The holiday season, much like March; comes in like a lion with Thanksgiving, rolls on through Christmas and exits like a lamb on New Year’s Day which most of us spend recuperating from the exhaustion of the last few months indulgences. With all the preparation that goes into each celebration, it’s easy to find yourself wondering where it all went once it’s over.
The start of the New Year allows us the time needed to reflect on our past accomplishments, failures and goals for the future. I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions; never have been. It puts too much undo pressure on me and in a way, it makes me feel like I’m following the crowd and I don’t enjoy feeling like cattle. Whenever someone asks about my resolutions I respond with “my New Year resolution is not to make any resolutions”. A lot of people don’t get it but that’s okay because I don’t get a lot of people and in a roundabout way, that results in a common ground.
Instead of once a year resolutions, I set personal goals throughout the year. This year, I have the added benefit of being able to establish business goals and I’m really excited about the direction I have chosen to take White Whiskers Photography in 2010. The pet photography industry is so new to the east coast and the photography industry in general. I’m only seven months into my first year of business. I’m very much looking forward to growing together and sharing that growth here, with you.
There is something beautiful about black and white photography; it’s timeless. With the invention of digital cameras and computer software, it has become effortless to convert a full color image to black and white but the rub, is that it doesn’t work with every image. At least not in my opinion. Sometimes I’ll see a color photograph and know that it has the perfect elements for a b/w conversion. However, for the majority of b/w images, I need to see and shoot in b/w rather than color. The mindset becomes different. Good composition goes without saying but I begin to look much closer at contrasts, textures, shapes and lines that show as many shades of gray as possible.
And now, a peek at what the future holds…