There’s a chill in the air. The leaves have changed from green to yellow, to red. These same leaves float to the ground, and with each step I take, I hear a satisfying crunch. Fall is in full swing, and I am loving it entirely too much! The caramel icing on my happy pumpkin spice flavored cake is that Starbucks’ red holiday cups are out… it’s a wonderful time of the year.
Back in September, I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding down in Warner Robbins, Georgia. I was extra excited about shooting this wedding for one specific reason: the reception was being held on the air force base down there, the museum at Hangar One.
We were chasing light. The sun was setting and we were 30 minutes away from our final location: Harrison Bay. “We don’t have to go to Harrison Bay…” AJ said this when I verbally made note of the dwindling light. I wasn’t having any of that. We raced to Harrison Bay and made it just on time to catch the end of a brilliant sunset and snap a few photos to end this lovely engagement session.
There are some days where you feel like you can conquer the world, where nothing is out of reach. Days where the future is burning bright, and the path is clear.
This entire week was NOT like that. Quite the opposite in fact. I questioned everything: my future, my present, my ability to live up to the expectations of friends and clients, my purpose in life… anything you could think of, it crossed my mind. Let me tell you, it’s crippling when you’ve got freelance projects (on top of an actual job that I show up every morning to) that are demanding every ounce of creativity and energy that you possess.
I read something recently that has stayed with me this past week.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” Chuck Close
Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Don’t wait for that light bulb moment. Don’t wait. At the risk of sounding like a Nike advertisement, just do it.
Well, I did it. It is now Friday evening and I’m ready to get some of these projects out the door. And more importantly, I am happy, I am content, and I am no longer feeling crippled. I may not have figured everything out, and Lord knows that there are a million other things I need to be worrying about, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. For now, I will make a steaming hot cup of coffee, wrap myself in a warm blanket, and Snoopy-dance my way into the weekend.
Expect lovely posts of lovely people and lovely events coming your way soon.