June 1 2017

Totally didn’t see June sneaking up on me, but here she is.

Today, I had the delight in assisting for the install video for a six inch suspension lift on a brand new F-150. When I say delight, just imagine me, a man who has (let’s face it) no upper body strength, making a serious attempt at holding an array of heavy things for an extended period of time. It went… well… I guess. So far, everything’s going according to plan, so that’s gotta count for something, right? We’re probably just past the half-way point, so we should be done fairly quickly tomorrow. 

After work, I photographed metal sculptures for a local artist that goes by Contrived Curiosities. He makes different animals out of seemingly ordinary and extraordinary items. As I’m shooting his various wares, I may also be shopping for a fitting lawn ornament for our house, whenever it’s done. 

Speaking of the house. I’ve been told that the excavators have already brought all their equipment to our lot, and are planning on starting tomorrow, clearing out all the trees and brush that we don’t want or need. Being that we’re practically surrounded by trees, we don’t really NEED any on our lot. However, were required to by the county to have somewhere between three and five trees. 

In the mean time; I’ve been keeping up with one of my daily tasks, meditating. Being that it’s after eleven and I still haven’t, today, is starting to bother me. Overall, though, it’s really been helping me clear my mind from the throubles of the day. I feel like I could probably make an entire post on where I’m at with meditating, but I’ll have to save that for another time. For now, I can just quickly suggest to any beginners to just try it out, and the Calm app is a really great way to start. Goodnight, everyone, and I hope I post again tomorrow. 

Workend – May 27th

I meant to write this up last night, buuuuuut after a long couple days and a few drinks, I was out like a light before I could touch a keyboard. It was a good evening giving me the chance to catch up with friends, make new ones, and surprisingly have a very interesting conversation about photography.

I enjoy when I meet a person who shares an artistic interest in photography, like I do. Mostly because the people I talk with primarily have experience with film. Having learned photography on digital formats, it’s awesome to me to see that there’s always similarities in the technique and process regardless of if you’re shooting film or digital. Overall, though, it’s looking more and more like I’ll be doing more photography work on the weekends. Which is nice, I like doing photography, so the more often I can do some AND get paid for it, the better. Right?

Today, despite being off the clock for the past 24 hours, I’ve been starting some planning for our trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas this year. I’m partially hoping to have a little more personnel on duty so that our media is produced as quickly as possible in the best possible quality. Which, in all reality, is the name of the game. Last year, we came close with a plan that I had in place, so basing things around that, we’ll be successful this year.

I know, being vague is not the nicest things, but this is stuff that probably should be under an NDA or something, since my process seems to out-perform news outlets and our competition. However, our department wasn’t as connected to the rest of the marketing department as it is right now, so I feel this year will be a nice show of effort and strategy on, well, my part. Not to toot my own horn.

Tomorrow, after finishing up with the video at church, I’m going to be helping out a local metal-working artist who sets up a booth at craft fairs where he sells his sculptures. To get into bigger and better events he needs to have professional photos of his booth, showing how he lays things out and what it all looks like as if you were walking by it at the show. I imagine that I’ll be getting a few shots of his sculptures themselves, too. It’s one of those things that I thoroughly enjoy doing: helping someone live their dream by using my talents. It’s also why I like photographing local bands. Yeah, the big bands are one thing, but there’s something even better about the guys who have scrapped up the last few dollars just to be able to get the right amp to make their performance at the local pub sound just good enough.

Monday will be a nice day, though. Both Sarah and I have the day off, which is nice. Note sure what the plan for the day is just yet, but that’ll be half the fun in it, right? Just going off on an adventure, anywhere.

For now, though, I’m going to try and relax just a little bit, get the camera all ready, and wait for Sarah to get home.

May 23rd 2017

I have no photos from today, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t take any. I actually took around 600 or so, but they were all for work, so I cannot share them at this time. Also considering I strictly shoot RAW for paid work, none of the photos have been edited since I got back from the shoot around 7pm, and I still needed to go home, so I could get back to work between 7 and 8 in the morning. 

Anyway, the shoot was for Father’s Day, so as one could imagine, we had a “father” and a couple kids helping their dad work some on his truck. Your standard heart-strings tugging stuff. Overall, the shots went great. From what I’ve seen, they came out really well. Fortunately, with the X-T2 I can review photos as I’m taking them from the viewfinder, which makes focus and exposure checking a dream come true especially when you’re trying your best to capture every micro expression, and don’t want to miss anything by looking away from your scene. 

