I Might Start Blogging and October 2018 Newsletter

Those who are subscribed to my monthly email newsletter know that I send out a monthly email newsletter. Everyone else? Probably hasn’t heard about it. Or has heard about it and just shied away at the word newsletter. I haven’t talked about it much online because I don’t want to be one of those people that pushes you to subscribe to everything. I started the newsletter as a way to hopefully connect better with my audience (wow, looking at me using such good marketing phrases). It’s turned into a way for me to look back over my month photographically, and to just reflect and to write wordy words.

As I sit in various coffee shops and complain to various people how I just want to be seen and discovered, I’ve realized that I probably don’t share as much of my work as I think I do. I hate self-promotion and so I’ve avoided over-sharing at all cost. I also don’t really have one specific direction that I want to take my photography and so it can be hard to know what to share and what not to share. So basically my entire approach has been of sharing what’s in my heart and whatever it is I’m working on.

But as I finished a year of newsletters, I asked myself how I wanted them to change—and if I wanted them to change. Did I want to just stick with the 70-some people who got the emails and the 50-some people who actually opened them? (It’s okay, I basically never open emails either.) Was there a way I could make them more accessible? So, I contemplated putting the newsletters on my blog. I’m notorious for not blogging—this could fix that! I’m also notorious for hopping around between thinking and feeling without skipping over to doing. So I thought about it. And I didn’t know how I felt about it. I mean, sometimes I can be a little vulnerable in my newsletter—and the blog? Literally anyone in the whole wide world could read it. Literally anyone. Here’s an honest question—what makes me more uncomfortable: the fact that anyone could get to know me or the fact that anyone could read it and reject me/my photography? Ouch.

All that was to say that I’m putting my newsletters on the blog. For better or for worse. I’m going to go back and start with October and post all of the newsletters to the current one. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to my newsletter:

October 2018

Hey all. Wow, what a month. It went so fast, yet seems like an eternity long. And look at me--actually getting this out somewhat on time! While I'm still trying to find a work/creative work balance, I definitely feel like I'm adjusting to life with a job outside of my house. I'm also so so excited about a project that's actually going to happen--my bouquet calendar! I'll hopefully be placing the order within the next week or two and will let everyone know as soon as I can have them available for purchase! One thing that I have actually enjoyed this month is cooking--something I normally agonize over. (Note: cooking meals, not baking.) I got a new recipe book that I KNEW would help me to push the bounds of what I was cooking and it is seriously so fun. I feel like I have to buy completely different ingredients than what I'm used to, but it's so good for me to do that. It's called One Pan, Two Plates, and while some of the recipes are overly outrageous (for me) and some of the cuts of meat something I'll never buy, I've already made some pretty fun recipes--hot ham and cheese sandwiches with a fried egg and bechamel sauce, a keilbasa, sauerkraut, & potato meal (something I NEVER would have even considered trying), rosemary chicken quarters with an orange gremolata (it's okay, I still have no idea what a gremolata actually is), and chicken quarters with sweet potatoes and pineapple. So yeah, it's the little things. (I don't know why I said that, it just seemed like a good closer and I just ran out of words soooo yeah.)

I can only dream of having fog like this at home--on the rare day that we do have it, it seems like it's always a day that I have to be somewhere. So, when we were in Illinois for my Aunt's birthday, I had to drag Trina out into the field for some dreamy moody shots like this one. Goodness I could stare at this all day. This is what perfection looks like.  The set up: 50mm f/2.8 1/250 ISO 280

I can only dream of having fog like this at home--on the rare day that we do have it, it seems like it's always a day that I have to be somewhere. So, when we were in Illinois for my Aunt's birthday, I had to drag Trina out into the field for some dreamy moody shots like this one. Goodness I could stare at this all day. This is what perfection looks like.

