It’s Officially Official: We Are Asheville-Bound!


As I’ve alluded to in a few previous posts, some BIG CHANGES were afoot. I am pleased that I can (finally!) announce that my husband, my cats, and I are moving to Asheville, North Carolina! Although this move has been in the works for several months, it has always felt like it was perpetually two months away. Now, all of a sudden, the move is staring me in the face. My husband is moving in a week and I’m heading out in two. My mind has been absolutely consumed with details: hiring a mover, updating our address, visiting as many friends as possible before hitting the road. We have both turned in our notices at work, and my husband already has a job waiting on him in Asheville.

But the best part? Thanks to a lot of saving, and the endless generosity and support of my husband, I am going to be a full-time photographer! (I feel so pretentious saying that, but whatever.) I’ve rented a little studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, and I’m going to work for myself. This has been a dream of mine for years, and it’s still something I can hardly believe is actually going to come true. I hope to build up a nice little business with good clients and have the opportunity to explore more with my fine art: not only my macro images (which I have some big plans for), but also to experiment with drawing and painting and maybe even combining those mediums with my macro photography. I also want to really buckle down and study graphic design and build up a nice portfolio, in case this whole photography thing does not work out. I am at a point in my life in which I crave change and I really want to follow a different path, just to see where it leads.

I will be back soon with pictures of my new studio, as well as information on where you can find me in Asheville. In the meantime, it’s back to endless packing, endless phone calls, and tying up a few loose ends. Please wish us luck!


Narcissism – And a New Blog Focus

I’ve often believed that only a narcissist thinks that other people are interested in what he has to say. I think we all have a bit of a narcissist in us, don’t you? Otherwise, there wouldn’t be so many personal blogs floating around this Series of Tubes we call the Internet. I know I wouldn’t have this blog if I didn’t think my photography was worthy of being looked at or purchased.

Well, I’ve decided to embrace my inner egotist and change up the focus of  my blog a bit. Writing only about this little side business I call Facing the Lens has been an interesting experiment, but one that has probably failed in many ways. My posts (let’s face it) aren’t terribly interesting or engaging, and my constant moments of existential crisis with regard to my craft can come off as whiny or needy.

And so, I’ve changed the name of my blog from Facing the Lens: Fine Art Photography to Facing the Lens: A Life Lived In Images.  I’ll probably end up tweaking that title at some point, but you get the idea. No longer will this blog be solely about my business, but will instead be more about my (ever-so-interesting) life. You too can thrill to tales of my mundane existence! Explore my trials and tribulations through the photographs I plan on posting! Literally see what I made for dinner! Gaze in awe upon endless photographs of my cats! Read about how annoyed I got at the post office!

Yes, it is truly an exciting time to be you.