I've commented to my daughter Taylor before that I wish I'd gotten into photography when I was a kid and then made a career of that. She said that then it wouldn't be fun and it would just be a job. She's probably right about that. I have no big game plan for now. It's just learn all I can and get better and better. I love to take pictures and share with anyone, the beauty I am seeing. If I can make a few bucks in the process, or turn my career that way, so be it. As I mentioned a few months ago when I did my second art show, I saw so much joy from some people who looked at my pictures, and heard them reminisce. That just made it all worthwhile. Then last week, I had a picture in the Citizen of Colton Workman on a unicycle. It was just something I noticed at the GHS field, and I thought it was really cool. I took this 4th graders picture, and it made the paper. His mom said it made his day and he took the paper to show and tell at school. I can't begin to tell you how really great that made me feel, knowing that my little action made someone else's day.
And back to my photography friend. She says she was hoping she could get some courage watching me. I must admit, that I went to a Landmark Education conference last year after much prodding from my friend John. And I think it actually helped me to shed some of the chains and fears that may have held me back before. When I try something new now, I usually start out with "What's the worst that can happen?" Then "What's the best that could happen?" The best is usually much better and then I'm not worried about it. Like last week at my first freelance gig. I was totally nervous about it. "What if I don't get the shot?" Then thought "So what! If you don't get it, you don't get it. No big deal. But if I do get it and it's published....Way cool!" The best that could happened completely erased any nervousness. And I had a blast.
I'm not sure where this is all going, but to my friend, the bottom line is to just have fun. And don't worry about things. You have a good eye too. So don't be afraid to share what you are seeing. Life is too beautiful a thing to keep to yourself.
Over and out...