Overworked can be sexy

Overworked

This post may not be what, one would imagine, should come with such prompt of the day or the title. However, I do wish to focus on positive things ever more…

So this is

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my husband’s old overworked tractor. It proved itself useful numerous times and in many ways, no doubt, it existed and aged way before I came into the picture. It looks rusty and is in a rough shape, but still runs and does the work, nonetheless. I took this photo of it, as a memory.

This is the first tractor I ever got to ride and drive. It is one of the many fun and sweet memories my husband and I share together. I was having fun and loving every minute of it, then he told me about this song “She thinks my tractor is sexy”…hmm… indeed, I later got to listen to it too. From that moment on, it is the phrase I associate with this tractor, this memory and this photo. On Flickr it is titled just that 🙂

So yes, from my experience, overworked can be sexy…even if just for this tractor.

 

 

Everyday art

There is always something aesthetic to be found in everyday life. You don’t have to go far.

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There is always something aesthetic to be found in everyday life. You don’t have to go far.

This drink, was made out of fresh strawberries right in front of me and for me.

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Now, I don’t always take a photo of my drink but when I do, it is because the drink was, exceptionally executed and pleasing to the view, work of art and the atmosphere was a complement to the aesthetics of the moment.

On that note:

“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
― G.K. Chesterton

Cheers! 🙂

Baby steps

I spent Day 4 of my photography business progress, making small steps. Uploading photos to my own new website, processing new photos and trying to understand how the website I chose to host my domain operates. For those of you interested I went with smugmug and my experience with it was plenty disappointing.

First, they aren’t clear in their description of plans and what features you are going to get. It looks clear at first, but there is a lot that they don’t tell. For example for Power plan it stated that prints can be ordered from their lab, it is not untrue they can be! Only by the owner of the site, not everyone else. To be able to give the access to my customers or sell my images, I had to upgrade, which was way more than I was wanting to spend for a year, but now that my money was tied up in the “power” plan which was not going to cut it, we upgraded to portfolio package. Here customers can order their prints in different sizes with tons of different options, here I can sell images in digital format etc, and get 85%. Sounded like a deal, but not really.

Now the pricing, yes I can customize my own pricing, that is if I want to charge on top of the prices they already set and let me tell you, they set them high enough. After I mark them up, only then I get 85% of the MARKUP! Otherwise I don’t get anything. As a starting out, new business and not knowing how well anything will sell, I was not even remotely interested in paying $150.00 for the domain per year, not fora plan like this one anyways, where the cost of prints is overpriced and for me to make any money I have to mark up very low and get next to nothing or mark up high and risk not selling anything.

Oh well. What’s done is done. A word of caution to anyone who is looking for a domain, read all the plans’ descriptions carefully and don’t assume anything. If i had an option to go with different host, I would.

So the website is progressing one day at a time, logos are made, feel free to click on the link and vote on my logos. The business phone number and email with domain name is set. I am still working on the business card design and as soon as it is ready, I will be very excited to share with you.

As the most difficult part of it all approaches, I am starting to break out in cold sweat. The advertising and gaining clients!!! I am not sure where to begin except Facebook, twitter and giving out business cards. I am thinking, I will need to give away some photoshoots for free, to get a better, more up to date portfolio. All day long I was sweating it, worrying, since I was going to gradually transition from free, hobby photographer to a paid one, very gradually. Now I feel that with the money invested into site, email domain, small studio kit and additional canvas prints for the gallery, I have to move faster, more aggressively and I was not at all prepared.

Then, I paused and watched my 8 months old, holding onto the couch making baby steps towards my husband’s unattended laptop, that he so clearly wanted to get his hands on and sure enough, one baby step at at time he got closer, some steps were more confident then others, his little legs a bit shaky. A few times he landed on his butt, he slowly got up, he then moved towards the window, made more steps holding onto to the window and there he was, right next to the laptop not even pausing he started slapping the keys and getting all sorts of things on the screen.He was happy! It wasn’t his advanced walking skills or very sturdy legs that got him there, it is the determination, the goal and the strong desire to achieve it and no intention of giving up. It’s the small baby steps and a couple of tough landings that did not deter him, that got him there. I was so proud of him and let him have his few minutes of triumph, before I gently guide him to something different.

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I felt a relief in my chest, I knew I am going to get there. My 8 month old son just taught me a valuable lesson without even knowing it. He has the determination that I believe he inherited in part from me.

Now on to the next step….

I invite you. Please take a minute and vote.

please take a seat in one of the judging chairs and join one of my best friends, to be the judging panel.

