2016 has been zooming past at a startling rate, and in the past two months I've made huge leaps in my artistic/professional life. (It still feels awkward to call myself either an artist OR a professional, but I'm working on that.) Scheduling my first show gave me the deadline I needed, and next thing you know, I've named my business, printed and hung my first show (making TONS of mistakes along the way), printed business cards, created a website (THANK YOU to MIsty Miller and Pure Reinvention for your help and inspiration) and had my first sales. Naming the business made it feel so real, but it's never felt as solid as it did this week when the website sales went live, and I actually had my first web order.
With all that happening, and the steep learning curve of trying to transition from hobby to business, I was really bummed that I had barely touched a camera recently. But it's finally spring so I shook off the cabin fever with three photo walks that reminded me why I love what I'm doing. I need to figure out a way to support myself on nature photography, because that is definitely my first love.
Yesterday my Big Brothers/Big Sisters Little and I took cameras out to the MSU Horticultural Gardens - it was a grey, waterlogged day, but those can be the best for capturing the colors of flowers. Being able to create art out of my constant fascination and adoration of the smallest details around me makes me giddy. Just ask the lady who was walking her dog and caught me yelling to Dev, "Come look at how effing gorgeous these flowers are!"
Michigan State University Damp cloudy days make for beautiful colors. BloomingAll of the trees are flowering! DandelionThey're not weeds to me! DevroeA little damp ground doesn't stop us from getting down! Me. Shot by Devroe. :) RobinThis little dude was checking us out. I'm guessing he had a nest nearby. Tiny ThingsYou have to look close to see them, but they're growing.