I'm now wrapping up the second month of the 365 challenge and, while I don't have as many pictures to share this time, I'm not actually deterred by that. I took a lot of photographic chances this month and have been pushing the boundaries of what I like to do in post-production too (one or two of these are full-on artistic efforts). So having less to show here just means I've challenged myself more, as well as raised the bar for what I think is strong photography and my style. Hooray for achieving project goals!
As before, I won't bore you with captions, but if you have questions about any of the pictures, just let me know in the comments. And, as always, all pictures are clickable if you would like to take a closer look at them. Now, in no particular order:
Hi everyone! Just a quick check in since I haven't posted all week: I've been on a brief hiatus while I work on some behind-the-scenes stuff to keep making this blog better! Be ready for a new look to some old favorites (and the blog as a whole) unrolling over the next few weeks! I'm really excited about these plans and I hope you'll love them as much as I've loved working on them!
That photo is the one that started it all. A multiple day trip to Vegas was an amazing opportunity for me. It was the first trip with a nice camera (replacing my well-over-decade-old and dying point-n-shoot), in a city that I'd barely explored with a multitude of photo opportunities at every turn. My first photographic priority when we returned (besides getting them all uploaded and sorted) was signing up for the Adobe Creative Cloud so I could get back into Photoshop. My mind was instantly buzzing with touching up photos and making those memories truly shine!
When I restarted my blog, a major thing I vowed to myself was that I would be honest with anyone reading it. If I made a big mistake, I would share it. If my photos were weak, I wouldn't beat myself up; I would just try to do a better job next time. Since I am considering this a lifestyle blog and the blog is part of my life, I wanted to aim to make sure it is an honest portrayal. So, with that in mind....
The first month of the 365 challenge has actually gone really really well! I've made time to take a picture every single day and I've already gotten a lot that I like! So far, I haven't seen it as some form of protracted torture (as I've read some photographers do), I haven't gotten bored with it (as I suspected I would), and I haven't run out of things to photograph (an irrational fear I've harbored).
A year of Christmas? What the hell?! That's not wellness! Au contraire, my friend! Taking a day or two every month to prepare just a little bit for my favorite holiday that falls during one of the busiest, stressful times of the year means that when I get to that particular time, I will be able to actually enjoy it and not feel like a failure for all the things I haven't done! Taking steps to reduce my stress? Sounds like one of the best steps I've taken for my wellness yet! Now that we've gotten that out of the way....
A few years ago, having been inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and a reluctance to deal with the stress and disorganization I'd dealt with in previous years, I issued myself a challenge. To refresh your memory, you can read the original post here (and see some truly eye searing graphic work). If you wish to be spared, here's a basic summary: