Saturday, February 23, 2013
My last final project!
I couldn't sleep because we put my grandma in hospice last night so I figured I get my final finished for my last quarter of school. I'm going to miss working on final projects! I find that I pour my heart and soul into them. This quarter I took studio lighting and I had a blast shooting my final! I originally was going to shoot food as usual but then I decided to spread my wings and try something new while I had all of the equipment available for use. Man I enjoyed this shoot! My goal was to capture lots of personality! Baby Ava had me in stitches so many times! Shooting toddlers was a lot harder than I anticipated because I forgot how difficult it is for them to be still! I worked with her by shooting and shooting until I got the shot I wanted. And truly, if looking for personality was my goal then I couldn't have chosen a better model! I've known her mama since I was 14 years old because she's been my sister's best friend since preschool so that also kept things very comfortable and casual in the studio. What fun! If I had a studio like this available for use I think I just may enjoy shooting kids more than food!
I'm SO GRATEFUL for the opportunity of returning to school. It changed me in more ways than I had ever dreamed. I've found that having a skill that brings me such joy has been great for my self confidence. In addition, each week as I've taken criticism for my work it's helped me to develop a backbone. I remember my first critique over a year ago when I came home in tears! Now I just listen to what my professor and classmates have to say and apply the things that can help me grow without taking offense. This is a life skill that has helped me in other areas as well.
I could not be more thankful to Neal who funded my education. :o) I had such encouragement along the way from him and my family. At the beginning I wanted to quit so many times feeling like I would never get the hang of photography. Now there is little that stirs that fiery passion inside of me more than photography.
Where do I go from here??
Man! I don't know yet! But I feel that the world is my oyster. I've run after my education with all my heart and now as I finish I know that I will put the same passion into my career (as soon as I figure out which direction that is).
I never knew how much it would mean to me to find my passion- my creative side. When I was younger I would look to my younger brother who is a fantastic designer or my sister who is an amazing singer and decorator. Then there's my mom who can basically do anything and I always felt like I was the girl who could balance a good checkbook or write a workable budget. It brings me great joy to now have something that is mine! Something I'm crazy about! And if I can just say it once again, I'm eternally grateful!