Today is Saturday, November 20th, and today marks Day 1 of my attempt to post 30 blogs in 30 days. This was not my idea. Let me just say, though, that I have been “blogging” in some capacity for many, many years. Until today, however, I have to admit that I have not fully committed myself to THIS blog. I have always wanted to expose more of myself here, but have not due to an internal battle of whether or not I should. Also, whether or not people would even care. I have let this blog fall behind to the point that in November, I am still posting weddings from July! How sad. I intend for this to be a place where brides can get a first look at their photos before receiving their full wedding. Obviously, this is not happening. This is one thing that I vow to change for next year.
So, back to blogging. Whose idea was it? Chad and I recently went to New Orleans for our first Pictage PartnerCon conference. For those of you who are not familiar, Pictage is our online hosting site where all of our brides and families go to see their photos. Pictage hosts a photography conference each year where 400+ photographers gather to learn, share, and get motivated. I had high hopes for this experience, and it did not let me down. We went to a class called “Married with Children” where we learned that we are not the only ones with struggles relating to working with your spouse and finding non-working time to spend together! While we don’t have children yet, it was nice to here that it is possible to find a balance. We went to several business related classes and learned some tips on focusing in on our personal “style,” which I plan to do more of this coming year. The biggest thing I personally left with is motivation. Motivation to be myself and emulate what I love about photography, and hope that others love it too. One particular photographer stressed her feelings on the importance that her blog held in her business. Melissa Jill (google it!) shared her experience of blogging for 30 straight days and how it helped her commit to the process, document her own life more, and just open up.
This is my attempt. I am going to lace personal experiences, some boring, some fun, with all of the weddings I have left to share over the next 30 days. By December 20th, all of this year’s weddings will be blogged! You will also most likely get to know our dogs very well…and maybe us too!
Below are a few shots I took in New Orleans. It was so refreshing to take pictures with no one in mind. No deadline, no pressure, just pure love of photography and my surroundings. I hope you enjoy!
Just a little note on the next photo–the spots at the top are not my sensor. I zoomed in, not wanting to admit that my sensor could possibly be that dirty, and it’s not 🙂 They are birds!