I have really been slacking with this whole blog thing recently as I find myself working on so many other things and being stressed out over all the work I've had. I should still have time to sit down and write a few things or share some photos, but it sure has been tough. Before it gets too late, I wanted to write about a few different things, mistakes, work and time. In the past few weeks I have realized why I have been stressed and realize that it isn't the end of the world as long as I can learn how to handle these situations.
Everyone makes mistakes, but I had made one big mistake at an important shoot and was lucky to find my way through it. I'm not sure if anyone reading this has ever lost files on their memory card because of a corruption, but that is exactly what happened to me and I was at a loss for words. Thanks to a good buddy of mine, Ishan, I was able to recover all the files I needed and not have to worry about screwing up the job I did. After the corruption mess, Lightroom began giving me problems and messing up even more files, so I had to sort that out. Though this technically wasn't my fault, I'm sure it could have all been avoided. However, I learned one big lesson from these stupid mistakes and that was to be more prepared in my profession. Things can go wrong but there is no higher up to deal with my problems or help me out so I have to use the recourses I have or rely on myself to learn from these mistakes and not make them again. Definetly a big awakening for me and a good kick in the ass for the work thats to come.
Work has been absolutely insane lately as well. I love it but the hardest part is dealing with the people and being able to please them. As I continue to shoot real estate, I am slowly starting to realize that I don't want to do the basic real estate stuff... boring wide shots of a room, aerials of the property, quick turn around times. Forget it. I want to start doing fun, creative work. Work that I enjoy doing. I want to go to a house and spend the time there to create something really special and amazing that will help future buyers say, "That's my next house." I want to take awesome photos, I want to take awesome aerials, I want to create amazing videos of the homes I shoot so that people can admire a place they can maybe soon call home. That being said, I am working on getting to that level with Simply Visual Productions and I think things are going to start coming together pretty soon.
Time. It hasn't been easy to make time for certain things. I have never been so busy in my life and I am happy that I am busy, but being busy and being my own boss means that I am the one that makes my schedule and I am the one that needs to be able to manage my time so that I can get all the work I have done. I have photo editing, video editing, music searching (hardest part!), emails, phone calls... I'm constantly in the car driving all over the state shooting. It isn't easy to make good use of time when there is very little of it. I have to say I am pretty good at managing my time and getting things done when I need to, but I do need time away from work where I can go out, enjoy myself and take a break from reality haha.
I actually did something recently that I have been wanting to do for a while. After seeing Mike Kelley's Aviation work, I was inspired to find a place near the airport where I could photograph planes. I brought my friend Britt along with me and we found a spot in Elizibeth where the planes would come in to land and we explored the area and shot away. This was my first time shooting planes, but I will share a few images I like. I hope to go back soon and try getting even better photos since I know what to expect. Aside from the planes, Britt happens to be an awesome and beautiful girl who loves to model. I was happy to block out some time for myself to spend it with her shooting! Anywho, that seems like a long boring blog, but here are some photos if you don't wanna read it all :)