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dear female photographer: 3 things to do this week


Dear Female Photographer,

If I’m going to be 100% honest, I would have to admit that over the last few years, I’ve lost myself a bit. The inner artistic voice that used to scream out at me with ideas has been muted down and sometimes I can go a week or even a month without hearing her direction.

I think that much of it has to do with instagram and pinterest. I’m not blaming social media, nor am I committing to turn it off : ) In fact, I LOVE that I can easily connect with friends and clients via Instagram and Facebook.

But I’ve allowed other people’s art, words, and style to take over my mind a little much lately.

The other day, I did something I haven’t done in a LONG, LONG while. I grabbed my camera and took a walk in Rhinebeck, a quaint little town not far from where I live. I left my phone (and the little camera on it that I usually use for taking pictures of my own life) in the car. It was drizzling … I got a mocha banana smoothie … I wandered in and out of shops … I took my time … and I photographed the things that spoke to me.

I shot the image above and it made me laugh. GOOD FOR HER! Good for her for always trying. And good for you for trying, too.

Here are three things I’m going to try this week. Maybe one, two, or three of them will work for you, too.

ONE: Wander around for an hour in a new environment and take pictures.

My little trip to Rhinebeck was so therapeutic that I realize it has to happen more often. Not only do I know have a handful of images that will work well on my blogs, but I reconnected with my original love of the craft. And I got a mocha banana smooth that was REALLY good! I certainly don’t mind doing that again! Although, this time, I’ll probably do it in New Paltz or Beacon. Where will you go?

TWO: Send out five cards of gratitude and appreciation to clients, family, or friends.

Gratitude gets us EVERYWHERE. I remember reading in a book somewhere that a particularly successful businessman places a stack of five thank you cards on his desk each morning. Before the day is out, he makes sure he has used them. You can be sure that people enjoyed working with him. And no doubt it played a small (or hey, maybe even substantial) role in the success of his business.

THREE: Start everyday with warm lemon water.

Ok, so truth be told, I’ve already been doing this for the last 3 weeks. But they say it takes a few months to really lock in a habit, so I want to make sure I keep going with this one. Some habits, I’ve found, seem to be easier to develop than others. Why? Probably because the benefits happen quickly. And this is one of those actions that IMMEDIATELY made me feel better. It’s like getting up and drinking in some sunshine. I feel brighter, more energetic, and maybe, just maybe my liver is detoxing, too. Check out more of the amazing benefits of lemon water.

Keep up the AMAZING work.

p.s. How did you do with last week’s three goals

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