It's true what people say about having a photography business: you spend about 90% of your time on the business side of it as opposed to the photography side. Actually I think people say that a photographer's success is based 80% on business, 20% on skill or something like that, but regardless, there's some statistical saying that says that once you start a business, the business part of it is very consuming. Very true. I find myself actually behind the camera less often now because every second of my time is spent on business related details and tasks. I am a perfectionist and want my clients to only have the absolute best, and that takes a lot of time, a lot of work, and a lot of trial and error. I'm constantly trying to improve everything from workflow to product offerings to quality of prints.
So in light of that, I want to do something kind of fun today that just focuses on photography itself. Even though my week's still crazy busy with the business side of photography (which I enjoy as well), I've decided that throughout the day today, I'm going to take at least one photo an hour starting when I wake up for the day. I'll also continue to post them throughout the day instead of waiting until the day's over so check back throughout! It'll probably get kind of chaotic because I have a busy day but I'm excited to have a fun little self-assignment to take photos of my life as it happens. I think my blogging friends should do it too. Just grab your point-and-shoot and have fun! 8:45 AM: My husband actually started out my day by taking photos of me and my baby sleeping. Yes, I was still asleep (or I should say back asleep) at 8:45. My little girl decided to wake up in the middle of the night wanting to just talk and play, so I ended up falling back asleep in her room sometime after that. And that, as you can see, is my dog, affectionately named The Turkledog, which came about evolutionarily from his original name, Turk.
9:55 AM: Getting ready, showering, make-up-ing, all that fun stuff. Yeah, it looks like Clinique puked all over my bathroom counter... but I'm okay with that.
11:00 AM: Checking my email, Google reader, facebook, twitter, and the ten thousand other sites there are to check daily. Yawn. I really hope this day gets more exciting for you!
11:45 AM: Just a couple quick snapshots after her nap. I love when she wakes up happy!
12:30 - 2:30 PM: I went out to lunch with a couple of my good friends. I absolutely love these women to death. They are so much fun, I laugh constantly when I'm around them. You might recognize that cute little two year old too from their session last November.
3:30 PM: Umm, I posted the above pictures. Thanks to my husband for taking photos of me uploading photos! This photo per hour thing is making me realize how fast hours go by! Man, it's tough to be doing anything worth photographing every hour of the day.
5:15 PM: Stocked up the fridge with Odwalla smoothie drinks. Mmmm.
6:30 - 8:00 PM: My family and I took a little outing together, and here's what I got! I really love a lot of these. It was so much fun just to amble along and take photos, especially since tomorrow it's back to work. Plus I got a few of my family I really love! Always nice to go out and get some different scenery other than our living room. I'm so glad I did this today. It was really refreshing. (One more set to go after this one!)
There was a yard we came across that was very whimsical. It was pretty cool to see the faces on the trees and all the hidden little statues and birdhouses in their yard. It made me really curious about the people who live there.
8:15 - 8:45 PM: Well, after that we went to Barnes and Noble, but I didn't end up looking at many books like I had intended. I met this group of girls studying in the kids' section and we had an impromptu little session. They were a lot of fun and such good sports! I hope I gave them a fun little break from studying. I think the third photo (the B&W one) is my favorite. Her laugh is just contagious! Thanks so much, girls! Feel free to drop me an email! I'd love to hear from you. Hope you do well on your test, and if not, well, at least you have proof that you were studying (at least when I wasn't interrupting).
And that's where I ended my day (since I've just been working on those photos, putting the baby to bed, and doing laundry since then. I consider it a success! I really had such a great time doing that, more so than I thought. I'm glad I had an excuse to pull my camera out and take photos all day (especially of my friends... I really don't typically bug my friends for photos, but I'm glad I had a reason to today because I really love 'em).
Hope you enjoyed following me around!