12.28.2005

Spots for Shots

In preparation for an upcoming shoot, I headed out to the selected location to do some recon. I have been to the Austin Botanical Gardens a dozen times or so this year but I feel it is necessary to be as prepared as possible. I walked around for a good hour or so and took shots of different spots to shoot at with clients. My invisible model and I were able to come up with several possiblities. Everyone shoots here, so I took it as a challenge to find the unique areas that arent shot as regularly. I decided not to post those just yet, but instead a few run-of-the-mill locales with a slight twist. Enjoy!

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12.17.2005

Showcased

12.14.2005

and the world turns..

Even the most certain things can fall through. It is that very idea, that nothing is guaranteed, that makes life interesting. I consider myself very fortunate in the sense that, no matter what hasn't gone my way, I have been able to appreciate the experience it has provided. Since the birth of my daughter, I have gone up against tremendous obstacles that, in my younger days, would have crushed me. I am so optimistic in my dire times that upon reflection, I am often concerned. But, it is that very faith that all will work out, that I have made it through these trials. I have been extremely personal in my posts this month, and do not wish to continue with that level of candidness, however, it is nice to share with everyone that the most important things in my life are all in order.

I haven't been able to focus on my objective to learn spanish. The software I own is great but I don't feel that I am able to take enough time to make the most of it just yet. Last minute school issues have occupied my time, as well as my inability to pull myself away from articles and reviews and research of photography. Work is work and my current project is moving along a bit quicker now, though I am still ironing out the process. Everyday I feel so blessed to have a wife as understanding and patient. My daughter amazes me everyday. I have a family member who has been an incredible assistance to me, especially mentally as their support is a huge motivator. (Good relationships are good for the mind.) Most of all, I am happy with Christographer. I haven't let not having a camera stop my life from moving forward. I still whine on occassion but...

The camera is awaiting shipment per order staus checked today. That means that, not too very long from now, I will be shooting again. I couldn't possibly explain my joy. I have also been very actively marketing my services locally and have enjoyed a tremendous response. I have business lined up, so once I recieve my camera, I can start working toward compensating the cost(and looking at a new lens, Sigma 105 or 150mm macro)

I plan on resuming my interviews with photographers as time permits. Hopefully I will have one for all to enjoy this month. My apologies to all that have been waiting but my mind wasn't in to it and I'd rather have nothing than less than my best. I took on a responsibility to readers and I plan to live up to it.

All is well, and my hope is that soon, I'll be sharing my photos with you all again. I also hope we all take up every moment to be happy and appreciate these moments as the world turns...

12.05.2005

Big Sloppy Kisses and Bone Crunching Bear Hugs

Thanks to all of my family and friends who have lent themselves to the purchase of my new dSLR. I honestly am overwhelmed with gratitude as I was a bit worried that I may not be able to purchase anything until next year. My grandmother, mother, dad, aunt, best friend, and wife, I thank you, not just for your monetary contributions but for believing in my dreams enough to offer them.
Yes, the Nikon D200 is shaping up to be an excellent investment choice. I used the F100 Nikon film slr this sunday and, WOW!, I loved everything about the system(short of not being able to instantly see my shots and being limited too 36 exposures per roll) It is differnt than what I am used to with Canon and I actually prefer the Nikon system hands down. A big plus is that my school uses the Nikon system so I will have a nice supply of lenses at my disposal.

With a camera body decided on, my biggest focus has been on lens research. There is so much that goes into building a lens, I have become absolutely fascinated. I guess in moving away from concerning myself about the actual camera body, I have opened up a whole new world within photography to obsess and learn about. In fact, the more I have explored into photography the more I have found there is to know.

I am going to pull away from photography for the next few weeks, though. It is mentalling crippling me to not be shooting. I figure this is a direct result of saturating my brain with all things photographic. I am going to learn spanish, using Roseta Stone language software. During my interim without a camera it will be nice to apply my new found focus toward another goal. So, for the next 3 weeks or so, I will immerse myself in learning a new language and once the camera arrives hopefully I know a good bit of spanish.

I will have my photos developed today and scanned so i can share them. Again, thanks to all of you for love and support.