Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Short Hiatus

So I took a little over a month off from blogging, did you miss me? I did miss it at times when the weekend passed and I didn't get to check comments or see how many views the blogs/posts were getting. In a sense I missed you the viewers of my blog more than I actually missed the blogging part.

It was nice to have some extra time to enjoy family and friends, and just rest. I decided to take a month off from blogging for several reasons, but the primary reason was to have more time to enjoy my weekends with family and friends, and not make photography just another assignment or job. Although my intention for this blog has been to promote my photography and not post personal family time photos, recently I have been really grateful for my family and the quality time I have been able to spend with them. I felt this blog would appropriately give me some space to share some of that time with you while I have been away from the blog. I also wanted to share a small teaser of photos I took while on a photographic adventure to Washington D.C. In the next month or so I will find time to post on the whole adventure, but for now here is just a taste. I hope you enjoy!

Since this year I have really made an effort to blog every week, and because of this break I learned the benefit of blogging has on my photography. When I blog every week, I process my photos more diligently and my rate of photos coming in to the rate of photos being processed and posted and/or archived is very manageable and not overwhelming. The break in blogging has nearly caused me to fill my working hard drive full of photos to process and archive. Having a to-do list grow over your head is quite overwhelming and can be stressful, but it is proving to be a great motivation to start blogging again! Having a full-time job outside of photography is a blessing and I love what I do, but I have to take time to let photography be my passion and art and not become a grind. I am typically a grinder and have workaholic tendencies. So this is especially important to me when it comes to staying healthy with my work as a photographer and has been a major benefit of photography not being my primary source of income.

I work hard to get better and continue to grow as a photographer, I try to learn new techniques, study other's work I admire, but whenever I get the sense that it is consuming me, I like to step back and take a break, sometimes I stop shooting, sometimes I just shoot and view, no post-processing, no selecting, just shooting. When I get back into it I am usually refreshed and come back with a renewed love and some sort of vision for the direction I want to take in the next steps. The same is true for this break and although this has been my shortest break from most work aspects of photography, I was still able to dream and come up with some next steps! I am looking forward to putting those dreams on paper and making a plan to see them come true. Thanks for spending the time to read my blog, I hope to be back blogging regular again! I hope you will continue to enjoy my postings!


This Clicks Photography said...

That first photo is stunning! Nice work, as always. Yes, we missed you!

Einard said...

The Photos of the waterfalls are awesome..... Nice freeze effect. Keep Up The Great Work Toby!!!!

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