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second post jitters

how come no one tells you that the second blog post is harder than the first? i feel all this pressure because this is the SECOND post . . . this is potentially the post that sets the tone . . . it’s not the first post. everyone kinda expects that to be a little lame and “hi my name is”-y. . . no, this is the SECOND post…or, more aptly, the first REAL post. . . .

i have a running list of things i want to blog about but none of them feel “second post/first REAL post” worthy. . . i feel like we’re still getting to know each other, this blog and i, and i don’t want to jump into it too quickly. . .

so here’s what i’m thinking: let’s talk about one of the things i did this week to work on my photography (in addition to starting this blog and having a wicked bad cold all week) and maybe you ( i know there is at least ONE of you that is following this blog that i don’t know personally and that is interested in photography. . . ) can share what you did/what you do to continuously improve your art.

one thing i’m doing and REALLY enjoying is a fantastic class by Kim Manley Ort,  (@kimmanleyort on twitter) http://www.365daysofinspiration.com/blog/, called Photo By Design. this is the second week of the class. last week we studied light and this week we’re noticing lines. i’m really enjoying the class and kim’s emphasis on what is known as “contemplative photography” (i highly recommend checking out kim’s site and blog and/or googling the term for writings on the subject that are far better than mine)  i’m realizing that that is what drew me into photography in the first place, the noticing and being able to document details and perspectives in new ways and that it is what i think makes me feel so at peace behind a camera…it’s the slowing down, the noticing, the being present, the observing that is a big part of why i enjoy it so much. being present is hard. really, really hard. but photography is teaching me how to do it more often and better. 

that said, photography and all that is related to trying to be a photographer on a larger scale sometimes takes me away from the things i want to be most present for, namely my family. so i’m going to end this post now (it’s getting too long anyway…admit it, you pretty much skipped to the end or have stopped reading altogether) and go snuggle with my son. (there will, i am sure, be more posts on this balance in the future…)

i leave you, though, with a couple of shots that i’ve shared with the Photo By Design class celebrating light and lines (and sometimes both in one photo)  . . . what are some of the things that you love about photography? what did you do this week to practice or enhance your photography skills?

have a great weekend!

pecan groves, arizona

(ps – that’s a @LoogGuitar in that first picture. these things are awesome and a great way to introduce your child to an instrument! http://www.loogguitars.com/)

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