With 2010 behind me, I'm looking 2011 to be productive like never before. Being a photographer and designer, I'd rather be behind a camera most of the time. It's where I feel the most comfortable. I've been a product photographer for a long time, from automobiles, food to Rolex. I enjoy it all, but I'm finding myself enjoying photographing people more than ever.
Believe me, photographing people was my absolute least favorite of all picture taking. I dreaded it to be honest. I'm finding each time I do portraits, I find myself more at ease with the subject. Whether it's a candid photo or a modeling photo. Below is one of my modeling subjects.
I've always been private with my photos, rarely showcasing my work in fear of stolen material. I take pride in my work. I'm in the process of replacing all the artwork in my home with my own works of art.
This particular piece I gave to a client of mine. I was invited to spend Thanksgiving with them. The night before I was out on the dock taking a few photos when I shot this one...
I converted this photo to art. The surprising thing about this serene photo of just a fishing pole and the calmness of the water...I didn't use my big Nikon DSLR or fancy lens. I shot it with my cell phone. Isn't Photoshop great? The original photo came out surprising awesome, but I did some art touches then had it printed on canvas to be displayed in the beach house. They loved it. It's good to encounter people who enjoy and understand art. Especially what the artist is trying to portray.
I've gotten into photographing rock bands, live shows and behind the scenes with @GuitarAsylymTV. Looking forward to what 2011 brings with this new added venture. So far, it's been a blast!
What else do I have in-store for 2011? Well, I sure hope I have a girlfriend this year. Would be nice to find a nice girl. Of course that is something that takes time, so I'll wait till that happens on it's own. Worst thing to do is force it.
In February of 2011 I'm starting a new chapter; I'm going to start designing jewelry. I consider myself to be the next Harry Winston. Oh yeah, I do. I've been a designer for so long, working in print & web. I've felt I've done it all and it's gotten old. One reason why I'd rather live behind the camera most of the time. So I'm going to start specialized AutoCAD classes to design high end diamond jewelry on computer using the latest in technology. No sketching for me! My jewelry work will be showcased at www.houstongoldexchange.com in Houston, Texas where I am during the day doing photography and as their Rolex & Watch Specialist. Just another passion of mine.
That is it so far. Busy the first part of 2011 and looking forward to the entire year.
Wishing You and Your Family a very successful Happy New Year!
Friday, December 31, 2010
I'm sitting here reflecting back on 2010 and looking forward to what 2011 has in store. In a few hours the Past will be behind us to start another New Year all over again.
As I reflect on the year, a small hidden memory came to me. Not one that happened in 2010 but one that happened about 35 years ago.
I remember sitting in PE class and the coach gave us a rare written test. It was a short test, don't ask me what it was about...I can't remember the minute details. What I do remember is the bonus question at the end of the test.
The question read: "Who is the smartest person in class?"
We turned in our test, while the coach graded them right then. He read out all the correct answers and made it to the bonus question.
Guess what? I got it wrong. Everyone did, except for one know-it-all kid that no really liked. Isn't that how it goes in school? Even today?
The coach made it a point to each and everyone of us. We are all the Smartest Person. Instead of looking around figuring out who makes the best grades, we were to look within ourselves to find the answer.
It had taken the coach to give us the correct answer. Well, except for the kid no one liked.
I am the Smartest Person. So are you. When you reflect on 2010, don't kick yourself for the screw-ups. Look deep within, knowing you too are the Smartest Person for triumphing over those screw-ups and your still kicking, screaming and thriving.
So go kick 2010 to the curb and go kick ass in 2011.