Shoot for the Moon!

An American flag, the Milky Way and a rocky outcropI've been concentrating on the business and marketing aspects of photography so much that I haven't been out shooting enough! 

Business isn't my strong suit, but I wouldn't say it's a huge weakness either. I just don't know that much about it. I'm learning.

In today's social media-driven environment I could work 24/7 and feel like I haven't done enough. And the technical aspects are daunting. Storage is a thing, guys, a huge thing. I have external hard drives and SD cards and blah, blah, blah. Where do I keep all these digital photos? And how do I find that one photo I'm looking for?

I have to remedy this situation soon. I think it means I'm going to need a server. I can't keep switching back and forth between hard drives. It's a pain, inefficient, and slow. More research. 

My cousin, Amy, has worked for herself for years as a successful makeup artist. She keeps reminding me, "You'll never feel like you're done. Sometimes you just have to stop!" She spent the last couple of years traveling with the show State Plate as Taylor Hicks' stylist. 

Thankfully, I love learning. I can sit for hours watching informational videos and tutorials, or reading. That's not a problem for me. But, I have to remember to get out of my head and do things. I definitely over-analyze, over-think, and over-research.

It's my comfort zone.

I'm getting good at getting out of my comfort zone, though. I'm almost getting comfortable at being constantly out of my comfort zone. That's where I want to be most of the time.

That's where things happen.

Shoot for the moon, as they say, you just might hit the stars.

I'm getting there. I'm shooting for the moon with my fine-art photography. 

Right now I've got the travel bug. I want to plan a big trip somewhere, but I'm not sure where yet. As my friend, Tarek, reminded me on Instagram today, "Money and time are poor excuses, Susan." Yep. He's right. I have to get out there and travel. It's the will that makes things happen.

I do have an exciting trip to Joshua Tree in California coming up next month.

Such a happy coincidence finding a photography seminar with one of my favorite photographers, Brooke Shaden. Well...I don't believe in coincidence. I call it "God-incidence." It's God listening and life responding to all the work I've been doing.

I've learned so much about my craft by watching Brooke Shaden on CreativeLive. I love her vision. And her style of teaching works well for me.

It's not every day you get to meet someone you admire so much. 

In the meantime, I'll head to Chicago for a day or two to help my youngest look for an apartment. 

Wow. My youngest is moving to Chicago! She just accepted an offer from Google. 

We work so hard to prepare our kids to fly, but it's tough when they do. She's been living with me for a few months now since graduating college. I'm going to miss her.

But, I'm so proud of her. 

In the meantime, I'm editing some of the Milky Way photos that I haven't had time to edit yet. I like the way the flag came out in the above photo. And I also like the "Painting Strictly Prohibited" sign. It didn't seem to deter people. 

The Milky Way beyond the tree

I'll get the photos up on the site soon. 

Happy Wednesday! And have a great rest of your week.

See you between the raindrops!