Dead Flowers and Starting a Business


The last flowers I purchased from the farmer's market didn't hang around very long, they started to turn before I could photograph them in their prime. I gave myself a challenge to take some beautiful photos of some not-so-beautiful subjects, and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. It's amazing how far good lighting and perspective can get you, they looked a lot father gone in person.

I've been going 100 mph lately; outside my two nanny jobs I've dedicated almost every free hour towards developing my photography business. I just ordered business cards with my new url, so that feels good. Every person I talk to about it has some valuable insight that makes me stretch and grow, and I need to not be afraid to continue reaching out as much as possible. Yesterday I sat in the shade at the Tilden Park Golf club while Jeffery was at the driving range and I brainstormed business ideas. I had a couple realizations:

  • o not be afraid to ask people you know for help. They want you to succeed and will be flattered that you thought of them.


  • Do not be afraid of what you don't know. It is ok to show vulnerability, it is much better than arrogance.

So it's time to reach out to other photographers and earn all that I can. It's also time to jump in and start taking photos for people, as many people as possible. I announced on my facebook page that I am offering free family sessions to new clients. If you know of anyone in the Bay Area that may be interested, please pass my info along! It's a scary thing, putting so much of myself into something that will eventually be my livelihood, but it is also completely worth it.

I also need to thank Jeffery for making sure I take a break and walk away, get some fresh air (drink a beer) and gain some fresh perspective. (And he looks really cute swinging a golf club.) We had a good weekend. The perfect mix of productivity and relaxation. And for dinner tonight we made fried chicken, cornbread, and kale sauteed with olive oil, garlic, capers and tomato. Delicious. On to Monday.