We’re enjoying the summer here, especially the cooler days we had earlier in the week. I want to soak up as much summertime as I can before the cold Ohio winter returns. It’s months away, but it will be here before I know it.
I’m looking forward to school resuming so I have more time to work on my business and with fewer distractions, but at the same time I’m loving the extra flexibility the (lack of) summer schedule gives us.
When the weather is nice and there are so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy, it’s hard to stay inside and update my blog and other business. I make a horrible employee to myself in that respect. It was so much easier to stay focused on tasks when I worked outside the home. Some things lend themselves well to multitasking, but (don’t hit your brother!) too many distractions (no biting!!) make it hard (get to the potty! hurry!) for me to focus on the task at hand. Even without children around, I can be easily distracted (look, a squirrel!), but when I’m doing something like editing photos, the music goes on and I disappear into my work…as long as I don’t have to keep small humans from killing each other or themselves.
Sometimes I miss the days when I was in the zone and could stay up all night working on my computer. I’ve always had great bursts of creative energy at night, but I rarely indulge them because sleeping late is but a dream and I pay dearly for indulging my night owl ways.
I love photography. I love it so much. It makes me so happy to capture moments and unique perspectives and share those images with others. And it’s so exciting to download the images (or develop film, back in the day) and see just how well I captured my visions. But this general business stuff…it’s a work in progress. I’m working on a new workflow to help track contacts and jobs, but it is still a work in progress. Please bear with my creative brain as it fights the structure and constant distractions. (I can do this when I work for others…why is it so much harder to do for myself?)
I started my journey as a professional photographer almost 15 years ago, but much of my initial training and employment was as a part of a photo or creative staff. I’m still working on ways to allow my experience and skills to shine without my lesser experience at being everything else to the business hinder me.
As distracting as they often are, I do love these kids, but I’d love to be out photographing yours instead!