The winter months just after Christmas are a slow time for photographers. There are fewer weddings, no fall foliage for family photos, and . . . snow. I've said it before and I'll say it again (in case you haven't heard) . . .
I LOVE snow photos!
I always have a few people who share my enthusiasm and know that this is the perfect setting for their pet and I am eager to please . . . Call me! But, some pets, like Hermes can't handle the cold so those beautiful landscaped images with that awesome white stuff flying from all four paws bounding through the snow will just never happen for them.
Ok, enough about snow for now . . .
During these not-so-busy times (since I have an inner need to always take things to the next level) I will be reading books, researching, and attending online webinars and classes that pertain to this beautiful thing that I call "my job." I have a stack of books already accumulating on my desk and lots of links bookmarked on my computer and I'm ready to dive in.
Many artists start out the year with personal projects to further enhance their skills in their art. Project 365, for example, is one such project where the photographer takes a picture (or the poet writes a phrase) every day for a year. These represent the artist's journey for that year and are usually then put into book form. I've done this for several years with my family and our everyday life, but this year I will be doing it with an emphasis on photography techniques and pets. There is a global pet photography group who is hosting Project 52 as a "round robin" sort of thing. There will be a new theme on Friday of each week and each participant will post their interpretation of the theme on their blog. Starting next week there will be a link at the end of each blog post that will link to another photographer's blog so that, if you like, you can see that photographer's interpretation as well, and it keeps going from there.
Project 52 - Week 1, New
Here is Hermes on my . . . (ok, our) new couch. This is where I will be watching all those online classes and reading my books (and eating popcorn and Hot Tamales) while Hermes will be cuddled up next to me . . . or on me . . . or digging in his empty food bowl letting me know it's time to quit for the day. ;O)