As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the honeybees were out in force at the Botanical Gardens. Although I used to be terrified of them, I’ve since realized as an adult that if you leave a honeybee alone, she will leave you alone. I’m very careful about getting up close to them with my macro lens, but for the most part, they are so intent on pollinating the flower at hand, that they totally ignore me. (Which is just fine with me.) I hope you enjoy the selection of photos below, and if you get a chance you should read up on honeybees! They are quite interesting.
This morning, I got up SUPER early for a Saturday (8 A.M.), determined to get out in the cooler weather and shoot. At first, I didn’t really have much of a purpose in mind, but upon arriving at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, I quickly discovered I had gotten there early enough to capture flowers still bathed in tiny, perfect little droplets of dew. Each dewdrop was perfect, a lovely shimmering orb shining in the bright sunlight. Buzzing amidst the flowers were a wide swath of honeybees, which I will document in a later post. Hope you enjoy a few images from this morning!
My husband is raising bonsai trees on our deck. Every night he goes out to water them, and in response they’ve grown more than we ever would have imagined. About two weeks ago, he found this little guy sitting on one of the trees. He was TINY…no more than an inch in length. Of course, I had to rush inside to get my camera and attach my macro lens so I could take a few pictures before he hopped off into the evening. It was very dark outside and I forgot to attach my killer flash, but I still think the pictures are cute. I *love* his little spots!
Soooooo….it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged, hasn’t it? I finally got a moment to sit down and reflect on what’s been keeping me from Ze Olde Blog and what I have planned for the future.
- I started my new job nearly a month ago, and all seems to be going as well as can be expected so far. I’m enjoying it, and I love getting to learn new things and concepts, so it’s been good for me. Almost everyone has been exceptionally welcoming, which makes the transition much easier. Because I am working in a highly secured area, dealing with all kinds of confidential information, I have to not only swipe a badge to get in to my department, but I also have to get my fingerprint scanned on a bio-metric machine outside the door. Kind of cool, huh?
- I spent every single weekend in June shooting portraits for families and children. I’m overwhelmed at how well they have all turned out and I will be blogging about them shortly, as well as offering sessions to anyone in the Birmingham area who is interested.
- I still have some pet sessions coming up, so if you haven’t booked one yet, drop me a line!
- I’ve added oodles and oodles of new images to my Etsy store (and I still have a huge pile that have yet to be added), so please do check them out.
- I purchased a WONDERFUL, AMAZING, UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME new all-in-one printer, the Canon Pixma MG6220, and it has changed my life. Well, not really. But it prints photographs just as well as the lab I use, and I’m loving the scanner, copier, and the fact that I can print something in SECONDS, compared to my old dinosaur of a printer that took more than a minute to print a page of text. Ahhh, technology.
….aaaand, that’s about it for now. I’m going to wind this Sunday night down with a good book (I’m currently reading Jo Nesbo’s The Redbreast on my Kindle and absolutely loving it), hang out with my husband for a little while, and then wake up to start a new week at the (still) new job.
I hope you all have a lovely Monday and I will be back later this week with more bloggy goodness.
Yes, it’s true! For those of you who haven’t heard, Target purchased the rights to use one of my photographs for an in-store sign! Even though this happened back in February, I’ve been over the moon ever since I signed the agreement. Unfortunately, I don’t know where in stores the photo will be, or when it will be in stores. I only know that it will be appearing between June 1st and October 1st.
This is where YOU come in.
If you see the below photo in a Target, PLEASE email me and let me know where you saw it! I would love to be able to go see it in person and to take a cheesy picture of me pointing at the photograph.
Once the licensing time-frame has ended, this photo will return to my shop, where you can purchase it yourself!
Thanks to everyone!
….yes, those three words describe the entirity of my weekend at the Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta. Never, in my wildest of cynical moments did I think I would do as poorly as I did.
Yeah, three. In two days. Fourteen hours of manning my booth, and I had only three customers. Not only did I lose my shirt this weekend, I lost my pants, my underwear, my shoes, and any semblance of dignity. I didn’t even make enough money to cover my booth fee, not to mention the hotel room, the gas to get there, and the cost of the canvases and prints.
Really, it was humiliating. I cried on the drive home.
Okay, in all honesty, I had five customers. My mom and dad actually drove all the way to Atlanta to see me on Saturday, which touched me so much I nearly cried. I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to me to see them in the crowd; to feel their love and support was immeasurably wonderful. Thank you, mom and dad! I love you more than I could ever say!
My fifth customer was the FAMOUS Jennifer West, whose The Jen West Quest Blog should be on your blogroll if it’s not already. We went to high school together and have kept in touch via Facebook, but not seen each other since at least our 10-year reunion, which was…..uh, like five years ago. (Dear GOD!) She absolutely made my day and we’re going to grab lunch very soon. Love, love, LOVE me some Jen West!
Anyhow, back to my tale of woe and heartache.
The show itself is really cool, and I was impressed to be among so many talented people, but the bitter taste of so few people expressing any kind of interest in my work was really, really demoralizing. I felt like a total failure, like someone with absolutely no talent. A total fraud. It was a terrible feeling, about as bad as when someone dumps you or you fail an important test in school. A handful of people told me that they loved my work, and honestly, that was all that kept me going, so thank you, Kind Strangers, for your words of encouragement, because I desperately needed them.
I spent much of yesterday and today feeling like a fool for telling everyone how I got into such a cool show, and how awesome it was going to be, and how excited I was. Like, now I have to eat my words and let everyone down because so many people have been so supportive and said so many kind things, and I basically failed in the most public and humiliating of ways. When you put so MUCH of yourself into your art and spend so much time honing your craft and striving for perfection, it’s really hard not to take it personally when so many people walk by your work without much more than a glance. It hurts.
My wonderful husband had a lot nice things to say about me on our way home, when I hit rock bottom (well, I also hit rock bottom today in the ladies room when I had my first Good Cry). And you know what I realized? He’s right. I am good. I am talented. I do have a style. I am WORTHY. This show may not have proven that in any way, but it doesn’t take away the fact that photography is what I love, what I spend my time dreaming of, and ultimately, what makes me happiest in life. (Apart from icky, mushy things like my husband, my cats, my friends, and my family.)
Maybe this wasn’t my kind of show. Maybe this wasn’t my kind of audience. The only way I can really fail is if I let this defeat me. And I will not let this weekend defeat me. I will put a lampshade on my head until tomorrow and have the most rocking Pity Party you ever did see, but tomorrow I’m going to wake up, realize I have a ton of great inventory to put in my store, and keep on keeping on.
If you’ve noticed that things have been a bit quiet around here lately, it’s because I’ve been deep in preparation for this weekend’s Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta! I’ve thought about entering for a few years now, but since it’s a juried show, I suppose I had some fears that I would not be accepted. But not to toot my own horn (although I’m about to), my work is damn good, so I decided to enter. And I got accepted! Just thrilled beyond belief! I really look at this as a validation of all the hard work I’ve put into my craft over the past few years. I’m finally seeing my efforts come to fruition!
I’ve got all KINDS of new macro photography to premier at the show, including some absolutely STUNNING canvas prints. HUGE CANVAS PRINTS. When they came in the mail a few weeks ago, I was just taken aback at how lovely they looked. I cannot wait to show them off!
If you are in the area, please come see me! All the details are below. I’ll post a follow-up next week to let you all know how the show goes.