Sunday, January 26, 2014

sunday best...

I just watched a video by one of my favorite bloggers and artists...
the video was about her favorite blogging tips.

It made me start to think about my own little corner of the internet,
about this little blog that I have called home
for the past 8 or so years.
I have evolved a lot during the time I have been blogging
and I attribute a LOT of that
to the blog.

I doubt that I would have ever, ever gotten into photography,
especially to the degree that I have,
if not for this blog.

I started this blog in april of 2005...
i didn't even know what a blog was, really...
i had just wanted to comment on another blog
and had to have a blog account to do it 
(or so i thought, heh)

and so i wrote my first post...

initially the blog was called bloody hell.
obviously i was feeling some frustration in my life at that point, heehee.
we were trying to buy a house
while living in a house that had virtually no heat
and it was incredibly frustrating...
my kids were young,
i was running a home daycare,
i was without adult company for most of the time
and i was at my wits end.

so i wrote rants to collection agents 
and funny anecdotes about the kids...
but as i read other blogs,
i found that there was a WHOLE other world out there,
a world of other people LIKE me!
who liked to read what I liked to read,
who liked to make things and create things
it was like a bolt of lightning
went off in my head
and exploded into pretty fireworks...

so I started doing new things...
card making, doodling, knitting, painting.
but my photos were HORRENDOUS.
embarrassing really when I look back on them now...
and then
i was back to being frustrated again.

so i bought a new camera
and started playing with it...
and eventually,
it no longer had anything to do with the 
knitting, the baking, the painting...
it was all about the photos.

and then i shot my first family session...
and then i shot my first wedding (both in 2009)
I had 6 weddings that first summer and last summer,
I shot 19 weddings and a number of family/engagement/commercial sessions
while working full time.
it has been busy.
like crazy busy.
but I feel like the little thing that brought me to this point,
this little blog,
has been neglected...
passed over for the instant gratification of my facebook photography page,
of instagram, of twitter feed that I am just learning how to navigate
(i had to google what MT meant today...i thought it might mean "me too", heehee)
i want to get back to the blog.

and Alisa Burke talked about scheduling 
(which I used to do...haphazardly...remember poetry thursday?)
and, because I also struggle with the fact that I am not really sure how to 
tie the two things I love together (shooting weddings and my blog)
as I feel like they are two different areas of my life in one sense
but...not really...I am proud of what I do in a wedding
but I don't necessarily want to use my blog as a tool for creating more
photography business.  
I want my blog...this blog remain a creative outlet for myself...
I am worried that if I am using it for the photo business, I will begin to censor myself.
There are other things I want to do beside photography...
I would like to write...{but I am terrified...that is a different story}

if you have stuck with me this far,
my long winded point is that i am going to try to get here more often,
for myself if nothing else...
and that maybe Sundays will become 
Sunday Best
where I can share some of my wedding photography...
and a place where I can look back and see how that is evolving as well.
it's all about moving forward.
one foot in front of the other...

And's Sunday Best :)


Kamana said...

blogging makes such an impact doesnt it? love these images here.

Bridget said...

I think I've been with you for a long while as a reader and I feel blessed to finally see a peek at the wedding photography!

I always thought that one's evolution was such a fascinating thing to see unfold in realtime and to that end, if you approach writing the way you've done everything else then I have all the faith in the world in you. It's not so hard, you just have to do it.


Jaime said...

That puppy photo! So adorable!!!!

Oh, we have so much in common. I started a blog because I wanted to comment on a blog too... didn't think I could possibly write anything interesting that anyone would want to read. But I did want to have a place to collect my photos. It's amazing where the blogging road takes you, hey? You never would have imagined it when you first started. And the connections you make along the way.. truly wonderful. The best part. And the photography part... my blog was what inspired me to go out and take photos, which inspired the writing part.. it's all one big happy circle. :) I never saw a photography business coming either! But it happened!

I remember having the same conundrum when I started doing more portraits/ weddings etc. I wanted to have one blog but post both the creative and the business stuff...but I knew it would change the feel of my blog entirely, and I didn't want that. So ultimately, I created a separate business blog and I wouldn't have it any other way. I can censor myself, and that is a good thing for my business.. and then be free to write what I like on my creative blog. It's more work, but I couldn't find a way to merge the two.

I am going to head over to your first post! .......

Jaime said...

By the way, what is MT?

(I'm not a twitterer ... yet. Or as someone on CBC once said, a twat... haha!!)