• I recently decided to learn Python.

    I'm still new. 

    I'm still excited. 

    But, it's hard.

    They say it's easy.

    It's not.

    I don't even know how to install with pip yet. 

    But I'm trying.

    Why do I want to learn Python?

    How do I put this simply...... I know I can. So why not? 

    It's a fun challenge. I've always loved langauge and logic and efficiency. 

    Seems like a good solution. Plus, the opportunity to triple my salary. 

    See, Photographers are a dime a dozen. I'm not a big fan of the politics and differentiating myself from the competition. Honestly, I feel like if I learn Python and get some experience, I will be respected and above a lot of other people. Photo Retouching is fun, but there's not enough challenge there for me. And I know I'm smarter than that. My department head knows I'm smarter than that. But, I don't want to be told to climb the ladder, or design more. I want to have flexibility and work with data. I'm ready to take on a huge challenge and start conquering. 

  • A day in the life of me

    Lofty goals this morning! 

    1. Clean up Photoshoot
    Over a couple days last week and this week, I photographed/processed over 100 images for our new Spring season that went live yesterday. Today I had to clean up all the products — Making sure they were all back in their boxes, labeled, and kept the different brands separated.

    2. Design & Code Brand Buttons

    Merchandising team gives me a request to update some of the graphics on our site. I had to interpret this request, gather logo files, design and export graphics with correct file naming convention, then upload to 2 FTP's for each of our channels, then code the new buttons, replacing old designs. Then I gather new page URL's from the Merch team so I can link the new buttons to the right places.



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  • Raw thoughts on being a wedding photographer

    I didn't intend to be a wedding photographer... it kind of just happened. That should have been my first clue that maybe it's not what I was supposed to be doing with my time. Don't get me wrong; I learned a lot, met awesome people, and did have fun. But wedding photography is... a lot of work. You see, it went like this: 4 years of design school, graduation, full time job, and all of a sudden people wanted me to photograph their weddings too?! Okay, I guess I'll give it a shot.. I mean it's free money, right? Wrong, Jess! 

    I was a 2nd shooter one time. For my first wedding I was a second shooter for a main photographer. 11 weddings after that? I flew solo. I never intended this to happen. It was cool, and exciting! But where did my weekends go? My weeknights? I worked 40 hours a week at the office - sometimes more - and then in my spare time I slept, and, oh yeah... wrote contracts, emailed clients, threw together portfolio PDF's, had client meetings, wrote invoices, photographed, culled, edited, and shipped prints. Not my idea of fun. 

    I don't know how to say this tactfully, but I presume anyone who knows me or has worked with me will know my heart in this. It was an adventure and I was pleased to work with each of my clients. At times, they gave me more grace than I deserve. Sometimes I blundered my way through, but always mustering the most professionalism I had in me. 

    The pro's I found in this: Wedding photography self-propelled my photographic hobby. The money accrued allowed me to invest in top-of-the-line equipment, which has set my recent work apart from the early days of my career. It allowed me to investigate whether this was a career I would be interested in pursuing full-time (answer: NO). Photographing wedding ceremonies allowed me to travel, teach myself creative ways of improvising, and aided in my repayment of college loans in 2 short years after graduation. 

    I will forever be clicking the shutter - making photos - freezing moments in time. I will never abandon this. In what capacity? This remains to be unseen. I still love taking candids - which is why I enjoy event photography. And I'm ever interested in food photography. 

    But for now, after my last two sets are delivered to my clients (before Thanksgiving!), I will rest. I will sleep, read, reflect, work out, photograph as a hobbyist again, with the exception of my usual small paid gigs here and there. Next year - after I've had some time to relax, rejuvinate, and reassess - I'll probaly pursue another avenue in the photographic world. 

    If anyone has suggestions or ideas, or wants to work with me on a project let me know! I'm up for anything at this point. Just don't ask me to write a contract.