Friday, January 20, 2012

Thoughts on "Showing Up"

I feel like I need to blog. So. With nothing to blog about, I thought I'd tell a story about photography and how it relates to my writing.

I'm in week three of my 366 project. It's going awesome, thanks for asking. :)

I've been reading posts from other participants who are struggling with it. The common theme seems to be that it's unnatural to pick up the camera every day.

That is not the case for me. Actually, I don't even think about it. I just kind of do. My husband says that when the kids grow up,  they aren't going to recognize me because they think mommy has a big black box attached to her face.


That is exactly what it's like for me and writing. I do. Even when I feel like what I'm writing is crapola. Because I know that someday, when I'm less judgmental of myself, it's surprising how good those days can be! Ironically, they're usually better days than when I think I'm writing "good stuff."

This was something that registered when I popped out my memory card this morning. I had no idea what photos I took yesterday. I knew I took some and to the best of my memory, they sucked.

What are you gonna do?


I was determined to roll with the crap pictures. Imagine my surprise -- shock, actually -- when they weren't as bad as I remembered. They ended up kind of fun.


I'm reminded, yet again, that I simply need to show up and work. Everything else will sort itself out in good time.


Another thing I want to bring up because these two pictures are prime examples, is leave yourself lots of space to edit. These pictures aren't cropped. This is exactly how I shot them with all the negative space. I do that a lot. You may wonder why and the answer is this:

I never know when a shot may be THE ONE I want to frame. If I take the picture too close, there's no room to adjust for proper cropping.

This is a really good article explaining what I mean.

There is nothing worse than seeing a picture and thinking: That is gorgeous! And then realizing... the best you can do to preserve the "look" is to throw it in a 4x6 frame. ;)


  1. Love it. I went to a seminar this week for work and his advice to us was this:

    In my experience, two things make YOU great.
    1. you have to love it.
    2. you have to do it every day.

    Of course I related that to my current day job like a good girl and didn't spend the rest of the seminar dreaming up how to "get out" and "do what I love" so that I can too "be great" and.. you know, "show up"...

    sigh, someday :)

  2. I agree with that statement. Those two things are what make a person great.


    The goal this year for me is to figure out a way to make money doing what I love.

  3. For what started out as a a "throw off" post, it actually ended up being really insightful! Another illustration of what "showing up" can produce! :)

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks, DL!

    You have a great weekend too. I'm so excited it's Friday! woo hoo!

  5. Plus, negative space is AWESOME! They make pictures so interesting and artistic, in my opinion.

  6. It's kind of funny how I see the same themes floating around in unrelated areas of my life. My hubby and I were just talking about "showing up", really, as it relates to" perfect attendance" awards. He made a really good argument for why that's such an important thing, and so have you!



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