I’m in a small, private online group led by my artistic mentor Robin Griggs-Wood. She is a firm believer in the “Plus Post” – a weekly declaration of sharing positive achievements. I had been slacking off in the community and was struggling to play catch up by writing less regular “Plus Posts” with a lot of information. That’s when Robin suggested I tried smaller achievement posts but more often. So I tried that for a few days before a peer in the group suggested, “You should do a “Day In the Life of a Working Photographer” as a blog series. “Hmmm”, I thought, “good idea” and, so here I am on day one of recording my positive work achievements as they happen.
- a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something.
- a similarity of characteristics suggesting a relationship, especially a resemblance in structure between animals, plants, or languages.
These are what I call my “Affinity Cards”: 100 beautiful postcards from www.moo.com displaying 20 of my images. I use these cards to send little notes to people who I like, people with Birthdays or life-events happening, people who show kindness, people who deserve thanks and people I’d simply like to get to know better. This morning I wrote and stamped four Affinity Cards and added several people to my contacts database. My photography business is a bespoke, boutique service so I’m building up my contacts with a personal touch.
Later in the day I prepared a portrait questionnaire for a potential Lead and sent it off to her and her family and I spent some time editing some photographs and preparing for an ordering session next week. It needs more work but I got one step closer.
I recently got involved with a Meetup Group of Bay Area Women Photographers led by go-getter Ellyce Moselle a savvy architectural photographer and fine artist. When I discovered this group some of the members were already working on an art book project. Tonight was the opening night of their gallery show, “Imagebound”. It was great to see their work both on the wall and in book form, to hold the books and leaf through them, a physical connection. Showing up and supporting fellow local photographers is an important part of my job. We cannot live alone or in a vacuum, we need community to thrive and survive.
I’ll leave you a quote I found mentioned in the show that is attributed to a Leonard Cohen song.
“Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”