The set up: 50mm f/2.8 1/250 ISO 280

I wanted to include this photo because this is a photo of me just looking normal--in case anyone was thinking that I actually look like a model (although I don’t normally smile so…). Without a bouquet in my hand, and looking straight at the camera, trust me--I feel just as awkward as you. Also. Why does it feel so weird? I don't know.  The set up: 50mm f/3.5 1/160 ISO 800

I wanted to include this photo because this is a photo of me just looking normal--in case anyone was thinking that I actually look like a model (although I don’t normally smile so…). Without a bouquet in my hand, and looking straight at the camera, trust me--I feel just as awkward as you. Also. Why does it feel so weird? I don't know.

The set up: 50mm f/3.5 1/160 ISO 800

So now we're at photos from the styled shoot that I photographed--because these and the images above are all I captured this month. Ugh. I hate being busy. I feel like I've been playing catch-up for the last three months and I really really hate it. I didn't realize how much I hated it until now. I like to have blank spaces of time so I can do things like baking and taking random photos and writing poetry--and those aren't just fun things I like to do, they're things that I want to be priorities. So yeah, something might have to change.   Anyways. My friend Robert from  Nephew and Co.  put this styled shoot together and it was awesome and beautiful.

So now we're at photos from the styled shoot that I photographed--because these and the images above are all I captured this month. Ugh. I hate being busy. I feel like I've been playing catch-up for the last three months and I really really hate it. I didn't realize how much I hated it until now. I like to have blank spaces of time so I can do things like baking and taking random photos and writing poetry--and those aren't just fun things I like to do, they're things that I want to be priorities. So yeah, something might have to change.

Anyways. My friend Robert from Nephew and Co. put this styled shoot together and it was awesome and beautiful.

These photos are also from the styled shoot and I thought I would share just a tiny secret about the way that I shoot with window light. When I first started out, I was taught to think, "The more light the better. Even lighting is the absolute best kind of light--shadows are bad. We want the whole person illuminated." (Haha, I almost wrote eliminated!) And to that I say, "Gross." I can't stand even lighting. It's super boring. This is what I LOVE to do (and it's a technique that I learned in a class that was taught by a really really good photographer so I know it's legit) and it's a super simple thing that makes a HUGE difference. Are you ready?  Turn her body away from the light, and turn her face back into it.  It will be incredibly slimming and highlighting--rather than just flat or even lighting. And the more of a contrast between the two, the moodier it will become. Just to prove my point, I'm going to do a comparison of the two styles below (towards the window on the left, away from the window on the right). NOW let me just say--neither of these are wrong or right inherently. But one is wrong for me. If you're a photographer--don't feel like you always need to follow the "rules". Find what looks the best to you. I mean, don't be naiive and go crazy--but learn the rules so that you can break them and break them well.

These photos are also from the styled shoot and I thought I would share just a tiny secret about the way that I shoot with window light. When I first started out, I was taught to think, "The more light the better. Even lighting is the absolute best kind of light--shadows are bad. We want the whole person illuminated." (Haha, I almost wrote eliminated!) And to that I say, "Gross." I can't stand even lighting. It's super boring. This is what I LOVE to do (and it's a technique that I learned in a class that was taught by a really really good photographer so I know it's legit) and it's a super simple thing that makes a HUGE difference. Are you ready? Turn her body away from the light, and turn her face back into it. It will be incredibly slimming and highlighting--rather than just flat or even lighting. And the more of a contrast between the two, the moodier it will become. Just to prove my point, I'm going to do a comparison of the two styles below (towards the window on the left, away from the window on the right). NOW let me just say--neither of these are wrong or right inherently. But one is wrong for me. If you're a photographer--don't feel like you always need to follow the "rules". Find what looks the best to you. I mean, don't be naiive and go crazy--but learn the rules so that you can break them and break them well.

Just notice what this one adjustment will do the shoulders, the neck, and the jaw. Will it always work? No. But when it does--it's to die for.

Just notice what this one adjustment will do the shoulders, the neck, and the jaw. Will it always work? No. But when it does--it's to die for.

Alrighty. Well we're at the end. Thanks for showing up and for following along. Fingers crossed that next month we'll have some more interesting photos and some yummy food.