In the end, the kids got ice cream, the dad got ice cream, everyone was happy! It was another great shoot in the bucket, and I’m very greatful for everyone that was involved. 

If I’m Honest…

When I started this, I intended on being as positive as possible, because I honestly believe in the cliche of “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” but this site is me, this is what’s up. 

After today, I don’t have the energy to be positive anymore, unfortunately. I’d like to be, but I just can’t right now. Today, I spent most of my time planning out a Father’s Day marketing shoot for our company. Originally, the shoot was going to be on Friday, which gives me a lot of time to mentally prepare, but it ended up being inconvenient for the crew, so we pushed it to tomorrow. 

The hardest part was picking wardrobe, but I also needed to scout the locations and schedule the time and such. Despite driving through crazy rain for about an hour, everything went off without a hitch. Which is great. The only thing left is to make sure that I’m going to feel confident and creative enough to put everything together. 

Confidence is one of those things that I need to work on with myself. It’s no secret, I have a lack of self-confidence. It’s even at the point where I’ve convinced myself that my team doesn’t even have confidence in me. So, here I am, the night before a shoot (I’d call it important) feeling fairly certain that everyone is expecting me to fail and would rather have someone else take photos, but at the same time, there is a tiny part of me that is trying to call out, and it is REALLY hard to hear him. 

That little part of me is saying that I can do it, and that I’m the best, and that if I just take charge tomorrow people will listen to me and it will all go off without a hitch. I’m more than willing to believe that one bit of confidence that I have, but as soon as one little thing goes wrong, I just know that the rest is all going to come crashing down. 

Here’s to hoping that most of me is wrong. I can do this. 


Finding Balance and Task Management

I’m working on something. I don’t know if I’ve ever made it obvious that I’m wanting to build an Internet-based empire, and every time I’ve started working on it; I jump all in, full throttle, hard as heck. I’ve never eased my way in gradually into any of my solo endeavors, and I’d like to see what it’s like.

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, so over the next month or so, I’m holding myself to posting once every day here on the blog and on Instagram. I’m hoping that it’ll get to the point where I’ll feel compelled to get this done every day and if I don’t I just won’t feel right, or something. It’s the same as with some of the other things¬†that I already do, where I almost need to do them, and the day doesn’t feel right if I don’t. I’m not sure if I’m explaining it just right. For example, I do the video for my church every Sunday, and it’s gotten to the point where even the days where I don’t feel like getting up to do it, but I mentally feel the need to, even though there’s no consequences for me not.

With all the various things, I’m going to be keeping track of these little tasks that I’ll be doing every day with a newer (at least to me) app for task management: Todoist. I kind of feel like I would prefer to use Things, since I LOVED the older version, and now that they’re on version 3 of it, I can only imagine how amazing it is. However, it would be about $60 for me to get it on my iPhone and my laptop, which isn’t much for what it does, but I’m really trying to not spend any money since we’re still building this house (which I have been meaning to update everyone on, thanks for waiting on that!). ¬†Todoist is free (ish) though, and does some similar things that Things does as well. It does have a paid tier, but I’m wanting to see how far I can take it without needing to pay. Of course, if I get to the point where I need to pay for it, I’ll probably just move back to Things.

Essentially, I’m trying to develop my own discipline without having anyone to answer to other than myself and, of course, you the audience. I guess it’s discipline and accountability. I’m very disciplined in everything else I do, but that’s because I’m held accountable by some sort of higher power. There’s more that I could go into on this, but it’ll get… confusing… or complicated… or both.

Anyway, what does all this mean? It means that streams will not be daily, vlogs will be… periodic (?), and podcasts will still be on hold for the time being. I’m going to probably work out some more details tomorrow, but it’ll probably end up being weekly streams and monthly podcasts and vlogs.

Of course, nothing’s set in stone just yet, I’m not even sure if time and energy will allow for anything to happen. Energy being the important key element, as I tend to over-estimate the number of spoons I have, and I hope in the future to be able to share the load with someone. This is all future stuff, so I’m going to stop focusing on that, and focus on right now, though.

And right now, I’m going to go to bed, since I’ve got work in the morning, and I’d like to be mostly alive for that.

Let me know what you think, though. Have you used an app like Todoist? Do you think taking things on gradually instead of all at once would be better for me?