This lady. This lady right here.
This hits home for me right now.
Today has been a whole lot of crazy, but the most recent crazy thing that’s happened is that I got a call from my hairstylist asking if I would be willing to take some pictures of her and her brother as adults to pair with some photos of them when they were younger. This is all as a surprise gift for their parents who are moving away. I was honest with her in that I haven’t photographed people much - I used to photograph my son on the daily when he was little, but since I’ve picked up the practice I’ve only been photographing inanimate objects (for the most part). She’s totally fine with that. She’s willing to still pay me for my time and energy, too!
I’m really excited about this. Recently, I’ve felt very conflicted about photography because so many photographers produce THE SAME WORK. And I 100% don’t want to be like that. If it came to that, I’d rather do other things.
So I’m going to be researching sibling photo ideas and I’ll be posting them as I come across them. We’re going to get together for coffee or something after I’ve gotten some ideas together and we’ll talk it out. And because the work is going to be in a digital format already it’ll be so much easier to post progress shots!
It’s difficult. I’m trying to buy a house this summer, clear up/dispute some items on my credit report, find a new camera for my fall class, move (hopefully), and work on my portfolio. Needless to say, the art stuff has not yet been worked into that schedule. Because I’m not taking classes over the summer, I don’t have access to the lab building on weekends which is when I’m accustomed to making time for printing. Work has been so crazy that leaving work on time is not reliable (i.e., if I can’t make it to a doctor’s appointment that’s been scheduled for 3 weeks then what makes me think I can make it to the lab). It’s annoying.
This is not to say that I won’t, at some point, actually get to make it into the lab. I am sincerely hoping that this happens soon, but if all else fails I’ll just resume shooting during weekends. I could use it as an opportunity to either get excited about my last project, resume shooting my previous In Between project, or find something new (hopefully with people).
In the meantime, I’m doing research on contemporary photographers. If you have any suggestions for folks to take a look at, please let me know. My tastes are pretty open.
Also, if you’re in the Memphis area and you know how to sew 3-dimensional things and would be willing to show me, please let me know. I’m not the best at sewing in general but would like to learn.