Sunday, January 31, 2010

Need Your Vote

As I move forward with my photography business now come all the difficult questions. What should I name it? What should my logo look like?

I spent an hour today coming up with a variety of logo designs and I need you to vote on which one you like the best. Also, I am curious if you like the color combination.

As for the name of the business I bought the domain for "", but I keep coming back to a more personal idea with "Boivie Photography".

My brand/style for my photography is all about capturing someone's story. I love taking pictures of an event, vacation, party and putting together a book documenting it--I want to do that for other people. So I guess my slogan would be "Documenting Lives." Is there a catchy way to say this?

So I need your assistance...all feedback is appreciated.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Click, Click, Click

This year I have been developing a new layer in my self-discovery. My announcement a couple of weeks ago that I was working towards becoming a professional photographer has been kicked into gear about 10 times.

On a whim a few weeks a good, I signed up for a photography workshop held in LA. Last weekend I attended and it was remarkable. The workshop was taught by an amazing photographer Christa Meola (see my links for her page). I met a number of other remarkable photographers at the workshop who were very helpful in teaching me some great tips and gave me excellent feedback on my portfolio.

I have loved taking travel pictures for years now, but I haven't spent much time taking pictures of people. Part of Christa's specialty is boudoir photography and on the second day of the workshop she had a couple of ladies come in to act as our models. Each of us got 10 minutes to photograph and below are three of my favorite pictures that I took. I absolutely loved working with Ximena and I tried to make the experience as fun for her as it was for me. I can't imagine having 10 people crowded around you in a small room watching you pose. I was nervous to work in front of everyone, but I managed to zone them out while I focused on the task at hand.

I am definitely excited about starting my business and finding more people to photograph. My next challenge is to design my website and get my business license squared away. Once my link is ready I will let you all know about it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Great Quote

I was reading a favorite blog of mine yesterday and came across this quote. This will be my motto for the rest of the school year as I continue to develop patience.

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you get polished?” - Rumi

Monday, January 4, 2010

Unplanned Announcement

During Relief Society on Sunday they passed around "getting to know you" cards that asked us to list 5 things about ourselves from generic to more specific. Oddly enough, I had real problem with the generic information, but no trouble with the specific information. Without any planning or much thought I wrote on #5 "I am pursing a professional career in photography."

I have thought about photography a lot recently. I am taking an online correspondence class, just signed up for a weekend workshop in L.A. and I am planning a week-long seminar (if I can get the time off approved in May) in Sisters, Oregon; however, I have not publicly announced that I was pursuing photography. When they revealed the five clues about myself (#1: blue/green eyes, #2: glasses, #3: teach high school, #4: traveled to 17 countries) I was pleased with how comfortable I was with the last statement.

Maybe this is part of my new directions for a new year. Only time will tell.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Curious Item

I just finished reading two fascinating books: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Volume I and Volume II. The books are about a young African man who is raised in an experiment in Boston in the years leading up to and during the war for Independence. It brings up questions about race and slavery that I had not considered before.

A quote that caught my eye from the story:

"The Latin for 'slave' - servus - as rendered in English literally is 'the spared one'; slaves being those taken prisoner in battle, who should, therefore, by all the rules of engagement, have been slain. In antiquity, slaves possessed no rights as citizens because, though spared, they were accounted dead, and as the dead, could not be admitted as living men; and so, for generations, the dead toiled and bread in Rome; the dead taught Rome's children the secrets of philosophy; the dead built Rome's great monuments and tombs; until the Romans themselves joined the dead, and all that remained were tombs, and monuments, and half-remembered terms." pg 330 of Volume I.

This should lead to an interesting discussion in class.

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year New Directions

Like most people New Year's offers the opportunity to improve myself, set new goals, make new resolutions. I am the queen of setting goals and making plans. Last year I decided to make my resolutions about creating more happiness in my life and for the most part it was successful. I could have done more and worked a little less, but ultimately 2009 was a good year for me.

2009 also was the last year of a decade and I realize in retrospect that I should have been better at keeping a journal because I am dying to know what I was thinking and feeling when the 90's left and the dreams I had for the 00's.

So I have two resolutions for 2010. The first is to do a better job at recording my thoughts and feelings--online and privately. The second is a little more complicated.

I have desired for a long time to do more with my life. Recently I have been reading a blog entitled the Art of Nonconformity (check it out...interesting stuff) by Chris Guillebeau. He made two statements that really made me stop and think.
  1. You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.
  2. The world is waiting for you to figure out what only you can contribute.
These two thoughts are my second resolution. I don't know what it will mean exactly or what direction my life will take but I am committed to figuring it out. If any of my dear friends and family that read this blog can give me any suggestions for the second statement let me know. I have been racking my brain and I am coming up empty.

I fully recognize that life is a journey and I am trying to enjoy the process, but 2010 is a year where I plan on answering some of my many questions.

One last thought before I sign off today. Chris also made the following point about how common mediocrity is in our society "If there is any good news to the normalization of mediocrity, it’s that when you do something excellent, it will be so uncommon that you will instantly stand out. People will be amazed, because they’re so used to the good enough that the excellent is truly rare. This can work to your advantage when you decide to take things up a level and exceed the low expectations around you."

I feel that this sums up my teaching. I aim to be a great teacher and I seem to stand out. Although what my definition of excellence is--is not what everyone else deems to be excellent. I seem to hold myself to a higher level. I want feedback and criticism and it is hard to find because people are amazed by what I do as a result of the extraordinary level of mediocrity in my profession.

I know with certainty that I want to find and become excellent someplace else. Now it is about finding that new place.

2010 I am ready for the challenge!