Now is as good a time as any

If not now, when?   Kim, from Beyond Layers (BL) has posed this simple question this week.  This, when I am in a complete turmoil regarding my “day job.”  I actually woke up to no work on Monday morning ~ not a good way to start the week.  A big client hit the road (making up more than half my weekly income).  So now what? Sit tight and hope for another “big” client, update the resume and send it out hoping for a nibble in today’s market {sigh}, or use this as a springboard to do more of what I have been wanting/saying I would do for years . . . selling my art/photography.  Ultimately, it would be so great to have a little boutique/gallery, a place where women photographers/artists can display, share, and bond, much like the Femme Fotographer’s but with brick & mortar.  Ahhh . . . a girl can dream, can’t she?  

Ok, so maybe opening a boutique/gallery in today’s market is not such a wise business move, but having my art/photography being sold in one, or two, or  . . . that’s doable, right?  

The last time I set out to do this was a disastrous to say the least.  Admittedly, I was a novice and the mindset/self-inflicted pressure of “needing” to make $$$ completely zapped any and all of my creativity and left me with a pile of prints that I like . . . but don’t love.  I even put down my camera and shied away from my computer.  Since then, I have made a few changes.  The most important (and now my mantra) is my art and photography has to be for me first and foremost so that joy in what I do shines through.

 

So, what’s next?  I am going to take my cues from Kim, “get to work on the details, the logistics…. write a list…… begin to make it happen.”  Thanks, Kim, for posing such a simple question …if not today, when?…. and providing the nudge, the push, the springboard for so many 🙂 .  Of course, I still need a “day job”.  Let’s be real, I have to fund my dream.  But at least allowing myself to pursue my dream makes the bumps on the other roads of my life much more tolerable. 

Spring has Arrived!

Finally . . . I was beginning to think spring would never get here.  I kicked it off with Sakura Sunday when I took a photography field trip with 7 women from the photoclub to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia on April 10.  It was everything a photographer hopes for:  Perfect natural light, color everywhere, and of course cherry blossoms on the trees.  The entertainment provided amazing photo ops.  The Tamagawa Taiko Drum & Dance group and 10tecomai  were so energetic & colorful & talented; Salme and I quote: “Charming contemporary geisha girls from Tokyo” were pure fun to watch and listen to and an added attraction was the Harajuku Fashion Show fashion show presented by local area students.    And for our furry four-legged friends, there was the Prettiest in Pink dog show.

     

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Photography Exhibit

Mark your calendars!

This is the club’s second exhibit for the year.  The first was in September at a 2-day outdoor arts festival and unfortunately the second day was rained out.  The variety and caliber of photography is quite impressive; so if you are in the area be sure to stop in!

It is one thing to take photographs and post them on a website or blog, but quite another to prepare them for an exhibit.  The first challenge is picking the photographs to exhibit, then coming up with the size, then the mat, then the frame, and the most difficult part (at least for me) is putting a price on my work.  I do enjoy making note cards, however.  I love the fact that one of my photos means enough to somebody that they would want to share it.