that I loved. I was consistent and dedicated, but – as the story tends to go – I got a full time job and there wasn’t enough time in the day. I think out of fear that I wouldn’t succeed on my own, I needed (and maybe still need) security and I ended up giving all of myself to someone else’s dream.
You know the story.
Since then, I switched jobs and made a move to the warm, beachy North Carolina Coast. I’m a photographer and my main goal has always been to make a living in this field and I’ve worked very hard to make that happen. I think for me, it’s always felt easier/less stressful to be in a full-time photography position than to freelance. But, while I love what I get to do, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for personal projects.
I decided to begin this blog journey again as a way to hold myself accountable – to get back into consistently making art. I realized I’ve worked for other companies so long that I need to explore my own style & see my visions come to life. I would love to hear any feedback so, please feel free to connect, share stories, & give advice!
Here’s to a new chapter and a place to share new work, ideas, and pieces of my life.