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….


Click to go to View Finder


Thanks for reading my ramblings!




-Janice 🙂


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Portfolio Updating Day!

Silly me.  I keep neglecting to keep up with my photography.  I haven’t done a portfolio update in over six months!  Mind you what with all of this writing and working, my photography projects have almost fallen completely off my radar.  I mean – I have been shooting, but not nearly as much as I used too.  I think with the warmer weather, the coming months will give me some inspiration.

For those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning (and thanks for that, by the way), you’ll be familiar with sporadic “Portfolio Updating Day” posts.  A day where I upload a few images I have been working on and share them here for you to see.  Well, today is one of those days…

For those of you who are newer to Writing The Girl (thanks for hitting “subscribe”!) – this is what I do every time I realise I should post some of my work to View Finder, my personal online portfolio I created to showcase that other side to me: Nature/Table-Top/Lifestyle/Still Life Photography.  (I also did not like to display my images on sites such as Tumblr or Flickr – I wanted more of my own creative control so View Finder is hosted on the WordPress platform)

Yes – before anything else I was an actual, honest to goodness photographer.  You will find evidence of this existence on View Finder

Now a days, I mostly just shoot for me, for this blog and because no matter where I go in life, a camera seems to be forever at my side.  An ever-present and loyal companion as I wander around my world.

Anyway – without further adieu I hope you’ll go check out my latest and greatest shots – themed around the details of Spring in two different posts.  Here are the links:

Black And White With A Splash Of Colour
“Black And White With A Splash Of Colour”

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…