Week 2 | 2019

In my second week of daily shooting, I did a slightly better job of remembering that I would like to take photos when there is still some natural light available. And that I need to keep my camera ready for meaningful moments, interactions, and happy times with friends.

Things that are super helpful for daily shooting, and make me feel confident I will complete this 365:

1. A photography studio in my basement. I know that even if I totally blow it and don’t pick up my camera all day, I can go down to my studio and bribe a child to sit for a portrait. I haven’t had to do that yet, but I am very sure it is coming soon.

2. My Fuji X100F. It is always in my purse. And I won’t be able to sell it without repairing the scratched LCD, because it has been wrestling around in my bag with my keys for a few years now. I don’t love the low light performance, but overall, it has been a good camera to have.

3. Dogs. I love my dog. She is kind of my muse these days. And we are hoping to get a new puppy VERY soon, which will result in a ridiculously happy puppy photo overload.

Week 1 | 2019

Hi. It has been a while. I am very rusty with blogging and daily personal shooting, and I am just going to push through that and get back to sharing my images here. I am no longer sharing much on social media. I am trying to escape from Facebook, which is tricky. I am still using Instagram, with mixed feelings. I have recommitted myself to Flickr, and am participating in a great Project 365 group there.

I have been floundering around for a few weeks trying to decide how to share my 365 photos here, and trying to figure out all of my website and blogging and life plans, and really what I need to do for now is just dive in. So without further ado, because frankly I think we have all had WAY too much ado, here my first week of 2019. It is going to be a great year.

Stu, Stu, Studio.

Things naturally evolved over the last year or so (as they do), and now I suddenly have a room in my house that is a dedicated studio space. I LOVE IT. I never would have expected that I would end up enjoying this type of photography so much. I started out with a single flash, then took a class and added a few umbrellas and a light stand, and then took another online thing, and now I have a strobe, a large modifier, seamless paper, and a backdrop stand. It began with taking photos of Lego things that my family built so that they could be entered in contests or shared on social media. Then I figured if I was getting one thing, I might as well get a few other lighting things, that way I could take portraits or headshots too. 

I was going to do the 100 Day Project, and planned to do 100 days of studio photography. It was going pretty well, and then I got sick (like severe autoimmune flare up for a month kind of sick). I let the project go, and reminded myself that I need to stop it with the structured daily shooting thing for at least this year. I have still been taking a lot of photos in the studio, I have added another color of paper, and I took some client headshots that I am totally in love with and haven't shared yet. It is a strange thing to be doing right now, just as spring is arriving and everything is blooming outside. This is usually my time to spend every night outdoors until the sun sets taking the same photos of strawberries and children with watering cans and lilacs. Instead, I have been experimenting with lighting power and softbox placement and bribing my kids to sit for a minute. 

Here are a few of my studio favorites from the last month.