Well, I guess I'm in the mood to write this morning. I'll get to the mess in my office later.............
I've been getting a lot on line lately, I finally passed the 1000 download mark and also had a picture accepted for an assignment, so this year has started off with a bang. I wonder if all of this is just luck or if I have finally figured something out. If you have a chance between shoots, or downloads if you're a buyer, have a look at my portfolio and feel free to give me some hints. I'm stubborn and don't listen to advice anyway, so you won't hurt my feelings.
I guess like most of us I always knew I liked taking pictures. I knew nothing about making photography a real job. When I was the age to think about doing something like that a "real camera" was out of reach and I would have not been able to get proper training, anyway. Then I got married, had to follow my husband around (Army) and had kids. Later, my husband started building his business so that left me to do what I could to keep my family going and unfortunately, but very willingly, help with our aging parents. The best thing I did during that time was to get into sports so that I could have some outlet to keep my sanity. Anyone with family knows what that means!
Well, it happened, the grand kids started popping out! I was again bitten with the shutterbug. I started looking at all of the things I grew up loving and all of the new memories I could make and wanted to photograph everything. I enjoy writing and wanted to make books for the kids..need photos..so I can now justify my first digital camera. I surfed the web one day, saw info about selling online and gave it a shot. Not good enough, only snapshot or wall art, so I sold a few wall art. But to make money at that you have to be somebody and I was nobody. This area is full of artists and photographers so I had no hope unless I hooked up with one of them or really got out and worked to sell myself. I have another small business so didn't want to do a lot of knocking on doors and such.
There's an artistic gene in my family, that's why I was always fiddling around with artsy things. But I can't draw. My mother's cousin was a famous designer and then portrait artist and I had no hopes of following in his footsteps, they were way too big! I knew that if I tried to do what he did I'd become "poor little Susan, she tries so hard". Now, look at me, here I am trying hard at micro stock! Sometimes life is so cruel...is this what we call "going full circle"?
Whatever, I'm enjoying it and my brain cells need the workout. They do tend to dry up over time! The tutorials you fabulous people post help a lot and the inspiration from all of the great portfolios keeps me looking and trying to learn.
So, to end this long tirade, let me just thank everyone. The admin's, the photographers and buyers. May we all make it through 2009 and beyond with many UL's and DL's, may the world come together and solve all of it's problems, and finally may new Nikon D3X's, or any other good expensive camera, fall from the sky for all of us. That's my attempt at an Irish blessing, I'm not 100% Irish.
Cheers...now back to work, everyone.
Photo credits: , Susan Leggett.