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As promised, these are the photos from my photo 365 project. Be sure to check out the whole project on my Flickr page if you are new to the blog or want to see past week’s photos. As always, your feedback is welcome! I’d LOVE to hear what you have to say!

 

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It’s not very often that I get sick, but being sick a few weeks ago really threw a curve ball in the progress that I was making with my “resolutions”. In the mean time, I’ve been planning on how I can (and will) get back on track. This is week 6 of my photo 365 photo-a-day project. I still made an effort to take a photo a day, even though I didn’t necessarily get to post it to share at that time. I hope you enjoy them! Please leave your  feedback, I’d LOVE to know what you think!

P.S. Stay tuned for week 7 & 8 updates to follow!

Clearly I have been M.I.A. for the passed week, but not really by choice. Last week after taking advantage of a warmer day of weather, I went running only to find that I had gotten a terrible sore throat which last for days and then resulted in laryngitis. So I’ve been going around sounding like a jazz singer with a sexy raspy voice (ok, maybe it isn’t so sexy). I’ve been doing my best to nurse myself back to 100%, but this bug doesn’t seem to want to budge.

On the bright side, I haven’t been a total slacker and staying in bed the whole time. Before things got worse, I did a shoot for The BLVD magazine‘s RE-Launch issue (coming out very soon) last week which turned out pretty well! Here’s an image of what to expect. Keep your eyes peeled for their next issue!

 

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Are you taking the road not traveled by others? Are you forging your own way? What are you doing that’s unlike what anyone else has done so far?

 

Today I was reading a blog of a fellow photographer who I follow on Twitter. It had been a while since I had visited her blog so I decided to stay a while to see what she has been up to. Her name, Tasha Prescott and she is an amazing photographer and a superhero in her own right! She has been leading her own revolution combating comfort zones! Getting out of your comfort zone, to be exact. She recently led her first photography workshop, which she was extremely nervous about, but calm because she knew that God would see her through! I truly admire her faith and how she unapologetically shares her authentic self!

Thank you for bearing with me, I had to get that in!

Well, I was reading her post titled “Pockets or Passion” and it really struck a cord with me. She spoke of the numerous amateurs entering the photographic field while those who entered the field for passion’s sake are becoming few and far between.  Reading this post helped me to recall the passion that drove me to pursue my calling to be a photographer (yes, calling!). It helped me to get in touch with the drive that I had to succeed. Lately that drive has been watered down by life and it has been a struggle to get it back, to say the least. Have I lost my faith along the way?…

Although I can honestly say that I am not a “pocket” (nor have I ever been ,nor will I ever be), I am grateful to know that this is what I was created to do and that I will become exactly who I was created to be!

I hope to re-ignite the passion that still lies within me and to go on to accomplish my goals and dreams that I have for myself. This will require getting out of my comfort zone and becoming the best friend of the unknown. Scary. But, I know that I can do it through God and lots of hard work!

Thank you, Ms. T for being you and sharing your courage and faith which inspires others!

Today I was very tempted to call it quits! My post-a-day challenge for my blog, that is. I started out very excited and full of many  great reasons to want to complete this project, but, like with many things, along the way I have gotten a bit ________ (I can’t find the right word). I knew that this was going to be a difficult challenge, yet I also knew that I would be up for it and that I am able to complete it. I love a great challenge because I like to pust my limits to see just what I am made of and what I can do.

We all have latent talents and abilities within us that are just waiting to be tapped into and used to help us become our greatest self. I’ve always been a great writer, yet when I try to begin a blog post I find that I am speechless and lacking what to say. Many times I just stare at the screen wondering what to say and it never comes.

To help combat this “writer’s block” I need to begin planning my blog posts in advance, just in case I don’t have a topic for any given day or I find myself needing to post at 11:59p. I think I find it so difficult to come up with topics because

1. I read waaaay tooo much and eveyone has contrasting and differeing opinions about an endless plethora of topics that turns out to be everything and

2. I find that I get in my own head and confuse the issue by thinking that I need to separate personal posts from business posts. Psst, guess what, it really doesn’t matter! I can do WHATEVER I want (and whether or not this works is a different story).

I find that, for me, it isn’t easy to separate business posts from personal posts because the two often intertwine and are very connected. I’m sure you’re thinking that I should separate then for good measure, but I’m ok with this convergence. Besides, it’s a great way to get to know me (not be all in my business, but to see me as a person, you know the photographer that you want to hire!).

So, the verdict is, that I’m going to continue my post-a-day challenge, but it would be great to have your help!

How do you come up with great topics for your blog? What topics concerning photography would you like to see on my blog? What keeps you coming back to my blog again and again?

This passed week was a cold one, but I made sure to stay very warm! Here are the photos from my 365 project from last week.

“To shoot poignant pictures we only need follow the path of our enthusiasm. I believe that this feeling is the universe’s way of telling us that we are doing the right thing. The viewing public will always disagree over the intrinsic merits of a particular photograph, but no one can deny the enthusiasm that originally inspired us to capture and offer that image to others. ” ~Tim Allen

For those who follow me on my various social media networks, you may know that I attended a networking event today. The event was with a group of entrepreneurs that I normally don’t network with, but it turned out to be such a positive experience. I had thrown networking to the wind a few months back because I just didn’t feel that I was getting the results that I wanted and I wasn’t heading in the direction that I wanted to go. Once I took a step back to re-evaluate some things, I decided to networking another try.

As the event began, I met many new people. I made my way back around to the manager of the establishment, whom I had already introduced myself, and he asks “Hey, where’s your camera?”

“Oh, it’s in the car”, I respond.

And from that one question, I was asked to take some photos for the group. I didn’t mind that it was impromptu because I was prepared and I strongly believe that this experience will lead to more business in the future. I was also able to meet and be introduced to others at the meeting who will need my services in the future.

Because of my photo-a-day (project 365) project I was able to be prepared! This is one of the biggest benefits that I have reaped so far.

“You’re a photographer, you should have your camera with you at all times anyway!”, you must be thinking. While this is true, I can honestly say that a year ago, I would not have had my camera and would have no doubt missed out on a great opportunity. I would only take it along if I knew that I was going to use it or need it. I’m learning and growing! This is definitely a step in the right direction.

I will definitely make sure that I continue to grow and to be prepared so that I won’t have to miss ANY opportunity that comes my way.

You’ve heard me mention several times within the passed several weeks that I have been working on various projects with the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA). The program that this project falls under is the Folklife & Traditional Arts Program at the HAA.The main project that I have been working on them with since July of 2010 is called “Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites“. This project is “the first major project of the Houston Folklife & Traditional Arts Program”.

Sacred Songs, Sacred Sites is a program that spans 6 months and addresses artistic and cultural tradition in the city’s diverse faith groups. These traditions are central to cultural as well as religious identity. Because they are such an important part of the lives of these communities, these traditions provide a truly significant way to introduce Houstonians to their many neighbors.”

I have had the great opportunity to be one of the main photographers chosen to participate in documenting the various communities for this project. I have had a great time over the passed months learning more about the communities and people that we have been photographing. There are so many different cultural and religious communities within Houston and they all have a great story to share. We have met many wonderful people in who have been more than willing to share the ins-and outs of their religious tradition.

Tonight we are going to brave the cold to document the Chinese New Year that several of the communities here in Houston celebrate. You can check out what we’re doing tonight by following me on twitter.

You can read more about this project and the various events and activities that are scheduled by visiting the Houston Folklife Blog.

 

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