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My dear fellow bloggers and readers, I invite you to check out my logos that I came up with for my photography business. I spent some time yesterday working on those, and of course, I could not create just one logo, I created 3. By the vote of my family, one got voted out instantly, the other two that were left, they are all evenly divided on and as for me I love them both.

So please take a seat in one of the judging chairs and join one of my best friends, to be the judging panel. (Referring to the photo above)

I invite you to vote and kindly ask for your opinions. Please let me know which logo you think is better.

P.S.(To those of you who are not familiar with my blog, it is about my day day progress of starting my photography business, called Thousand Words Photography, just like this blog.)

Logo 1?

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OR

Logo 2?

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Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully participate. I value all feedback.

 

Very truly yours,

Marina.

 

Life is a Marathon of all Marathons

I am not a runner, but that doesn’t mean I am not in a marathon – marathon the length of life. In this kind of marathon, one doesn’t want to reach the finish line faster, it’s about continuously moving forward, with more grace, endurance, grittiness, compassion to those in this marathon and hopefully kindness end love, while also trying not to miss the things and people as you catch up with, level up, pass by and alas sometimes fall behind and slow your pace to catch a breath, but then you keep moving forward.

Marathon

I am not a runner, but that doesn’t mean I am not in a marathon – marathon the length of life. In this kind of marathon, one doesn’t want to reach the finish line faster, it’s about continuously moving forward, with more grace, endurance, grittiness, compassion to those in this marathon and hopefully kindness and love, while also trying not to miss the things and people as you catch up with, level up, pass by and alas sometimes fall behind and slow your pace to catch a breath, but then you keep moving forward. Continue reading “Life is a Marathon of all Marathons”

Day 3 of pursuit of my dream

So today is day 3 since I actively started turning my dream into reality (Please see my “Starting Out” post if you are interested in what it is I am blabbing about). With the support and inspiration from my children and my husband, I pent the Saturday thinking about my plan, researching the market and more ways to get my name out there.

So today is day 3 since I actively started turning my dream into reality (Please see my “Starting Out” post if you are interested in what it is I am blabbing about). With the support and inspiration from my children and my husband, I pent the Saturday thinking about my plan, researching the market and more ways to get my name out there.

I have decided to stick with “Thousand Words Photography”, I’d like to think it is a creative name for photography business while I am probably hardly the first one t use it. So day 2 was thinking things through researching and also turned out to be fun, relaxing one as well, I made sure to spend some quality time with my husband and our baby, while our older kids were spending quality time with grandparents. Having ran a business in the past (different kind of business, thousands of miles away and what seems like thousands of years ago),  I have learned the hard way, that while one must completely dedicate oneself to the business they run, one has to make they are not forgetting to live, to spend quality time with their family/loved ones and putting that first. Not only it is beneficial for your sanity and quality of life, but in the long run, your family will end up being supportive of you in return, when you need to focus.

In this situation, I am exceptionally thankful for my husband, who took time to help me research all the best web-hosting sites, affordable plans and available domains. Ultimately he laid out all the best options for what, I informed him, I was looking for and let me chose the one, I thought would work best for my start up.

So today we combined pleasure and business proactivity and decided to have our lunch date at one of the local art galleries, that also happens to be a cafe/”creperie”.DSC_6018b copy.jpg

I learned about this, well hidden gem, a few months ago and was dying to check it out. This place is the artist’s dream breakfast place. Full of all sorts of delicious breakfast and lunch choices to one’s liking, they also served excellent peach cream crepes, this place lets you enjoy your food and coffee, surrounded by all sorts of art, from paintings and photography to local craft art! There, I had a chance to meet the owner and talked to him about wonderful art gallery/cafe and possibility of displaying my photography work there as well. To my surprise and excitement, he was very welcoming and explained to me how I could do so and offered me forms, explained the pricing, as the art was not just for display but also for sale!! So I feel like things are starting to happen for me. He told me he started this as an idea out of desire and need to revive the Main street in his town and help out local artists.dsc_6016c

Above is the view of the inside atmosphere and our table with a lot of light.. oh… and that container of amber stuff, is warm maple syrup made locally from local sugar-shacks .

So, while I just started on the layout of my new website, so carefully and with love researched by my husband and it still being, so to say, work in progress, I am too excited not to share, so I present you with my personal website www.thousandwordz.com 

 

Starting Out

I am a starting out photographer. I am not new to photography itself, I am new to the world of photography for living and not just a hobby or fun only. I am new to photography business, so please bear with me, as I navigate this quite complex and highly competitive world. Continue reading “Starting Out”