Wow, it's been just over a month since my last post, but it feels good to be back. Over the holiday season I moved from my little apartment on the lake to a house up on top of a mountain. I now live on Dragonfly Mountain, and it's BEAUTIFUL up here! I have spend much of the past month snowed in and re-organizing my household. I've managed to sneak in a few small photoshoots too ;) I have so much more space here to create and I'm so excited! I have my own studio space with windows and three acres of woods to roam around in. At last I'm home!
I am planning some pretty big photography workshops for the coming year. I have the perfect place to hold retreats for up to 7 people, complete with lodging, meals, and transportation. The retreats will be just 5 minutes from the most inspiring little Victorian village of Eureka Springs AR. If you like my photography, you will love Eureka Springs because that is where most of my photo locations are. I am planning the first one for May, and will be releasing details shortly. Get ready to come Into The Light!
I have spent some time thinking about the past few years and my own photographic journey. I've thought about how much my life has changed in the past three years and how the future looks brighter each coming day. I've certainly had my share of struggles and there are still challenges every day. When I first started in digital photography, I was barely surviving. I couldn't pay my bills, let alone invest in photography equipment, wardrobe, or props. I hocked my wedding ring from a previous marriage and sold my piano to buy my first DSLR. I learned to create, borrow, or trade for props and wardrobe. Two years ago, I nearly lost my fiancee to a catastrophic illness that took close to a year to recover from. Thankfully he is vibrantly healthy today. At the time, a photography career seemed impossibly far away, and yet it saved me. I had a little point and shoot camera and I photographed something nearly every day because it helped me get through it all. I realized that I could let those challenges defeat me, or I could find ways over or around them, and that maybe they might encourage me in directions I would never have thought of otherwise. I've also made many wonderful friends along the way.
I've seen a lot in the past few years. I live in a town filled with talented artists and photographers and the market is very small here because the town has a population of around 2000 people. I've seen the not so pretty face of competition rear it's head more than once, and I've seen incredible generosity and people helping each other selflessly. I've seen people lose everything and witnessed the community come together to lift them back up to come back stronger than ever. I've learned a lot in this little community filled with artists, and I continue to grow everyday.
Today I was inspired to start a group on Facebook called Into The Light: A Photographers' Journey. I wanted to create a safe environment where photographers could go to talk about the trials and tribulations of making it in the photographic industry. There is a lot of competition and a lot of negativity in the world today, but I believe it is up to us to make the world a better place. It starts with one kind word, one person lifting another when they are down. Instead of judging or criticizing, we can help each other grow so that we can become better as a whole. Creativity brings light into the world and I see a lot of people that are struggling to create to their fullest potential. It is my hope that this group will become a place of nurturing support, a place where creativity thrives and sheds light into the darkest places. I hope that you will join me there. Come into the light.