On Being Self Indulgent….

Day 19 of 365:

Today I have been decidedly self-indulgent:  I sorta-kinda-mostly played hooky from being a responsible, money earning adult.

I went shopping and bought myself a new outfit.  Which is totally justifiable as I have some work-type events coming up that I need a new outfit for.

I watched TV in the middle of the day! (only for 30 minutes though.  I felt like I was wasting my time…)

And then I took a couple of hours to update my online portfolio with some of my latest photography projects.

This last item is something I wish I had time to do more often.  I may not take as many photographs as I used to, but I am trying to keep it up.  What was once supposed to be my career has been pushed to the very back corner of my life.  The truth is, I’ve never been able to make money with my photography like I have with my work in marketing, writing and project management.  Therefore, it is not a priority in my professional life.  My subject matter and style are very self-indulgent and personal.  I have always leaned toward what you might classify as “fine art” photography, preferring to capture images of flowers and nature over portraits of babies and people.

It’s a catch 22, though, focusing on the artistic side of my trade.  Nature and trees and forests are not as marketable and as easy to sell as services in, say, wedding photography are.  (Though I do love doing product “table top” shoots for people.)

And so it is that my art will always remain more of a passion than a lively hood.IMG_5761

Selfish or not, I am happy with how I spent my day – though I always find it difficult to take time out for just “me”.  I try not to feel guilty or lazy, but a big part of me does.   All of this only leaves me wondering what it is that makes me feel selfish about spending the day as I did….buying clothes for myself, not actively making money, working on my photography…

…any way….

It is now after 4pm….kids are coming home from school.  Dogs need to be walked and dinner needs to be made.

Now I must switch from being Self-Indulgent back over to Responsible-Adult.

If you’re wondering, here’s a link to View Finder, my online portfolio.  It’s an ongoing (and very slow) Work In Progress.  If you’ve been following my Writing The Girl posts for the past little while, you will recognize some of these images….

 

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Click to go to View Finder

 

Thanks for reading my ramblings!

 

Cheers,

 

-Janice 🙂

 

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Portfolio Updating Day!

I can scratch another item off my to-do list:  I updated my online portfolio today!  Hooray!!!!  Can you tell I am really happy about this??  🙂

Click to see the rest of this all images in the collection: “Abandoned”
Click to see the rest of the images in the collection: “Autumn 2012 – Various”
Click to see the rest of the images in the collection: “Drops On Leaves – A Collection”

(…just one less thing to worry about before my life comes to abrupt halt during November…)

Of course, you can check out all of my collections and portfolio pieces on View Finder any time…

Raindrop Collection

There has been so much talk today about bad weather, a Hurricane named Sandy and the destructive forces of nature.  To me, though, it feels like just an average late October day: grey, chilly and damp.  Though, I must say the wind seems to be picking up quite a bit as day turns to dusk outside my window.

So, tonight I will serve up a hearty batch of lentil soup for dinner, enjoy a glass of wine, work on my portfolio and hope that things don’t get too much worse outside.

Speaking of my portfolio, I thought I’d post a few images I have been working on.  I call them “Rain Drop Collection”.  Seems fitting to post pics of wet things on what is a wet day for so many people…

These images and the rest of my latest photography projects, will be available to see on View Finder very, VERY soon…

Have a good night, and – where ever you may be – keep safe, warm and dry!