I’ve never really understood why some photographers become so competitive with their peers that they end up all alone in a city full of enemies. We all do our own work. We all have our own style. It is so refreshing to be around like-minded individuals, so why not make friends? I’ve made a deal with the inner me for 2013. I will live OUTSIDE of my comfort zone. When something is presented to me and my little “inner-Amy” cringes, guess what? I’m doing it.
I’m a big fan of quotes. I find them motivational, funny, sometimes depressing, but most often I just find them truthful. Here’s one that I’ve printed out and read often:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” –Neale Donald Walsch
In an effort to hold myself accountable for my goals, I’m going to highlight activities or actions that I take that push me outside of my comfort zone. 2013, you’ve met your match!!!
That being said, do you want to see some pictures? These were taken outside of the zone 🙂 You see, we now circle back to my first statement. If you have ever tried to reach out to a local photographer, you may have had a FEAR of doing so. Why would they even talk to you? I mean you are a potential competitor in a market that is crammed full. It is intimidating, but sometimes it leads to great things. One of these great things I’ve only recently discovered is Emily Lapish Lifestyle Photography . Emily does beautiful work, and she is in the Charlotte area as well. I love the freshness and joy in her images. So one day I typed out a Facebook message to her. Then I deleted it. Two days later I typed out an email to her. Then I let it sit for a day. Finally, I pushed SEND. I felt like it was 7th grade again and I was the new girl in school trying to make friends. By some miracle, Emily wrote me back. And BONUS, she was nice! I was even more excited when she told me that she was hosting a full day workshop for photographers the very next Saturday! I signed up and immediately became nervous about it.
Turns out I had no reason to worry. Emily is a doll and so very giving of her time and knowledge. The other girls there were so kind and welcoming. The day consisted of learning, sharing and shooting–the best kind of day! It also consisted of CRAZY weather. It snowed, sleeted, rained and the sun even made an appearance (at the exact right time, as it turns out). I really enjoyed myself and cannot wait to get to know Emily better and to continue to push myself to become a better photographer.
To highlight a few of the things I learned:
- Snow plus ballet flats equals cooooold, wet feet.
- Snow plus long hair equals a hot mess.
- Getting the shot sometimes involves getting wet and dirty.
- I am not cut out to be a paparazzo.
Proof that I am not pulling your leg about the snow:
And we played with window light. AND AN AWESOME CHAIR. So awesome I had to take a picture of it, all by itself 🙂
And finally, we tortured a family. I was so impressed with these little girls. It was COLD outside. But they were so much fun, and obviously beautiful models!