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Well, it’s the last day of January and so far I have been doing pretty well with my Post-A-Day challenge. I kind of fell off this weekend, but overall, I am proud of myself for sticking to the challenge. I must admit that it has been difficult to consistently come up with blog topics that are interesting and attention-worthy.

Going forward, I hope to plan better for my posts, although I have often changed the topic that I may have planned to write about. I would like to move towards shooting more personal work, mostly fashion and portraits, and be able to share those with you!

For those who have been following the journey, have you enjoyed it so far? What topics have held your attention? What topics/types of photos would you like to see more of?

Please leave your feedback! I would LOVE to hear from YOU!!!!

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I’ve missed a few posts this weekend, but I hope to make them up sometime soon. Here are the photos from my 365 project from this passed week! Enjoy!

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I am soooo tired right now. Today was a great day, but a very long one. I rose with the sun to get out and about to photograph some public art displays for an assignment that I was given and I also covered an event tonight as well. All-in-all I’ve been going since 7:30 or so this morning. This is not a complaint, but rather a statement of fact to be grateful for the wonderful job that I have.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today so I looked at a few blogs that I frequent starting with Chase Jarvis’s blog of awesomeness and great insightful info. His post from last Monday titled “Procrastination is the Thief of Time” encourages his readers to be proactive and not put off tomorrow what they can do today. In this post he also included a link to Seth Godin’s blog post title “Cashing the Check” which talks about the opportunities we are given to make an impact and that we should not let them rest on good intentions (at least that’s what I got form it).

The point is (as I’m rambling), that I’m writing this blog post even though I could have procrastinated and put it off until tomorrow or not done it at all! I’m taking this small step so that it leads to more small steps which will create good habits.

This year I am putting more effort into not just having good intentions, but putting actions behind them. I want to at least try the ideas that I come up with, even if I fail or am unsuccessful.  I want to spend more time doing and not just thinking about doing. At the end of this year I want to look back and say that I gave my all and I lived my life by doing!

 

I watched Oprah today & her guest was Goldie Hawn and they were talking about happiness. At one point in the show they mentioned that if you take time during the day to do nothing & be still in quiet time, then you will be happier; even it’s just for one minute a day.

I wanted to see if this was true, so I found a quiet spot, closed my eyes & sat in quietness. I sat for about two minutes and I could already feel that my mind was enjoying the rest.

So I thought, “Hey Deb, what if you had quiet time everyday to increase your creativity?”

“Hmmmm, that may be a very good idea, I thought!”

I’m not sure if it will work, but I’m optimistic that it will! After all, that’s how this post was born! So, I am going to try to have quiet time (or meditate) for the next 30 days to see what becomes of it. This will also help me to reach goal #29 on my 101 in 1,001 list. Besides, if nothing does come of it, at least I’ll have my sanity!

Today I had the opportunity to work with the organization “Flashes of Hope” at the Texas Children’s Hospital. “Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.”

This is my second time working with them and I absolutely love it!  My first experience was last year (you can read about that here) at M.D. Anderson. I was a bit nervous at first because I didn’t know what to expect. My nerves eventually wore off, but I think that the children ended up being more nervous than I was initially. I couldn’t help but be at ease after seeing the bright spirits within the children.The Houston chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) had a gallery exhibit at the Printing Museum to share some of the recent images that had been created by it’s members.

Every year members of the ASMP work with Flashes of Hope throughout the year to help bring wonderful photography to children with life-threatening diseases and their families. It’s nice to be nice, but it’s even better to see the smiles on the faces of the children and their families! To learn more about Flashes of Hope, please visit their website.

As I was perusing the web today I found this great video on amateur street photographer Vivian Maier. Her work has recently been discovered, but I think she is worthy of being named among the greats! Enjoy the video!

Last week when I was in San Antonio for Imaging USA, I had the opportunity to meet Celebrity photographer Matthew Jordan Smith. One of my main reasons for attending the conference was to take his class & to be able to learn more about how to break into the competitive world of commercial photography. I have been doing ok so far, but I know that there is more to learn.

Before his class started I was able to shake his hand and let him know why I wanted to take his class. After the class, I was one among the many to have my photo taken with him. Later that evening after the classes were done & the expo was being packed, we crossed paths. “Hello, again!” I said as I passed by in a hurried rush to meet my roommates for dinner.

Once we all walked the River Walk & settled on where we wanted to eat, lo & behold, he was at the restaurant which we chose also, having dinner. At that point I was going back & forth in my mind about if I should say something, but I didn’t. Besides, whom wants to be bothered while they’re having dinner.

I believe that everything happens for a reason and last night as I was laying in bed, I found myself going over the events of that day. I can’t help but to wonder if I missed out on a great opportunity to be able to just chat and learn more about the industry from someone who is where I would one day like to be. Does this all sound crazy? Did I really miss a great opportunity? What do you think I should have done?


I was a bit lazy last night. A friend got a new XBox 360 and decided to bring it over so that we could check it out, so we made a party out of it! This is this week’s (week 3) review of photos for the week. And don’t worry, I’m still going to do an additional post for today! Enjoy!

Back in 2009 I posted my 101 in 1,001 list of things that I wanted to accomplish in 1,001 days from the date that I started this challenge (can you tell I like challenges? Post-A-Day, Project 365…). The first item on my list was to “go natural” meaning that I would stop chemically straightening my hair. I wanted to do this because 1.) putting harmful chemicals on your body isn’t at all good for you and 2.) it was expense that I was willing to let go because it can get costly.

Well, in July of 2010 I met this goal! I went without straightening my hair for 7 months, then I had the straightened ends cut off. It took most people a few months to get used to my new look, but I loved it! It was a very freeing experience and something that I endeavor to continue for the rest of my life.

You might be wondering “what does this have to do with photography?”. Well, honestly, nothing, BUT photography is a very big part of my life and to have the life that I want, I had to make some changes. I didn’t decide to go natural because of any trend or fad, but it is a way of life and a decision that I made for me and only me. With it, I noticed that I have also began to make healthier food choices and to be more mindful of what I put on and in my body. If I want to have the best life that I possibly can and use my gifts and talents to the fullest, then I need to take care of my body.

What do you think of the new look?

I just wanted to share a few images from the view from my hotel room in San Antonio yesterday morning.  The view was great and the light was better! I am always inspired by light and the way that it illuminates objects. Light makes me smile because it offers so many possibilities and new opportunities for me to create unexpected images. By looking for the light, or the lack thereof, great images are created!

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