Risk taking. The title says it all. Mostly. Several years ago my friend, Kathy, and I were talking about spontaneity. I wasn't very so she suggested planning my spontaneity. So, I began planning little outings and adventures that took me out of my comfort zone. Nothing too risky, really. Just a few travels here and there to loosen up the metaphorical bean bag chair I was stuck in. It was good practice.
So, here I am again. A few years down the road. I've worked in a few different places, doing a few different jobs--insurance coach, wedding photographer, and now educator. I love teaching! It's really amazing and fun. My students are fantastic and exciting to work with and never cease to amaze. Tomorrow begins the latest incarnation of my photography club with a new crop of creative pre-teens and teens and I hope they get as much joy from photography as I.
None of this sounds risky, does it? Nope. Easy stuff. Well. You're right. It is easy. Not the least bit risky, either. I have experience teaching and working with middle school students and photography.
So where's the risk? Mostly, it's this website and the store with prices I just added. I've thrown my name out into the world and have stated in no uncertain terms that I will make a photograph of you, your friends, your family, maybe even your dog (which would be cool), and I'll do a good job of it. Is it a career changing risk? Probably not. Will I get to meet new people and make new connections and make some good art to put out into the world? I sure hope so!
In the past year, I've met a number of creative individuals--painters, photographers, and musicians whose work I respect and love. I've had a few opportunities to make photographs of these people creating something new for the world. I've even gotten to sit in with one amazing group of musicians and dust off my little-used , and very rusty, skills as a cellist and play with them--adding to their collective art with a few small bits of my own. I'm very thankful for this and I hunger for more.
Hopefully, my creative juices will start to flow with the work and along the way, I'll create something I'm proud of.
Like one of the products in the store states: Got an idea for a photo? Let's make it happen.
Cheers and best wishes for a fantastic 2015!
Creating, teaching, drinking coffee.