Oh my gosh, I have been working 16 hour days, 4 days in a row! Whoever said owning your own business meant you could have a flexible schedule, was delirious. And no, I don’t usually work this much. But it is the last push. There are 11 days left until my Exhibition.
This year is a unique year for me because I set bigger goals. So, I gave myself 6 weeks to schedule and put together my very first private exhibition. As you know I’m a portrait photographer because working with people fulfills my extroverted side. I keep my personal travel work on the down low because I chose to specialize in portrait work many years ago. Slowly though, I’ve been adding to my personal portrait collection of exotic locations.
While figuring out new ways to keep my work fresh and stay connected with my tribe, I decided to create a special event, where I could display all those special places that have allowed me to unwind and recharge my creative juices. I spent this week pulling out images from the glorious sinking city of Venice, Italy. I printed a huge piece that I took when we climbed the top of the Napali Coast on the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii. The waters glistened as we retreated up the paths in the heat of lush mountains. We were also fortunate enough to have dinner and watch a dance performance by Maiko-san in Kyoto,Japan. Did you know that there are only 65 maiko-san left in the world?
As an artist with a business I can say that I definitely have been up against many challenges. Some because I am a woman, some because I am a mother, some because of my own limitations and others because I am human and all of us go through life with something. I don’t know what yours are and you don’t really need to know what mine are. Not that I don’t want to know because if you know me well, you know that we really get to know each other during these sessions and sometimes that means really deep conversations. But, it’s not the details of the obstacles rather the reactions and game plans that we have as humans. It’s what we do when things get hard. I love that we have the ability to claim our strength and lean in with extra grit. Do we let challenges defeat us? Claim us? Keep us in the dark or in the past? Doing this work has allowed me to work through life and appreciate these beautiful relationships I have created with people. As for work…I have been busier than ever. Hopefully soon I will get to the point where I can hire out some of the things that I’m not that great at so I can do more of what I love like being behind the camera.
Behind the scenes we have redone wood flooring and painted over these last 3 weeks and technically, we are still not done. It brings a smile to my face to think of all the hard work that goes into getting things done. I’m excited and even a little scared. As a former perfectionist, part of me wants to critique every single detail of light on each portrait wanting every shot to be perfect and there is something good in expecting to exceed. But there is also another side to it, exposing raw earth and life as it is in its imperfection is also a demonstration of beauty. Sharing vulnerability is a beautiful thing. I’m putting myself out there and I’m so excited to share this with my friends and neighbors. Send good thoughts my way.